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Urban Sketching Techniques

Let your surroundings be the inspiration to tell your own watercolour story!...Read more

Discover Oil & Watercolour Mediums

Add Mediums to Your Mix!

Did you know that the beautifully formulated paint you love can offer your work even more? Pair your tube colours with mediums and extend the possibilities!

Mediums change the working properties of paint in a multitude of ways. They allow you to create thick texture or thin glazes, add variation in visual texture or sheen, improve the flow while working, and add ease to the clean up. We’ve picked some of our favourites from Winsor & Newton’s Oil and Water Colour lines to share how a little medium can have big effect!...Read more

Opus & Emily Carr University

Yes, Opus is (Still!) Open

Watercolour painting by Alfonso L. Tejada • alfonsotejada.com

With the relocation of Emily Carr University of Art + Design (ECU) in September, we’ve been hearing the question, “Is Opus Granville Island going to remain open?” The answer is a resounding, “YES!” Opus’ original store plays such an important part in the visual arts community and we intend to continue to be a hub for creative individuals.

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Just Practice

Join artist and Opus Daily Practice participant Sharon Leung for an afternoon painting pandas in the park!

Sharon has always been creative, but she started getting back into daily practice thanks to our challenge. Between the daily prompts for inspiration and a creative community that embraced her via social media, Sharon is evolving her skills and making some cute pandas while she's at it.

Watch Just Practice with Sharon Leung and get inspired by her experience in taking on a daily practice. Need a place to start? Join our Opus Daily Practice: Spring into Summer 7-Day Edition this June 15 - 21st and join us in making art a solid part of our daily routines!...Read more

Opus Daily Practice Challenge - Spring into Summer 7-Day Edition!

Opus Daily Practice: Spring into Summer 7-day edition begins June 15

Spring into a summer of creativity – the Opus Daily Practice Challenge returns with another 7-Day edition, June 15–21!

Challenge yourself to create daily for 7 days with Opus Daily Practice, making your art practice a priority wherever your days may take you – the studio, kitchen table or living room, in the park or at a coffee shop, or on-the-go.

Sketch, draw, paint, collage, print, sculpt... you name it! Post your progress online with #opusdailypractice to connect with your fellow artists!...Read more