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Sun, Aug 04



Advanced Painting and Composition 2024

This workshop is for experienced mid-career artists looking to advance their art. Held in beautiful historical Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada surrounded by inspiring vineyards and fruit orchards.

 Advanced Painting and Composition 2024
 Advanced Painting and Composition 2024

Time & Location

Aug 04, 2024, 10:00 AM – Aug 05, 2024, 4:00 PM

Niagara-on-the-Lake, 358 Gate St, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0, Canada

About the Event


9:45 for 10:00 AM Start: Welcome and Coffee/Tea The studio is situated within walking distance to "old town" downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake. Parking is provided in the driveway and on the road in front of my home studio. Participants are asked to bring any of their own painting supplies and canvas or other substrate no bigger than 16 x 20 inches. Please only bring into the studio space what is necessary for the workshop, leaving any extra materials in your vehicles in order to allow for maximum space in the studio. You will have a few minutes to have coffee or tea provided and say hello to fellow artists.

10:00 AM - Noon The workshop begins with strategic planning and preparation for your work, which includes understanding what materials to use and planning a process based on desired outcomes. Some drawing and brushwork techniques will be demonstrated and practiced along the way.

11:00 AM - Noon I will provide some demonstrations as well as spend time with each participant. You will experience some different exciting and creative methods aimed to bring out the innate style of individual artists. My goal is to let your own style show through with confidence while offering some fundamental direction.

12:15 - 1:00 PM Break for lunch: We will enjoy a healthy boxed lunch and refreshments away from our paintings on the property, weather permitting.

1:00 PM - 3:30 PM We return to our work with a fresh perspective and continue to add layers and color to our painting. I will be introducing some acrylic mediums and options to produce some profile and different textures in your work. This is a good time to delve into your painting as I will continue to provide one-on-one guidance.

3:30 - 4:00 PM Wind-up artists talk and review touching upon how to exhibit and show your work. Students are welcome to continue working for a while and when complete, they are welcome to store their work for a couple of hours and take this opportunity to walk to the town main street shops and cafes.

Attire: Dress for mess, expressive yet comfortable

Fee: $185. (in person with lunch and refreshments and some professional archival materials are included)

About Niagara-on-the-Lake 

Niagara-on-the-Lake is a charming and picturesque town nestled in the heart of Ontario's Niagara Peninsula, Canada. Known for its timeless beauty, rich history, and thriving wine industry, this town offers a delightful blend of old-world charm and modern-day allure. Situated at the mouth of the Niagara River, where it meets Lake Ontario, Niagara-on-the-Lake boasts breathtaking natural surroundings. Lush vineyards, rolling hills, and serene waterfront views create a scenic backdrop that captivates visitors from near and far. The town's immaculately manicured gardens, blooming flowers, and tree-lined streets further enhance its idyllic ambiance. Stepping into Niagara-on-the-Lake feels like stepping back in time. The town is renowned for its well-preserved 19th-century architecture, with many historic buildings and homes lining its streets. The main thoroughfare, Queen Street, is a charming promenade filled with quaint shops, boutiques, cafes, and restaurants. The horse-drawn carriages that traverse the streets add a touch of nostalgia, evoking a sense of romance and old-world elegance. Niagara-on-the-Lake is also celebrated for its vibrant cultural scene. The Shaw Festival, one of North America's finest theater festivals, takes place annually from April to October, showcasing world-class productions of plays by George Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries. The town is also home to various art galleries, museums, and historical sites, including Fort George, a military fortification from the War of 1812. One of the region's biggest draws is the Niagara-on-the-Lake wine country. With its moderate climate and fertile soil, this area is renowned for producing award-winning wines. Visitors can explore numerous wineries, go on wine tours, and indulge in tastings of the region's finest vintages, including world-famous ice wines. Nature enthusiasts will find plenty to enjoy in Niagara-on-the-Lake as well. The Niagara River Recreation Trail offers scenic paths for walking and cycling, while nearby Niagara Falls, just a short drive away, provides a magnificent display of natural wonder. Whether you're strolling through its charming streets, savoring exquisite wines, immersing yourself in history, or enjoying the beauty of its surroundings, Niagara-on-the-Lake promises a delightful experience for all who visit. It is a place where history, culture, and natural splendor intertwine to create a truly enchanting destination.

Accommodations for those looking to stay overnight in Niagara-on-the-Lake, please visit the Bed & Breakfast Association at:


Nearby Hotels: 

124 Queen (just down the road on Gate & Queen)

My Wonderful B&B Neighbours


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