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Bernard Poulin

Photo: Self-portrait 2000

Bernard Aimé Poulin - visual artist, author, translator, speaker

An experienced lecturer, Bernard Poulin has also participated in the creation of more than a dozen books dedicated to the process of drawing. His articles and television appearances have been translated into Portuguese and Italian. He is the author of 10 of his own books.

His The Complete Colored Pencil Book, published by FW Publications (North Light division) in1992, has become a runaway success throughout Canada, the USA, Britain, Asia and Australia. Its French translation, Le crayon de couleur, was published in Paris in 1995. The soft-cover re-issue of the Complete Colored Pencil Book appeared in 2002. It was then revised and re-printed under the banner of the North Light Classics Series in 2011. In December 2010 Bernard published his "Beyond Discouragement - Creativity", an essay on the effects of the past century on creativity. It is available, both in hard-copy and e-book versions, online.

Between 1965 and 1978 Bernard Poulin was a teacher - reaching out to elementary, high school, college and university students. His passion for the subject of creativity, has lead him to lecture internationally. As well, he has headed more than 100 workshops throughout Canada, the United States and Bermuda.

For the past 47 years, Bernard Poulin has specialized in corporate and private portraiture as well as commissioned exhibitions. The many individuals who’s portraits he has rendered are prominent members of the world’s political, royal, corporate, artistic, sport and religious elite. Since 1995 investing patrons not only request private thematic exhibitions, they purchase the collections sight unseen. In the recent past these exhibitions have focused on Tuscany and Venice (1996), Provence, (1998), Jerusalem (2000), Paris (2005) and a Grand Tour Exhibition in 2007. Poulin also sculpts in bronze, using the lost wax process. As a muralist, he has created several three-dimensional, mixed-media projects such as those in the lobby of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, the Ottawa Children’s Aid Society and the Solange Karsh Center for Medical Research.

The biography of the painter/author appears in the Canadian Who's Who and A Dictionary of Canadian Artists. He is represented by the:Galerie Saint-Roch - Paris, France, the Windjammer Gallery - Bermuda, Hambleton Art Gallery - Kelowna, BC, and aĝents Bob Richer - Ottawa and Lorena Dudley - Sudbury, Ontario.

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On Life, Death And Nude Painting. Classic Perceptions, 2015
Hold My Hand (Children's Book Edition) . Mirrôr Comics, 2014
Please Daddy Hold My hand. Mirror Comics, 2012
Beyond Discouragement - Creativity. Classic Peceptions Classiques, 2010
Le crayon de couleur. Ulysseditions - Paris, France, 1994
The Complete Colored Pencil Book. North Light - FW Publications, Cincinnati, 1992
Colored Pencil Techniques - Basic Skills (pdf available) . North Light Books, 1989
Colored Pencil Techniques - Blending Color (pdf available). North Light Books, 1989
Colored Pencil Techniques - Special Effects (pdf available). North Light Books, 1989
Colored Pencil Techniques - Creative Illustration (pdf available). North Light Books, 1989
MiG (a compendium of published cartoons) . Laurentian Publishing, 1981
North of Darkness (translation of the book by Elaine Poulin : "Perdre sa boussole"). Classic Perceptions , 2016
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Presentation Description

Presentation of varied topic information + hands-on "word sketches" + collective reaction/critique and revision. (very active workshop style presentation).

The primary goal is the encouragement of writing both as personal expression and as a powerful communication tool. The presentations are focused learning how to integrate, how to assimilate the ability to create character portraits, environmental settings and prop usage that work : i.e.: which connect witrh viewers/readers. 

Presentation Length:
1/2 day
writing-visualizing workshops
Audience size:
Workshop Description:

Visualizing to tell a story - (for painters and writers) :

Learning how to "see" beyond the surface anatomy of a subject, a composition or a story-line. The aim is to teach children about creating visibility - about creating impact through written or painted word.

In essence, the workshop is about composition. grouping and combining story-telling elements - in order to touch and move viewers/readers. 

Northern OAC WITS:
One session:
GST applicable