This summer Dean is very pleased to be able to offer a new series of one-day drawing and painting workshops at the Coutts Centre for Western Canadian Heritage, near Nanton, Alberta. The workshops are intended for anyone interested in drawing and watercolour painting in a heritage prairie garden set in open farmland with foothills and mountain views. Participants can hone existing skills or try fresh approaches to working directly from nature. Acquire a range of useful drawing and painting techniques with guidance and helpful support from a respected instructor offering 40 years of experience teaching classes and workshops.
The Coutts Centre is ideally suited for visual art learning opportunities. An abundance of subject matter, literally from the ground up, is renewed each day as the gardens go through their seasonal cycles. No two days are alike. It is a perfect outdoor classroom setting with sheltered areas and comfortable indoor spaces as alternatives during spells of bad weather.
NEW! Dean is pleased to announce that he has been invited to lead a special one-day pastel workshop on Sunday 15 September at the stunning Leighton Art Centre! Click the link above to visit the Leighton Art Centre website (www.leightoncentre.org) for workshop details and registration information. This is one of a series of workshops by participating plein-air artists featured in the new Leighton Art Centre exhibition In the Open Air, which opens Saturday 10 August and runs to Sunday 22 September. The exhibition showcases the work of a number of accomplished Alberta artists. I am honoured to have had artwork selected for this show and for the opportunity to present a pastel workshop at the historic home of Alberta artists Barbara and A.C. Leighton.
This pastel workshop is suitable for those new to the medium or it may serve as a refresher for anyone with more experience. Our aim is to explore landscape subjects and the open sky with soft (chalk) pastels on paper. We will work at capturing fleeting, dramatic effects of light and atmosphere on the foothills landscape as it transitions to autumn around the historic Leighton Art Centre, southwest of Calgary, Alberta.
Dean has many years of experience leading classes and workshops in many Alberta communities including Edmonton (Grant MacEwan Community College), Red Deer (Red Deer College), Vermilion (Lakeland College), Spirit River, St. Paul, Camrose, Wainwright, and Medicine Hat. A graduate of the University of Alberta (BFA, 1978), Dean is known primarily as a landscape painter who works on location. In addition, Dean’s interest in history, cultural heritage and gardening has inspired him to draw and paint such diverse subjects as heritage buildings in the Old Strathcona and Garneau districts of Edmonton, prairie homesteads, churches, historic sites across the British Isles, rock gardens, orchids and wildflowers.
The course was excellent. Dean has a great method of making the information easily understandable. The demos were great and each student was challenged at their own level and encouraged to go beyond – this approach was greatly appreciated and useful.– student feedback re: 10-week watercolour course at Grant MacEwan Community College, Performing, Visual and Communication Arts Outreach, Edmonton, Alberta