In 2012 I moved to the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island and for the next couple of years, commuted to Vancouver on a weekly basis. Not long after I moved I saw a notice in the local paper about a Fine Arts Diploma program offered at the North Island College. I have always been interested in the Arts but had never had the time to pursue my interest. I decided that when I retired, I would delve into this further.
I retired in April 2013 and discovered that in order to apply to the Fine Arts Diploma program, one must have a portfolio. I had done some photography but not enough to warrant a portfolio and I had never done any drawing or painting other than one or two night school courses years and years ago.
I enrolled in the Drawing and 2 Dimensional Language I and Colour Perception courses at the College and by the end of two terms I had put together enough to build a portfolio for submission. I was accepted into the Program and received credit for the courses I had taken.
Here are some of the drawings I completed in my first courses.
Creative Processes is a course that introduces the process of creativity. One of our first assignments i was to select a Renaissance painting and then paint an updated version of it. I've also been taking Art History which has been absolutely fascinating. I certainly wish I had originally learned history through the arts -- being a visual learner it all made so much sense (not sure where my mind was in high school!).
For this project I selected A Goldsmith in his Shop, painted by Petrous Christus in 1449, shown below.
It's been challenging, intimidating, fun and very rewarding.