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In-Person Acrylic Painting

October 24 - October 25

In-Person Acrylic Painting
Workshop with Don Chretien

Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25

10 am to 4:30 pm

Level:  Beginner/Intermediate

Program Description

A special two-day in-person acrylic workshop led by Ojibwe artist Don Chretien, whose distinctive painting style is inspired by a rigorous observation of natural patterns and the traditional teachings of Ojibwe people. The artist will share his insight about his approach to painting and introduce the formal elements of Woodland-style expression. Topics covered include mastering perspective, color theory, patterns, texture, light, depth and negative space, with special attention given to foundation training on composition, colour, texture, and brushstrokes. This workshop is suitable for beginners as well as intermediate artists.

Program Details

Two-day in-person workshop

Dates: Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25, 2020

Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm

Level: Beginner/Intermediate, 18+

Materials: Not included. View a list of suggested materials.

About the Instructor

Don Chretien graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1985 and was selected to be part of the Aboriginal Art Acquisition Program for the 2010 Olympic Games. He was commissioned to create a massive 80-foot installation piece for the Vancouver Olympics titled Mother, Friend, Small Bird which is on permanent display in Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum.

His work demonstrates his quest for artistic expression of his Anishinaabe identity, which encompasses issues of language, family, place and self-determination. His distinctive style is influenced by the Woodland style of art common to his band, the Nipissing First Nation, and his ongoing exploration of his heritage, concentrating on distinct aspects of Ojibwe doodems (clans) and legends.

Safety measures

During the program, McMichael staff members will ensure that all participants practice social distancing measures. We kindly request that all participants follow the directives of our program instructors to safeguard the health and safety of all visitors. All art materials and tools used during the workshop will be pre-sanitized. In case of inclement weather, the workshop will relocate to the Pine Cottage studio space that safely accommodates up to 12 participants. In the event that the workshop is relocated, we ask that all participants wear a face mask while indoors in accordance with York Region public health guidelines.


October 24
October 25
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10365 Islington Ave
Kleinburg, Ontario L0J1C0 Canada
1(905) 893-1121


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