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Plein Air painting South Georgian Bay and the Beaver Valley
We are happy to bring you the lineup of instructors for 2023. Three of the artists are new to the Blue Mountain School of Landscape Painting and come very highly recommended. We are looking forward to seeing our returning students and we welcome our first time students. We hope you will find this a very rewarding experience.
Registration will commence on January 14, 2023 and will be online only. Payment will be by e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
Although there are currently no Provincial or Federal health restrictions that would impact our programs, all registrants will be required to follow any future Provincial and Federal Government mandates in order to attend our classes.
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 • 2-day studio, 3-day en Plein Air *
Acrylic/Oil - $350
This 5-day workshop is designed for those who are excited by the possibility of plein air painting but are challenged by the difficulties associated with painting on location. The first 2 days will be in the studio with the intent of developing different ways to approach painting en plein air and building the confidence required to meet the challenge. The final 3 days will be on nearby locations, each day having at least one demonstration followed by individual guidance from the instructor. The demonstrations will be in ACRYLIC but OIL painters are welcome. Challenging but lots of fun.
June 12 - 16 5-day en Plein Air
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 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