This is a 5-day workshop. Classes run 9-4pm with lunch included.
Painting outdoors (or plein air) was popularized in the mid 19th century with the advent of portable paint in tubes. It
was the latest, most radical departure from the standard academic practices at the time as it sought to represent the
realities of contemporary life in the industrialize West in contrast to ideals still perpetuated in the academies and the
tastes of the status quo. Pleinarism in many ways was the foundation of modern painting.
In the 21st century, confronted with myriad new realities, a return to pleinairism once again may be a radical departure
from the currents in contemporary art practice. In contrast to the speed and “connectedness” of the technological
age, pleinairism asserts the sovereignty of our attention and situates the painter directly in the context of the painting.
If we think of looking as a tactile experience, feeling textures, sensing the space between things and painting also as
an act of touch, observational painting becomes a kind of synesthetic and reciprocal conversation with place. Place
and people have always shaped each other, nature and culture are inextricably linked and when we engage with place,
we also engage with our common history with the natural world, in this workshop we will explore the possibility that
painting serves this mutual agency.
This course is informed by current discourse in mindfulness, ecology, phenomenological philosophy and
contemporary art. The course will feature an introductory lecture about painting outdoors, its history and precedents,
philosophical and social implications in todays context. There will also be daily group critiques on the progress of
work as well as individual feedback and instruction (when requested). The structure of the workshop will start with a
brief daily meeting and proceeding to the locations being painted for the duration of the day. Each member of the
workshop, including me, will endeavour to make two paintings during the course of the week. The emphasis will be on
painting as an interaction with place and objects over longer periods of time through different light and weather
This price includes daily lunch, material fees, applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars
Jeremy Herndl was born in BC and has lived across Canada and abroad. He earned a BFA in Fine Art at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1996 and earned an MAA in Painting at Emily Carr University in 2011. Jeremy’s work is found in private, corporate and public collections in Canada, USA and Europe. In the past several years Jeremy has received grants from The Canada Council, The BC Arts Council, The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation and The Brucebo Foundation.Click here to read more about JEREMY HERNDL
This price includes daily lunch, material fees, applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars.
Course Registration will open for Friends of MISSA on February 7th at 12:00pm (PST), and Registration will open for all on February 14th at 12:00pm (PST)