the 10th annual
Algoma Autumn Splash - Keep Painting!
capturing the radiant landscape
September 30 to October 5, 2018
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.
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.
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
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.
Sunday, September 30:
arrival at Kegos Camp (p.m.)
Dinner at 6:00 -The Outpost Lodge
Monday through Thursday:
Breakfast at Kegos Camp
Workshop begins at 9 a.m.: indoor
instruction & demos
Move to plein air location depending on
Lunch at Kegos or on location
Afternoon indoor or outdoor painting and
instruction until 3 p.m.
Free time until supper at The Outpost
Lodge, 6 p.m.
After supper socializing, campfire, or
quiet time at Kegos
Friday, October 5:
departure; continental breakfast available
from 7:00 a.m.
Gordon MacKenzie is internationally known as a
gifted watercolourist, an inspiring workshop
instructor, and the author of The Watercolorists
Watercolorist's Essential Notebook -
, 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.
biography is excerpted from The Watercolorists
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.
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."
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.
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."
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
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.
- 4 full days of workshop instruction
outdoors whenever possible, in a variety of
when weather dictates, in a comfortable lakeside
each participant has his/her own
- 5 nights accommodation in lakeside
in shared 2-3 bedroom vintage cottages
on lovely Chub Lake
a total of 14 delicious
meals delightfully prepared with fresh
- all meals from supper on
arrival day to breakfast on departure
served family style in a convivial
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
|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