Posts Tagged ‘workshop’

Oil Pastel Workshops

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

These workshops are designed for oil painters who are looking for a way to do colour studies for paintings without organizing all the equipment necessary to work in oil paint. It is also perfect as a travel medium that can be put into the car or your luggage and allow you to paint in colour when on vacation or outdoors.

the teacher will explain the equipment that should be bought, both for doing finer work (with pencils) or using brushes and crayons if desired.

Various techniques will be demonstrated. Students will practice on subject matter that interests them.

Location: Deirdre’s studio in Lachine.

Date: To be decided upon by those interested. Start date June or July.

Price: $160 for 4 (3 hour) workshops (based on participation of 4 students).

Semi-Private Lessons Painting/Drawing Nature

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

In August and September, I will be offering half-day workshops for students who would like to do landscape painting or drawing outdoors in Montreal. I will be taking two people out at a time which will allow for me to provide you with more personalized instruction.

Place: To be decided on by participants. We would preferably choose sites on the Island of Montreal and possibly close to your own home or mine. The idea is not to produce a magnificent painting, but to help students who paint from photographs to observe nature first-hand.


Time: At the convenience of students. If I can get two students to agree on a date, or if you would like to go with a friend, the workshop will go ahead.

Price: 4 hours, $125.

Contact me at 514-639-6157 for details.

Learn to Draw – Retreat in Beautiful Eastern Quebec

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

2013 marks the 10th consecutive year I offer a week-long drawing retreat in beautiful Eastern Quebec. Its a wonderful opportunity to spend time in nature while taking drawing courses. Open to all levels. Only 2 spots left. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

August 31- September 7, 2013, Kamouraska, Quebec

  • 6 mornings of instruction (3 hours per day)
  • Live in farmhouse facing the beautiful St. Lawrence River
  • price: $875.00 (lodging and instruction)



Once each year, Deirdre McCay offers to share her knowledge of Renaissance drawing techniques with students in an intensive course given in Kamouraska, Quebec. Her training, acquired in Boston U.S.A. and England was oriented to European traditions (both from Italy and France). This training is very difficult to find in Canadian art programs.
The emphasis in this course is learning to portray the subjects in a drawing or painting in such a way that one thing flows into another. This creates a rhythm in the whole image. This training helps artists create pictures with movement and drama. This course is appropriate for beginners or advanced artists. Each person works at their own level.

Drawing will be from observation only. We will work outside, (weather permitting) drawing all types of subject matter. Landscape, figures, portraits, animals, interiors, and architecture will be discussed. Deirdre will explain the theory behind cross-hatching techniques. This theory underlies knowledge of how to use the directions of brushstrokes to create effects of volume and light in painting.

For more information, call 514-639-6157 or email at

4 Week Workshop: Using Drawing to Create a Sense of Wonder

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

zen-of-seeingDate: June 6 – 30, 2012 (Four weeks)

Location: Centre Holistique Om West
46 Ave. Sainte-Anne #3, Pointe Claire, QC, H9S 4P8

Time: (2 classes of 2 hours/week): Tuesday evening: 6:30 – 8:30 pm.
Sunday afternoon: 3:00 – 5:00 pm.

Cost: $160.00 + tx

Course Description:

This is a course that will help both students with or without drawing experience.  We will use a meditative approach to learn drawing from observation.  We will draw all types of subject matter, and work both outside and inside, depending on weather.

The methods of teaching are well proven, and oriented to learning how to allow the hand to slowly record what the eye perceives, without naming the thing to be drawn (ie: a portrait, a leaf, a tree etc.).  Using a techniques found in books like “The Zen of Seeing” or “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain”, we will first start drawing only looking at the object being drawn, and not the drawing itself.  This method stops the ‘judgement of ‘good’ or ‘bad’ in the brain and puts the emphasis on SEEING.

Slowly we will transition into looking at our drawings from time to time, always putting more attention on the object being drawn (as this is where the information is).  This is done in silently (needed for drawing) and very slowly.  This process slows down the whole body and mind and brings focus and peace to the drawing experience.

Technical aspects of drawing can slowly be incorporated into this method.  Concepts of perspective, light, cross-hatching techniques, composition, and positive/negative spaces are touched upon to increase drawing accuracy and create more original works.

The course usually has the effect of helping individuals acquire a new way of looking at and appreciating everything that we see.

Underpainting Workshop in Vancouver (Mar 12, 2011)

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Deirdre will be holding a workshop on underpainting at the Eastwood Onley Gallery on Saturday March 12th from 10-12pm. Cost is $25.00

Address: 2075 Alberta, Vancouver BC.

This workshop has been featured on, a Vancouver blog.

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