Artist Conversations: Andrea Mueller

Artist Conversations: Andrea Mueller

Art on the Lake is back! This is one of Whistler’s best kept secrets, and the perfect artist getaway!

The Bold and The Beautiful, Experimenting with Acrylics workshop
Art on the Lake with Andrea Mueller
May 12 & 13 | 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Alta Lake Station House, Whistler

REGISTER NOW!
Save $75 until May 1

Join contemporary artist Andrea Mueller for a fun weekend of painting at Art on the Lake! Her workshop is part of a unique series of workshops by professional artists at the Alta Lake Station House – a tranquil space, where you can be fully present and immerse yourself into creativity. The scenic views of the lake make for the perfect artist getaway.

Are you someone who has always been curious about your artistic side, but don’t know where to start? Are you someone who says, “I can only draw a stick man”? Maybe you paint a little, but love it a lot, and just need  guidance to begin painting more? In one jam-packed, fun weekend, you’ll lose the fear of being creatively stuck. You’ll be painting with more purpose and passion in no time! 

We’ve taken the time to speak with Andrea, see what she has to say about Art on the Lake.

Give us the 60 second elevator pitch on your class, what do you want people to take away from it?

I want people to have a good time and have fun while they learn. I want them to feel inspired and leave with the itch to paint and just keep going.

Who or what has been the biggest influence for you in terms of your work?

The biggest influence I had was my Opa. He was a hard working farmer that somehow found the time to paint beautiful landscapes, and super funny quirky drawings. He was always making something out of wood. He inspired me to want to paint and create.

Tell us one thing people might not know about you.

I used to be a pretty competitive soccer player. For years I played select and rep soccer; spending seven days a week in the gym, plus practices twice a week, and games once or twice a week. I found it somewhat meditative, like painting. You just get in the zone.

What is your favourite part about being an instructor?

I like to inspire a spark in people. So many people say “I can’t draw, I can’t paint”. I think everyone can be creative. Just like being active, you find what you like and you do that. It helps keep you balanced, so I encourage people to get out there and just try it. Be open, have fun, and you will walk away with something positive. I love when students have an “aha” moment, when they figure out a technique, or a composition, or colour scheme they hadn’t been able to get before, and they think “Yes, I got the paint to do what I pictured in my mind”. I love hearing that they were inspired to paint when they got home. I have had people start with one of my classes, and two years later they are selling their paintings (and not just to their moms). That is why I like teaching.

What do you like most about teaching in Whistler at the lake house?

It’s such a fun old heritage house. A little piece of Whistler history on the lake. The views are excellent. The house has character, and there are nice big windows with natural light which is great for an art workshop. It’s a little getaway in the woods.

Give us one tip to share that you think will help improve someone’s work.

In every painting there is an ugly stage. That’s the part that’s hard. It’s kind of like when you get half way up a mountain and you are sick of waiting, but you know if you keep hiking you will get to the top to see the view. That’s the same as the ugly stage of a painting, it’s your halfway point. Keep going and you will get to check out the amazing view at the end. If it’s really hard, take a break. Reflect on how far you have come and what direction you want to go in next. And then get back out there!

If you could recommend some other artists Instagram feeds for people to check out who would they be, and why?

There are so many amazing artists out there.

@Mabgraves – she’s currently re-creating her studio as a teeny tiny version – just check it out. It’s awesome  #mabsminiaturemuseum

@Shona_mcandrew – she creates life sized papier mache sculptures of her daily life with her boyfriend. So good.

@Vanessastarkart – Vanessa Stark‘s artwork is super fun and she’s a badass in the mountains.

@Nataliafabia – amazing oil painter! Just check it out.

@Jonnieredbeard – Jon Shaw. He’s just got such a cool style and he’s an all around nice guy. Totally inspired by his work. He’s also teaching a workshop. So excited for it!

Anything else you would like to add?

Come get creative! Take a class, paint on your own, do a dance, make some music. You can’t really go wrong, and the best part about the arts is ANYTHING GOES! So just start creating!

Thanks Andrea! We’re excited to see you at Art on the Lake!

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Art on the Lake is a unique series of workshops lead by professional artists at the Alta Lake Station House – a tranquil space, where you can be fully present and you immerse yourself into creativity. The scenic views of the lake make for the perfect artist getaway.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION UNTIL MAY 1
REGISTER NOW

The Bold and The Beautiful, Experimenting with Acrylics workshop
Art on the Lake with Andrea Mueller

May 12 & 13 | 10:30 am – 4:30 am
Alta Lake Station House, Whistler

 

Comments are closed.

Recent Posts