On Friday January 17, artist Brian Smith demonstrated Abstract Figurative Painting in Acrylic. The evening, attended by over 60 club members was a preliminary to the workshop given by Brian on the subsequent Saturday and Sunday. Brian painted from a live model as seen in the accompanying photos. Brian’s technique is unique in that he paints on Maidstone Paper (22 X 30) which has been coated on both sides with clear Gesso. The double coating allows the paper to lie flat while the clear Gesso contains marble dust that has the “tooth” needed for painting with acrylics. His original charcoal sketch is incorporated into the paint to achieve the original shading for the art piece.

Attendees were fascinated with Brian’s technique which he taught to club members in a sold out 2-day workshop held at the club. Workshop participants were all very pleased with what they learned and with their own results. There is so much demand from club members, that Brian has already been booked for a second workshop in the 2014/2015 season.

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The DVAC annual Christmas party was held on Friday December 6, 2013 at the York Banquet Hall. Attendees thought that the party was a great success, with a lovely buffet, live music, prizes, an art contest, silent auction and Chinese auction. The creativeness of the two auctions that were added this year made the dinner more fun and gave attendees a chance to buy and win artworks and art materials. These activities raised another $326 for the club. We thank Viola and the social committee for organizing and running this years successful celebration. We also thank all of the volunteers who donated their time, artwork, homemade cookies, books and artist materials for prizes and for the auction. We also thank Aboveground Art Store for their donations to the prizes.

Attendees really enjoyed having a chance to share happy times with their fellow artist friends.


The John Pryce workshop was sold out early and fully attended by 15 eager artists from the club. John showed members his special methods for capturing light for brilliantly glowing landscape paintings. Painters at the workshop applied their own styles for some excellent results. Below are some of the photos from the workshop.



The first session of the DVAC Extended Pose Thursday night was enjoyed by all.
The next series of poses starts November 28th and will finish January 23rd with a 3 week break over the holiday season. Any member wishing to drop in is welcome.

Photos courtesy of David Xu.


A big thank-you to the hard-working members of the art show committee, the volunteers, and the artists who contributed to today’s wonderful success.

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DVAC members enjoyed a productive workshop with Heidi Burkhardt.  Participants painted plein air at the Scarborough Bluffs with oil sticks.

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