Faculty Brenda Petays, Mi-Lab Artist in Residence in Japan

The summer months in the Visual Arts department are a mix of curriculum meetings, equipment repairs and studio renovations but most important for faculty and technologists is professional development – a time for research, training and personal studio practice.


Faculty Brenda Petays teaches Drawing & Painting, 2D Foundations and Printmaking. She traveled to Fujikawguchiko, Japan to study Mokuhanga, the traditional woodblock printmaking method. In a 6 week residency Brenda learned Mokuhanga carving techniques, watercolor and gouache properties, conditions of washi papers and a variety of printing methods. Brenda will be teaching these techniques to Printmaking students starting in the winter term 2015.

a link to  the Mi-Lab basic training residency

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In addition to her printmaking studies Brenda visited Mt. Fuji-san, the Ghibli Museum, Sensōji Temple and Tokyo National Museum.

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A New place for art and conversation

Welcome to the Camosun College Visual Arts blog! This is a new space for us to showcase student art, faculty work, alumni shows, and all things visual arts that our community gets up to. Our fall launch of Art Is A Person is going to be an exciting new initiative that will reveal the artist within the art and the artistic process. Oftentimes in our consumption of art we forget there is a person behind the work and Art Is A Person is our attempt at keeping the artist front and centre in the minds of our community. Check out our section under Art Is A Person to see the exciting events planned for this fall and what our immensely talented young artists are doing in the community!