Virtual Culture: A River Runs Through It with Russell Thomas


This workshop will introduce the possibilities of creating and painting your own inuksuk or pile of rocks. In regular times, we would begin this workshop with a field trip to a spot where we would find a lot of river rocks. However, we will need to leave it up to participants to do this part on their own. Spend a few minutes balancing rocks and making what you consider to be an inuksuk shape. There is no right or wrong in this activity. So, whether yours looks like a typical inuksuk or just a pile of rocks, it will be perfect. Take a quick photo with your phone or camera and bring that photo to the painting workshop. The artist will provide a series of prompts that will help you create an absolutely unique work of art. In the process, you’ll have some positive reflection time and learn a few techniques. This workshop is made possible with the support of the Okotoks Arts Council.

"Eventually all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.
The river was cut by the world’s great flood, that runs over rocks from the basement of time.
On some of those rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs." - Norman MacLean

Materials Required:

- a single canvas or canvas board (minimum size should be 12” x 12”, but it can be larger)
- a basic selection of acrylic paintings including white and black
- a variety of brushes include something 1” - 2” wide

About the Artist:

Russell Thomas is a full-time artist working out of Birdsong Studio on historic Elma Street with his wife Heather Thomas, also an artist. His wild colour paintings can be found in homes and businesses from coast to coast. Russell and Heather moved to Okotoks in 2019 after spending 25 years in Fort McMurray.

Event type
Art Gallery