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Opus Special Event: The Magic of Plein Air Painting with Sheree Jones

Sat, July 15, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Join Sheree Jones on Bowen Island, Saturday, July 15, 2017 for
The Magic of Plein Air Painting – An Intermediate Workshop for Oil and Acrylic Painters. Learn to work quickly and confidently on location in this one day plein air workshop with Sheree Jones on beautiful Bowen Island....Read more

Opus Daily Practice Challenge Returns February 1–28, 2018

The Opus Daily Practice Challenge returns February 1–28, 2018!



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Kick start your art & grow your creative community with our 28-day creativity challenge beginning February 1!...Read more

Opus Daily Practice 2017

The Opus Daily Practice Challenge returns February 1–28, 2017!


January resolutions can be tough – the holiday season, a new year, plus 31 days. It's too much! But don't worry, February follows with enough time passed that you are renewed and ready to take action, and with an easy 28 days to make art a part of your daily life.

Challenge yourself to create daily for 28 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....Read more

Pick Your Prize

The winner's names have been drawn for the Pick Your Prize giveaway!

Congratulations to:

  • Renee S. - Winsor & Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable Brush - Size 7 Round
  • Mandy X. - Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colours
  • Zoe R. - Winsor & Newton Oil Colours
  • Joni L. - Winsor & Newton Oil Bars
  • Kathryn C. - Arches Watercolour Blocks - 9" x 12" Cold Pressed and Rough, and Arches Oil Paper Pad 9" x 12"

Thank you to the over 950 people that entered this draw! It was exciting to see how many of you joined in on this opportunity to win these truly outstanding prizes from Winsor & Newton and Arches.

Have a wonderful summer of colourful creativity!...Read more


Oil Techniques: Painting en Plein Air

What makes your heart skip a beat and say, "I have to paint this!"? Every painter is searching for the magic — that special something that compels you to bring a subject to life with a brush and canvas.

Sheree Jones shares some of the techniques she employs to capture that magic while painting in oils en plein air in the Opus video, Oil Techniques: Painting en Plein Air. Learn how starting with a value sketch compensates for changing light, how not painting all details can invite the viewer to explore a part of the painting, and more!...Read more

How to Varnish an Acrylic Painting

Keep your artwork looking as good as the day it was completed by learning how to apply a varnish layer!...Read more

Opus Special Event: Hockey legend Richard Brodeur paints at Opus for the North Shore Art Crawl

March 4, 2017
Join former NHL goalie, Richard Brodeur, as he paints live at Opus North Vancouver, this Saturday, March 4th from 10AM-4PM. Read more.

Why Varnish?

The final step in a painter’s process is one of the most important: varnishing....Read more