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Abstracting the natural landscape

This workshop will offer another direction for landscape artists to pursue – the realm of semi abstract and abstract. We will use color and texture to define a space, simplifying it into its basic components and challenging the norms of traditional landscape painting. Use composition cleverly to create the illusion of more, and use color to define space.

Instructor: Samantha Williams-Chapelsky
Fine Art Painters
For Stage(s):
Aspiring, Emerging, Professional, Master
Medium: Acrylic

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Starts on Saturday, February 24, 2024
Feb 24 & Mar 2

2 sessions, 4 hrs each, daily
11:00am – 3:00pm MT


Note: Price in $USD

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    High School, University, and College students get 30% off!
    See FAQs at the bottom of this page for details.

    Course Description
    During this workshop, students will learn to take a photo reference to a simplified sketch to a textured interpretation of the original photograph in a semi abstracted style. Join award winning artist Samantha Williams-Chapelsky for a 2 day workshop that will cover simplification, compositional structures, color palettes and texture application effects in acrylic paint.
    Supply List

    Please have on hand:

    1. 4 – 8″ x 10″ pieces of mixed media paper (sketchbook is fine)
    2. Pencil (HB)
    3. 2 – 8″ x 10″ panel supports (these can be birch panels or masonite but please pre prepare these with gesso or a primer). These can be cradled if you wish to use a lot of texture or flat if not Russian Birth Cradle Panels

    4. Golden Fluid Acrylics – 1 Fluid oz of each

    • Titanium White
    • Phthalo Blue
    • Quinacridone red or magenta
    • Nickel azo yellow

    5. 1 – 8 oz jar of Coarse Molding Paste (if they are out of coarse molding paste, please purchase fiber paste in the same size)
    6. Assorted palette knives
    7. 1″ flat brush (Silver Golden naturals is a nice option)
    8. Round Brush smaller size (again Silver Golden Naturals)
    9. Natural Landscape photo for reference – we will do one all together and one on your own

    10. Palette Paper

    11. Water bucket
    12. Paper towels

    Instructor Bio
    Samantha Williams-Chapelsky completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Alberta in 2009, with distinction, majoring in painting and art history.

    Samantha has been exhibiting her art extensively for the past 15 years worldwide. Her paintings are included in numerous corporate and private collections and are represented in select commercial art galleries.

    Samantha is the Golden Working Artist for the province of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. She also works as an art instructor and lecturer, hosting workshops and sessions across Canada.

    Painting of a beach
    painting of field and sky
    painting of a countryside
    painting of a river and sky
    painting of mountains
    painting of a field and clouds


    How many registrations are required for a course to start?

    A minimum of 6 registrations are required.  If 6 registrations are not received by the time the course is 24 hours from starting, the course will be cancelled and all registrants will receive complete refunds.

    What is the maximum number of people in a course?

    This varies for each course.  The maximum number of registrations is decided by the instructor.

    Can I get a refund?

    Up until 72 hours before a course’s first session you can receive a complete refund. You can cancel your registration via the My Account portal, or by contacting [email protected].

    After this time no refunds will be given (if you have extenuating circumstances you believe justify a refund, contact us at [email protected]).

    Can I register for a course already in progress?

    No. Once a course has started, no new registrations are accepted.

    Where will my course be held?

    All courses meet online over Zoom. You will need a device equipped with a camera and a microphone to fully participate. 

    If you have not used Zoom before, learn about how to use it here.

    If you don’t regularly use Zoom, we recommend you join your first session 10-15 minutes early in case your computer needs to install or update Zoom.

    How do I join my course?

    You will receive a welcome email from [email protected] when you register.  This email includes the Zoom link to join your course session.  You will also receive 24 hour and 2 hour reminder emails before each session, and each of these emails includes the Zoom link.  You can also access the Zoom link to join your course in your MastriusChat group.

    Are the sessions recorded?

    Yes, every session is recorded and are typically available 24 hours after a session ends.  All session recordings will remain available for the duration of the course, and for one month following the last session.  The recordings are viewable within the MastriusChat platform, and cannot be downloaded.

    What if I miss a session?

    You’ll be able to watch the session’s recording.  If you have questions the recording doesn’t address, you can ask them in the chat feed of your course’s private MastriusChat group.

    What is MastriusChat?

    MastriusChat is an online discussion platform.  You and your fellow course registrants will be assigned to a private MastriusChat group where you can connect and support eachother via the chat “feed”. Your group is also where you’ll access the session recordings. Other resources in your MastriusChat group include a link to join your course sessions, and a library your instructor can use to share resources.

    What is a Navigator?

    A Navigator is an artist who joins your course to ensure both instructor and registrants have an enjoyable experience. They support (as required) with technology, timekeeping, moderating questions, and between-session discussions on MastriusChat. The Navigator has also joined the course as participant, and just like you, they’re wanting to grow their skills and learn the material.

    I’m not ready to register because I still have questions. Who do I contact?

    We’d be happy to help! 

    Reach out to us at [email protected] and we’ll do our best to support you.


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    To claim this discount:

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