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Plein Air painting South Georgian Bay and the Beaver Valley

It is with regret that we must announce the cancellation of all scheduled classes for 2020, as well as our 40th anniversary celebrations, due to the Covid 19 pandemic.  We totally support the measures taken by the Governments of Ontario and Canada and want to do all we can to reduce the spread of Covid 19.


We could not be more disappointed as we were looking forward to an exciting year of classes and celebrating our 40th anniversary.


Planning for our 2021 classes will begin in August and we are hoping to offer many of the same artists as this year.   We will posting our 2021 schedule here on our website in the fall months so please be sure to check it out.


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

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.

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.

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 
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                                 
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.


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

Artist's Demo