Workshops for Adults
Come join me for a fun-filled week or weekend workshop/art camp here at my studio on Salt Spring Island or other locations on Vancouver Island. I'm a full time practicing artist with over 26 years teaching both adults and youth. I taught visual arts to middle/high school students for 16 years in BC, and hold a valid BCTF professional teaching certification with an updated criminal records check. 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 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 COLOURED PENCILS Completed
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This online colour pencil visual art workshop offers real time demos, discussions, live learning opportunities and follow up free access to workshop videos for all attendees
Description: In this workshop students will be guided through the amazing visual art material of colour pencil drawing. We’ll cover tools and materials, from various pencils, where to purchase, best papers, and all the extras. Students will be guided through how to effectively lay down colour, erase, use blenders and solvents, and how to make the colours pop on the paper. Along the way we’ll discuss how to effectively use the methods of the colour wheel for shading and best whites for opaque highlights and details. 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. After each class students will also be able to schedule a post class 15 minute private session during the week for feedback and for asking questions. Workshop will run every Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm May 12 – June 9.
Materials list: Colour pencils around 12 colours (try to have red, yellow, blue, green, purple, orange), preferably Prismacolors, Faber Castell, Pablo or Luminance, Koh-I-noor, Derwent, Rembrandt, Reeves, try to avoid student grade pencils ( If you need to purchase any materials for this workshop Delta Art has the best prices, you can get a small set of 12 Prismacolours at Delta Art online for around $20, Prismacolor colourless blending pencil, erasers, sharpeners and paper, they can ship within a week). A pad of smooth drawing paper 9 x11 (example: Stonehenge drawing, Strathmore Multi-Media), white eraser, pencil sharpener, prismacolour colourless blending
Online live in session
Botanical Drawing with Coloured Pencils
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Min 6 - max 15 students
July 25, August 1-8-22 (skip August 15 as I have a botanical art show in Victoria, BC).
Introduction to Botanical Drawing with Colour Pencil
This is a live in-class online workshop.
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 and discuss the process involved in illustrating botanical specimens. This is a good course for newcomers to colour pencil, or those who wish to upgrade their current skills with this fantastic medium.
In addition, students will have online access to the instructor for feedback, discussion and questions during the week, as well, students will have access to 4 exclusive online bonus videos that will delve deeper into advanced botanical techniques and methods such as effective leaf veins, reflections, transparency of petals, and how to get sharp edges and whites. Each video will be available following the weekly session.
Materials list: (choice of one of the following paper pads, no larger than 9 x 12)
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 online workshop.
Prismacolor colourless blender, black and white.
see below for information on Zoom participation rules.
Botanical Drawing with Coloured Pencils
To register for this course visit: Workshop Registration
Min 6 - max 15 students
(Supply fee included in price)
10 hour workshop with 1/2 hour for lunch.
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: (choice of one of the following paper pads, no larger than 9 x 12) Stonehenge, Strathmore Mixed Media, Strathmore vellum Bristol.
colour Pencil: Faber Castell Polychromos: 103 ivory, 104 light yellow glaze, 108 cadmium yellow, 115 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
Prismacolor colourless blender, black and white
Instructor will provide remaining materials and advanced colour pencils.
StartsSat April 18 2020, 09:30am PDT
EndsSun April 19 2020, 03:00pm PDT
BEYOND THE BASICS
UPDATE: April 14, 2020
Due to COVID 19, this in-studio class is now canceled. If the class is canceled, I will consider offering it online through Zoom. I will keep interested students updated.
Botanical Art with Coloured Pencils and Watercolour/Alcohol details
To register for this course visit: Contact Jeannette Sirois
Min 5 - max 10 students
10 hour workshop with 1/2 hour for lunch.
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 to attain clean lines and small area washes. Along the way we'll study form, tone, and composition within the botanical field of art.
All materials supplied. Come join me for a fun-filled weekend of drawing botanicals.
Space is limited.
For Registration: Contact Jeannette Sirois through this webpage contact form
Portrait Drawing with Coloured Pencils
Cowichan Valley Arts Council, Duncan, BC
Due to the Pandemic, this class may be canceled. If it is canceled for physical attendance, I am working with the Duncan Arts Council to offer it as an interactive online class through Zoom. I will keep you updated.
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 your child is 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
Treating others kindly and politely so they can feel good about themselves
Showing respect for others by being helpful and supportive
Showing respect for the environment by avoiding waste or damage
Co-opertating with students and the instructor so everyone can be successful
Actively participate in class to get the most from your experience