Following the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, we truly have at heart the health and well-being of all our experts in store, but also yours. That’s why we made the decision to temporarily cancel all in-store workshops.



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Friday May 14th *Sold out

Botanical Watercolour Workshop: Basic Techniques (French only)

Friday, May 14th at 3:30 PM (EST)
Duration : 2.5 hrs

Teacher : Marie-Hélène Pelletier

$30 / offered online via / Capacity : 50 persons

*This course is only offered in French.


Celebrate blooming season! This botanical-themed workshop is perfect for discovering or rediscovering watercolour painting. You’ll get the opportunity to experiment with various techniques for creating different types of foliage and flowers. Get inspired with fresh ideas for greeting cards, an illustrated herbarium, or other delicate works of art.

Open to beginners.


Part 1 :
Exploring basic techniques


To begin, you will explore the many creative possibilities of brushes in different sizes. Round, pointed, square or angled: each one allows for the creation of delicately shaped leaves and petals. You will also experiment with transparency and colour diffusion effects on wet surfaces.
Part 2 :
Time to get creative!


In this second part, you will put into practice all the techniques you have learned by making a beautiful, flowered wreath. You will have the opportunity to ask questions throughout the workshop.




List of materials to bring :

1) Watercolour paper pad (approx. 9 x 12 in)

Option 1 >

Option 2 >


2) Watercolour set

Option 1 >

Option 2 >


3) A few synthetic bristle brushes in different shapes and sizes
*at least one round brush size 6 or 8; one flat or angled brush approx. 1 in; and one small, pointed round brush size 2 or 4


Option 1 >

Option 2 >


*You should also have: two jars of water, an absorbent cloth, a graphite pencil and eraser, and a palette with wells for mixing colours (if not already included in your watercolour set)



Sunday May 16th

Mixed Media Botanical Inspirations (English Only)

Sunday, May 16th at 11 AM (PST) / 2 PM (EST)
Duration : 3 hrs

Teacher : Kathryn Wadel

$35 / offered online via / Capacity : 50 persons

*This course is only offered in English.


Create botanical mixed media art with BC-based artist Kathryn Wadel! In this three-hour workshop, Kathryn will demonstrate mixed media drawing and painting techniques using pencils, watercolour paint, pens and pencil crayons. A great way to explore your creativity, practice mixed media drawing techniques and create a miniature series of botanical-inspired artwork.

Open to beginners.


Part 1 :
Materials & Techniques Overview


Get to know your supplies! To begin, Kathryn will introduce the materials required for the workshop. She will then demonstrate mixed media drawing and painting techniques.
Part 2 :
Botanical Drawing & Painting


In part two, Kathryn will guide you through the steps to create your own botanical mixed media drawings and paintings on paper. You’ll get a chance to express both your creativity and love for nature!
Part 3 :
Q&A


To end the workshop, Kathryn will provide additional artist tips and answer your mixed media-related questions.

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List of materials to bring :
*Materials can be purchased separately to suit your creative needs and budget. The instructor recommends drawing sets (links below) for beginners, if available in-store.

1) Graphite pencil set >


2) Watercolour paper >


3) Painter’s tape or Masking Tape

Option 1 >

Option 2 >


4) White (or kneadable) eraser >


5) Pencil sharpener >


6) Watercolour paint set >


7) Watercolour paintbrushes >


8) Micron waterproof pen (black) >


9) Pencil crayons >


10) References (optional): botanical images or plants


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Wednesday May 19th *Almost full

Watercolour Portrait on Absorbent Ground (French Only)

Wednesday May 19th at 3 PM (EST)
Duration : 2 hrs

Teacher : Maud Besson

$30 / offered online via / Capacity : 50 persons

*This course is only offered in French.


Create a watercolour portrait on absorbent ground! In this two-hour workshop, you will discover all the materials and techniques needed to create beautiful watercolour portraits on canvas. Artist Maud Besson will show you all her techniques, one step at a time.

Open to beginner and intermediate levels.


Part 1 :
Demonstration and explanation of materials and techniques


To begin, Maud will present different absorbent grounds, as well as their uses. She will then go over which substrates to use, as well as which watercolours and brushes to choose.
Part 2 :
Application of absorbent ground


In part two, Maud will show you how to apply the absorbent base. An easy step that gives nice results.
Part 3 :
Creating the portrait


To end the workshop, Maud will show you how to make a black and white portrait. This will allow you to explore another type of monochrome application.

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List of materials to bring :

1) Natural bristle watercolour brush (medium size, #12) and a finer brush (#2) from Royal & Langnickel's Zen series >


2) Wide synthetic or hog bristle brush (2 in wide) >


3) Watercolour paint (set of about 10-12 colours minimum, in wells or tubes) >
*You will need to add a black tube if you choose Winsor & Newton watercolour.


4) HB pencil >


5) Golden or Daniel Smith absorbent ground (white) >


6) Canvas (8 x 10 in or 9 x 12 in) >


7) Liquid frisket (small quantity, optional >

Option 1 >

Option 2 >


8) A well palette to mix your colours >


*Please print the reference document before the workshop.

Download PDF


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Wednesday May 26th

Mixed Media Travel Journal (French Only)

Wednesday May 26th at 3:00 PM (EST)
Duration : 2 hrs

Teacher : Maud Besson

$30 / offered online via / Capacity : 50 persons

*This workshop is only offered in French.


Create a mixed media travel journal! In this two-hour workshop, you will learn how to create beautiful urban landscapes or other travel sketches by gluing various documents or photos you collected while travelling. Artist Maud Besson will show you all her techniques, one step at a time.

Open to beginner and intermediate levels.


Part 1 :
Demonstration and explanation of materials and techniques


To begin, Maud will present different types of sketchbooks or papers for mixed media landscapes. She will then discuss different mediums and tools such as pencils, paint and brushes.
Part 2 :
Let’s start gluing!


In part two, Maud will demonstrate how to glue different documents you collected while travelling. These files should be photocopied in black and white, or laser printed, as the glue and watercolour may cause the ink to smudge. * The collage background is created using the patterns found in the two attached printable PDF files.
Part 3 :
Time to get creative!


To end the workshop, Maud will guide you through the step-by-step project. She will also provide relevant information on how to create your landscapes, while using the different available materials.

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List of materials to bring:

1) DeSerres HB graphite pencils >


2) Staedtler eraser >


3) Prismacolor coloured pencils (black and white) >


4) Gelly Roll gel pen (white) >
OR
Excel gel pen (white) >


5) Molotow permanent fine-tip markers (black) in various sizes (e.g. 0.3, 0.5, 0.9). Also available in Staedtler, Micron Sakura, Faber-Castell and Pilot brands >


6) Sharpie markers in various sizes (e.g. SSF-1 and SS33001) >


7) Pébéo acrylic paint markers (0.7, black and white) >


8) Zen watercolour brush (#8) >


9) Set of synthetic paintbrushes >


10) Winsor & Newton watercolour box >
**You will need to add a black tube if you choose Winsor & Newton watercolour.


11) Strathmore disposable palette >
OR
10-well palette >


12) Amsterdam acrylic (black and white) >
*Or Pébéo, DeSerres, Tri-Art, Golden or Liquitex.


13) Sketchbook (maximum 6 x 8 in or 8 x 10 in, all brands, with 300 gr paper thickness ideally)
OR
Strathmore watercolour paper pad (5.5 x 8.5 in) >
OR
Strathmore mixed media paper pad (6 x 8 in) >
OR
Canson XL mixed media pad (5.5 x 8.5 in or 7 x 10 in) >


14) Glue stick >
AND/OR
Liquitex varnish medium >
OR
Glossy gel medium >


The two following PDF documents include the templates discussed during the workshop, as well as various elements that will be glued onto the project (patterns, road maps, plane tickets, etc.).
*Please print the reference documents before the workshop : The PDF documents must be photocopied or laser printed, as the watercolour may smudge the ink.

Download PDF 1 Download PDF 2



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Thursday May 27th

Watercolour Workshop: Painting a Tulip and a Hibiscus (French only)

Thursday May 27th at 3:30 P.M (EST)
Duration : 2.5 hours

Teacher : Marie-Hélène Pelletier

$30 / offered online via / capacity : 50 persons

* Offered in french only


In this botanical-themed workshop, you will learn different watercolour techniques: wet-on-wet, layering washes, creating fine details, negative space, etc. You will then dive into the step-by-step creation of a tulip and a hibiscus, where you will also learn how to add depth to your background with an "out of focus" effect. It smells like spring!

Open to beginners.


Part 1 :
Overview of materials and techniques


To begin, Marie-Hélène will present all the necessary materials for the workshop. She will then demonstrate watercolour techniques to create a botanical work that celebrates the beauty of spring.
Part 2 :
It’s time to bring the flowers to life!


Here, you will practice all your newly acquired techniques, as Marie-Hélène guides you through the steps for creating a tulip and a hibiscus. You will also learn how to add depth to your work.
Part 3 :
Q & A


To conclude the workshop, Marie-Hélène will provide additional creative tips and answer all your questions about watercolour painting.

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List of materials to bring :

1) Two sheets of watercolour paper (140 lb, cold-pressed, approx. 9 x 12 in) :

Option 1 >

Option 2 >


2) Watercolour set (make sure you have a magenta or permanent pink, or similar) :

Option 1 >

Option 2 >


3) A few round, synthetic bristle brushes in different sizes >
*a large one for washes (#12 or 16), a medium one (#4 or #6) and a small one (#1 or #2) with a fine point for details


4) Masking fluid >


5) Roll of masking tape


6) Well palette for mixing colours


7) Lead pencil


8) Eraser

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Sunday May 30th

Acrylic Painting: Sunset Silhouette (English only)

Sunday May 30th at 11:00 A.M (PST) / 2:00 P.M. (EST)
Duration : 3 heures

Teacher : Kathryn Wadel, DeSerres expert

$35 / online via / only 50 places

* Offered in english only


Do you often take a few minutes out of your day to experience the breathtaking moments of a sunset? Why not bring the beauty indoors with your very own sunset painting!

During this three-part workshop, Vancouver-based artist, Kathryn Wadel, will demonstrate how to customize your colour palette using primary colours, as well as guide you through the step-by-step creation of an original sunset-inspired acrylic painting.

Open to beginners.


Part 1 :
Get your materials ready


Get started with an overview of the materials you will be using. You will prepare your colour palette so that it is ready to mix.
Part 2 :
Start sketching and painting


During this second part, you will create composition sketches and enjoy a colour mixing demonstration. Then, you will get a step-by-step demonstration of painting techniques for creating your dream sunset.
Part 3 :
Clean up and ask questions


In this last part, you will get the opportunity to ask questions, and get some tips on how to clean up after painting. The instructor will give a useful demonstration on how to clean your brushes and keep them in good shape.

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List of materials to bring:

1) Pencils/Sharpener/Eraser Set *best value* >


2) Pencil :

Option 1 - $ >

Option 2 - $$ >


3) Pencil Sharpener :

Option 1 - $ >


Option 2 - $$ >



4) Eraser :

Option 1 - $ >

Option 2 - $$ >


5) Mixed Media Paper (for composition sketches and colour recipes) :

Option 1 - $ >

Option 2 - $$ >

Option 3 - $$$ >


6) Palette or Palette Paper :

Option 1 - $ >

Option 2 - $$ >

Option 3 - $$$ >


7) Palette Knives :

Option 1 - $ >

Option 2 - $$ >

Option 3 - $$$ >


8) Brushes - One 2-inch flat brush and one angle brush, or these options below :

Option 1 >

Option 2 >

Option 3 >


9) Primed canvas board or canvas :

Option 1 - $ >

Option 2 - $$ >

Option 3 - $$$ >


10) Easel :

Option 1 - $ >

Option 2 - $ >

Option 3 - $$$ >


11) Acrylic Paint Sets :

Option 1 - $ >

Option 2 - $$ >

Option 3 - $$$ - The beginner guide on the DeSerres website is a great resource for this! >


12) Paper towel or painting rags, Soap, Water container


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Saturday June 5th

Botanical Watercolour Workshop: Basic Techniques (French only)

Saturday June 5th at 10:00 AM (EST)
Duration : 2.5 hrs

Teacher : Marie-Hélène Pelletier

$30 / offered online via / Capacity : 50 persons

*This course is only offered in French.


Celebrate blooming season! This botanical-themed workshop is perfect for discovering or rediscovering watercolour painting. You’ll get the opportunity to experiment with various techniques for creating different types of foliage and flowers. Get inspired with fresh ideas for greeting cards, an illustrated herbarium, or other delicate works of art.

Open to beginners.


Part 1 :
Exploring basic techniques


To begin, you will explore the many creative possibilities of brushes in different sizes. Round, pointed, square or angled: each one allows for the creation of delicately shaped leaves and petals. You will also experiment with transparency and colour diffusion effects on wet surfaces.
Part 2 :
Time to get creative!


In this second part, you will put into practice all the techniques you have learned by making a beautiful, flowered wreath. You will have the opportunity to ask questions throughout the workshop.

Sign up


List of materials to bring :

1) Watercolour paper pad (approx. 9 x 12 in)

Option 1 >

Option 2 >


2) Watercolour set

Option 1 >

Option 2 >


3) A few synthetic bristle brushes in different shapes and sizes
*at least one round brush size 6 or 8; one flat or angled brush approx. 1 in; and one small, pointed round brush size 2 or 4


Option 1 >

Option 2 >


*You should also have: two jars of water, an absorbent cloth, a graphite pencil and eraser, and a palette with wells for mixing colours (if not already included in your watercolour set)


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Tuesday June 8th

Watercolour Workshop: Waves & Seaside (French only)

Tuesday June 8th at 6:00 P.M. (EST) / 3:00 PM (PST)
Duration : 2 hrs

Teacher : Marie-Helène Pelletier

$30 / online via / only 50 places

*available in French only


You don’t need to travel very far to relax on a heavenly beach! In this workshop, you will learn how to create a dreamy seaside: sky and clouds, how to paint a wave and how to create grainy sand effects. Through step-by-step instructions, you will also learn how to perfect washes and glazes. A relaxing project that will add a touch of warmth to your day.

Open to beginners.


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List of materials to bring :

1) A watercolour paper pad (approx. 9 x 12 in) :

Option 1 >

Option 2 >


2) A set of watercolours :

Option 1 >

Option 2 >


3) A few synthetic brushes (one small fine-tip round brush, one medium round brush and one flat brush) >


4) A small container of liquid frisket (you can use a small bamboo stick to apply it) >


5) A roll of masking tape >


6) You should also have two water containers, paper towels, a pencil and an eraser.


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Wednesday June 9th

Workshop : Mixed Media Animal Portrait (French Only)

Wednesday June 9th 3:00 P.M. (EST) / 12:00 P.M. (PST)
Duration : 2 hrs

Teacher : Maud Besson

$30 / offered online via / Capacity : 50 persons

*This course is only offered in French.


Discover, experiment and develop your creative skills! In this two-hour workshop, you will explore a variety of techniques to create a beautiful animal portrait: acrylic, collage and image transferring. Artist Maud Besson will show you all her techniques!

Open to beginners.


Part 1 :
Demonstration and explanation of materials


Get to know your supplies! Maud will show you the best kinds of materials to use: paper for collage backgrounds on canvas, acrylic mediums for gluing, acrylic paint and brushes.
Part 2 :
Project time


Here, we get down to creative business! First, you’ll learn how to create the collage background with newspaper. Then after drying, you will move on to the animal portrait.
Part 3 :
Experimenting with image transferring


And here, we experiment! Maud will show you how image transferring works: everyone will get to try the technique using their own photocopy of the required PDF file.

* Please note: Image transferring cannot be completed in a single class because of its drying time (6 to 8 hours). The technique will be discussed, explained and demonstrated.

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List of materials to bring :

1) DeSerres graphite pencils (2B) >


2) Staedtler eraser >


3) Pébéo Studio acrylic set >


4) Set of synthetic brushes >


5) Large hog bristle brushes >


6) Cardboard canvas (8 x 10 in) >


7) Gesso >


8) Liquitex varnish medium >


9) Gloss gel medium >


10) Strathmore disposable palette >
OR

10-well palette >

*A printed copy of the PDF file containing the designs that will be used for image transferring.
Please note: It is important to use black and white photocopies or laser prints, as image transferring does not work with inkjet prints.

Download the PDF

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