Registration Deadlines Approaching for Fall Workshops

VANS Workshops
Register online before they are sold out!

The registration deadlines are coming up (and some workshops are already full) so register today either online or by calling VANS toll free at 866-225-8267. Our instructors Workshops are $40 everyone (as it is our 40th Anniversary) or bundle 2 for $70!


How do you show the world your work, on your website, in your portfolio, and when applying for grants? This workshop will show artists how to photograph 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional work using a digital camera, along with a variety of lighting methods including professional and household lighting. Artists will learn to develop techniques to professionally document their work using readily available equipment, from around the studio or in the home. The workshop will also provide basic instruction on how to download images from camera to computer, and how to resize images for web applications.
Instructor: Steve Farmer

Monday, October 16, 6 – 9pm
Halifax: Visual Arts Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Rd
Registration Deadline: October 11

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This workshop focuses on writing a convincing project description for Arts Nova Scotia and Canada Council creation grants as well as other applications. The instructor will discuss how to position yourself and your practice in a way that supports your proposal and what jury members look for when reviewing submissions, as well as navigating the new Canada Council portal. The workshop will not cover aspects such as CVs or artist statements, and does not guarantee success, but aims to improve grant and proposal writing skills.
Instructor: Becka Barker

Wednesday, October 18, 6 – 9pm WORKSHOP IS FULL!
Email us if you want to be on the waiting list
Halifax: Visual Arts Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road

Saturday, October 21, 1 – 4pm (still needs 2 more people to run. It’s the same workshop that sold out in Halifax)
Bridgewater: Art Happening Bridgewater, 757 King Street
Registration Deadline: October 13

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How much should you be paid for your work? What price is the “right price”? How do you put a price tag on your work without second guessing yourself? In this workshop, you will learn how to calculate prices from a business perspective, and how labour and materials are just one part of the picture. We will explore the factors that affect pricing: where you fit into the marketplace, your target customer, as well as where, and how, you sell your work. There will also be a brief discussion about other types of artist income, such as teaching, and how to deal with inevitable requests to work for little or nothing — and how some of those opportunities can work to your advantage.
Instructor: Stacey Cornelius

Wednesday, October 25, 6 – 9pm WORKSHOP IS FULL! Email us if you want to be on the waiting list
Halifax: Visual Arts Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road



When asked what you make, do you get tongue tied and nervous? Maybe you try to avoid talking about your work altogether. Do you hesitate when contacting a gallery about an exhibition, or fear approaching a gallerist about representing your work? In this workshop you’ll learn how to discuss your work with confidence and how to use these skills to create your own opportunities. A professional artist is recognized by their peers, learn how to build your networks and gain recognition for your work in the broader arts community.
Instructor: Sarah Maloney

Saturday, October 28, 1 – 4pm (we need 3 more people for this to run)
Bridgewater: Art Happening Bridgewater, 757 King Street
Registration Deadline: October 20

Saturday, November 4, 1 – 4pm
Halifax: Visual Arts Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road
Registration Deadline: October 27

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This workshop will include examining calls for submissions from public galleries and artist run centres to identify and decipher application criteria. Participants will learn how to research galleries to see where they might best apply. This workshop will address formatting and content for resumes, artist statements, cover letters, letters of intent, and tips for choosing support material, including image files, size, and quantity. Participants are encouraged to bring their proposals in progress for review and feedback. Questions are encouraged!
Instructor: Dr. Laurie Dalton

Saturday, October 28, 11am – 2pm
Halifax: Visual Arts Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road
Registration Deadline: October 20

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A 2 day intensive professional development boot camp for artists

In association with Lumière Arts Festival, VANS presents this 2 day intensive workshop designed to help artists with various aspects of their professional practice. This is probably the most comprehensive series we have offered and it’s best deal going.
Instructor: Becka Viau
Sydney: New Dawn Centre for Social Innovation, 37 Nepean Street
Sessions are $25 each or just $60 for all three! You can sign up for one, two or three sessions, but if you bundle them you save.

Part 1 – WORK IT! WORK IT!
Saturday, November 4, 10am – 1pm
The first part of this workshop will focus on how and where to apply for artist opportunities such as exhibitions, festivals, residencies and curatorial projects. It will also briefly discuss strategies for networking and marketing/promoting one’s artwork.

Part 2 – WORK IT! WORK IT!
Saturday, November 4, 2 – 5pm
The second part of this workshop will focus on proposal and application writing for exhibitions, residencies and art festivals, as well as writing artist statements.

Part 3 – WORK IT! WORK IT!
Sunday, November 5, 10 – 12pm (workshop) & 12 – 1pm (1:1 Meetings)
The final and third part of this workshop will look at where and how to get grants and funding to support art works and artistic practice. It will also include an optional one-on-one meeting with the workshop instructor.

Information Sessions:

Copyright Issues for Artists (including Social Media)
with the Artists’ Legal Information Society (ALIS)

Wednesday, October 11, 6 – 7pm
Halifax: VANS
*Donations for the Artists’ Legal Information Society will be collected at the door

Do you have questions about copyright, including how it applies to artwork on social media? We all do. It’s a confusing legal subject, so why don’t you ask a legal expert?

Join a lawyer from the Artists’ Legal Information Society in a session about copyright, including copyright online and the risks of featuring your artwork on websites and social media. RSVP to this info session by emailing VANS.

Becoming a PAINTS Artists
with Andrea Ritchie (PAINTS Coordinator)

Monday, October 16, 5:40pm
Wednesday, October 18, 5:40pm
Saturday, November 4, 12:40pm
Halifax: VANS

Join us as Andrea Ritchie answers your questions about the Professional Artists in the Schools (PAINTS) program. If you are interested in becoming a PAINTS artist and teaching art workshops in schools then drop by for a short, free info session at Visual Arts Nova Scotia.

No need to RSVP.

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