CIAS Courses Are So Much Fun!

We are having a wonderful time in our CIAS courses!

Write On! pivoted online to suit the participants and is in full swing Wednesday evenings with writers composing short stories, a biography, a radio play, and a children’s book! We are really enjoying getting together, appreciating each other’s abilities and providing supportive, practical feedback led by our super creative instructor, Charlotte Nixon.

Beginner Photography: Do Not Fear the M has just finished and we are looking forward to its sequel –  photographic composition. Our instructor, David, will review the elements of Beginner Photography so if you missed it, you can pick those up and carry on.

Beginner Photographic Composition: Seeing the Big Picture
Dates: Mondays, March 7-28  7-8:30pm
Location: Seniors on the Bow (Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre)
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Are you struggling with why your photos just aren’t “popping”? Explore how to improve the subject matter you are trying to capture. Review camera basics – Focus, F stop, Shutter speed, ISO – and progress into the principles of composition and learn how to bend the rules!

  • Learn key composition concepts – rule of thirds and what to avoid when framing your shot.
  • Understand optical distortion (lenses) and perspective distortion.
  • Take deeper dive into light and shadows and the impact they have on telling your story.
  • Using shutter speeds and depth of field to change up your photos.
  • Wide angle macro tips and tricks.



Lino Printmaking Tools & Techniques
Dates: Wednesdays, March 16, 23, 30
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Seniors on the Bow (Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre)
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Discover the history and cultural significance of Western and Far Eastern traditions in printmaking while you learn the process! Create your own design and learn cutting and printing techniques to produce striking prints. Starter kits available to borrow.

Come out for fun-filled evenings! Make new friends and have some laughs as you learn this new skill.


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