This workshop will combine art history with art making, exploring how landscape painting in Western art reflects the complicated relationship between humans and the environment. This course will focus in particular on changes in the conception of depth in painting and how this corresponds with the increasing separation between subject and object in Western thought more generally. We will explore ways of extending and flattening illusory space, working in a range of media (acrylic paint, charcoal, ink, pastels...) and from a variety of subjects, including collage, hand-made models, and plein air observation. We will consider the mystical space of Byzantine Icons, the development of linear perspective in the Renaissance, the concept of the Sublime in Romanticism and Modernism, and the fragmentation of space throughout the 20th century.Find out more »
How do you describe the summer? It’s almost impossible not to start with the temperature and the comparative brightness of the sun and if we are lucky enough to be in a place like St. Andrews, with the water, the trees, the birds and the whales. And can you really describe what happens in the summer – say summer love -- without framing it with summer details? As a result, describing what the sky was like in the summer in a short story or essay can become an exercise in rendering emotion or opinion through detail. In this course, we will experiment with describing our summer landscape in the creation of either short stories or essays based in St Andrews.Find out more »
Watercolour: Exploring the Passion of Colour, Light and Design in the Maritime Landscape and Beyond! with Bonnie Steinberg
In this 2 day workshop, students will discover how colour, light and design can create passion in a watercolour composition. St. Andrews and the beautiful province of New Brunswick (and beyond) will provide our inspiration. Students will explore and participate in painting a new subject each day. Studio (and Plein Air Painting IF STUDENTS WANT TO EXPLORE ONLY! AND IF WEATHER PERMITS) will be experienced to further enhance the passion of this wonderful medium! Subject matter will include a landscape and a street scene including architectural and landscape components. Exploring creative colour mixing and both new and traditional techniques of paint application will provide a sound knowledge base. Students will also focus on linear and atmospheric perspective for further dramatic impact. Instruction through demonstrations, critiques and a “hands on” approach will allow for students to create luminous and vibrant paintings! This course is suitable for all level of expertise.Find out more »
Explore the vibrant medium of stained glass with the talented and seasoned artist Ruth Dunfield! This course is designed for beginners and those with experience. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to use patterns, cut glass, foil, solder and more.Find out more »
In this workshop, our goal is to understand nature by directly participating in nature as intimately as we can. This is an opportunity to engage with the natural world by walking and making art within it. In response to St Andrews and The Bay of Fundy’s diverse natural environment, we will ‘walk and make’ daily at various locations. Jan will guide you in making ephemeral land art utilizing materials from each site’s immediate surroundings such as sand, driftwood, litter, seaweed, stones and foliage. We’ll also review the evolution of land art, from plein air painting (Claude Monet) to contemporary environmental art (Andy Goldsworthy, Richard Long) as well as ‘walking’ art (Hamish Fulton). Those who would like to draw or paint ‘en plein air’ as well as photographers will also benefit from this workshop. ‘Works in progress’ as well as finished landworks will be documented via video. No experience necessary!Find out more »
While keeping an eye on the various disciplines within the theory of plein air painting: value, colour, light, composition, anatomy, perspective and gesture, we will strive to apply paint loosely with speed and vitality, while taking in the ever-changing natural surroundings of St. Andrews.Claudia Munro Kerr grew up in Scotland and Spain and trained at the City and Guilds of London, the Art Students League of New York, the National Academy of Arts and the Grand Central Academy. Claudia holds a B.A. Honours Degree in the History of Art from the University of Bristol, England, and lives in New York with her husband and two young children.Find out more »
If you have never used oil paint, or if you have been painting for some time and want to take your work to the next level, this class is for you!
This course places strong emphasis on a complete understanding of colour and light as it relates to creating the illusion of three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional surface. It explores oil painting techniques such as direct and indirect methods, open and closed grisailles, and the best tactics for building a sound painting.Find out more »
This workshop is for those who have oil painting experience, or who have taken a previous course with Maggie. Artists are encouraged to step out of their comfort zones and execute work with more complexity. Techniques and methods to broaden the understanding of representational painting will be explored through daily introductions to contemporary painters. Emphasis will be placed on exploration and the "big picture" aspects of creating a complete whole, no matter the chosen technique. Subject matter is up to each individual. Working from life and/or photographs are equally encouraged. The option to develop one piece or several are up to the individual. Participants are encouraged to arrive with a variety of possible ideas to explore. Discussions on all aspects of oil painting will develop in the moment based on the work being created.Find out more »
"Join Poppy Balser for five days of watercolour painting in the landscape where she grew up. Explore some of Poppy's favourite painting locations through your own paintings made on location. We will be working both indoors and out of doors. Each day Poppy will demonstrate exercises designed to showcase the unique qualities of watercolours in capturing the rich maritime landscape surrounding picturesque St Andrews-by-the-Sea, New Brunswick. This workshop is offered at Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre. We will have a view of the ocean from the back deck and gardens of the facility. Also, there are multiple plein air locations within easy reach of the Centre. Participants should come prepared to paint out of doors in a variety of conditions. If the weather is truly unpleasant, we will paint indoors."Find out more »
Designed to take advantage of dramatic changes in weather and light during the fall season, this project-based workshop will introduce you to topics such as visual design, understanding light, developing a concept, critiquing, and more. Using the historic seaside town of St. Andrews as our base, we’ll explore the area’s dramatic tides, stunning landscapes, botanical gardens and village life in ways that will inspire and challenge you.
The week includes lectures and slide presentations, editing sessions, and individual critiques, with participants working towards developing a cohesive body of work. Time will be available for practical instruction in camera settings and photo editing, as well as discussions on black & white photography, colour theory, composition, exhibition and presentation methods, printing on fine art papers, or submitting work to galleries.