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Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge 2016

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 15, 10am - 6pm!...Read more

Urban Sketching Techniques

Experience your surroundings in a new way through washes of watercolour and ink!...Read more

Opus Special Event: Stepping Out & Up! Plein Air & Painting with Acrylics with Jan Poynter

Sat, June 4, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sun, June 5, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Learn to work quickly and confidently on location or in the studio in these plein air workshops with Jan Poynter on beautiful Bowen Island!...Read more

Where Will Your Sketchbook Take You?

Where will your sketchbook take you?

Your sketchbook has become your companion, always in your bag or under your arm. From your morning coffee to traveling home from work, an artist's sketchbook is home to multiple mediums and countless memories.

These memories create inspiration. They spur the artist further as they play with concepts for pieces or as a source of entertainment to help pass the time on their travels. Your sketchbook was there with you when you drove down the coastline with your family, that morning you got stuck in traffic, and during the most unexpected rushes of inspiration....Read more

Drawn Out: 365 Days of Drawing

In planes, trains, and automobiles, visual artist Michael Markowsky traverses the landscape to find new and interesting locations in which to create. He has painted in the Arctic tundra, in the bed of a moving truck, and even in a CF-18 fighter plane! This constant change of scenery is all done in the pursuit of challenging his artistic process to gain new insights and ways of working....Read more

Exploring New Territory with Sarah Clement

Vancouver-based artist and illustrator Sarah Clement has been inspired by nature and the world around her for as long as she can remember. Her whimsical and detailed illustrations mix the colourful freedom of ink with the more structured lines of cut-paper, producing artwork that is uniquely her own....Read more

Just Practice

Vancouver-based visual artist Kyrra Kosar gorgeously illustrates the world around her. From working on old fax machine paper as a child to using professional art materials today, she uses a broad variety of media to beautifully render the creatures and animals in her artwork.

Kyrra has participated in both the 2015 and 2016 Opus Daily Practice Challenges. Although she still feels a bit hesitant in sharing her art, she embraces the feedback she receives, using it as a source of motivation to bolster her commitment and keep her on track.

Watch this Opus Downtown Vancouver staff member in her video above and find out how she overcame a 3–year streak of painter’s block. Everyone has something inside of them that they need to express – so dig deep within yourself and unearth what it is that you want to communicate with the world through your art!...Read more

Opus Daily Practice Challenge

Opus Daily Practice: Spring into Summer 7-day edition begins June 13

Spring into a summer of creativity - the Opus Daily Practice Challenge is back with a 7-Day edition, June 13-19!...Read more

Fine Art Digital Projectors

Discover the possibilities of using projected digital imagery in your fine art practice!

Digital art projectors make the perfect addition to any artist's studio, granting you access to a multitude of tools for creating. Whether you're working on canvas, cradled wood panel, or even a large scale wall mural, digital projectors give artists the ability to develop artwork with more accuracy in less time....Read more

Opus Donations Drive 2015

Share Your Gift this Holiday Season!

Giving back to the arts community is important to all of us at Opus. Now in its 16th year, the Opus Donations Drive raises much needed funds for local organizations, matching your cash donations with Opus gift cards of equal value, to assist each group’s programs.

We would love for you to continue your generous support this year by making a donation on your next visit your local Opus store. Let’s continue to share our gift with the community!

Visit your local store and support their charity by donating this year!...Read more