In my workshops you can expect a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Students of all levels are welcome — if you’re a beginner, you’ll learn as much from watching the people around you as from me. If you’re looking to deepen your understanding of acrylics, develop a more creative, spontaneous approach or just reinvigorate your practice, these workshops will meet your needs. I’ll do some brief demonstrations to show you how I use layering and acrylic mediums and I’ll show you slides of other artists’ work to stir your imagination. Most of the time you’ll be painting while I move around the room making sure everyone gets the individual attention they need. We’ll end with a group critique where you’ll learn to assess your own work in progress and decide what to do next when you’re working on a painting.

Upcoming Workshops:

Big Canvas

This workshop is about painting BIG. Scaling up is a challenge but can also be the key to unleashing your talent and creativity. On a big canvas, there’s just a lot more room for interesting things to happen. We’ll be working in an open-air, roofed riding arena, with horses nearby for company. Lots of room to spread out, move freely and make a mess! Artists of all levels are welcome.

Skyline Farm in Dunrobin, Ontario

June 23-24, 2019 

Early bird fee: $200 + HST. After March 1, 2019: $225 + HST (unless on the waiting list). Max. of 15 participants.

For more info or to register, please contact Nonie Smart at or (613) 832-8071.