Fill A Sketchbook with John Valente


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12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

$80 + Supply List

Class Limit: 8 Students

You know what’s better than a new sketchbook? A full sketchbook! In this 1-day workshop, let John guide you in your journey to fill page after page with visual experiments and studies. Experience your environment and subject matter from creative new perspectives!

Delve into value studies that involve both direct observation and working from photos. Learn the secrets for quickly editing photos on the computer or phone and create reference images that clearly evoke how light and colour plays a crucial role in transforming your ideas into visual poetry.

Find your authentic voice and visual style by exploring the same subject matter in different mediums. Through drawing and painting exercises, John demonstrates how you can make the most of the different mediums to achieve interesting effects. While building your artistic skills, you will learn techniques that save you time and help you gain confidence — whether you are working in portraiture, still-life, or landscape.

Awaken your creativity! Fill a sketchbook!

About the Instructor: Born in Edmonton as an Italian-Canadian, John has travelled throughout some of the finest Museums and Print Rooms in Europe studying Renaissance and Baroque art for his art history blog, Beside The Easel. With over 30 years’ experience as a self-taught artist, John is highly passionate about continual learning and observation. He combines Old Master methods with a modern-day eye in several media working in portraiture, figure, urban landscape and still life.

To see more of John’s work, check out his Instagram:

Instagram: @john_valente_art

Required Supplies:

  1. Mixed media sketchbook, about 5.5 x 8″
  2. Water-soluble graphite pencils in light, medium, and dark
  3. Graphite HB pencil
  4. Water brushes flat and round, small round brush
  5. Eraser
  6. Tombow Mono Zero eraser (for fine details)
  7. Tombow grayscale ABT markers: N15, N55, N60 and N75
  8. Small set of gouache
  9. Small set of Marabu art crayons
  10. Suitable art clothes, notebook, lunch, drink, and your own PPE (mask, hand sanitizer)

You will receive a 20% discount on all art supplies from your registration until the end of the class!

Artelier is located at 10045 81 Avenue NW (back alley entrance). The workshop space is one block south of The Paint Spot.

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