Creating a masterwork of art can be like wandering through a maze: after a lengthy period of reflection and contemplation, you’ll still probably starve. Appreciate the figurative risks and transcendent joys of artistic creativity with today’s Groupon: for $99, you get one art course consisting of six three-hour sessions at Victoria College of Art (a $225 value) on Bank Street.
Established in 1974, Victoria College of Art is one of Vancouver Island's oldest private art education schools having indoctrinated more than 5,000 fertile minds in the techniques, history, and theory of creative visual expression. The fully accredited postsecondary institution invokes aesthetic genius with a colourful roster of courses and workshops that encourages artistic freedom and chromatic literary collages. The 18-hour spring and summer mini courses inspire acrylic neophytes and seasoned sculptors alike to develop their skills and discover their passions with a condensed syllabus of six interactive sessions. Palette pupils can massage their right brains with an eclectic sample of mediums by enrolling the college's featured tutorials, which include Drawing Animals, a course that explores the artistic representations of safari wildlife and domesticated disciples; Not-So-Still-Life Drawing, a study of tonal sketching that hones observational skills in order to render lifelike images; and Adventures in Charcoal, which illuminates the dynamic character of art's most barbecue-friendly medium.
As practicing professionals in their respective fields, the instructors at Victoria College of Art invigorate and inspire future virtuosos in printmaking, animation, textiles, and beyond. Classes accommodate 20 students, encouraging an intimate educational atmosphere and hover-carpooling.
Victoria College of Art
Since 1974, the Victoria College of Art has minted more than 5,000 fine-arts diplomas for its alumni, making it the largest independent art school on Vancouver Island. The faculty's expertise extends into a panoramic array of artistic disciplines, including painting, design and installation, photography, and art history. The college offers a number of certificates in addition to its fine-arts diploma, including fine-arts-related-occupation certificates in textiles, mould-making, and certificate-painting. Pint-sized Picassos take their first brushstrokes in summer camp classes, which draw on kid-friendly themes such as fairy tales, time travel, and mask-making.
1625 Bank St.
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