Art in Motion
Be inspired by artists and educators South of the Fraser and beyond to create art at home! Try out our video-based lessons in a range of mediums, as well as our phone and live event activites, and learning guides.
Just like us, art is in constant motion and evolves in response to new situations. More than what we see or create, it is what we experience and feel and how we connect to one another.
Follow #ArtInMotion to be inspired by artists and educators South of the Fraser and beyond to create art at home and outside! Try out our video-based lessons in a range of mediums, our phone and live event activites, and learning guides, as well as our new Art Takeout courses and art camp. New art lessons and activities will continue to be added to this page and Surrey Art Gallery's YouTube channel.
New Art Takeout Classes!
Feed your artistic side with the Gallery’s Art Takeout "at leisure" courses! For all ages, including materials for pickup and video art lessons, work at your own pace to complete artworks in two weeks or two months!
From sketching on location at Denman Island to setting up her pencils and papers in downtown Steveston and Iona Beach, sign up for "Drawing in the Field" with artist educator Alexandra Thomson to learn different sketching techniques and ways to depict the ever-evolving landscape around us. Capture on paper the change of seasons as we head into autumn with six hour long classes including techniques such as contour line drawing, sighting and perspective, shading, and more! Learn how to render clouds, flowers, fenceposts, moving water, fields and meadows, and the bustling cityscape. "Drawing in the Field" is a thoughtful way to begin your sketching journey or revisit the techniques you may already know. $15.
Filming from her studio here in Surrey, use your imagination and create handbuilt ceramics with artist educator Amelia Butcher as she takes you on a journey with "Handbuilding with Clay!" Create small pinch pots and large coil vessels, experiment with sgraffito and underglaze designs, and even build your own piece of cake with clay slabs. On your own or with family and friends, reimagine the sculptural possibilities of clay. Includes materials, video lessons, firing, and glazing. $35, with optional tool kit for $34.50 and extra clay for $29.
Register here under "Online Programs - Arts" or phone the Call Centre at 604 501 5100.
Originally, Art Takeout's "Drawing in the Field" ran from July 20 to August 24 and "Handbuilding with Clay!" from July 27 to August 31, each course including a live session.
Phone and Live Event Seniors Programs
The Gallery has partnered with Seniors Come Share Society and their Seniors’ Centre Without Walls initiative for an ongoing, free, and interactive phone-based program for those age 55 plus. Dial in on Mondays at 10:30am for “We Are All Artists: Creative Practices at Home” to experiment with a variety of artmaking techniques like watercolours, collage, oil pastels, and more with local artist educators April Davis, Alanna Edwards, and Claire Moore.
Register at 604 531 9400 ext. 205 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alanna Edwards and Claire Moore led online live art lessons on June 2 and June 3, as part of Seniors Week.
Colour Blending with Alexandra Thomson
Create complex colour dimension using a few simple techniques with artist Alexandra Thomson. Many of us already have colouring books and coloured pencils at home – let's make them beautiful!
Print out your own colouring pages from galleries, museums, and institutions from around the world.
Collage with Jinsil Haveliwalla
With your imagination, create a collage and experiment with different techniques using visually textured paper.
Learn more about how artists have used collage throughout contemporary art history, and related concepts and themes, to explore the endless possibilities of this technique!
Create Textures with Jinsil Haveliwalla
Use materials from around the house, such as printer paper, markers, water, and paint, to create amazing visual texture with artist Jinsil Haveliwalla.
An Illustrated Guide to Clay with Amelia Butcher
Learn the basics of clay sculpture in this fun, colourful guide from Surrey Art Gallery ceramics instructor Amelia Butcher! Sign up for Art Takeout's "Handbuilding with Clay!" with Amelia to learn a variety of handbuilding clay techniques inspired by contemporary ceramics, including works by Don Hutchinson as seen in the exhibition "Passages."
Invent Colours with April Davis
Create an accordion book with colours that you invent with April Davis! Using paint and your imagination, learn to mix a range of pigments for your own special book.
View Sarindar Dhaliwal's sketchbook page for When I grow up I want to be the namer of colours, 2010, photo by Toni Hafkenscheid.
Photograph Your Artwork with Jannette Maedel
Join artist Jannette Maedel for a beginners' tutorial on how to photograph your artwork, to share online or transform into a print. Topics covered include lighting, camera settings, editing, and more.
Draw with Jennifer Clark
Think drawing is too hard? Think again! A big part of drawing is looking, and then looking closely again. Join local artist Jennifer Clark to draw the world around you by seeing it as basic shapes, such as squares, circles, and ovals.
Print with April Davis
Inspired by the works of Susan Point, use recycled foam packaging and materials from home to create circular prints referencing the spindle whorl with April Davis!
Sculpt with Claire Moore
Create fantastical salt dough sculptures at home with Claire Moore! These forms are inspired by the Gallery's exhibitions Passages (2020) with ceramic artworks by local artists Ying-Yueh Chuang and Don Hutchinson, and Counting the Steps of the Sun (2020) with paintings by local artist Don Li-Leger.
Draw with Sandeep Johal
Spark your imagination with artist Sandeep Johal as she guides you through an “exquisite corpse” drawing activity! This can be done with materials from home at the kitchen table and with your family. In the 1920s this drawing game was made popular by artists associated with Surrealism such as André Breton, Marcel Duchamp and Frida Kahlo.
More Video Art Lessons Coming Soon
- Chalk pastels with Claire Moore
- Bookbinding with Gloria Han
- And more with Karen Cancino, Roxanne Charles, Katina Giesbrecht, Alia Hijaab, Sarah Leigh, Julia Song, and Josh Neu.
For Artists and Art Lovers!
Surrey Art Gallery Association's next competitive event will involve playing with clay to create something exciting, quirky or fun during the week of October 24 – 30th. SAGA is currently looking for artists to compete in building clay sculpture. SAGA will provide artists with the supplies and they will have 1 week to create their masterpiece and share progress via Instagram. As artists this is your opportunity to get people to know you, share your skills on social media, and connect with the community. Apply early, as supplies are limited.
Eligibility Requirements: Artist must reside in Greater Vancouver area, be willing to work with SAGA materials provided, use Instagram, be a member of SAGA, and submit application for jury. Send an email to email@example.com to apply.
ARTS 2020 is online! The annual ARTS open juried exhibition is a beloved highlight in Surrey’s calendar of cultural events. For the 36th edition, applicants were asked to submit images of their work to the Arts Council of Surrey at firstname.lastname@example.org by June 5 at 5pm. Jurors reviewed these images and selected a final grouping of artworks. View the artworks on Arts Council of Surrey’s website from June 27 to August 29. As with every year, award winners for each category were chosen from among the selections. We look forward to continuing to celebrate the vibrancy and talent of Surrey’s artists! For more information see the Arts Council of Surrey website.
Competitive Paint Off was online from May 10 to 16! The Surrey Art Gallery Association launched an online version of their popular mixed media painting event, with local artists producing work at home over a week. Supplies were delivered, and artists are posting their progress photos and videos on Surrey Art Gallery Association’s Instagram and Facebook pages. Visit the Surrey Art Gallery Association webpage for more information on this event and more upcoming Paint Offs.
Image credit: Salt dough sculptures with Claire Moore.