Art Workshops

Turning the Form: 2-Day Oil Painting Workshop

November 16-17 2019 11:00-6:00

Registration below.

In painting, form is the two-dimensional representation of a three-dimensional shape. When painted convincingly, it can create the illusion of depth and roundness in your work, giving a greater sense of mass and volume.

In this two day workshop, you will learn methods of turning form through four guided exercises: the hierarchy of colour temperature as it relates to value; creating folds and crevices; matching brushwork to form; and how to paint light vs shadow. All exercises will be completed using a very limited palette of white, black, and a warm earth red in order to focus on colour temperature/value relationships.

You will work from studio-provided photo references and still lifes. There will be instructor demos, discussions and explanations, and plenty of hands-on painting time and individual feedback.

Some oil painting experience required.  Beginners to oil painting are welcome as long as it is not your first time using oil paint.  No colour experience necessary.  Drawing and shading experience helpful but not required.  Minimal preparation prior to the workshop is required (toning canvases).

Workshop is now full. To be added to the waitlist and notified of future workshops, please contact Nicole.

Saturday-Sunday November 16-17 2019

Price: $250 + tax
Ages 14+

Payment and cancellation policy:

Payment confirms your spot.  All payments final and non-transferable.  In the unlikely event the workshop is cancelled by Nicole, a full refund will be provided.

Workshop held at Nicole’s studio in Victoria, BC.  Please note there are two flights of stairs to access the studio.

Materials list and detailed notes provided upon registration.

Contact Nicole with any questions.



Previous Workshops:

From the Ground Up: A Process-Based Approach to Oil Painting

5 Day Oil Painting Workshop – July 29-August 2 2019


A successful painting is not about the end product – it’s about the process. A deliberate, thoughtful approach that balances planning with experimental curiosity puts the focus on how you are painting, rather than what you are painting. Paradoxically, by putting your focus on a thoughtful process rather than the outcome, the end product tends to be more successful.

In this immersive 5-day oil painting workshop, you will build a painting from the ground up. Steps in the process will include value studies, considerations for canvas preparations, underpainting, colour pre-mixing, first pass, and second pass. You will learn about oil painting supplies and materials, how to paint an imprimatura, the importance of dedication to the process rather than the outcome, creating a convincing sense of volume and form through paint application and colour temperature relationships, and colour mixing techniques – all with a modified direct painting (alla prima) approach. The style of painting will be representational but not photo-realistic, allowing for a painterly feel. You will learn to how to follow the reference as a guide more than an ideal.

You will work from either your own photo reference (ideally figurative or portraiture, but not required), a studio-provided photo reference, or a studio-provided still life setup (limited number available). There will be instructor demos, discussions and explanations, plenty of hands-on painting time and individual feedback, and a social hour on the last day to wrap up the workshop.

Drawing and shading experience is necessary; oil painting experience is helpful but not required. Some preparation prior to the workshop is required.

Beginners are encouraged to work in monochrome (white + brown or black paint) if preferred, to simplify the process and focus on paint application rather than colour mixing.