Sherbrooke Village Artist’s Painting Camp

 

Monday, August 28th to Thursday, August 31th, 2017

Printable registration form available here (PDF 196KB)

Instructor

Susan Paterson earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick in 1980 and has done further study at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, N.S.; Byam Shaw School of Art, London, England and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, U.S. She has exhibited her work in galleries across Canada for over 30 years and is in collections in Canada, United States, England and Japan.  Susan is a member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour.  She lives in Dartmouth with her husband and two sons.

Visit her website susanpaterson.ca

Camp Information

Sherbrooke Village will be hosting a 4 day painting workshop.  The village offers a wealth of material for painting and has inspired Susan for many years.  She is proficient in both watercolour and oil painting and students can choose to work in either one.  She’ll be demonstrating various techniques in both mediums and then students will work at their own pace on the subject of their choice, be it plein air painting around the village, an interior in one of the many historic buildings or setting up a still life using various artifacts in the classroom provided.  Susan will guide students in drawing, composition, perspective and colour mixing.   Each evening the class will get together for a short critique, conversation and socializing.   

Orientation

On Monday morning you may finish payment at the Village Administration Office. Orientation will begin at 10:00 am at the Information Centre (building #1) for introductions and a short video about Historic Sherbrooke Village, then on to the Schoolhouse for your first lesson. Each morning thereafter, at 10:00 am, you will begin your classes in the Bent Room at the School House(building #26) Lunch will be served at 12:30 pm at the SherbrookeVillage Tea Room (building # 2). The afternoon sessions will go from 1:30 - 4:00 pm. Dinner will be served at 4:30 pm at the What Cheer Tea Room. You are welcome to stop off at Brigley for tea or coffee throughout the day. At 7:00 each evening we will meet at the School House for discussion and a chance for photo ops if weather permits. We will hold an exhibition of the week’s works on Thursday from 2:30 to 4 pm at the Exhibit Centre (building # 22) which will round off our week.

Painting Supplies

Watercolour

Most of you will have your preferred supplies and colour palette, but if you're adding to it or starting over, these are the instructor’s suggestions: 

Watercolour paints:  Susan prefers Winsor and Newton Colours - She uses a very limited palette, and finds that too many colours are a distraction and you can never really know all of them.  (She never uses black or white).

  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Cadmium Lemon
  • Winsor Red

Paper:  You can use watercolour blocks, Arches are recommended.  Or you can purchase watercolour sheets, instructor likes Arches 140lb.  This has to be stretched, and for that you need a board – You can use plywood, 3/8" thick, cut to the size you want, or masonite can also be used for smaller paintings.   You will be painting on whatever size you feel comfortable with, but because of time it would be best to work 1/2 sheet (22" x 15") or smaller.  You will also need paper tape or masking tape to secure the paper to the board.  You should also have a sketch pad.

Brushes:  1" flat watercolour brush.  (In 30 years of painting she still uses the same one she started with).  # 3, # 5 & # 8 round watercolour brushes and # 0 or smaller for fine detail. You should not purchase the cheapest ones, try at least mid - price.  There's nothing nicer than a good quality pointed brush with a great spring.

Miscellaneous Items:  Pencils, kneaded eraser, pencil sharpener, large palette with lots of room for mixing colours, water container and tissue.

Useful but not required: Fold-up chair, hat and sunscreen for outdoor work, easel and masking fluid.  

Painting Supplies Oil

Most of you will already have your favorite supplies and colour palette but if not here’s Susan’s suggestions.

Oil Paints: Susan prefers Winsor and Newton, but any good quality paint will do.  (Don’t buy the cheapest!)  

  • French Ultramarine
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Naples Yellow
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Raw Sienna
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Cadmium Lemon
  • Cadmium Red
  • Ivory Black
  • Titanium White

Supports: You can use Masonite boards, cut to size and primed with acrylic gesso, about five coats, letting it dry and then sanding between coats, plus two or three coats on the back.  Susan would recommend sizes such as 9” x 12”, 9” x 9”, 6” x 12” and 6” x 8”.  Bring about 8 boards of various sizes for the four days.  You can also use canvas or wooden panels that have been primed. 

Brushes:  Instructor uses bristle and natural hair, round, flat and filbert.  Have a 1” or so bristle, (filbert or flat) and then several different sizes in whatever style you choose. 

Miscellaneous Items: Palette, easel, palette knife, odorless mineral spirits, linseed oil, containers for oms and linseed oil, rags or paper towel, sketchbook, pencil, sunscreen, hat.

What Else To Bring

The atmosphere at our school is casual. There is easy access to wooded trails and the beautiful St. Mary’s River is on the camp property. The climate can vary from warm and sunny to chilly cloudy and wet so be prepared to layer with sweaters and pants. Timetable, schedule and session information will be distributed when you arrive.

Accommodation & Meals

 Accommodations for students will be in our Hands on History home which is a hostel type house by the river - accommodations are dorm style with shared rooms and bunk style beds, please be advised to bring your own sleeping bags, towels, toiletries and pillow. You may also bring air mattresses for additional comfort. All meals are included for the four day program. We have some great cooks here, who have been feeding groups and individuals for years. Lunches and dinners will be served at the “Sherbrooke Village Tea Room”. Breakfast and coffee breaks are on your own at Brigley House. Supplies will be provided for continental breakfasts.

How To Get Here

A 45-minute scenic drive south from Antigonish along highway #7 or 3 hours east of Halifax on highway #7.

Guidelines For Classes

When you register please indicate on the registration form in the space provided your level of experience; novice, intermediate or advanced and which medium you would like to concentrate on.

You may stay over on Thursday, to have a fresh start on your journeys Friday Morning.