Brush Dance

August 8 - August 12


Brush Dance

Brush Dance

This workshop explores the dynamic tradition of the brush as a rewarding tool for experimentation and contemplation.

We will explore and develop a personal brush languages as we use the breath to support spontaneous mark making.
Combining mark-making within surfaces of layered fibre (cloth and paper) for use in artist books, banners, cards and paper installations, participants will have opportunities to reflect on insights gained through repetition of asemic scripts and mandala practice.

A series of experimental ink exercises will combine innovative brush making and apply altered tools on a variety of paper surfaces. We will focus on creating a unique lexicon, a vocabulary of gestural marks to inform new work and expand your current practice.

Time will be devoted to integrating mixed media techniques into finished projects on panels and canvas with attention to mounting. Each studio sessions includes a demonstration and participants will be offered an eclectic collection of materials.

All levels welcomed in the spirit of Shoshin, a Zen Buddhism word meaning ‘beginners mind’… openness, eagerness without preconceptions…being a beginner even at an advanced level.

This course is dedicated to the remarkable legacy of the Northwest Coast Calligraphic tradition.

  • Student Supply List: (Click HERE): Students are responsible for bringing the supplies listed.
  • Materials Fee: $40
  • Course Level: All Skill Levels

Price: $805

Prices are listed in Canadian Dollars and include daily lunch/snacks, relevant materials fees and any applicable taxes


Roberta Pyx Sutherland is a contemporary Canadian artist who works from Victoria and Hornby Island. From her first solo show at the Victoria Art Gallery in the 80s her work has continued to focus on the environment and the interconnectivity of all life forms.

Her work has been collected by the Canada Council for the Arts, Burnaby Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Toronto Public Library, University of British Columbia, Concordia University Library, and the Bibliothèque de Genève. Sutherland particularly enjoys creating site-specific installations. In 2012 she painted an Andy Warhol tribute for the Hornby Island Arts Council, one of the world’s largest Tomato Soup Cans. Magazines and e-journals such as Lions Roar, Culturium, the Uncertainty Club and Shambhala Sun regularly include her images.

Click here to read more about ROBERTA PYX SUTHERLAND

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If you need to make a cancellation, please complete MISSA's on-line cancellation form. Phone or email correspondence will not be accepted.

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BEFORE June 1: For each course withdrawal, a refund for tuition and any applicable supply fee will be issued, minus a $50 administrative fee.

June 1 – July 15: For each course withdrawal, a tuition credit for MISSA 2023 will be issued, minus a $50 administrative fee. Any applicable supply fee will be fully refunded.

AFTER July 15: Course withdrawals made after this date are not eligible for credits or refunds.

If MISSA must cancel a workshop, students will be offered an alternative workshop. If the 2022 program is completely canceled due to COVID restrictions, a full refund will be given (tuition, supply fee and accommodation) or a MISSA credit will be offered.

On-campus accommodations may be cancelled at any time prior to arrival and will be refunded, less a $50 deposit fee, via Paypal within 30 days after receipt of the cancellation request form.

Refunds will be issued within 30 days of confirmed receipt of MISSA's online cancellation form and will be processed through PayPal.


Prices are listed in Canadian Dollars and include daily lunch/snacks, relevant materials fees and any applicable taxes.

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