|Mon, July 11||Life Drawing - basics||1:00 to 4:00pm||Starting with the essential framework of the body and working through a variety of poses to capture gesture, emotion, and structure, you will learn some of the fundamentals of life drawing.|
|Various Pose Drop in||7:00 to 9:00pm||This evening drop-in is non instructed time for artists to practice on their own. Various poses. Available online option as well.|
|Tues, July 12||Passion for Portraits||1:00 to 4:00pm||We find the human face everywhere for a reason. In this workshop you will carry on what you learned on Monday with this introduction to Portrait drawing. Pick up great new skills and practice with a variety of poses and angles and materials. Bring some wet media (watercolour, inks, etc.) and stretch your imagination or bring your tablet/iPad and work up a Procreate Portrait!|
|Wed, July 13||Long Pose Drop In||10:00am to Noon||This morning drop-in holds one pose for the whole session, giving you a chance to fully study the model in detail. Drawing or Painting.|
|Mono Prints - experimental drawing||1:00 to 4:00pm||This fun workshop introduces you to the art of the Mono Print - literally "one print". This is a great way to get loose and combine drawing and painting of the figure in a selection of poses. Once you experience the magic of print making, you will be altered in a good way forever!|
|Thur, July 14||Drawing Moving bodies - experimental drawing with dancers||1:00 to 4:00pm||This workshop will challenge artists to draw a moving contemporary dancer, facilitated by a professional choreographer. This session brings together experimentation and expression like no other.|
|Fri, July 15||Sketching with Clay - Sculpture - all levels||1:00 to 4:00pm||Wrap up the Atelier Series with a fantastic introductory workshop to 'drawing with clay'. Participants will create their own armature and create a series of clay figures to take away for completion or drying at home.|
|Happy Hour!||4:00 to 5:00pm||Stick around and join us for a pot luck happy hour celebration to admire all the work and wrap up this wonderful week of Atelier Workshops!|
ABOUT THE ATELIER LEADS (click to read more)
Atlelier – Drawing with Clay
David studied sculpture at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design in London, UK. (1981-1985). After graduating, he trained as a teacher of Art and Design gaining his P.G.C.E. He has been teaching and exhibiting ever since.
David founded, and co-teaches clay sculpting at the ‘Sculpt Italy’ summer school, in Pietrasanta, Italy. David specializes in sculpting and painting . Some of David’s sculptures have been displayed in the Sidney Sculpture walk; Kingsbrae Sculpture walk; Castlegar Sculpture walk; Cranbrook; and the Oak Bay Sculpture walk in. David’s sculptures are currently located in many private and public collections in the UK, Australia, Germany and Canada.
Atelier – Life Drawing
Brian has always been active in drawing and painting since childhood, encouraged by parents who both painted.
Art was his first love and one of only 4 subjects he studied during latter years at the Grammar school in Dunstable, Bedfordshire just north of London in the UK. Here he received high level of training in the fundamentals of life drawing, painting and sculpture from an Alumni tutor of the Royal Academy in London.
Water colour became and still is Brian’s passion, and he has given water colour workshops across Canada particularly in the North from the Yukon to northern Ontario, as well as southern BC. He has also taught workshops in the UK, Ireland, Indonesia as well as several Countries in West and Southern Africa.
Many of his watercolours include figurative and animal subjects, a figurative piece is located in the small permanent collection at Xchanges.
For the upcoming Atelier workshops in July at Xchanges, Brian will be sharing the fundamentals of figure drawing: open our ability to draw what we see and not just what we know, backed up with stories and tips and a focus on positive recognition to catch people doing it right!
Please come out and enjoy this opening session at Xchanges and get the week off to a good start with a sense of fun.
Constance Cooke, Kayla Henry, Heidi Bergstrom
Atelier – Experimental Drawing – Moving Bodies – Drawing Dancers
Constance Cooke is a contemporary choreographer for Stage, Screendance and Site Specific Work, Educator of Contemporary Dance, Mentor, and Somatic Movement Teacher. Her work has attracted and cultivated curious, open and intelligent audiences for contemporary and experimental work for over 30 years.
Website: Xchanges Blog
Kayla Henry is a 2011 graduate of The School of Contemporary Dancers, in affiliation with the University of Winnipeg where she received her Bachelor of Arts. Since graduation, Kayla has worked closely with many Canadian choreographers and companies, including Canada’s longest-running contemporary dance company, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (WCD). Kayla’s national exposure has so far reached Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Regina, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria and Winnipeg, Canada. Internationally she has worked in Berlin, Germany; Vienna, Austria; Graz, Austria and New York City, USA.
Kayla is the Founder and Artistic Director of Noble Riot Dance Theatre in Victoria BC (2021), and is deeply inspired by her recent dance with cancer.
Heidi Bergstrom, MA, BFA, is a multimedia visual artist and cultural researcher in Victoria, BC, Canada. Her fine art practice and exhibitions include works in painting, printmaking, video and photography and multimedia installations. Heidi has led online life and portrait drawing and worked with Connie and Kayla in developing the approach to experimental drawing at Dance Days 2021. She is the Artistic Director of Studio H Canada International Artist Residency in Metchosin, BC.
Atelier – Mono Prints
Alain Costaz is a visual artist and instructor in Victoria BC.
Alain is a BFA graduate of Concordia University in Montréal, studied at Université Laval in Québec City and the Victoria College of Art.
In his Victoria Chinatown studio Alain works at drawing, painting, and printmaking. He teaches at the Victoria College of Art and in the community. Alain exhibits regularly with Ground Zero Printmakers, participates in printmaking biennales and exchange projects and held a duo exhibition of paintings and printmaking and a solo exhibition of large paintings in 2021.
Atelier – Portrait
How to Register and Pay
To register for the full series, use the PayPal options below. You do not have to have a PayPal Account and can use your credit card or Visa Debit card.
To hold a spot for individual sessions, please order via Xchanges’ Online Store here. Individual sessions are subject to availability as first priority is for full-week participants. Xchanges may run the Atelier series again depending on demand. If you are not able to attend future sessions, Xchanges will provide a refund.
A full week of Atelier Workshops, including materials for the mono printing and drawing with clay workshops plus two drop-in sessions. Participants should bring paper and their preferred drawing material (e.g., pencils, charcoal, or watercolours, ink, pens etc. Please, no oil paints), for all other workshops/sessions.
NON MEMBERS RATE
A full week of Atelier Workshops, including materials for the mono printing and drawing with clay workshops plus two drop-in sessions. Participants should bring paper and their preferred drawing material (e.g., pencils, charcoal, or watercolours, ink, pens etc. Please, no oil paints), for all other workshops/sessions. Non Members – you can join Xchanges for only $40 and save $60!
Xchanges Annual Membership
Can’t do the whole week? To hold a spot for individual sessions, please order via Xchanges’ Online Store here. Individual sessions are subject to availability as first priority is for full-week participants. Xchanges may run the Atelier series again in July depending on demand. If you are not able to attend future sessions, Xchanges will provide a refund.
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