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 & Portrait Drawing
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.
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. Please note: Portrait single sessions are sold out!
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.
Xchanges is grateful to our funders and sponsors!!
Do I understand that the week includes all that is listed? OR do I have to choose ONE session only?
I do want to take advantage of the week’s explorations to get back into art after being away – THANK YOU!
the week does include all the sessions listed. Click on the PayPal to register. Let us know if you have any other questions.
Is the week series ok for beginners? Or do you need some experience?
the week is totally open for beginners and all levels!