Recent Courses and Workshops

Monotypes: The Painterly Print
Dundarave Print Workshop + Gallery, Granville Island, BC
Instructor: Heather Aston
7 Tuesday evenings 7–10pm

For the past 4 years (2009 to this October, 2013) I have taught a seven week Monotype course at DPW that explores the wonder of making watercolour and oil-based monotypes.

For more info see my Home Page.

Monotype critique of the black and white monotypes in first week of the course
Photo: Stewart Buchanan

Monotype critique
Malaspina Printmakers Studio, Granville Island, BC
Instructor: Heather Aston

The printmaking process is one that involves transformation and discovery.

Since 1996 (to this January, 2014) I have been teaching Monotype Courses and Workshops at MPS.

For more info see my Home Page.

The printmaking process

Liftprints drying on
the clothesline

Monotype demonstration
Oil based ink on plexiglass plate

Making up the chine collé glue

Monotypes: The Painterly Print
MISSA (Mestchosin International Summer School of the Arts)
Lester Pearson Campus, Metchosin, BC
Instructor: Heather Aston
July 1–5, 2013 9am–4pm

Monotype is a unique process providing the artist with tools and materials that yield unparalleled results that are often innovative and surprising. Exploring watercolour and oil based inks, as well as chine collé techniques, students will progress through a series of steps that will open new possibilities for expression. While receiving individual attention regarding drawing, painting and composition, students will ultimately pull prints from the plexiglass matrix to paper using a manual press. The excitement of transformation and discovery is inherent in this media and is sure to inspire and fascinate participants. There will be discussion and class critiques throughout.

Workshop Fee: $465 + $45 course supplies

12 Participants Maximum

The boathouse studio at MISSA

The boathouse studio at MISSA, Pedder Bay, Metchosin, BC
Monotype Workshop July 1–5, 2013

Arts Week: Grade 5 Collaboration
WPGA (West Point Grey Academy), Vancouver, BC
Instructor: Heather Aston
April 2013
Mixed media works

Mixed media works on watercolour paper with conté crayon, oil pastel, watercolour paints and graphite

For the past 7 years I have been teaching printmaking workshops and participating in Arts Week at West Point Grey Academy in Vancouver with Grades 5 to 7. The past two years I set up a still life based on Spring with garden tools, seeds, pods, floral arrangements etc. and held a mixed media collaboration for the Grade Five classes. The kids work from the still life and collaborate on each other’s paintings. The results have been wonderful expressionistic mixed media paintings.

Arts Week: Grade 8, 9 & 11
Monotypes and Drypoint Workshops
St. George’s School, Vancouver, BC
Instructor: Heather Aston
April – May 2013 8am–3:15pm
AFK Artists for Kids
810 W 21st St, North Vancouver BC

One of my greatest passions in the last ten years has been my involvement with Artists for Kids in North Vancouver, BC.

From artist in residence at the Summer Camp Art Program in Paradise Valley (2006) to artist in residence twice for the Art Enhancement Program in North Vancouver (2005/2011), to instructor for a mixed media painting workshop with their Art Academy at Carson Graham (2012), I have loved working with all the young artists, instructors, staff and facilities at AFK.

Learning the printmaking process

Young artist learning Drypoint technique; engraving into a mylar plate

Young artist painting a watercolour monotype (onto plexiglass plate) that she will eventually run through the manual press

CFUW North Vancouver Scholarship Fundraiser
AFK (Artists For Kids), Gordon Smith Gallery, North Vancouver BC
Guest speaker: Heather Aston
Topic: The Importance of Art in the Classroom and My Life as an Artist
April 10, 2013 at 7pm

Funds raised at the event support the Canadian Federation of University Women’s (CFUW) scholarship program which supports students graduating from North Vancouver secondary schools and students attending post secondary art institutions.

L to R:
Artists for Kids Director Yolande Martinello, guest speaker Heather Aston and CFUW member Hebe Steinberg

Photo: North Shore News

Demonstrating Watercolour Monotypes
Harmony Arts Festival, August 2005
West Vancouver, BC
L: Heather Aston
R: Glenn Madsen, Program Coordinator - Arts and Culture Programs, West Vancouver, BC

Photo: Jane Fairbairn

Opening reception of “below and above”
Enrichment Art Program Instructor
“Artists for Kids”, North Vancouver, BC
Grade 5 and 6 students
April/May 2005

Photo: Bill MacDonald (AFK)

Heather and Heather
Demonstrating Black and White Oil Monotypes for Malaspina Printmakers – Monotype Course
Malaspina Printmakers Studio, Granville Island, Vancouver BC
Heather in Studio