Federation of Canadian Artists Annual Plein Air Retreat

Date: September 17-22, 2023

Location: Flying U Ranch, BC (map)

Costs: $1,800 – $2,100


The Retreat is the Federation of Canadian Artist’s largest educational and social event of the year.

The 2023 Retreat takes place at the Flying U Ranch at 70 Mile House, British Columbia. Located in the Cariboo region of BC, you’ll experience some of the most breathtaking plein air painting locations BC has to offer. We have the entire ranch to ourselves, so being responsible and socially distant are no problems.

Accommodations are beautiful, but rustic. It is a working ranch! You can book your own private accommodation or share your cabin with a friend or family member.

In the company of our Master Instructors (Maria Josenhans, Ann Willsie, Perry Haddock, Jack Turpin) you’ll spend your days creating, painting and developing your skills, while painting en plein air. In the evenings, you’ll have the opportunity to join your peers for a variety of fun social events or take the time to relax and explore your surroundings.



Registration is open at: https://federationacademy.ca/about-the-retreat



Ashcroft Plein Air 2023

Come enjoy the only true semi-arid desert in British Columbia.

Date: September 15th to 17th, 2023

Friday – Wine and Cheese Meet and Greet Reception 6-8 pm
Saturday – Artists Dinner 5-7 pm
Sunday – Lunch 1130-1:00 pm, Wet Show and Sale 3-5 pm

Location: Registration and meals at 501 Bancroft St Ashcroft BC

Cost: $100 for Artists; $50 for non-painting guests


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Rolling sagebrush-filled hills, a river running through and lots of historic buildings and houses to paint.



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“Creating Mood” Plein Air Painting Workshop with Brigitte Desbois

A plein air, in person, workshop that will focus on “tools” or design elements and techniques the artist can use to create mood.

Dates: Meet and Greet: Friday September 17th, 2021, 7 – 8 pm; Workshop: Sat & Sun September 18 & 19, 9am – 4pm

Location: Studio Connexion Art Gallery, 203 5th Ave NW, Nakusp, BC

Cost: $260


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A plein air, in person, workshop that will focus on “tools” or design elements and techniques the artist can use to create mood.

We will cover notans, color harmonies, luminosity etc.. Through a series of quick sketches to a final painting we will explore concepts that are conductive to creating mood. Plenty of one on one instruction, with constructive and positive feedback. All mediums welcome.



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Paint Out at The Artisans Festival – Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens With Peggy Burkosky AFCA

This Outdoor Paintout is hosted on the gorgeous grounds of Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens during their annual Artisans Festival event. This intensive workshop is designed to find simplified solutions for outdoor painting with plenty of instructional handouts and individual attention.

Date: September 1 & September 2, 2018 (Sat & Sun)

Time: 10:30am – 4:30pm

Location: 6183 Whitaker Road, (formerly Whittaker Road), Courtenay, V9J 1V7 (Directions)

Costs: $220


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Federation of Canadian Artists Plein Air Retreat

Federation of Canadian Artists Plein Air Retreat with Gaye Adams, Doug Levitt, Janice Robertson & Mike Svobb.

Date: September 24-30th 2017

Location: The historic Flying U Ranch, on the banks of Green Lake, north of Kamloops (N Green Lake Rd, 70 Mile House, BC V0K 2K0)

Costs: Varies based on accommodations (ranges from $1,475+GST to $1,925+GST)


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This is a chance to escape from the rest of the world for a week where all you have to think about is Plein Air painting, a 60,000 acre horse ranch, and chats and laughs with fellow Plein Air enthusiasts next to a fire pit.

This is an opportunity for artists to learn from some of the best in the field, to really work their craft in a relaxing, supportive, and inspiring environment, and truly grow as an artist.

It’s bound to be a valuable and rewarding experience. There’s also canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, log cabins to sleep in and fresh home cooked meals to eat…can’t get much better than that!


Please call 604.681.2744 or visit us in the FCA Gallery at 1241 Cartwright St, Vancouver BC V6H 4B7

For more information, visit www.fcaretreat.com