EMPATHY AND EMBODIMENT In-Person Painting Workshop

August 16, 2020 - August 17, 2020

$175 (includes GST)


EMPATHY AND EMBODIMENT In-Person Painting Workshop

With VAL NELSON at the MAYER STUDIO (1000 Parker St)

Sat Aug 15 or Sun Aug 16, 2020 10am-4pm


In this one-day “in-person” painting intensive, experience how painting from direct observation differs from and enhances your painting from photography. In the morning session Val will encourage group dialogue while analyzing one of her recent paintings.  Technical and philosophical aspects of the painting process will include use of chroma, edges, brushwork, composition, contrast, and also philosophical perspectives on working from direct observation. Students will then paint their own simple still life study from three personal objects they have brought with them, as an experiential model that will inform their work from photography.

In the afternoon students will apply what they have learned to personal painting projects they already have on the go with feedback and guidance from the instructor.

Oil or acrylic. Some painting experience recommended.

Choose from either the Saturday Aug 15 or Sunday Aug 16 session.

Special Instructions

Workshop takes place in The Mayer Studio, 111-1000 Parker Street, an excellent 2000 sq ft facility with direct access from the parking lot at the east entrance to 1000 Parker (blue stairs at the left).  This space has plenty of room for social distancing. In most cases, 6 feet from others will be easy to maintain for everyone’s safety and comfort. However please bring your own face covering and gloves for the occasional situation where that may not be not possible.

There is a kitchen and microwave available on the premises, however the owners of the space require that you sanitize after use and please bring your own cutlery and crockery. Sanitizer and wipes will be available. Please for health reasons do not share food with others unless they are part of your social “bubble”.

Lunch will be only 30 minutes as we have lots of ground to cover in the workshop! So please bring a brown bag lunch, and if you think you will need a caffeine infusion please bring extra coffee with you. There is a kettle and fridge. There is a picnic table and grassy area to sit on right outside the entry door of the studio for the break.

*Cancellation policy: If you are feeling sick, please do not come to class. Text me if it is last-minute 778-865-2650. Take care of yourself and others by staying home and we can arrange how you may be credited in a future class. However, in general two weeks’ notice is required if you must cancel. Cancellation must be by email to val@valnelson.ca. Beyond one week there will be no refunds, however you may request a credit toward a future class.


Some painting experience recommended.

Registration Details

val@valnelson.ca  or  778-865-2650

Suppy List

Supply list provided upon registration.

August 16, 2020 - August 17, 2020
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Mayer studio
111-1000 Parker street
Vancouver, BC, V6A 2H2

$175 (includes GST)