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Rhythm Workshop for Kids
Sunday May 7, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
FREE

A free workshop for kids with musician and artist Leonid Rozenberg. In this fun session, kids will create and decorate their own percussive instrument and then rock out!

Presented in tandem with our annual ‘Start with Art’ exhibition for young people, a truly unique show encouraging young people to appreciate, collect, and curate their own art collection – with a special price list just for kids 16 and younger! Exhibiting artists also offer advice for budding artists and frequently spark the idea in kids that one day their work could be shown in a gallery, too.

Artists: Natasha Broad, Amelia Butcher, Lisa Cinar, Sarah Clement, Shima Itabashi, Sandeep Johal, Sean Karemaker, Anne Love, Ron Love, Monique McEwen, Liane McLaren, Kim O’Brien, Meghan Parker, Robin Reid, Sarah Ronald, Leonid Rozenberg, Bronwyn Schuster, M. A. Tateishi, and Kate Whitehead.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Seymour Art Gallery Members – $20 | Non-members – $40 | Suitable for all levels

In a rut? Let this playful introduction to new techniques bust you out! Artist and instructor Michael Culverwell is back with a new workshop.

Looking at your subject from all angles, you will play with different techniques in various media. Try drawing in white on black paper, watercolour with fine tipped pen, conte with lighter fluid, dip pen with ink, and drawing with a frisket resist. Timed sessions, including some super-short studies, will get you out of your head and having fun again. This playful workshop is appropriate for all artists, from beginner to advanced.

Culverwell is a big believer in taking the pressure off the process of artmaking. He reminds us that that every artistic exploration is an investment in your future pieces. “There’s no wrong way to make art,” he says. “It’s really important to allow and encourage self-discovery.” When not teaching classes at Emily Carr University, Culverwell can be found around Deep Cove, sketching rocks by the water or drawing quick impressions of the works on display at the Seymour Art Gallery.

Michael Culverwell M.A. is a designer and instructor with an extensive background in design. He has exhibited and sold his work in Germany, Finland, Japan, UK, Switzerland, USA and Canada; and has taught design,
drawing and related subject matter, at both undergraduate and graduate levels, at universities and colleges across Canada and the UK. He currently teaches at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

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Poetry Meets Art
Sunday January 22, 2 – 4 p.m.
ADMISSION IS FREE

Poetry Meets Art: Join us for a special event in conjunction with our ‘Discovery’ exhibition for new and emerging artists. Poet Fran Bourassa hosts an afternoon of poetry by local writers inspired by the artwork on display. Audience members can participate by reciting their own exhibition-influenced poem during the ‘open mic’ portion of the afternoon.

Featuring: Natasha Boskic, Fran Bourassa, Daniela Gielnik, Alan Girling, Alan Hill, Shelley Pelech, and Richard Rosin.

Our annual ‘Discovery’ juried exhibition provides exposure to emerging artists. Juried by artist M.A.Tateishi, arts instructor Janet Wang (The Art Institute of Vancouver), and Seymour Art Gallery’s curator/director Sarah Cavanaugh, this year’s exhibition reflects the theme: BALANCE. The artists present work that is as varied as their backgrounds in this fresh and eclectic show, which includes drawing, painting, ceramics, mixed media, fibre art, video, and photography.

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INSPIRED BY ANIMALS
Art Camp for Kids
with artist & instructor Jeri Engen

August 8 – 12, 2016
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. each day | Ages 7-12 $150 | 10% discount for members

On the first day of camp, visit North Vancouver artist Ben Lim’s exhibition at Seymour Art Gallery and be inspired by his whimsical and playful depictions of animals.

The rest of the week will be spent creating creature-inspired works: watercolour and acrylic paintings, plaster head animal puppets, gelatin mono prints, large charcoal drawings, and much more! We’ll mount our own mini-exhibition for family and friends on the last day of the class.

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Meditation in the Gallery with Farhad Khan

Tuesday June 28 at 6 p.m. 
Free drop-in, no registration required

Tuesday July 5 at 12:30 p.m.
Free drop-in, no registration required

Join us for a 60 minute class on Meditation and Breathing (pranayama) with Farhad Khan. This class is ideal for beginners who would like to start a meditation practice and learn some relaxing breath techniques to clear energy and make space for inner calm and relaxation.

All welcome, no meditation experience required

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Artistic Collaboration: June 25
Saturday, June 25 2016 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

As many know, North Vancouver artist Ben Lim passed away this spring after a long battle with cancer. In preparation for his upcoming exhibition at the Seymour Art Gallery, Ben had been working on a collection of ceramic birds in shades of white, to be installed as if in flight. These were among the last pieces with which he worked, but he was unable to apply the final glazing.

On Saturday June 25 from 11 a.m. to noon, we invite the public to join Ben’s family, friends, Parkgate studio colleagues, and collectors to help glaze the pieces, contribute to a meaningful artistic collaboration, and honour his life and artwork.

The finished collaborative piece will be displayed in the upcoming solo exhibition ‘Ben Lim: Chase the Setting Sun’, July 20 to August 13, 2016 at Seymour Art Gallery.

This event is presented in co-operation with Parkgate Pottery Studio.

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Draw and scratch a handmade film! Seymour Art Gallery presents a DIY animation workshop with Sepideh Saii
Sunday, June 5, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Seymour Art Gallery Members – FREE | Non-members – $25 | No experience necessary
Please register at 604.924.1378 or in person at Seymour Art Gallery

Direct Animation is the process of drawing and scratching designs directly onto film. Images are hand drawn on clear film leader using markers and ink. Segments produced by individuals are ultimately linked together to create a collective work of art. This fun collaboration is a playful way to craft a handmade movie.

Sepideh Saii is a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in North Vancouver. Her work has exhibited extensively throughout Europe, Canada, the United States and Japan. Saii has coordinated cultural events and visual arts exhibitions, as well as taught courses at the School for the Contemporary Arts (SFU) and Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She received her BFA in Integrated Media from Emily Carr University in 2003 and an MA at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, England in 2009.

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FREE drop-in art workshop for kids
Sunday April 24, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Make winged creatures at this free drop-in art session with exhibiting artist Kate Whitehead. Suitable for kids of all ages.

While you’re here, don’t forget to check out our Start with Art exhibition. Kids will love this work by established local artists and can even make their mark in a “secret room” in the gallery space!

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Looking Closer: a playful printing workshop
Tuesday,  April 12, 2016 from 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Suitable for all levels

Artist and instructor Michael Culverwell is back with a new workshop! This course, open to all levels, will have an emphasis on fun and play.

Students will look very closely at natural objects for inspiration. With magnifying glasses in hand, you will find interesting patterns and texture in the up-close view. Culverwell will guide you in selecting a section to explore further through drawing and basic printing techniques which don’t require special tools or expensive materials. Printing directly from inked objects, string prints, plus templates and masking techniques will be covered in this informal course. Your prints may be tiled to emphasize and create further patterns. This playful exploration will result in studies which can also become inspiration for future patterns in painting, drawing, fibre art, knitting, or practical design.

Culverwell is a big believer in taking the pressure off the process of artmaking. He reminds us that that every artistic exploration is an investment in your future pieces. “There’s no wrong way to make art,” he says. “It’s really important to allow and encourage self-discovery.” When not teaching classes at Emily Carr University, Culverwell can be found around Deep Cove, sketching rocks by the water or drawing quick impressions of the works on display at the Seymour Art Gallery.

Michael Culverwell M.A. is a designer and instructor with an extensive background in design. He has exhibited and sold his work in Germany, Finland, Japan, UK, Switzerland, USA and Canada; and has taught design, drawing and related subject matter, at both undergraduate and graduate levels, at universities and colleges across Canada and the UK. He currently teaches at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

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Saturday, October 10 2015
In this workshop, fibre artist Dana Sitar will help participants create their own pair of handwarmers in the color and design of their choice. You will leave with your own pair of seamless, handmade, and creative handwarmers to keep you toasty and inspired throughout the cooler months!

No previous felting experience required-all are welcome! Please bring scissors and a couple of old towels. All other supplies included.

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NEW WORKSHOP WITH MICHAEL CULVERWELL
Saturday October 3 2015, 1- 4 p.m.

Suitable for all levels

Artist and instructor Michael Culverwell is back by popular demand with a new workshop! This course, open to all levels, will have an emphasis on fun and play.

Culverwell is a big believer in taking the pressure off the process of artmaking. He reminds us that that every artistic exploration is an investment in your future pieces. “There’s no wrong way to make art,” he says. “It’s really important to allow and encourage self-discovery.” When not teaching classes at Emily Carr University, Culverwell can be found around Deep Cove, sketching rocks by the water or drawing quick impressions of the works on display at the Seymour Art Gallery.

Students will create studies from a natural object they bring to class, like a shell, pinecone, or a piece of driftwood. After covering some basic instruction to help you render your artifact, Culverwell will guide you in isolating a successful portion of your study, enlarging it, and using it as a framework for further studies. By creating multiple photocopies of your sketch, Culverwell removes the preciousness of working on an original and invites you to experiment with various inexpensive artistic mediums. Have you ever “painted” with conté and lighter fluid? This and more will be covered in this playful and informal course.

Michael Culverwell M.A. is a designer and instructor with an extensive background in design. He has exhibited and sold his work in Germany, Finland, Japan, UK, Switzerland, USA and Canada; and has taught design, drawing and related subject matter, at both undergraduate and graduate levels, at universities and colleges across Canada and the UK. He currently teaches at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

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DRAWING FROM NATURE
with artist & instructor Jeri Engen

August 17 – 21, 2015
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. each day | Ages 7-12
On the first day of camp, hike the beautiful wooded trails surrounding Seymour Art Gallery with a sketchbook in hand. Create graphite sketches inspired by the natural beauty of Deep Cove and, along the way, collect the bountiful treasures on the trail floor to bring back to the studio classroom for inspiration. The rest of the week will be spent creating paintings, plaster castings, sun prints, sculptures and much more inspired from the sketches and collections gathered on the forest trails.

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ROBOT MAKING 

Join us for an afternoon of family fun with a free drop-in art making session April 26 at 12:30 p.m. where kids can make their own robot with artist Kate Whitehead. Then enjoy an original puppet show by Moth Orbit Object Theater at 2 p.m.

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WORKSHOP WITH MICHAEL CULVERWELL, Saturday April 18 2015, 1- 4 p.m.

Suitable for all levels

Some of artist and instructor Michael Culverwell’s best pieces began as a doodle on a napkin in a coffee shop. “I just love the way the pen bleeds into the soft paper”, he says. When not teaching classes at Emily Carr University, Culverwell can be found around Deep Cove, sketching rocks by the water or drawing quick impressions of the works on display at the Seymour Art Gallery.

Culverwell reminds us that not every sketch must be done on with the best-quality paper or materials, and not every drawing will become a finished piece.  This informal course will explore the art of seeing and gathering concepts and inspiration through time interval exercises and quick sketches. Students are encouraged to bring any materials they have on hand – a pencil from the dollar store and a stack of cheap paper will do just fine! There will be additional simple materials available for experimentation.

Students will practice, explore, discover and experiment! Dress for outside weather, since we will be exploring the Deep Cove shoreline and park for inspiration. This course is suitable for all levels, from beginner to experienced artist. Our small class size ensures one-on-one interactions, informal critiques, and feedback. These sketches might become the foundation for a future work, or they may simply offer practice in capturing what is seen in that moment.

Michael Culverwell M.A. is an designer and instructor with an extensive background in design. He has exhibited and sold his work in Germany, Finland, Japan, UK, Switzerland, USA and Canada; and has taught design, drawing and related subject matter, at both undergraduate and graduate level, at Universities and colleges across Canada and the UK. He currently teaches at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

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Bookbinding Workshops

Learn basic bookbinding techniques in this hands-on workshop with Artist Vanessa Black. Whether you’d like to create a sketchbook, journal, or notebook, we will show you how to make a book that is handmade, unique, and recycled. Choose from a wide selection of papers and eclectic materials for your pages, and personalize your cover. Have some paper you’ve been collecting for a while? Bring it by the gallery and we will transform it!

Kids Workshop
Sunday March 8, 2015 – 11 a.m.
Kids will have the opportunity to make their own book using the ‘punch’ method of bookbinding.

Adults Workshop
Sunday March 8, 2015 – 2 p.m.
Learn how to sew a signature by using traditional bookbinding techniques and materials.

Some materials for this workshop were generously donated by Urban Source

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Ingunn Kemble “The Hows and Whats of Art Collecting”

November 2, 2014 – 2 p.m.

In this talk, Ingunn Kemble will give us the basics on art collecting. In her inimitable style, Kemble will introduce us to some of the North Shore’s more memorable collectors and give us some pointers on how to start our own art collections, however modest.

Professional Development Workshop April 2014

Is documenting your artwork a dreaded necessity? Does promoting yourself as an artist seem like a momentous task? If so, then our Professional Development Workshops are for you!

Photographer Adam Stenhouse will share his tips and tricks about how to photograph your work professionally, and Artist Cori Creed will discuss the process of marketing your work to galleries.

How to Photograph Your Artwork with Adam Stenhouse
Saturday May 10, 2014 – 2 p.m.

Adam Stenhouse is a Vancouver-based photographer and artist. He completed his Master of Applied Arts (MAA) degree at Emily Carr University in 2012, and had previously earned a BA Hons in Visual Communication at the Glasgow School of Art in 2006. Adam is currently the Assistant Photo Editor at Momentum Magazine. He also teaches photography classes at Richmond Art Centre, and has previously taught at Emily Carr University and exhibits his work extensively. 

How to Market Your Art with Cori Creed
Sunday June 8, 2014 – 2 p.m.

Cori Creed studied Fine Art at Simon Fraser University and Design at Capilano College. Creed currently shows with BAU-XI in Vancouver, Caldwell Snyder in San Francisco and St. Helena and Campton Gallery in New York. Cori lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.