Back to Art School
I always think of September as the start of a new year. This is because as long as I can remember, I have been going to school. Either as a student or teacher, I've welcomed the month of September as an opportunity for a new start. I was one of those kids who loved school. By mid-August, I became eager for September to come round.
I especially remember the colours of the new Hilroy exercise books and trying to decide what colour to assign to each course -history was usually "blue" and geography was "orange". I loved school supplies especially pencil cases and geometry sets.
Things became more complicated when I started art school. So many unfamiliar supplies! I'm sure many of you remember the first time going into an art supply store and the feeling of being overwhelmed with all the products and choice of items. My biggest fear was that either a salesclerk or an art teacher would discover I was an art student fraudster because I didn’t know what to buy or that I bought the wrong thing. I can't even imagine what it would be like to be a beginner art student today with even more choices leading to more uncertainty. That said, I still get excited at the thought of new art supplies. I love how they look, but also about the potential they possess.
We are excited to start another September at VISA -this is our 19th fall semester! The first one was September 2004. We have survived all these years because of our dedicated returning students and all the new people who are willing to give us a chance. We are the only independent art school in Victoria so if you haven’t experienced a course at VISA yet, let this fall be your opportunity to check out a class in our beautiful downtown studio or in the comfort of your own home with an online offering.
There are a range of drawing and painting courses and art history, art theory and photography are also offered.
A few courses to consider are:
Drawing Thematic Approaches
(Wed, 2-5, online)
with Leah McInnis.
This is an excellent course for those of you who want to try a range of drawing materials and methods while learning about the different ideas and themes explored by contemporary artists. These include mark making, mapping, science, nature, architecture, ornament, narrative and nostalgia. The course is inspired by the exhibition catalogue called Drawing Now Eight Propositions.
Making a Great Photograph
(Thurs, 10am-1pm, online)
with Meghan Krauss
We all take photos all the time, but this course addresses the question of how to make photographs that will get noticed and stand out in the crowded arenas of social media. Focus will be on getting the most from your camera, learning about design and composition and post-image processing in Photoshop. You can view the instructor’s work here: Meghan Krauss
Art Practice Flora and Fauna
(Friday, 2-5pm, in-person)
with Tamara Bond
This course is perfect for people who love nature and animals and want to push their imagination to new realms. The focus is on a mixed-media approach where students make drawings, paintings and artist books. A vital part of this course is to encourage students to make art a daily practice. Read about the instructor and her love of peacocks here.
Friday classes start Sept 16. All other classes start week of Sept 19.
For more options:
FALL 2022 COURSES