Painting Here and Now

July 24 - July 28


Painting Here and Now

Painting Here and Now

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

  • Student Supply List: (Click HERE): Students are responsible for bringing the supplies listed.
  • Materials Fee: $000
  • Course Level: All Skill Levels
  • Course Prerequisites: For this workshop, some basic painting knowledge is ideal, but beginners are also welcome

Price: $830

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


If you need to make a cancellation, please complete MISSA's on-line cancellation form. Phone or email correspondence will not be accepted.

Click HERE for the form.

BEFORE May 1: For each course withdrawal, a refund for tuition and any applicable supply fee will be issued, minus a $50 administrative fee.

May 2 – June 29: For each course withdrawal, a tuition credit for MISSA 2024 will be issued, minus a $50 administrative fee. Any applicable supply fee will be fully refunded.

AFTER June 30: Course withdrawals made after this date are not eligible for credits or refunds.

If MISSA must cancel a workshop, students will be offered an alternative workshop. If the 2023 program is completely canceled (due to COVID restrictions for for any other force majeure), a full refund will be given (tuition, material fee and accommodation) or a MISSA credit will be offered.

On-campus accommodations may be cancelled at any time prior to arrival and will be refunded, less a $50 deposit fee, via Paypal within 30 days after receipt of the cancellation request form.

Refunds will be issued within 30 days of confirmed receipt of MISSA's online cancellation form and will be processed through PayPal.

No refunds will be processed during the MISSA Summer Program.


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)