Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Continuing Studies: Arts

Contact Continuing Studies at 250.392.8010 or email to have your name placed on an interest list for upcoming course information. Also, please let us know if you have an idea for a course that you would like to see offered.


Intro to the Artist in You XFIN 0440

You may think you can't draw and paint. You may have never tried it, but would like to. Here, you will have the opportunity to find, recognize and explore your own special creativity. This is a fairly intensive introduction to exploring new ways to experience the world around and inside you, and is devised to enable you to build on these three days of instruction for years to come.

Each of us have a creativity which is as unique as we are, and which is valuable, valid and important in our lives. "Finding the Artist in You" is not about producing great art. It is about gaining tools to fulfill your artisitc aspirations. It is about discovering and enjoying the creative process. And who knows - you may just surprise yourself!

Fee: $275

Dates: Feb 16-18; Friday - Sunday, 9 am - 4 pm



Drum Making Workshop XCRF 0480

Explore the world of drum making and create an authentic drum to practice with and take home. This workshop will introduce individuals to drumming theory, protocols, history and how to make a drum and stick. Drum making supplies included.
10 years and up, minors must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Contact Continuing Studies at 250.392.8010 or email to have your name placed on an interest list for upcoming course information.


Life Drawing XFIN 0440

Life drawing has always been a central discipline in art, and has gone through many changes over the centuries. This course is designed to show anyone (artists and undisocovered artists alike) how to achieve satisfaction and knowledge by discovering their own method of life drawing.

The goal is to discover each student's unique method, establish the validity and value of each unique approach, and to inspire breakthroughs along the way. The final session is designed to help you decide how to continue your practice and development. At the end of the course, you will receive a certificate of completion. 

Please note, this course involves drawing an unrobed model.

Fee: $295

Dates: Jan 24 - Mar 7; Wednesdays, 6 - 9 pm



Joy of Painting: A Bob Ross Course XFIN 0360

Put Your Dreams on Canvas, Experience the Joy of Painting ( A Bob Ross) Landscaping Oil Painting Class. Discover your creative tralents and after only one class you will have a completed, ready to frame, oil painting from your own talents plus a wonderful feeling of joy in your accomplishment. Classes are o pen to anyone over the age of 12, and Beginners and the Artistically Undiscovered are especially welcome. Bring only your ambitions, all materials and supplies are included in the fee.

Contact Continuing Studies at 250.392.8010 or email to have your name placed on an interest list for upcoming course information.


Photography Essentials XPHO 0610

Not sure how to get the most from your camera? Catching those memorable photos is always challenging, especially with children or during holiday get-togethers. If you would like to learn how to take a better picture with your camera, this course can help.

This introductory course will cover:

  • your camera and accessories
  • controlling exposure
  • aperture and shutter speed
  • composing interesting photographs
  • using the on-camera flash
  • creating painless people pictures

Students will need to bring their Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera to class.

Fee: $165

Dates: May 8 - 29, Tuesdays, 6 - 9pm & Saturdays, 10 am - 3:30 pm (no classes on May 15 or May 29. The week is cheduled as "free time" so that students can experiment with their newly learned techniques and bring their pictures back to class for critiquing.)

Bio for Jesse Madden


Jesse Madden, Beginner Photography Instructor: Jesse was born and raised in Williams Lake and graduated from OUC with a Fine Arts Diploma in 1999. Jesse then moved on to being accepted into the Photography program, at North Island College where she spent 10 months immersed in nothing but photography before graduating with a diploma in 2000. Jesse provided photography-related work in Victoria for 4 years before moving back to Williams Lake in 2005, when she then started Jesse Madden Photography in 2011.  She has been busy developing her photography style along with learning new techniques, gathering a wonderful client list and teaching others her love of photography. She is an outgoing, talented artist with a love of outdoor activities and nature. Jesse has a professional, easy-going nature that puts people at ease.