Please note that all classes except the Make Your Own Chalk Pastels Workshop, will be held in the Aquarium Room at the Sports Centre on Vanier Drive, Courtenay.

All classes require a $50 deposit by cheque or e-transfer to hold your spot with balance due on the first class. You can mail cheques here:
Sandra Lamb
P.O. Box 525
Mervile, BC   V0R 2M0.
E-transfers may be
sent to sandra@sandralamb.art

Wow, summer's apparently over and it's time to start thinking about ultramarine blue again. Here's the line-up so far; classes begin in early October. If you would like to be notified of the details witout having to check back here every time, please sign up for my short (and sporadic) newsletter here. If you have any questions on any of the classes or just want to get your name down on the list quickly, email me at sandra@sandralamb.art
Come As You Art Classes
Here's the class you've always looked for: full of frivolity, freedom, and fun! And amazingly enough, there's a fair bit of instruction and learning going on here as well in a non-structured setting. As always, it's a gathering of a great bunch of people at all skill levels (except expert) who enjoy working independantly on their own projects and yet value the energy, observation and interaction that comes with sharing common challenges. Bring your supplies in almost any medium, your ideas and half-finished disasters and we'll work together to get started and/or back on track! Give me a call at (250) 337-5487 if you'd like more info.
SESSION 1 - Tuesday Afternoons
October 2 to November 6
1:00 - 3:30 pm

6 classes for $140

SESSION 2 - Tuesday Mornings
November 13 to December 11
9:30 am - 12 noon

5 classes for $115
SESSION 2 - Tuesday Afternoons
November 13 to December 11
1:00 - 3:30 pm

5 classes for $115
Cool Techniques and Hot Tips in Acrylics
Have you found it hard to keep up with all the new products on the art supply market? Here's a chance to incorporate a few in your repertoire and maybe brave three or four bold and crazy techniques that are bound to inspire your art-making to new heights. Depending on class preferences, we'll delve into some of these lovely potentials:
  • acrylic transfers and skins
  • acrylic grounds for multi-media
  • hand-made papers for collage and backgrounds
  • incorporating texture and objects into composition
  • compatible mediums
  • texturizing and layering
  • faux stained-glass on plexiglass
  • spattering and pouring
If you think this might be up your alley, this is no time for procrastination! Jump in now and give me a call at (250) 337-5487 or email me at the address in the left sidebar, so we can get you on the list for mischief and mayhem!
October 16 to November 6
9:30 am - 12 noon

4 classes for $125 (includes some supplies)
Make Your Own Chalk Pastels Workshop
I haven't offered this one for a few years but I'm hoping there's enough people who have realized the beauty of chalk pastels and the expense of buying a good set of your own. In my own studio in Merville (limited space) we will get down and REALLY dirty with chalk and pigment and binders for a full day of mixing and rolling your own custom colours for a splendid set of chalks to last a lifetime. The consistency and quality of these little beauties will be akin to Schminke or Unison commercial brands which run on average at $10/stick. I've seen people come away with 50 or more pastels from this workshop which equates to $500 in high-quality art supplies. And a sumptuous lunch with wine is included in the price. Also, I will open up the studio on the Sunday morning for those hard-core crazies who wish to use up the leftover pastel colour-bases, and roll even more! You can give me a call at (250) 337-5487 if you'd like more info.
Saturday, November 3rd
9:30 am to 4:00(ish) pm

$200 (includes lunch)
Participants in this workshop receive a 20% discount on the four-week "Intro to Chalk Pastel Surfaces and Techniques" (below)!
Intro to Colour Mixing and Colour Theory
When I ran this class last winter, there was so much interest that I almost added another session (maybe I did; I have a rather short memory). Still, some people missed out. If you were one of those people, or just someone who is a bit mystified about colour, relying on the "hit-and-miss" technique of mixing paint, now's your big chance to get it under some logical control. We'll explore hue, value and intensity and how to analyze colours to easily match them. The effects of compliments, analogous colours and "key" will be discussed along with a whack of fun exercises to help you understand the concepts. Bring your watercolours, oils or acrylics for the most versatile experience, but if you're a pastel or pencil crayon artist, we can make that work too.
Thursday Afternoons
October 11 to November 15
1:00 - 3:30 pm

6 classes for $150
Intro to Chalk Pastel Surfaces and Techniques
This is my answer to the dearth of those in the Valley who actually know what chalk pastels are, never mind that Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Manet and several thousand lesser known artists have created masterpieces in this somewhat obscure medium. It's rich in colour, immediate, portable and fun. It lends itself to looseness and lost lines. I love it. This class is just a quick introduction to techniques and surfaces, but it'll get you started and open up some options for this marvellous, messy medium.
Thursday Afternoons
November 22 to December 13
1:00 - 3:30 pm

4 classes for $110 (includes some supplies)
Sign up for the "Make Your Own Pastels Workshop" (above) and receive a 20% discount: $88 for these four classes!