Thursday, March 14, 2019

Oil Painting can be fun!

I love Oil Painting, this is just a right kind of medium, when I am in the right kind of mood. Here are my reasons why:

♡ Dreamy. It can fulfill ones dream to be a serious artist. All masters used oil paint as their primary medium.
♡ Timeless. Oil painting has so much history, countless examples and tons of inspiration in the galleries.
♡ Exciting. The paint has its treasure qualities - fluidity, allows mistakes and perfect for blending!
♡ Forgiving. You are in control of drying time. Depending on the medium it can be slow, or fast drying.
Presentational. The finished piece will look good without framing and ready to hang at home.

The best way to share the joy of painting is to experience it together. I have a little sneak peek for you of my process of painting in oil. Enjoy and sign up for the class.  

-Veronika Mcleod

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

What medium to choose?

Sometimes it is hard to find the right medium to paint. We can help to decide which one is the best fit! 
If you are still in doubt, then try BOTH! Find out more about our Watercolor and Oil Painting Classes here>>

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Summer is the time to get outside your comfort zone.

Are you looking for a fresh creative wind in your art sails? Did you consider leaving your studio comforts and seek inspiration in nature?

Going outdoors to search for new colors and ideas helped artists since the times when first Impressionists went out to see light and discover new ways to paint. Do you want to follow them? We got just the right course for you!

Let's get together this summer and be guided towards new inspiration, new skills and new perspectives.

Veronika Mcleod, the instructor for our Plein Air painting classes, finds it beneficial to paint and connect with nature, even in the cold days! See her video tips on painting the sunset.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Get started in Oil Painting at VFAA

Every time you want to try painting in oil you feel scattered and you don't know where to start? Are you tired of millions different suggestions on the internet? 

There is a way that every master artist went through - Classical Academic School. Yes, yes, before they became famous Monet, Picasso or Sargent, they went through classical art training.

At Vancouver Atelier we have classically trained instructor who can help you to start your journey!

These are the student's work who use to be just like you, but through taking our Classical Oil Painting Class they were able to achieve their goals. 

Thursday, March 7, 2019

How to forget your inner critic with our Sketchbook Class.

How has your drawing experience been lately? Did you ever experienced a strong force with critical thoughts while drawing?  Often those thoughts make you erase the lines, stop drawing or even quit trying. How unfair it is for someone who is just starting their journey to art! 
Well, you will find it comforting to know that even master artists have inner critics who go in the way of their positive thinking. In other words you are not alone!

The upcoming Sketchbook Class will open up your mind and heart into sketching and seeing the world in the creative light. With the group of other beginners you will  learn to overcome the struggle with critical thoughts and break through into keeping a sketchbook.
Find dates and times here: Learn to Draw>  Email to sign up

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Classical Oil Painting for beginners

Would you like to start painting in oil? Then you found a perfect foundational course.
Gradually and slowly we will practice all introduced material. The easy paste will help to absorb all concepts deeper and memorize them better. You will definitely find it easy to apply learned skills at home. Are you ready to take a first step towards your dream?

Monday, March 4, 2019

Upcoming Watercolor Class

Express your love for nature through watercolor. Learn to paint skies, water, sunsets and mountains. 

Sign up for 10 sessions on Tuesdays, 6-8pm, April 2 - June 4, $400

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Teen Drawing Class

We have two openings for Teen Drawing Class on Thursdays 5:30-7:30pm, January 10- March 14, $40/session.
Please contact us at if you are interested.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Classes in the Spring 2019

Hello everybody. Sorry, we have not been posting for awhile.

We will have more classes, including kids mixed media class, beginner drawing, perspective workshops and oil painting classes in the third semester ( April-June ).

For this semester (January-March) we are offering following classes:
  • Watercolor Painting through Landscape and Nature Class with Paula
  • Teen Drawing Class, which is currently only accepting waiting list applications.
  • Private lessons with Marzieh on Thursdays
  • Private lessons with Veronika on Weekdays 1:30-3:30pm in her home studio

Friday, September 7, 2018

New classes for Fall 2018 at VFAA

Lighthouse Park, watercolour sketch, Paula Barrantes @pura.luna

Beginners Sketching Class will be taking place on
Wednesdays, 4 - 6 pm, October 10 - December 5, 2018
Instructor: Paula Barrantes, Instagram: @pura.luna
Cost: $350

Sketching daily allows ideas and skills to grow and develop faster. It also serves as a record of your life and our favorite benefit, it creates a space to be creative anywhere at any time. The materials required for this activity are very few so it's easy to carry anywhere. 

Supply List

  Whytecliff Park, watercolour sketch, Paula Barrantes @pura.luna

Landscape with Watercolor and Ink will take place on
Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:30pm, October 10 - December 5, 2018
Instructor: Paula Barrantes, Instagram: @pura.luna
Cost: $350

There are many ways to use a brush to depict the shapes and colours of nature. For this reason, we will study brush strokes from impressionism and Chinese traditional techniques to paint landscapes.

You don't need previous experience to join this class.

Supply List

To register email

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Workshop Updates

We have updated the schedule for some workshops and classes this Summer. 

Hatching with Pen & Ink Workshop will be taking place on 
Mondays, 6-8pm, August 13-September 3, 2018.
Instructor: Paula Barrantes

Monday, June 25, 2018

Few Places left for Plein Air Classes

We are still accepting registrations for Plein Air Classes. If you wish to learn drawing and painting from observation outdoors, then hurry to call us 7782392922 or email to

July 9-15 for ages 16 & up
July 16-22 for ages 9 to 16
Time: 10am -3pm, including 1hr supervised lunch break
Locations: PNE, Locarno Beach, New Brighton Park
Cost: $350
Instructor: Pilar Mehlis, BFA