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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.

• Coquitlam • Downtown Vancouver • Granville Island • Kelowna
• Langley • North Vancouver • Victoria  

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

  • Soft Pastel as a Painting Medium with Jenny Hainsworth

    Location: 
    Victoria
    Sun, January 21, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    Sun, January 21, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

    Back by popular demand! Join Jenny for an introduction to soft pastel as an affordable, versatile and endlessly expressive medium....Read more

  • Soft Pastel as a Painting Medium with Jenny Hainsworth

    Location: 
    Victoria
    Sun, January 21, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    Sun, January 21, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

    Back by popular demand! Join Jenny for an introduction to soft pastel as an affordable, versatile and endlessly expressive medium....Read more

  • Adventuring in Linnyland with Linny D. Vine

    Location: 
    Victoria
    Sat, January 27, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    Sat, January 27, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

    December 27, 2017 – Please note: We are sorry to announce that the 2:30pm demonstration has been cancelled.
    January 9, 2018– Please note: This demonstration is full and no further registration will be taken. Thank you for your interest!

    This fun and informative demo provides a view into the creative process Linny D Vine utilizes in the creation of her Linnyland - Linnyism style paintings....Read more

  • Adventuring in Linnyland with Linny D. Vine

    Location: 
    Victoria
    Sat, January 27, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    Sat, January 27, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

    December 27, 2017 – Please note: We are sorry to announce that the 2:30pm demonstration has been cancelled.
    January 9, 2018– Please note: This demonstration is full and no further registration will be taken. Thank you for your interest!

    This fun and informative demo provides a view into the creative process Linny D Vine utilizes in the creation of her Linnyland - Linnyism style paintings....Read more

  • Painting Light and Movement Alla Prima with Jeffrey J. Boron

    Location: 
    Victoria
    Sun, January 28, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    Sun, January 28, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

    Note, January 15, 2018: We regret to announce that Jeffrey Boron recently passed away, on January 11, 2018. A collection of his artwork can be viewed online at www.jeffreyboron.com.

    ...Read more
  • Painting Light and Movement Alla Prima with Jeffrey J. Boron

    Location: 
    Victoria
    Sun, January 28, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    Sun, January 28, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

    Note, January 15, 2018: We regret to announce that Jeffrey Boron recently passed away, on January 11, 2018. A collection of his artwork can be viewed online at www.jeffreyboron.com.

    ...Read more
  • Playing with Pattern and Colour with Lisa Samphire

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

    Join Lisa for a presentation and demonstration of her glass blowing process, which includes using murrini to put pattern in the blown glass pieces....Read more

  • Playing with Pattern and Colour with Lisa Samphire

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

    Join Lisa for a presentation and demonstration of her glass blowing process, which includes using murrini to put pattern in the blown glass pieces....Read more

  • Adding Calligraphy & Hand Lettering to Your Art with Kathy Guthrie

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

    January 9, 2018– Please note: The 12:00 PM demonstration is now full and no further registration will be taken. Thank you for your interest! Note: there is still room in the 2:30 PM demonstration.

    Join Kathy as she shows a variety of ways to add hand lettering to your art pieces....Read more

  • Adding Calligraphy & Hand Lettering to Your Art with Kathy Guthrie

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

    January 9, 2018– Please note: The 12:00 PM demonstration is now full and no further registration will be taken. Thank you for your interest! Note: there is still room in the 2:30 PM demonstration.

    Join Kathy as she shows a variety of ways to add hand lettering to your art pieces....Read more

  • Inspiration on a Deadline: The Action Packed World of a Professional Illustrator with Glen Mullaly

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

    Get the inside dope on the thrilling, high-stakes world of professional illustration!...Read more

  • Inspiration on a Deadline: The Action Packed World of a Professional Illustrator with Glen Mullaly

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

    Get the inside dope on the thrilling, high-stakes world of professional illustration!...Read more

  • Millefiori Technique with Polymer Clay with Wanda Shum

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

    January 10, 2018– Please note: The 12:00 PM demonstration is now full and no further registration will be taken. Thank you for your interest! Note: there is still room in the 2:30 PM demonstration.

    In this demonstration Wanda will show a unique technique which she describes as a combination of ‘sculpting and painting’ to create rolls of repetitive patterns from polymer clay....Read more

  • Millefiori Technique with Polymer Clay with Wanda Shum

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

    January 10, 2018– Please note: The 12:00 PM demonstration is now full and no further registration will be taken. Thank you for your interest! Note: there is still room in the 2:30 PM demonstration.

    In this demonstration Wanda will show a unique technique which she describes as a combination of ‘sculpting and painting’ to create rolls of repetitive patterns from polymer clay....Read more

  • Animal Eyes and Texture with Kathy Dufour

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

    January 9, 2018– Please note: This demonstration is full and no further registration will be taken. Thank you for your interest!

    Join Kathy in this demonstration of how to paint realistic animals with acrylics....Read more

  • Animal Eyes and Texture with Kathy Dufour

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

    January 9, 2018– Please note: This demonstration is full and no further registration will be taken. Thank you for your interest!

    Join Kathy in this demonstration of how to paint realistic animals with acrylics....Read more

  • Printmaking with Recycled Materials with April Caverhill

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

    January 9, 2018– Please note: The 12:00 PM demonstration is now full and no further registration will be taken. Thank you for your interest! Note: there is still room in the 2:30 PM demonstration.

    Join artist and illustrator April Caverhill as she shows you how to make beautiful, innovative prints using recycled packaging and old books....Read more

  • Printmaking with Recycled Materials with April Caverhill

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

    January 9, 2018– Please note: The 12:00 PM demonstration is now full and no further registration will be taken. Thank you for your interest! Note: there is still room in the 2:30 PM demonstration.

    Join artist and illustrator April Caverhill as she shows you how to make beautiful, innovative prints using recycled packaging and old books....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: This demonstration is 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
  • 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: This demonstration is 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
  • 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: This demonstration is full and no further registration will be taken. Thank you for your interest!

    Learn to paint natural light into your paintings! ...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: This demonstration is full and no further registration will be taken. Thank you for your interest!

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

    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

  • 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

    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

  • 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: This demonstration is 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
  • 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: This demonstration is 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
  • 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

    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

  • 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

    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

  • 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: This demonstration is 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

  • 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: This demonstration is 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

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

    Join Marie as she demonstrates a light introduction to the many techniques you can use with encaustic medium....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 9, 2018– Please note: The 12:00 PM demonstration is now full and no further registration will be taken. Thank you for your interest! Note: there is still room in the 2:30 PM demonstration.

    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
  • 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 9, 2018– Please note: The 12:00 PM demonstration is now full and no further registration will be taken. Thank you for your interest! Note: there is still room in the 2:30 PM demonstration.

    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
  • 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 10, 2018– Please note: The 12:00 PM demonstration is now full and no further registration will be taken. Thank you for your interest! Note: there is still room in the 2:30 PM demonstration.

    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

  • 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 10, 2018– Please note: The 12:00 PM demonstration is now full and no further registration will be taken. Thank you for your interest! Note: there is still room in the 2:30 PM demonstration.

    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

  • 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

  • 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