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24-25 April 2021
Abstracting The Landscape: Where to Begin
Online Via Zoom: $265. (THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL, please email to be placed on the wait list)
Course Overview: Abstract generally refers to the lack of a specific recognizable subject in a painting, but as we well know, there are many levels in between photo-realism and pure abstraction. Moreover, abstract does not imply there are no guiding principles. Just as we might approach a representational painting, in abstraction we can also consider the roles of shape, value, colour, etc. There are many ways to approach making an abstract painting and finding a "way-in" is sometimes the most difficult. This workshop combines both intuitive and academic methods. As you reference landscape and nature, you will be guided with specific prompts that will allow you to navigate and explore, "where to begin, how to begin and what next", during the course of this weekend workshop.
Please email maria (at) to register. ($50. non-refundable deposit required to hold a spot)
Class limit 10 participants

Online Mentoring: 29 April - 3 June 2021
Every Thursday (6 weeks) (Full)
6:00PM - 8:00PM (Pacific Standard Time) via Zoom
Offered through the Federation of Canadian Artists
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Online Plein-Air Workshop: 31 May, 1,7 & 8 June 2021
10AM - 1PM (Pacific Standard Time) via Zoom
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19-24 September 2021
Plein Air Retreat at Flying U Ranch, 70 Mile House, BC, Canada
Please click here for more information, This retreat is offered through the Federation of Canadian Artists but you do not need to be a member to attend!

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"I will definitely take another workshop from Maria. Her skill and knowledge are exceptional. I loved taking the workshop via zoom. The workshop lasted 3 full days and started at 9 am. A bonus is that I did not have to get up till 7am the first day, and 8 am the other two days. Once I was set up to paint, it was easy - everything was within arms reach. We had a critique each day, and at the end of the course, we reviewed our progress overall. Amazing. Maria gave really good critiques. So glad I took the class."
-Dorothy D., Burnaby, BC

"Loved the online workshop! I had so much fun and learned so much!!
-Diane G., North Vancouver, BC