Painting with Light and Colour

October 19 & 20, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm   

We will be working in colour and how we perceive it and how warm and cool light infuses perception of what we are seeing. We’ll also be tackling composition and how it relates to the canvas. Colour mixing and application using brushes, knives and even our hands. We will also look at different styles and art movements. Hopefully we will be able to walk away with a finished piece at the end of the session.

Cost: $140. Material list will be supplied. Bring a lunch.

Malcolm Callaway has been painting for over 40 years and works in various media such as oil, acrylic, watercolour and fresco. His artwork is in many major collections in Canada and the U.S. Although noted primarily for his marine pieces he also tackles a variety of subject matter. To see his work go to www.malcolmcallaway.ca



October 25 & 26, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm 

A rich tapestry of yellow, gold, orange, rust, red and more herald the changes in nature about us. Join Margaret Best to explore these glorious colours in a study of fall leaves or fruit. This is a botanical art workshop on colour and technique in your choice of coloured pencil or watercolour.

Cost: $180. Material list to be supplied. Bring a lunch.

Margaret Best was raised and educated in South Africa. After some years of teaching in Cape Town, she immigrated to Canada settling with her husband and daughter in Calgary. Inspired by the wildflowers of Alberta, Margaret retuned to her love of painting nature. A serendipitous connection with artists in England launched a passion for botanical art resulting in teaching and exhibiting internationally for almost 20 years. Her work is widely published in books and magazines such as Fine Arts Connoisseur, Canadian Wildlife, and Nature Conservancy of Canada The Royal Canadian Mint has commissioned her work for numerous coin releases since 2012. Her paintings are held in private and public collections around the globe. Margaret now resides in Chester, Nova Scotia.



November 20 & 21, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

A diptych is two paintings, which can hang together as one or be hung separately as two different but similar pieces. The diptych presents several interesting ways to manipulate an image. This workshop will include how to lay out a composition across two canvases, colour theory, colour mixing, using a background stain to add a layer of interest. Day 1: Landscape Diptych. Day 2: Still Life Diptych.  

Cost: $140. Material list will be supplied. Bring a lunch.

Heather Sayeau is a graduate of NSCAD University. She taught painting and drawing in the Fine Art Department at NSCAD and in the Continuing Studies Department until retirement in the spring of 2017. Her practice focuses on nature and the beauty of everyday life and how painting can express her emotional relationship to subject matter. Her work is in private and public collections in Canada and the U.S.   


Fall Textures & Details

November 29 & 30, 9:300 am – 3:300 pm   

Fall plant subjects are about bursting pods, wrinkled rose hips, berries, acorns, nuts, dried grass, cat tails – all subjects offering a display of unique textures and details. Margaret Best will guide participants working in a choice of graphite, coloured pencil or watercolour mediums in creating a botanical study inspired by a seasonal subject.

Cost: $180. Material list to be supplied. Bring a lunch.

Images from our summer 2019 Adult Classes

Great paintings with Susan Paterson’s Still Life watercolour workshop. Student work was amazing.

Brilliant colour and new techniques at Heather Sayeau’s two day workshop - Drawing a Line in the Paint.

What a perfectly amazing day for 8 artists to take the ferry to Little Tancook and paint plein air watercolour scenes with instructor Lynda Shalagan.

Painting with paper in Rhonda Barrett’s collage class. All made with little bits of paper.