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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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  • Finishing with a Frame

    When you think of finishing a piece of artwork, what comes to mind? For many artists, framing is the final step; the last touch of polish before it is presented to the world. They use framing as a way to present themselves in a more professional manner and to increase the value of their artwork. We visited the studio of North Vancouver artists Dene Croft and Kiff Holland for their insights on the importance and value of framing their artwork, and how they go about it....Read more

  • Art Battle

    Art Battle is a live competitive painting event held in almost every major city across Canada. Each event sees 12 artists competing against one other in hopes of winning the grand prize of the evening and the chance to compete in the National Championship. The artists have 20 minutes to paint whatever inspires them in the medium of acrylic and as they work, patrons move around the easels to watch their process....Read more

  • Creative Community

    Visual art festivals are integral to a happy, functioning, and vibrant community. As some may already know, it is not an easy task to organize and produce an annual event. Many elements and contributions outside of the visual arts world are needed to make the event a reality. The final result is truly where the signs of a supportive community show....Read more

  • Block Printing Basics

    We invited printmaker Sharilyn Kuehnel and 24hrs Vancouver DIY columnist Julia Dilworth to Opus Downtown Vancouver to demonstrate the basics of block printing. Watch as Sharilyn teaches Julia how to transfer an image onto Safety-Kut Block, carve an image using the Speedball Lino Cutter and Bench Hook, and print on both Strathmore Creative Cards and ...Read more

  • Introduction to Watercolour

    From her creative studio space in Vancouver, Leslie Redhead shares how to create a beautiful card with watercolours. As a member of the FCA (Federation of Canadian Artists) and the CSPWC (Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour), she has extensive experience as both an established artist and teacher. Leslie is known for splashing, pouring, and dripping her watercolours on as much as she will brush them. ...Read more

  • Yuichi Takasaka: Facemounted Digital Prints

    What do you get when you mix a passion for the Northern Lights with a new digital printing process? The answer can be found this month at Vancouver’s Art Beatus gallery in the photography of Yuichi Takasaka and his Fires In the North exhibition, featuring 20 large-scale, facemounted prints of the Aurora Borealis.

    We spoke with Yuichi on the opening day of Fires In the North about his stunning, ethereal photography of the night sky, and how his art has changed with the introduction of digital cameras, digital printing techniques, and new display options such as facemounting....Read more

  • Introduction to Figure Drawing

    Vancouver based artist, Mandy Boursicot’s skills with a graphite pencil have elevated the hyper-realism of her artwork, and set her career on a steady course forward. She’s invested years in the pursuit of academic art, and is now back from her 4 year tenure as both a student and teacher in Florence, Italy. Mandy is ready to continue the time-honored tradition of both practicing her art, and teaching others the skills she has learned from the great Masters....Read more

  • Drawing from Inspiration

    See Mark Illing’s intricately detailed black and white creations; Sean Karemaker’s stark comic art capturing encounters with people and places; and Jon Shaw’s vibrantly layered works of city scenes. Discover how similar tools and inspiration can result in different works of art. Whether sketching on location or working from your imagination, we encourage you to put your pen to paper!...Read more

  • Painting with Golden OPEN Acrylics

    FCA (Federation of Canadian Artists) signature member Bob McMurray has a passion for painting the world around him. Beginning much of his work on location in British Columbia's Lower Mainland, he will later complete his paintings in his studio. Bob is always prepared for the elements and he extends his time out on location by using Golden OPEN Acrylics from Golden Artist Colors. This allows him to paint in warmer weather as well as to achieve the blending and shading techniques often associated with oil painting....Read more

  • Working with Watermedia Outdoors

    We sent visual artist Alison Woodward to Granville Island to try her hand at painting outdoors for the first time! She rose to the challenge and shares details about working with the portable watermedia and supplies we asked her to experiment with in our latest How-To Video. Here are some observations she made about the supplies.
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