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Plein Air at the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Discover the light and colours of the season under the cherry trees. The transcendent beauty of the cherry blossoms continues to inspire artists during Vancouver’s signature springtime event, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF)....Read more

South Island Artists

Inspired by an Artist Survival Skills workshop hosted by Chris Tyrell, a number of participants recently banded together to form the group South Island Artists. Their first exhibition, Boundless, will be held at Goward House in Victoria, February 4th to March 2nd, 2011....Read more

Just Practice

Join artist and Opus Daily Practice participant Sharon Leung for an afternoon painting pandas in the park!

Sharon has always been creative, but she started getting back into daily practice thanks to our challenge. Between the daily prompts for inspiration and a creative community that embraced her via social media, Sharon is evolving her skills and making some cute pandas while she's at it.

Watch Just Practice with Sharon Leung and get inspired by her experience in taking on a daily practice. Need a place to start? Join our Opus Daily Practice: Spring into Summer 7-Day Edition this June 15 - 21st and join us in making art a solid part of our daily routines!...Read more

Opus Daily Practice Challenge - Spring into Summer 7-Day Edition!

Opus Daily Practice: Spring into Summer 7-day edition begins June 15

Spring into a summer of creativity – the Opus Daily Practice Challenge returns with another 7-Day edition, June 15–21!

Challenge yourself to create daily for 7 days with Opus Daily Practice, making your art practice a priority wherever your days may take you – the studio, kitchen table or living room, in the park or at a coffee shop, or on-the-go.

Sketch, draw, paint, collage, print, sculpt... you name it! Post your progress online with #opusdailypractice to connect with your fellow artists!...Read more

6th Annual Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge

Oil Techniques: Painting en Plein Air

What makes your heart skip a beat and say, "I have to paint this!"? Every painter is searching for the magic — that special something that compels you to bring a subject to life with a brush and canvas.

Sheree Jones shares some of the techniques she employs to capture that magic while painting in oils en plein air in the Opus video, Oil Techniques: Painting en Plein Air. Learn how starting with a value sketch compensates for changing light, how not painting all details can invite the viewer to explore a part of the painting, and more!...Read more

How to Varnish an Acrylic Painting

Keep your artwork looking as good as the day it was completed by learning how to apply a varnish layer!...Read more

Why Varnish?

The final step in a painter’s process is one of the most important: varnishing....Read more

Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge 2017

Seasoned plein air painters & novice artists who love the great outdoors. Groups of friends looking for a creative activity & families celebrating spring a painting picnic. You are all invited to the Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge on Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 10 am – 6 pm!...Read more

Charles van Sandwyk: Illustrator, Writer, Wanderer

You are invited to peek into the whimsical, magical world of Charles van Sandwyk, sitting down by the fire to be inspired by his love of storytelling!

We visited this beloved artist and author to discover how illustration, etching, watercolour, and book-binding by hand play into his work. See his process come alive as Charles transports you to his magical home studio in North Vancouver, where elves, fairies, and woodland creatures are conjured up to impart ancient lessons from the tales of old....Read more