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Details for "Feb 16&17th Workshop-Urban oils with Leanne Christie"

February Workshop


Urban Oils

with Leanne Christie

 The Leanne Christie-Comforting Chaos of Cambie

The Comforting Chaos of Cambie



Saturday, February 16 and Sunday, February 17

10:00 - 4:00



 Dene Croft's Studio and Gallery

118 Pemberton Ave. (@West 1st)


   Bio for Leanne Christie


Urban Oil painter Leanne M Christie has a reputation for complex paintings that are built with powerful brushwork and the sophisticated manipulation of white. She paints full time in her Vancouver studio and her daily 50km cycling commute from her home in Coquitlam, gives Christie an intimate kinship with the flow of the urban streets. The unrehearsed transitory moments provide the abundant source of her paintings.


Born and raised in South Africa, Christie moved to the Canadian West Coast in the late 2000's after a period of 10 years abroad that had originated as a 2 week holiday after the completion of her Bachelor of Fine Art from Rhodes University.


Christie's paintings are at first understood by the viewer whose participation is then demanded by her relentless harnessing of the communicative properties unique to oil painting. The distilled open relationship between the painter and the slow drying oil painting is the unique characteristic of the medium that Christie burrows into in order to activate the complexity that is developed through the alchemy of passive and active time. Active time that is dependant on the relationships that the viewer is able to develop with the work.




The Simmering of Time-Leanne

The Simmering of Time 


For this workshop Leanne wants you




* To feel comfortable with handling an image that appears quite complex


* To have a foundational understanding of how to weave a complex urban scene


* To have a foundational understanding of how to handle the paint to communicate movement


* Have a foundational understanding of relying on suggested forms as opposed to laboriously describing everything.


* You will not come away with a finished painting as the workshop is about thinking differently and the painting will be used to practice.






Supply list for attendees



There are 2 options for materials: RENT or BYO




* email: once you have registered.

* Rental includes use of oil paints, palettes, palette knife, medium, brushes and canvas'

* Does not include: rags, gloves, rubbish bag, brush jar, old clothes – you bring these items

* Cost based on usage with a minimum cost of $20 and max $80 (the average cost is usually +/- $30)

* Pay Leanne at the end of the workshop.


 Or The Bring It Yourself  list:




Bring colours you are comfortable with and which fit the 3 important requirements listed below:

* RYB palette which consists of a warm and cool of each colour

* Include a vibrant medium green

Paints should be low cost 200ml tubes unless otherwise noted, that you will use again. 

Small tubes will not work. If you do not have large paint tubes or feel that they are not worth purchasing as you will not use them again, please rent materials from Leanne.


The palette which I use consists of the following 200 ml paints:


Titanium white

Azo yellow light or cadmium light

Azo Yellow deep or cadmium yellow deep

Azo red medium or Cadmium red medium – 40 ml tube

Alizaron Crimson

Quinachrondone rose

Phtalo Green

Prussian blue – 40 ml tube

Cerrulean blue

Cobalt blue or Ultramarine – 40 ml tube

Phthalo Blue


Other items:


Table easels are available for everyone at Dene Croft’s studio 


Medium - your preference in a small bottle with a small hole in the lid. (I use a 1/2 stand oil to 1/2 taltine combo. If you would like to use this please ensure that you have made the mix 2 days before the session and that you use odorlous taltine / turpenoid)


Palette (preferably on the large side such as a 12' x 16” or larger, as you will be laying out a full palette)


Oil paint brushes (your choice, but please make sure that you have at least:


3 x flat 2” brushes

2 x filbert #10

2 x filbert #8

2 x filbert # 4

2 x filbert #2





* Low cost canvas / canvas boards / masonite boards (please make sure that your choice is gesso primed with 3 coats at least 3 days prior to session). 


One or two: 16” x 20” slim (please feel free to bring more as you may want a back up canvas. We will only work on one painting but many attendees like the option of starting again)




* wiping rags (a roll of kitchen towel should do, I use the dollar store roll of kitchen towel)

* bags for dirty rags

* bag for dirty brushes

* medium size jar for turps and cleaning brush

* odourless taltine / turpenoid

* old clothes


 Lunch: We will take a 45 minute lunch break so people should plan to bring their own or head up the street to Macdonald’s.  Coffee will be available in the studio


 Administrative Notes:

Registration: To sign up for this workshop directly, please scroll down to the bottom of this page. Enrollment and waitlist status is also presented there. You can pay directly on-line by credit card. You will need to make payment within 24 hours of your enrollment or it will be automatically cancelled so if you need assistance in paying, please contact Stephen Cowell,  [Payment by cheque is discouraged as this is unreliable when time is of the essence.] 

This course may fill up quickly.  Do not hesitate to join the WAIT LIST. If it is full, do not be discouraged. Check back later- you may still be able to get in.

For every workshop we have run this year, we have had cancellations because of illness or change of plans.  Often even a wait list of eight names or more is moved up because "life changes things."  However, if you are on the wait list and change your own plans, please do not hold your space in the queue. Please take your name off the wait list and let someone else have a chance.   Be kind to your colleagues and remove your name if you have a change of plans. 



 If you are unable to attend a workshop, refunds are not issued, but you may find another person to take your place. 

Only if the workshop is full and there is a willing replacement on the Waitlist,  can you cancel through Stephen Cowell(, in which case a refund will be issued.   

No Refunds will be issued within 48 hours of the workshop start time.


 NSAG reserves the right to cancel the course within 30 days.

 Our workshops are held regularly at Dene Croft Studios (image below)


 Pemberton and First in North Vancouver 


Course Cost & Status

  • CAN$190.00
  • CAN$237.50 with Non NSAG Member Workshop Fee
  • CAN$190.00 with NSAG MEMBERS ONLY
Spots Available:
1 of 14 spots available
Registration Open Since:
2018-12-20 00:00:00
Registration Closed Since:
2019-02-15 23:59:00
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