COURSES


Art Lab offers a variety of courses for varying skill-levels and ages, from one-day introductions to five-day intensives. This list is updated periodically, so please check back here now and then to see what's new. If you'd like to be on our e-mailing list to receive news, including information and updates about the courses, click the CONTACT US link above and let us know.

COURSES 2020
Due to COVID-19, our course schedule may change. Check back now and then and consider following us on Facebook (yes, the dreaded Facebook) where information is updated more regularly. www.facebook/artlabparrsboro.  You may also try us by phone at 902-254-2972.

Please click on the course title for all the details. You'll be directed to the Parrsboro Creative website where you can read all about it and complete your registration. Or if you're in the Parrsboro area between May and December, just drop by Art Lab to register.


SATURDAY TO SUNDAY, JULY 11-12, 2020

WOOD CARVING – JENNIFER MARLOW

SATURDAY TO SUNDAY, JULY 25-26, 2020

DRAWING IN PREPARATION – TOM FORRESTALL

SATURDAY TO MONDAY, AUGUST 1-3, 2020

EXPLORING CLAY IN THE NATURAL WORLD JANET DOBLE

SATURDAY, AUGUST 8, 2020

WATERCOLOUR PAINTING – JOY LAKING


SATURDAY TO SUNDAY, AUGUST 22-23, 2020

DEMYSTIFYING ENCAUSTIC – LYNN ROTIN


SATURDAY TO MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12-14, 2020

FIGURE PAINTING FROM LIFE – WILLIAM ROGERS

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25-27, 2020

PLEIN AIR: PAINTING THE COLOURS OF THE BAY OF FUNDY – WILLIAM ROGERS
Note: this is an additional course to our regular schedule this year and the payment will be handled directly through us. All information for this course is here. To register, call Michael at (902) 254-2972 or email flyingart@seasidehighspeed.com. 

Course Description

This workshop will focus on simplification of the landscape into a paintable subject. Topics covered will include composition/design, colour and the application of colour. Design/composition, for any medium, is a very important topic that should not be overlooked. In fact it should be the first stage of working.

Course Detail

Discover the effects of light while painting at selected locations along the spectacular Bay of Fundy Shore from Economy Mountain to Advocate Harbour. William (Bill) Rogers will demonstrate in both the oil and watercolour mediums. He will help painters of all levels develop a more acute sense of observation as well as learn techniques to simplify and translate their observations into paint.

Bill will start each onsite session with a different problem to resolve and will do a small demo to illustrate possible solutions. This will be followed by students working on their own projects while Bill circulates with a clipboard and a painting surface to show students, with mini side demos, particular strategies for their unique painting- such as colour mixing, paint handling, drawing, and composition.

Bill will have a couple of in depth critiques over the week so students can benefit from each others struggles and solutions. They will also benefit from the instructor’s many years of teaching workshops from which he has garnered proven and effective strategies for helping students to paint successfully.

What is Plein Air ?

Plein Air is a French expression describing the act of painting outdoors, where the painter reproduces the actual visual conditions seen at the time of painting.

Supplies

Students must bring their own supplies

For oil and acrylic painters: Materials list: Standard portable easel or French Easel, or Table top easel, or studio easel Oil/Acrylic Paint · cad red, alizarin crimson (permanent), cad yellow medium or deep, lemon yellow or cad yellow pale, cobalt blue, ultramarine blue, and cerulean blue, sap green and/or viridian green, raw sienna, burnt sienna, titanium white or zinc white (I use both) Palette:  Strip-off type or wooden palette or masonite. Glass or plexi is also good if you have a table to lay it out on. Oil: For this workshop walnut oil or walnut alkyd medium. – Oil cup and solvent cup (may use small fruit cans), paint rags bristle brushes · at least a small, medium and large, flats, brights or filberts. I like numbers 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10- couple of each · Small round soft hair brush · like sable or other soft hair brush for details Medium soft hair brush · for blending edges. Painting surface · Canvas panels or stretched canvas, or primed masonite panels. Charcoal pencil or vine charcoal stick. Sketchbook and pencil – cheap one will do, just to work out composition

For Watercolour Painters – professional grade WC paint e.g. Holbein, Windsor Newton, Daler Rowney, DaVinci, etc.
Tube or pan Colours – cad. red, permanent alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, cerulean blue, lemon yellow or cad. yellow pale, gamboge or cad. yellow deep, viridian green or pthalo green or sap green, raw sienna, burnt sienna.
Note: this palette is mainly a warm and a cool yellow, a warm and a cool blue, a warm and a cool red, and a secondary green, and a couple of earth colours – no black. White gouache or Chinese white is sometimes useful if not overused.
Any palette (selection of colours) which works on this theory is fine so if you already have paint just see which colours you need, call me, or email with questions.
Palette –You may like a John Pike palette (plastic) or equivalent. A large dinner plate is great, also an enamelled tray or folding palette is fine
Water containers – any simple containers, even empty yogurt or ice cream containers, also plastic beer cups will do.
Brushes – a selection of sable or synthetic, or blend which includes – a number 12 round watercolour brush, a number 8 round, and no. 4 round, a 1” flat wash brush or mop, and others you can’t do without, bigger for bigger paintings. I have a lot of brushes such as 2” flat wash and nos. 14,16,24 rounds for when I work larger but you should have the first 4 brushes mentioned at least.
Paper – 22”x30” sheets of 100% cotton paper of your preference such as Waterford, Arches, Fabriano, Windsor Newton etc. 140lb or 300lb – have 1or 2 sheets which may be subdivided. I always like to have more than I need so I’m not afraid to make a mistake.
For this workshop, one sheet 22×30 whole or divided will be fine.
Boards – such as Masonite, thin plywood, foamcore (2 ply glued). I like mine cut 1” larger than paper I’m using. e.g. 12”x16” board for 11”x15” w.c. paper (quarter sheet) 16”x23” board for half sheet, or 23”x31” board for full sheet and this can also be used for in between sizes. Most students work half sheet or less.
Clips – four 2” office clips (alternative- masking tape, or gummed tape)
Pencil (HB or 2B) and eraser (gum, vinyl, or kneaded)
Easels: For Outdoor work: French easel or portable watercolour folding easel.
Miscellaneous: Paper towel and Kleenex, masking tape (alternative to clips), sketchbook (inexpensive) for composition, boxcutter or pencil sharpener.

Questions?

Questions – Ask Bill Email him at billrogers@eastlink.ca or phone (902) 863-6797 with any questions. He will be most happy to help.



SATURDAY TO SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3-4, 2020

THE ART OF MASK MAKING – JIM MORROW

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24-26, 2020

PAINTING FROM THE INSIDE OUT – WAYNE BOUCHER




REGISTERING FOR COURSES
Pre-registration and payment is required to ensure you have a spot.
  • If for any reason the course has to be cancelled, all fees will be reimbursed.
  • If for any reason you wish to cancel prior to two weeks before the commencement of the course, the full fee minus a 10% service fee will be refunded.
  • There will be no refund if you cancel within two weeks of the commencement of the course.


Art Lab is partnering with Parrsboro Creative, which is assisting with promotion of courses and the payment process. You have three options for payment:

              Art Lab Studios
              Box 279
              Parrsboro, NS
              B0M 1S0
  •  Drop by Art Lab Studios, 121 Main St. (closed from December 16, 2019 to May 5, 2020) or the Parrsboro Creative office, 151 Main St. and pay in person.