Recorded Classes

  •  New recordings are added as they become available.

  •  $15 for singles; $25 for singles within sets; $150 for sets of small group courses.

  •  Videos come YouTube formatted and linked (no expiry).

  •  Order your favorites.

A GREAT CLASS TO START

"Pears",  An Introduction to Watercolors.  Great for beginners and those wanting to review basics.  Includes 10 Tips: "How to Improve a Painting".  Learn how to create a "juicy" pear step-by-step.

FOR ALL LEVELS, INCLUDING BEGINNERS

MARINE LIFE

"Seahorse" is fun for the whole family.  Learn how to create these lovely creatures with vibrant combination and blending of colors.

FLORALS

"Spring Blossoms".  We introduce an exciting technique using a spray bottle to create spontaneous patterns of beautiful blossoms.  (Recorded for Asian Heritage Month, 2022) 

"Poppies" is for all floral lovers, and is one of my favourite flowers.  You don't have to wait until Remembrance Day to paint "Poppies of Flanders Field". (Recorded for Veterans/Remembrance Day, 2020).

"Irises" has always fascinated me, especially the multi-colored variety.  Work on this flower anytime.  (Recorded for Mother's Day, 2021).

BIRDS

"Christmas/Winter Sparrow" is a winter celebration class that promotes community and inclusiveness.  Learn how to paint these songbirds: our Christmas Sparrow with a Santa Toque, and our Winter Sparrow without.  The Winter Sparrow is a Golden-crowned Sparrow (not shown here).  Students are given the choice to do one and/or both images.  You will be provided a sketch of the Winter Sparrow to follow, along with class details and instructions. The class tape will guide you through both paintings.

"Bird Mini-Series".  Learn how to paint the beautiful Blue Jay, Hummingbird and Golden-crowned Kinglet in this three part Bird Mini-Series.

"Winter Cardinals" is a class taught in partnership with the GVPL.  Learn how to paint these beautiful birds on the art paper of your choice.  Techniques taught are transferable.

"Whooping Cranes" is a great way to learn how to paint birds in flight as well as how to depict mostly white birds.  These birds are categorized as endangered.

"Chickadees" is for those who love painting these lovely songbirds.  Learn different ways to create pleasing texture with background foliage.

"Wood Ducks" is about a nestingpair.  Learn how to create this beautiful scene.

"Swallows" is about love and caring, showing two baby swallows in a heart shaped pose.  Learn how to paint realistic birds, including two ways to create foliage. (Recorded for Valentines Day, 2021).

"Nuthatch" is for all bird lovers.  Learn how to paint this beautiful song bird in an upside-down pose. I just love seeing them flit about up and down tree trunks and branches looking for tasty morsels.

"Downy Woodpecker".  Learn how to paint this species in its natural habitat.

"Songbirds & Sakuras" is a great mix of florals with our songbird design.  Learn an impressionistic approach and two ways to create sakuras/cherry blossoms.  (Recorded for Asian Heritage month, 5/2021).

"Cedar Waxwings".  Learn a variety of techniques, including two ways to paint foliage, used to create this beautiful songbird, which just loves our red summer/fall berries.  (Recorded sponsored event, 7/2021)

"Bushtit".  Learn how to create a lovely songbird painting that looks real.  Includes an easy way to paint real looking branches.  (Recorded partnered event, 3/2022)

ANIMALS

"Ox", is about strength and patience within Chinese zodiac.  Learn how to paint a real looking Ox mom and baby using blending and layering.  (Recorded for Chinese Year of the Ox, 2021).

"Rabbit".  This Easter Bunny is sure to delight .  Learn how to paint real bunnies with lilies and eggs.  (Recorded for Easter, 2021).

NATURESCAPES

"How to Paint Mist & Fog".  Loose and impressionistic. Learn how to portray mystery by capturing elusive mist and fog. (Inspired by the little tree, Fairy Lake, Port Renfrew).

"How to Paint Water".  Learn three ways to portray water within a seascape setting: calm water, rolling water, and breaking water.  We show a fourth way towards the end of class.

"Arbutus Trees".  Learn how to paint the majestic Arbutus Tree.

Fantasy

"Leprechaun/Fairy Tree House, Butterflies & Shamrocks".  Fun for the whole family to paint within a fantasy forest setting.  (Recorded for Saint Patrick's Day, 2021).

TECHNIQUE

"How to Paint Bird Feathers". Using the blue, gold Macaw as our subject, you will learn two ways to paint bird feathers: detailed and impressionistic.

"TechniquesMini-Series".  In this 3 part mini-series, we explore a variety of subjects and processes to help the student improve their understanding of and use of watercoloring techniques to create lovely, vibrant art.  Subjects: color palettes/mixing, layering, edge control, how to paint fur, old stucco, old posts, birch trees; and creating texture on colored backgrounds using various household items (i.e. salt, kleenex, water, alcohol, spray bottle).

"How to Matte Masa Paper" will take you through the steps to remove wrinkles/creases of originals by gluing the painting to 140lb support paper.  We then show you how to properly matte and frame to professional standards.

"How to Paint Clouds".  We will take you through three ways on how to paint clouds: first, using tissue paper (kleenex); second using a damp brush; and third, using pre-trace/sketch in, then paint.  Mountains will be portrayed in the foreground to give perspective.

"How to Paint the Universe".  You will learn special techniques on how to do this so every painting will be different and yet each will portray a different "look" of a Universe.

SIX WEEK CLASSES

Sets of six classes within a small group, tutorial setting.  May mix & match classes .  Relaxed, stress-free and enjoyable with a focus on technique/process.  Learn the best of Chinese brush and Contemporary Western when combined becomes Watercolor on Japanese art paper.  Each class is about 1.5 hours.  Choose your set OR mix & match lessons.

$150/set or $25/class.  Order.  (e-transfer preferred, or credit/debit)

Set #1 (taped private classes): "Apples", "Puffling", "Birch Trees", "Sea Lion", "Lily", "White Tiger"

Set #2 (taped private classes):  "Tulips", "Butterflies", "Mt. Baker & Blossoms", "Goldfish", "Chickadees & Cherries', "Snow Leopard"

Set #3 (taped private classes ):  "Roses", "Grapes", "Saxe Pt Landscape", "Water Lily", "Great Blue Heron", "Elephant"

Set #4 (taped private classes):  "Cattails", "Dolphins", "Grapes", "Garlic", "Jellyfish", "Cormorants"

Set #5 (taped private classes): "Kumquats", "Blue Whale", "Misty Mountain", Golden-crowned Kinglet", "Zebra", "Poppies, Peony & Hellebore"

Set #6 (taped private classes):  "Angelfish", "Dragonfly & the Ladybug", "Magpie", "Landscape with Eagle", "Painted Mallow", "Hippopotamus"

SIX WEEK LEARNING SERIES

This is our new program designed to inspire, motivate and educate.  Classes begin with a talk/discussion on a "key" topic, followed by a short lesson.

Recorded Classes ($15 each or $90/set of six)  Order

Series #1

#1 Finding the Joy/"Penguin Chick"; #2 Momentum/"Waterfall"; #3 Variety/"Snowdrops"; #4 "Managing Expectations/"Dried Thistles (Teasels)"; #5 Balancing Stress & Relaxation/"Cityscape"; #6 One's Approach/"Saxe Pt Lookout"

Series #2

#1 Experimentaion/Exploration/"Atmospheric Cherry Blossoms"; #2 Maintaining Patience/"Peonies"; #3 Calming our Critical Voice/"Magnolia Warbler"; #4 Building Confidence/"Bees Make the World Go Round"; #5 Finding Our Own Paint Space/"Morning Glow"; #6 Cultivating a Creative Community/"Tiger"

Chinese Brush Classes

In this first 3 part mini-series, we introduce and explore the difference between Eastern and Western art; approach, techniques and processes.  We then take the traditional Chinese brush techniques and adapt them to our Watercolor on Japanese Art Paper.  Through step-by-step instructions, you will be able to create Chinese brush paintings that will closely resemble Chinese art.

Recorded Classes:  $15 each or all 3/$45  Order

Class #1:  "Peace & Tranquility"

Class #2:  "Wisteria"

Class #3:  "Feral Rooster"

Architecture/Cityscape Mini-Series

We explore the beauty of structures in this 3 part mini-series.  Our first class looks at how contrast can be used to bring an old doorway scene to life.  Our second class looks at how simplification can be used to paint St. Andrew's Cathedral in Victoria from a photo reference.  And our third class, working from a photo reference, we look at how a softer approach and use of colour combinations can bring out the beauty and ambience of the waterfront Selkirk properties on the Gorge Waterway in Victoria.

Recorded Classes:  $15 each or 3/$45  Order

Class #1:  "Old Door"

Class #2:  "St. Andrew's Cathedral, Downtown Victoria

Class #3:  "Selkirk Properties, Gorge Waterway in Victoria