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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

Opus Langley Celebrating 20 Years!

A big thanks to all of you who have made Opus Langley a huge part of the Fraser Valley’s creative community! To all of the wonderful staff who have shared their passion and knowledge with us over the years, the dedicated arts organizations that welcomed us to the area and who we’ve grown alongside, and to every creative individual who has brightened our world with their curiosity and skill: the past 20 years have truly been a gift and we’re excited for everything the next 20 will bring!

Take it Away: Discover the Magic of Erasers

Used for corrections, to remove sketched marks from a painting, and as a drawing medium in its own right, the seemingly simple eraser takes many forms in the hands of an artist. Since the first erasers became readily available over 170 years ago, this humble instrument has been developed to suit a multitude of media, papers, and techniques. An eraser’s main function is to remove pigment from surfaces, normally graphite from paper. When you draw with a pencil, the fibres in your paper give the graphite particles something to stick to; the key with erasers is they are “stickier” than the paper. As you rub it across the marks on your surface, the heat produced by the friction slightly softens the eraser, allowing the medium to stick to the eraser, lifting it from the page....Read more

Chart Your Creativity!

The sketchpad – redefined! We’re excited to announce the latest in pads and paper from the Chartpak family of brands.

Designed by some of the most passionate papermakers in the industry, these pads offer outstanding papers for every media. The covers tell the story of what’s inside: red for drawing, blue for painting, purple for markers, and orange for technical papers. And look for extra features like the In & Out™ pages and InkBlock™ panels, too!...Read more

Urban Sketching Techniques

Let your surroundings be the inspiration to tell your own watercolour story!...Read more

Discover Oil & Watercolour Mediums

Add Mediums to Your Mix!

Did you know that the beautifully formulated paint you love can offer your work even more? Pair your tube colours with mediums and extend the possibilities!

Mediums change the working properties of paint in a multitude of ways. They allow you to create thick texture or thin glazes, add variation in visual texture or sheen, improve the flow while working, and add ease to the clean up. We’ve picked some of our favourites from Winsor & Newton’s Oil and Water Colour lines to share how a little medium can have big effect!...Read more

Opus & Emily Carr University

Yes, Opus is (Still!) Open

Watercolour painting by Alfonso L. Tejada • alfonsotejada.com

With the relocation of Emily Carr University of Art + Design (ECU) in September, we’ve been hearing the question, “Is Opus Granville Island going to remain open?” The answer is a resounding, “YES!” Opus’ original store plays such an important part in the visual arts community and we intend to continue to be a hub for creative individuals.

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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