September 2022

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:


Wendy Welch

Executive Director

Photo by Meghan Krauss

Mixed media work by Tamara Bond

Fall 2022 Courses

Our Fall Courses are now open for registration!

To check out course schedule:


See below for a some options

This drawing course focuses on some of the current themes in contemporary drawing such as: mark making, mapping, science, nature, architecture, ornament, narrative and nostalgia. The focus is on a mixed media approach to imaginative explorations in image making.

For more info and to register: Drawing: Thematic Approaches

This course offers a thematic approach to the hands-on study of painting. Topics in Painting Today I include The Photographic, The Figure and Painting Space.

For more info and to register: Painting Today I

Photography is what you make of it and your camera is the tool used to create your vision. This course will help you understand the basics of composition, light and getting your camera to catch what your eye sees to produce better images.

For more information and to register: Making a Great Photograph

With a focus on the overarching theme of flora and fauna, this course provides a “sampler” of art materials, processes as well as professional practices such as learning to write an artist statement.

For more information and to register: Art Practice: Flora and Fauna

Need to buy new art supplies? Check out Island Blue for their Back to Art School Sale

Fall 2022 Workshops

Our Fall Workshops are now open for registration!

To check out workshop schedule:


For more info: Watercolour Mondays
For more info:Draw by Drawing


Neil McClelland

Bright Black Starry Sunny Night

September 9-25, 2022

Opening Reception: September 9, 7-9pm
Artist Talk: September 24, 2pm

For more information & gallery hours:


Robert Youds

Handmade Velvet Satellite

September 9-October 8, 2022

Opening Reception: September 9, 7pm

For more information & gallery hours:



Ha'wilh Way'anis Joshua Watts

Gifts From The Ancestors

September 9-October 30, 2022

Opening Ceremony: September 9, 11am

For more information & gallery hours:

Victoria Arts Council

Halin de Repentigny
The Way We Are

September 10-24, 2022

Opening Reception: September 10, 1-3pm

For more information & gallery hours:

Madrona Gallery

Group Exhibition
We Are A Very Naughty Group

September 16-October 2, 2022

Opening Reception: September 16, 7-9pm

For more information & gallery hours:

errant art space


Mary Anne Molcan and Marilyn Walker


September 16-October 2, 2022

Opening Reception: September 16, 6-8pm

Artist Talks: September 16, 6:30pm

For more information & gallery hours:

Chapel Gallery



Elizabeth Carefoot and Laura Feeleus


Continues to September 11, 2022

For more information & gallery hours:

Gage Gallery


Xan Shian

Seal-Mara (Intertidal)

Continues to September 30, 2022

For more information & gallery hours:

The fifty fifty arts collective


Group Exhibition

For Love, Loss & Land

Continues to October 29, 2022

For more information & gallery hours:
Group Exhibition
Continues to November 20, 2022

For more information & gallery hours:



errant artSpace currently has a large studio for rent starting November 1st 2022. 

The studio is 260 sq.ft. easily large enough for two artists, bright with two large windows one east facing & one south facing with a view over the city. 

The cost is $725.00/month and includes wifi, heat/hydro, participation on errant webpage, liability insurance, on-site parking, and participation in all group shows. 

There is also a small kitchenette, bathroom, and access to a deck.

If interested please reply by email to [email protected]

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