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Plein Air painting South Georgian Bay and the Beaver Valley

2023 classes

Dear Artists,



The Board of BMSLP

Thanks to all of you who attended our classes this summer.    It seems that everyone had fun despite the sometimes iffy weather and we are currently reviewing the evaluations to see if we can do even better next year.  Keep watching our site our the next few months for news of the program for 2024.

In the meantime we have our show coming up in only a few weeks.   Click on "Group Show" to learn more.


Image by Justin Wilkens

Arlene has painted and created all her life.  Always finding time to paint during her 20 year career as a cartographer and most recently as the General Manager of the Elora Centre for the Arts, she combines her love of watercolour and images to tell a story, whether working in the studio or en plein air.

The focus of this workshop will be the charming local architecture surrounding the studio.  You will learn to find simple scenes, edit the complex ones and refresh your perspective skills.  Capturing light and shadow, value and colour will be emphasized.

The four days will be a combination of studio and plein air sessions, scheduled according to the weather.  Planning and sketching out the compostion will ideally take place outdoors,  Painting will take place indoors during inclement weather.

Bring your gear and your creative juices and plan to have fun.



June 5 - 9 •  1 day in Studio followed by 4-days en
Plein Air Acrylic/Oil
 - $350


Robert is an artist, educator and musician working in Grey County.  Following a teaching career he began painting and teaching art full time.  He creates paintings in oil or acrylic from observation or direct personal experience. The Georgian Bay rural and urban life continue to inspire him.  In this workshop you will explore a variety of techniques to create texture and depth in your work.  Building a strong composition, choosing a palette for the landscape and applying the principles of design will all be emphasized.  The first day will be in the studio focusing on building skills and exploring the materials and techniques.  Depending on the weather the following days will be on location, starting with a short motivational demo.  Robert will then circulate to provide encouragement and advice.   Plan on an enjoyable week with us.

June 12 - 16   5-day en Plein Air - $100


See "UPDATE " above for more details and call our Registrar at 
705) 445-3241 to register.
June 19 - 23 • 5-day Acrylic/Oil
en Plein Air - $350

Keith, an experienced plein air artist who regularly teaches plein air classes and workshops, also competes in local and international plein air competitions, and is President of the Ontario Plein Air Society.

Keith’s workshop will begin in studio with a focus on mixing colours and using a palette for plein air. The afternoon will will be on location and will cover how to approach a scene and choose a composition. Keith will demonstrate value sketching and students will complete a series of value sketches. On subsequent days, Keith will begin each day with a 30-60 minute demonstration. Student will then choose their own scene to sketch and paint with guidance from Keith.

Demonstrations will be in ACRYLIC but OIL painters are welcome.



June 26 - 30 * 5-day Oil/Acrylic en Plein Air
- $350

Mark has always been an observer.  He can trace this skill of observing nature to his very early experiences camping with his family. He paints mainly Canadian landscapes influenced by the French Impressionists, the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson. He explores the light, form and colour apparent in our local landscapes as well as subjects found in his travels.

Mark's workshop will focus on planning: for painting on site, for choosing your composition when out there, how to get started, choosing your pallette of colours, executing the work and how to tell when you are finished.

Plan on an enjoyable week with group demonstrations and individual help from Mark.

Demonstrations will be in OIL but  ACRYLIC painters are welcome

Note;  We are offering a savings of $100 to you if you register a new student who has not attended classes offered in 

the previous 5 years.  Not available for PAINT OUT week.

Although there are currently no Provincial or Federal health restrictions that would impact our programs, all registrants will be required to follow any future Provincal and Federal Government mandats in order to attend our classes.

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