The Kamloops Arts Council is now offering arts & professional development workshops. Workshops are through the City of Kamloops. Art workshops will be held Saturday mornings at Parkview Activity Centre (500 McDonald Ave.) and professional development workshops Wednesday evenings (unless noted) at the Old Courthouse Cultural Centre (7 Seymour St. W.)
You must pre-register through the City in order to take the workshop.
Register early to avoid disappointment!
* current KAC members: call 250-828-3611 for your discount!
* non-KAC members: call 250-828-3500 or register online.
SPRING WORKSHOP SERIES
Registration Now Open!
Please note that Acrylic Painting: Tapping Your Inner Gorilla on April 6th has been cancelled.
April 13: Making Art with Bones
Instructor: Rachel Kilback
9am to 12 noon | Course #205886 | $45 ($40 for KAC members)
Make beautiful and striking art using animal bones. This workshop covers where to find bones, how to handle them, and safety, legality, ethics, cleaning methods, tools required as well as art-making -- what works, what doesn’t and why. Bring your own bones if you have them. Materials supplied. Instructor Rachel Kilback is a multimedia artist who enjoys working with unusual organic materials found in nature. Her work has been featured on numerous websites and online magazines.
April 20: Printmaking: Relief Printing by Hand
Instructor: Sherri May
9am to 12 noon | Course #205883 | $45 ($40 for KAC members)
Printmaking is the process of making original artworks by printing on paper. Each piece produced is considered an original. Learn the art of relief printing, a printmaking process in which protruding surface faces of a printing plate or block are inked and recessed areas are ink-free. Materials will be supplied. Instructor Sherri May has been a practising artist for the past 7 years. She is a graduate of the TRU Fine Arts program and has been involved with the Kamloops Printmakers' Society. Her work has been exhibited locally and in Vancouver, Toronto and Edmonton.
April 27: Painting with Acrylic Texture
Instructor: Judy Mackenzie
9am to 12 noon | Course #250884 | $45 ($40 for KAC members)
Acrylic paint is a fast-drying paint containing pigment suspension in acrylic polymer emulsion. Depending on how much the paint is diluted or modified, the finished acrylic painting can resemble a watercolor or an oil painting, or have its own unique characteristics not attainable with other media. Learn to work with this popular medium in this three-hour introductory workshop. Materials will be supplied. Instructor Judy Mackenzie has been painting for 20 years, almost exclusively in acrylics. Her work has been exhibited at the Calgary Stampede, and she also teaches painting at her home gallery in Chase.
May 11: Mother/Daughter Jewellery Making
Instructor: Una Connor
9am to 12 noon | Course #207833 | $45 ($40 for KAC members)
Celebrate Mother's Day weekend with this fun mom/daughter session! Make beautiful and creative jewellery with beads, feathers and more. All materials will be supplied. Instructor Una Connor is a local artist who works in multi-mediums, from custom-designed jewellery to paintings and drawings and from sculptures to creative writing. She has taught arts workshops of all kinds for children, youth, and adults.
May 25: Calligraphy & Illumination
Instructor: Glen Mantie
9am to 12 noon | Course #207835 | $45 ($40 for KAC members)
Calligraphy is a type of visual art related to writing, the design and execution of lettering with a broad-tip instrument or brush in one stroke. Illumination makes the text even more beautiful through decoration. Learn this ancient art in an interactive three-hour workshop. Materials will be supplied. Instructor Glen Mantie has been an artist for more than 25 years. Though his primary medium is clay, he also has a passion for the written arts.
June 1: Mother/Daughter Hair Wraps
Instructor: Una Connor
9am to 12 noon: | Course #207837 | $45 ($40 for KAC members)
Hair wraps are a fun and easy form of wearable art, and a nice alternative to bows or braids. Learn to make these eye-catching, colourful hair accessories in this delightful mother/daughter session! Materials will be supplied. Instructor Una Connor is a local artist who works in multi-mediums, from custom-designed jewellery to paintings and drawings and from sculptures to creative writing. She has taught arts workshops of all kinds for children, youth, and adults.
June 8: Fibre Arts: Wet Felting
Instructor: Karen Hanna
9am to 12 noon | Course# 207839 | $45 ($40 for KAC members)
Felt is a non-woven cloth that is produced by matting, condensing and pressing woollen fibres. Learn the basics of wet felting and make your own project in this interactive session. Projects may include making felted soaps, purses, or jewellery. All materials will be supplied. Instructor Karen Hanna is a local fibre artist who enjoys working with animal fibre -- a natural, renewable resource used since ancient times with endless possibilities for spinning, dying, knitting and felt making. Her work has been featured at the Courthouse Gallery, the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival, and SAGA.
June 15: Textile Arts: Yarn Scarves & More
Instructor: Jan Seedhouse
9am to 12 noon | Course #207840 | $45 ($40 for KAC members)
Learn the fun and simple technique of making yarn scarves, with no knitting required! Yarn scarves require the use of a sewing machine (supplied). All other materials will be supplied. If there is time, students may also be introduced to weaving. Instructor Jan Seedhouse is a fibre artist who weaves mainly scarves and shawls, often turning the shawls into ponchos and other coverings. She has sold her work at craft shows, at stores in Chase, Gibsons Landing and Mission, and at the Kamloops Courthouse Gallery.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS
April 10: Writing for Beginners - session 1
April 17: Session 2
Instructor: Syliva Olson
6:30-8:30pm | Course #207782 | $40
A 2-part information session for beginning writers in all genres - fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Learn about the elements of a story (point of view, plot, character, voice), what to do when you have writers' block, conferences and contests, and more. Sylvia Olson has a BEd degree in English Literature from U of A. She has published several dozen articles, written a newspaper column and has been a finalist for the Writers’ Union of Canada’s Annual Writing for Children Competition. She is now working on a children’s novel. Her most recent article was published in the September issue of More of Our Canada Magazine.
April 24: How to Set-Up a Home Photography Studio
Instructor: Bob Clark
6:30-8:30pm | Course #207788 | $20
Are you an artist who is serious about getting your work juried in to competitions, exhibitions and shows? Or do you need striking photos of your artwork for marketing purposes? Your photos represent you, your work and your professionalism. At this info session, learn to take photos that make your artwork look as good on paper as it does in person. Robert (Bob) Clark is a photographer who specializes in formal studio photography using creative lighting. View his work at www.rdcphotography.ca.
May 1: Booth Display 101
Instructor: Lorel Sternig
6:30-8:30pm | Course #207794 | $20
Displaying all your work in a 10 x 10 space, whether indoors or outdoors, can be very daunting for an artist or crafter. There is nothing more discouraging than having people take a quick glance at your booth and pass on. At this info session, learn how to create a successful booth -- one that draws people in, highlights individual pieces and stops traffic long enough for customers to see and touch your work. Please email a photo of your existing booth display setup and some of your art/product to
. Instructor Lorel Sternig's first job after art school was in visual presentation at Woodward's. An exhibiting artist at various trade shows and art fairs, she has applied her practical display knowledge to showcasing her own work.
May 8: Curating Your Own Solo Art Show
Instructor: Ula Chauvet
6:30-8:30pm | Course #207832 | $20
Curation is defined as the sorting and selection of art for presentation to an audience. It plays a key role in how an audience receives an artist's work and in whether the work sells. In this info session, learn the elements of curating your own show, including location, purpose, selection, placement, storytelling, arrangement, and physical presentation. Instructor Ula Chauvet is an artist who has curated group and solo exhibits, including Barely They're: Unveiling the Female Form and Barely They're Too: Exposing Themselves Again. She is the founder of The Art of Collaboration Studio and coordinator of the KAC's two member galleries.
TUESDAY May 14: Professional Practices in Visual Arts
Instructor: Karla Pearce
6:30-8:30pm | Course #207834 | $20
This course details a step-by-step process on how artists can become better at presenting, showing and marketing their work in today's art market. Students will learn how to set realistic goals and expectations for themselves, how to determine their path and ready their artwork for their chosen clientele. Students will learn how to determine the appropriate venue for their work and how to effectively secure it. Promotional and client-building techniques will also be taught.
Professional artist/ educator Karla Pearce has successfully marketed her artwork for the last 20 years in public and private art galleries as well as working extensively in print, radio and television media. She currently owns and operates her own art gallery in Kamloops, where she shows her own paintings as well as the artwork of other local artists and continues to teach art classes to students of all ages.
May 29: Finding Your Way in the Art World
Instructor: Tricia Sellmer
6:30-8:30pm | Course #207836 | $20
Learn how to succeed in the art world from Tricia Sellmer, an internationally renowned artist. Tricia has completed arts residencies at The International School of Painting, Drawing & Sculpture, Umbria, Italy and The School of Visual Arts in New York City. She has studied painting at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and holds degrees from UBC and TRU. Exhibitions of her works have been held in public and private galleries internationally. Tricia’s work has been reviewed in numerous magazines and newspapers as well as on television and radio.
June 5: Memory of Spring: A Creativity Workshop
Instructor: Hope Mikal
6:30-8:30pm | Course #207838 | $20
Spend a relaxing evening with Hope Mikal, local artist and avid haiku lover, creating a memory of spring. With an introduction to guided imagery, each participant will create one to three haiku poems and a watercolour painting to accentuate the poetry. Being creative is taking time to stop from busy, everyday activities and letting yourself be expressed through a choice of medium. Sign up and allow yourself the time to have fun and be inspired by the beautiful world around you. Feel free to bring a photo of your favourite place, plants, people or whatever you please. Materials and references will be provided. For all ages and skill levels. As a child, Hope Mikal knew she wanted to be an artist when she "grew up." Now in her early twenties, Hope creates acrylic and watercolour pieces in her home studio. She sells her artwork in local stores Fudge Yeah! and The Art We Are year round. Having loved writing and reading from a young age as well, she enjoys writing haikus and other poetry during her spare time. In 2011, she became a certified workshop facilitator with Musings and Mud Coaching Studio. Through simple, fun exercises, she enjoys creating course material based on the 9 Modern Muses and a Bodyguard. One of her many goals is to obtain the next level of creative coaching and the title of 'Kaizen Muse Coach'.
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