Georgian Bay shoreline
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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 and you can see that 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 many of you again and meeting new students and 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
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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 year.



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 • 2-day studio, 3-day en Plein Air * Acrylic/Oil


This 5-day workshop is designed for those who are excited by the possibility of plain 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 plain ar and building the confidence required to meet the challenge.  The final 3 days will e 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 * Oil/Acrylic en Plein Air


Information coming soon

June 19 - 23 • 5-day Acrylic/Oil en Plein Air

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

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