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Painting and Drawing Courses with Ken Campbell 2014 Winter/Spring Courses

Community-Based Painting & Drawing Workshops For Beginner and Mid-Career Artists

Again this year I have worked with programmers at the two leading community centres on southern Vancouver Island—Monterey and Cedar Hill—to develop a series of art classes and workshops for beginners and mid-career artists alike.

These community-based art classes and workshops differ from the private atelier-style workshops held at Imagecraft Studio in several ways, including: 1) they are introductory-level; 2) filled with simple ‘HOW TO’ tips and secrets; and 3) because of the broad reach of the marketing, they are very affordable! 

With more teaching venues and partners it’s a great opportunity to get involved.  With the new community-based focus I hope to be able to share professional art techniques and studio skills with many more people interested in making art. Whether as a refresher or as an intro to painting and drawing these courses were designed to be accessible and buzz with fun and learning.  I hope to draw and paint with your soon.

To register, contact the numbers below for the community centre hosting the workshops.  However If you have any questions about the course content contact me by email or call (250) 592-8999.


2014 Winter/Spring Courses

Creating Abstract Paintings 101 (CLASSES)
MONTEREY (250) 370-7300, Mondays, Jan 13-Feb 24, 7:00- 9:30pm (15 hrs), $124

Life Drawing (WORKSHOP)
MONTEREY (250) 370-7300, Saturday & Sunday, Jan 25 & 26, 9:30- 3:30pm (10 hrs), $145

Life Drawing (CLASSES)
CEDAR HILL (250) 475-7121, Wednesdays, Begins Jan 29, 2014, 1:30-4:30pm (18 hrs), $112

Basic Drawing (CLASSES)
CEDAR HILL (250) 475-7121, Tuesdays, Begins Feb 4, 2014, 9:30-12:00 (15 hrs), $85

Life Drawing (CLASSES)
MONTEREY (250) 370-7300, Wednesdays, Feb 26-Mar 26, 9:30-12:00 (12.5 hrs), $124

Creating Abstract Paintings 102 (CLASSES)
MONTEREY (250) 370-7300, Mondays, Mar 10-Apr 14, 7:00- 9:30pm (15 hrs) $124

Life Drawing (CLASSES)
CEDAR HILL (250) 475-7121, Wednesdays, Begins Mar 26, 2014, 1:30-4:30pm (18 hrs) $112

MONTEREY (250) 370-7300, Saturday & Sunday, May 10/11, 9:30- 3:30pm (10 hrs) $145

Life Drawing (CLASSES)
CEDAR HILL (250) 475-7121, Wednesdays, Begins May 14, 2014, 1:30-4:30pm (18 hrs) $112

Basic Drawing (CLASSES)
CEDAR HILL (250) 475-7121, Wednesdays, Begins May 21, 2014, 7:00-9:30pm (15 hrs) $85

MONTEREY (250) 370-7300, Saturday & Sunday, May 24/25, 9:30- 3:30pm (10 hrs) $145

Architectural Painting 101 (WORKSHOP) *REGISTRATION BEGINS 1 APRIL
MONTEREY (250) 370-7300, Saturday & Sunday, June 28/29, 9:30- 3:30pm (10 hrs) $145


Drawing Foundations Workshop

FEES: $480 (includes model fees) VISA, MC, AMEX
LOCATION: Imagecraft Studio Limited, Saanich
REGISTER: (250) 592-8999  


In Drawing Foundations Workshop I introduce the basics of academic classical drawing from life by teaching drawing metrics—how artists measure by eye to heighten accuracy and realism. This is fundamental to realism as well as contemporary styles. It is an intensive, atelier-style workshop that includes demos, hands-on drawing, one-on-one, critique and handouts. Atelier-style workshop means taught in the working artist studio, filled with all the professional equipment and materials, paintings and drawings both in progress and completed, demo and teaching samples, computer teaching resources, private in-studio art book library and more. Class sizes are kept small to intensify one-to-one learning (max 6 students). Light refreshments are provided in AM & PM sessions, lots of free on-street parking, separate dining area.  Students will receive a detailed materials list and map by email. 

Below are some brief notes on this workshop FYI. Click images to enlage.

8-Step Drawing Method

8-STEP COMBOHow do you introduce drawing in a simple, foolproof way? After all, I claim it is easy to learn. Answer: baby steps! I use a graduated stepped method to create accurate drawings along with one or more of my drawing techniques (outlined below). Shown above are steps 2, 4, 5 and 8. It begins with creating an envelope (step 1) then landmarking key lines of the subject (step 2). Onto the completed linework (step 4) I then apply only 5 tones beginning with a poster effect (step 5) in two values.  Each step is simple and repeatable. Put all together it guides novice and mid-career artists alike to what ‘appears’ to be a sophisticated result!

5 Drawing Techniques: Geometric, Direct Measure, Comparative, Proportional and Sight-Size 

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Combined with the 8-step drawing method, I use all 5 of these techniques, sometimes at the same time. In class we learn each one and how and when to use them for best results—spending from a half to a full day on each. Here are three drawing demos at various stages of completion using the direct measure drawing technique and 8-step drawing system with limited 5-value tonal palette. Each took 10-15 minutes working with simple tools (pencil or conté; and a knitting needle for measuring) at an easel. (Above samples are in-class demos.)

Sight-Size Drawing Technique

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This is a classical technique for capturing precise line and tone renderings in the studio. Not only can we easily render remarkably accurate likenesses but using classical geometric plaster shapes of spheres, cubes, cones, torus, etc. we learn about the 5 kinds of light at play in still life subjects. Throughout the workshop we explore drawing media including graphite, conté and charcoal on different surfaces including graded papers and toned pastel paper like in these samples.

Direct Measure, Geometric and Proportional Drawing Techniques  

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The final workshop day is traditional life drawing with a live model—all day. Here we explore 3 drawing techniques to capture gesture and shape—direct measure, geometric and proportional—becoming comfortable with drawing accurately, quickly and efficiently. This is a lifelong classical skill that brings great awareness and joy for the drawer. The previous 4 days have been preparing us for today. Like in art school, we begin with 5-second gesture poses and throughout the day progress to 45-minute-I hour long poses. (Above samples are in-class demos.)

Post-Workshop—So how can you apply this right away in your work?

Still Life Projects

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Projects like these are best done in a private space over several hours and are perfect follow-up to this workshop. All of these subjects were table-top set-ups in the studio and drawn using the sight-size drawing technique. (The guitars are mine and the fish were models borrowed from the ichthyology department at the Royal British Columbia Museum.) Since I wanted to be as accurate as possible, the sight-size technique was perfect. I highly recommend students find subjects they love and draw them as often as possible (if you love the subject matter, it doesn’t seem like work). I do these as studies for enjoying as is and potentially for use in developing larger studio works. But the bottom line here is the practice strengthens my observation and drawing skills that has immediate impact on all my work including my painting. (Check community workshop list for STILL LIFE DRAWING.)

Plein Air Architectural Projects

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I like to use, primarily, the direct measure drawing technique for these on-location drawings, but sometimes use geometric and comparative techniques as well to help sort out tricky areas. During the summer of 2012 I did several dozen 1 to 1.5 hour drawings like these in Saanich, Oak Bay, Summerland, Coldstream and Nelson, BC. Notice my informal rendering style—with very obvious line shape, pattern and directionality. I think this looseness is OK if the foundation line drawing is strong (accurate) which is what we cover in the workshop. So, although all you see is loose tone in drawings like these, it is the underlying tight structural linework—which takes 75% of the time—that allows it to work.  In the end, not only did I enjoy spending my summer drawing in gorgeous places but I now have a bunch of drawings that can be enjoyed as is as well as used to develop larger works in the studio. (Check community workshops list for ARCHITECTURAL DRAWING.)

In-Studio Creative Projects

In this graphite drawing I wanted to bring the viewer into the local waters of the Salish Sea—including the prehistoric-looking rock fish, dancing water surface above, murky depths below and a herring swimming for its life. It is all about believable drawing and dramatic composition. For me drawing is one of the key elements of my art and like full time artists from the past and present I continually practice to keep my skills sharp, learn new stuff and grow.

For more information on this or other workshops
or call (250) 592-8999.