Have you ever wanted to experience painting and drawing while in the landscape?

One of our TAS Lifetime members, Joy Laking, has offered to lead us in a workshop on painting en Plein Air.

Joy laking has painted on location for over forty years.

Initially, when her children were small, she’d hire a baby sitter to come after school for two hours once a week. She always thought of these little watercolour paintings as just sketches for the real paintings that would happen later in the studio. Gradually she developed a love for painting outside in the bugs, the cold, the heat, the rain. Now she often returns to the same spot for several days and does large oils and acrylics outside. She had painted in many countries including India, Ghana, Bolivia, Italy, Greece, Japan and Thailand, always returning to her beloved Nova Scotia with fresh eyes.

On September 11 (rain date: Sept 25) Joy will lead participants in a Plein Aire workshop. Our meeting place will be the Elizabeth Bishop house, 8740 Highway 2, Great Village, Nova Scotia. Beginning with tips on how to start, Joy will field questions during the day as you paint on site. Finally Joy will offer a critique of participants’ works. (Please note: if Covid-19 numbers are on the rise, we will refund your registration and postpone the workshop until June of 2022.)

So … pack your lunch, compact your art supplies, and we will meet you at the Elizabeth Bishop House, 8740 Highway 2, Great Village, Nova Scotia. Please note that Parking is in the grassy area behind the house. We cannot use the Antique store parking lot.


. 9:30 AM: Arrival at the EBH; refreshments available through the day, compliments of Joy.

. 9:45 – 10:30 AM: Joy will demonstrate how she uses water colour to create her beautiful works en plein aire

. 10:30 – 1: Set up in- or outside the Elizabeth Bishop House, Great village. Joy will circulate to give tips, ideas and advice.

. Lunch: BYO lunch, or enjoy the Wayside Cafe across the street.

. 1- 1:45 pm: Joy will demonstrate using acrylics and oils en plein aire.

. Continue painting

. 4:15-5 PM: Group critique lead by Joy either on the outside lawn or upstairs of the church in Great Village.


. Comfort items such as baby wipes, kleenex, bug spray, water bottle,

. Lunch, thermos, snack items

. Clothing: Outdoor footwear, sun hat, dress in layers appropriate for the season,

. On site supplies:

. Carry-all bag for supplies

. Painting easel or collapsible table, folding chair

. Prepared painting surfaces (color toned canvas, stretched paper, sketchbook)

. Painting medium (water colour, acrylic, oil)

. Palette of preferred Colours

. Brushes: range of wide flats, filberts and small rounds

. Jug of water for both drinking and cleaning up

. Assistive materials: pencil, charcoal, tape, water dish, paper towel


$20 for TAS members, $40 for non-TAS members (and you will be added to our membership for the remainder of 2021).

Please fill in this short registration form for each person attending and pay online via e-transfer: truroartsociety1@gmail.com

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