2014 Fall Educational Program at the FCA – Alla Prima, Critiques, Drawing, Portraits and more!

Classes & Workshops, Special Announcement, Special Events


The FCA were excited to launch their 2014 Fall Educational Program on Monday 22nd September with Drew Young’s Alla Prima workshop. Students of this class were treated to Drew’s accessible teaching style as he walked students through the processes of this wet-on-wet oil technique. Students left the class empowered with their new knowledge and with some artworks to continue improving on at home.

The next opportunity to learn with the FCA are the upcoming critiques offered by Signature member artists. Signature members of the FCA have met a certain amount of criteria, exhibited at a certain number of exhibitions and undergone a strict jury process as well as become recognised for a high and professional standard of art in their chosen mediums, genres and styles.

Who better for our new Supporting and Active members to learn from than established arts professionals? 

This Fall the FCA were excited to provide formal, affordable critiques by Signature members, the first of which is announced as Kiff Holland, SFCA. You can learn more about Kiff here, but if you’d like to sign up for his September 29th critique session, do so soon as spaces are going quickly!

If you can’t make this date, no problem, we are able to offer two more critiques in October and November, with the critics to be announced at a later date. Check back often!

If you’d would like to brush up on drawing this Fall, you can with instructor Bill Higginson, an FCA board member who is offering a one day workshop on Monday 6th October. Learn more and register here.

Portraiture Goatley Promo

The FCA are proud to present a weekend workshop with David Goatley, SFCA entitled Portraiture. A Signature FCA member, recognised for skill in this genre of painting Goatley is a well respected art educator. Taking place from October 10th – 12th at the Holland Croft Studio, students can expect to learn more about the genre itself, as portraiture is so much more than the practise of painting heads, or people. Drawing inspiration from live models, students can experience first-hand Goatley’s approach to portraits whilst improving their own techniques and creating their own works.

Spaces are limited, so don’t miss your chance and register here.

We’re excited about our Fall Program, and we’ve got much more on the way. View the full list of upcoming workshops, classes and professional development courses here. Register learn something new today!

News from the Fraser Valley Chapter

FCA Chapter News

The Fraser Valley Chapter is having their second juried show of the year at The Act Arts Centre in Maple Ridge from Saturday, October 18 to November 15. Thank you to everyone who attended the opening reception. The Act is located at 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge, BC Canada V2X 6G1; Phone: 604 476 2787.

Congratulations to the winners of the show:

1st Place:  Deborah Strong for Butterflies and Goosebumps, 9×15″, Coloured Pencil
01 FIRST-Strong, Deborah - Butterflies and Goosebumps Chinese Geese and Cabbage Moths

2nd Place: Michael King for Looking Back, 20×20″, Oil
02 SECOND-King, Michael - Looking Back

3rd Place: Heidi Lambert for Crown of Lilies, 12×19″, Watercolour
03 THIRD Lambert, Heidi - Crown of Lilies

Award of Excellence: Gwen Murphy for Rushing River, 20×24″, Acrylic
04 AofE Murphy, Gwen - Rushing River

Award of Excellence: Hans Baarschers for Braving the Elements, 20×16″, Acrylic
05 AofE  Baarschers, Hans - Braving the Elements - BC Crab Boat

Award of Excellence: Joanne Finlay for Ocean Floor, 24×20″, Acrylic
06 AofE Finlay, Joanne - Ocean Floor - Tapestry of Coral

New to the FCA, live in the Fraser Valley and looking for a way to connect to other local artists?

The Fraser Valley FCA Chapter meets at the Trethewey House in Abbotsford on the second Saturday of every month, excluding July, August and December. Each meeting ends with a door prize draw, refreshment and conversation followed by a demo from an experienced artist.

More information can be found at: http://www.fraservalleyartists.com/meetings/

PRINT! Welcomes Malaspina to the party! BC Culture Days

Special Announcement, Special Events


The FCA is pleased to announce Malaspina PRINTMAKERS will also be taking part in the upcoming PRINT! event for BC Culture Days 2014. BC Culture Days is an annual event where arts and culture organizations provide free programming to the general public to encourage, nurture and further BC’s love of the arts. To celebrate, participating organizations on Granville Island will be hosting a variety of print and print-making related activities, many free for visitors to their venues from September 26th – 28th.

For PRINT! Malaspina will be hosting free drop-in workshops at their studio from 11am-4pm: a day of mono-printing on the 26th and a day of screen-printing on the 27th.facebookbar

Malaspina’s printmakers will guide you through the process and introduce you to the fun and experimental nature of printmaking. Come on down, pick up a paintbrush and a squeegee, and create your image!

The Federation of Canadian Artists, Dundarave Print Workshop and Gallery and New Leaf Editions will also be hosting events and activities over the weekend so be sure to check the official Facebook page and webpage for the latest updates.

The FCA will provide supplies for visitors to make their own printing plate from found objects, finished prints will be displayed in a pop-up gallery for the weekend. Prints will be judged and the best in exhibition will win a prize basket of Granville Island Goodies from local businesses such as Roger’s Chocolates, Ten Thousand Villages, Ainsworth Custom Design, Granville Island Broom Co. and the Gallery of BC Ceramics currently totalling over $150 in value!

Successful Artists of AIRS 2014

FCA Exhibitions

The Federation of Canadian Artists are pleased to announce the Successful Artists of the Annual International Representational Show (Airs) 2014.

This exhibition will be on display in the Federation Gallery on Granville Island from October 14th – November 2nd 2014. The grand prize winner for this exhibition wins $2,000 and is TBA.

Watch this space for a formal announcement and we look forward to welcoming you to the opening reception on Thursday 16th October 6 pm – 8 pm.

Successful Artists 2014


Calls for Submissions - Others, FCA Exhibitions, Special Events

SCATTEREDUNTOUCHEDYou may have seen it on our Facebook page or noticed it in our newsletter, but what is 365?

The FCA is pleased to announce, as a first for 2014 and the Federation of Canadian Artists, the first FCA Online Exhibition and Competition. This exciting concept is an opportunity exclusively for FCA Active and Signature member artists. Why 365? Well not only will accepted works feature in the FCA’s first online exhibition gallery, but the top fourteen artworks will feature in the 2015 FCA Print Calendar.

365 is open-themed and provides awards for the top 14 accepted works. The top four art works will be awarded a total of $1,000 in cash awards and the top fourteen works will be featured in our print calendar which will be sold from the FCA gallery, online, and at special events as a fund-raiser for the FCA and as publicity for the featured artists. As the winners will be printed in a calendar, preference will be given to works that have a landscape orientation over a portrait orientation.

The entry deadline for 365 is September 28th, so be sure to visit www.artists.ca, login and submit soon for your chance to not only win cash prizes and feature in the 2015 FCA Calendar, but to be included in a little piece of FCA History, the first online exhibition!

Calgary Chapter

FCA Chapter News

October – Watercolour Workshop with Rex Beanland willconcentrate on Urban Scenes with figures Dates are Oct 25th & 26th  

November We will be concentrating on mixed media Fluidacrylics with Lisa Roberts on Day one and on Day two is Natalie Kurzak who willteach us collage and image transfers.    

Register online at http://www.fcacalgary.ca/workshops.htm  

Here is a delightful photo from the colour theoryworkshop in Calgary with our own Rick Berg


Upcoming BC Culture Days events

Special Announcement, Special Events


To celebrate BC Culture Days 2014 and to compliment the Biannual Miniature Print Exhibition (September 9th – 28th), the Federation of Canadian Artists, in association with New Leaf Editions and Dundarave Print Workshop and Gallery are hosting a weekend of print making activities at three Granville Island locations called PRINT!

Print making is a fantastic art process and much more versatile and creative than many people realise! There are all types of prints and print making processes, from traditional woodblocks and printing presses to modern transfer methods and high art processes. You can learn more about these by visiting a participating venue over the weekend, getting involved and making your very own print!

Participating Venues

Federation of Canadian Artists at 1241 Cartwright Street was founded in 1941 and is a non-profit registered charity that promotes art, artists and art education in Canadian society. With nearly 2,000 members in 11 Chapters across BC, Alberta and internationally we provide a network and resource for artists, art collectors and art enthusiasts.

For PRINT! the Federation Gallery will be displaying the Biannual International Miniature Print exhibition, which is free to attend and features over 300 miniature prints made using a variety of print making processes.

Visitors to the Federation Gallery for the weekend can make their own printing plate and print using ‘found materials’. This is a free hands-on activity suitable for children, families and anyone who would like to try! Completed prints will hang in a pop-up print exhibition and be judged for ‘Best Print in Show’. The winning entry will receive a prize basket full of Granville Island Goodies from local businesses!

The print making activity is available from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th. The entries will be judged by the Executive Director of the FCA and announced on Monday 29th.

Dundarave Print Workshop and Gallery at 1460 Johnson Street was incorporated as a cooperative, non-profit society in 1971. Dundarave Print Workshop (DPW) is an artists’ studio and gallery dedicated to contemporary fine art printmaking.

Located in the Netloft Building, amidst Vancouver’s vibrant Granville Island community of artists’ studios, galleries and cafés, DPW offers professional facilities for intaglio, relief-based printmaking and related processes.

The gallery holds year-round exhibitions of the work produced in the studio by our artist-members. Printmaking courses and workshops are taught by the artists throughout the year.

For PRINT! DPW will be hosting an open house for visitors with informal shop tours. The studio space is viewable from the front gallery where you can browse through an extensive and varied selection of affordable prints for sale.

Find out more at www.dundaraveprintworkshop.com

New Leaf Editions at 1370 Cartwright Street is a collaborative printmaking workshop established by Peter Braune in 1985. For artists seeking new forms of expression, New Leaf Editions offers the collaborative exploration of image-making using assorted print media. The goal of the collaboration is to allow an artist full expression with print. New Leaf has worked with many locally and internationally acclaimed artists.

Services provided by New Leaf include: copper and zinc etching, photo-etching, relief printing, lithography, letterpress and steel facing. For PRINT! on Saturday 27th,New Leaf Editions will display a print exhibition with artists talks and a print auction at the Waterfront Theatre (1412 Cartwright Street). Be sure to also visit their Cartwright Street shop location to see their presses in person!

(Times for the talks and auctions will be posted as they are confirmed).

Visit New Leaf Editions Online at www.newleafeditions.com

Visit www.artists.ca for more information.