Outdoor Painting Workshop in Grasslands National Park and a Discount for You!

Val-Marie-HarwoodVal Marie after rain (Photo Robert W Harwood)

On a Friday morning the village of Val Marie, SK, where I live, is waking up. A woodpecker hammers on a pole, pickup trucks wait outside the village office, small children walk dusty streets to school, somewhere a horse whinnies.

Next weekend, a different kind of waking up. The awakening of a summer’s worth of creativity, as the 2015 Prairie Wind & Silver Sage artist residency program begins, in partnership with Grasslands National Park. There will be lots of amazing events taking place with artists in five different disciplines arriving from four Canadian provinces and one U. S. state, to share their talent with residents of the community and visitors to the park, and work on their own creative projects. You can read all about it here.

The first event, on July 13, is perfect for you.CALDWELL_POSTERAnd the news is that readers of this blog – that’s you! – are offered a 20% discount off the registration fee for a one-day outdoor painting workshop “Celebrating the Vast Grasslands and Landforms in Grasslands National Park” with Montana-based artist Carolyn Caldwell, June 13 2015, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Caldwell-spring-came-early“Spring Came Early” by Carolyn Caldwell (mixed media/canvas)

It’s easy to be overwhelmed when painting outdoors and this plein air workshop will help you sort out what’s important to put in and what to leave out. With demonstrations and personal attention, Carolyn Caldwell will lead participants through simple steps to getting a good design on canvas or paper, exploring composition with thumbnail sketches and focusing on simplifying and blocking in major shapes with colour and value.

Caldwell-active-sky“Active Sky” by Carolyn Caldwell (oil/canvas)

The day will include a demonstration of the elements of landscape painting and lots of personal attention. Beginners will be guided through the basic steps to starting a painting and experienced painters will expand their knowledge and be challenged into new territory of growth and achievement. Shelter is available in case of inclement weather. All media are welcome including oil, acrylics, pastel, watercolor, colored pencil or other media. Open to ages 16 and over and all levels of experience welcome. Participants will supply their own materials; a suggested list is available here. (Please scroll down.)

Caldwell-10-Yellow Bloom“Yellow Bloom” by Carolyn Caldwell (pastel)

Spaces are still available, and as a reader of this blog you are eligible for a discount of 20% off the regular registration fee of $95. That’s just $76 for a full day that might change the way you see and paint. The fee includes a catered lunch and the workshop location will be provided on registration. Just mention that you read about it here.

To register for the workshop or for more information, email prairiewind.residency@gmail.com or phone 306-298-7782. And once again, to receive a 20% discount, mention that you read about the workshop on this blog.


Carolyn Caldwell, from Helena, MT is an experienced exhibiting landscape artist and teacher who works in pastels, oils, and acrylics. She is passionate about preserving natural landscapes and works with land trusts to protect areas of natural beauty. Her workshop is is offered as part of the 2015 Prairie Wind & Silver Sage artist residency program  in Val Marie, co-sponsored by Grasslands National Park and funded by the Saskatchewan Arts Board and SaskCulture/Saskatchewan Lotteries.

August1-aGrasslands National Park

A variety of accommodation is available in this remarkable area. You can find more information here.

It isn’t too late to sign up! Don’t miss this once-only opportunity.

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