Sunday, 22 January 2017

Gray Jay Carving Workshop

Workshop #2: Carving and Painting A Life size Gray Jay 
                      (Canada's new National Bird) 
                      with Harvey Welch

Presented by The Saskatchewan River Valley Art School (SRVAS)

February 24, 25, 26, March 17, 18, 19 2017, 9:00 -4:30 

(Limit 10 students)

At The Razertip Classroom, 301-9th Street North in Martensville

The first 3 days (Feb 24-26) will be spent carving and starting the texture on your Gray Jay. In the 3 weeks between sessions you will complete the texturing on your own so that it's ready to paint on the last 3 days (March 17-19).

All tools and equipment supplied. If you would rather carve with some or all of your own tools feel free to bring them along.

Cost; $240.00, which includes bird blank and glass eyes. For those who wish they can make their own feet, or purchase a pair of cast feet from Razertip. 

Anyone wishing an extra blank(s) please contact Harvey ahead of time.

Lunch will be brown bag, there are grocery stores, fast food outlets close by for those who wish a quick pickup. Coffee and juice supplied.

1. Canalta Hotel, Martensville    
2. Adobe Inn, Martensville   
3. Saskatoon Hotels 18 km. away

Registration and Contact:  
Brian Dueck: (Brian is away Feb 7-19) 
or Harvey Welch:

Chickadee Carving Workshop

Updated information on classes at the Razertip Classroomcan be found at:

Workshop #1: 

Carving a Realistic Black-capped Chickadee with Cam Merkle

Thursday evenings 7-9:30pm for 10 weeks Feb 9 through April 13, 2017

Join Cam for this inaugural carving workshop in Razertip's new state-of-the-art classroom. Over 10 weeks (2.5 hours per week) you will carve, texture and paint a life-size Black-capped Chickadee. This class is ideal for first-time or less experienced carvers; if you've never carved a bird before or if you're still at the early stages of learning how, this class is for you. When the class is done you'll have a beautiful, realistic Chickadee carving that you'll be proud to display! You'll also have learned a whole range of new skills!

The Razertip classroom is a fully-equipped facility where each workstation has all the top-quality tools and equipment you'll need to complete your project. Even if you have tools of your own, you won't need to bring them (unless you really want to).

A fee of $225.00 includes everything - a bandsawn blank, study notes, pattern and reference, glass eyes, pewter toes or feet, a base to mount the bird on, paint, and any other tools and supplies as needed (also includes all applicable taxes). All you need to bring is a desire to carve your bird!

Cam Merkle is the owner and president of Razertip Industries Inc. and Saskatchewan's only Wildfowl Master Artist. He has been teaching bird carving since 1984 and has been a teacher, judge and competitor with his carvings at shows and carving events all over North America. An avid bird observer and photographer, Cam has over 40 photo reference books and 2 pattern and photo books currently in print with more in the works.

Register online here:

Monday, 19 September 2016

SWAA at Sundog 2016

Bob Lavender has once again offered to coordinate a booth for SWAA at the Sundog Art & Craft Fair held from December 2 - 4 at the Sasktel Centre (formerly the CUC - and before that SaskPlace).

Sometime in November he will be getting things organized and looking for volunteers to man the booth.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Gail Adams Studio of Arts - Fall Schedule

607 Dufferin Ave. S7N 1C4
Carey-Lynn 931-7790

Fall art classes are starting this Saturday Sept. 10. We still have openings available. This fall we are offering the following classes:
  • Pre/K art for ages 4-6
  • Primary art for grades 1-3
  • 1 or 2 hr General art class for ages 6 to adult in Saskatoon, Warman or Martensville
  • Intro   Advanced Cartooning for ages 10   up
  • Perspective for older teens   adults (starting in Oct)
  • Figure drawing for older teens   adults (starting in Oct)
If you would like to save a spot please email or call 30-931-7790. 
Carey-Lynn Link
Gail Adams Studio of Art

Sunday, 4 September 2016

SWAA & Reflections Meeting - September 13

Our next meeting will be:

Tuesday,  September 13, 2016
Doors open at 7:00 for Networking & to show what we are working on 
Meeting starting at 7:30 - 9:30 pm

Holy Convenant Orthodox Church Basement - use side door
1426 Alexandra Avenue, Saskatoon

Thursday, 4 August 2016

We will have a display at the exhibition. Check out who will be manning the booth at:
Exhibition Schedule

If you are a SWAA member and would like to help out contact Beth at

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Frame Sale

Sherry Morris let me know that J&S Picture Frame Warehouse is going to be doing some reno's and so all their stock size frames are on sale. Buy one get one free (of equal or lesser value) and some are on for 80% off. There are 4x5's and all the way up to 20x24.  Stock pre-cut matts are also buy one get one free. 

And don't forget - they now feature a gallery for artists' to display their work. Contact her for more information. 
Phone: 306-373-1171