Vivian Harder - Equestrian Artist

Art Lessons

Beginners to advanced

I enjoy sharing my love of art and life long experience as a professional artist with other aspiring artists. I am available to teach small classes, or for individuals who want personalized attention, I am happy to provide private tutorial-type lessons.

Every artist needs to continue to develop their abilities. I can help you quickly advance your skills while working on your preferred subject matter. I will encourage you to enhance your personal style and help you reach your goals as an artist. Sorry, my classes are not suitable for young children.

Art lessons from Vivian Harder

topics that will be covered:

Composition - the building block of art and design. How to begin, how to do it right.

  • layout
  • cropping
  • tone / contrast
  • color
  • using photography

Drawing - the keystone for everything. Weekly homework will be assigned.

  • proportion
  • perspective
  • scaling
  • use of line in sketch
  • blending and shading
  • tone and contrast

Materials and medium - a wide range of papers, canvases and mediums will be offered to practice with.

  • canvas and papers comparisons and use
  • watercolor
  • acrylic
  • oil
  • graphite

Use of color - color mixing in all mediums will be emphasized.

  • color wheel
  • contrasting and complimentary colors
  • grays, blacks and browns
  • creating all colors from primary colors

Subject matter - a variety of subjects will be practiced while concentrating on students preferences.

  • still life
  • animal and fur
  • portrait and figure
  • plein air
  • landscape
  • water and sky

Weekly analysis of work and homework will be offered to aid skills development. Emphasis on positive feedback will be given to encourage growth and natural talent. 



Starting this spring - Township of Langley

I will be co-teaching with my colleague Robin Bandenieks.

Two Painters: One Goal: To Get You Painting

An Introduction to Painting   

This course provides the fundamental skills necessary to start you on your painting journey. Two contemporary realist oil painters, each with their own style and approach to painting, share their 20 years of practical advice through dual complementary instruction, demonstrations, and hands-on exercises in each lesson. You will gain confidence and courage to develop a painting style of your own.


Liette Masse | Arts & Culture Programmer

Recreation, Culture, and Parks Division | Township of Langley

Langley Centennial Museum

9135 King Street (PO Box 800), Langley, BC V1M 2S2

Direct Line:  604.533.6090 Ext. 5005