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Still Life Workshop / Drawing Negative Space with Mehran Modarres-Sadeghi

March 11, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm PST

On Saturday, March 11 at 1pm, join Massy Arts and Iranian-Canadian visual artist Mehran Modarres-Sadeghi for the in-person still life workshop, Drawing Negative Space.

In this introductory course, attendees will develop skills in drawing objects from observation using various drawing materials such as graphite pencils, charcoal sticks, and India ink/watercolor paints. In class, they will explore basic techniques of contour drawing, shading, and blending while drawing from still life arrangements set up in the class.

Mehran says: “We will focus on drawing negative space and discuss several methods of identifying the negative shapes around the objects. There will be step-by-step drawing demonstrations, as well as presentations and discussions.”

The workshop is open to any skill level, and is meant to be a fun and creative way to stay connected.

Registration is open to all, and required for entrance. 

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Attendees will be asked to bring supplies their own supplies (graphite pencils, charcoal sticks, and/or India ink/ watercolour paints, or other depending on students’ preferences, brushes, and proper paper), and three objects with interesting shapes/silhouettes to add to the still life arrangement.

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Venue & Accessibility

The event will be hosted at the Massy Arts Gallery, at 23 East Pender Street in Chinatown, Vancouver. 

The gallery is wheelchair accessible and a gender-neutral washroom is on-site. Please refrain from wearing scents or heavy perfumes. 

For more on accessibility including parking, seating, venue measurements and floor plan, and how to request ASL interpretation please visit: massyarts.com/accessibility

Covid Protocols: Masks keep our community safe and are mandatory (N95 masks are recommended as they offer the best protection). We ask if you are showing symptoms, that you stay home. Thank you kindly.

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The Artist

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

Her recent practice is mostly engaged with drawing and sculpture, although she has worked in a variety of media such as photography, painting, and installation. Modarres-Sadeghi’s works are autoethnographic, reflecting her experience of living in Iran and Canada. She has exhibited her work in several solo and group exhibitions and participated in residency programs.

Her recent solo exhibitions include Thread at Sunshine Coast Arts Council’s Doris Crowston Gallery, BC (2020), TRACING SHADOWS at Gallery 1515, Vancouver, BC (2021), and Ma Miaeem va Miravim (We Come and Go) at North Vancouver District Library’s Gallery, BC (2022). She was featured in a CBC radio interview by Sheryl MacKay, host of North by Northwest, ECU News, and La Source Forum of Diversity.

In 2022, Mehran was a guest artists for the exhibition A Wish To Voice, a group show for Massy Arts that asked South American and Middle Eastern visual artists living in Vancouver to express their desires of political change.

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March 11, 2023
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm PST