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Bowen Island at The Hearth Gallery (SOLD OUT)

Painting Course with Marlene Lowden
Saturday, January 27 & Sunday, January 28th (2 days)

Price: $210 (includes GST)

“Abstraction: The Language of Marks”

Join Marlene Lowden for a two-day art course that takes you on a personal artistic journey into the world of abstraction. No prior experience is required; just bring your willingness to explore the unknown.

Immerse yourself in the captivating realm of abstract art as we challenge traditional notions of representation. Discover that marks on canvas go beyond mere gestures; they convey emotions, thoughts, and ideas. Learn the intricacies of mark-making, infusing your work with deeper meaning, emotion, and personality.

Engage in dynamic exercises rooted in the 7 Elements of Design that will unlock your intuition. Enjoy the freedom to paint and experiment without the pressure of completing a piece. This course provides the time and space for creative exploration. 

A supply list will be provided upon registration.

For more information or to register please contact: programs@thehearthartsonbowen.ca


Your course has sparked a rewarding endeavour which is enriching my day to day life.” Bev


Teaching Highlights

Art & Yoga Retreat Morocco – September 2023
Vancouver Film School – Summer 2023
Gibsons School of Arts – August 2021
Art Girl Rising Video Art Journey
Art Instruction – 5 part video series with Place des Arts
Open Your Art Retreat with Marleen Vermeulen , Spain,  4 Retreats
Facilitator, Thrive Art Studios, a professional development network for female artists
More about Marlene’s teaching experiences.

about Marlene Lowden

Marlene Lowden grew up in an ocean side town on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, just outside of Vancouver, Canada. After several years in television broadcasting, she resumed her lifelong interest in painting, drawing, and photography. She draws from her experience in television and video production, applying to canvas similar principles of composition and storytelling. While working and raising her two daughters, she studied with a range of instructors learning watercolour, acrylic, and oil painting techniques. In 2021 she was named one of “28 contemporary Canadian artists to know” by Create Magazine . She is honoured to be included in the All She Makes curated artist directory, the 4th Edition of their magazine and in Art Seen Magazine based in the U.K. Her work appears in private and public collections in Canada and internationally. She lives and works in her hometown of Gibsons, BC.

Learn more about Marlene here.


… your presentation, communication, information and instruction was professional and I also felt an intimate heart connection with each of us that made me look forward to each segment.” Denise

“It hasn’t happened yet” 36″ x 30″ oil on canvas by Marlene Lowden

In the meantime, here’s a short refresher on colour mixing (15 minutes).

Colour Mixing 101 (15 minutes)

Honestly, I’m blown away by this course. I learned SO much that I will definitely use. Everyone in the group was amazing to work with too.  Really was a fun and informative experience.  I am so excited to use these new skills and I’m truly very grateful.  I hope you do this again because I have so many people that I would love to share this with!” Julie

Over the years, I have taken numerous art workshops, never have I had an instructor share so much of herself, her vast knowledge and her creative expression. She has a kind nature and a wonderful, welcoming personality. She is articulate and shares her love of life and  encouraged us to dive deep into our work. Her class started simply, including the use of tools and painting basics. I was able to follow eagerly and learned many valuable painting techniques.  The supply list was limited and functional. The time Marlene allotted to the processes was well regarded. I had ample time to reflect and practice the many challenges to becoming a more successful artist.I would highly recommend Marlene’s class to every painter. I thank her for showing me the rewarding life that painting , and all that goes with, has to offer.” Patricia