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Visual Arts Mississauga
February 2 Day

February 2nd & 3rd
Exploring the Less Defined Landscape

Intermediate/Advanced 18+

This workshop straddles the two realms of landscape and abstract. Subjects will focus on water, simple form landscape and skies. Exercises will include interpreting/editing photo reference images and cultivating imagination while playing with less traditional colour palettes and techniques. Prerequisite: drawing and painting experience. Students must
bring materials.
Course WWK114
Saturday & Sunday February 2nd & 3rd
Fee: $195.00 +HST
Details and Registration
Instructor: Sam Paonessa
Location: Visual Arts Mississauga
4170 Riverwood Park Lane, Mississauga
Phone: 905-277-4313

Oil Workshop - March 2, 2019
(Acrylic Painters Welcome)
Waterfall Freeze
  Date: Saturday March 2nd
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Port Colborne Art Club
Bethel Community Centre (upstairs)
2703 Chippawa Road E.
Port Colborne, Ontario
For more details on this workshop and to register, contact:
Port Colborne Art Club

Reflecting on Water - Acrylic or Oil
Saturday March 30th, 2019
,Sam Paonessa - Reflections
This workshop focuses on the characteristics of water; capturing still water reflections, moving water and water surface techniques.
Instructor Sam Paonessa will do a water demo. Artists may use the same image (purchase a colour copy from instructor) or use personal photographs
Date: Saturday March 30th
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Barrie Art Club
11 King St., Unit 8
Barrie, Ontario  L4N 6B5
Price: $45 Members - $60 Non-members
For more details on this workshop and to register, contact:

Varley Art Gallery
Oil Painting - Beginner to Intermediate
Thursdays - April 11th to May 30th
This beginner course is designed for those beginning to paint in oils. Artist Sam Paonessa will work with students introducing all required materials, tools and surfaces needed for this course.  Students will work from life and from photographic references. Skills will be practiced by creating finished pieces that include a variety of techniques that enhance personal style. In-class demonstrations, gallery visits, independent work and discussions will be important components of the program. Materials not included.
Sam Paonessa
Date: April 11th - May 30th
Time: 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Price: TBA
Oil Painting - Advanced
Mondays - April 8th to May 27th
This advanced course is designed to challenge artists painting in water-based oil. Artist Sam Paonessa will work one-on-one with students to practice techniques to enhance personal style. Rhythm, harmony, movement and more will be explored with new materials and a variety of tools. Students will work from life and from photographic references. In-class demonstrations, gallery visits, independent work and discussions will be important components of the program. Materials not included.
Sam Paonessa
Date: April 8th - May 27th Mondays
Time: 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Price: TBA
Instructor: Sam Paonessa
Location: Varley Art Gllery of Markham
216 Main Street Unionville, Markham
Phone: 905-477-7000 x3261

Adult Landscape Painting
Spring Workshop
April 9th to June 18th 2019
Acrylic and oil painting class for adults, ages 18 years and up. Class focuses on landscape studies and will explore principles such as tone, colour, form, texture, brush techniques, mixing, contrast and composition. Classes offer an intimate small group setting, which provides for one-on-one instruction, allowing students to fully explore their creative potential.
Sam Paonessa
Date: April 9th - June 18th
Tuesdays - 11 weeks
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Room 301 (3rd floor)
Villa Charities - 901 Lawrence Ave W. Toronto
Price: $346.50 + HST
Phone: Cassandra Zannella  416-789-7011 ext 248

Avenue Road Arts Scchool
Tuesdays - April 9th to June 11th 2019
Designed for those interested in developing painting skills through landscape studies, students will work from a photo reference of their choosing as they explore the artistic and creative opportunities found in landscape painting. Instruction will address painting principles such as tone, colour, form, texture and composition. Demonstrations, plenty of individual attention and encouragement will increase the student's creative confidence and style, while being introduced to painting essentials including composition, perspective, landmark representation, brush techniques, colour mixing, contrast and sense of depth. Students can choose to paint in either oils or acrylics. This course is suitable for students of all levels and experience. Material list provided.
Sam Paonessa
Spring - Tuesdays
Tuesdays: April 9th - June 11th
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
$380.00 +HST
Friday Mornings - April 12th to June 14th
If you’ve ever looked at a painting and wished that you could do that, but were afraid to even try, then this course is for you! For the complete beginner, you will be encouraged to take risks, to let the artist inside you grow and you will learn some painting skills along the way. These skills will build confidence in your creative ability and will have an immediate impact on how you observe the world around you. Suitable for the absolute beginner. Material list provided.
Spring - Friday Mornings
Fridays: April 12th -June 14th
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
$380.00 + HST

Instructor: Sam Paonessa
Location: Avenue Road Arts School - 460 Avenue Road, Toronto
Phone: (416) 961-1502

Five Days en Plein Air
Acrylic & Oil

June 24th – 28th, 2019
Blue Mountain School of Landscape Painting
Blue Mountain School of Landscape Painting
In this workshop, you will engage in the fundamental aspects of painting outdoors, focusing on principles such as tone, colour, form, texture and composition.  
Demonstrations, individual attention, helpful hints and gentle critique will increase your creative confidence.  This course will be valuable for artists of all levels of painting and drawing experience.  
Work in an environment that encourages individual freedom and expression.  Demonstrations will be in acrylic but oil painters will be easily accommodated
  Date: Monday June 24th to Friday June 28th
Time: 8:30am to 4:00pm
Location: St. Paul's Church - 20 Russell St E, Thornbury, Ontario
Price: $350.00  (art supplies not included)
For more details on this workshop and to register:
*Register early this workshop fills quickly!

Past Workshops

Lake Nipissing Workshop - September 2018 - Sam Paonessa


Morocco - Sam Paonessa
Morocco - Sam Paonessa
With Sam Paonessa
Morocco - Sam Paonessa
Morocco en Plein Air -  Sam Paonessa
Workshop Artists Sook Chang, Sam Paonessa and Zora Buchanan
Morocco en Plein Air -  Sam Paonessa  
Morocco en Plein Air -  Sam Paonessa
Tetouan Museum of Fine Art
Plein Air in Chefchaouen
Morocco en Plein Air -  Sam Paonessa  
Morocco en Plein Air -  Sam Paonessa
Zora Sketching
Plein Air in Tetouan
Morocco en Plein Air -  Sam Paonessa
Exhibition Night at the Green Olive Studio
Sam, Sook, Zora and School Director, Jeff McRobbie
Morocco en Plein Air -  Sam Paonessa

Sudbury Art Club Workshop
A first time trip to Sudbury turned out to be a very pleasant surprise. Sudbury Art Club invited me to conduct a weekend workshop, which was a real pleasure; a wonderful, friendly, warm group of artists who enjoy learning and appreciated the information that was shared. We had some fun and I was even awarded with a trophy for being one of their favourite instructors. Thanks Sudbury Art Club!
Proudly hoisting my trophy "Playoff" style!
Sudbury Art Club Members
Class Demo
Hard at work
Critique Time

Workshop Student Comments
"Great tips, instruction, guidance. Would sign up for another workshop." L.P.
"Relaxing, informative and most of all inspirational." A.B.
"Thank you for your insightful instruction and the inspiration of your paintings." P.G
"Great information in a calm, relaxed atmosphere. Thank you!" B.G.

Plein Air Workshop at Willowpond Inn, Orono Ontario
One day workshop at Willowpond Bed and Breakfast
Participants enjoyed a glorious day at this secluded pond on the
Willowpond property
Left to right Sook, Michaela, Luisa and Rotraud
Rotraud finds a quiet spot
Sook with her beautiful painting
Michaela painting the Willow pond
We had a fabulous outing with a gourmet meal to top off the end of the day prepared my Marta and Lech Jaworski at the Willowpond Inn.
For those interested in the Willowpond and / or painting there call 1-888-732-3265 or email:
Workshop Student Testimonials
"I LOVED it. I came home so excited and eager to learn more. Your instruction was informative and respectful. Despite my lack of knowledge and experience, I never felt like I was "just a newbie". I learnt an enormous amount and realized how much more I need to learn before I can consider myself a REAL artist! I would love to do more lessons with you and will look into it…"
Debbie Moolman
"I found it very enjoyable and informative. I appreciated your help along the way - particularly showing me some actual brush techniques and tricks, eg loading the brush with multiple colours then turning the brush while painting a stroke to distribute the different colours smoothly. You are very upbeat and encouraging - very important to students who are not too sure of their own progress or ability."
Ala Baker
"Sam Paonessa is a warm, generous, and sensitive person, and a very good artist! The atmosphere in his classroom is friendly, supportive, and non-competitive. Sam works with each individual at their own level, offering very good advice and help in producing some really amazing paintings. With his vast experience, he can so often see just what isn’t working and show you how to fix it! He also does painting demonstrations and brings in great reference materials to paint from along with examples of his own paintings to ponder (and be jealous of!). It’s been a real pleasure being in his class, which is why I keep signing up, session after session."
Kathy White

One Day Workshop at Edward's Gardens, Toronto
Ala Baker and Sook painting at Edward's Gardens, Toronto

Ontario Society of Artists 140th Anniversary Excursion to Killarney
Shown are some photos and paintings from a retreat in
Killarney Provincial Park.
John Stuart Pryce, Rick Taylor with Sam at George Lake, Killarney Provincial Park
"George Lake" - 12 x 16
"Georgian Grey" - 12 x 16
"Killarney Red" - 12 x 16
"Morning Rain" - 6 x 12
"Pink and Red, Georgian Bay"
Painting at George Lake, Killarney Provincial Park

Over the past few years, Sam has conducted painting workshops and demonstrations for a number of Artist Groups in the GTA.
These groups include:
The Markham Group of Artists
The Thornhill Group of Artists
The Scarborough Arts Guild
The Willowdale Group of Artists
For more information on attending workshops or arranging
a workshop for your group, contact Sam Paonessa at:
sam @


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