autumn breezes

  foggy hills

the 11th annual
Algoma Autumn Splash - Keep Painting!
capturing the radiant landscape

Gordon MacKenzie

  September 30 to October 5, 2019

The Setting
With its high rocky outcrops, mixed hardwood and conifer forests, and countless lakes and streams, the Mississagi Valley is renowned for its beauty in every season.  The timing of this workshop is planned to coincide with the peak  of the spectacular fall colours which to many represent Nature's most awe inspiring masterpiece.
A selection of locations along the shores of the magnificent Mississagi River provide a variety of vistas for the plein air sessions, with studio instruction and personal studio time taking place in central location and in individual cottages at Kegos Camp.

   The Instruction
Each day begins in the studio with Gordon demonstrating a selection of the techniques which have made his work and his books so popular.  Participants then have the opportunity to apply his methods in their own work; depending on weather we will continue working in the studio or move out to one of our plein air locations, where you will set up to begin painting on your own.  Throughout  the plein air session Gordon offers frequent demonstrations, individual tutelage, and the opportunity to observe as he creates several different works using a variety of strategies and techniques.
Because of the extra challenges of working en plein air, Gordon recommends that participants in this workshop have previous experience in working with watercolour or the medium of their choice.

Gordon works and demonstrates in watercolour, but many of the techniques and principles that he teaches are applicable to other mediums.  Much of the focus in this workshop will be on the approaches and techniques that Gordon covers in his newest book, "Keep Painting", and he welcomes artists who wish to work in acrylic or other mediums at this workshop.

Workshop Schedule:

Monday, September 30:
Arrival at Kegos Camp any time in the afternoon
Dinner at 6:00 -The Outpost Lodge
Tuesday October 1 through Friday October 4:
8:00 a.m. Breakfast served at Kegos
9:00 a.m. workshop begins with indoor instruction and demos
Move to plein air location (depending on weather)

Lunch served at Kegos or "al fresco" at painting location
Afternoon indoor or outdoor painting and instruction until 3 p.m.
3:00 to 6:00 - free time
6:00 p.m  - Dinner at The Outpost Lodge
After dinner: socializing, campfire, or quiet time at Kegos
Saturday, October 5:
        departure day
        continental breakfast available from 7:00 a.m.


autumn birch


Canadian Dollars - Tax Included

Our full-service package includes
  • 4 full days of workshop instruction
-outdoors whenever possible, in a variety of spectacular settings
-indoors when weather dictates, in a comfortable lakeside studio
  • 5 nights accommodation in lakeside cottages
-each participant has his/her own bedroom in shared 2-3 bedroom vintage cottages on lovely Chub Lake
  • all meals from supper on arrival day to breakfast on departure day
-a total of 14 delicious meals delightfully prepared with fresh ingredients, served family style in a convivial atmosphere

Some accommodation is available prior to and following the workshop, at an additional cost.  Artists who would like to extend their stay with some personal painting and relaxation time are welcome to make those arrangements with Gillian at the time of booking.

About the Artist-Instructor

Gordon MacKenzie is internationally known as a gifted watercolourist, an inspiring workshop instructor, and the author of The Watercolorists Essential Notebook", The Watercolorist's Essential Notebook - Landscapes", and "Keep Painting!". We are privileged to be able to claim Gordon as a local artist who has an intimate knowledge of the Algoma wilderness which is the setting for alGOma WILD art escapes.

The following biography is excerpted from The Watercolorists Essential Notebook:

Gordon MacKenzie is a native of New Liskeard in northern Ontario. He now lives in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, where he maintains his painting and closeness to the out­doors. Even though the remoteness of northern Ontario precluded any formal art instruction, that same remoteness became the inspiration and driving force behind his work. His paintings reflect the emotional bond he has made with the natural world.

"An artist's work is a reflection of...the most significant aspects of their environment. Those percep­tions are usually set at an early age, and for me it was the spirit of remote northern lakes and forests speaking in breathtaking images for the eye and timeless silence for the soul."

Gordon received his first formal art training at the Ontario College of Art while certifying as a visual arts specialist in education. Work in a variety of media followed, but none captured the transient and ethereal nature of the land as he saw it until the early 1970s when he switched to watercolors.

"The lively atmospherics and del­icate transparencies of watercolors combined to present a whole new vision for me. Although my source was nature, I have always been more interested in capturing the essence of an experience than simply making a literal reproduction of a specific scene. Close contact with children and their art over the years has taught me much about the picture-making process. I've learned to use nature as a setting or stage on which to recreate and play out my memo­ries and visions, much as children do in their work. It is these impressions from the heart that are hidden in my paint for those with kindred spirit and eye to experience."

Gordon has now retired after thirty-three years as a teacher and art consultant for the Sault Ste. Marie Board of Education. As a graduate of Laurentian University and specialist in art education, he has taught ministry of education and university-level art education courses for teachers for many years. With over twenty years of teaching private adult watercolor workshops as well, Gordon has earned a reputation as a first-class artist and instructor.

Gordon has had twenty-five solo watercolor shows in Canada and the U.S. and his work hangs in many private and corporate collections throughout Canada, the U.S., Europe, Africa and the Far East. He has found honors in several American shows, including that of the Detroit Institute of Art and the American Artist annual competition. He has been a successful participant in the last nineteen Buckhorn Art Festivals and his work has made the cover of Readers Digest in Canada, Switzerland, Finland, Australia and the U.S.

Kegos Camp is located on Highway 129, 30 miles (50 km) north of Thessalon, Ontario.   Approximately 200 km west of Sudbury, and 100 km east of Sault Ste. Marie. A 6 to 7 hour drive from Toronto via Hwy.400/69/17.  A 7-hour drive from Windsor via Michigan and Sault Ste. Marie.
 Closest airport is Sault Ste.Marie and bus service is available to Thessalon; we will provide transportation from the airport or bus station.

  Contact:  or call 705-841-2503
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