Drawing with Dimension Series  A pathway to enhanced realism

The upcoming Drawing with Dimension Series will offer artists of all skill levels ways to achieve a more three-dimensional quality in drawings. These unique drawing workshops will provide opportunities to sharpen observation skills and will serve to assist each participant in developing stronger elements of realism regardless of a preferred colour medium. 

Each of the three Drawing with Dimension workshops will address a selection of plant subjects designed to focus on the importance of seeing and interpreting value ranges. Choices will include palest of subjects, to the most vibrant and also the darkest in hue. Seeing and interpreting highlights, shadows and varying textured surfaces will all be covered.

Drawing with Dimension 1 
Jan 29 & 30       9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Cost: $180. Material list to be supplied. Bring a lunch

Drawing with Dimension 11
Feb 26 & 27       9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Cost: $180. Material list to be supplied. Bring a lunch

Drawing with Dimension 111
March 14 & 15       9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Cost: $180. Material list to be supplied. Bring a lunch

“I was a little apprehensive as a beginner but Margaret’s teaching skills dispelled my concerns right away. I am inspired to continue with this creative path.”
Val Shupe, Marriotts Cove

“Margaret has the ability to understand the skill level of each student. I am enjoying her precise and efficient methods that will support my growth as an artist.”
Dawn Millett, Lunenburg

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.

Introduction to Modern Calligraphy
with Lisa MacPherson

February 17   12:00 – 4:00pm

Modern calligraphy has become increasingly popular as it combines new and traditional tools to create a more free-form style of writing, maintaining the elegance of traditional calligraphy while allowing for more self-expression. In this workshop, students will receive detailed, hands-on instruction and learn the fundamentals of pointed-pen calligraphy – from nib preparation to basic strokes to letter and word formation. Beginners welcome! All materials to be provided.

Cost: $80.00 plus $20.00 for materials.

Materials to be provided:

  • Custom Name Tag w/Calligraphy

  • S&S Alphabet Worksheets (6 pages) printed on HP Premium Choice Laserjet Paper

  • S&S Blank Lined Worksheets (10 pages) printed on HP Premium Choice Laserjet Paper

  • Nib: Zebra Comic G Model Chrome Pen Nib

  • Pen Holder: Straight Manuscript Dip Pen Holder - Mahogany

  • Ink: Kuretake Black Sumi Ink  - Small Plastic Jar with Snap Lid

  • Digital versions (PDF) of S&S Alphabet/Blank worksheets to be provided by email

Originally from Ottawa, Lisa MacPherson moved to Montreal to pursue a B.F.A. in Studio Art (2005) from Concordia University. She instructed art classes at the Visual Arts Centre in Montreal until moving to Halifax in 2012. After falling in love with East Coast she and her husband decided to stay. She found her way into the wedding industry in 2013 working as the Lead Design Consultant at a local boutique custom stationery shop. In 2017 she joined the team at Elegant Productions Planning and Design and co-founded Elegant Paper Co. In addition to her work with EP, Lisa keeps busy with her growing calligraphy business, Scribble and Script, and instructing art classes at NSCAD's School of Extended Studies. 

Photo of Lisa MacPherson by Candace Berry Photography


Painting in Colour and Light
With Malcolm Callaway

April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2       1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This painting class will cover style, colour mixing, applications and finding your subject matter. We will also look at composition, design and various artists’ work and how they achieved it. I will help with your own projects with hands on demos. Instruction is appropriate for all skill levels working in oil and/or acrylic.

Cost: $140. Material list to be supplied.

Malcolm Callaway has been painting for over 40 years and works in many mediums such as oil, acrylic, watercolours 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.


Waterscapes and Reflective Surfaces
With Lynda Shalagan

April 13 & 14   10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Painting waterscapes and other reflective surfaces requires a looseness and ability to use surface qualities of the paint through scraping, smearing and dripping – often employing ‘happy accidents’! This workshop will explore and demonstrate some ways to achieve interesting results and add depth to water or other reflective image through experimentation with layering and texture. 

Oil and/or acrylic paints will both be used to address the subject matter.

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

Lynda Shalagan began her training in Vancouver, B.C. taking craft and fine art courses at Capilano College in North Vancouver. She subsequently transferred to the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, N.S. (BFA ’82). At present, Lynda lives in Halifax, teaches art part time at the Sacred Heart School of Halifax and continues her work in painting in her studio/Artz Gallery exhibiting locally and nationally.

The Art of Repair – Shibori and Sashiko
With Kate Ward

May 25 & 26 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Japanese textiles that have been pieced, patched, repaired and passed down from generation to generation are known as boro. The embroidered and repaired cloths embrace the concept of 'wabi sabi', beauty in an object's impermanence and imperfection.

This workshop focuses on natural indigo dye, hand-stitching, and mending. Over the weekend participants will discover the magic of indigo, shibori and sashiko. On the first day we immerse ourselves in the art of shibori, where cloth is bound, wrapped, stitched and clamped to create patterns on fabric dipped in a natural indigo dye vat; and on the second day we learn Sashiko embroidery, a Japanese textile mending and reinforcing technique involving a simple running stitch that creates beautiful yet practical embellishments used to mend clothes while also adding meaning and mindfulness to our work. Please click this link for more information.

Cost: $150 with $50 for materials. Bring a lunch.


Kate Ward is an interdisciplinary artist and educator whose research driven practice investigates the relationship between art, ritual spaces and cultural meaning. Kate is the recipient of numerous international scholarships, residencies and exchange programs. Her work has been selected for national and international exhibitions and awards and she is represented in national and international collections in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia and America.