UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

Our WORKSHOPS are designed as day-long or weekend-long classes for you to learn a new skill, technique, or medium of your choosing! They are structured for beginners, right up to advanced working artists. Feel free to peruse our available workshops below!

JUN

22

Saturday
10 am – 4 pm

$125

Layered Expressions

with Nadine Johnson

Have you ever wondered how artists achieve depth and richness in their paintings? If so, join us for Layered Expressions with Nadine Johnson. In this full-day experience, Nadine will unveil the importance and impact of layers in visual storytelling and the mulitple ways in which this can be done. Working on paper, you will be exploring painting, collage, mark-making, and textures through a varied selection of mediums and tools. Discover how to identify and appreciate what truly captivates you in your creative endeavors.

Whether you are an experienced artist or someone looking to have fun with new techniques, this workshop promises a day of inspiration, creativity, and artistic growth. Reserve your spot now for a day filled with layered expressions and joyful exploration!

JUL

9+16

Tuesday
2 DAYS
1 pm – 4 pm

$169

Plein Air for Beginners

with Holly McWilliams

Do you dream of being able to sketch and paint during your vacations? Imagine packing up a convenient, easy-to-carry art bag with all your essentials, setting up anywhere, anytime, and soaking in the beauty of your surroundings through your art.

Join our beginner-friendly watercolour and sketching workshop, where you will learn the art of Plein Air painting. In this workshop, you will learn to create lasting memories in a unique and special way, far beyond snapping a quick photo. Embrace your creativity on the go and experience the joy of capturing the essence of your travels through your sketches and paintings.

This workshop is specially designed in anticipation of the upcoming artist retreat vacation to Italy, co-hosted by Holly this October. However, you don’t need to be joining us in Italy to benefit from this course. Anyone interested in watercolour sketching on location is welcome!

JUL

10+17

Wednesday’s
2 DAYS
10 am – 4 pm

$285

Big, Bold & Beautiful

with Holly McWilliams

Tired of those tiny, scratchy brush marks? Say hello to bold, beautiful strokes!

Join Holly McWilliams for a super fun painting class over two consecutive Wednesdays on July 10th, and Wednesday, July 17, where you will learn to wield your brush like a pro. Dive into the world of oil and acrylic painting as we create stunning sunflowers together.

Get ready to explore the magic of paint consistency and mark-making. Learn how to make one brush do the work of an entire set and bring a new level of confidence to your art. With Holly’s expert guidance, you will soon be layering paint and making marks like a master.

Perfect for oil and acrylic painters looking to have a blast while learning new techniques. Don’t miss out!

JUL

20

Saturday
10 am – 4 pm

$125

Whimsical India Ink Landscape Painting

with Yulia Tsinko

Do you want to get better at quick landscape sketches and loosen up your style? Do you want to try your hand at a new medium? Do you love painting landscapes but want to get better at composition, gesture and mark-making? Do you just want to try something new and fun? This unique full-day workshop is for you!

Artist Yulia Tsinko will instruct several introductory ink painting exercises that focus on various landscape elements. Participants will learn to examine line quality, value, gesture, and composition while exploring a variety of expressive ink painting techniques. In addition to learning a simple approach to quickly capturing landscapes, Yulia will also demonstrate various ways of creating rich, emotional images. Participants will also work on balancing line precision with freedom of mark-making, experimentation, and whimsical decorations.

Join Yulia Tsinko for a day of fearless creativity at its best!

JUL

22+24

Mon + Wed
2 DAYS
10 am – 4 pm

$299

In Full Bloom

with Holly McWilliams

Have you always dreamed of painting on a grand scale? Get ready to push your boundaries and paint BIG! If you have ever loved the idea of painting florals loosely and LARGE, this is the workshop for you!

Join Holly McWilliams for this guided course on how to paint large florals with expressive mark-making. With painting demonstrations by Holly, combined with guided personal instruction, this workshop is all about breaking your boundaries and learning how to paint in a larger scale.

This course is open to acrylic and oil painters. Some supplies provided, please see supply list for what to bring for class.

JUL

23-25

3 DAYS
Tue – Thu
10 am – 3:30 pm

$395

Paint like a Master

with Michael Downs

Want to progress as a painter? There are no secrets…only a good foundation of skills and habits.

In this three-day workshop with Michael Downs you will learn these “tools” just like masters such as Sargent, Rembrandt, and Monet. Working from life, you will start with proper drawing form, move into a tonal approach, and finish with colour.

Traditional skills and habits will be taught throughout and will set you on the path to mastering painting, no matter what you choose to paint!

JUL

26

Friday
10 am – 3:30 pm

$140

Painting Live-Model Portraits

with Michael Downs

Join artist Michael Downs for this one-day workshop painting portraits of live, studio models!

Using a traditional grisaille method and a brush, Michael will show you how to render form efficiently and immediately. This approach uses passive and active relationships to build your skill and confidence. Then, we will move on to a traditional impressionist method and palette knife to create form loosely and dynamically. This approach uses vibrant colour relationships to build your visual acuity for colour.

JUL-AUG

29-2

5 DAYS
Mon – Fri
10 am – 4 pm

$595

Unveiling the Art of Composition

with Nadine Johnson

Unveiling the Art of Composition is a journey into artistic expression with Nadine Johnson, who will concentrate on the elements of value, composition and visual language. 

Each morning, Nadine will delve into the principles of value and composition, using demonstrations and exercises to deepen your understanding. Additionally, she’ll encourage experimentation with various materials, fostering curiosity and playfulness to help you discover what resonates in your art.

Whether you’re a budding artist or a seasoned creator, this workshop offers a welcoming space for all levels of mastery. Under Nadine’s expert guidance, you’ll embark on a journey of artistic self discovery, learning to craft compositions that captivate the imagination and ignite the senses.

AUG

6-9

4 Days
Tue – Fri
10 am – 4 pm

$495

Vibrant Watercolours

with Brittney Tough

Put your colours to the test with this vibrant night scene! In this four-day class with artist Brittney Tough you will learn how to exaggerate colour to create light and shadows. Students will learn about colour theory and how it is applied in a painting, and we will specifically discuss those tricky greens and yellows!

Through step-by-step demonstrations, participants will learn how to apply watercolours using many techniques and processes. Brittney will also provide one-on-one guidance throughout the process.

Join us for this fun, supportive, and colourful workshop!

AUG

14-16

3 Days
Wed – Fri
10 am – 4 pm

$395

Deconstructed Realism

with Connie Geerts

Are you eager to expand your painting horizons and venture beyond realism? In this three-day course with artist Connie Geerts, she will guide you through the process of confidently breaking down traditional realism while seamlessly infusing your work with playful abstracted elements. The result? A wonderfully expressive and engaging finished painting that truly reflects your artistic vision.

Topics covered will be using abstract elements effectively, design, colour use, the importance of contrast, harmony, reflection, and more!

Join us for this fun and supportive class!

AUG

26-30

5 Days
Mon – Fri
10 am – 4 pm

$595

Open Studio

with Gloria Gelo

Join us for a unique studio experience led by Gloria Gelo, a contemporary abstract artist, designer, and instructor.

Delve into your own artwork under her guidance. Whether you’re craving a supportive environment to discuss your work, seeking advice on design or composition, or aiming to complete your projects, this course is tailored to help you tap into your creative capabilities. Get ready to receive personalized tips and techniques to enhance your mindset and skills. Embark on this week-long journey of art mentorship and unlock your creative potential!

Gloria’s work has an elegant simplicity that is distinctive in the contemporary art scene. A recurring theme in her work is the fundamental search for balance, which is reflected in her artistic philosophy. Working in layers, she balances the tension between chaos and organization. She continuously explores ways to simplify her work, allowing it to breathe and resonate with a unique sense of composition and interest. The result is a modern aesthetic with a graphic edge.

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