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The Old School House Arts Centre in Qualicum Beach rolls out 2021 winter workshops list

Students can learn variety of techniques via online and in-person classes
The Old School House Arts Centre has announced its 2021 winter classes and workshop, offering both in-person and online study. (Mandy Moraes photo)

The Old School House Arts Centre in Qualicum Beach has announced its upcoming 2021 winter classes and workshops.

Health guidelines are in place and students will be required to wear masks during their classes, limited to seven students. Students must bring their own water containers as well as paper towels. A supply list will be provided upon purchase of the workshop.

Class and workshop registration is available online through TOSH’s website. TOSH will offer three online classes through Zoom, and six in-person classes at 122 Fern Rd West in Qualicum Beach.

The online Zoom classes are as follows: Instagram for Beginners - Create Your Own Visual Story will be available on Jan. 7 from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m; Facebook: Building Connections & Communities will be available on Jan. 21, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m; and YouTube: Create Your Own Channel will be available on Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

Beginner Drawing Class with Catherine Trembath will be available on Jan. 30, Feb. 6 and Feb. 13, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The class will combine watercolour painting and ink link work for quick and effective small paintings, and is suitable for beginners to those with experience. The paintings are described as “deceivingly easy” to do, as the ink line drawing forgives many errors in the watercolour painting, making this method relaxing and stress free.

Joan Larson will host an Animals in Pastel Workshop, on Feb. 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In part 1, titled Getting It Right at the Beginning, the focus will be on learning the techniques to create an accurate drawing of the structure of the animal. This does not require a detailed knowledge of anatomy; Larson will show basic techniques that can be applied to any animal that will ensure an accurate drawing.

In part 2, titled Pastel techniques and application, students will learn; how to realistically render short and long hair or fur; how to create life-like eyes in pastel; how to layer and paint towards the light; what common problems there may be with all-white or all-black animals; and how to apply finishing touches and when to stop.

Focus on the Figure: Life Drawing Basics with Katarina Meglic will be available on Feb.19 and Feb. 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Students will work from photographs and potentially a live model depending on what the current health guidelines may be. This workshop introduces some of the basic principles and techniques for rendering the human form. Proportion, gesture, expression, and colour will be covered.

Barbara Callow with host an Watercolour and Ink class on Feb. 25 and Feb. 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The class combines watercolour painting with ink line work for quick and effective small paintings, and is suitable for beginners or those with experience. Students are encouraged to record their world with fun little watercolour and ink sketches.

Acrylics for Beginners with Teresa Knight will be available on March 4 and March 5 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

This two-day workshop with Teresa Knight will teach students all about painting in acrylics, and no experience is required. This class is perfect for anyone who doesn’t know the basics of painting, and will teach how to get started, what colours to use and how to simplify the subject matter.

Katrina Meglic is set to teach another class, Texture and Surface: Adventures in Mixed Media on March 12 to March 15, from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.

In this workshop, students will discover some of the wonderful textural possibilities of mixed media, and discuss general ideas for effective use. While taking advantage of acrylic’s glue-like properties, students will use a whole host of materials in nontraditional and expressive ways: decorative papers, sand and plaster.

Beginners Watercolour with Carla Flegel will be available on March 18 until March 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This class incorporates two full days to develop skills for those who have limited or no experience with watercolour, but have always admired or even been intimidated by the medium. Class size is limited to six students due to COVID restrictions and protocols, and early registration is suggested.

— NEWS Staff, submitted