Birds and Flowers art Show

Birds and Flowers Art Show

Artist: Julie Drew

October 25, 2018 - Jan 2, 2019

Reception: Nov 20, 2018
2 - 6pm

Location: Blue Curve Gallery
Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital 
10230 111 Ave NW, Edmonton AB


I love flowers and birds there is something that is so joyful of the beauty of flowers and the singing, the soaring and the delight I find in watching birds. When I walk in the great outdoors, it is like a treasure hunt to see what I can find. I am thrilled when I find something that really catches my eye and my heart. I take a photo reference or sketch it right away.

Flowers come in so many shapes and colors. I seek to capture the details and essence of the flowers. Birds have a character all their own. I particularly like the ones I do not see every day, like the egret, eagle and osprey. These birds and flowers speak to me of God’s beautiful creation.


Waiting - art show


Sept 27, 2019 -Jan 2, 2020

Art on the Inside gallery, Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital

10230 111 Ave, Edmonton (basement level outside the cafeteria)


     - Just being present

     - With anticipation, expectantly
What are you looking forward to?


      - For clarity, direction and inspiration

     - For redemption… and transformation

     - For Spring, new life, hope

     - For rebirth, regeneration, new growth

     Is about letting go and trusting the process


but those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength,
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint. - Isaiah 40:31

Part of the fun of teaching is watching the creativity start to flow. We have finished 5 out 8 classes. The students are getting comfortable with the medium and trying some ideas of their own. (After the initial classes, I have added more of the final images for some of the student paintings. I didn't remember to take photos at each class.)

In the acrylics class, we did some fun textures of adding eggshells, sand and sawdust to provide texture to the paintings. One of the students went home and added lentils and semolina to his painting. I didn’t get a picture of that one, but here are a few others:

Acrylic eggshellpainting student1Elaborate Stucco house with crushed eggshell 

Acrylic eggshellpainting student2Acrylic eggshellpainting student2 Acrylic eggshellpainting student3yellowstuccowdoorwayeggshell wall lentil path

I brought some collage scraps of my handmade paper to the class and showed them possibilities with a couple of my own pieces.

handmadepaper samples for collage 

Their ideas started flowing and they started in on creating. Their works in progress were fun to see here.

acrylic collagestudent1 1aEggshell painting reddoorway acrylic collagestudent2 2a

acrylic collagestudent3

We started the process of transfers. I brought an option of my own ink drawings photocopied for the class to use. I look forward to next class and the new possibilities the students will try. The flamingo and trio of rocks are my quick samples from my ink drawings. One student was ready with her image of a polar bear which turned out great.

acrylic transfer acrylic transfer student1 painted transfer on painted background


Some of the other projects in class:

Monochomatic painting

monochramatic painting studentwork

Experimenting with techniques: Textured backgrounds, sponging, pointilism

experimenting with texrtured backgroundspointilism flowerExploringwith pintilism

We did some work with Perspective in our last class:

perspectiveperspective painting demoperspective painting studentwork1perspective painting studentwork1Bperspective painting studentwork2

perspective painting studentwork2Bperspective painting studentwork3perspective painting studentwork3B


Registration for all the classes are on the website then click>registered programs>arts programs>adult programs> art programs then the classes are alphabetical. I put the class code with each class that may work in the search. ALTERNATIVELY,  you can call 311 to register. There are similar class titles by other instructors. Check the time and instructor information as well. 



Classes starting in May


Pouring Watercolour: Painting Techniques- Class Code: 704195 WondersOftheSea

(8 sessions)
May 2-June 20 (Monday)    Location: Terwillegar Rec Centre: 2051 Leger Rd NW, Edmonton
1-4 pm

cost  $148.75

pdfPouring Watercolor Class Supplies and Class Outline

Take your watercolour to new levels with pouring watercolour paintings and working with layers. Explore the techniques of watercolour in new ways using the natural world as inspiration. Video sample of the pouring process. Watercolor Skills: masking, pouring, working with layers and salt,composition, working with the results-listening to the painting and trusting the process. Click here for A step by step blog post on the process with the painting, Wonders of the Sea, 


Acrylic Painting Explorations- Class Code: 705037 gardenwall

(8 sessions) See what other classes have done here            
May 3-June 21 (Tuesday)    Location: City Arts Centre: 10943 83 Ave NW, Edmonton
1-4 pm

cost  $170

pdfAcrylic Explorations Supply List and Class Outline

The first two classes we explore the paint and color: color mixing, color themes as we work with getting used to the brushwork. The next three classes we explore adding textures to the painting with addons such as eggshells, and sand as well as collage elements such as handmade paper and transfers. We will spend one session pouring acrylic and the last two classes students continue to explore the acrylic medium in the direction they found most interesting using their own photo references and exploring their own creativity.


Oils 1 & 2- Class Code: 704201 

(8 Sessions)
May 5-June 23 (Thursday)
6:30-9:30 pm

cost  $170

pdfOil Painting 1 and 2 Supply List

Enjoy painting with colour intensity and explore the fact that you can make endless revisions with oil paint. During this weekly course learn how to incorporate various brush strokes and mark-making, play with colour mixing, and get to know the painting medium in general. Taught by artist Julie Drew.

Muttart workshops Spring 2022

Painting Flowers at the Muttart: Watercolour Workshop- Class Code: 705025

Location: Muttart Conservatory
 May 7 (Saturday)
1-5 pm

cost  $65 - CLASS FULL - Waiting List only

All Supplies included

Capturing the beauty and translucence of flowers in watercolour is the focus of this class. Through demonstrations, learn to paint petals, leaves, and backgrounds using a variety of techniques. Several techniques, colour suggestions, and basic composition strategies will be included. You will complete this workshop with the know-how to continue painting flowers. 


Classes starting in June 

Plein Air Sketching Workshop: John Janzen Nature Centre- Class Code: 705031

Location: John Janzen Nature Centre
June 4 (Saturday)
12-4 pm

cost  $65

All Supplies included

Enjoy the outdoors with a sketchbook and drawing tools in hand. Spend the afternoon at the John Janzen Nature Centre sketching en plein air (in the open air). Artist Julie Drew will teach you that it is much different to draw from life than just using photos, what our eyes can see is so much more than a photo can capture.



Painting Water: Acrylic Workshop- Class Code: 704245

(3 sessions)
June 7- June 21 (Tuesday)   Location: City Arts Centre: 10943 83 Ave NW, Edmonton
6:30-9:30 pm

cost  $63.75

pdfPainting Water Acrylic Workshop Supply List and Class Outline

How to capture water in your painting when it is always changing? Water is translucent, reflective, ever-moving, calm, turbulent, flowing. Why not take a few days to study how to paint water? This is a great class for painters who like to do scenic paintings from photos or to paint outdoors and who need to practice ‘getting water right’.
• Gain confidence in painting the movement water.
• Learn effective tricks that will enhance your scenic water landscape paintings.
• Increase your ability for taking the next step with your painting as you work from your photo references.