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This year's line-up of instructors is unparalleled.

  • Gaye Adams
  • Doug Levitt
  • Janice Robertson
  • Mike Svob

The Plein Air retreat is our largest education and social event of the year. By attending the 2017 Plein Retreat you'll make personal connections with the instructors and 60 of your peers as well as discover amazing techniques to transform your painting skills. Each day we'll go out painting and we have optional social events planned for each evening.

Our 2017 Retreat takes place at the historic Flying U Ranch, a 60,000 acre horse ranch on the banks of Green Lake located near 70 Mile House, just north of Kamloops. The Flying U is a favourite setting for many of our senior members and provides a beautiful setting for plain air work.

Studio work is important - but there is no replacement for painting outdoors. Just like a photograph isn't a replacement for a painting, working from a photograph isn't a replacement for working outdoors. Working en plein air can add life, colour, and details to your work. Attending this week-long retreat will help develop your plein air skills.

"(Tom) Thomson sought the wilderness, never seeking to tame it, but only to draw from it, its magic of tangle and season. " -Arthur Lismer

The Flying U Ranch has been a favourite for artists and horse-lovers alike. This rustic location offers traditional cabin accommodation, great food, fantastic scenery, and optional recreational activities.

Have more questions?

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Phone to reserve your spot:


This event is organized by:

Federation of  Canadian Artists - office

1241 Cartwright Street

Vancouver, BC, V6H 4B7


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We now have a fairly a comprehensive itinerary. But this section will be added to as our plans continue to develop.

On a sketching trip with Tom Thomson, Fred Varley, and Arthur Lismer:
"That autumn of 1914 was wonderful, with sunny days and frosty nights... In the evening by the campfire, we discussed plans for the next day while we cooked good, husky meals."

-A. Y. Jackson

Welcome to the

2017 FCA Plein Air Retreat

September 23 - 29, 2017

Federation of Canadian Artists

2017 Registration

is now complete

details of the 2018 Retreat will be revealed soon...