March 28, 2011
Bogdan Koral-Konikowski ands Izabella Orzelski will lead Living Water College’s first summer course on painting and drawing.

Bogdan Koral-Konikowski ands Izabella Orzelski will lead Living Water College’s first summer course on painting and drawing.


DERWENT — Living Water College of the Arts will offer its first course on drawing and painting this summer.

Edmonton artists Izabella Orzelski and Bogdan Koral-Konikowski will teach the course — A Classical Approach to Drawing & Painting — Aug. 7-20.

Living Water is tucked into a retreat-like setting near Derwent, east of Edmonton, and is home to a 2,000 volume library, common kitchen area, recording studios, classrooms and chapel. Two dormitories house the men and women.

Living Water College aims to form Christian artists by providing technical training in the arts, inspired by faith and informed by reason.

Beginners as well as more advanced artists will benefit with the painting and drawing program, said college spokeswoman Nicole Dunn. “Instructors will be working with the students at the level where they are.”

Dunn said the course would go into depth with one-on-one instruction, using the techniques of classical realism to provide experience of the Old Masters, such as Rembrandt.

“Basically the first week it’ll focus on drawing because it’s important to start with the fundamentals and understanding the idea of form and line and shape. And that leads into painting for the second week.”

Participants will balance each day of artistic training with reading and discussion of classical works, chosen for their effective understanding of the qualities of good art. Artistic and theoretical studies will occur within the cradle of a daily spiritual life of community prayer that supports the essential well-being and creativity of the artist.

Employing the classical method of planning and developing paintings from drawings, students will increase their understanding of colour values in the description of objects and the human form.


“They will be studying artists from the Renaissance period; I guess you can call it traditional realism but it’s really looking back at those ancient artists who just had a timeless art and imitating them.”

Students are expected to produce at least three works of art during the course.

The college is aiming for 15 students in the painting course. “Given the interest we have received, we don’t think there will be a problem filling it. There seem to be quite a surge in visual art instruction.”

The program instructors — Izabella Orzelski and Bogdan Koral-Konikowski — are an artist husband and wife team from Edmonton, where they have set up a fine home and art studio called Artiza School of Fine Art.

Orzelski received her training in New York and Toronto and currently teaches for the faculty of extension of the University of Alberta. Koral-Konikowski grew up in Poland and began his instruction with a classical fine artist of the European tradition, Stanislaw Mokrzycki.

Versatile in terms of the subjects he undertakes — from large-scale floral images to the human figure –— Koral-Konikowski’s works grace a variety of locations in Edmonton.

Living Water College is also offering its iconography program May 6-21 and its theatre program July 17-29.

The theatre program covers everything from acting and directing to movement and vocal techniques.

For more information on any of the summer programs, call Nicole Dunn at 1-780-741-2488 or visit the college’s website at