SIGN ME UP: Visual arts for adults
Children and young people are not the only ones with the opportunity to find their inner-Michelangelo.
Place des Arts is offering numerous classes for adults with an interest in everything from painting to mixed media art.
A Painting A Day is a course for people 18 years and older who want to hone their art skills looking to quickly build up their portfolios.
Each class students will complete a small painting, picking up skills and techniques using both acrylic and oil-based paints.
In An Illustrated Journal, students aged 16 and older will learn how to add pizzazz to their art journal. This class will cover basic sketching and watercolour techniques, the importance of doodles, decorative borders, drawing realistically and more.
Students will learn how to enhance their artistic techniques while creating a cohesive narrative by combining media and art forms.
Drawing for adults is another class offered by Place des Arts for adults interested in gaining confidence and skills while drawing a variety of subjects, from still life to human figure. Artists will learn about proportion, shading, composition, using a pencil and charcoal.
Joy of Acrylics: Nature As Inspiration, will teach students about line, pattern, colour and composition through observation of nature and expressive style.
Students will study artists with an appreciation for nature, like Emily Carr and George O’Keefe, while learning fundamentals of art and basic painting and acrylic use.
Painting ABC’s gives those who always wanted to learn to paint — or artists looking to refresh their knowledge — an opportunity to pickup some of the basic elements of visual composition.
Technical aspects of painting will also be taught in an encouraging and relaxed atmosphere.
For artists looking to improve their ink skills, Pen Drawing is a good class to take.
Learn the basics of shading, watercolour and ink washes, wet-on-wet pen strokes, splashes, gestures and textures. Students will experiment creatively using various combinations of drawing tools in mixed-media pen and ink projects in a course that is suitable for beginners and more advanced artists.
Renaissance Drawing is another popular course taught at Place des Arts and explores techniques, perceptions and ideas developed by masters such as Raphael, Da Vinci and Michelangelo.
Study landscape, still life and the human figure and review the compositional designs of the masters to discover mathematical underpinnings of their work.
Spinning and dyeing classes are also offered to adults 18 and over. Students are invited to discover the enjoyment and relaxation in learning how to spin yarns, while learning about slubs, boucles, colour blending, fibre blending and chemical and natural dyeing.
Table and floor loom weaving is also offered. Beginners will learn the ins and outs of setting up a loom along with basic weaves and projects. Experienced weavers will have an opportunity to further develop skills.