Friday, June 9, 2017

Drawing buildings with kids

Find out about our upcoming kids classes here:
This class was about proportions and architecture. The little ones, group of kids 5-9 years old did a very good job on their first-ever hatched drawing of famous towers around the world. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Light and Shadow Rendering Steps

Here are simplified steps for light and shadow rendering of any object (based on plaster ear model):

This is a classical academic approach to drawing a full render of a form. Your drawing develops from big shapes to small details, from simple analysis to more difficult. Overall this process involves very little erasing, only at the very beginning and at the end. If you able to gradually follow these steps, your work will progress steady but firmly.

1. Start by setting up your object with the best light possible. Make sure you have only one light source shining on the object.
2. Focus on proportions, angle and eye level. Make a light line drawing of the object.
3. Break it into two zones - light and shadow. Hatch all shadow areas lightly with parallel hatches. All areas should be of the same tone. Include all details. Leave lights white paper.
4. Notice maximum of three areas with the strongest contrast. Keep only three of them the darkest. Add core shadow contrast on all shapes.
5. Go ahead and compare all lights together. You may leave only maximum of three areas white, all the rest must to be hatched over with comparable light tones. As you go form mid-tones.
6. Go back to shadows and make them darker than any lights. Make sure to model the form as you go, noticing lighter and darker areas. All shapes should feel complete and connected properly. Make sure your reflected lights are not lighter then lights.
7. Overview and finish your drawing. Add details, connect outstanding shapes.

Example above is a part of program for Intro to Portraiture Class on Tuesdays 6-8pm, starting in October.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Summer Plein Air Registration

The registration is now open for new students to join our Plein Air Week in July. Refer to the schedule and pricing here.
We are almost booked with internal students, so please sign inn soon. Follow this link to have an idea of what supplies to prepare. If you have questions, email us
For some inspiration have a look at last year's oil paintings of our students:

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Succulents and Cactus Watercolor Painting Workshops

Are you looking for a peaceful activity, which relaxes your mind and distracts you from everyday matters? Join Marzieh Mosavardaseh for a soothing, fun, and creative watercolour painting workshop.

Saturday May 13, 4–6pm.
Saturday May 27, 4–6pm.
Saturday June 17, 4–6pm.
Saturday June 24, 4–6pm.

Workshop fee + art supplies:

1 session for $40
2 sessions for $75

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Linocut Workshop at Atelier.

We invite you to participate in a new crafty workshop, held at our studio by Marzieh Mosavarzadeh

Linocut is a traditional printmaking technique, in which a design is carved into a sheet of Lino with the use of carving tools. By inking the uncarved areas, you will be able to print a limited edition of your drawing. It is a perfect technique to make your own reproducible art, such as greeting cards, posters, and etc.

We offer two levels of Linocut - for beginners and for intermediates. You can register for both. Each workshop takes two days, 2 hours each day. And the cost is $100, this includes all materials you will need to make one linocut print, plus few a fun textured paper sheets to experiment in printing. 
Find all dates and more information here:

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Oil Painting Classes in October

We accept new students to learn traditional techniques of oil painting. Classes will start in October 2017 on Tuesdays 3:30 to 5:30. Register soon to reserve a spot. 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Kids Art Class

Here are some photos of art created by our youngest group of students. Lucas on the left is 6 years old and Mavis on the right is 11. They are amazingly diligent and quick learners.
May this spring break bring joy and sunny weather to all of us. You still have time to register your child for Painting and Drawing Class with us. New semester will star on April 8th.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

One of the most interesting etching techniques - scratching

The students of our beginner course for teenagers were experimenting with unusual graphic technique. Have a look what they were able to accomplish.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Charcoal Drawing Workshops in 2017!

Explore charcoal and chalk in this simple 4-day event. We will be drawing still life and other fun things with group of 5 brave beginners. Everyone who tried this material fell in love with it, including the instructor.

Next workshop is February 23 - March 16, Thursdays 6-8pm
Another session is in April!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Congratulations to all students and their families with bright celebration of Christmas! May all your creative attempts bring you joy this year and may inspiration always fill your sails.

Oil Painting Workshop - Flowers Ala Prima

Congratulations to a beautiful team of painters who got together at our Oil Painting Workshop last Saturday. Great work ladies. Most of them were absolute beginners with oils and all enjoyed their time here.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Plein Air Painting 2016: summer went so quickly, and it is already the Fall season. New classes have already started at Atelier. Just want to bring attention to those of you who are interested to register for Plein Air Painting with us next summer:

I know many artists who spend all their creative time in the studio, reasoned by comfort with a high percent of success in their known mediums and meditative states. Fair enough time in a studio is precious. But how much more often in your life do you experience something special in an unusual and unknown space? I know in my life I am surrounded by many such discoveries.

An example is that park you didn't want to go to because you feel a little under the weather and have a head full of doubts, though after overcoming laziness and anxiety you still go there. In these moments we usually encounter beauty; perhaps see an old friend, notice the sun flickering through the autumn leaves, watch the wind blow through the trees, so much to experience.

Similar approach I have towards Plein Air Painting; overcoming and fighting your laziness, confusion, tough weather conditions, and distracting comments from visitors. As you paint outside your comfort zone you will be pleasantly surprised that these paintings constantly become the best you have painted in a while.

This year we painted in rain, hot sun, and wind, by the end of the week still wanted more, simply because it is fun.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Kids Art Class

We have an awesome kids class, we're going to paint colorful animals, trees, flowers and more. We're gonna draw amazing trains, cars, buildings, and dragons. Parents put your kids on the right tracks with arts.

There are still a few seats open for our Saturday class 1-3pm. Register now class begins Saturday October 1. Ongoing registration and drop-ins available for this class.   

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Classes Fall: 2016

Attention for all registered and interested students!
There are changes in the fall schedule for all drawing and painting classes. 

(Please ignore schedule on classes page for now)

 Adult classes:

Drawing Fundamentals - start date is October 6, cost is $400 for 12 classes
Sketching Sketches Sketchy - start date is October 3 and cost is $400 for 12 classes
Watercolor - start date is October 7, time 6-8pm, and cost is $350 for 10 classes
Oil Painting - start date (stay same) October 4 and cost is $400 for 12 classes

Teen classes:

Basics of Drawing - start date is October 3, cost is $400 for 12 classes
Intermediate Drawing - start date is October 4, cost is $400 for 12 classes
Oil Painting - start date (stay same) October 1, cost is $400 for $12 classes
Watercolor - start date is October 7, time 6-8pm, cost is $350 for 10 classes

Kids classes:

Painting & Drawing - start date is Ocober 1, cost is $400 for 12 classes
Mixed Media - start date is October 5, cost is $400 for 12 classes

To register you will need to send us a requesting email, then pre-pay cost of the course in full.

Wishing you all very wonderful inspiration and warm fall.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Our first Plein Air Week will end with students displaying their artwork at our Main Street studio in Vancouver. Please come and join us in viewing the artwork that will be created. Our summer classes kick off this Monday at 10am, and will continue throughout the next two weeks.

Their will be snacks, music, artwork, laughter and friends, all ages welcome.