Come and join Christopher Gorey at the Markland Resort in Northern Cape Breton this fall for a two day combination watercolour –oil workshop retreat. Located in Dingwall just off the Cabot Trail, The Markland http://www.themarkland.com offers great accommodation, food and tranquility and is an ideal setting for painting the spectacular autumn landscape of the Cape Breton Highlands.

Well known Nova Scotia artist Christopher (Chris) Gorey https://www.goreygallery.ca will offer demonstrations and instruction on location in both watercolour and oil during this two day retreat. In the event of inclement weather, the Markland has a very spacious multi-purpose facility that can accommodate any number of artists.

This workshop is geared to an intermediate to advanced painter who has had some experience with oil or watercolour or both. Location painting is not a prerequisite. Just bring your enthusiasm and your eagerness to try some new things. There are plenty of subjects to paint right on the Markland property as well as nearby Dingwall Harbour. You won’t be disappointed.

Daily synopsis

Friday evening, Oct. 12th, 7:00-9:00 PM- Meet your instructor and fellow artists over some wine and cheese.

* Saturday morning Oct. 13th, 9:00 AM. A discussion of watercolour materials as well as learning to see shapes and simplifying as it applies to outdoor landscape painting. This will be illustrated by way of a demonstration. Students will then work on their own paintings with a lunch break near noon. Painting will continue through the afternoon followed by a group critique. Throughout the day individual attention will be given by Mr. Gorey.

* Sunday morning, Oct 14th, 9:00 AM. A brief discussion of value relationships, design and colour in the landscape that will be illustrated by a small oil painting demonstration. Students to work until 12 o’clock, followed by a lunch break. Students will then continue working until 3:30 PM. Individual attention will be given. The day will be completed with a final critique and wrap up.

In the event of rainy weather, please bring along some of your favourite photos or sketches for reference while we work indoors.

Hope to see you all on October 12th, 2018

Workshop Price: $524.99 (HST Included) for Log Room accommodation; $609.99 (HST Included) for Cottage accommodation. Extra person charge $210.99 (HST Included) for access to all of the following:

Two days of Instruction


Friday night wine and cheese party

Two Continental breakfasts

two boxed lunches

One Three Course dinner

Contact the Markland Resort for registration: info@themarkland.com or phone: 1-855-872-6048. The retreat is limited to 16 spaces. Minimum number of people, 10 students.

A list of materials will be provided upon registration.