UPCOMING COURSES 2022

Join me for a variety of workshops, private tutoring sessions, or group classes.  Currently, all classes are being offered

online through Zoom. 

I am a full-time practicing artist with over 45 years drawing and practicing.  I also have over 28 years of teaching both

adults and youth and bring to all my classes what it takes to succeed as an artist. I have taught adult education since

2011 and enjoy working with the University of Victoria in teaching basic drawing courses in observation and

portraiture.  

I have over 10 years of experience working as a full time practicing artist, along the way winning awards, and recognition

for my colour pencil works.  I have also placed twice in Canada's prestigious Kingston Portrait Competition and I am

currently being represented by an important Canadian Gallery, West End Gallery in Victoria, and Edmonton, Alberta.  

I understand what it takes to be successful at getting your work recognized and spend a great deal of time discussing

what is needed to move your work forward.  

I have a Diploma in Interior Design, and have designed and built my own home.  I also have a BFA with distinction from

Concordia University in Montreal and an M.Ed specializing in Visual Arts education.  

Member of the Botanical Artists of Canada.

THE ART OF BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION

ONLINE - ZOOM

ZOOM ONLINE Course Description

$220 CAD ONLINE

Dates to be updated in January, 2022

Time:9:30 pm – 12:30 pm

Days:Saturday

Sessions:5

Total instructional hours:15

Hours per session:3 hours over 4 classes, final class 2 hours

May/June a 15 hour The Art of Botanical Illustration will be offered on Saturday mornings 5 weeks, this is an extensive, true botanical illustration class with an extended colour pencil list (comparison chart provided if needed), including how to set up a botanical specimen on a page (you choose from 3 samples - or work along with the teacher), elements of the specimen, and how to add a bug with iridescent colours and more, including bonus videos aside from the class videos.  The end result is a completed (or almost completed) botanical specimen drawing which can be framed.  

Registration opens spring 2022

for more information:  Contact

FUNDAMENTALS OF PHOTOSHOP FOR VISUAL ARTISTS - ZOOM

Offline through video of class

This class can be purchased as offline content. Ideally for students who are not able to attend due to class time or need more flexibility.  Students will get fully edited videos equivalent to the live class(s). In addition students will receive all workshop handouts and support through email questions.    

Adobe Photoshop Basics for the Visual Artists

 

In this class students will delve into the wonderful program of Adobe Photoshop.  This class is for absolute new comers to Photoshop and involves navigating the program from all the areas artists need.  We’ll cover the general interface from work area, panels, tools bar, menu bar and control bar.  We’ll discuss how to open, save, work with resolutions, colour fundamentals from RGB to CMYK, and the essentials of photo/image resizing, cropping and preparation.  The areas of layers, adding text, image correction for distortion, colour, white balance and other will all be investigated as well as saving, file sharing and file storage using both Adobe online and hard drives/external hard drives.  Specifically geared for visual artists who need to know how to import their images for photo referencing, and how to correct photos of their artwork to send out for competitions, contests and print shops, working from your own photos, and other.  We’ll cover all the areas necessary to get you going and beyond.  

 

Students will need a recent version of Photoshop step-by-step instructions provided.   

 

Students will receive information packages of each class.

 

Jeannette Sirois has been working professionally with Photoshop since 1995 both as a designer and professional visual artist.  She started teaching the program in 1998 and has been using and teaching Photoshop ever since.  She has extensive experience through Adobe courses and in her own art practice and now uses both Adobe desktop and tablet in her art practice every day.  

For further information, contact Jeannette to find out more about this course:contact

BASIC OBSERVATIONAL DRAWING WITH GRAPHITE

ZOOM WORKSHOP 

January 29-February 26

Course Description

Time:9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Days:Saturday

Sessions:5

Total instructional hours:15

Hours per session:3

Course description

Knowing the fundamental methods of observational drawing is an important tool for successfully and accurately depicting a subject. Using graphite, you will explore the elements of drawing through mark making, line, shape, texture and volume. We’ll study basic perspective, work towards understanding positive and negative space and understand how light and shade is applied on various forms and surfaces. This course is for people who are new to drawing or who want to work on improving their basic observational drawing skills.

Online 

TO REGISTER UVIC

PORTRAIT DRAWING WITH GRAPHITE

ZOOM WORKSHOP

Course description

In this introductory course, we will explore the complex topic of portrait drawing and break it down into manageable concepts. With easy-to-follow exercises, we’ll examine the face in sections and focus on understanding how to get more accurate proportions, how to draw eyes, nose and mouth and how to put it all together in a well-proportioned drawing. 

Prerequisites

This course will require the use of Zoom and may use other education technology such as internet-based applications, cloud services, or social media. In order to complete this course you will be required to either consent to the disclosure of your personal information outside of Canada to enable use of these technologies, or work with the Division of Continuing Studies to explore other privacy protective options (such as using an alias or nickname).

April 23 – May 21, 2022

Time:9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Days:Saturday

Sessions:5

Total instructional hours:15

Hours per session:3

TO REGISTER GO TO:UVIC REGISTRATION

FUNDAMENTALS OF PERSPECTIVE DRAWING

ZOOM WORKSHOP

Course description

Are you looking to better understand illustration and general representational art making? From still life to environmental spaces and basic human forms, this course will give you the tools to move forward with more accuracy and realism in your art making. Learn the fundamentals of one-, two- and three-point perspective drawing, the basic concepts of horizon lines, vanishing points, and measurements in perspective, and other techniques to give your drawing more depth and perspective.

March 5 – April 2, 2022

Time:9:30-12:30

Days:Sunday

Sessions:5

Total instructional hours:15

TO REGISTER GO TO:UVIC REGISTRATION

SEASONAL BOTANICAL SPECIAL 

THE RED AND THE WHITE

HOLLY AND SNOWBERRIES

MINI WORKSHOP

ONLINE - ZOOM

ZOOM ONLINE Course Description

$100 CAD ONLINE

FULL

New dates next year

Days:Saturday

Sessions:2

Total instructional hours:6

Hours per session:3

Another fun seasonal botanical art class.  This one is going to be about drawing deep reds of the holly berry and the snowy whites of snowberries.  We'll explore a fun but simple and doable composition and add lots of fun elements of drawing leaves and how to put the work together in a fun composition.  Join me for a seasonal look at two very different, shiny vs matt subject and how to tackle whites, reds and greens.

for more information or to register:  Contact

ADVANCED METHODS OF PORTRAIT DRAWING WITH GRAPHITE

check back later for future dates

Course description

This class is for students who have a good grasp of portrait drawing but would like to challenge themselves in developing their facial drawing skills. We’ll work on three main areas: eyes, mouth and skin and look at details from veins, to water edges, to reflections and iris details. Students will also be shown how to work on the skin textures such as wrinkles and pores and learn how to successfully use contouring and tonal ranges to depict accuracy in three dimensional facial structures.

Prerequisites

This course will require the use of Zoom and may use other education technology such as internet-based applications, cloud services, or social media. In order to complete this course you will be required to either consent to the disclosure of your personal information outside of Canada to enable use of these technologies, or work with the Division of Continuing Studies to explore other privacy protective options (such as using an alias or nickname).

CHECK BACK FOR FUTURE DATES

PORTFOLIO, IMAGE REVIEWS AND FEEDBACK

For more information about private lessons visit: Private tutoring

Areas of Feedback:

-  How to put a portfolio together

-  What is a body of work and are you heading in the right direction

-  Level and skill of your work, areas that need attention.

-  Skill with your medium, review of your work in relation to what you want to do with it

-  Submitting for a show/competition, what are the ins and outs, what you need to do and more

-  Feedback on individual work,  getting professional feedback I use correct terminology to discuss areas that need to be improved and give you step by step advice on the work based on professional knowledge and terminology, including the elements and principles of art.

BEYOND THE BASICS

NOW BEING OFFERED AS A GROUP OR PRIVATE TUTORING WORKSHOP ONLINE

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Jeannette Sirois

TIME AND PRICING WILL DIFFER BASED ON MODEL OF WORKSHOP

This workshop is for participants who are familiar with colour pencil drawing botancials and who want to focus on advancing their skills in drawing botancial works.  We'll work with live specimens and develop our rendering skills using layering.  Furthering our discussion on how to bring deeper richer colours to the paper, we'll combine the colour pencil work with beautiful fine detailing using watercolor paint with alcohol and water to attain clean lines and small area washes.  Along the way, we'll study form, tone, and composition within the botanical field of art.  

For Registration:  Contact Jeannette Sirois through this webpage contact form

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MAY/June 2022

More information to be posted soon

$220

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OFFLINE LESSONS ONGOING

6 hours of step-by-step videos and over 100 pages of step-by-step information packages for 4 full lessons, plus 3 pre-lessons, how to download, creating a new document, the Photoshop workspace.

$70

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Private Classes:  From beginners too Experienced. From botanical illustration to the fundamentals of drawing .  Contact me to set up a class or series of classes that suits your needs.  

$100

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Basic Observational Drawing with Graphite
ZOOM WORKSHOP THROUGH the University of Victoria

January 29- February 26

Time:9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Days:Saturday

Sessions:5

Total instructional hours:15

Hours per session:3

TO REGISTER GO TO:UVIC REGISTRATION

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Basic Portrait Drawing with graphite ZOOM WORKSHOP THROUGH the University of Victoria

April 23 – May 21, 2022

Time:9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Days:Saturday

Sessions:5

Total instructional hours:15

Hours per session:3

TO REGISTER GO TO:UVIC REGISTRATION

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The fundamentals of Perspective Drawing
ZOOM WORKSHOP THROUGH the University of Victoria

March 5 – April 2, 2022

Days:Ssturday

Sessions:5

Total instructional hours:15

TO REGISTER GO TO:UVIC REGISTRATION

 
 
 
 

Workshop Info and Policies for in Studio Classes Only

 

Withdrawal Fees and Deadlines

 

A $25 fee applies for withdrawal made 48 hours or more before the workshop start date.  

No refunds will be issued for withdrawals or no shows under 48 hours before the program start date.  

 

Illness or Injury

A pro-rated refund may be issued if you are unable to attend classes and you have a signed physician’s note.

 

Removal for Conduct (youth camps)

I reserve the right to remove any student who fails to comply with our student code of conduct.  Refunds will no be given.

Online workshops using Zoom

Before participating in any online workshop using Zoom, please read the following.  It is up to the student to be fully aware and agree to the terms and conditions related to online workshops.

1-  Zoom meetings are a mix between student participation, demonstrations, critiques, instructor drawing, and Q & A.  A percentage of each class will be provided for some hands-on practice and direct question to the instructor of student work. 

2- Each week the instructor will have an online open office/student time which will be sent to students through a zoom link. Students will be requested to wait in the waiting room if the instructor is busy with another student.  Critique times are slotted to be no more than 10 minutes.  If you miss the open office time,  feedback and critiques can be done by Quicktime video if students provide work to the instructor ahead of time.

3-  Zoom meeting invitation and topic of the day will be provided the day before each meeting is to take place. If images are provided, it is up to each participant to have it ready for the class.  If images are provided during class time through chat, each participant must be aware of how to open chat on their computer or tablet.

4-  It is imperative that zoom participants never share the zoom link with others.  This is a security issue, and privacy is paramount to all attendees.  

5-  If an attendee leaves the meeting during class time, the instructor will not allow the attendee back into the class, the host is not responsible for readmission.  

6-  Class admission time will be emailed each week to students with a class zoom invite.  No admission after start time as this disrupts the class and distracts from the ongoing discussion.

7-  All attendees must be located in a room or area where no other person, pet, children or other, can cause background distraction.  Remember, everyone can see your room and you.

8-  All attendees are required to enter the class with a live video on.

9-   Please dress appropriately, do not eat, or do other activities that can distract the other participants.  

10-  All attendees must be aware of Zoom.  The instructor is not responsible for technical issues on the attendees side.

 

Conduct for Students

  1. Treating others kindly and politely so they can feel good about themselves

  2. Showing respect for others by being helpful and supportive

  3. Showing respect for the environment by avoiding waste or damage

  4. Co-opertating with students and the instructor so everyone can be successful

  5. Actively participate in class to get the most from your experience

 
 
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