At Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts, on Canada’s beautiful west coast, find out how approachable oil paints can be.

“Blue End of Visible”, Laureen Marchand, oil on panel (detail)

Whether it’s about safety or tradition, many artists are uncertain about using oil paints. This workshop with Laureen Marchand will demonstrate that artists’ oils can be non-toxic and safe, and that they can be used in as many ways as there are artists. You will learn colour mixing, varying application techniques, how to adapt oils to your own subjects and ways of working, and how generous the paint is. You will also learn safe studio practice and how to handle oils without solvents or smell. As this a five-day workshop, you will have the opportunity to develop your composition and planning skills, find different ways of mark-making that are personal and relevant, try out a range of tools, and make and build on mistakes and accidents.

For over 35 years, artists from near and far have come together each summer at Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts, Pearson College campus, to share in spirited creative exchange. The school is positioned on the sheltered shores of Pedder Bay and looks out to the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains beyond. The campus setting provides a stimulating natural environment for artistic development and exploration. It’s easy to understand why so many return year after year to be part of the ‘MISSA Magic’!

Olympic Mountains – photo by Dave on Unsplash

For registration information, go to MISSA Magic Workshops. The 2020 Summer Program launches online (viewing only) on January 14 at 12:00 noon PST. Early registration for Friends of MISSA starts January 21 at 12:00 noon PST. General registration opens January 28 at 12:00 noon PST.

About Laureen Marchand: “I have taught studio classes at the university level, led a variety of artist retreat workshops both in Canada and Ireland, offered art class teaching on contract in many settings, taught in my home studio, acted as a mentor to other artists in the development of their careers, and led artist career workshops, for over 30 years. More than anything, I believe that each of us sees from our own personality and our own experience. My role as a teacher is to help develop that unique vision.”

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