Sunday, December 27, 2009

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

A little late but we have been busy around here-all the family around and several Christmas dinners to consume.  Should get back to painting tomorrow-- Minature Show at the Art Exchange is coming up in Feb 2010 and need to work on pieces for the solo show at the Arts Project, slated for Sept 2010 as well as work for the Gallery Gora Summer Group Exhibition in Montreal in late July-early August.
Happy New Year!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Classes at the Arts Project, 2010

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Classes at the Arts Project, 2010

Aleid Uhl


Introduction to Model Sculpting

The students will learn basic sculpting techniques and get acquainted with the principles and practices of anatomy and the proportions of several separate parts of the human figure. By the end of the course, each student will be in a position to proudly lay claim to a number of original works of art.


Saturday mornings 10:00am – 1:00pm

January 23 – March 13, 2010

Cost $250


Sculpting the Human Figure

The students will learn a variety of sculpting techniques and get acquainted with the principles and practices of anatomy and the classical proportions of the human figure. The student will work on three assignments focusing on the male and female figure and torso. By the end of the course, each student will be in a position to proudly lay claim to a number of original works of art


Tuesday evenings 6:00pm – 9:00pm

January 26 – March 16, 2010

Cost $250


Aleid Uhl was educated as a sculptor and stone mason in Europe: The Netherlands, France and Italy. As a mason, she was involved in the restoration of gothic cathedrals, royal palaces and other majestic structures working in a variety of stone. Since her arrival in Canada, she has dedicated herself to sculpting full time. Her works are executed in bronze, stone, plaster, and polyurethane.



Hida Bezahdi


Beginners Figure Drawing

Gesture and Shape, figure drawing basics. This course is designed for students with no previous background or minimal background in figure drawing. Students will get familiar with the setting of a life drawing studio, basic materials for drawing and they will experience drawing with charcoal, charcoal pencil and Lead pencil in large and small formats.


Using a life model, students will develop the ability to create gesture drawings that reflect a basic understanding of the body impulse, movement, weight, balance and proportion. There will be class demonstrations and series of take home assignments. This course everything will be the foundation for intermediate figure drawing.

Hida Behzadi has extensive professional experience in figure drawing, painting and graphic design. She holds a B.A. in Visual communication and a M.A. in Graphic design. She has exhibited her artworks in various group and solo shows. She has studied the human form and anatomy extensively with top ranked fine art masters in Tehran and has gained considerable insight in depicting the human body. She can't wait to pass on her secrets to her students.

Course materials list


Saturday mornings 2:00pm – 5:00pm

January 23 – March 13, 2010

Cost $175



Paul Abeleira



This course will focus on realistic painting techniques in traditional oils.  Students will explore both direct “alla prima” and indirect approaches to painting as we create two still life paintings entirely from life.  Other areas of focus will include composition, lighting, color mixing, use of mediums and preparation of different grounds.


Paul Abeleira is a graduate of Western's Visual Arts program. He has studied portraiture in private studies in New York and Wisconsin and has instructed artists in many facets of visual arts. Although relatively new to the game, he has received positive responses from his students who characterize him as a sensitive coach with a broad range of skills and knowledge. He is committed to make the learning experience worthwhile.


Thursday evenings 6:00pm – 9:00pm

January 28 – March 18, 2010

Cost $175





Sarah Cowling




Acrylics, Textures and Techniques

This class is about learning different techniques with acrylics, using colour and texture to create collages and abstract paintings. Drawing skills are not required


Sarah Cowling has been an active participant in the local art scene for ten years. After achieving her BA and Bachelor of Education from Brock University she studied a variety of art classes at Western and Fanshawe and is currently a member of four art associations. Her works typically comment on history and the quirks of the human spirit. She may use acrylics as a primary medium but nothing is off limits in her creations. She will be teaching from personal experience while encouraging students to explore media and subjects of their own choosing


Saturday afternoons 10:00am – 1:00pm

January 30 – March 20, 2010

Cost $175

Art Classes at Museum London

Thursday, December 10, 2009

New Art Classes in the New Year

I am teaching art again in the New Year. I will be back at the Arts Project on Saturdays this time from Jan 23 for 8 sessions. We will be concentrating on collage( making our own stained papers and more) and painting abstracts (large and colourful). Please go to for more information.   I will also be at Museum London on Mondays for "Artful Afternoons".  The class is called  "Alternative Tools for Drawing with Acrylics" and will start  on Jan 25 and run from 1-3pm. For more information go to

Both classes are meant to be fun, non-stressful aproaches to using acrylics. Hope to see friends and new faces at both!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

"Musical Interlude"

I meant to inculde this picture with the previous image but seems there was a clitch. However here it is now, a little affected by the lights in the gallery space. The other image posted just before this is titled " Wavecatcher" Hope they are interesting and thought-provoking.

View of Shutter and Brush Gallery, Nov. 2009

Here is a nice view of my show at the Shutter and Brush Gallery in Port Stanley. Many thanks to Mary Louise and David from being so easy to work with and welcoming.

Images from the Shutter and Brush Show

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Art Classes for 2010

I will be offering classes in the New Year through the Arts Project and Museum London. More information is upcoming as curriculum and class times are just being worked out. You can also contact each venue to ask questions by phone or email.  The Arts Project is 519-642-2767 or and Museum London is 519-661-0333 or Look forward to seeing past students and new ones interested in "adventures in acrylics" at either site.