Creative Start

Creative Start an Online In Person Course with Marlene Lowden

Marlene will be announcing 3 more in person workshops, an online course and a Creative Art Adventure in Morocco in 2024. Please join her newsletter to be the first to know.

An Online Art Course with Marlene Lowden

4 sessions via ZOOM (+ recordings)

Dates – April 7, 14, 21 & 28 2024
9am* – 1 hour of ZOOM together followed by 1 hour of self study.

And a closed Facebook group (optional) for us to share our work, resources and to ask questions.

$110 CAD (plus taxes)

For more information please contact:

It is my desire that after our time together you will:

It hasn’t happened yet
36″ x 30″ oil on canvas
  • Have a better understanding of all 7 elements of design.
  • Look at art around you in a new way.
  • Awaken that creative spark!
  • Feel confident to take more art classes.
  • Enjoy the exercises so much that you fill your sketch book in your free time.
  • Bonus! You are going to meet some really amazing like-minded people.

I feel like this art course by Marlene is such a great and gentle way to get creative. I loved the exercises and my 8 yr old loved joining in with me on a few too!

This workshop is a good fit if this sounds like you:

  • I have a full schedule, not much free time, but I want more creativity in my life.
  • I made art in the past but I’m not sure how to restart.
  • I have children or grandchildren and I’m looking for art activities to do with them that I find interesting too!
  • I’m a beginner.
  • I have an art practice but I’m looking for a refresher.

This experience is not a good fit if you desire to have a completed piece at the end because we are going to use the time together to experiment and try out different techniques. While I’m primarily an abstract artist, this workshop is open to those who prefer to work in realism too because the same principles apply and how you paint is as important as what you paint.


What if I can’t make those dates and times?

I’m recording each session.

What will we be doing together?
I’ve developed a series of fun exercises so that we can explore the 7 elements of design (colour, line, direction, value, texture, shape & size). These sessions are a catalyst for starting or reigniting creativity in your life.

What do we need for art supplies?
Once you register, I’ll send you a basic list of supplies like a mixed media sketchbook, some acrylic paints and a few other items, many of which you will already have around your home.

How much does this cost?
$110 CAD (plus taxes)

How much time with this take?
I’ve designed it to take about 2 hours a week. We will spend 1 hour together on ZOOM and I expect it will take you 1 hour extra to complete the basic exercises.  I will also offer bonus exercises if you are keen to explore more.

What if I’m not comfortable on ZOOM? 
We can meet ahead of time to run through the program together, just reach out.

What if I’m not on Facebook?
It is not crucial to be on Facebook. I’ll do my best to share extra content via email and in a shared google folder that you can access if you are not on the platform.

Did I miss anything?
Reach out if you have any questions. Looking forward to creating together.

For more information or to register please contact:

You’ll come away with tons of very applicable concepts and your creativity will likely be reinvigorated.”

In the meantime, here’s a short video on the basics of colour mixing.

Colour Mixing 101 (15 minutes)

Marlene’s Teaching Highlights

Salt Spring Island (3 day Foundations course) May 26-28, 2023

Art & Yoga Retreat Morocco – September 2023 (SOLD OUT)

Vancouver Films School – 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, an international professional development network for female artists

More about Marlene’s teaching experiences.

About Marlene

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.

“Something inexpressible” 24″ x 24″ oil on canvas by Marlene Lowden

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