|Plein-Air Blossom Painting|
Every Saturday, from April 6-27, 2013
11:00am - 2:00pm
VanDusen Botanical Garden
The transcendent beauty of the cherry blossoms continues to inspire artists during Vancouver’s signature springtime event, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival(VCBF). The beauty of your surroundings in the breath taking VanDusen Botanical Gardens capture’s your imagination as you paint outdoors – feel and love with passion the gifts of nature: colour, light and cherry blossoms.” – Alfonso Tejada, VCBF Plein-Air Master.
Bring your easel, paints and supplies as a team of exceptional artists guide you as you create your own masterpiece. Members of the Federation of Canadian Artists including Janice Robertson, Alan Wylie and Richard McDiarmid will teach students to work in different media – water colour, oil and acrylic.
It does not matter if you are a beginner or an advanced artist, come join us for four, three hour Saturday sessions on April 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 11 AM to 2 PM. For Plein Air sessions, meet in the Glass House, and then explore exquisite locations in the 55 acre garden with 20 varieties of cherry trees.
This April give yourself the luxury of taking time out every Saturday to relax, be encircled by the beauty of cherry blossoms, paint, and enjoy an incredible sense of accomplishment.
Individual sessions are still at the bargain price of $50, or $175 for all four sessions. Payment may be made conveniently through PayPal OR by printing and filling out a registration form and mailing a cheque to:
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival
Schedule for instructors and dates:
Class 1: Sketching and Painting in Watercolour and Mix Uses.
Class 2: Painting with Acrylics
Class 3: Painting with Acrylics
Class 4: Painting in Acrylics and Oils Mix
All Four Plein Air Sessions:
Each individual class is $50 plus $6 in taxes = $56.00
Alfonso L. Tejada
I was born in Durango, Mexico. In 1963 I moved to the colonial town of Guanajuato where I studied Architecture. My interest in the arts was fostered in the fine art studios of Professor Jesus Gallardo, where I studied drawing, watercolour painting and metal etching. My formative professional years were spent in the hearts of Guanajuato and San Miguel Allende where I lived, studied and practiced architecture for 14 years. The influences of these two towns created the foundations of my artistic development.
After moving to Vancouver in 1976, I taught in the design studios in the School of Architecture at UBC for 5 years. My work in architecture & urban design has allowed me to travel to North & South America, Asia and Europe. These travels have influenced my artistic visions, particularly Italy where I have painted and taught courses in Plein Air painting in Venice every summer since 1999.
Painting and sketching “En Plein Air” are the foundations for artists to see, feel, smell and touch the reality of the amazing world in which we live. My professional interest in townscapes and where they intertwine with nature are the sources of my inspiration. My work looks at the traditional models of the 17th Century “I Vedutisti” in their vistas of cityscapes; the improvisation of painting outdoors, as in the 19th Century works of Turner, Whistler, Sargent; and the impressionist works of Monet and Sorolla.
Janice Robertson FCA, SFCA
Well-known BC artist Janice Robertson was born on Vancouver Island, into a family with a long history of women artists. She lives in the historic village of Fort Langley with her artist husband, Alan Wylie.
Since launching her professional career in 1989, Janice has received many awards, including three Bronze Medals in the Federation of Canadian Artists annual Signature members show, the Margaret and William Foley award at the 2001 Adirondacks National Exhibition of Watercolors in New York and the Foreign Award in the 2004 Houston Watercolor Society exhibition.
Janice holds senior Signature membership in the Federation of Canadian Artists and the Northwest Watercolor Society. She served as president of the Federation from 1999 to 2000. She is represented by galleries in Vancouver, Toronto, Whistler, Vancouver Island, Fort Langley and San Jose, Mexico
Janice works in watercolor, acrylics and oils. Her work often features her abiding love for the beauty of the west coast landscape.
Richard McDiarmid SFCA, NWWS
Working in oils or acrylics and other watermedia, Richard uses various forming processes and a random or explorative start in developing the visual image. A love of paint and creative process is evident in the energized surfaces that result.
"Like the art of short story telling, I enjoy paintings that integrate human activity and surroundings in a visual narrative that invites the viewer in, to discover and explore, to complete the story or continue the inner journey or experience. I believe all physical form is “light and sound” – a vibration of creative and universal essence that we both experience and express in our daily endeavours. Painting is but one way to express our relationship with this essence or life force. In the painting process I hope in some way, to capture or bridge the physicality of our outer lives with the non visible current that flows through all life. I am continually fascinated by the movement of light, pattern and the interactive nature of colour that can be explored in developing a painting concept. ”
Richard is a signature member of both the Federation of Canadian Artists (SFCA) and the Northwest Watercolour Society (NWWS) and is a lifetime member of Painters at Painters, a prestigious B.C. artist’s peer group. His many award winning paintings have been exhibited in solo shows, group shows and international shows including, The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, the Federation of Canadian Artists, and the Northwest Watercolour Society (NWWS). Examples of his paintings and articles have appeared in a number of publications including International Artists Magazine. Richard’s paintings can be found in commercial galleries and corporate and private collections in Canada, the USA, Britain, Europe, Japan and China.
Alan Wylie AWS.d.f., SFCA., CWA., LWS., NWWS., CIPA, CSPWC
Alan Wylie was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1938. In 1960 he graduated from the Glasgow School of Art with a degree in Mural Design and Mosaics. He immigrated to Nova Scotia in 1967 and began a career as a full-time artist, teacher, and Art Gallery owner. In 1974 he moved to British Columbia and now lives in the historical village of Fort Langley with his artist wife, Janice Robertson.
Throughout his career Alan has participated in 73 solo shows and innumerable group exhibitions. He has won many prestigious awards in Canada and the United States, including the Spilsbury Gold Medal (four times) of the Federation of Canadian Artists - Vancouver, the Grand Prize at the First Annual On The Edge International Exhibition in Canada, the Gold Medal of the California Watercolor Association, San Francisco, the Rouse Gold Medallion at the Adirondacks International Exhibition of American Watercolors - New York, the High Winds Medal (twice), the CFS Medal, the Mario Cooper and Dale Myers Medal, the Alden Bryan Memorial Medal and the Dong Kingman Award at the American Watercolor Society - New York, First Prize in the Louisiana Watercolor Society Annual International Exhibition in New Orleans, and numerous other awards in International Exhibitions.
He is a Senior Signature Member and Past President of the Federation of Canadian Artists (SFCA) -receiving their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007; a member of the Canadian Institute of Portrait Artists (CIPA), the Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS), the California Watercolor Association (CWA), the Louisiana Watercolor Society (LWS),the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor (CSPWC), and is a Dolphin Fellow (the first Canadian to achieve this distinction ) of the American Watercolor Society (AWS., d.f.).
In 2006 he was the first international juror of selection for the 105th Philadelphia Watercolor Society Exhibition; has served as juror of selection for the 139th American Watercolor Society International Exhibition in New York, and juror of awards for the 29th Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors- Old Forge, New York.
He was one of only two Canadians invited to show in the First International Contemporary Watercolor Exhibition in China and was made an honorary Member of the Jiangsu Watercolor Research Institute.
Alan is also a noted mural and mosaic artist, with forty-five completed works in Scotland, Canada and the United States.