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Videos

  • Painting the Portrait: The Grisaille Method in Oils

    Paint like the Old Masters did! In the latest in our How-To video series, Mandy Boursicot teaches her step-by-step introduction to painting a portrait using the grisaille method.

    Whether you're an enthusiastic beginner or a practicing professional, the Classical method of grisaille will strengthen your appreciation of values and have you on your way to painting like a master....Read more

  • Bill Higginson: Drawing with Dry Media

    Australian born, Bill Higginson is an artist who has ventured through many mediums to acquire the skills and ability to evolve his highly detailed art. At a young age Bill found himself a survivor of cancer, something that changed his point of view on life forever. He knew life was fleeting and that he had to pursue his passion. In this pursuit, he has developed specific techniques that can be applied to numerous mediums and in a variety of styles. ...Read more

  • Opus Celebrates 40 Years: 1974-2014

    Opus Art Supplies has been an integral part of the visual arts community in BC for the past 40 years. From humble roots as a wholesale framing company in Vancouver, Opus has grown to include 6 retail locations, a national mail order service, and an online store. As the times have changed, Opus as a business has followed suit.

    We sat down with Opus owner David van Berckel as he walked us through not only the history of Opus, but through the physical store locations that helped start it all. The result was a nostalgic look back at the people who helped made Opus what it is today and look toward the future of this ever evolving creative resource....Read more

  • The Ultimate Gift

    With the holidays right around the corner, you may have already been asked, "What would you like for a gift?". What if there were no limits? What would your ultimate gift be?

    We asked this question of our staff members. They could choose something as small as a pen, to something bigger like an easel, or even a variety of items that, when used together, would create their idea of the ultimate gift. As you can imagine, their choices were as varied as the artists who selected them.

    For inspiration to treat yourself or someone special on your gift list, watch the The Ultimate Gift above and read the full list below to find out what Opus staff chose and why.

    So... what's your Ultimate Gift?...Read more

  • Finishing with a Frame

    When you think of finishing a piece of artwork, what comes to mind? For many artists, framing is the final step; the last touch of polish before it is presented to the world. They use framing as a way to present themselves in a more professional manner and to increase the value of their artwork. We visited the studio of North Vancouver artists Dene Croft and Kiff Holland for their insights on the importance and value of framing their artwork, and how they go about it....Read more

  • Art Battle

    Art Battle is a live competitive painting event held in almost every major city across Canada. Each event sees 12 artists competing against one other in hopes of winning the grand prize of the evening and the chance to compete in the National Championship. The artists have 20 minutes to paint whatever inspires them in the medium of acrylic and as they work, patrons move around the easels to watch their process....Read more

  • Creative Community

    Visual art festivals are integral to a happy, functioning, and vibrant community. As some may already know, it is not an easy task to organize and produce an annual event. Many elements and contributions outside of the visual arts world are needed to make the event a reality. The final result is truly where the signs of a supportive community show....Read more

  • Block Printing Basics

    We invited printmaker Sharilyn Kuehnel and 24hrs Vancouver DIY columnist Julia Dilworth to Opus Downtown Vancouver to demonstrate the basics of block printing. Watch as Sharilyn teaches Julia how to transfer an image onto Safety-Kut Block, carve an image using the Speedball Lino Cutter and Bench Hook, and print on both Strathmore Creative Cards and ...Read more

  • Introduction to Watercolour

    From her creative studio space in Vancouver, Leslie Redhead shares how to create a beautiful card with watercolours. As a member of the FCA (Federation of Canadian Artists) and the CSPWC (Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour), she has extensive experience as both an established artist and teacher. Leslie is known for splashing, pouring, and dripping her watercolours on as much as she will brush them. ...Read more

  • Yuichi Takasaka: Facemounted Digital Prints

    What do you get when you mix a passion for the Northern Lights with a new digital printing process? The answer can be found this month at Vancouver’s Art Beatus gallery in the photography of Yuichi Takasaka and his Fires In the North exhibition, featuring 20 large-scale, facemounted prints of the Aurora Borealis.

    We spoke with Yuichi on the opening day of Fires In the North about his stunning, ethereal photography of the night sky, and how his art has changed with the introduction of digital cameras, digital printing techniques, and new display options such as facemounting....Read more