Paid Events

Beginners Plein Air :: Qualicum Beach

We will meet at one of several beautiful locations close to The Old Schoolhouse Arts Center to paint.

Date: July 11th through August 22nd, 2024

Location: Qualicum Beach

Time: 9:30am -12 noon each session

Costs: $260.00

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It will give beginners a foothold and success but more advanced painters can come for the joy of it, and also get help and tips from the instructor.



ONLINE or Contact the Old Schoolhouse Arts Center to sign up 250-752-6133.



Plein Air in Kelowna with Michael King

A two-day plein air workshop in Central Okanagan focusing on design and how to ensure a more unified and focused painting.

Date: September 28-29, 2024

Location: Kelowna, BC. Exact locations TBA

Costs: $285 Members, $310 Non-Members

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Ashcroft Plein Air 2024

Come experience an Oasis in the Desert in Ashcroft, BC, tucked in a valley bordering the Thomspon River.

Date: June 7 to 9th 2024

Location: Ashcroft, BC

Costs: $100 per Artist ($50 for non-painting guests)

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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.



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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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