INSTRUCTIONAL SERIES

This page is designed to provide you with insight and inspiration in your creative field of choice. It could be a painting technique, a new dance step or a new way to pen those thoughts you have stored away in your frontal cortex!

We invite artists in the visual, performing and literary arts to share a vdieo with their fellow artisans. Produce a 3-5 minute video and send it to us via a file sharing program such as WETRANFER.COM ( choose the free option) and we will post it to our site. You can also send us the embeded link to your youtube channel – either way we invite you to share your creative tips.


DEVELOPING AN ‘ART STYLE’
December 2020

WITH MELISSA PEACOCK | WHY SAY ANYTHING…when you can read what only one of your 6000 subscribers say…like…“Wow! this came out so cool, you are such a huge inspiration. Love seeing how you have evolved, change is something that you have to embrace. Thank you so much for all the videos you post”


BEST PRACTICES: Working With A Cover Artists
December 2020

BY DRAGON WRANGLER SAVANNAH J. GOINS | You need a contract. If you’re going commission art such as book cover design from an artist, you need to have the legal rights all figured out before you begin so that you have the freedom to print your cover art on a mug or a teeshirt if you want to without getting in trouble.

But hiring an artist is intimidating. Finding a book cover designer who you can entrust the presentation of your book baby to is a big undertaking. Let Ingrid and I help you find out what questions you should ask before you get started to make sure you and a prospective artist are on the right track and avoid any legal trouble. We will also share some best practices for building a healthy working relationship with an artist, how an artist can help you even if you aren’t sure what you want, and how to plan ahead so that you end up with an infinite array of artistic possibilities all from one art commission by asking the artist to paint in certain layers.


CAN YOU BE INSPIRED BY REPETITION?
December 2020

WITH WENDY MOULD | Of course, repetition will build skills. But it can be boring – after all, it is all about repeating the same thing. Wendy has designed an Activity that will turn Repetition into an interesting and inspiring activity. Join her as she shows you how to ‘get into the moment’ with Repetition!! www.artbywendy.com


HOW TO MOVE THE PLOT FORWARD & AVOID INFO DUMPS
[November 2020]

BY DRAGON WRANGLER SAVANNAH J. GOINS | Hailing from the state of Indiana, Savanna J Goins is an entrepreneurial speaker and fantasy novelist who teaches creative ways on how to value failure, enjoy the journey, and know when they’ve arrived. She uses her background in dragon wrangling as an exotic animal veterinary technician to encourage and inspire audiences with entertaining stories and unforgettable lessons. savannahjgoins.com @savannahjgoings


DYI AWESOME CHRISTMAS CARDS
[November 2020]

WITH WENDY MOULD | Take your Passion for Drawing and Play and turn it into something special for family and friends. Imagine the joy and surprise your hand crafted Christmas Greetings will bring. Wendy has some ideas to get you started but once on the road you will certainly find new ways to go. Wendy has included a FREE DOWNLOADABLE Christmas Activity Sheet to help spark your Creative Flow.

GRAB YOUR CHRISTMAS CARD ACTIVITY SHEET HERE!

WORKING WITH BAOHONG PAPER
[November 2020]

WITH MELISSA PEACOCK | Is the Baohong paper as good or better than Arches? Seems pretty close so far… Also, according to another youtuber, you’re right, there is no quality difference between the arches pads and blocks. Yippee!

What is Baohong Paper? Baohong artist grade watercolour paper is internally and externally sized for a painting surface that is both receptive to delicate watercolours and lifting techniques, and resistant to pilling.


HOW TO PLAN A BOOK SERIES
[October 2020]

BY SAVANNAH J. GOINS | Hailing from the state of Indiana, Savanna J Goins is an entrepreneurial speaker and fantasy novelist who teaches creative ways on how to value failure, enjoy the journey, and know when they’ve arrived. She uses her background in dragon wrangling as an exotic animal veterinary technician to encourage and inspire audiences with entertaining stories and unforgettable lessons. savannahjgoins.com


GETTING THOSE SHADOWS WORKING FOR YOU
[October 2020]

WITH WENDY MOULD | What is happening in the Dark Zone – Join Wendy as she travels into the Shadows to learn their secrets. Whether you work in Realism or Abstract or somewhere in between, having a strong understanding of Shadows really improves your work. Edges, Value Changes and Ambient Lighting must be considered to get your Shadows to tell their Story. Grab the free Printable Download to work along with Wendy as you venture further into the Dark Zone. CLICK HERE FOR PRINTABLE DOWNLOAD – Mushroom


DOES AN ARTIST NEED A ‘SIGNATURE’ STYLE
[October 2020]

WITH MELISSA PEACOCK | New artists want to know: do I need a unique, signature style to come out as an artist? How can I be the new Van Gogh of our time? Do we even want to be Van Gogh, though?


GET READY FOR OUTDOOR SKETCHING
[September 2020]

WITH WENDY MOULD | Getting Ready for Outdoor Sketching is key to your success. I like to find a spot. Stop. Sketch. This can be along a trail, at the beach, on a tour. Anywhere, I find an interesting spot and have a few minutes. The key to successfully working Outdoors is to be prepared. My materials, snacks and sketchbook all organized, easy to whip out and ready to go. Check out my video and get yourself ready to roll. I look forward to seeing you on the trail. Check out and join Wendy’s blog spot at www.artbywendysblog.blogspot.com


PAINTING A CAT PORTRAIT IN WATERCOLOUR
[September 2020]

BY MELISSA PEACOCK | A watercolour commission of a cat brings me focus and direction in an otherwise directionless time. A quick timelapse, which contains a personal update from March about coping with the COVID shutdown as an aspiring artist..


STRETCHING WATER COLOUR PAPER LIKE CANVASS
[August 2020]

by MELISSA PEACOCK | Creating a Paper CAnvass…Aha, finally getting out the staple gun and reusing some old canvas stretchers with this watercolour paper.


The POWER of the LINE
[August 2020]

BY WENDY MOULD – Watercolour and Pen Work are great friends. They love to play together; the sharp, dark, crisp line is a perfect balance for the soft, colourful, wash of watercolour. Together they can demonstrate the POWER of the LINE. The line captures and holds shapes together and yet can separates as well. It can move a shape forward or send it too the back. Join Wendy in this SketchBooking Activity and discover for yourself the POWER of the LINE. Read more: artbywendysblog.blogspot.com Post: June 11, 2020This is another installment by Wendy to the ACS Instructional Series available online at artscouncilofsurrey.ca.


How An Artist Statement Can CHANGE Your Art
[July 2020]

BY MELISSA PEACOCK – when you’re trying to come up with any idea for a creative piece and the worst stuff comes out, just put it in a book. Or be selfish and make the thing. You can make anything relatable.


SKETCHBOOKING: Part 2
Moving Away From Perfection
[July 2020]

[ED NOTE: Wendy’s vlog SKETCHBOOKING Part 1 (scroll down) has had nearly 50 hits in just 30 days! Congrats Wendy on your popular vlog]
By WENDY MOULD – The idea of Perfection is a Scary. It often rears its ugly head for most artists at some point or other. And certainly, in the realm of sketchbooking. Somehow those beautiful crisps white pages become precious and hard to mark on. I think it must be much like a writer when he faces a blank page. This sketchbook activity is a chance to Move Away from Perfection and yet still helps you meet your goals: enjoyable activity, opportunity to learn new things and produce an interesting result. Have fun with it. Learn more Painting and Drawing Tips on my Blog – artbywendysblog.blogspot.com


MONOTYPE: Producing Unique Art Work
[June 2020]

BY KATINA GIESBRETCH – Katina Giesbretch is an artist, a designer and a graphics designer for creative entrepreneurs. She is also a web designer and brand-developer. You can reach Katina at katinagiesbrecht.com @katina_giesbrecht [Music: https://www.purple-planet.com/]

MONOTYPING: Def | Monotyping is a type of printmaking made by drawing or painting on a smooth, non-absorbent surface. The surface, or matrix, was historically a copper etching plate, but in contemporary work it can vary from zinc or glass to acrylic glass.


SKETCH BOOKING: Rabbit in the Garden
[May 2020]

by Wendy Mould, AFCA, CDM is a wildlife artist, teacher, presenter and blogger on Painting, Drawing and Marketing for Artists. www.artbywendy.com


Using Art Supplies You Have Been Saving FOREVER!
[May 2020]

by Melissa Peacock paints flora and fauna in an illustrative style, using watercolour and other media. She briefly studied fine arts at Kwantlen University, focusing on studio arts and colour theory, but left the school in 2010 to play with cakes at Vancouver Community College. Melissa’s artwork occasionally shows in local juried exhibitions within Surrey, BC. These days, however, she spends most of her art time sharing her painting process on her Youtube channel and website. yellowmellearts.com