Phone to reserve your spot:

604-681-2744

You'll have the opportunity to learn from and paint with each one of the instructors - twice!

Workshop participants will be divided into four groups in order to paint and learn from a different instructor each day for the first four days. Then on the fifth day the four instructors and all the students will be painting together. 

Gaye Adams has been painting professionally for over 30 years, and instructs workshops in Canada, the United States and abroad.  Oil is presently her preferred medium, but she also is fluent with acrylics and soft pastel. Gaye is a Senior Signature member with the Federation of Canadian Artists, holds a Master Pastellist designation with the Pastel Artists of Canada, and is an active member of the Oil Painters of America. She is an avid plein air painter and enjoys sharing her experience and passion with her many students.



Doug is a Calgary-based artist specializing in portraits and plein air landscapes. He is a multiple award winning artist whose alla prima painting style encourages spontaneity and passion within technique. Doug teaches with humour and respect for individual styles – believing that art is best created in joy and that each artists style is uniquely their own. His intent as a mentor is to foster the development of that style by encouraging students to fully understand their talent and ability to grow within it.


Janice has been a full-time artist since 1989 and a Senior Signature member of the Federation. A popular and well-respected instructor, Janice works in acrylics, watercolour, and oil. She is best known for her phenomenal landscapes.




Mike is celebrating 35 years as an artist, painter, teacher, and mentor. He is considered one of Canada's pre-immanent impressionistic painters and is easily identified by his signature use of strong bold colour. To date Mike has had over 70 exhibitions and has produced 25 large scale murals throughout North America. He is a Senior Signature member of the Federation, and a master of watercolours, acrylics and oils. For this retreat Mike will be teaching in acrylics only.

2017 Registration

is now complete

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

2017 Instructors:

Welcome to the

2017 FCA Plein Air Retreat


September 23 - 29, 2017

Federation of Canadian Artists