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Painting Winter En Plein Air Workshop

February 19, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Painting Winter En Plein Air – A Landscape Workshop with Andrew Cheddie Sookrah

February 19, 2023

10 am to 4 pm

Beginner and Intermediate

Program Description

Join artist and art instructor Andrew Cheddie Sookrah for a one-day-only en plein air painting workshop focused on the winter landscape. Bundle up for a day-long immersion into the interconnections between colour, form, structure, depth and texture found in the Ontario winter landscape.

Leveraging the versatility of acrylics and working on the beautiful grounds of the McMichael, students may begin new work or continue an existing piece while learning how to interpret the winter landscape in their own voice. Materials not included, outdoor seats provide. Please dress appropriately for the outdoors.

Workshop Details

9.30 am - Participants gather for a meet-and-greet with instructor  Andrew Sookrah. Review of experience levels and desired outcomes.

Andrew will begin the program with a short talk on the importance of trusting in the process of art creation, then a brief discussion on drawing techniques, perspective, composition, colour, texture, and the use of materials.  Andrew will also touch on the considerations needed when working en plein air.

10 am – Andrew will lead a demonstration of en plein air painting at a predetermined and suitable location. The demonstration will focus on constructing a landscape using a layered technique beginning with blocking in important shapes in the scene.

10:45 am – Artists select a spot outdoors and set up their canvases for painting.  Andrew will provide participants with regular feedback on their respective pieces, with support and guidance in the process.

11:00 am – Second demonstration.

12:30 pm – Lunch break.  Please note that snacks, beverages and light refreshments are available from the McMichael’s restaurant, CABIN. Please click here for the menu.   Food & Drink | McMichael Canadian Art Collection

1 pm – Andrew will share a second demonstration session with participants, continuing from the piece that was started in the morning.

1:45 – 3:30 pm – Participants will continue working with one-on-one guidance on their progress.

3:30 pm – Gathering for critique and constructive feedback

The En Plein Air workshop will conclude at 4.00 pm. 

Winter 1 by Andrew Sookrah

Winter 1 by Andrew Sookrah

Materials List, Acrylics: Not included. View a list of suggested materials.

Andrew Sookrah is that rare combination of an accomplished artist who is also a gifted teacher. He clearly explains and demonstrates his process, while also giving ample individual attention to each student in the class. Andrew always strikes the right balance between making class challenging and making it fun.  – Peter Fairweather 

About the Instructor

Andrew Cheddie Sookrah is a professional artist and an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, the Society of Canadian Artists, the Ontario Society of Artists, and the Portrait Society of Canada. He was a runner up contestant in Landscape Artist of the Year Canada 2020. Sookrah uses a combination of painting demonstrations and individual guidance to create a fun, supportive and collaborative atmosphere.

Works by previous participants:

Artist: Hazel Hartley
Title: The Elder, acrylics

Artist: Peter Fairweather
Title: Local, acrylics peterfairweather.com

Artist: Kerrie Curran
Title: Woodland Stream, acrylics


February 19, 2023
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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10365 Islington Ave
Kleinburg, Ontario L0J1C0 Canada
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