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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

Opus Special Event: Hockey legend Richard Brodeur paints at Opus for the North Shore Art Crawl

March 4, 2017
Join former NHL goalie, Richard Brodeur, as he paints live at Opus North Vancouver, this Saturday, March 4th from 10AM-4PM. Read more.

Why Varnish?

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

Smart Printing: From Phone to Home

Smart Printing: From Phone to HomeThe best camera is the one that’s with you,” Chase Jarvis....Read more

Getting to the Core of Graphite

Getting to the Core of Graphite

The graphite pencil is ubiquitous, a staple everywhere from the classroom, studio, and office, to the beginner’s toolbox and the professional’s collection....Read more

Watch & Win!

Watch and Win!

Out of 473 entries, Justina E. was selected as the winner of our $1000 prize pack!

Our top video of 2016, as chosen by the viewers, is Just Practice with Kyrra Kosar! Watch the video for inspiration, and join us for the Opus Daily Practice Challenge, beginning February 1st. Click here for details.

#opusdailypractice challenge: Join us for 28 days in February, 2017...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

A Brief History of Acrylics

This versatile & beloved medium is a relative newcomer to the art world. Did you know that the oldest acrylic painting is less than 100 years old?

Though they are one of the of the most popular products on our shelves, acrylic paints have had a short history. Relative to other beloved painting media like oil
and watercolour, both of which have been around for centuries, acrylics have
only been in popular use since the mid-20th century....Read more