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Summer 2017


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This summer step out of your studio to become a Plein Air Artist, striving to capture the moment and the incomparable experience of ‘being there’, in the great outdoors. Through the En Plein Air Workshop Series, the Leighton Art Centre invites beginner and professional artists to come and practice with a variety of mediums and techniques.

IMPRESSIONS The Leighton Art Centre invites you to come learn and create with some of the artists participating in the exhibition Impressions: A Printmaking Exhibition. The exhibition runs from June 24 to September 24, 2017.

TRANSFORMATIONS Exhibiting artist, Rachelle LeBlanc will host a 3-day intensive class on rug hooking and the design process. For some this will be their first time creating their own rug hooking pattern and you don’t need to know how to draw or paint to take this workshop. You just need to be open to trying. Transformations takes place from August 12 to September 24, 2017

TALKS The Leighton Art Centre hosts informational group sessions and talks revolving around art appreciation, artist career development, history and our surrounding landscape. | Summer 2017

Transparent Watercolour Portraits Weekend June 17 - 18 | 10 am - 4 pm Workshop: $185

Instructor Rex Beanland invites you to explore portrait watercolor painting. Our goal will be to capture those intimate moments and gestures that suggest the personality of the subject. You will come away with more confidence, new insights and skills for handling watercolour. (Supplies required)

Artist Residencies: What, Where and Why? Sun, June 18| 2 - 2:45 pm Talk: Donations Welcome / RSVP

Are you curious about Artist Residences? Local and international, artist residencies offer learning experiences for artists of all levels in a wide variety of settings. Artist Barbara Amos will address the search parameters, the application process and provide an overview of experiences from local through to national and international residencies.

Art Critique Sun, June 24| 1 - 4 pm

Talk: Donations Welcome / RSVP

Wild Plants & Human Survival - A Nature Treasure Hunt Sat, June 24| 10 am - 12:30 pm

Wish to have your artwork analysed and interpreted by others to receive a fresh view in a positive environment? This workshop is open to all artists, from beginners to professionals. Session will be led by artist Doug Swinton.

Workshop: $55 family (2 adults & 2 kids 8+) Ever wonder what the role of wild plants was for the survival of humans in Alberta throughout history? Let’s travel back to the early 1800s to explore and role-play how different groups of people have used both native and introduced plants as food, medicine, tools, jewellery, and dye. By following clues and your guide, Julie Walker will take you on a Full Circle Adventure throughout the Leighton Art Centre landscape. A great family and team building day! | Summer 2017

On the Road, Travel Plein Air Sketching Sat. July 8 | 10 am - 4 pm Workshop: $65 (basic supplies included)

Artist and instructor Michelle Wiebe invites you to join us in exploring ways to document your travels with creative flair!

Reductive Linocut - Weekend July 8 - 9 | 10 am - 3 pm Workshop: $125

In this two-day workshop, artist and instructor Carrie Phillips Kieser will guide you through the process of creating an image on linoleum to produce a small edition of reductive relief prints. (most supplies


Building Nests for Local Birds Sun, July 9 | 1 - 3 pm Workshop: $20 - $35

Do you enjoy hearing the chirping of birds in the morning? Are you curious about the types of birds that may create their nests in your backyard? The Leighton Art Centre in