Demos and Workshops

Join us once a month for a demo from a visiting artist and sign up for the full day Sunday workshop to learn how to apply the techniques to your own artwork.

Artist Demonstration/Artist Talks take place on Monday evenings from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

*Please note* – Due to COVID19 our Demos and Workshops will continue to be Virtual through the zoom platform into the fall (unless otherwise stated). 

To register for a  Workshop please contact our Demo/Workshop
Coordinator Mary Espinosa

Registration Form

Virtual/In Person Demo Evenings and Workshops

Virtual Painting with John David Anderson

Virtual 5 Week Session – Tuesdays 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Please Note – Start Date moved to Sept 14, final day TBD

Tuesday, September 7 – Day 1- How to take a good photo to a great painting. 
We will do a number of shape, colour & value analysis of a large photo. You will learn how to pull the best compositional idea from it, and  complete a successful painting.

Tuesday, September 14 –  Day 2 – Hollyhocks in bloom.
We will explore an image of a large stand of Hollyhocks, and build a method of simplifying some elements, and empowering others to produce an effective portrait of the hollyhocks.  

Tuesday, September 21 – Day 3 – Atmospheric perspective in Painting – getting the most of the blues. 
By the effective use of value and temperature we will create great depth into a painting. We will be  creating intervals of atmosphere and space deep into the image.

Tuesday October 5 – Day 4- Using edges, and contrast to create a powerful painting.  
How to maximize the various tools of contrast, value, temperature and colour along with appropriate use of edges to produce a canvas with captivating power.

Tuesday October 26 – Day 5- Painting  alla prima portrait. Tuesday October 26
Using a very simple colour palette we will learn the steps to an impressionist portrait in one session.

Read More About John David Anderson

Price: $130.00 member, $145.00 non-members


Developing Strong Landscape Paintings – Barb Sohn

IN PERSON- 2 Day Workshop 
New dates: TBA

This is a two-day workshop designed for the serious beginner and intermediate painter who is interested in my approach to planning and interpreting landscape and water. What makes a strong painting?  The focus will be on simplification, composition, colour and light. 

We will begin with a review and discussion of the fundamentals of a strong painting, followed by an initial demonstration.
Demonstrations will be done in acrylic paints.  I will assist individuals in developing a painting from a reference photo that they supply.
On the second day, students will work with supervision, with demonstrations on specific points as needed.
If we do an eat-in lunch time, I can do a slide show of a collection of artists whom I like, with a discussion about the factors that make it a strong painting.
We will conclude on Sunday with a critique and general discussion.

Read More About Barb Sohn

Price: $100.00 member, $120.00 non-members


Stronger Landscape Paintings with Brian Buckrell

Virtual 6 Week Session – Thursdays 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Thursday, October 28 – Thursday, December 2

Stronger Landscape Paintings is a Zoom workshop designed for those with a basic to intermediate level of experience and knowledge -it is not suitable for the beginner painter. The course will be offered once weekly ( Thursday evenings ) for six weeks beginning Oct  28.
Weekly sessions will be joined together with a dedicated Facebook Group for sharing paintings for comment and a site for providing additional information.
Each session will be three hours and will begin with a presentation on the topic of the day.
Week one will focus on working with acrylics and planning, including the use of software, and the first demo.
Subsequent weeks will focus on values, working with colour, perspective and composition.
All demos will be done in acrylics but the principles taught are universal to all mediums. Lots of work, lots of fun.

Weeks 1 & 2 – working with acrylics, planning and values
Weeks  3 & 4 –  colour
Weeks  5 & 6 – composition 

Read More About Brian Buckrell

Price: $220.00 member, $250.00 non-members


Acrylic Florals by Marjorie Mae

Virtual Demo Evening
Monday, November 1, 2021 – 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Virtual – 1 Day Workshop
Saturday, November 27 – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

In this workshop we will explore a loose and painterly approach to florals. We will layer (with transparents and opaques), use line, and a limited palette to create an impressionist style floral arrangement. We will learn the freedom of responding to our own marks on canvas and discover the beauty of the unexpected. So come, and bring your brushes, your big ones. Find out how much fun it is to have permission to just make ‘that mark’. You’ll love discovering your own voice!

Read more about Marjorie Mae

Price: $60.00 member, $70.00 non-members


Painting Water and Rocks – Peter John Reid

Demo Evening
Monday, May 2, 2022 – 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

2 Day Workshop
Saturday, May 28 – 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday, May 29 – 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

The course will help dispel the belief that water is one of the hardest subjects to paint. You will learn to capture the varying energies of water – from the tranquil to the rushing flow of a cascade – by truly seeing the subject, the colours and the various techniques you can use. Mornings will be spent learning the ebb and flow of water while the afternoons will be spent working on your own projects with individual assistance.

Read about Peter John Reid

Price: $100.00 member, $120.00 non-members