Suggested Supply List

  • Lightweight easel
  • Small folding stool
  • Apron or paint shirt
  • Sun hat
  • Drinking water
  • Backpack, box or trolley to carry your supplies
  • Small sketchbook
  • Pencils, eraser, sharpener
  • Primed boards or canvases
  • Paints- oils or acrylics
  • Brushes
  • Rags or paper towels/blue shop towels
  • Palette (wet for oils, spritzer for acrylics)
  • Garbage bags
  • Water or solvent container
  • Medium/retarder
  • Sunscreen/ bug repellent
  • Viewfinder
  • Reference photos in case of rain
  • Camera

2019 Itinerary*

Clothing - West Coast weather can be sunny, cold and wet - all on the same day - so rain-wear and gumboots are a must have. Similarly an umbrella for your easel would also be beneficial, but not mandatory. 

* If you are an experienced plein air painter, just bring your usual supplies. The individual instructor lists (coming soon) are for your information only.  If you have any supply questions please contact the Federation office: 604-681-2744

Federation of Canadian Artists


Federation Retreat, 2019

September 3rd - 8th - Bamfield, British Columbia

Tuesday 3rd September - Arrival day 

4 PM - Registration Opens

7 PM - Evening orientation, Meet and Greet Social

Wednesday 4th September - Day 2

9 AM - 4 PM Painting in small groups with your first Master Instructor

7 PM - Panel discussion with all Master Instructors

Thursday 5th September - Day 3

9 AM - 4 PM Painting in small groups with a different Master Instructor

7 PM - Presentation from a Signature Federation Member

Friday 6th September - Day 4

9 AM - 4 PM Painting in small groups with the third Master Instructor

7 PM - "Paint Off" - live painting event and social

Saturday 7th September - Day 5

9 AM - 4 PM Mixed group or individual painting

Time TBC - Evening exhibition and sale of artworks made during the retreat 

Sunday 8th September - Departure Day

*This is a working itinerary -  times and activities are subject to change.