Preparing for Plein Air

Local workshops bring outside art expertise to the mid-Island

Brian Buckrell’s Blue Birch is an example of the plain air work he will be demonstrating.

Brian Buckrell’s Blue Birch is an example of the plain air work he will be demonstrating.

Island Arts Magazine is hosting two workshops in February and others through the spring to help bring outside expertise to the area’s already talented artists and art instructors.

“There are good instructors in the area, so our intent is to bring in instructors from outside Oceanside to expand the local instructor’s knowledge,” said Island Art’s Jeff Shields.

He said that was the feedback they got from local artists and why they have lined up well known artists Brian Buckrell and Judi Pedder from Comox for separate parallel workshops on the Feb. 25 weekend.

They also plan to bring in instructors from Tofino and the Lower Mainland in the near future.

Buckrell will do a workshop Saturday and Sunday on ‘Preparing for Plein Air’, though Shields pointed out the workshop will be in indoor comfort.

Participants will learn about painting outdoors and the unique preparations that can entail, from someone with plenty of experience doing it.

Pedder will do a one day workshop on Saturday, Feb. 25 on ‘Preparing and Painting on Masa Paper’. It will be a “fun filled and hands on” day working with water colours on the special paper that creates a unique batik look.

Taking place at the Lighthouse Community Centre in Qualicum Bay space is limited so people are encouraged to register soon. Call 250-757-8003 or get more information and register online under the ‘Workshops’ tab at www.islandartsmag.ca.