Workshops Painting in Paradise

Val Marie, Grasslands National Park, SK
November 9 – 10, 2019, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm both days, 5 participants only
Book your place by emailing

Welcome to peace and supportive surroundings. Welcome to two days of painting in Laureen’s cozy home studio, connecting with the power of paint and the magic of space, shape and light.

Workshop fee: $180. A non-refundable deposit of $75 will secure your place. The remainder is due by November 6.

To book: Email and you’ll be sent an invoice, payable by major credit card or PayPal.

Sometimes you can’t see the essential characteristics of an artwork, because as well as being a mass of colour and brushstrokes, the piece also represents something. If you’d like to go into further depth with your materials and the building blocks of art, whatever your style, this workshop is for you.

Laureen Marchand, “Unruly Dreams”, 12″ x 16″, oil on panel

“Unruly Dreams” (detail)

Artists of any level, from beginners to experienced, will find inspiration and learn new skills during a weekend painting workshop with well-known Saskatchewan artist and teacher Laureen Marchand.  Learn to create more interesting compositions, mix the colours you see, use light and shade effectively, and work successfully with your chosen materials, as well as explore ways that personally meaningful photographs can be used a source material for painting. This workshop is designed to adapt to each individual’s needs, and Laureen will help participants communicate their own vision and particular challenges. There will be plenty of time for one-to-one interaction with your instructor.

Initial direction will be given with regard to subject matter. If you also have specific subjects you want to work from, such as objects, photographs, or ideas, please bring them. Oils or acrylics are recommended. A suggested materials list will be supplied when you register. Whether you want to try a new medium or delve more deeply into a familiar one, you will be at home. Instruction on specific materials will be available and you can also work on your own with Laureen’s perceptive input offered as needed.

Class size: This workshop is limited to 5 participants.

Materials: Oils or acrylics are suggested. Participants will provide their own materials and supplies. Sessions will be held classroom style with participants working on tables. Special personal equipment such as easels, extra lights, etc, should be brought with you.

Accommodation: Please make your own room booking at one of these establishments. (Click on each name to be taken to their website.)
Convent Inn (bed & breakfast)
Sky Story (bed & breakfast)
The Crossing at Grasslands (self-catering)
Don’s Place (self-catering)

Weekend meals and entertainment: Please bring your lunch both days and something to share. Coffee, tea, water, kitchen facilities and a fridge for storage will be provided. In the evenings, Val Marie has one restaurant, in the Val Marie Hotel, offering good and reasonably priced Chinese and Canadian cuisine. Weather and interest permitting, we can go for a short hike in Grasslands National Park after Saturday’s session. For anyone who stays over on Sunday night, Val Marie’s annual Remembrance Day service followed by a community lunch in the village hall ($5.00) begins at 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 11.

Laureen Marchand has worked and exhibited as an artist for over 30 years. She has extensive experience in art instruction in university classes, short courses, and workshops. Laureen’s paintings have been recognized by the Saskatchewan Arts Board and the Canada Council and are held in many public and private collections. Laureen Marchand is represented in Saskatchewan by Darrell Bell Gallery in Saskatoon, Nouveau Gallery in Regina, and in Ireland by Lavelle Art Gallery in Clifden, Connemara, Co. Galway. She is the recipient of the CARFAC “Tony” award for services to CARFAC and the Saskatchewan visual arts community.

Val Marie, Saskatchewan, Gateway to Grasslands National Park, is set in an extraordinary landscape of rolling hills, dry coulees, flat-topped buttes, a river valley, starry skies, and dramatic weather. Though the late fall Saskatchewan climate will require us to paint indoors, the beautiful hills are usually still accessible in November for hiking, photography, and inspiring views. Val Marie is located 120 km south of Swift Current, 400 km west and south of Saskatoon, or 365 km west and south of Regina.