County museum planning several summer art workshops

The Wellington County Museum’s summer art workshops for adults provide an opportunity to paint out­doors in a friendly group with an instructor who provides guid­ance.

Nan Hogg, the program co-coordinator, said “Sometimes people are hesitant about paint­ing outdoors on their own, or feel overwhelmed by the ex­panse of landscape in front of them. Our teachers can help students through the practical and artistic challenges of paint­ing on site and give them the support that they need.”

There are 20 week-long courses offered between July 7 and Aug. 1. Five of them con­centrate on working outdoors.

Scott Abbott will be the instructor for Landscapes in Oils, the week of July 14 to 18. It will cover basic approaches to oil painting and practical tips for working outdoors. A similar course using acrylic paints instead of oils will be offered July 28 to Aug. 1. Landscapes in Acrylics will be taught by Nan Hogg.

Hogg’s workshop for begin­ners in water colours will also include some outdoor work. Participants in Water­colour Landscapes for Be­gin­ners, July 14 to 18, will spend about a third of their week outdoors, weather permitting.

Bonnie Steinberg’s Water­colour Landscapes with Archi­tectural Elements is suitable for painters at any level and will concentrate on local archi­tecture. That workshop takes place July 21 to 25.

There will be a presentation for students on the joys of painting outdoors with a direct and colourful medium. Pastels en Plein Air runs July 21 to 25.

Other workshops are of­fered in print making, water colours, acrylic, fibre and book arts. A complete list of all 20 instructors and descriptions of each workshop are available by visiting the Museum website and down­loading a copy. Brochures are also available at the Wellington County Museum and Archives and at all Wellington County libraries.

Call 519-846-0916 ext 221 or email if there are any other questions or to register for a workshop. Each five day course costs $209 (GST included).