New courses offered at Series Summer Arts School

Date posted: 
Wed, 05/03/2017
Series Summer Arts School 2017

Adults expand their visual arts skills at RDC's summer programs

Creative adults from across the province and the continent will soon arrive at Red Deer College to immerse themselves in an artistic summer experience. Series Summer Arts School, which will take place from July 10 to August 4, offers workshops in glass blowing, antler carving, drawing, painting, jewelry making, pottery and much more.

“Series Summer Arts School will fulfill all of your art wishes,” says Joyce Howdle, Program Coordinator. “Series workshops are five-days long, Monday to Friday, for adults of all skill levels, from practicing, professional artists to those looking for personal growth.”

Participants will enjoy instructor presentations by professional artists and educators, independent studio time in the evenings, open model sessions and a variety of social activities, all designed to enhance their artistic experience at Series.

Howdle notes that Series offers the complete package, as participants spend a week at RDC’s campus – with the option to stay in Residence – and they get to hone their crafts in studios that are second-to-none. At the heart of the experience is the leadership and guidance supplied by instructors.

“Our instructors are accomplished leaders in their disciplines, and they come from all over North America to teach at RDC,” says Howdle. “Series instructors represent a prestigious group of award-winning, highly educated and internationally-renowned artists.” Howdle notes that the talent and skill of the instructors is also mirrored in their approach to teaching, as student feedback consistently praises knowledge, skills and enthusiasm of these leaders.

Every year, the unique mix of visual arts workshops at Series Summer Arts School is expanded to include new interests, mediums and techniques. Many of last year’s workshops are returning this summer, with complete details available at

The following new workshops are being offered this year:

July 10 to 14

  • From the Sketch to the Easel, instructed by Alfonso Tejada
  • Accuracy & Energy in Figure Drawing, instructed by Daphne Cote
  • Painting & Drawing Animals, instructed Maureen Enns
  • Portrait Painting, instructed by Tessa Nunn
  • Melting the Light Fantastic, instructed by Robert Lewis
  • Taming the Molten Monster, instructed by Mandy Patchin and Kai Scholfield (also offered in Week 2, July 17 to 21)
  • New Dimensions in Rug Hooking, instructed by Diane Krys
  • Wax Modeling for Bronze Sculpture, instructed by Peter Sloan

July 17 to 21

  • Beyond Borders, instructed by Jean Pederson and Mario Robinson
  • Handbuilding Clay Sculpture, instructed by Peter Sloan
  • Introduction to Intaglio, instructed by Marnie Blair
  • Into the Soul of the Watercolour Journal, instructed by Sally Towers-Sybblis
  • Carving Large, instructed by Rick Wiebe

July 24 to 28

  • Dynamic Drawing, instructed by Alain Costaz
  • Break Free – Collage Painting & Abstraction, instructed by Natasha Smith
  • Abstracting the Landscape, instructed by Susan Woolgar
  • Making it Work – Ceramics Boot Camp, instructed by JoAnna Lange
  • My Word: A Writing Workshop for Women, instructed by Eunice Scarfe
  • Wanna Be a Better Beader? Instructed by Leah Duperreault
  • Finding Form: Creating Sculpture, instructed by Roberley Bell
  • Antler Carving: Celtic Knot & More, instructed by Shane Wilson

July 31 to August 4

  • Explorations in Watercolour, instructed by Frank Haddock
  • Oil Painting with Knives, instructed by Ken Campbell
  • Figure Painting Inside & Out, instructed by Tessa Nunn
  • Demystifying Glazes, instructed by Richard Burkett
  • The Art of Pottery: Developing Your Own Voice, instructed by Josh DeWeese
  • Carving & Using Lino Block Designs for Clay, instructed by Connie Pike
  • Textured letters & Italics Revisited, instructed by Barbara Close
  • Printmaking: Playing with Textures & Tactility, instructed by Amanda McKenzie
  • Courageous Journaling, instructed by Sally Towers-Sybblis
  • Introduction to Boro Glass, instructed by Joanne Andrighetti
  • Stone Carving, instructed by Laura Moore

Series Summer Arts School workshops are now open for registration. For complete details on all of the workshops offered, visit or contact the School of Continuing Education at 403.356.4900.

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For additional information contact:

Joyce Howdle
Visual & Performing Arts Coordinator, School of Continuing Education