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Opus Videos

Our Opus Video Library has over 100 videos filmed with local artists offering both art instruction in our how-to videos and a glimpse into their studios and process in our mini-documentaries.

You'll also get glimpses into Opus-led and creative community events, as well as information on Opus-brand products and services to help you take your art practice further.

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  • Dream Studio with Alan Wylie

    Alan Wylie (CSPWC, AWS DF, SFCA, NWWS, CIPA, CWA, LWS) has had a long journey in his painting career to obtain the status and studio he has now. From painting in an old chicken coup, to a garage in the middle of winter with socks on his hands, to working in dark basements and kitchen tables; Alan has weathered it all in his quest to obtain a fulfilling career in painting.

    After working in these challenging spaces, Alan was finally able to build his dream studio at his current home in historic Fort Langley. Watch Dream Studio for an exclusive look inside his work space as he shares his story and insights into his practice. ...Read more

  • How-To: Introduction to Screen Printing

    With preparation and quality materials, screen printing can be easy as pie! Marsha Arbour, Manager of Opus Art Supplies in Victoria, reveals the step-by-step techniques for creating a simple 3-colour screen print with stencils....Read more

  • The Printers’ Mark

    Joey MacDonald is one of the directors of the Olio Artists & Workers Cooperative, a printmaking cooperative established in 2007. As a graphic designer, Joey found his influence in his passion for screen-printing and music. Watch the video above to see all of the Olio’s facilities and the screen-printing process in action!

    Read the full exclusive article below for more insight into the screen-printing process....Read more

  • How To: Introduction to Illustration

    Alison Woodward from Opus Downtown Vancouver illustrates how you can draw on your imagination, rendering it on the page in washes of ink and watercolour. See Alison's approach, techniques, and preferred materials in this informative Opus How-To Video.

    Watch the video to see the process and the final results!

    If you enjoy this video, we invite you to subscribe to the Opus YouTube Channel!...Read more

  • How-To: Resin Transfer (Beyond the JPEG)

    Inkjet film and epoxy resin can create an impressive photo transfer and perhaps add a new element to your artwork. Chris Hamilton from the Opus location on Granville Island found this great technique while preparing samples for a Beyond the JPEG presentation. In this informative how-to video, he demonstrates how to transfer an image created on the computer to a cradled panel, bringing digital artwork into the real world....Read more

  • Sharing Studios

    Vancouver illustrator Leah Schell and graphic designer husband Steve Monteith of Abundant Sink Creative not only share their lives together but their studio space as well. Watch Sharing Studios and see how they find inspiration within one another’s work, then read more about Leah’s illustration practice in the article The Wonderful World of Illustration below....Read more

  • Pixels to Paint

    Vancouver artist Ellen Scobie creates incredibly detailed digital prints from her photographs.

    Ellen’s background in stone lithography printmaking, where she layers textures and colours to beautiful effect, led her to begin working in a similar manner with her digital photographs. The resulting works can be comprised of over 75 layers, each with data pulled from her photos....Read more

  • Why We Create

    Why do you choose to create?
    How does the creative process affect you?
    What makes a creative individual?

    We posed these questions to artists visiting Opus recently. What they shared was a depth of passion for the creative process – personal responses that mirrored why so many of us choose to express ourselves through visual art.

    Sometimes we all need that little reminder of why we do what we do, and hopefully this video will help to inspire and honour the creative individual in you!...Read more

  • The Altered Editions of Rachael Ashe

    Rachael Ashe is a Vancouver artist whose specialities include photography, collage, and a very unique approach to the art of book alteration. Drawing inspiration from the vast variety and influence that our cities nature provides us, Rachael strives to incorporate bits of nature into all of her artwork. We sat down with Rachael as she shared exactly why she alters books, how she approaches them, and what drives her unquenchable desire to create.

    Interested in some of the tools seen in this video?
    Lineco Bone Scorer
    Precision Knife...Read more

  • Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge 2012

    A huge THANK YOU to the 335 artists who participated in our first ever Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge, held at Opus locations across BC on Saturday, April 21, 2012.

    Our video was filmed on location at and around the Granville Island, Vancouver location of Opus Art Supplies. It represents what we’ve heard from artists that participated in this challenge as well as what Opus staff from all our locations have relayed to us was their experience of the day. We hope you enjoy this little taste of this wonderful event!

    For more plein air inspiration, watch some of our other outdoor themed videos.
    Painting En Plein Air with Maria Josenhans
    Travel Easels at Opus
    Murray Phillips: A Conversation with my Canvas
    Working with Watermedia Outdoors
    Painting with Golden OPEN Acrylics
    Drawing from Inspiration...Read more