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Drawing Workshop / Botanical Drawing with Mehran Modarres-Sadeghi

September 10 @ 2:00 pm - September 17 @ 4:00 pm PDT

On Saturday, September 10 and 17, join Massy Arts, and Iranian-Canadian artist and educator Mehran Modarres-Sadeghi for two in-person Botanical Drawing workshops to develop skills in drawing plants and flowers from observation.

Using various drawing materials such as graphite pencils, pens, coloured pencils, and watercolours, they will explore basic drawing techniques of contour drawing, shading, blending, and textural drawing while drawing from native plants of the West Coast Botanical.

This event is open to all of our community, and registration is mandatory. The gallery is wheelchair accessible and a gender-neutral washroom is on-site.

Covid Protocols: For all in-person events, attendees must provide proof of vaccination, wear a mask (N95 masks are encouraged and recommended as they offer the best protection), and consent to having their temperature checked at the front door. We ask that if you are showing any symptoms, that you stay home. Thank you kindly.

Please be sure to register for this event.

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The Workshop

There will be step-by-step drawing demonstrations, as well as presentations and discussions. Attendees will discuss the life cycle of plants, how to preserve them by pressing, and how to record your observations.

On the first day of the workshops, attendees will take a short walk to the nearby park in order to collect a few pieces of native plants and later make observational drawings in the studio. Then, they will learn how to identify native plants in British Columbia and consequently gain a closer relationship with land and its fragile ecology.

Attendees will also investigate the connection between language and the plant specimens and practice methods of interweaving that knowledge in conjunction with drawing techniques.

These workshops are open to any skill level and are meant to be a fun and creative way to keep connected.

Materials: Attendees will need a sketchbook and a set of graphite pencils, technical pens, coloured pencils, and waterclour paints (optional).

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The Instructor

Mehran Modarres-Sadeghi is a visual artist based in Vancouver, BC. Originally from Isfahan, Iran, she immigrated to Canada more than 20 years ago where she has received an MFA in Visual Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design (2017) and a BFA from University of British Columbia (2007).

She also holds a BSc in Physics from Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran. Modarres-Sadeghi’s recent practice is mostly engaged with drawing and sculpture, although she has worked in a variety of media such as photography, painting, and installation.

She has exhibited her work at several art galleries in British Columbia, including group exhibitions at Concourse Gallery (ECU) in summer 2016, at Charles H. Scott Gallery (ECU) in summer 2017, and most notably at Centre A as part of a group exhibition, Spring Exhibition, in spring 2017, and later at the Cityscape Community Art Space in summer 2019.

One of her recent exhibitions, Thread, was a solo show at the Sunshine Coast Arts Council’s Doris Crowston Gallery in Sechelt, BC, in spring 2020. This exhibition was well received and she was featured in a CBC radio interview by Sheryl MacKay, host of North by Northwest, in two podcasts, and in print, including ECU News.

Her most recent exhibitions were two solo shows, TRACING SHADOWS, at Gallery 1515 in Vancouver in fall 2021, and Ma Miaeem va Miravim (We Come and Go) at North Vancouver District Library’s Gallery in North Vancouver in winter-spring 2022.

She was also featured in La Source/The Source Newspaper, Forum of Diversity for her exhibition at the NVDPL’s Gallery.

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September 10 @ 2:00 pm PDT
September 17 @ 4:00 pm PDT