Updates to classes Online and Face-to-Face

Online Classes


Emily Carr
University of Art & Design

Painting Courses

Introduction to Watercolour Painting

Introduction to Watercolour Painting

Thursdays Feb 25-Apr 15 2021
Time: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM PDT
This course introduces you to the essential techniques of painting with watercolour.

Illustration Courses

Digital Illustration

Introduction to Digital Illustration



Wednesdays Feb 10 – Mar 31 2021 6:30PM–9:30PM PDT

In this course, students will expand their illustration practice through the essential skill of digital illustration with Adobe Creative Cloud’s Photoshop.

Zoom Tutorials


Garden Studio

Illustrating Nature

Watercolour painting on paper. Katharine Dickinson
Stawamus Chief Mountain

Watercolour Landscapes

Fridays, Nov 20th, 27th and
Dec 2nd
10.00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
In this class you will learn basic watercolour techniques inspired by English watercolour tradition and experimentation to paint two small landscapes over the course of three weeks.

Trout Lake fall landscape, watercolour study, Katharine Dickinson
Trout Lake in Autumn

Watercolour Fall Landscapes

Fridays, Oct 23rd, 30th and Nov 6th
10.00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
Working from photographs and sketches of your local landscape as a starting point for a painting, follow a step-by-step  demonstration of the process and create a well crafted watercolour scene

Finding tonal values in a golden pepper

Illustrating Nature in The Fall

Fridays, Sept 25th, Oct 2nd and 9th
10.00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
Working from collected specimens of fall seedpods, fruit and vegetables, learn the process of drawing nature with accuracy

VanDusen Botanical Garden

Illustrating Funghi

Saturday, October 31
10.00am – 12.00pm

Join Katharine Dickinson to illustrate fungi up close in this autumn workshop. Step-by-step demonstrations.

Past Classes

Drawing with watercolour wash.Katharine Dickinson
Botanical sketch with watercolour

Illustrating Fall

10.00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
Three session series local
landscape miniatures

VanDusen Botanical Garden

Harvest Vegetable Drawing

Pencil and charcoal drawing

Face to Face


Shadbolt Centre
for the Arts

Drawing and Painting in the Classroom

Trout Lake, Acrylic on canvas

Introduction to Painting

Tuesdays Jan 12-Mar 2 2021
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM PDT
Learn acrylic painting techniques

Iris study, brush with pen and ink study

Drawing with Pen & Ink

Tuesdays Jan 12-Mar 2 2021
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT
Get creative with pen and ink techniques, create artworks derived from observational drawing


Introduction to Painting

Tuesdays, Oct 13th-Dec 1st 2020 at 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Learn acrylic painting techniques

Still Life Study, Acrylic painting class, Shadbolt Centre for Arts, Instructor Katharine Dickinson
Still Life Study

Botanical Drawing & Painting

Tuesdays Oct 13th-Dec 1st 2020 at 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Drawing and painting specimens from Century Garden

Close-up study of cactus flower
Watercolour Botanicals

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