Plein Air Workshops in Beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada – 2017

Join artist James Middleton for a 5-day outdoor painting workshop on the spectacular South Shore of Nova Scotia. If you are a beginning painter or a studio painter, you are in for a great experience!

Date: August 14 – August 18 & September 4 – September 8

Location: LaHave, Nova Scotia

Costs: $625 Cdn + HST. (no increase from last year) This fee does not include transportation, painting equipment, food or lodging.

Don’t forget to tell your friends. A referral who registers will get you a 15% reduction off your cost – that’s $94 Cdn off. Two referrals will be $188 Cdn off.


Last year we painted at the Lunenburg Golf Course (spectacular views of the Town of Lunenburg), the Petite Riviere Vineyards, the LaHave Yacht Club, Blue Rocks fishing village, Green Bay, West Dublin Government Wharf and from the front yard of my studio, overlooking the popular LaHave Bakery and the boats passing by.

If you are coming from out-of-province, I recommend staying a few extra days – or even longer – to enjoy the spectacular Bluenose Coast!

The workshops offer a good balance between friendly interchange and education. They will be a relaxed, yet informative experience for all participants.

Days will include demonstrations, personal instruction, exercises, encouragement and positive critiques for personal growth.

Subjects covered:

▪       Various ways to start a painting.
▪       Making quick field sketches to determine compositions.
▪       Making preliminary value sketches to capture a strong design.
▪       Sharpening your powers of observation.
▪       Types of light and value planes.
▪       Understanding cool and warm colours.
▪       Simplifying detail for a more powerful statement.
▪       Understanding edges (soft, hard and lost).
▪       Creating atmospheric perspective and the illusion of distance.

You may choose to work in Oil or Acrylic.

Nearby accommodation:

The Salty Rose cottages are booked well in advance of the summer, so don’t wait too long and be disappointed.

The MacLeod cottages are quite minimal, but some people love them. There are also a variety of cottages, B&Bs and motels in the area.

Come join us!


By phone: (902) 693-2093

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