Tuesday, April 29, 2014
The Mechanics of Art
reveal their secrets in new 8-week course
Released by Laura Crawford, UFV
Chris Woods takes art into another
you want to learn how to draw and paint from the experts? Then let us
introduce you to Chris and Chris!
Artists Chris Woods of Chilliwack and Chris Friesen of Abbotsford are both
accomplished professional artists of long standing.
Friesen teaches in the Visual Arts department at the University of the
Fraser Valley. Woods is well known for his photo realist style and visual
commentary on consumer culture and has held more than 18 exhibitions since
1988. You can see his work at
Now. the general population can learn from these two pros through a new art
course offered by UFV Continuing Studies. Drawing, Painting and Picture
Making: Transformational Tools for the Beginning Artist starts May 7 at the
UFV Abbotsford campus.
This course introduces you to technique, ideas, and theories related to the
history of drawing and painting and will employ unique tools and exercises
to quickly transmit the essence of how to draw and paint in a realistic
This course is designed for beginning artists to help them understand and
implement the key artistic tools and techniques needed to create a finished
still-life acrylic painting on canvas.
Through a combination of short lectures, unique demonstrations of
fundamental concepts in drawing and painting, and hands-on time in the
studio, the course will help you break away from two-dimensional ‘symbolic
thinking’ and become confident ‘picture makers’ equipped with the skills and
surprising techniques used by artists throughout history.
“In this eight-week course, we plan to explore a brief history of human
image-making, binocular vision and how we see the world, 2-D and 3-D shapes,
linear perspective, light and shadow, colour theory, basic tools and
materials for the artist and the combined application of these elements in
creating a finished still-life artwork,” says Friesen.
This final-project painting will depict two or three objects precious to
you, creating a ‘self-portrait’ in still life.
“We plan to teach students to keenly observe and interpret the world around
them and to make a realistic representation of what they see (and what
inspires them) on paper and canvas,” says Friesen. “This class endeavors to
thoroughly teach the rules so the artist can be better equipped to break
More info, including video, about this exciting new course, can be found
online at www.ufv.ca/cs.
To register call 604 851 6324. Class starts May 7 and runs for 8 weeks every
Wednesday at 6:30-9 p.m.
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