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Plein Air painting South Georgian Bay and the Beaver Valley

The following is our program for 2022.  Not long to go now and there are a few spaces still available -  there are a couple of vacancies for Mark Hope and also in Alex Sharma's class.    Now's the time to sign up! 

Please note that all students will be required to provide proof of vaccination even though restrictions are easing somewhat in Ontario.    


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May 30 - June 3 • 3-days Acrylic in studio and
2-days en plein air • $400

Brian's impressionistic paintings are reflective of his love of the Canadian outdoors.  He will share his techniques for simplifying the landscape to create a dynamic and exciting interpretation of our world.  The week will begin with 3 days of the fundamentals of colour, value, shape, perspective and composition.  Moving into the field and working on your own Brian will assist you with subject selection, planning and making a strong start.  

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Gordon Harrison is an awarding winning Canadian landscape artist based in Ottawa and Quebec. He has coached many students during his plein air retreats in Italy, France and Newfoundland as well as in his own studio. Gordon paints wet on wet in oils, using a vibrant palette that gives our Canadian landscape a special glow. This will be a wonderful opportunity to experience his painting techniques and to benefit from his coaching.


June 6 - 10 • 5-day Oil en Plein Air • $500
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ALEX SHARMA                                
June 13 - 17 • 5-day Watercolour en Plein Air • $400

A watercolour painter, print maker, sculptor, and art professor, Alexandra's studio is out of doors.  She is attracted to hidden or forgotten places, each creating it's own narrative that reveals itself in small details;  the play of light and shadow, colour, an unusual point of view or the time of day. Mastering a loose technique is the groundwork that will enable you to paint intuitively.   Specific brush techniques, juxtaposition of values and use of visual texture and rhythm to create your scene are the focus of this course as we paint on site.  Each class starts with a demonstration specific to the learning for the day. Alex  is known for her loose painting style and her ability to "capture the essence of the moment". Her work is in numerous collections and galleries in Canada and internationally.

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June 20 - 24 • 5-day Oil/Acrylic en Plein Air • $400


Mark Hope has been fascinated with nature from his earliest experiences camping with his family.  He feels lucky to be able to express what his senses encounter through his art.  He paints in the style of the 19th C French Impressionists, influenced as well by the Group of Seven and Tm 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 pallete 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.
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June 27-30 • 2-days Studio 2-days en Plein Air 
Oil - with a palette knife • $350


Palette knife is a most rewarding technique that produces eye-catching impressionistic paintings with a lot of texture. This 4-day workshop will help you to become more expressive and carefree with your painting and will bring freshness to your work. Participants will receive step by step guidance on how to complete a painting using only a palette knife from start to finishing stages. Two days of the workshop will be spent in the studio mastering the technique and two days outside working on plein air paintings. Each day will start with a one-hour demo followed by students’ work with the instructor’s support and guidance. Each day will end with a critique focusing on the students’ strengths and areas for improvement. Students may work from instructor’s reference material (photos) as well as their own.  The workshop is open to all levels, although artists with at least some basic painting experience will benefit the most.

Maria is an Elected Member of the Society of Canadian Artists and a Master Signature of Pastel Artists Canada.

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