Public workshop Calendar


    • Thu, August 10, 2017
    • Thu, August 31, 2017
    • 4 sessions
    • The Barrie Art Club
    • 1

    Brush Strokes for Better Results! - Elevate Your Good Photograph To A Terrific Painting:
    Morning Workshop

    • 4-class series
    • Registration $70 for members and non-members
    • All Levels


    Each brushstroke has a tone, an emotion and tells its own story.  This course is for beginners wishing to start developing a style of their own, or established artists looking to refine their style in the medium of their choice. Instruction will be given to artists working in the means of expression they choose; realism, impressionism & abstraction.

    About the Artist

    Andrew Cheddie Sookrah is a Canadian artist living and working in Toronto, and a member of Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, Society of Canadian Artists (Lifetime, Mentor), Ontario Society of Artists, Portrait Society Of Canada.

    Sookrah is a raw colourist whose free brushwork is confident and powerful. His strengths can be seen in his strong sense of design, exquisite use of effective composition, and confident presentation of bold colours.

    His is a masterful expression of the interconnectivity of everything.

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    • Thu, August 10, 2017
    • Thu, August 31, 2017
    • 4 sessions
    • The Barrie Art Club
    • 0

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    Gov. General Mr. JohnstonGuidelines to Portraiture

    Evening Workshop

    • 4-class series
    • Registration $100 for members and non-members (Plus Model Fee: TBA - Est. $5 - $10 per session)
    • Level: All Levels
    • Subject: Portraiture

    Construction of the face in pencil; outline of anatomy of head showing muscle process and attachments, and an explanation of how expression changes in the face with the movement of muscle. 

    Plein Air: Paint directly from life.



    About the Artist

    CYRIL LEEPER, P.P.O.I.P., A.B.A.R., P.I.N.Y.
    At the early age of 9, Leeper began art studies at Art School at the Grange (the present location of the A.G.O.) under members of the Group of Seven. During this time he also pursued piano instruction at The Royal Conservatory of Music and later violin with Frank Radcliffe then on with Prof. David Zafer at the University of Toronto for 6 years. At 17, he began studies with H.D. Sheppard a protege of Franz Johnston and Fred Haines and later apprenticed with the famous portraitist, Kenneth K. Forbes RCA, OSA, PPOIP twice winner of the Proctor Prize.

    On the one hand, his music studies with the violin took him from performing with the NYO, TYO to the Stokowski Orchestra in Switzerland under Leopold Stokowski to serving 9 years as Concertmaster of the Huronia Symphony in Canada.

    On the other hand, the competition between the Arts and Music came to a head in Rome, Italy when he was accepted on scholarship into the "Accademia Di Belle Arti Di Roma" The Art Academy of Rome for 5 years and in the 3rd year won the Gold Medal in Italy at the Centre for Figurative Arts with a one man exhibition to follow. He later was Accepted into the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes de San Fernando at the University of Madrid, Spain, this Art Academy was originally founded by Francesco Goya. He was presented the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal at the Legislature and the Silver Jubilee Medal at Roy Thompson Hall.

    His official portrait in Britain of Malcolm Muggeridge was used as the cover piece for "The National Review."


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    • Sat, August 19, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Barrie Art Club
    • 0

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    Spectacular Skies in Acrylics with Peter John Reid:
    Saturday Workshop

    • $50.00 members
    • $65.00 non-members
    • Medium: Acrylic
    • Level: 
    • Subject: Landscape - Skies
    Skies can be extraordinary!  Learn to understand the forms, capture the subtle colours and the painting techniques for eye captivating sky scopes.
    There is a small booklet provided for the course.

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    • Thu, September 07, 2017
    • Thu, September 28, 2017
    • 4 sessions
    • The Barrie Art Club
    • 5

    Floral Fantasies
    Morning Workshop

    • Subject: Colourful Acrylic Florals
    • 4-class series
    • Registration $70 for members and non-members
    • Level: All

    Classes will focus on taking advantage of easy acrylic painting techniques, that allow artists to record information quickly and accurately with a minimum of drawing. Class paintings will be taken through a series of steps from decision-making to fine-tuning.



    About the Artist

    To complete her paintings, Barb employs a variety of techniques learned from watercolour, oil, soft pastel and acrylic instructors. Her works are sometimes soft and muted while at other times, colourful and exuberant. She enjoys capturing all types of subject matter and particularly loves plein air excursions.

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    • Thu, September 07, 2017
    • Thu, September 28, 2017
    • 4 sessions
    • The Barrie Art Club
    • 2

    Explore the Glory of Watercolour - Creativity, Techniques, Composition in Landscape Subjects:
    Evening Workshop

    • 4-class series
    • Registration $70 for members and non-members
    • Level:  Intermediate to Advanced


    Each week will focus on different subjects and technique with approximate 45 min. demo, class paint time with my guidance and finish with approximately 30 min. critique time.

    About the Artist

    I have been a watercolourist since 1977 and have taught classes for over 30 years. Over that period, I have had the privilege of attending workshops with many top level instructors including Frank Webb, Alvero Castagnet, Fred Graff, Christopher Schink, Skip Lawrence and Alex Powers.

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    • Sat, September 16, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Barrie Art Club
    • 6

    Figure Drawing of Animals
    Saturday Workshop

    • $45.00 members
    • $60.00 non-members 
    • Medium: Drawing media
    • Level: Intermediate, Advanced
    • Subject:

      Lively Informal Animal Images

    Escape the 'snapshot photo' copycat trap! Learn ways to bring four footed family members to life. Learn to 'Look' at the figure, see beneath the skin and fur to make the skeleton armature, muscles and fur work together to make shapes. Draw without relying on those very addictive photo references. Outcomes will be loose study size.  The pages used never bigger than  8.5" x 11", usually less.

    About the Artist: 

    Nola is a signing member of the Toronto Watercolour Society, an associate of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, also The Colored Pencil Society of America and the East York Garden Club. She creates the Banbury Brief, a weekly review from The Banbury Studio. Along the way she's led workshops, had exhibitions and won a few awards. On her first sale in 1967, a graphite image drawn from life of an elderly horse, she made her career choice, professional visual artist.

    Since that date she has balanced her fine art career between examinations of Muskoka's natural shorelines and domestic animals of all sorts.

    After graduating from the Ontario College of Arts in 1974, she imagined, built and installed seasonal décor for major retail chains and shopping centers. She was Santa's elf designer for his homes across Canada.

    In 1996, her love of teaching and drawing led to the adult teaching certification, an AESTC.

    • Sat, September 30, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Barrie Art Club
    • 5

    The Mosaic Approach to Painting Acrylics:
    Saturday Workshop

    • $55.00 members
    • $70.00 non-members 
    • Medium: Acrylic
    • Level: Intermediate, Advanced
    • Subject: Landscape

    Using only simple varied mosaic like brush strokes, students will explore how to create dynamic semi-abstract landscapes. This approach to painting has its roots in Pointillism and Divisionism and can add a fresh and lively look to paintings. Movement, depth of field, subtle colour shifts, textures, lost and found edges and other painting elements can all be created using the mosaic approach. The mosaic strokes that create the shapes will be painted over a base colour and a loose, bold outline sketch. The base colour and portions of the outline sketch will be visible between the strokes and add additional interest. Each student will paint a unique painting. Sample paintings and a partial demonstration will help the student to understand this interesting painting concept.



    About the Artist: 

    MARC L. GAGNON
    BES, B.ARCH, O.A.A., CSPWC
    Marc L. Gagnon is a full time artist, employing both the watercolour and acrylic mediums. He has been painting for over thirty-five years. He holds degrees in Environmental Studies and Architecture, from the University of Waterloo. Marc is an elected member of The Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, and served on the board of directors for ten years. He was President of the CSPWC from 2005 until 2007. In 2006 as President he was the official host for the CSPWC watercolour symposium in Calgary Alberta.

    Mr. Gagnon’s paintings have been exhibited in over 56 exhibitions including several CSPWC “Open Waters” exhibitions, Visual Art Mississauga Annual Juried Exhibitions and Gallery of Peel Annual Juried Exhibitions. He was selected to exhibit in 2004 at the 6th International Watercolour Biennial in Mexico City. Marc is often asked to be a juror for art exhibitions such as the 21st.annual Toronto Watercolour Society Juried Spring Show and the Mississauga Artist of The Year Awards.

    Over thirty arts organizations and colleges have engaged Marc as a workshop instructor and demonstrator of watercolour and acrylic painting techniques.
    Marc takes a bold, fresh and semi abstract approach to both his acrylic and watercolour paintings; which has often led to interesting and innovative results. Marc’s paintings, exhibition history and workshop schedule can be viewed on his web page at www.mlgagnonart.com

    • Thu, October 05, 2017
    • Thu, October 26, 2017
    • 4 sessions
    • The Barrie Art Club
    • 4

    Loosen Up Your Landscapes - Acrylic (or Watercolour):
    Morning Workshop

    • Subject:

      Landscapes - Ways to Achieve a Looser Look

    • 4-class series
    • Levels: All
    • Registration $70 for members and non-members

    Marianne will demonstrate her method for painting loose, dynamic landscapes in acrylics, explaining the techniques and giving a wealth of information in each class. She will cover planning the painting, composition, selecting the important elements for maximum impact, exciting colour palettes, loose brushwork, blending, texture, hard and soft edges, overall harmony and more. Marianne provides wonderful reference photos and will give lots of individual assistance and encouragement as you work on your own paintings.

    About the Artist

    Marianne was born in England but spent much of her childhood in Malaysia. The stunning scenery and abundance of exotic animals and plants heightened her love of nature and keen interest in drawing and painting. Marianne settled in Canada in 1980 and lives in the beautiful countryside near King City, Ontario.

    Marianne is a full time artist and a sought after art instructor. Her stunning paintings of flowers, landscapes and abstracts have received numerous awards in juried exhibitions.

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    • Thu, October 05, 2017
    • Thu, October 26, 2017
    • 4 sessions
    • The Barrie Art Club
    • 9

    Pastel Landscape: Chasing Colour
    Evening Workshop

    • 4-class series: $70.00 for members and non- members 
    • Subject: Pastel Landscape
    • Level: Intermediate - Advanced
    • Medium: Soft Pastel
    Learn how to create quick thumbnails, allowing yourself to see whether ideas translate into solid visual ideas for paintings. In employing the principles of good composition, we avoid problems in later stages of the painting process.  Learning monochromatic studies, and how to build a palette around one colour, value studies (limited palette/expanded palette), how to create depth through temperature and through scaling.


    About the Artist

    Teaching Experience: Workshops specializing in life drawing (from beginner to advanced), pastel - plein air and at home/studio, and for various art organizations, art schools and colleges.

    Ontario: Pastel Studio Canada, Cambridge; Algonquin College, Ottawa

    Pastel Artists of Canada National Symposium, Burlington Cultural Centre

    Haliburton School of Fine Art, Haliburton

    ...

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    • Sat, October 21, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Barrie Art Club
    • 8

    Colour Clinic: Why and How to Use Modified Colour:
    Saturday Workshop

    • $45.00 members
    • $60.00 non-members 
    • Medium: Acrylic
    • Level: All
    • Subject:

      Mixing and Painting with Modified Colours

    Deepen your colour understanding and expand your painter’s toolbox with this lively primer/refresher on modifying colours. As painters, we are inevitably drawn to the excitement of full-intensity colour, but too much of a good thing can leave our work looking more like candy and less like painting. In this workshop, we’ll learn about tints, tones and shades, colours created by mixing all three primaries, and mixed blacks. We’ll then practice using modified colours to create several different effects through hands-on exercises. Leave straight-out-of-the-tube behind and start mixing with the pros!

    About the Artist:  Kal Honey is an artist, art instructor and former graphic designer. An award-winning graduate of OCAD, Kal’s work includes painting, assemblage, and collage -- encompassing bold graphics, subtle patterns, text and wordplay.  Kal teaches artist-to-artist: inspiration, challenge, structure, support, artistic freedom, lively discussion — and laughter. He is an instructor at Haliburton School of the Arts (diploma, certificate and summer programs), Neilson Park Creative Centre and Visual Arts Mississauga, as well as leading workshops, giving lectures and jurying exhibitions throughout Southern Ontario.

    • Thu, November 02, 2017
    • Thu, November 23, 2017
    • 4 sessions
    • The Barrie Art Club
    • 13

    More Challenges!
    Morning Workshop

    • Subject: Creative Challenges
    • 4-class series
    • Registration $70 for members and non-members
    • Level: Intermediate

    This four week course is designed to increase your speed, skill and confidence. Each week, I will present a new challenge, that will get your creative juices flowing, and open your mind to new ways of studying and starting your own future projects. This workshop is suitable for any painting medium.



    About the Artist

    Deb specializes in oil landscapes in varied styles from contemporary to classic impressionism. Deb has her retail gallery and studio in Barrie, where she lives, and is involved in the local arts community, teaching, mentoring and organizing events.

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    • Sat, November 18, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • The Barrie Art Club
    • 5
    Not to be Negative, but ...
    Saturday Workshop

    • Medium: Watercolour
    • Subject: Negative Painting Approach
    • Level: Intermediate - Advanced
    • $45.00 member
    • $60.00 non-members


    Artists search for ways to give their work the “Wow” factor. We want viewers to take that extra moment to look at what we have created. One way to achieve this is to paint in the negative. Use the space in and around an object to enhance the illusion of depth and increase the range of values in your painting.

    Painting negatively can be a very positive experience!

    About the Artist

    Nancy is an award-wining artist, teacher and juror. She is the Past President of the Toronto Watercolour Society (TWS) and the Society of York Region Artists (SOYRA). Nancy has exhibited her work in many solo shows and juried group shows including TWS Aquavision, Art Aurora, Society of York Region Artists (SOYRA), and Blue Mountain Foundation of the Arts (BMFA) shows. She has received several First Place, Honourable Mention and People's Choice Awards. Nancy has been a guest instructor for many art societies such as the Banbury Group of Artists, Don Valley Art Club and the Marsh Street Painters, Clarksburg.  She gives workshops and teaches regular sessions of classes at the Aurora Cultural Centre.  Nancy has been an instructor at the Haliburton School of the Arts for many years.  In June of 2015, 2016 and 2017 Nancy was an instructor for the Blue Mountain School of Landscape where the focus was painting en plein air.


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Past workshops

Sat, July 29, 2017 $WEW: John Pryce: Plein Air: Oil
Thu, July 06, 2017 $WDW: Cathy Boyd: Oil (or Acrylic): Colour Me Crazy
Thu, July 06, 2017 $WDW: Ian McIntosh: Photograph Your Art
Sat, June 24, 2017 $WEW: Martha Johnson: Gestural Landscape on Mylar
Thu, June 01, 2017 $WDW: Ruth Ann Pearce: Coloured Pencil: A Fruitful Day
Thu, June 01, 2017 $WDW: Jordan Eveland: Media Adventures
Sat, May 20, 2017 $WEW: Doug Purdon: Acrylic
Thu, May 04, 2017 $WDW: Kim Martin: Pastel Pet Portraits
Thu, May 04, 2017 $WDW: Barbara Stofast: Texture in Acrylic with Mixed Media
Fri, April 21, 2017 $WEW: Brian Smith: Life Drawing, The Basics and Beyond
Thu, April 06, 2017 $WDW: Japanese Brush Painting: Roslyn Levin
Thu, March 16, 2017 $WDW: Mary Makrilias: The Fundamentals of Drawing
Thu, March 09, 2017 $WDW: Georgia! : Jennifer Lawton
Sat, February 25, 2017 $WEW Sandy Brand: Creativity, Colour, Composition
Thu, February 02, 2017 $WDW: Explorations in Watercolour: Richard VanderMeer
Sat, January 07, 2017 $WEW Capturing the Basics of Light and Shadow with Sharon Black
Sat, November 26, 2016 Postponed: $WEW Capturing the Basics of Light and Shadow with Sharon Black
Thu, November 03, 2016 $WDW Deb Grise: Challenges for Speed, Skill, Confidence
Thu, October 20, 2016 $WDW Kim Martin - Pastel Pet Portraits II
Sat, October 15, 2016 $WEW Leslie Staple - Botanicals in Watercolour
Sat, September 17, 2016 $WEW Atanur Dogan - Expressive Watercolour Portraits
Thu, September 08, 2016 $WDW Barbara Stofast: Techniques with Acrylic Gel Medium
Sat, August 20, 2016 $WEW Tom Campbell - Secrets of Master Painters (Oil)
Thu, August 04, 2016 $WDW Carol Thomson - Chinese Brush Painting (Watercolour)
Sat, July 16, 2016 CANCELLED: $WEW Sharon Barfoot - Exploring Cold Wax (Oil)
Thu, July 07, 2016 $WDW Lisa Rankin - Awaken your Inner Artist (Oil)
Sat, June 18, 2016 $WEW Kal Honey - Intro to Composition
Mon, June 06, 2016 $WDW Margaret Ferraro - Soft Pastels Plein Air Workshop
Thu, June 02, 2016 $WDW Mary Makrilias - Watercolour Dreamworks
Thu, June 02, 2016 $WDW Lois Green: Media Exploration (Acrylic & Watercolour)
Sat, May 21, 2016 $WEW Sheila Butler - Acrylics: Transparent & Opaque
Thu, May 05, 2016 $WDW Lois Green - Expressive Drawing
Thu, April 07, 2016 $WDW Cathy Boyd - 37-minute Paintings
Sat, March 19, 2016 $WEW Brian Smith - Abstracting the Figure
Thu, March 03, 2016 $WDW Merv Richardson - Watercolour for the Love of it
Mon, February 29, 2016 $WDW Alice Edwards- 30 Paintings in 30 Days
Sat, February 20, 2016 $WEW Margaret Ferraro - Soft Pastels


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