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Illuminated II – Creating Compelling Light in Your Paintings

July 20, 2019 – July 21, 2019 all-day
Alta Lake Station House
5560 Old Mill Ln
Whistler, BC V0N 1B5
Arts Whistler


This workshop focuses on seeing and recreating accurate values and colours to create precise relationships within your painting to render the effects of light. Students will start the session working from photo reference. Then, in the studio, some small study exercises will be practiced as a way to hone the skills necessary to achieve the effects of light on canvas.

DATE: JULY 20 – 21, 2019
TIME: 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
AGE: 16+

$225 Arts Whistler Member Early Bird (Until May 20)
$275 Arts Whistler Member
$300 Non-Member

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Workshop Details

Weather permitting, we will paint outdoors focusing on colour composition and finished field sketches. Overall, you will learn colour mixing, design, outdoor painting logistics, and other practical techniques to improve light in your paintings.

This workshop continues to explore depicting light in paintings, and will expand on the principles from the workshop of last summer.  Although past attendance is helpful, it is by no means mandatory as there will be a review of basic principles on the first morning.  In this second workshop, we will explore how to design paintings around  light source and effect,  and how to choose and photograph subject matter in order to create luminous studio work.

Instructor Bio

Gaye Adams has been painting professionally and teaching painting for over three decades. She has worked in most mediums and tackled many different subject matters through the years, but what has remained consistent is her love of rendering the effects of atmosphere and light, which has been her constant pursuit. An avid plein air painter, Gaye has travelled broadly in Canada and elsewhere to hone her skills and for the sheer adventure and enjoy of being in some of the most beautiful places in the world.

“Painting is a never ending exploration and meditation of what moves me and delights me, whether in the studio or in the field. If that joy comes through in my paintings, and I can share that experience with the viewer and with my students, I have accomplished what I hoped for.”

Gaye holds senior signature membership status with the Federation of Canadian Artists, Master Pastellist designation with the Pastel Artists of Canada, and a signature membership with the Artists for Conservation.



Supplies not included – participants will be sent the supply list once registration is complete.


How to get there

The Alta Lake Station House is located 4km south of Whistler Village and is accessible by car, bike, or foot. Parking is at Wayside Park. It is approximately a 15-minute walk to the location along the Valley Trail. Please allow yourself time, especially if you are bringing a lot of art supplies. Also, bring your own lunch and snacks, the Alta Lake Station House is not close to any restaurants or grocery stores. The venue is equipped with a full-service kitchen, complete with stove and refrigerator.


What is Art On The Lake?

Art on the Lake are unique workshops lead by professional artists who will teach techniques to enhance your craft. The Alta Lake Station House is a tranquil space, where you can be fully present among your peers as you immerse into creativity. The scenic views of the lake make for the perfect artist getaway. Whether you are experienced or just beginning these workshops welcome everyone.

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