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What is “Plein Air” Painting ?

Learn about plein air painting

How many students are in each class?

We cap class size at 20 students. Registration is on a first come basis.


How do I book and pay for my course?

Choose your course from the Home/Courses page. You will then be sent to register and then we ask you to pay by e-transfer to

What is the cancellation policy? 

All fees will be returned if a class is cancelled by BMSLP.  If a student cancels before May 1 a $50 non-refundable fee will apply.

Where do we meet for the first class?

St. Paul’s Church, Thornbury (see a map on the About Us page). Students will be given directions to each next day painting site, on the previous day.

Are washrooms always available? 

Yes, either Port-a-Potty or permanent Public washrooms are available for each chosen site.


Is transportation available?

No. You will need your own, or arrange to share a ride with another workshop participant. Volunteer coordinators will be able to offer assistance.


Where can I stay? 

There are a number of good B&B's, hotels and motels in the area. We suggest you contact South Georgian Bay Tourism for assistance in locating an accommodation to your liking. The closer you are to Thornbury, the shorter will be your daily commute.


Can I bring my pet?

Sorry, we cannot allow pets into the program.


Are art supplies provided? 

No, each instructor provides a list of supplies and materials required for the lesson. See the supplies list for the class you are interested in. After you are enrolled, the Registrar will also send this list to you for your reference. Additionally, you may bring any favorite materials that you use.  Some supplies and materials are also available from local art stores.


Can I take only 2 or 3 days of a course?  

Yes, but you will still have to pay the entire course fee.


Who chooses the sites we visit? 

The Instructor and volunteer coordinators choose from some 20 pre-selected sites that are most suitable to the lessons they wish to teach. All sites are within a 15-20 minute drive from our Thornbury studio.

Do we always paint outdoors? 

Generally yes, but it depends on the weather cooperating or the instructor’s plans for any given class. Our Thornbury studio is spacious, well lit and has an overhead screen so everyone has a good view of the instructor's demonstrations.


Are there places near the painting sites to buy lunch? 

Yes, but sometimes it's a 15 min drive, so packing a picnic lunch and snacks is recommended.  Packing drinking water each day is a necessity.

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