Watercolor Painting and Charcoal Drawing with Peggy
  • Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, Canada
  • 12 hours over 3 days

Watercolor Painting and Charcoal Drawing with Peggy

Discover the serene beauty of Vancouver Island as you learn to paint with watercolor and oil en plein air under the guidance of Peggy, an international artist with 40 years of experience.
  • Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, Coffee, & Tea, Breakfast


One Guest
USD $820
Additional guest(s) (max 2)
USD $600

Meet the Artist

Peggy is a traditional watercolour, illustrator and charcoal/conte portrait artist. As an accomplished signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, she originally comes from a traditional fishing family heritage on the West Coast of Canada. Her artistic journey started forty years ago, under the apprenticeship of an accomplished Swiss art director, training her in commercial design renderings, all "old school" by hand.

She says that inspiration for her art comes from the stunning beauty she experienced out at sea with her father; being surrounded by the wilderness of coastal trees and wide open seas fueled her passion as an artist at heart. Working from a limited palette, she emphasizes foundational design elements and principles, creating the strongest art in color theory. She has developed a passion for plein air painting, where she illustrates her love for nature and architecture.

VAWAA Includes:

  • Learn advanced design principles and elements that build strong, confident drawing and painting skills for all mediums.
  • Discover practical tips on color palette, values, light source, composition, and timing of paint application.
  • Explore and develop creative ways to express negative shapes in drawing & painting.
  • Develop skills to alter mood, atmosphere; explore adding figurative elements.
  • Learn tips on perspective drawing made simple, painting along with demonstrations.
  • En plein air sessions at one of the scenic beach spots in the area.
  • Visit local heritage art centers and galleries, and join in drawing sessions at guest studios with local artists.
  • Your own watercolor, oil paintings or charcoal portraits.

Explore Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island

Qualicum Beach is located on Vancouver Island on the west coast of British Columbia. This seaside region is an artist's haven with many professional artists living and producing work from their own studios. You can visit the heritage Old School House Arts Centre, and take in the beauty of the sea. Nearby you can visit the famous Butchart Botanical Gardens and the Beacon Hill Park. See the Royal BC Natural History Museum, and the Craigdarroch Castle, a historic Victorian Mansion. The Old City Quarter features charming shops, galleries, and restaurants.

Additional Details

Best seasons to visit are Spring, Summer and Fall. Best to avoid mid-end of December.

This VAWAA is available for a longer duration, up to 5 days. An additional road-trip studio session that includes a 3-night stay in a coastal wilderness town (Tofino BC Canada) can be offered for an additional fee during off-season months from October to May. This VAWAA can also be taught in Japan in Zushi, Kanagawa Prefecture or Tokyo. Please ask when you send your booking request.

Must be 18 years old or older to participate. This VAWAA can be adapted to elders and people with special needs, although there is no wheelchair access.
Peggy's Availability 3 days

Guest Reviews

  • Amani N., United States

    I had an amazing time with Peggy. She is so knowledgable about her craft, and she showed me so many things. I know my artwork will ascend to the next level after her teaching.

    Just the lessons would have been enough to make this an incredible experience, but in addition to being a gifted and experienced artist, Peggy is also a talented cook and beautiful soul. I'll be dreaming of her fried cod
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