Creative Arts

Current Course Offerings

Painting: Observing, Controlling, and Mixing
This course is designed for artists of all levels. Beginners will implement a strong working foundation while more advanced students will expand their existing skill.

In this four-week course, you will be introduced to the measurable attributes of colour to understand and navigate colour space both conceptually and practically with paint. You will be empowered to work confidently with colour while exploring terms of perception, vision, and various optical phenomena. Documenting this exploration will be your colour sketchbook, a resource guide that will be developed through the course assignments.

Abbotsford campus
(80323 FA PNT26 A5A) Glenn Tait, 4 sessions, Sat, 9am–12pm, $350.
Starts Sep 6


Composition: Discovering the Hidden Strength of a Picture
This course is designed for artists, designers, and photographers aiming to strengthen the underlying abstract relationships in their work with the purpose of developing unique and visually compelling compositions.

In this four-week course, you will explore the history, theories, and principles of classical, formal, and informal compositional techniques to create images with strong visual interest while maintaining balance.

Abbotsford campus
(80320 FA DRW27 A5A) Glenn Tait, 4 sessions, Sat, 1-4pm, $280.
Starts Sep 6


Sight-size: An Introduction to Accurate, Observational Drawing — Level I
This class is designed for artists of all levels. It will introduce you to a logical process of analytical thinking and observation techniques that will enable you to develop a critical eye in your drawing process.

Abbotsford campus
(80318 FA DRW25 A5A) Glenn Tait, 1 session, Sat, 9am–12pm, $95.
Starts Oct 4


Methods and Techniques: Improving Drawing Accuracy
This course is designed for artists of all levels. You will be introduced to a logical process of analytical thinking using varied drawing techniques to help develop a critical eye.

In this three-week course, we will explore the history, theories, and principles of observation, naturalistic seeing, measuring, and methods of self-checking for drawing errors. Using four unique, but related, observational methods, you will learn to apply critical thinking to each situation moving you away from drawing what you “know” to drawing what you “see”.

Abbotsford campus
(80319 FA DRW26 A5A) Glenn Tait, 3 sessions, Sat, 9am–12pm, $185.
Starts Oct 18


Drawing Perspective: Understanding the Depths of Visual Illusion
This course is designed for artists wanting to incorporate an accurate rendition of depth, space, and relationship into their work through the manipulation of various perspective formats and rendering techniques with increased proficiency.

In this four-week course we will explore the history, theories and specific applications of the principles that perspective builds on through linear, relational, and value observation and application.

Abbotsford campus
(80322 FA DRW28 A5A) Glenn Tait, 4 sessions, Sat, 9am–12pm, $280.
Starts Nov 8


Drawing — Articulating the Abstract: Developing a Concept into a Solution
This course is designed for artists, designers, photographers, and others who want to approach the creative process with strategic thinking that develops a vague, abstract idea into a clear and understandable solution.

In this four-week course you will explore the different aspects involved in creating unique creative concepts while introducing you to the various working processes required to fine tune your idea. We will look at exercises that transform an abstract idea into a concretereality that the end user can understand.

Abbotsford campus
(80321 FA DRW29 A5A) Glenn Tait, 4 sessions, Sat, 1–4pm, $280.
Starts Nov 8


Adobe InDesign Basics
In this course we will explore the latest tool for page layout and electronic pre-press file preparation. As an Adobe product, InDesign is designed to work together with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat, enhancing compatibility. You will gain basic experience with the software as you work with page layout creation, create and format text, input and manipulate images, and gain a basic understanding of colour as it relates to printing.

ABBOTSFORD — Clearbrook centre
(80304 DIMD DES02 A5A) Geoff Fraser, 10 sessions, Wed, 6:30–9:30 pm, $510.
Starts Sep 24

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