Coloured Pencil Techniques
Two-day introduction   

November 6 & 7  9:30 am – 3:30 pm

The medium of coloured pencil has leapt in popularity due mostly to vastly improved manufacturing and the remarkable painterly results that artists are achieving. As part of the botanical art series Margaret will guide the participants in exploring the various options of brands and different tools such as paper choice, colour blending materials, sharpeners, erasers. This is a fun workshop for all levels of skill. Subject matter will of course be simple plant structures – berries, fruit, leaves, stems.

Suitability: All skill levels from rank beginners to art or newcomers to botanical art with some prior art experience.

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

Watercolour Techniques
Two-day introduction   

December 3 & 4  9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Whether you would like to explore this medium for the first time or whether you would like to refresh your own watercolour skills, you will enjoy this hands-on learning opportunity. Margaret will provide key demonstrations of the core skills she employs on her own work. This two-day workshop will also focus on understanding the materials best suited to achieving successful results in botanical watercolour painting.

Suitability: All skill levels welcome.  From rank beginners to art, newcomers to botanical art with some prior experience, experienced artists interested in refreshing watercolour techniques.

Cost: $180. Material list will 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.

 Tia Mushka, Journey 11 x 17 mixed media (detail)

Tia Mushka, Journey 11 x 17 mixed media (detail)

Painting: Discover Your Style

Instructor:  Malcolm Callaway
October 4, 11, 18, 25 & November 1  1 – 4 pm   

This class is designed to assist you in the discovery of your own unique style of painting. Lessons will include discussions about various artists and their styles, while students practice oil painting techniques using a variety of materials and methods. In this manner, the class will be able to explore and identify individual, personal painting styles and consider how to refine and push approaches to new levels. Instruction is appropriate for all skill levels.  

Cost: $140. Material list will be supplied.

MALCOLM CALLAWAY has been painting for over 40 years and works in various media 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


Create a Luscious Painting

Instructor: Heather Sayeau
November 20 & 21 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Create a luscious painting on canvas using house paint brushes. Learn how to manipulate the brushes to execute fine lines, delicate sweeps of colour and expressive brushwork. All you need are a few 1 1/2” and 2” brushes and 24 x 24” canvases from the Dollar store + paints. The classes include a daily demonstration, visuals and practical critical advice. Enjoy the expressive potential house paint brushes can bring to your artistic life.

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.