Blue Mountain School of Landscape Painting, Box 295, Collingwood, L9Y 3Z5.   

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Outline for the Week

So you’re thinking of registering but you’re not quite sure what to expect.  You’re not alone.  Whether this is your first plein air workshop or you have attended workshops elsewhere, you are bound to have questions about how ours is organized. Below is a summary of what to expect during your week with us.


You will need your own transportation and where you stay for the week is up to you.  The area is a popular four-season tourist destination so there are a many hotels, motels and B & B’s in the area. Some of our students choose to rent cottages or stay with friends.  For suggestions on accommodation click here.

Day 1

The first morning we’ll all meet at the studio. You will register, receive an information package, meet the rest of your class, your instructor and the workshop coordinators. For a map to the location of our studio click here.

Your information package contains site information, locations and directions, a daily schedule, name tags, workshop evaluation form etc.  Your instructor will tell you how the week is likely to unfold.  Each instructor runs his/her workshop slightly differently and chooses the sites to visit that week.  Certainly, the weather forecast will help decide whether a day will be spent painting outdoors or in the studio.

There will be a reception at the end of the first day to formally welcome and thank you for participating.

Days 2 - 5

Set-up for classes normally begins at 8:30 am and, if it is a plein air day, you can travel directly to the site. There is no need to go to the studio first. You’ll have a map and the coordinators’ phone numbers in case you are having trouble finding a particular location or if questions or problems crop up.  All locations are within a 10 to 20 min drive of the studio.

You should bring a folding chair/stool, easel, painting supplies, drinking water and paint water (in case there is not a supply on-site), sun screen, bug repellent, sun hat and anything else you might take when spending the day outside.  You must bring your own lunch and the coordinators can supply a list of nearby places to purchase food for lunch. Parking and toilets will be available at each site.  The coordinators will be on-site all day to assist you and answer questions.

Each instructor supplies a list of necessary painting materials and this list is sent to you upon registration and can be found on the website under “painting supplies” for each artist..

Each morning, your instructor describes the focus of the lesson and demonstrates,  by painting the chosen scene. Following the demonstration there is ample time for you to paint and receive one-on-one time with your instructor.  Depending on the complexity of the subject matter, there may be a morning session on one subject and an afternoon session on another at the same site. Time is also set aside during the day for the instructor to discuss the paintings with the group and offer critiques. Classes normally wrap-up by 4 p.m.

The Result

Our goal is to offer you an enjoyable workshop in which you feel comfortable, can paint at your own pace, interpret the landscape in your own way, try new techniques and receive constructive feedback that will help you master the “art” of plein air painting.  


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