Blue Mountain School of Landscape Painting, Box 295, Collingwood, ON L9Y 3Z5 • Tel: (705) 445-3241

Plein Air painting South Georgian Bay and the Beaver Valley

NOTICE:   In view of the Corona Virus emergency we want you to be advised that we are monitoring the situation.  We will of course comply with recommendations from the Governments of Canada and Ontario and make a decision whether we can go ahead with classes by the end of April at the latest.   If we do have to cancel everyone will receive a full refund.


This year, we are celebrating our 40th anniversary of early summer plein air painting courses in the lovely Georgian Bay Region —a perfect reason to get away for a few days to learn new skills and brush up on old ones, under the guidance of experienced and talented teachers.


No matter whether you are a beginner or seasoned artist you will have a lot of fun and make new friends with the Blue Mountain School of Landscape Painting.


NOTE:   Please check Gordon Harrison's supply list

               as some changes have been made.

May 26-29 • 4-day Acrylic en Plein Air • $350.

Course Full • Waiting List Only

Mike paints in an impressionistic style that is easily recognized by his use of strong, bold colours and patterns. The subtle shades of light upon the landscape, or the patterns made by moving water and dancing trees all inspire Mike’s work. Each morning will begin with an outdoor demo focusing on a different technique or new lesson. He will share tips, insights and art materials. Working with each individual student he will coach you to find your own inspiration in our landscape and show you how to capture that impression in your own work. Suitable for all levels. See the supplies list for this course.

EFREN GONZALEZ.    Only one place still available.

June 1-5 • 5-day Watercolour en Plein Air • $350.

Efren will travel from Mexico to teach us a fresh, effective way to paint clean, spontaneous watercolours with an emphasis on design, atmosphere and perspective. You will paint from a photograph in the studio on the first day in order to understand the approach that will be used on the following days en plein air. “My love as a watercolour artist began as a teenager.  Nothing since has given me as much pleasure.”  Efren has been painting for more than 30 years in Mexico and many other countries.  He has been sharing his skills with students for the past 13 years. See the supply list for this course.

June 8-12 • 5-day Oil en Plein Air - $400.

Course Full•Waiting List Only

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.
See the supplies list for this course.

John David Anderson  Course Full-Waiting List Only
June 15-19 Oil/Acrylic en Plein Air • $350.

John is an award winning and entertaining teacher who demonstrates and lectures from his own experiences. He applies the basic techniques used by generations of artists to his unique way of seeing the landscape. Create movement and drama with the use of light and shadow, lost and found edges and warm and cool colours. Using John’s outdoor painting techniques and simplified palette you will quickly gain confidence.  The demonstrations will be in OIL but acrylic painters will be accommodated. See the supplies list for this course.

ART CUNANAN                                  Course still available          

JUNE 22-26 • 5-day Watercolour en Plein Air • $350.

A professional artist and elected member of the CSPWC, Art is a popular instructor who conducts workshops across Canada, the USA and Europe. He will teach you the important role light plays in your painting, enabling you to share the beauty of nature with your viewers. You will enjoy Art’s impressionistic style rendered with energy and passion. Always available to help, he will guide you towards a more relaxed and expressive way of dealing with the landscape. See the supplies list for this course.

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