Participants must be paid members of MAA for the year 20212022.


With Dominik Modlinski

  Create your own studio painting and take your work to the next level under the guidance of contemporary Canadian Artist and mentor Dominik Modlinski in this 2-day painting workshop. The workshop is intended to hone students’ painting skills and expand their creative language. Emphasis will be on risk-taking, abstract design, and mark-making – all three necessary components to take one’s work to the next level and create your unique creative signature.

Unlock true creative potential

Open up the possibility for a purer, honest, and unique   brushwork

Establish a narrative symbolism in a painting

Expert instruction from Dominik will encourage you to explore new possibilities and work more intuitively, allowing unplanned marks and passages to become artistic breakthroughs.

The subject matter for this workshop will be a landscape reference material provided by Dominik and based on one his wilderness painting journeys.

Together colour contrasts constitute the fundamental resource of colour design, either in stand-alone or dynamic duos combinations. Each contrast is unique in character and in its visual and expressive effect. Understanding each colour contrast creates unlimited creative opportunities both in design and symbolic aspect of painting.

 The aim of this workshop is to inspire students to compose artwork based on strong colour contrast choices which are carried diligently throughout creative process resulting in bold and colorful works of art.

The dynamic power of composition and color will be the beginning of this adventure. Working from provided photos, we will create few drawing thumbnail sketches focusing on key areas including light and dark values, edges and lines as a warm-up to composing a dynamic composition.

Moving on to decide which “thumbnail” to use will be a start of the concept development, then progressing on, to compose the subject in a larger drawing, working out further ideas and individual details.  Once the familiarity with the subject matter will be achieved, we will begin painting on large canvas or panel. Composition, drawing, value, colour theory, and contour treatment will be constantly emphasized as we are progressing into the drawing and painting.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity as Dominik takes you along of the beaten path to paint true Canadian wilderness!

Where – Manotick United Church (5567 Manotick Main St, Manotick)
When – Saturday Nov 5 and Sunday Nov 6, 2022
Time – 9:30am to 4:00pm
Price – $275
Medium – Oil or Acrylic
Max – 16 students
Registration – To register send an email to Once you receive confirmation of registration please send your payment by either PayPal or E-Transfer to

About the Instructor

Born in Warsaw, Poland, Modlinski now calls Canada home and makes his living traveling through and painting various endangered natural areas. At the heart of his travels is a quest to discover and depict the inherent balance and truthfulness found in nature. In Poland he attended The School for Artistic Crafts and Design. In Canada he graduated with honours from the Ontario College of Art in 1993. He has since lived in the wilderness setting of Atlin, B.C., where he taught painting and drawing at the Atlin Centre for the Arts. Modlinski says he enjoys the physical challenge painting in such remote location entails. It’s also an opportunity to visually celebrate a unique ecosystem. For this artist, celebration is really at the heart of his hard work.

Modlinski now lives in Nanaimo, BC, where he paints full-time. His work has earned him numerous awards, including the prestigious Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Scholarship in 1994 and the David L. Stevenson Scholarship for Proficiency in Drawing & Painting in 1993.

Abstract Painting and Techniques with Andrea Warren

Explore different styles of abstract painting, experiment with a variety of acrylic techniques, and brush up on your art history in this day-long workshop. Inspired by the lives and work of renowned women artists such as Bridget Riley, Helen Frankenthaler and Alma Thomas, create three paintings which explore different abstract painting techniques – including hardedge painting, staining and mark-making. At the same time, explore different pigments and color combinations, and play with a variety of Golden paints and mediums – such as the ink-like High Flow acrylics, which are perfect for staining and using through a variety of tools for mark-making. 

Go home with new ideas and techniques for your repertoire, a better understanding of some important figures in art history, three paintings, and a Golden sample kit to take home. 

All supplies are included in this workshop. The only thing you need to bring is your brushes, water container and a keen interest in learning new techniques to expand your painting repertoire.

Where – Manotick United Church (5567 Manotick Main St, Manotick)
When – Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022
Time – 9:30am to 4:30pm
Price – $135 (All supplies included)
Medium – Acrylic
Max – 15 students
Registration – To register send an email to Once you receive confirmation of registration please send your payment by either PayPal or E-Transfer to

About the Instructor

Andrea Warren is a non-objective acrylic painter and mixed media artist based out of her home town of Ottawa, Ontario. She has been the Golden Ottawa Working Artist since 2008, giving lectures and hands-on workshops at universities, colleges, galleries and art associations across central and eastern Canada. Andrea received her degree in visual arts and philosophy from Trinity Western University, in Langley, BC, and has been exhibiting her work in both solo and group shows for the last 10 years. She has also been involved in the field of arts and healthcare for the last five years, and currently works with Artswell, a non-profit group which provides therapeutic arts programs for marginalized communities. Andrea’s teaching philosophy is that you can produce your best work when you know your materials, and her workshops are a balance of playful experimentation and solid teaching in material and technique. To book her for a workshop or lecture, you can reach her at


Brian Buckrell Composition Workshop

Composition is the arrangement of elements in a painting that let the viewers enter, holds them and takes them to a point of interest. It is considered by most to be the most important and yet most difficult part of learning to paint. It is built on the fundamentals that make those elements interesting and effective in creating a three-dimensional image on a two-dimensional surface. This three-day workshop will focus on composition. It will be a mix of presentations, exercises and demonstrations. There will be a dedicated Facebook group to share information and comment. Lots of work, lots of fun.

About The Instructor
BRIAN BUCKRELL is a member of the Society of Canadian Artists and the Federation of Canadian Artists. He is also an elected member of the Ontario Society of Artists. He paints full time in acrylic and oil. His paintings are reflective of his love of the outdoors, travel, agriculture and rural communities and the more he paints the more his work moves towards abstracted impressions of his subjects. He has won numerous competitions and awards for both his studio and plein-air paintings. His paintings have been featured in Arabella Magazine, South West Art Magazine and Plein-Air Magazine’s Plein-Air Today. He’s also featured in the North Light Books: The Best of Acrylic Painters, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Brian is honored to be chosen as a presenter at the Plein-Air Convention in Denver, CO, next May.

Linda Lovisa

One Day Alla-Prima Workshop
With Kelowna artist Linda Lovisa

We are very lucky to be able to offer a in person workshop with award winning artist Linda Lovisa. This workshop will focus on how to paint dramatic or calm skies over land or water, its your choice. Each student will bring in their own reference photo where the main focus will be on the sky. Stormy or sunny, night or day – Linda will show everyone how to paint their own reference alla prima. Be sure to check out her website.

Kelowna artist Linda Lovisa paints Alla Prima (direct approach). This type of painting keeps the colours fresh and vibrant while mixing direct on the canvas. Her techniques include impressionism, symbolism and abstraction. Although she works primarily in acrylic, she continues to explore a wide range of media including pastel, mixed media and watercolour.
Linda’s paintings have appeared in exhibits across Canada and the United States and can be found in private and public collections nationally and internationally. Linda has been presented by The Federation of Canadian Artists, a Gold Award and an Award of Excellence.
Linda’s creativity and beautiful artwork can also be found in two children’s books she has recently written and illustrated in watercolour. She is looking forward to sharing more stories with you in her series,” The Adventures of Gordon the Canada Goose”.
After ten years of owning her own art gallery, displaying local artist’s creations, Linda has moved to a new chapter in her life. She continues to offer painting classes, is enjoying writing her books and painting commissioned pieces.

Brian Buckrell
June 2021

This four-day acrylic workshop will expose students to approaches for planning and developing an acrylic landscape painting. It is designed for the serious beginner (with acrylic experience) to the intermediate painter interested in strengthening fundamentals for developing strong acrylic landscape paintings. Oil painters using odourless solvents are welcome but all demos will be made in acrylics.

Day one we will review the fundamental principles of shape, value, colour and design that we will apply in our painting.  We will plan and paint together from a provided reference.  Day two we will review those fundamentals and you will paint from your own reference under supervision. Day three we will cover the fundamentals of perspective for landscape painters. Using a reference provided we plan and make a painting of an alley scene emphasizing both linear and atmospheric perspective. Day four you will paint again from your own reference under supervision and following the principles presented. 

Supporting the visual arts in the surrounding Rideau Area

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