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Five Days en Plein Air
Acrylic & Oil

June 24th – 28th, 2019
Blue Mountain School of Landscape Painting
Blue Mountain School of Landscape Painting
In this workshop, you will engage in the fundamental aspects of painting outdoors, focusing on principles such as tone, colour, form, texture and composition.  
Demonstrations, individual attention, helpful hints and gentle critique will increase your creative confidence.  This course will be valuable for artists of all levels of painting and drawing experience.  
Work in an environment that encourages individual freedom and expression.  Demonstrations will be in acrylic but oil painters will be easily accommodated
  Date: Monday June 24th to Friday June 28th
Time: 8:30am to 4:00pm
Location: St. Paul's Church - 20 Russell St E, Thornbury, Ontario
Price: $350.00  (art supplies not included)
For more details on this workshop and to register:
*Register early this workshop fills quickly!

Varley Art Gallery
Painting Unionville En Plein Air
Saturday July 13th & Sunday July 14th
Do you paint En Plein Air? Come join professional artist Sam Paonessa, and paint in picturesque Unionville for two days. Focus will be painting some of the charming Main Street architecture, and one day in the Too Good Pond Park.
Artists can use acrylic or oil and must have their own materials. Some outdoor painting experience required. Sam will provide demos and helpful tips to improve your plein air painting skills. This workshop will fill very quickly so register today! Visit for a full list of suggested materials.
Date: July 13th & 14th   Time: 9:30pm - 3:30pm   Price: $60.50
Instructor: Sam Paonessa
Location: Varley Art Gllery of Markham
216 Main Street Unionville, Markham
Phone: 905-477-7000 x3261

Visual Arts Mississauga
July 3 Day Workshop
Summer Sketching at Riverwood
Thursdays - July 11 to 25th
The beautiful Riverwood surroundings are inspirational to draw and paint. Let’s get out the sketchbooks and learn from nature drawing and painting flowers, trees, birds and even people. Choose any medium you wish. Learn from instructional demos, group and individual attention. Studio space available if necessary.

Course SUMA11
July 11th, 18th & 25th
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Fee: $90.00 +HST

Details and Registration
Instructor: Sam Paonessa
Location: Visual Arts Mississauga
4170 Riverwood Park Lane, Mississauga
Phone: 905-277-4313

Haliburton School of the Arts - Sam Paonessa
Summer Workshops
Plein Air Landscape Painting - Introductory
July 29th through August 2nd
Engage in the fundamental aspects of painting outdoors while exploring the artistic and creative opportunities of the landscape. Instruction will address painting principles such as tone, colour, form, texture and composition. Demonstrations, individual attention, and encouragement will increase your creative confidence and style. This course is suitable whether you have limited painting and drawing experience or if you are an experienced painter planning to develop skills further. You are invited to work with acrylic or oil paint in an environment that encourages individual freedom and expression. Weather permitting, the majority of class time will be held outdoors.
Sam Paonessa Plein Air Start: Monday July 29th
End: Friday August 2nd
Monday to Friday, 9:00 to 4:30
Course Number: ARTS2035
Location: Haliburton Campus
Length: 47.5 hours
Price: $393.39

Landscape Painting - Plein Air & Studio
August 5th through August 9th
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 designed for intermediate to advanced plein air painters.
Sam Paonessa Plein Air Workshop Start: Monday August 5th
End: Friday August 9th
Monday to Friday, 9:00 to 4:30
Course Number: ARTS2439
Location: Haliburton Campus
Length: 47.5 hours
Price: $393.39

Avenue Road Arts Scchool
5 Days - August 19th to 23rd
Do you enjoy painting skies? How about water? Enjoy the challenge and pleasure of capturing the many moods of skies and great variety of clouds. You will also learn to paint various water surfaces, such as still water reflections and rushing waterfalls. Students may bring a personal reference which can be discussed with the instructor. More structure (and life jackets) available if required and demos will be provided. Come join the fun and get your feet wet!
Mornings - August 19th through 23rd
9:15 am - 12:15 pm
$265.00 +HST

Instructor: Sam Paonessa
Location: Avenue Road Arts School - 460 Avenue Road, Toronto
Phone: (416) 961-1502

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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