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Visual Arts Mississauga
Spring Online
Advanced Painting Studio – Beyond the Basics
Monday Afternoons - April 5th to June 14th
A course for artists working on their own paintings in acrylics or oils who wish to review basic principles of painting while exploring various techniques. When more teaching structure or direction is requested, it will be provided. Reference material will be provided by the student. Prerequisite: drawing and painting experience and a willingness to have fun and learn. Students must bring materials. Please see document link via course details link below.
Mondays April 5th to June 14th
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm   
Online Classes:
Course ID: SAO11
Price: $365.00 + HST
Instructor: Sam Paonessa
Visual Arts Mississauga
4170 Riverwood Park Lane, Mississauga
Phone: 905-277-4313
Less Defined Landscape
Wednesday Mornings - April 7th to June 9th
This workshop straddles the two realms of landscape and abstract. Subjects will focus on water, simple form landscape and skies. Exercises will include editing photo reference images and cultivating imagination while playing with less traditional colour palettes and techniques. Please see document link via course details link below.
Wednesdays April 7th to June 9th
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm   
Online Classes:
Course ID: SAO17
Price: $365.00 + HST
Instructor: Sam Paonessa
Visual Arts Mississauga
4170 Riverwood Park Lane, Mississauga
Phone: 905-277-4313

Avenue Road Arts Scchool
Essentials of Landscape Painting
Spring Online Workshop
April 19th to June 19th
Working from a photo reference, you will explore the artistic and creative opportunities found in landscape painting. Demonstrations, plenty of individual attention and encouragement will increase your creative confidence and style, while introducing you to painting essentials including composition, perspective, tone, form, texture, brush and palette knife techniques, colour mixing, contrast and sense of depth. You can choose to paint in either oils or acrylics in this online painting program. This course is suitable for students of all levels and experience.
Mondays - April 19th to June 19th
Time: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm   
Online Classes:
Course ID: 13630
Price: $335.00 + HST
Instructor: Sam Paonessa
Avenue Road Arts School - 460 Avenue Road, Toronto
Phone: (416) 961-1502

Spring Painting Masterclasses  by sam Paonessa at Villa Charities Columbus Centre

Haliburton School of the Arts - Sam Paonessa
Landscape Painting - Plein Air & Studio
August 9th through 13th
Enjoy the best of both worlds - paint and sketch in the field and then develop colour studies and sketches in-studio. The first half of the course will consist of Plein air painting, followed by the remainder of the time in-studio. Instruction will include demonstrations and is suited to oil and acrylic painters.
This course is not suitable for beginner plein air painters.
Course Start:  August 9th    End: August 13th
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm   
Course Code: ARTS2439
Price: $411.75
Instructor: Sam Paonessa
Location: Haliburton Campus - Haliburton School of Art + Design
Phone: (705) 457-1680 ext. 4  or  1-866-353-6464

Past Workshops

Lake Nipissing Workshop - September 2018 - Sam Paonessa


Morocco - Sam Paonessa
Morocco - Sam Paonessa
With Sam Paonessa
Morocco - Sam Paonessa
Morocco en Plein Air -  Sam Paonessa
Workshop Artists Sook Chang, Sam Paonessa and Zora Buchanan
Morocco en Plein Air -  Sam Paonessa  
Morocco en Plein Air -  Sam Paonessa
Tetouan Museum of Fine Art
Plein Air in Chefchaouen
Morocco en Plein Air -  Sam Paonessa  
Morocco en Plein Air -  Sam Paonessa
Zora Sketching
Plein Air in Tetouan
Morocco en Plein Air -  Sam Paonessa
Exhibition Night at the Green Olive Studio
Sam, Sook, Zora and School Director, Jeff McRobbie
Morocco en Plein Air -  Sam Paonessa

Sudbury Art Club Workshop
A first time trip to Sudbury turned out to be a very pleasant surprise. Sudbury Art Club invited me to conduct a weekend workshop, which was a real pleasure; a wonderful, friendly, warm group of artists who enjoy learning and appreciated the information that was shared. We had some fun and I was even awarded with a trophy for being one of their favourite instructors. Thanks Sudbury Art Club!
Proudly hoisting my trophy "Playoff" style!
Sudbury Art Club Members
Class Demo
Hard at work
Critique Time

Workshop Student Comments
"Great tips, instruction, guidance. Would sign up for another workshop." L.P.
"Relaxing, informative and most of all inspirational." A.B.
"Thank you for your insightful instruction and the inspiration of your paintings." P.G
"Great information in a calm, relaxed atmosphere. Thank you!" B.G.

Plein Air Workshop at Willowpond Inn, Orono Ontario
One day workshop at Willowpond Bed and Breakfast
Participants enjoyed a glorious day at this secluded pond on the
Willowpond property
Left to right Sook, Michaela, Luisa and Rotraud
Rotraud finds a quiet spot
Sook with her beautiful painting
Michaela painting the Willow pond
We had a fabulous outing with a gourmet meal to top off the end of the day prepared my Marta and Lech Jaworski at the Willowpond Inn.
For those interested in the Willowpond and / or painting there call 1-888-732-3265 or email:
Workshop Student Testimonials
"I LOVED it. I came home so excited and eager to learn more. Your instruction was informative and respectful. Despite my lack of knowledge and experience, I never felt like I was "just a newbie". I learnt an enormous amount and realized how much more I need to learn before I can consider myself a REAL artist! I would love to do more lessons with you and will look into it…"
Debbie Moolman
"I found it very enjoyable and informative. I appreciated your help along the way - particularly showing me some actual brush techniques and tricks, eg loading the brush with multiple colours then turning the brush while painting a stroke to distribute the different colours smoothly. You are very upbeat and encouraging - very important to students who are not too sure of their own progress or ability."
Ala Baker
"Sam Paonessa is a warm, generous, and sensitive person, and a very good artist! The atmosphere in his classroom is friendly, supportive, and non-competitive. Sam works with each individual at their own level, offering very good advice and help in producing some really amazing paintings. With his vast experience, he can so often see just what isn’t working and show you how to fix it! He also does painting demonstrations and brings in great reference materials to paint from along with examples of his own paintings to ponder (and be jealous of!). It’s been a real pleasure being in his class, which is why I keep signing up, session after session."
Kathy White

One Day Workshop at Edward's Gardens, Toronto
Ala Baker and Sook painting at Edward's Gardens, Toronto

Ontario Society of Artists 140th Anniversary Excursion to Killarney
Shown are some photos and paintings from a retreat in
Killarney Provincial Park.
John Stuart Pryce, Rick Taylor with Sam at George Lake, Killarney Provincial Park
"George Lake" - 12 x 16
"Georgian Grey" - 12 x 16
"Killarney Red" - 12 x 16
"Morning Rain" - 6 x 12
"Pink and Red, Georgian Bay"
Painting at George Lake, Killarney Provincial Park

Over the past few years, Sam has conducted painting workshops and demonstrations for a number of Artist Groups in the GTA.
These groups include:
The Markham Group of Artists
The Thornhill Group of Artists
The Scarborough Arts Guild
The Willowdale Group of Artists
For more information on attending workshops or arranging
a workshop for your group, contact Sam Paonessa at:
sam @


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