UPCOMING COURSES 2021

 

 

INSTRUCTOR BIO AND INFORMATION

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.

INTRODUCTION TO PORTRAIT DRAWING WITH COLOURED PENCIL-ONLINE ZOOM 

COURSE

Course Description

DATE & TIME:
Sundays March 7 -28, 2021

10 am to 1 pm

 4 classes
Cost $210

This is an introduction class for students who are interested in learning how to use colour pencils to draw portraits. This class covers the use of colour in creating shape and form, focusing on skin textures, eyes and mouth. We’ll look at skin tones from undertones to highlights, we’ll learn how to choose colours and how to successfully layer colours in transparent methods to create accurate skin colour and texture. Along the way we’ll explore various techniques of details such as how to make eyes shine, how to create realistic lips with texture, and how to use tonal ranges to create form and visual interest. Students will be given tips and tricks on using colour pencils, as well as a discussion on layout, papers and other important tools when working with colour pencils. Students will be given access to online videos and opportunity for feedback through zoom or online video feedback of all their work.

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

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, 104 light yellow glaze,130 dark flesh, 132 light flesh, 192 indian red, 131 medium flesh, 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 indianthene 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, OMS – this is an odorless mineral spirit found in oil paint section of art stores.

Small inexpensive paintbrush

TO REGISTER GO TO:  REGISTRATION

 

INTRODUCTION TO BOTANICAL DRAWING WITH COLOUR PENCIL ONLINE COURSE

Workshop will run every Sunday from 10 am to 1 pm – April 11, 18, 25, and May 2(12 hours total instruction time).

 

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

 

 

BASIC OBSERVATIONAL DRAWING WITH GRAPHITE - UVIC ONLINE ZOOM COURSE

2 OFFERINGS

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.

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).

OFFERING 1 

Jan. 23 – Feb. 20, 2021

Time:9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Days:Saturday

Sessions:5

Total instructional hours:15

Hours per session:3

$173.25

TO REGISTER GO TO: UVIC REGISTRATION

OFFERING 2

Jan. 26 – Feb. 23, 2021

Time:6:30 – 9:30 pm

Days:Tuesday

Sessions:5

Total instructional hours:15

Hours per session:3

$173.25

TO REGISTER GO TO:UVIC REGISTRATION

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).

Feb. 27 – March 27, 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

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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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

PORTRAIT DRAWING

WITH COLOUR PENCIL 

INTRODUCTION TO PORTRAIT DRAWING WITH COLOUR PENCIL 

ONLINE ZOOM

BOTANICAL DRAWING

WITH COLOUR PENCIL

INTRODUCTION TO BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION WITH COLOUR PENCIL

ONLINE ZOOM

BASIC PORTRAIT DRAWING WITH GRAPHITE

BASIC PORTRAIT DRAWING WITH GRAPHITE

ONLINE ZOOM

 
 
 
 
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