Snow Day! Plein Air Winter Oil Painting

Instructor:  Michel Doucet
January 20 & 21   9 am – 5 pm 

Learn how to paint outside during winter. In this workshop you will learn the necessary equipment and set up for winter painting. We will work on composition, discover that the outdoor shadows stay longer and the colours are amazing. Learn that almost more than any other subject matter snow requires direct observation to help the artist convey it’s subtle beauty. Dress for the cold with layers and two pairs of gloves. There will be breaks throughout the day to warm up.     

Cost: $140    Material list to follow. Bring a lunch.

MICHEL DOUCET is mainly self-taught. He gives credit for his early interest in art to the paintings on the walls in the house where he grew up in Weymouth, NS. In his thirties he decided to proceed with his interest in art and today it has become a passion that continues to grow. Michel has since attended numerous workshops taught by accomplished artists and is now teaching his methods and continues to paint whenever he can. Michel Doucet’s home studio is out-of-doors, plein air, and when all is said and done he takes great pleasure in having those who enjoy his art.


Create a beautiful merino and silk scarf using the wet felting technique

Instructor: Dina De Witt
January 29    9 am – 5 pm

In this class, you will learn how to create a beautiful merino and silk scarf using a wet felting technique. These are one of a kind treasures, made by your hands and decorated with your creative expression and colour. They are warm and comfortable and luxurious, made from pure high-end silk and merino fibers. You can choose your favourite colour for your scarf; just let us know when you register.

Cost: $130 includes merino wool, silk fiber and most materials. Bring a lunch.

DINA DE WITT has always been interested in art and design. Her love for the ‘fiber arts’, started at a very young age, while watching her mother spinning yarn and knitting. The sheep on her paternal grandfather’s farm were a precious commodity, producing fiber for keeping warm in damp cold weather during the war. Her maternal grandfather, a tulip farmer, influenced her love of colour and beauty in nature.


Play with Clay

Instructor: Marla Benton
February 20 & 27   6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

This workshop will be held on two evenings, one week apart. You will have the chance to play with clay and discover the amazing ability that it has to hold details and texture. On the first evening, we will explore carving, stamping and printing into clay pieces that you have created. On the second day, a week later, we will discuss surface decoration and complete your creations by applying glazes. This workshop is open to all levels.

Cost: $125 includes all materials: clay, glazes and two firings.

MARLA BENTON lives and works on the South Shore of Nova Scotia. She has a Degree of Fine Art from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design and an Education Degree from Nipissing University. She creates a variety of work ranging from functional service wares to sculptural installations.      Instagram – @marla.benton


Winter Photography

Instructor: Kas Stone
February 8   10 am – 4 pm   Snow date: February 15

Winter presents some unique photographic challenges, but it can reward you with uniquely inspiring images too. In this workshop Kas celebrates the season and shares practical advice, shooting techniques and artistic ideas that will inspire you to make some winter magic with your camera. Following the morning classroom session and a short break (bring your brown-bag lunch) we will head out to the Chester waterfront to practice what we have learned. Take-home notes are provided for handy reference.

Cost: $75

KAS STONE is a professional photographic artist based in Lunenburg County, where she runs a studio gallery and leads workshops in creative digital imaging. Her portfolio includes an extensive list of publications, exhibitions and national awards, with a feature profile in Outdoor Photography Canada magazine.


Still Life Painting

Instructor: Lynda Shalagan
March 24 & 25   10 am – 4 pm

The workshop will focus on the painting of still life in oil or acrylic with emphasis on the use of colour and value to create strong form and composition. You can expect to complete several technical studies and at least one finished painting. A variety of subject matter will be provided.

Cost: $140    Material list to be provided. 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.


Demystifying Oil Painting

Instructor: Malcolm Callaway
April 12, 19, 26, May, 3, 10    1 – 4 pm

Artist Malcolm Callaway is back this spring for 5 classes teaching the many skills of oil painting. Classes start April 12th and run every Thursday afternoon until May 10th from 1 – 4 pm. You shall be exploring all aspects
of colour, mixing, application and composition in oil paint. There will be demonstrations and tricks of the trade.
You will be working on your own projects and some assigned. You will be using non-toxic mediums but aprons
are advised.

Cost: $140    Material list will be supplied.

Space is limited.