Annual Weekend Workshop

Developing a Strong Landscape Painting with Artist Barb Sohn


Dates: Oct. 1 & 2, 2022

Time: 10am – 4pm

Location: North Fredericksburg Lifestyle Centre, 1208 County Road, Napanee, ON, K7R 3K7 (PARKING & ENTRANCE REAR OF BUILDING)

Cost: $40.00 – GNAAA Members Only


REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Saturday, Sept. 23, 2022

MATERIALS: Please refer to attachment in email. Note: The GNAAA has easels for your use at the workshop.

FOOD & SNACKS: Bring your own lunch. Snacks & refreshments provided throughout the day

Developing a Strong Landscape Painting

This two-day workshop is designed to introduce students to techniques for planning and developing a strong landscape painting in acrylic paint.  It is designed for any artist who is interested in my approach to interpreting landscape and water. 

We will begin with a review of fundamental of composition and values, using a reference photo of the student’s choice.  Bring a selection of photos.  

We will develop the composition of the painting together through a series of thumbnail sketches, working it up into a full-sized painting. I will demonstrate the development of a strong painting to get us started, and conversation about colour will accompany demonstration and supervisions.

The second day students will continue to work from their reference photo. Demonstrations will be used through out the day to show colour choices.  We will end with a final critique and discussion.

Demos will be done in acrylics. 

Every time I teach it is new, since my courses are always student driven. The chance to spend extended time with a small group of students will allow us to delve into each person’s own artistic explorations. I help my students to better understand and articulate their own unique visual language.

Suggested Supplies:

My palette of Acrylic Paint Colours  (I use Golden) (please, not all colours are necessary or required!)

Titanium White

Primary yellow (lemon), Azo Yellow

Diaralide Yellow 

Ultramarine Blue

Cobalt blue

Anthraquinone blue

Pthalo Blue (green shade)

Dioxazine Purple

Napthol Red Medium

Burnt Sienna 

Raw Umber

Yellow Ochre

Permanent Maroon, Alizarin Crimson

Quinacrodone Magenta

Quinacrodone Burnt Orange

Light Violet

Payne’s Grey


 I use Princeton Art and Brush Co. Umbria Brights.   Bring a variety of sizes and shapes of good quality brushes.  


2 or 3 canvases or masonite boards  

        suggested sizes:    9 x 12 /  12 x 12 /   12 x 16 


Masonite should be well-gessoed with GAC100 and acrylic gesso so that it is not too absorbent. 

Bring a Portable Easel if you wish. (Anderson makes a good one) 

Reference Photos

Bring several large reference photos of landscapes that you would like to paint. If you don’t have an inspiring photo, I have many.


Paper towels

Water container (two)  I use a corel plate as a palette, available at used stores such as a Re-use store

Pencils, Ruler 

Spray bottle for water

Acrylic soft gel medium for mixing and extending colour