Instruction and Workshops:

West Vancouver Arts and Rec 

Plein Air on the Waterfront #43741 June 23 & 24,2018

What is painting en Plein Air? This question is so often asked. It’s painting in the outdoors, experiencing the changing light and environment and is a movement that really was vitalized by the impressionists back in the 19 th century when they completed their paintings in the outdoors and not back in the studio.
This weekend workshop will allow you the opportunity to plein air with fun and ease. Spend time in the outdoors within minutes of everything. Our adventure will start with practical discussion inside the Music Box building. If the light is right, we will head out and get started. Time will be left for lunch and
then everyone returns for more fun. Washroom facilities are located in the Music Box as well as by John Lawson Park. Easy access to the Fresh Market between 16th and 17thAve .
Parking will be available on site at the Music Box parking lot, so no worries about 3 hour limits. Students are encouraged to bring their lunch and snacks with them. Bring a camera, smart phone and tablet to take pictures and notes. Accessibility is good as there is flat surfaces along the pathways around the
Music Box building and a washroom on the ground level. We will even try a little urban sketching as there are some easier areas to get a street scene.  Bring your favorite painting supplies.
If you have never felt ready to be outdoors, just bring a sketch pad, or journal and pencil, some pencil crayons or Faber-castell markers can help too. We will work with all levels from beginners to Advance
 Painting both days in watercolour or acrylic or just your sketchbook
 Exploring composition in the outdoors
 Understanding what are the essentials, what are the extras
 Where do you find the materials, what materials make the experience better
 What formal plein air activities are available in Vancouver and surrounding areas
 What online information is available?
 How to prepare for the Harmony Arts Plein Air event at the Harmony Arts Festival
Each day of the two days, there will be a short demo. Discussion will include using pen and ink for journaling, use of conte crayon for sketching, completing value studies, and how to not get overexposed, tired and dehydrated on a hot sunny day!

HAPPY ACCIDENTS - how to conquer your fear with painting in watercolor.  August 12 , 12-3pm at the ART SPEAK tent at the HARMONY ARTS FESTIVAL at AMBLESIDE.  Registration required.

Watercolour with Sonia Mocnik 

Thursday Morning Classes - begin again in September 2018.

Instruction will be focused on colour theory and composition. A variety of painting styles will be covered to help students discover what corresponds to their authentic self. Students will be encouraged to play with the medium and also the elements of the design to achieve a creative and personal expression in their paintings. Some experience is an asset.

I will work on 6 - 2 week projects so that there is time for painting, exploring style, colour and composition.  I encourage students to bring their own subject matter to paint.  I will have demos and write ups so students can follow and paint along with the demo or sit and listen to go back rato their own project.  We review different artists time permitting and provide online references as well for people to lookbup in class or later at home.

Bring your watercolor supplies and supplies of your favorite watercolor paper and we will work with this and explore more.

Thursday Morning Classes April 12 to June 28 9-12
Explore watercolour and styles like urban realism, pen and ink, abstract and the expressive painting it inspires. Instruction on colour, composition and techniques as well as using and accessing online technology will help the student discover what corresponds to their authentic self. Students will be
encouraged to achieve a creative and personal expression in their paintings. Intermediate to advanced level of experience.

Explore Watercolour 

Thursday Afternoon Classes begin again for 6 weeks in September 12:30-3 

We explore everything form  painting in metalics to white gel pens - learning and incorporating new and interesting watercolor techniques. Students will try a new watercolour idea or practice something that has challenged them every class. We will refer to onlineresources and explore materials that are becoming available in the area of watercolour medium. Some experience required.

Enriching Watercolour - start again in September

Friday morning Ambleside  9:30-12

Paint a watercolour each session; all the while learning about planning, composition, values, techniques,new materials available to gain enriching information on the medium. Detailed instruction will assist
students in achieving their own masterpieces and encourage them to explore the medium ofwatercolour in their daily life. There may be a possibility to paint outdoors on location, depending onthe weather. Some experience required.