UPCOMING COURSES 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 26 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, with over 10 years as a professional designer and CAD technician, and have designed and built my own home.  I also have a BFA with distinction from Concordia University in Montreal and an M.Ed in Curriculum Studies specializing in Visual Arts.  

I am a current member of the Botanical Artists of Canada.

MINI WORKSHOP:  DRAWING WRINKLES WITH COLOUR PENCILS ZOOM 

Course Description

DATE & TIME:
SATURDAY MAY 23, 2021

9:30 pm to 12:30 pm


Cost $50

In this mini workshop we'll delve into how to draw wrinkles on skin.  While learning the skills we'll work from a reference photo to grasp the ins and outs of these fine details.  Along the way I'll show you how to achieve texture, realism and dimension.  Join me for this mini workshop and start to learn the details involved in drawing facial wrinkles with colour pencil.

Materials list: Paper: Any paper that has smooth tooth such as: Stonehenge, Strathmore Mixed Media, Strathmore vellum Bristol. 

Pencils: I recommend Faber Castell Polychromos (or equivalent in professional colour pencils- if students have their own brand of colour pencils choose colours which are similar in name to this list or contact instructor for help) 103 ivory, 130 salmon, 132 beige red, 192 indian red, 131 coral, 187 burnt ochre, 189 cinnamon, 191 pompeian red 118 scarlet red, 217 middle cadmium red, 225 dark red, 128 light purple pink, 138 violet, 247 cobalt blue, 167 permanent green olive, 169 caput mortum, 175 dark sepia, 182 brown ocre, 176 nougat.

Prismacolor colourless blender, black and white colour pencil, graphite pencil, eraser, sharpener.

TO REGISTER PLEASE EMAIL ME  HERE

 

INTRODUCTION TO BOTANICAL DRAWING WITH COLOUR PENCIL ONLINE ZOOM

Check back soon for more dates

 

Students will have online access to the instructor for feedback, discussion and questions.  In addition, students will have access to 4 exclusive online bonus videos that will delve deeper into advanced botanical techniques and methods.  Each video will be available following the weekly session.

Description:

Botanical illustration has been around for hundreds of years and in this fun workshop we’ll get to explore this amazing art form.  Working with traditional botanical guidelines, we’ll explore through the use of colour pencils in illustrating plants, fruits and vegetables.  We’ll work on layout/composition, rendering form, how to choose colours and layering with colour pencils.  We’ll talk about the process of colour pencil work from types of papers to types of pencils and all the in-betweens.  Along the way we’ll delve into how to choose your colours, how and when to blend effectively and the need for working with multiple colours for effective images that pop.  I’ll pass along key skills and tricks on effective colour use.

Materials list:
Choose a paper that has low tooth, examples are: Stonehenge, Strathmore Mixed Media, Strathmore vellum Bristol.

Colour Pencil:  Faber Castell Polychromos (or equivalent in professional colour pencils): 103 ivory, 104 light yellow glaze, 107 cadmium yellow, 111 cadmium orange, 118 scarlet red, 217 middle cadmium red, 225 dark red, 128 light purple pink, 138 violet, 247 indianthene blue, 167 permanent green olive, 266 permanent green/blue, 173 olive green yellowish, 169 caput mortum, 175 dark sepia, 182 brown ocre, 176 nougat.

Students can Bring any set of professional colour pencils to this workshop.

Prismacolor colourless blender, black and white, eraser, sharpener, OMS, inexpensive small paintbrush 

TO REGISTER GO TO:  REGISTRATION

 

 

MINI WORKSHOP: DRAWING EYES WITH GRAPHITE ONLINE  ZOOM

2 CLASS WORKSHOP

6 HOURS

JUNE 5 - 6

Please note these workshops have different time slots for both days

June 5 -1 PM - 4 PM

June 6 - 10 AM - 1 PM

$100

Course description

In this fun class we'll tackle the all important feature of the eye.  We'll break the eye down into manageable parts, learn to drawn them accurately, lean about various eye shapes, eye lid shapes and how it ties into the nose and eye brow.  We'll work on rendering the eye in all it's details and get into refining where necessary with value and texture.

Prerequisites

This course will require the use of Zoom.

MATERIALS

Good quality pencils (Faber Castell, Staedtler Lumograph, Derwent, Caran D'Ache),  HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B and 9XXB (General Pencils-Kimberly Graphite Extra Extra Soft Drawing Pencil, 9XXB), kneaded eraser, pencil sharpener with two-hole sizes, 1 white rubber eraser, 1 pad of paper or sketchbook (EX:  Strathmore Mixed Media, Stonehenge drawing,Fabriano Aritistico Hotpress Watercolor Paper, Arches Watercolor hotpress) approximately 9” x 11” (could be larger), blending stump

 

 

TO REGISTER PLEASE EMAIL ME  HERE

MINI WORKSHOP: DRAWING EYES WITH COLOUR PENCIL ONLINE  ZOOM

2 CLASS WORKSHOP

6 HOURS

JUNE 26 - 27

Please NOTE these classes have different time slots

June 26 - Time 1- 4 pm

June 27 - Time 10 AM - 1 PM

$100

Course description

In this fun class we'll tackle the all important feature of drawing the eye with colour.  We'll break the eye down into manageable parts, learn to draw them accurately, learn about various eye shapes, eye lid shapes and how it ties into the nose and eye brow.  We'll work on rendering the eye in all it's details with full colour and get into refining where necessary with value and texture.

Prerequisites

This course will require the use of Zoom.

Materials list:

Paper: Any paper that has smooth tooth such as: Stonehenge, Strathmore Mixed Media, Strathmore vellum Bristol. 

Pencils: I recommend Faber Castell Polychromos (or equivalent in professional colour pencils- if students have their own brand of colour pencils choose colours which are similar in name to this list or contact instructor for help) 103 ivory, 130 salmon, 132 beige red, 192 Indian red, 131 coral, 187 burnt ochre, 189 cinnamon, 191 Pompeian red 118 scarlet red, 217 middle cadmium red, 128 light purple pink, 136 purple violet, 140 ultramarine blue, 172 earth green, 169 mortum, 175 dark sepia, 182 brown ocre, 176 van dyck brown.

Prismacolor colourless blender, black and white colour pencil, graphite pencil, eraser, sharpener.

OMS, a small bottle of oderless mineral spirits, a small paintbrush (inexpensive)

 

 

TO REGISTER PLEASE EMAIL ME  HERE

BASIC Studies in Graphite:  Understanding Form, Value and Realism

Course description

June 1 - 8 - 15

9 Hour workshop

$150

6:30 - 9:30

This workshop is intended to help students understand the key elements of successful drawing.  We'll explore how to successfully create form through various drawing methods, from working with a photograph to a live subject. We'll look at the importance of value, and what it means, how to successfully create a value scale and apply it to a subject to make the image pop and wow your viewer.  We'll incorporate how to achieve realism from simple shading to more complicated applications in glass, metal or textured surfaces.  This is a basic class for artists from beginning to advanced who are looking to gain some skills, keys to successfully working with graphite and creating amazing life-like images.

Students will have real time access to drawing projects and be given the opportunity to ask group or private questions with the instructor, along with sharing your work in class for immediate feedback.  

A video of the session will be available to participants upon completion of each session.

Materials List

Graphite pencils HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B and 9xxB from general pencils, white eraser, blending stump, kneaded eraser, pencil sharpener, smooth paper pad 9" x 11" (or so).  

TO REGISTER:  Cowichan Valley ARTS COUNCIL 

Drawing Pets with Colour Pencils

June 19-26 July 3-10

$210

9:30 - 12:30

 

Let's explore the world of drawing pets in this drawing with colour pencils workshop.  This workshop is intended to give students a good starting place in drawing animals from dogs to cats and wild animals. We'll explore how to assess colour and make correct choices, layering, details of fur short to long, light, depth and fur clumping. We'll also look at the details of eyes, nose, ears and mouth and how to do whiskers effectively over colour pencils.  Students will be given tips on how to draw accurately for animals, materials, papers, extra tools, and more. This will be a fun class full of tips and tricks while discovering new techniques in drawing animals with colour pencils.

This is an introductory workshop where no experience is necessary.

Students will get access to online feedback, bonus videos and information sheets to help them move forward with their drawing.

TO REGISTER:  Cowichan Valley ARTS COUNCIL 

Drawing Glass Vase and Botancial with Colour Pencil - ONLINE

Saturday, 9:30am - 12:30 pm

$210

MAY 22-29

JUNE 5 - 12

12 hours

This workshop will explore the fun subject of drawing a botanical specimen in a small glass vase with water.  We'll discuss the concepts of drawing glass accurately, how

reflection works, how transparency is attained, and what a botanical specimen looks like in a glass vase. Along the way you'll get tips, and information on how to work more

successfully with colour pencils, how to choose your colours, how to layer and perfecting how you can apply colour on your paper to get more precise realism.  

Students will get access to online feedback, videos and information sheets to help them move forward with their drawing.

No experience is necessary.

TO REGISTER:  Cowichan Valley ARTS COUNCIL 

Drawing A ROSE with Colour Pencil: A practice in refining skills of accuracy, colour and detail

ONLINE

July 17 - 18

9:30 - 12:30 PST (Vancouver BC )

$105

6 hours

This workshop will explore the fun subject of drawing a rose botanical specimen, tea rose or Rosa esperance.  The objective of the workshop is to understand how to choose colours, how to effectively move from a basic shape to a detailed form using values, colour and colour layering.  This class is not a discussion on a live specimen drawing, we will work from a photo with the emphasis being on botanical accuracy and realism and control of the medium to create intricate details. Students will be asked to redraw the image shape in graphite for preparation to get working on moving the shape into a detailed form. Along the way you'll get tips, and information on how to work more successfully with colour pencils, how to choose your colours, how to layer and perfecting how you can apply colour on your paper to get more precise realism, from edging to value blends, colour blends and good observational drawing skills.  

Students will get access to online feedback, a video of the class and information sheets to help them move forward with the drawing.

No experience is necessary.

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER CONTACT ME DIRECTLY

PORTRAIT DRAWING WITH GRAPHITE

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).

NEW DATES IN THE FALL COMING SOON

Sessions:5

Total instructional hours:15

Hours per session:3

TO REGISTER GO TO:UVIC REGISTRATION

ADVANCED METHODS OF PORTRAIT DRAWING WITH GRAPHITE

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).

April 10 – May 8, 2021

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

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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MINI zoom WORKSHOP - 

WRINKLES

 DRAWING WRINKLES WITH COLOUR PENCILS

MAY 23

9:30 PM - 12:30 PM

$50

BASICS OF GRAPHITE DRAWING

FORM, VALUE AND REALISM

6:30 - 9:30

June 1-8 - 15 

$150

zoom WORKSHOP - 

MINI ZOOM WORKSHOP - COLOUR PENCIL DRAWING A ROSE

July 17 - 18

Saturday and Sunday

July 17 time 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

July 18 time 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

MORE INFORMATION

$105

GLASS VASE AND BOTANICAL

May 22-29 and June 5-12

9:30 - 12:30

$210

 zoom WORKSHOP - 

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2 MINI ZOOM 

WORKSHOPS -DRAWING EYES

DRAWING EYES WITH GRAPHITE

JUNE 5 - 6 $100

PLEASE NOTE:  THESE CLASSES HAVE DIFFERENT TIME SLOTS

JUNE 5 - TIME 1-4PM

JUNE 6 - TIME 10 - 1 PM

 

DRAWING EYES  WITH COLOUR PENCILS $100

JUNE 26- 27

PLEASE NOTE:  THESE CLASSES HAVE DIFFERENT TIME SLOTS

JUNE 26 - TIME 1-4PM

JUNE 27 - TIME 10 - 1 PM

zoom WORKSHOP - 

 
 
 
 
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MINI WORKSHOP ZOOM - DRAWING A PEAR WITH COLOUR PENCIL

JULY 3 - 4

Please NOTE these classes have different times slots

July 3 - 1 am to 4 pm

July 4 - 10 am to 1 pm

$105

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MINI ZOOM WORKSHOP - COLOUR PENCIL DRAWING A ROSE

July 17 - 18

July 17 time 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

July 18 time 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

MORE INFORMATION

$105

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DRAWING PETS 

ZOOM WORKSHOP

9:30 - 12:30

June 19-26 July 3-10

$210

DRAWING BIRDS WITH GRAPHITE AND COLOUR PENCIL

Birds of the Watershed with graphite and Colour Pencils

Saturday and Sunday, August 14-15

10am - 1pm

6 Hours

$105

 
 
 

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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