Workshops

Golden Artist Colors will offer 3 exciting workshops and a free demo session led by Andrea Warren, Working Artist for Golden Artist Colors, from Ottawa.  All materials will be included with free samples for participants.

Free demo with free samples. Thursday, July 12, from 6 – 8 pm

Early Bird Discounts if you sign up before June 10th
Sign up for one workshop and get $5 off the workshop price.
Sign up for two workshops and get $10 off each workshop!



GOLDEN Experimental Watercolours. Friday, July 13 from 10 am to 5 pm.  $105.

 Discover Golden’s newest paint line in this full day workshop! This class will give you the opportunity to try out these rich, highly pigmented paints, and learn about six colors that can form the basis for a diverse color palette. Play with the new mediums, and discover how to use them to improve wetting and flow, increase liftability and transparency, and enhance saturation. Try out the new watercolor grounds that allow you to take your watercolors off paper, and instead work on substrates such as canvas and wooden panels, with unique and textured surfaces – plus how to protect your pieces after painting. Lastly, learn ways of printmaking with watercolors, and ways of using watercolors and acrylics in unique combinations, for a variety of effects.   All materials included, including product literature folders and samples to take home.

GOLDEN Colour Confidence. Saturday, July 14 from 10 am to 5 pm. $105.

 Tired of mixing blue and red and getting mud?  Are you always wasting time and paint trying to mix that perfect color? This workshop will give you a solid foundation in color that goes beyond theory into pigment reality. Through a series of fun, experimental exercises, learn all about mineral and modern pigments, get a solid handle on color mixing, discover how to mix a huge variety of hues with just a few colors, learn the difference between all the white and black colors, explore the gorgeous Iridescent and Interference line, and more. Whether you’re brand new to acrylic or a professional who wants to get a better handle on creating luminous color, this workshop will leave you color confident. Come, play, learn, and become a color expert!   All materials included, including a product literature folder with handpainted color chart, mixing guides and a sample set of Golden colors to start you at home.

GOLDEN Acrylic Mediums 101. Sunday, July 15 from 10 am to 5 pm. $90.

 Confused by the vast array of acrylic mediums? Unsure which to use or how to use them to get the look you want? This workshop will demystify all those seemingly identical jars of white goop, and give you a clear outline of what all these acrylic mediums can do for you so you can confidently use them in your work. Try out Golden’s huge line of gels and mediums, and learn how to use them to create texture, make luminous color, change your paint’s sheen/viscosity and extend your paints to save money. Explore an array of molding pastes and grounds, and learn how to use them to create textured, unique painting surfaces and surfaces suitable for mixed media. From the fissured Crackle Paste to the honey-like drip of the Clear Tar Gel, learn what to use to get the look you’re going for!  All materials included – including a product literature folder, handpainted color chart and samples to take home.


Drawing and Painting the Face with Soft Pastel with Jean Hearst from Virginia BeachFriday, July 27 from 10 am to 1 pm. $45.  

This is NOT a portrait class. Learn to do quick conte’ pastel drawings of the face and to draw and paint an interesting fully- colored rendering of a face with soft pastels paying close attention to shadow, value and tone, rather than entirely realistic color.   Bring close up pictures of faces you wish to paint (Jeanie will supply examples also). Basic drawing and painting experience recommended;  beginners are certainly welcome.


Monotype Printing: An Introduction with Archan Knotz from Pugwash. Friday, August 3 or Thursday, August 9, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  $55. Ages 16 & up.

Monotype printing is the most painterly method among the printmaking techniques. Monotype is essentially ONE of a kind.  The beauty of this technique is its spontaneity and its combination of printmaking, painting and drawing mediums. This workshop will introduce you to Trace Montotype Printing, Watercolour/ Ink or watersoluable crayon  Monotype Printing, and Subtractive Monotype Printing. No printing press is needed, we work with a wooden spoon! Please bring one.


Artist Trading Cards with Laurell Hamilton (Gallery Partner). Saturday, July 28 from 10:00 to 4:00. $50 includes all materials.  Adults.

Enjoy a fun-filled day making mini art pieces to save or trade with others.  No art experience necessary.


OUR WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS ARE:

Andrea Warren, a visual artist and educator based in Ottawa, Ontario.  Since 2008, she has been a Working Artist for Golden Artist Colors, a paint company based in upstate New York, providing demos and hands-on workshops for art associations, universities, galleries and art supply retailers across central and eastern Canada.  Andrea received her degree in art and philosophy from Trinity Western University (Langley, BC), and has been featured in publications such as Create! Magazine and Art Ascent Magazine.   Along with her work for Golden, Andrea has been teaching with various non-profit organisations for the last 10 years, working with senior centres, mental health organisations and elementary schools to provide community art classes.

Jean Hearst, an award-winning artist who has been drawing and painting since her childhood in New Orleans.  After raising a blended family of four children and retiring from her occupational therapy practice in 2005, she was able to devote time to her passion of creating art.  Although she enjoys using a variety of art media, she paints en plein air as much as possible, using pastels to capture the ever changing light and color.  She also loves painting people and pets in all different media, using both realistic and unexpected colors.   She is a member of the Artists Gallery in Virginia Beach, exhibiting there regularly, as well as other venues in Hampton Roads, Virginia. area.  She has been privileged to present two previous pastel workshops for the Tidnish Bridge Art Gallery.

Archan Knotz who works in mediums such as monotype printmaking, watercolour, acrylic and, handcrafted journals. First the rough wilderness of the Nova Scotia’s inland and as of late the Northumberland Strait is giving her the background to explore her emotional landscape. Rather than, Archan explaining her artwork and, therefore, hindering the beholder to establish their own ideas about the artwork, she would like the onlooker to give her an explanation of what the artwork provokes in them. “For me the moment of explanation is in the past, all I can offer is for someone else to be in the moment.”