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Opus Visiting Artist Series: Demonstrations, Workshops & Classes

"Every successful canvas has been painted from the point of view of a student, for a great painter is always a student." - Charles Webster Hawthorne, Hawthorne on Painting

Refine your skills, learn something new, or get inspired by other artists sharing their ideas and methods. Opus Visiting Artist demonstrations are informative, free and happening at an Opus near you. Workshops and classes normally include fees; please see individual listings for details.

Scroll down to view all demonstrations, workshops and classes, or click on your local Opus store to see what's on in your community.

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Coquitlam
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Downtown Vancouver
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Granville Island
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Kelowna
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Langley
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North Vancouver
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Victoria
 

Space is limited and registration is required for all demos, workshops, and classes. Please register in advance by contacting the host store directly.

  • Intuitive Abstraction with Elizabeth Christie

    Location: 
    Kelowna
    Sat, February 24, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Sat, February 24, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    February 20, 2018 – Please note: The 1:00 PM demonstration is now full and no further registration will be taken. Thank you for your interest! Note: there is still room in the 10:00 AM demonstration.

    Elizabeth will be demonstrating the use of a variety of textured mediums, markings, and inks that will help the artist express themselves when creating an abstract painting....Read more

  • Take it Outside and Paint Your Town with Veronica Roth

    Location: 
    North Vancouver
    Sat, February 24, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Sat, February 24, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    February 20, 2018 – Please note: The 10:30 AM demonstration is now full and no further registration will be taken. Thank you for your interest! Note: there is still room in the 2:00 PM demonstration.

    Capture your everyday in the most delightful way with a fun, versatile, and wonderfully varied bespoke sketchbook! ...Read more
  • A Country Road - Impressionistic Landscape in Acrylic with Janice Robertson

    Location: 
    Langley
    Sat, February 24, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Sat, February 24, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    Join Janice as she demonstrates how she would produce an impressionistic landscape painting in acrylic paint....Read more

  • Oil Painting Skills and Tips with Michael Abraham

    Location: 
    Granville Island
    Sat, February 24, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Sat, February 24, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    Join Michael as he presents a free-flowing discussion while demonstrating oil painting materials and techniques!...Read more

  • Skills and Wise Choices with Ron Wilson

    Location: 
    Victoria
    Sat, February 24, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    Sat, February 24, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

    January 9, 2018 – Please note: Both of these demonstrations are now full and no further registration will be taken. Thank you for your interest!

    Join Ron as he demonstrates the construction of landscape art by laying down the infrastructure of line and shape....Read more

  • Introduction to Mastering Acrylics with David Langevin

    Location: 
    Kelowna
    Sun, February 25, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Sun, February 25, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    January 31, 2018 – Please note: Both of these demonstrations are full and no further registration will be taken. Thank you for your interest!

    Join David as he demonstrates how he creates his striking luminous effects using acrylic paints and mediums....Read more

  • Painting Pets In Watercolour with Marney-Rose Edge

    Location: 
    Langley
    Sun, February 25, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Sun, February 25, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    February 25, 2018 – Please note: The 11 AM demonstration is now full and no further registration will be taken. Thank you for your interest! Note: there are still 2 spots remaining in the 2 PM demonstration.

    Join Marney-Rose as she demonstrate how to create intimate portraits of pets with techniques for painting fur....Read more

  • Creating Movement Using Colour and Shapes with Bonnie Dobbin

    Location: 
    North Vancouver
    Sun, February 25, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    Sun, February 25, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    February 06, 2018 – Please note: We are sorry to announce that this demonstration has been cancelled. Thank you for your interest.

    In this demonstration, Bonnie will show her process of how she lays out a pattern on the canvas and then navigates that pattern to create movement and imagery....Read more

  • Painting Sunshine in Your Garden with Bev Robertson

    Location: 
    Victoria
    Sun, February 25, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    Sun, February 25, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

    January 9, 2018 – Please note: Both of these demonstrations are now full and no further registration will be taken. Thank you for your interest!

    Learn to paint natural light into your paintings!...Read more

  • What You Leave In: Contemporary Landscape with Jane Everett

    Location: 
    Kelowna
    Sat, March 3, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Sat, March 3, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    Join Jane as she demonstrates how she uses mixed drawing media on drafting film in her current series A Road Less Travelled....Read more

  • Abstract Cities with Mariana Sola

    Location: 
    North Vancouver
    Sat, March 3, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Sat, March 3, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    February 7, 2018– Please note: The 10:30 AM demonstration is now full and no further registration will be taken. Thank you for your interest! Note: there is still room in the 2:00 PM demonstration.

    Big, bold brush strokes and fields of colour! Join Mariana Sola as she demonstrates how to make abstract landscapes and cityscapes, inspired by the imagination or photographs....Read more

  • Getting to a Likeness in Portrait Drawing with Mandy Boursicot

    Location: 
    Langley
    Sat, March 3, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Sat, March 3, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    Mandy demonstrates how to get to a likeness quickly and efficiently with shadow shapes....Read more

  • Westcoast Inspired Still Life with Natalie Shumka

    Location: 
    Victoria
    Sat, March 3, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    Sat, March 3, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

    February 8, 2018 – Please note: Both of these demonstrations are now full and no further registration will be taken. Thank you for your interest!

    Natalie will seek inspiration from the beach, and demonstrate the oil painting techniques she uses to render the hard, transparent quality of glass, the granular feeling of sand, as well as the rough and smooth texture of driftwood....Read more

  • Encaustic Painting & Mix Media with Angela Hansen

    Location: 
    Kelowna
    Sun, March 4, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Sun, March 4, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    Join Angela as she demonstrate how to incorporate oils, pastels, graphite, watercolours, alcohol inks, photocopy transfers, PearlEx pigments, and even acrylics with encaustic paints....Read more

  • Creating Acrylics that Glow with Lori Sokoluk

    Location: 
    Downtown Vancouver
    Sun, March 4, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Sun, March 4, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    February 2, 2018 – Please note: The 11:00 AM demonstration is now full and no further registration will be taken. Thank you for your interest! Note: there is still room in the 1:00 PM demonstration.

    Lori will demonstrate how to create the illusion of glowing colours....Read more

  • Magical Mediums with Cory Kinney

    Location: 
    North Vancouver
    Sun, March 4, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    Sun, March 4, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    Many painters feel that acrylic painting mediums are limited to the realm of the two dimensional canvas. In the demonstration, Cory Kinney will talk about his use of mediums in a variety of unusual settings. Participants will learn how to think about medium uses in non-traditional ways....Read more

  • Glowing Colour Using Acrylic Paint as Watercolour with Anne Bowen

    Location: 
    Victoria
    Sun, March 4, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    Sun, March 4, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

    January 9, 2018 – Please note: Both of these demonstrations are now full and no further registration will be taken. Thank you for your interest!

    The primary focus of the demonstration will be the use of transparent paint to achieve glowing, rich color and subtle value transitions....Read more

  • Paper Collage Workshop with Susan Jessop

    Location: 
    Coquitlam
    Thu, March 8, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Thu, March 8, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

    Create your own collage using vintage magazines, books and papers. Join Susan as she guides you through using scissors and glue to select, cut, compose and paste images onto watercolour paper....Read more

  • Beyond Brush and Canvas with Johnny Taylor

    Location: 
    Downtown Vancouver
    Sat, March 10, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    January 31, 2018 – Please note: This demonstration is now full, but please sign up for the wait list: often there is an attendee who needs to cancel. Thank you for your interest!

    Join Johnny as he explores the many facets of mark making with an array of products....Read more

  • Drawing Fearlessly with Charcoal with Fiona Tang

    Location: 
    Granville Island
    Sat, March 10, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Sat, March 10, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    February 7, 2018 – Please note: The 11 AM demonstration is now full, but please sign up for the wait list: often there is an attendee who needs to cancel. Thank you for your interest! Note: there is still room in the 2 PM demonstration.

    In this demonstration, Fiona will demonstrate various drawing techniques to bring her large-scale drawings to life, using her primary medium of charcoal....Read more

  • An Ambidextrous Artist in Between the Abstract and the Figurative with Jace Kim

    Painting by Jace Kim
    Location: 
    Langley
    Sat, March 10, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Sat, March 10, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    Jace Kim is an ambidextrous painter who will present his painting style that lands between abstract and figurative....Read more

  • Abstract Painting: Myth & Realities with Johnny Taylor

    Location: 
    Downtown Vancouver
    Sat, March 10, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

    January 30, 2018 – Please note: This demonstration is now full, but please sign up for the wait list: often there is an attendee who needs to cancel. Thank you for your interest!

    Following quotes, anecdotes, insights and imagery from such painters such as Riopelle, Rothko, Vieira de Silva, and Gordon Smith, Johnny will look to debunk the idea that abstract work comes from ‘painting one’s feelings'....Read more

  • Mastering Perspective in Your Landscape Painting with Kit Bell

    Location: 
    Victoria
    Sat, March 10, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    Sat, March 10, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

    January 31, 2018– Please note: Both of these demonstrations are now full and no further registration will be taken. Thank you for your interest!

    Using the tools of perspective allows us to translate a three dimensional world onto a two dimensional surface. When done well, it goes unnoticed, but when perspective issues exist, it leaves the viewer with a feeling something isn’t quite right....Read more

  • Glazing with Acrylic Paints with Jan Crawford

    Location: 
    Granville Island
    Sun, March 11, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Sun, March 11, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    Come learn glazing with Jan! Using a variety of Golden Acrylic Mediums, Jan will demonstrate how to glaze your acrylic paintings in a few different methods, allowing you to experiment with the techniques in your work....Read more


    January 30, 2018– Please note: The 11:00 AM demonstration full, but sign up for the waitlist: often there is an attendee who needs to cancel. Note: there is still room in the 2:00 PM demonstration.

  • Mixed Media on Graphix Film with Tony Rodriguez

    Location: 
    Coquitlam
    Sun, March 11, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    Sun, March 11, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

    Come explore how to layer colored inks, pencil crayons, oils and even ballpoint pens to create an exciting mixed media masterpiece....Read more

  • Fast and Loose with Alison Watt

    Location: 
    Victoria
    Sun, March 11, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    Sun, March 11, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

    January 9, 2018– Please note: Both of these demonstrations are now full and no further registration will be taken. Thank you for your interest!

    One of the most common comments Alison hears from her students is “I’d like to loosen up in my painting.” This demo is designed to introduce you to some exercises, techniques and materials to help you break out of old habits, loosen up your work and find the fun in painting again!...Read more

  • Get Started with Encaustics with Marie Savage

    Location: 
    Victoria
    Sat, March 17, 12:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    Sat, March 17, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

    January 31, 2018– Please note: Both of these demonstrations are now full and no further registration will be taken. Thank you for your interest!

    Join Marie as she demonstrates a light introduction to the many techniques you can use with encaustic medium....Read more

  • Introduction to Encaustic with Eva Francis

    Location: 
    North Vancouver
    Sat, March 17, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Sat, March 17, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    Join Eva as she introduces you to a different technique of making art: encaustics. Eva will begin by briefly discussing how encaustic came about in ancient times, providing examples and discussing the art form's more recent history where it has had a resurgence in popularity....Read more

  • The Art of Sketching And Watercolour Process Medias with Alfonso Tejada

    Location: 
    Langley
    Sat, March 17, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Sat, March 17, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    Join Alfonso as he demonstrates the use of sketch as a reference to painting, its potential as artwork, and the contrast between watercolour sketching to other sketching medias....Read more

  • Explore Pastels with Louise Lambert

    Location: 
    Kelowna
    Sun, March 18, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Sun, March 18, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    Soft Pastel is the single best medium to use for learning about colour. Because you can't mix it on a palette, it allows you to try combinations of colour on the painting surface....Read more

  • Value Sketching with Jesse Winchester Schmidt

    Location: 
    North Vancouver
    Sun, March 18, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    Sun, March 18, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    Join Jesse as he demonstrates fun and easy techniques to improve your sketching skills with the use of values. Learn how to draw a proper value sketch as well as learn industry secrets from Pixar and Dreamworks....Read more

  • An Introduction to Plein Air Painting with Kristen Maduik

    Location: 
    Coquitlam
    Sun, March 18, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    Sun, March 18, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

    Join Kristen as she discusses useful techniques and basic materials (with a focus on watercolour paint) for plein air painting....Read more

  • Painting in Layers: Acrylic on Duralar with Caren Heine

    Location: 
    Victoria
    Sun, March 18, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    Sun, March 18, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

    January 31, 2018– Please note: Both of these demonstrations are now full and no further registration will be taken. Thank you for your interest!

    Join Caren as she demonstrates her process of using acrylic paint on transparent matte Dura-Lar, then laying over top quick watercolour, or pen and ink sketches, resulting in a great feeling of depth....Read more

  • Introduction To Alcohol Ink with Pat Ryan

    Location: 
    Kelowna
    Sat, March 24, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Sat, March 24, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    Join Pat as he demonstrates how to do abstract painting with alcohol inks using simple tools....Read more

  • Large Scale Installation with Hanna Benihoud

    Location: 
    North Vancouver
    Sat, March 24, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Sat, March 24, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    Join architect and artist, Hanna Benihoud, as she demonstrates her step-by-step process from how she gets from a sketch to her final piece. Within her process she will cover finding a site and surveying it, using computer programmes to 3d model your idea at scale, and prototyping an idea to test its limits before the build....Read more

  • Energize Your Art With Texture with Christine Camilleri

    Location: 
    Langley
    Sat, March 24, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Sat, March 24, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    January 31, 2018 – Please note: The 11:00 AM demonstration is now full and no further registration will be taken. Thank you for your interest! Note: there is still room in the 2:00 PM demonstration.

    Join Christine as she shows you that adding texture to your painting process can connect you directly with your intuition and creative capacity....Read more

  • Old World Master’s Oil Painting with Valerie B. Gobeil

    Location: 
    Granville Island
    Sat, March 24, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Sat, March 24, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    February 7, 2018 – Please note: The 11 AM demonstration is now full, but please sign up for the wait list: often there is an attendee who needs to cancel. Thank you for your interest! Note: there is still room in the 2 PM demonstration.

    Join Valerie as she demonstrates oil painting chiaroscuro techniques of old world masters!...Read more

  • Using Sketchbooks as Inspiration for Larger Painting with Victor Lotto

    Location: 
    Victoria
    Sat, March 24, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    Sat, March 24, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

    January 31, 2018– Please note: Both of these demonstrations are now full and no further registration will be taken. Thank you for your interest!

    This demonstration will review techniques for drawing and painting in sketch books while traveling. Victor will cover the qualities of various sketchbooks, the palette, brushes, and the use of specialized pens....Read more

  • Pop Surreal Faces with Megan Majewski

    Location: 
    Kelowna
    Sun, March 25, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Sun, March 25, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    Join Megan as she demonstrates how she paints her delicate pop surreal faces....Read more

  • Minimum Line - Maximum Information with Gareth Gaudin

    Location: 
    Victoria
    Sun, March 25, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    Sun, March 25, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

    Join Gareth as he demonstrates his techniques and strategies for how he pencils, inks, and grey-washes a cartoon from scratch while telling fantastic tales of traveling around the world meeting famous cartoonists....Read more

  • Creating Excitement with Acrylics with Anita McComas

    Location: 
    Kelowna
    Sat, March 31, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Sat, March 31, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    Anita's demo will focus on taking subject matter and changing the way we look at it by pushing the creative envelope....Read more

  • Intro to Scratchboard Illustration with Andrea Hooge

    Location: 
    Granville Island
    Sat, March 31, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Sat, March 31, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    Join Andrea as she introduces you to drawing on scratchboard!...Read more

  • Egg Tempera Demystified with Jenny Hainsworth Auld

    Location: 
    Victoria
    Sat, March 31, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    Sat, March 31, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

    Join Jenny as she demonstrates the steps for making this versatile, archival, and beautiful paint medium using dry pigments and egg yolk. It's easier than you think!

    Space is limited and registration is required.
    Please visit Opus Victoria or contact them at 250‑386‑8133 or toll free 1‑800‑524‑6555 to register.


    Jenny Auld studied painting at Langara College in Vancouver, linguistics at UBC, calligraphy in Edinburgh, Scotland, and egg tempera technique in New York City’s Lower East Side. She is a regular contributor of short stories to Vancouver Island Almost Free magazine. She is currently working toward her second solo exhibition of works in soft pastel at Art Sui Gallery in Taipei, Taiwan.

  • Breaking Boundaries - Mixed Media Printmaking with Michelle Wiebe

    Location: 
    Kelowna
    Sun, April 8, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Sun, April 8, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    January 10, 2018 – Please note: We are sorry to announce that this demonstration has been cancelled. Thank you for your interest.

    Add colour to your linocut printmaking through a variety of mediums and techniques. ...Read more