Sunday, Oct 13 | 11:00am-12:30
Sketching and painting — An introduction to calligraphic brush drawing
Participants will receive an introduction to calligraphic brush drawing, and practice making marks and characters. After this introduction Bill will lead the group in a meditation, participants can sit as little or as long as they want, followed by a free drawing session.
Everything is supplied
Everything participants will need is supplied (paint/ink, paper and examples of possible characters/imagery), as well as support, encouragement, friendliness and kindness. Participants are encouraged to wear paint-friendly clothes and keep an open-minded interest. Experience with painting and sketching welcome but not necessary. Participants can take their work home with them at the end of the session.
Sliding scale, pay-what-you-can
4 Corners Community Collective, 1508 Haultain St.
Sunday, Oct 20 | 10:00-5:00
Join Bill Goers and facilitator Graham McDonald for a day of kinetic sculpture making at 4 Corners Community Collective, 1508 Haultain Street. The day will include an introduction to the concepts and practices involved in this unique art form, instruction and illustration of the elements embodied in the work, and contemplation/reflection as a uniting fundamental of the process. Together with Bill Goers, participants will make their own kinetic sculptures. We have space for six participants.
1st half of the day:
10:00-11:00am: Introduction, initial drawing exercise, sitting
11:00am-1:30pm: Painting the series of five drawings, and lunch break at your own timing.
Sketching and painting — An introduction to the concepts and process of making a kinetic sculpture
Participants will receive a primer on painting with Asian-style brushes, and practice making marks and characters, leading to the creation of a series of paintings that will be used to construct the sculptures. After this introduction, Bill will lead the group in a meditation before the painting begins. Between 11:00am and 1:30pm, participants are free to come and go as they wish (and have a break for lunch) during the painting process.
2nd half of the day:
1:30-2:30pm: Painting the reverse side of your 5 drawings
2:30-3:00pm: Sit, contemplation
Remainder of the afternoon: Cutting, glueing to completion
Cutting and construction of the sculpture
Using scissors, each of the paintings will be cut into long strips and then hung from a cord strung on the frames. The strips are spaced evenly along the cord, creating the effect that makes up the completed sculpture. Participants are free to come and go as they wish again between 3 and 5pm, although expect the cutting and gluing work to take between 1 and 2 hours.
Everything is supplied
Participants will be supplied with everything needed to complete the kinetic sculpture (paint/ink, paper and sailcloth for the canvases, wooden frames, cord for hanging, brushes, adhesives, scissors, examples of possible characters/imagery), as well as support, encouragement, friendliness and kindness. Participants are encouraged to wear paint-friendly clothes and keep an open-minded interest. Experience with painting and/or sculpture welcome but not necessary. Participants will walk away from the workshop with an original work of art!
$235 (no tax), and we have space for six students. Secure your seat by e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org Please include name of participant and email address. Please note that refunds, partial refunds or make-up classes are not offered.
“Bill Goers is a modest and talented painter. Subtle and profound, his paintings are informed by his practice of Buddhist meditation. That said, people of all ages and backgrounds are engaged by them. The basis of much of what is on display here is just one syllable, SA, the Sanskrit seed-syllable of Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. It’s a small idea, but the notion of compassion has great breadth.” — Robert Amos, Times Colonist
Rifflandia Music Festival site installation
Royal Athletic Park, Victoria, September 13-16, 2018
Since 2008, Rifflandia has made a name for itself as one of the best music festivals in Victoria. There are 20 venues with 150 performances over four days and nights. All woodwork by Gabe Millar. rifflandia.com (Photo: Tourism Victoria)
Campbell Bay Music Festival
Mayne Island, June 2018
7-foot kinetic sculpture suspended within a tripod superstructure, composed of 2″ x 2″ cedar, each piece 16 feet long. The sculpture was composed of a 60″ square yellow cedar frame strung with seven rows of string. Suspended from each row of string was a drawing, ink/acrylic on spinnaker cloth. The drawings were cut into vertical strips, approximately 1/4″ wide, attached to the string and spread across the width of each row. The seven drawings were “identical” in a freehand format, each based on a particular Chinese/Japanese-inspired calligraphic symbol for “air” or “breath.” (Photo by Graham McDonald)
January 2018 Exhibition
Little Fernwood Gallery
Colour-field acrylic, calligraphic abstract paintings from 1984, plus current calligraphy, ink on paper. (Photo by Graham McDonald)