Workshops

IMG_7507Each year I host a series of 1-5 day workshops. From introductory to advanced levels, the goal of the workshops is to present a full art experience, with instruction and demonstration coupled with time for the participants to work on their own. Travelling to a variety of studios and historic sites throughout my home province of Newfoundland & Labrador, into other parts of Canada and the USA and Europe, workshops are focused on the landscape or floras of some of these amazing spaces.

My own studio, Island View Studio in Tors Cove, NL, less than 40 km south of St. John’s, NL, is the home base for a number of my summer workshops. The landscapes of the East Coast Trail surrounding it provide endless inspiration. Whatever the location, near or far, you will find an encouraging atmosphere, individual attention and the inspiration to help you realize your potential.

To broaden the experience, I occasionally invite a guest instructor/artist to join in my workshop series. The instructors come from a cross-section of the best artists in their respective media, both from the province and from around the world. As they deliver expert instruction and immerse you in the art process, they inspire creativity and dynamism.

Regardless of the site all workshops are designed to allow the participants to explore the painting process, while giving them the opportunity to discover the surrounding landscape. The world lying just outside the studio allows the participants to experience colours in the landscape, the delicacy of a blossom, the movement of the ocean and the textures of the cliffs. The goal is to make each session an art experience. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more detailed workshop descriptions.

Workshops - Winter and Spring 2017

I’ll be offering 5 workshops for the first half of 2017. If you have any questions or would like to register for any of these please email me at info@margaretwalshbest.com or give me a call at 709 753-2643.  MasterCard & Visa accepted.

#1. Simplifying Watercolour- An Introduction

Date: Thursday, January 26, 2017
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 PM
Location: St. John’s studio
Cost: $87 + HST (ALL materials included in this workshop)

Level: Introductory

Description:
This workshop is designed for those who have had little or no experience with painting or for those who have painted in another medium and want to experience the possibilities of watercolours. It will focus on the materials and tools which will contribute to your success and then follow with demonstrations of techniques followed by giving you time to practise and enjoy this wonderful medium. All workshop materials will be supplied but, if you already have some supplies, please bring them along to test their quality and performance.

#2. Simplifying Watercolour – An Introduction

Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 PM
Location: St. John’s studio
Cost: $87 + HST (ALL materials included in this workshop)

Level: Introductory
Note: This can be a follow-up with new techniques for those who have done the January 26th Introductory Workshop or a time to hone your skills and learn new ones.

Description:
This workshop is designed for those who have had little or no experience with painting or for those who have painted in another medium and want to experience the possibilities of watercolours.  The materials and tools which will contribute to your success will be demonstrated and then you will have time to practise and enjoy this wonderful medium as I give one-on-one guidance. All workshop materials will be supplied but, if you already have some supplies, please bring them along so as to test their quality and performance.

# 3. Introduction to Botanical Art

Date: Friday, February 17, 2017
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Location: MUN Botanical Garden
Cost: $87 +HST.

Description:  This workshop focuses on basic tools and techniques for creating botanical drawings and paintings with a goal to capture the plant or any part of it in as much detail to make it identifiable, while at the same time creating a pleasing piece of art. The scientific and the artistic components go hand in hand.
Demonstrations will be combined with plenty of one-on-one instruction, which will allow this workshop to accommodate various skill levels.  Supplies will include your basic watercolour and drawing kits with a few small additions. Details will be sent to those interested in registering for this workshop.

#4. Botanical Art 2

Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017
Time: 10 am  – 4 pm
Location: MUN Botanical Garden
Cost: $87 +HST.

Description:  This workshop will be a follow-up to the “Introduction to Botanical Art” offered in February or for those who have had experience drawing and painting plants. There will be a reminder of basic tools and techniques for creating botanical drawings and paintings. The goal of capturing the plant or any part of it in as much detail to make it identifiable and  creating a pleasing piece of art will always be the focus. Demonstrations will be combined with plenty of one-on-one instruction, which will allow this workshop to accommodate various skill levels.  Supplies will include your basic watercolour and drawing kits with a few small additions. Details will be sent to those interested in registering for this workshop.

# 5. Forty Shades of Green (Watercolour)

Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017
Time: 10 am  – 4 pm
Location: MUN Botanical Garden
Cost: $87 +HST.

Level: Beyond Basics to Advanced
Description: The date of March 16th is significant for this workshop in that the next day we will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Mixing greens shouldn’t have to be a hit-or-miss experience. In keeping with the theme of florals, this day is planned to help you choose and mix a selection of greens you like and to capture greens you see as you paint from some of the plants around the room or from those you may choose to bring along. Maybe there’ll be a shamrock plant in the collection!


Floral in Funchal - Art Workshop Tour

FLORA IN FUNCHAL ART WORKSHOP TOUR
Following wonderful art vacations in Ireland and Italy in past years, another one is planned for 2017. This time the destination is the beautiful Portuguese island of Madeira.

Brochure information on our art vacation, planned and escorted by travel consultant Michele Hutton, can be found below.
I would be delighted to have you share in the experience of travel to a fabulous destination and an art workshop with me as we capture the beauty of this island paradise.

Due to interest, there will be two workshop holiday/tours.

11 days/9 nights
Session One: September 14-24, 2017
Wait-list available

Session Two: September 23-03 October, 2017
3 spaces available

Madeira, Portugal is an island located in the Atlantic, some 560km from Morocco and north of the Canary Islands. It is 1.5 hours from Lisbon, Portugal by air. Funchal, the capital, has a sub-tropical climate and temperatures average 22-26C with an average 1.5″ rainfall in September.  It is a lush and beautiful island known year round for its flora and fauna.

The chosen property hotel is a superior 4* , PORTO SANTA MARIA, located at the water’s edge with direct access to the sea-front promenade in the city of Funchal, the location of our hotel.  This is a beautiful walking city and the hotel is located in the perfect position of Old Town. Rooms will be based on twin occupancy but single rooms are available, with a supplement.  The hotel has both indoor and outdoor pools, a gym and a spa.

The Funchal market is convenient for those who are interested in having food and beverages in their studio. An assortment of dining options are easily accessible from the hotel.

INCLUSIONS:

Transfers to and from airport to Porto Bay Santa Maria Hotel, Funchal.https://m.portobay.com/en/hotels/portugal

9 nights superior accommodation – Seaview Studio
with a balcony, based on twin (two beds) occupancy.

Daily buffet breakfast at the hotel.  Both indoor and outdoor dining available.

Welcome Dinner

Farewell Dinner

Art Workshops (10 sessions) with Margaret Walsh Best + Guest Madeira Artist Workshop and Gallery visit

All land taxes, fees, etc.

Gratuities for included meals and services (bus, tours and activities below)

Activities/Tours included in the holiday tour:

Cable Car
Botanical Garden
Traditional Wicker Toboggan Ride
Famous Madeira Wine – tour and tasting
Levada Flora and Fauna Tour -leisurely walking tour
Opera Musical Show featuring popular music

$2599* Cdn. land package as stated above

Payment schedule:
$750 at time of booking
$750 February, 2017
$1099 April, 2017

*a small surcharge for any exchange over 1.5Cdn per Euro.

Air: group fares are being requested now. Individual airfares also available for those who plan to extend their holiday. Based on 2016 rates, please plan for approx. $1400-$1500 per person.

For further information or to book, please
contact:  Michele Hutton, travel agent    michele_hutton@hotmail.com
Tel: 709 325-2134


Workshops, Classes, and Open Studios - Starting January 17th!

Check back over the weekend for all of the details on workshops, classes, and open studios.


Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year!
This is just a quick note to let you know that I’ll be updating my website in a next few days.
My New Year’s Resolution is to be be much more vigilant with my website.
I’d love to tell you about the wonderful exhibitions I took part in during 2016 as well as the beautiful book, published in Ireland, where you’ll find a full-page image of my botanical painting of a new hybrid Narcissus. It was very thrilling to see it in print.
Check back for details of these, with photos, plus a listing of this Winter’s classes, Open Studios and Workshops.
I’ll also be sending information of my destination Art Vacation in Madeira, Portugal.
Hope you can get to check back soon.
Margaret


SUMMER / FALL WORKSHOPS

A Brush with History:
The Flowers of the Colony of Avalon 2015

Art Workshop with Margaret Walsh Best in Ferryland, NL

JUST A FEW SPACES LEFT!!!!!    REGISTER NOW

Contact: info@colonyofavalon.ca
July 30 & 31, 2015    10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Come and enjoy the historic community of Ferryland, on Newfoundland’s Southern Shore, while taking in an art workshop at the Colony of Avalon archaeological site. Be inspired by the flowers and plants of the site’s heritage gardens.

Workshop Includes:

  • Colony of Avalon admission and guided tour
  • Two day workshop in the gardens and indoor studio space
  • A workshop intended to accommodate different levels of ability and capability from the beginner to the advanced.

· Instruction and demonstration by artist Margaret Walsh Best  www.margaretwalshbest.com  who will present techniques for drawing and painting a variety of historic plants found in the Gentleman’s Garden and the Herb Garden. Learn techniques for capturing the unique characteristics of the plants of your choice. Work will be done using graphite and/or watercolour- the choice of each participant.

Cost: Two-day workshop $165 +HST. Kits of all necessary art supplies for the two days will be available at a small additional cost for those who request them. ($7)
Registration: Contact the Colony of Avalon by phone at 709-432-3200 or 1-877-326-5669 or by email at info@colonyofavalon.ca . Ask about accommodations, dining options and area attractions.

For details visit www.colonyofavalon.ca

For other details including Ferryland accommodations and cultural events http://www.colonyofavalon.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=368:a-brush-with-history-2015&catid=42:news-a-events&Itemid=83

 

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Pop Up Workshops  

Two gardens ready to be experienced.

This summer I wanted to try something a new! I will be hosting several POP UP ART CLASSES. These will be one-day workshops each held in a special garden. The inspiration will be to embrace the splendor of the local flora while in the height of their blooming season.

For the two listed below, I wanted to support MUN Botanical Garden. Over the years I’ve spent much time, gotten untold inspiration and received tremendous help in my plant research. As a thank-you I will be donating 25% of the registrations from the 2 workshops below to The Garden programs.

These 2 special workshop gardens have been offered by long-time “Friends of the Garden”. They look forward to sharing them with us.

Cost $85 + HST  Kits of all necessary art supplies for the day will be available at a small additional cost for those who request them. ($5)

Registration: Please contact Margaret at info@margaretwalshbest.com

Notes: Small groups. Bring along a lunch. Tea & Coffee will be provided.

Participants will be sent directions in advance.

#1 Pop-Up Workshop – Monday, August 10 (10:00 – 4:00 )

Brenda & John’s Garden in Flatrock

#2 Pop-Up Workshop – Thursday, August 13 (10:00 – 4:00)

Paul’s Garden in Outer Cove

 

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Fall Colours In The Landscape (TWO SPACES REMAINING)

Date: October 17 & 18, 2015
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Island View Studio – Tors Cove (Margaret’s Studio)
Cost: Two-day workshop $165 +HST.
Level: Beyond Basics – Advanced

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Simplifying Watercolour- an Introduction

Date: Saturday November 7, 2015
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 PM
Location: St. John’s location
Cost: $85 + HST (ALL materials included in this workshop)

Level: Beginner

Come and bring a friend for a day of fun with watercolours!
This workshop is designed for those who have had little or no experience with painting or for those who have painted in another medium and want to experience the possibilities of watercolours. It will focus on the materials and tools which will contribute to your success and then follow with demonstrations giving you time to practise and enjoy this wonderful medium.

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Tools & Techniques of Watercolour

Date: Sunday November 8, 2015
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 PM
Location: St. John’s location
Cost: $85 + HST

Level: Beginner & Beyond Basics

Enjoy a day of experimenting with the tools of watercolour as you create a series of mini pieces, each designed to illustrate a different technique. Learn the best uses for traditional painting tools and try other unconventional tools and techniques. Lots of demonstration will be combined with one-on-one instruction as you get the time to experiment.