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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10 day Plein Air Painting Tour in Cavtat, Croatia with Debbie Lively, AFCA

This is a 10 Day Plein air Painting Tour in beautiful and Historical Cavtat, Croatia. There will be 8 days of instruction with one day in the middle to visit the historical Old City of Dubrovnik. Each day we’ll be driven to a new location to paint. All food, accommodations, instruction, transportation and local wine is included!

Date: September 18-28, 2023

Location: Cavtat, Croatia (map)


Tour Cost: €2950 + single supplement fee (most people will pay this if you are not travelling with a spouse/partner)
Non-painting partners: €2750*
Single Supplement Fee: €200 (please read our General Conditions, Section 3)
Full payment Due: July 18, 2023
Deposit to reserve your spot: €300 (non-refundable unless tour is cancelled by Slikamilina)
*Painters have priority, but non-artist partners (shared accommodations only) are welcome to come and enjoy the area at their own pace.


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“Plein Air Painting is a truly magical experience! My goal when painting Plein Air is to translate the over abundance of info into a simplified and more impressionistic rendering. On this painting tour my goal is to help students zero in on strong composition / design while capturing the essence, light and beauty of the area. I encourage artists to paint what speaks to them whether it’s a grand vista or a more simple subject. Each student will receive positive instruction at whatever level they’re at.

Sharing my skills with others is so rewarding and brings me great joy! I want this to be a fun, positive experience for all who come!

Beginner to advanced painters welcome.”



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Contact Debbie with any questions about the tour




Plein Air One on One Instruction w Michael King

Want to try your hand at Plein Air Painting but don’t know where to start or need guidance when it comes to painting outside?

Date: Booking between March 2 – Dec 18, 2022

Location: From West Vancouver to the Fraser Valley

Cost: From $150.00

Supply List: Your own painting gear for painting outside or Michael can supply one Plein Air, oil painting setup if needed.



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Schedule one on one or a small group (up to four artists) of private Plein Air instruction. Just choose the date and time that suits your schedule. Registration link below.

Each session is 3 hours long and you will paint at one of Michael’s favourite spots or he can find a location close to you*.

Sessions cover how to choose what to paint, composition, what to look out for, what the best approach is, etc. Alternatively, each session can be customized towards your specific requirements and questions.

*From West Vancouver to the Fraser Valley only.



It is easy to register with no credit card required when submitting your appointment. Payment can be over the internet (visa/mastercard), in person (visa/mastercard), or cash.

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“The Magic of Painting from Life” :: Mexico, March 2022 :: 7 Days with Sheree Jones

A seven day oil and acrylics workshop at Casa Buena Art Retreat in Mexico. This workshop is in an unspoiled region of the Mexican coast where you will be taken directly from the airport to a private retreat for the entire week.

Date: March 2 – 9, 2022

Location: Casa Buena Art Retreat, Mexico (map)

Cost: $1800.00 CDN (Cost includes most art supplies, 7 days accommodations, transport to and from airport, all meals, entertainment and a one day field trip)


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Join professional artist and keen landscape & still life painter Sheree Jones as she shares her passion for painting “from life” both in the studio and outdoors “en plein air” in Mexico.

Sheree’s energetic and fun loving spirit will inspire you to enjoy your days creating and experimenting in a relaxed and supportive environment.

This workshop is designed for all levels of oil and acrylic painters wanting to take their work to the next level. There will be plenty of one on one instruction with time for positive and encouraging conversation

Learn to paint with confidence using a simple palette of warm and cool colours. This workshop is open to all levels. There will be plenty of one on one instruction with time for positive and encouraging conversation.

Sheree will share her tips and techniques on:

  • Working with a limited palette
  • How to keep it simple …and mix the colours you want
  • How to edit a scene and create a solid composition
  • The importance of a thumbnail and value sketch
  • How to keep your sense of humour in the field “en plein air”

Are you a new painter looking for some inspiration in a relaxed environment? Are you an avid painter looking to take your work to the next level? Then this fun and informative workshop is for you!

Message from your hosts:
“While you’re busy creating art, your friendly hosts at Casa Buena will be working hard, ensuring that your stay is a memorable one. Outstanding food, accommodations, and field trips will satisfy your desire for both comfort and adventure.”



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Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival (PIPAF)

Nestled on Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy, with the world’s highest tides creating unique and ever-changing shoreline scenery, Parrsboro has become home to Canada’s largest Plein Air Festival.

Date: June 22-26, 2022

Location: Parrsboro, Nova Scotia (map)

Cost: Application fee $40 :: Artist applications due March 11, 2022



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Since 2017, Parrsboro Creative has organized the Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival, drawing 30 juried artists annually from across North America to compete in painting the picturesque sea and landscapes the Parrsboro Shore has to offer.

It’s part of Parrsboro Creative’s vision of developing the area’s cultural economy through the creation and enhancement of a community or artists and artisans that will rejuvenate the community, once a thriving shipbuilding area. Of course, the festival would not be possible without the support of sponsors ranging from government to private enterprise. Its success has been chronicled in media across North America, reaching thousands of artists, art galleries and art collectors’ organizations across the continent.

After a shift in 2020 to an online-only event, and Atlantic-only in 2021 due to COVID-19, PIPAF will be accepting applications once again from across North America!




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