Workshops Fall & Winter 2017-18

Lots of things are happening over the next few months .....

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Barrie Art Club Saturday September 16, 2017 Drawing Just Dogs & Cats. Barrie Art Club welcomes non members to their workshops. Contact Barrie Art Club for further info.

Bethune House GravenhurstSaturday September 30 2017 ABC Muskoka and other Muskoka delights. An exhibition and demonstration. contact Muskoka Chautauqua for further info.

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Banbury Watercolour Workshops Wednesday November 1, 2017 Get Detail in Your Watercolours. Wet 'n wet is expressive, interpretive and fun. But, every once in a while that little detail in that section there, just needs to be brought out. My attention to detail and texture is achieved without a lot of difficulty. Banbury is an Open Studio. Arrive, sign in and put your $10.00 in the cookie tin. Enjoy and learn


Visual Arts Mississaugua Monday November 27 Vibrant Coloured Pencils. tired of colouring books? Have a bunch of coloured pencils that you are not quite sure how to use. This VAM Magic Monday brings pencil crayons to life. Experience how this available, economical medium enlivens your creativity. For further info contact Visual Arts Mississaugua Magic Mondays

at the CNE Horse Palace Just Horses Tuesdays 9 to 11 am 12 weeks of life drawing studying the members of Toronto's Mounted Unit's horses and riders. NO cameras limit of 8 participants. For further info contact the Studio

Willowdale Group of Artists March 2018 Vibrant Coloured Pencils, a demonstration

Just Horses, the Horse Life Drawing Program

This winter for twelve weeks a group of artists captured horses and humans from Life. Horses did not do a 20 minute sustained pose. Horses + Riders, even less so. This was challenging and fun. No cameras!

The Horse Palace exercise ring is very similar in feel to the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. The skylight provides wonderful directional light. Stands surrounding the ring a variety of view points.

The group worked with simple paper & pencil. Participant HH after 4 sessions really captured the many members of the unit in quick accurate gesture sketches. This season is finished. The group is limited to 8 participants. No cameras.

The list for the upcoming session is now open. For information, please contact Nola at the Studio


Perfect Presents

Tess the Visula is a lovely dog, a very dignified princess. Her shiny textured short haired coat is a huge range of colour .....reds, oranges, pinks and browns..

PG's comment "I just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful job you did with Tess's watercolour. I was extremely surprised and amazed


Boscalla is a very serious mare. Her companion Zireya sports a Trillium star. The duo was gifted by an understanding husband to his very surprised wife. Surprises are good.

PG's wife needed a really good Birthday present for the man who has everything plus an extensive very good collection of visual art.

Tess 16" x 11" watercolour on 140 lb Arches Cold Press.

Tess 16" x 11" watercolour on 140 lb Arches Cold Press.

Boscalla 2016 16" x 11" watercolour

Boscalla 2016 16" x 11" watercolour

Zireya 2016 16" x 11" watercolour

Zireya 2016 16" x 11" watercolour


SW gave herself a present. Flat Coated Retriever Rowansgaard Vita is a wonderful example of one of the founding breeds of both the British and American Kennel Clubs. Her piercing gaze is always searching for that next pick-up from the field. She was Susan's best buddy.


Brandy, Memory Lane is a recent wedding present from the group of stable friends. 

Brandy's kind eye spoke to her lovely nature. She was everyone's friend.

 Dl's comment on this perfect present "Brandy" was a huge success! Thank you again for your amazing talent

Vibrant Coloured Pencils

Coloured pencils have been around for a lifetime. The possibilities are endless with this simple portable medium. No water. No muck. No huge bag of stuff to lug around. Just Paper, or another dry surface and the pencils. They never wear out. Never dry out. Never get stale. Some of us have coloured pencils from our childhood carefully saved in their special pencil case, complete with memories of creating an imaginary world of...? Colouring books have given us permission to indulge in the joy of working with our pencil case again. BUT, when the colouring book is done, or we seek greater challenges, what to do?

Draw! Use those non soluble, available, portable, convenient, in-expensive vibrant coloured pencils to make any image come to life. Recently "Vibrant Coloured Pencils" showed a group in Richmond Hill how.

Participants MZ, AB and SP " "I really enjoyed the class . Now I want to draw and colour too. Not enough hours in the day.' ' Thank you Nola, ... the fantastic class yesterday !' 'You have different techniques ... that has encouraged me to keep drawing.
Please keep up the great work and encouragement, ...everyone can draw!' "


ABC Muskoka, is back

Muskoka Chatauqua's Flavours of Muskoka will premier the little book that introduces, challenges and intrigues children of all ages on Thursday July 6, 2017 at JW Marriott's, The Rosseau Hotel and Spa, Minett Ontario.

Its new soft cover speaks to our Muskoka shores as it hides neatly in unexpected corners waiting to challenge, tease and inspire children of all ages.

As part of Culture Days 2017 Nola will be at Gravenhurst's Bethune House in late September demonstrating image making and hand building books.

In the meantime the ABC Muskoka is available through from the Studio in Toronto and at Muskoka Place Gallery      

1182 Foreman Rd., Box 172, Port Carling, ON P0B 1J0

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The Banbury Group Weekly Studio

the DAYTIME Watercolour program

Tired of membership fees? Paid Parking? Night programming? Late night drives?

Come to the Banbury Community Centre,120 Banbury Road, North York at noon Wednesdays for the Banbury Group's Studio.

Notes are good

Notes are good

it's simple,  easy with water

it's simple,  easy with water

Round table learning + supportive friendly setting,

Round table learning + supportive friendly setting,

Just throw $10.00 into the cookie tin, sign the attendance sheet to enjoy each 3 hour program.

There's always something new to learn. We feature practicing Ontario visual artists who give a one hour demonstration of their specialty, be it method, medium or subject.

Our presenter stays, to advise us as we paint away the afternoon. We who stay receive their personal guidance and critique at 2:30. Our participants receive the electronic Banbury Brief an in depth review, of the steps in the week's presentation along with anonymous images of our critiqued works.

No membership. No membership fees.

Parking is FREE


Look, our upcoming presenters

Look, our upcoming presenters

Check here at Merriweather Studio for our proposed schedule, posted here later on this summer.

Do you get intimidated and thinking that animals are too difficult to depict? That their colours are sort of quiet and boring?  Last fall one week Banburyites discovered that animals can be more colourful, more approachable,  more fun than they thought, in watercolour, pencil crayon, markers and graphite.

Model, Charlie Riverdale

Model, Charlie Riverdale

Bob's Rooster

Bob's Rooster

Brendan's Phat Cat

Brendan's Phat Cat

Summer Wanderings

Summer means getting out of the studio, under a tree anywhere with a sketch book and mark makers. Doodling, drawing from the subject ... anything goes

Muskoka, the Toronto Waterfront's People, Riverdale Farm, just doodling, in the country with the retirees, Earl Bales Park.

Rescuing an Egg Tempera Work

"Parvedean The Governor", a Welsh Section D Stallion, lived at Relhok Farm in Muskoka, Ontario's cottage country. He and his driver trainer Jeffery Kohler were a familiar site on the Brackenrig Road. They competec throughout Ontario and the Eastern United States in combined driving events.

Every once in a while a work has challenges. Such was the case with "the Gov". "Gov" was badly damaged, from heat & humidity, after exhibition. The surface foxed and bloomed. In effect the work was destroyed. The gesso layer and carrying board was not affected. All digital reference files are gone,  the Gov had returned to Great Britain after his North American career. From a linear study and black & white record. Gov is completely new.


Parvedean the Governor  11" x 14" Egg Tempera on tempered board

Parvedean the Governor 

11" x 14" Egg Tempera on tempered board