Details for "Creative Expressions"


Creative Expressions


Jane Appleby

  Mountain Meadow, 48 X 48 Oil on deep canvas, Jane Appleby

 When: Saturday, March 23 + Sunday, March 24 2024

 Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

 Where: West Vancouver Seniors' Activity Centre, Arts Studio

Fee: $215 (members); $268.75 (non-members)

Note: items should not be left overnight in the room at the time of the workshop; we are not assured that the room is secure. 


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Expressive painter Jane Appleby will lead a fun & informative painting workshop focused on ways to use brushwork & certain elements to build on an artist’s personal style.

"There is power in each brushstroke which can impact a painting” and finding ways to express an idea or subject will be practiced.

Jane will demo and discuss compositions and what that may mean to individual artists. When painting "less is more” artists consider the elements of design such as using line, shapes, space, textures, colours and values. One of the simplest ways to depict something is to do a simple line drawing of what you see. When employing colour & other elements, the process becomes complex & options are limitless.

The workshop will entail a number of sketching exercises with pens, pencils and paint as well as painting personal expressions on paper or canvas from a still life, looking through the window (if possible) and/or from photographs.

In this two-day workshop  Jane will lead participants and give individual attention to encourage personal expression. Some painting experience is helpful but all are welcome to join & paint along with Jane..

Supply List

Suggested Materials:

Paint: Acrylic (and/or watercolour).  Or Oil Paints with three primary colours and these colours:

  • Hansa Yellow Light, or Primary Yellow or Cadmium Yellow Light, or Lemon Yellow
  • Quinacridone Magenta (or Red), or Alizarin or Cadmium Red Light, or Rose Madder
  • Phthalo Blue (Green shade), or Cobalt Blue, or Ultramarine, or Cerulean Blue or Primary Blue
  • Titanium White
  • Raw Umber, or Burnt Umber
  • Payne’s Grey or Black
  • Optional: Yellow Ochre, Prussian Blue, Purple, Green, Neutral Grey, your favourites

Brushes and Palette knives: Good quality synthetic brushes, firm yet flexible Flat & Round brushes, big & small.

  • Large flat brush 1.5” or 2”
  • 3 Flats - bright, long, angled or filbert. , 1”, 1⁄2”, 3/8”, or 1⁄4”
  • 3 Round with good point (no. 4 up – no. 12)
  • Tiny Round with good tip (no. 00 – no.2) for details
  • Any extra brushes
  • Palette knives metal or plastic to mix paint and apply to painting

Paint Palette: “Stay Wet” for acrylics. Other palettes with surfaces ie: ice plastic container tops, foamboard, plates or trays (Paper palettes or tin foil are fine but are less solid to mix on).

  • Water Holders: such as 2 -500 ml containers half full, spray bottle with water to moisten paints.
  • Paper Towels or Rags to clean brushes.
  • Sketch Book or Paper: Ring bound sketchbook approximately 11 x 14 or larger, or clipboard with blank white paper, or watercolour paper. At least 20 sheets.
  • Drawing Materials: Sharpie (wedge or round) for sketches, HB Pencil, five or more Pencil crayons-various colours.
  • Work Surface cover:  protective cover (paper or plastic).
  • Simple Still Life Set Up or Photo Reference: fruit, silverware, cups, flowers, simple shaped items - max 3 items.
  • *Media – water for acrylics or watercolour. For Oils: oil medium such as walnut or linseed oil and odourless mineral spirits, or your preferred media to mix with paint.


  • A cover to protect the table
  • Optional: an easel or a desktop easel

Other optionals:

  • View finder or cropping tool (2 L-shaped cardboard pieces)
  • Small mirror to view composition backwards
  • Colour Wheel (printed or hand made with primary, secondary & tertiary colours for reference)
  • Small scissors
  • Masking tape to tape paper on a board, foamboard or cardboard
  • Small canvases are optional for those working in acrylics (Jane will work on paper).
  • Palette Knives (metal or plastic) to mix acrylic paints (not needed for watercolours)
  • Easel for those who have one & like to paint upright
  • Painting apron 
  • Box for supplies
  • Notebook & pen for writing notes

Artist Biography

J Appleby bio photoJane Appleby is a passionate painter, spending much of her time in nature, admiring and capturing what she calls the “visual music” of the landscape, frequenting local mountains and forests and the shorelines of Galiano Island for inspiration. She works on location or from her Burnaby studio in oils, acrylics and watercolours.

Initially self-taught, she has received a certificate of Fine Arts Technique at Emily Carr University and also obtained a Biology Degree from Simon Fraser University. Jane enjoys teaching art and has offered workshops within Vancouver, Place Des Arts- Coquitlam, Okanagan School of Arts, The Whyte Museum in Banff and on Cunard Cruise lines overseas. She also shares her art on her YouTube Channel: Jane Appleby Art and has authored two books, her latest: "The Purposeful Brush."

Jane's art has received several awards including an award of excellence from the Federation of Canadian Artists Abstract show 2012, and 2nd Place in the Plein Air Competition 2020 at the McMichael Art Museum. Jane's paintings are collected internationally and have been exhibited in Canada, Spain, Monaco and Italy. She is represented by several galleries in BC and Alberta and has paintings available at Mountain Galleries Whistler, Jasper and Banff.

"I am most happy when in nature, and it is this joyful experience that ends up on my canvas when I paint. It is a challenge to grasp the essence of a place, it’s strength and beauty, but through continued explorations with brush and colour expression, something meaningful about nature’s presence is incorporated into my work. When sketching outdoors, whether in the mountains, forests, or by water, I appreciate the movements of colour that play out, like music, and the way it heightens all my senses. Every colour in nature inspires me, from subdued neutrals, to vibrant highlights anddeep tones, so I incorporate as many of them into my artwork in numerous ways. I enjoy working in watercolour, acrylics and oils as they offer various ways to manipulate the paint, with water, media or tools. Each painting is a unique expression of the moment or experience of a place I recall or know well, whether it is an immediate response, or one that takes time to build over several weeks or months. The joy-filled gestures, colours and textures within my paintings bring the viewer a new landscape to explore and enjoy."

Note:  items should not be left overnight in the room at the time of the workshop. We are not assured that the room is secure.

There is a cafeteria in the building that should be open on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-2pm. We also welcome you to bring goodies to share if you are so inclined--no obligation. We strive to have a friendly, inclusive, and sharing environment at our workshops!

Parking: day passes are available for the seniors' centre parking lot for those participating in programs over 4 hours. The SAC front desk will administer parking passes that allow you to park beyond the limit. Return them to the desk at the end of the day.

Address: West Vancouver Seniors' Centre, Arts Studio: 695 21st St, West Vancouver, BC  V7V 4A7

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Cost & Status

  • NSAG Member Cost: CAN$215.00
  • Non NSAG Member Cost: CAN$268.75
Spots Available:
FULL (12 of 12 spots taken)
Waitlist Spots:
11 of 12 spots available
Registration Open Since:
2024-01-04 00:00:00
Registration Closes:
2024-03-23 23:59:00

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