Artistic Workshops presented in 2019

Check back in late January for 2020 offerings

Colour Theory for the Figure Painter with Brian Smith was a sold out event the first weekend of the 2019 show.


We have all had a class or two in colour theory, but how many actually understand how to put that knowledge into practice? This two day workshop developed understanding of the basics and the finer points of color theory and, more importantly, how to apply that knowledge to the painting of the figure.
Find more information about Brian Smith at his website.

Interpreting the Landscape with Jamie Jardine 

Find more information about Jamie Jardine at his website.

Originally envisioned as a plein air experience, cold and wet weather moved Jamie’s workshop into the arts centre.                                   

Jamie has been painting landscapes for 19 years. His 2 day workshop demonstrated how he interprets a landscape and walked participants, step by step, through their own landscape. He lead by demonstration and explained his choice of palette, brushes and application of paint. He broke down each step of his painting from selecting a scene, blocking in shapes, choosing colour and refining each layer. The workshop met its goal of boosting confidences and was open to any skill level.


Life drawing with your peers  – 4 sessions

Four sessions were conducted throughout the show’s duration. These sessions are often available at the Grand Bend Art Centre at other times during the year – check the GBAC website.

Art Talks

A new initiative at Paint Ontario for 2019, art talks were very popular and well attended. Clicking on the artists’ names will bring you to their site.

  Marion Anderson

Marion Anderson is an award winning artist and experienced art instructor. Her versatility as an artist is due to her thirty plus years as a classroom teacher/ secondary school visual arts department head. Anderson works in series, completing a suite of artwork to explore a concept using the medium that best expresses her ideas. She is continuously experimenting, evolving and creating. Her subject matter depicts lived experience often portraying her rural roots.

Anderson makes her home and studio in New Dundee and Southampton, Ontario. Her work can be found in both private and corporate collections.

Donna Andreychuk

Donna Andreychuk’s work can be found in private collections worldwide and in numerous corporate collections. Her main interest is in the Canadian landscape, with plein air painting, playing an integral part in her working process. Her works leans towards abstraction. Many of her works are ornamental and appear to blend impressionism with hints of Canadian and Scandinavian landscape styles. Donna’s unique brushwork gives her paintings their brilliance and animates the surface, energizing the picture plane with colour and vibrancy.

We would like to acknowledge that Donna Andreychuk’s art talk was sponsored through the generous donation of Lynda Crossman and Soren Petersen.

Anna Koot

Anna Koot is an encaustic artist residing in St. Marys, Ontario. The rural setting in which she lives continues to influence her art.  After  years of studying a variety of mediums, she has fallen in love with encaustic art.  The ancient art form of encaustic uses natural beeswax, mixed with resin and pure pigment. The aroma of beeswax fills her studio, as tins of coloured wax are melted to begin another painting. The wax is melted, allowing it to be painted onto the surface with brushes, and then repeatedly reheated using her favourite tool, a propane torch. “Every girl should own one.”

We would like to acknowledge that Anna Koot’s art talk was sponsored through the generous donation of Jim and Marg Collez.

Fran Roelands

“Let me take you on a fun and interactive journey to your artistic potential on my road map to success. I will speak about the principles and elements of design and how to incorporate them into your work. Learning this valuable material will change your life as an artist and help you to tell your own amazing story! Learning design elements to create a dynamic composition is a life long skill that will help you to achieve amazing improvements in your art. You will understand the foundation of what makes a great painting work. This knowledge will help you to problem solve with a clear vision going forward. I will show you the steps of how to find that perfect subject and give you a checklist of design elements so you can fearlessly create that wonderful piece of art! After this talk, you will unbelievably ‘see and paint’ your new world for the very first time!”

We would like to acknowledge that Fran Roelands’ art talk was sponsored through the generous donation of Hay Communications.