Brush Dance | Line Dance

July 6 - July 10


Brush Dance | Line Dance

Week Two (5-day): July 6 – 10, 2020. Classes run 9 am – 4 pm daily and students are welcome to stay late in their studio.

Brush Dance | Line Dance

This workshop explores the power and the dynamic tradition of the brush. The possibilities of this rewarding tool for experimentation and contemplation will be the focus of the course.

Participants will create their own unique brush language by using the breath to support spontaneous mark making. A series of experimental ink exercises will combine innovative brush making with an exploration of paper surface. Every participant will be provided with an eclectic collection of materials. All studio sessions will include hands on demonstrations.

The course will include collage, assemblage, artist books, banners, cards, and paper installations. Participants will have opportunities to reflect on insights gained through repetition of asemic scripts and mandala practice. Inspiration will also be drawn from the remarkable and enduring legacy of the artists of the North West Coast Calligraphic tradition.

There will be time devoted to ‘greening’ your practice and ways of integrating mixed media techniques into finished projects on both panel and canvas.

All levels are welcomed particularly in the spirit of Shoshin. This is a word from Zen Buddhism meaning ‘beginner’s mind’. It refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner would.

  • Student Supply List: (Click HERE): Students are responsible for bringing the supplies listed.
  • Materials Fee: $48
  • Course Level: All Skill Levels

Price: $763

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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