Visual Arts Resources

There are many visual artists in the Nicola Valley, working in a variety of media.

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Watercolour for Serious Beginners 

For people who really want

to learn to paint. 

Instructor: Jean Kiegerl

March 4-April 1, 2020

Registration Deadline is Feb. 23. 



Five Wednesdays 1:30-4:30

(two workshops and three coaching sessions)




$300 includes the professional level art supplies needed for this course.

- Plus refundable deposit on textbook - $50, OR
bring your own copy of Watercolour in 10 Steps by Patricia Seligman.

NVCAC membership required ($15/year - online at


This is a home-study program with active workshops at the beginning and end.  There are three coaching sessions between these for questions and demos as needed.  All sessions are from 1:30-4:30 pm on Wednesdays.
March 4 - "Getting Started" workshop: Provide the supplies kit and basic watercolour handling skills. 
- March 5-31 - home study - work through the textbook exercises to learn specific watercolour techniques
March 11, 18, 25 - Coaching Sessions - bring your questions and painting exercises for assistance and demos
April 1 -  "Now Let's Paint" workshop - bringing all the skills together to paint any subject in watercolour.


Opportunities to exhibit your work

Local Resources

Merritt Public Library

  • Zinio is an online magazine subscription service carried by the TNRD Library and some art magazines are available.
  • Interlibrary Loans – books can be ordered from anywhere in the province through this program.Other art magazines can be accessed through the TNRD Library’s Zumio subscription.

Online Resources for the Visual Arts...

  • Create your own online art gallery, simple info and sample here. Or try MyArtClub a BC webhost service for artists that will help you create a website at a very reasonable rate. 
  • Online Portfolio - put your work online by creating a website that really works
  • Just need to know how to paint? Here is a starter list of online websites with basic information. 
  • Professional Guidelines for the Arts and Crafts Community – an amazing online collection of practical information, sample forms, contracts, etc created by artist Harriete Bergman.
  • Fine Art Tips by Lori McNee – a blog and collection of how-to painting and business information
  •  had a variety of free and paid resources, including a blog, an email signup for weekly tips and various study programs for artists in business.
  •  has a set of very practical short essays on art as a business – good informative advice.
  • Painter’s Keys – Robert and Sara Genn’s website – sign-up for twice-weekly email essays for artists, videos, great archives and art quotes, and good advice.

Attend a Workshop


Art Tutor...Create Beautiful Artwork That Makes People Smile

Worth checking out!

Learn how to paint winter trees with Geoff Kersey. This video comes from Geoff's watercolour painting tutorial of Ashness Bridge in the Lake District.

On the Art Tutor website...

Canadian Federation of Artists

 The Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) is a registered charity founded in 1941 by professional Canadian working artists including Group of Seven luminaries Lawren Harris, Arthur Lismer, and A.Y. Jackson. Other notable founding members included Emily Carr and the Honorable Mark Kearley.

The FCA continues to operate as a registered charity with members throughout Canada and Chapters in Alberta and B.C.. The FCA is dedicated to raising artistic standards by stimulating participants to greater heights of knowledge and achievement by offering what is believed to be the first completely artists' sponsored gallery in Canada. Currently the Federation is the only national-level visual arts organization that manages their own full-time art gallery.

The Federation Gallery is located on Granville Island, in the heart of Vancouver's art and culture community. Our gallery features twice-monthly juried exhibitions of works by emerging and Signature members as well as three juried international open shows held annually; Painting on the Edge, the Annual International Representational Exhibition, and the Annual International Mail-in Art Exhibition.

The FCA also holds special collaborative exhibitions with other Canadian art societies. Hosting an extensive education program that is open to all artists, the FCA also provides workshops, classes, critiques and lectures in the fine arts media, with instruction by successful established artists who can help all artists to explore and develop their artistic interest and talent. Membership in the FCA is open to all who appreciate art.