Plein Air Drawing Workshop

The North Highway Outside of Lacombe                    Sara McKarney

The North Highway Outside of Lacombe                                         Sara McKarney

A 2-HOUR Plein Air Drawing Excursion

WHEN:  Saturday 29 July from 11am-1pm  

WHAT: En plein air is a French phrase meaning “open air”, which has been used over history to describe the act of painting outdoors focusing on the actual visual conditions seen at the time.  Artist-in-Residence Sara McKarney will lead this plein air drawing excursion / workshop, which will focus on different drawing methods such as blind contour and gesture drawings to capture the  landscape and movement of the waves on the coast.

WHERE:   Main & Station will be used as a meeting point, all teaching will be done outside.   To meet at Main & Station, 168 Main Street, Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, B0M 1S0

Photo courtesy of Aspen Zettel

Photo courtesy of Aspen Zettel

INSTRUCTOR: Sara McKarney  Sara McKarney received her BFA in Studio Art from the University of Lethbridge, Alberta and her Fine Arts Diploma from Grant MacEwan College. She has exhibited drawing-based work internationally, and has participated in artist residency programs at The Banff Centre in Alberta and through the White Rabbit Open Air residency program in Lower Economy, Nova Scotia. She has taught a range of workshops in a variety of institutions across Alberta.


To learn more about Nonesuch Artist in Residence Sara McKarney, and what she is doing, please visit her website 

The North 104th Street Market                 Sara McKarney

The North 104th Street Market                     Sara McKarney


Participants will be taught a series of different drawing techniques such as contour, blind contour, and gesture. These drawing exercises will be applied to drawing what is seen while outdoors, challenging participants to spend concentrated time looking at their subjects, and drawing what they see, rather than the idea of what their subject should look like.




Some basic drawing materials will be provided including a selection of pens, pencils, erasers, charcoal, and baby wipes for clean up.

Participants should bring a sketchbook or drawing pad and any material they would prefer to use as well as any additional or particular drawing materials they would like to have.


Participants should be comfortable with working outdoors and physically capable of walking in uneven terrain unassisted, including walking from our meeting space at Main and Station around town and on unpaved areas and the shoreline. Closed-toe boots or shoes suitable for a range of landscape recommended.

Please dress appropriate for the weather and bring what you will require to spend 2 hours outdoors, such as drinking water, sunscreen, or bug repellant.

You might also consider bringing a towel or something to sit on if you do not wish to sit directly on the ground.

As we are going to be starting with basic drawing exercises, any skill level is welcome. This class is suitable for participants 16 years+.

If you have any questions, email us at


If you will be coming from out of town, please let us know if you need any help or information, such as with directions or accommodations.


Cost/Participant – $25 + tax = $28.75

To register, please fill in the form below and send your payment to reserve your place, or send an email to, or call 514-979-3978.  An email will be sent to confirm your registration and receipt of your payment.  If you do not receive confirmation within 5 days, please contact us.


If you wish to pay by credit card, select PayPal when you register and we will email you a PayPal invoice.

Pay the easy way with an Interac e-Transfer: simply go to your online bank and send a transfer to

If you wish to pay by cheque or cash, stop in and see us or mail it to Main & Station, 168 Main Street, PO Box 507, Parrsboro, Nova Scotia B0M 1S0

Please be sure to fill in the registration form above so that we can reserve your place immediately.

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