after 4:00pm  arrival
Check-in with ranch staff.
Familiarize yourself with the ranch and surroundings.
6:00 Dinner
7:30 Thanks & introduction of the four instructors, and the committee
Lay out the weeks day by day itinerary,
Divide the students into four groups.
Question and answer period

8:00 Breakfast
9:30 Meet all of the instructors and embark on a group Plein air painting day

12:00 Break for lunch

1:00 Plein air painting with the whole group and all instructors continued

4:30 Break from painting, go freshen up

6:00 Dinner

8:00am Breakfast

9:30am Meet your instructor for the day at the pre-assigned location for painting for the day

10:00 Workshop start time

12:00 Break for lunch
4:30 Break from painting, go freshen up
6:00 Dinner
Four instructors, a different group each day, four different locations over the week.

8:00 Breakfast
9:30 Final opportunity to paint, take photos, last coffee and visit with new found friends - freestyle
12:00 Lunch
Leave by 1:30

Day 1 – Saturday: Welcome to the Ranch. Introduction to how the week is going to unfold. Be introduced to your fellow artists and find out who is in your painting group.

Day 2 - Sunday: SFCAs and instructors take part in a lively panel discussion. Q&A format with questions from the moderator and participants.

Day 3 – Monday: Fast draw painting competition and demonstration by SFCA members and instructors. Mill around and enjoy the competition in an informal setting.

Day 4 – Tuesday: Painting demonstration and instruction by an SFCA member or one of the four instructors.

Day 5 – Wednesday: Social night. Relax and enjoy the laid back atmosphere of the Ranch Saloon or fire pit or take the evening off to recharge.

Day 6 – Thursday: "Show and Sale" or just "Show" your week's work. All artists are encouraged to participate in this fun event and locals are invited to attend. All work must have been produced during the workshop week. Instructors are permitted to bring additional art works for sale.


Day 1 - Saturday, September 23rd 


Day 2 - Sunday


Day 3 - 6 - Monday to Thursday

​Four instructors, a different group each day, four different locations over the week.


Day 7 - Friday


Evening Sessions

In addition to the planned activities below we encourage everyone to explore the ranch, go on walks, sit and visit around the cozy fire pit, go to the movie theatre, have a drink at the saloon, catch the sun set, etc.

6:00 Dinner
7:30 Organized evening activities:

Meals:   8am / 12pm /6pm

Coffee: is always available in the Main Lodge
Other opportunities available from the Flying U Ranch
             Horse rentals, boats, canoes, riding lessons, fishing can be arranged at the ranches General Store.


The itinerary has not yet been set for the 2018 retreat. Below is the 2017 itinerary to serve as a sample of what to expect.

Welcome to the

2018 FCA Plein Air Retreat

July 29 - August 3, 2018

Federation of Canadian Artists