Intro to Plein Air Painting

Painting workshop Ottawa region

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August 14, 2020 > Portage du Fort (Québec)

August 20, 2020 > Deep River (Ontario)

Plein air painting Workshop in Ottawa

A one-day art workshop in the Ottawa region in Canada offered every August. Learn the fundamental notions of plein air painting. And develop the skills to effectively depict the shapes and depth of the landscape. Open to artists of all levels and all mediums.

Course Overview:

This introductory course to plein air painting will help you understand basic principles including the field of vision, perspective, colors, texture, and composition. It is offered twice every August and it is open to all levels. Make the leap from the studio to the outdoors and tackle your landscape painting with confidence!

Plein air painting can be challenging as it forces us to look actively in order to capture the interaction between the various landscape elements.  It also takes us out of our comfort zone as we try to depict the shapes and depth of the scenery in front of us.  When painting outdoors, the first twenty minutes can be intimidating. But, brief demonstrations, personalized feedback, helpful hints, and gentle critique will boost your confidence.

With Prof. Yves M. Larocque you will learn to choose a location, analyze the light, understand the colors (values) and textures and deconstruct the subject matter, so you can achieve a great composition. Also, you will be able to tell why you choose a subject and what is your physical situation in relation to the selected landscape. For this, some basic notions of perspective drawing are necessary.

Our first outing takes place in the Pontiac region, near Portage du Fort (Québec) and the second one in Deep River (Ontario). Both locations are ideal for a plein air workshop because of their topography, balmy atmosphere and seducing light.  The timing is also perfect because August is the most beautiful time of the year.

By the end of this one-day art workshop in the Ottawa region, you will be able to head out into the field with the confidence that you need to complete a true plein air painting.

This art course is helpful for artists of all levels in painting and drawing experience. You will need an easel, your usual painting materials (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.), a color wheel, and a view catcher.


  • 8 hours of professional instruction
  • lunch

Painting workshop Ottawa region -Meeting points (8:30 a.m.):

  • August 14 > The old Portage du Fort Hotel on the shore of the Ottawa River
  • August 20 > Deep River Tim Horton

CAD $260.00 | US $200

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