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Take part in enriching & exciting visual & literary Arts workshops with professional artists/instructors.  We offer workshops for all levels of experience, from beginner to advanced; in a variety of subjects, from foundational techniques to exploratory methods & approaches; both online & in-person.

    • Monday, June 06, 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom
    • 5

    Levels: Beginner - Intermediate

    Theme: Fun!

    Monthly writing workshops on the first Monday of the month for writers wanting to develop their skills and connect with others interested in writing. 

    Join an intimate circle for a journey of writing and empowerment!

    This two-hour workshop includes a guided visualization/meditation; support circle; and inspiring writing prompts and exercises designed to connect us with the creative, the divine and ourselves. Great for all levels of experience!

    For this workshop, Marn Norwich fuses decades of experience as a writing workshop facilitator/professional writer and intuitive energy therapist.

    Workshop will take place over Zoom.

    Who this workshop is for:

    • You love to write but experience blocks at times
    • You’ve never really written but feel drawn to explore this part of yourself
    • You’re a seasoned writer craving a stimulating environment to work on your material or try new genres
    • You’d thrive in a supportive and creative circle
    • You’re welcoming healing into your life, whether this is trauma-related or in response to anxiety or depression

    Artist Bio

    Marn Norwich has been facilitating writing workshops for almost 30 years. She’s a poet, playwright and journalist and the author of a poetry collection, Wildflowers at my doorstep (Karma Press). She’s also an energy work therapist and draws on this background to create workshops that are holistic, fun, empowering and supportive. Marn facilitates online writing workshops and coaches writers through her business, Vancouver Women’s Writing Courses.

    • Saturday, June 11, 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Silk Purse Art Centre
    • 6

    Levels: Beginner 

    Join Joanne Waters as she shares her knowledge with coloured pencil and pen. In this two hour workshop you will learn how to transfer designs, work free hand, use black pen and blend colours to create your desired image. You will be able to experiment with different paper bases to learn the effect of pen and pencil on them. 

    This workshop is excellent for beginners wanting to learn how to sketch and blend with coloured pencil and pen or if you are looking for a way to improve your coloured pencil  flora and fauna pictures. 

    Joanne works in a variety of mediums but recently has gone back to creating with coloured pencils and pen to create cards which are featured in the gift shop at the Silk Purse. She learned the techniques at a community centre class over a period of four years ending with a group show at the Silk Purse about seven years ago.

    Workshop participants are recommended to wear a mask.

      Supplies Needed

      • Set of 24 coloured pencils
      • An ultra fine black Sharpie Pen
      • Small pencil sharpener
      • Eraser
      Various types of paper will be supplied by instructor to experiment on. 

      Artist Bio

      Joanne Waters has been active in the art scene in West Vancouver since 1995.  She was first know for her sculptural kelp baskets where she gave workshops, & exhibited at the Ferry Building Gallery. Her next endeavor was wire sculpture and again she gave workshops, had an exhibition at the Ferry Building Gallery, and presented at Harmony Arts Festival.   

      Her work with wet wool felting began in 1985 where she taught and created garments for sale. Her work with needle felting began in about 2015. She has regularly had pieces in the Silk Purse mainly during the annual Cherry Blossoms: A Textile Translation

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