Welcome to Tracy’s Art Classes    

**NOTE** (Sept 2012) I am currently taking a break from teaching to focus on my own artwork:  the artist is IN!  You may read about this decision in this blogpost.   If you receive my email news you will be given notice of when I start teaching again.  Thanks!

Creating and also appreciating art gives people of all ages a chance to look at their life from a larger perspective.  It reveals possibilities, options and most importantly gives one the courage to try things a new way.  Tracy Kobus

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TO REGISTER: email, phone 250-338-8205; Send cheques payable to “Tracy Kobus” to 3206 Rachel Rd. Courtenay, B.C.  V9N 9L4

I would appreciate at least 10 days cancellation notice – if you withdraw within 10 days of the start of the course your tuition will be refunded minus a $40 cancellation fee.
Your place will be reserved when I receive payment for the class(es) – Check ahead to make sure space is available.

LOCATION FOR CLASSES: Gordon Ross Studio, 2314 Rosewall Crescent.   Look for my blue and orange sandwich board

Drawing:  The Right Approach – beginner  **Intensive**

Drawing: the Right Approach is largely based on exercises from the famous Betty Edwards book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.   This class is geared for total beginners, but is also an excellent refresher. It provides a solid basis of knowledge for the pursuit of any creative endeavor. I enjoy teaching this class so much because I love to see people’s excitement with the steady progress they make in their drawing skills  .In this 3 Day Intensive we will work 5 hours each day with a break in between.   It is recommended that you have a copy of the book “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” by Betty Edwards (any edition) for the class.

 Days/Times: TBA                maximum 12 participants

Student Comment: I’ve thoroughly enjoyed Drawing, The Right Approach, parts 1 and 2.  By the end of part 2, I have the confidence to pursue more studies in art.  What a fantastic way to get back into art again after 33 years! Anne, 2011

You can learn to draw – in only eight lessons by Paula Wild; Comox Valley Record; Dec 2010 (View PDF)

Drawing:  The Right Approach – level 2

During this class you have an important chance to practice all that you learned in the first Drawing:  The Right Approach (based on book by Betty Edwards). Within a similar format to the first class; we will tackle new subject matter, work on longer exercises as well as experiment with india ink. Drawing: The Right Approach (beg) is a prerequisite.

Days/Times: TBA      

Outdoor Sketching Club **NEW**

In this class you will take your sketchbook outside and work directly from your surroundings.  You will practice contours, gestures, values and simplifying a composition in graphite, pen and watercolour pencils.  For each session we will meet at a different place in the Comox Valley.  Locations will be Comox Marina, Woodland Gardens, Lazo Marsh/Bird Sanctuary and Kin Beach Park.  There will be a small supply list.

Coming Spring 2013      

Image: Debbie H., in Drawing from Nature, summer 2011

One Day Colour Basics – beginner

This is a condensed version of Colour Basics, a beginner painting course in acrylics.  It is a prerequisite for “Acrylics: An 6 week Adventure”. In this class, painting your own colour wheel will give you an opportunity to learn some basics about colour; such as, colour mixing, colour terms and the relationships between colours. You will also paint small colour compositions and discover the interplay between hue, value and intensity. You will notice that colours that we think we are seeing may be different than what we are really seeing. This course (along with Drawing: The Right Approach) provides a strong foundation for creating art work in any media.

Days/times:  TBA   

Acrylic Painting – A Six Week Adventure (Colour Basics – prerequisite) **NEW**

This will be a comprehensive course in acrylic painting.  The focus on this class will be on colour, composition, design and creating your own individual work.   Subject matter will be landscape, still life, figures and abstract design.  Attention will also be given to materials, mediums, surfaces and techniques.  This is a chance to start expressing yourself in paint!

Day/Time TBA       Maximum 10 participants

Student Comment: I’ve been challenged to see differently and in a way that is uniquely mine.  Thank-you.  Lynn 2011

Adult Art Mix

Spend a day nourishing your creative side.  The morning session will focus on drawing with media such as; graphite, conte and India ink.  In the afternoon you will expand into colour with painting and mixed media.  Subject matter will vary from real life to imaginary.  This fun and relaxing class is for beginner and/or more experienced to enjoy.

Day/Time; TBA

Image:  Skye’s Collage; Adult Mix 2011

Art Class Designed for You

Do you have a group that would like to get together and be creative?  Let me know and I’ll book the studio and lead you and your friends in some inspiring and fun art activities.  Wine allowed.

Cost: $15 an hour for each participant, supplies included (minimum 2 hours*/min 4, max 14 participants)      Need at least a week notice please.


Take a look below to see what we’ve been up to in the past year.  Next Kids Classes:  TBA

In Inspired by Ancient History we will look into the ancient world of the Egyptians, Vikings, First Nations and Aztecs for inspiration in subject matter and style.  In Birds, Bugs and Beasts, we will learn the basics about drawing animals and also delve into pattern, texture and colour.  Every class is a combination of learning basic art skills and then applying those in one’s own individual way.   I look forward to sharing the exciting process of art-making with the kids this season! 

Kids 5-8years

Session 1:  Inspired by Ancient History

Session 2:  Birds, Bugs and Beasts

Kids 8 – 12yrs

Session 1:  Inspired by Ancient History

Session 2:  Birds, Bugs and Beasts

Painting by Cohen S., 9 years old

Student Comments

Tracy brought out the hidden artist in me and that is her talent as a teacher. Wink 2010

Tracy’s class gave me the confidence to progress beyond the first chapter of “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” and to actually put pencil to paper! Since taking the class, I find myself looking at shapes and recognizing their various tones or shades of grey.  There has been a definite improvement  in my drawing. Tracy’s enthusiasm for art was evident throughout the class and inspired us all.   Duncan from Tofino; 2010

Really enjoyed the class & your way of presenting the artists. Learning about the artists & their methods makes me more appreciative of their work. Jen (about Painting with the Masters), 2010

Thanks for getting me started and confident in art. Without my lessons with you I would never would have had the guts to take art at Malaspina. Natalie 2008

Take a Walk

This is a short video taken by Barb Kelly of Proteus Documents in 2009.  It is of an exercise I devised for a newsletter and is great for any visual learner.