Painting Inspired by Nature

July 22 - July 26


This is a 5-day workshop. All classes run 9 – 4 pm each day with lunch included from 12 – 1 pm.

Painting Inspired by Nature

Painting Inspired by Nature

Throughout the history of art, the visual richness of the natural world has been a compelling source of inspiration for painters. This workshop is for those looking to develop their painting skills through their love of nature. Shawnigan Lake campus provides a lush living environment of natural splendour to observe and inspire.

In this workshop, we will start our day with a visual presentation. Presentations will focus on paintings from a variety of artists who use nature as inspiration for their work including observational studies, landscapes and abstract painting.

Creative assignments based on these presentations are designed to help provide motivation, clarity and focus for the day’s painting. These assignments are adaptable to diverse painting methods and focus on personal preferences, goals and interests. Students may go back and forth from working in the studio or outside, as they prefer. (This may also depend on the weather.)

After a day’s painting, we meet briefly for a discussion on the day’s work. There will be class demonstrations and one-on-one feedback and personal guidance provided for all painting styles. Students can choose to paint in either in oil or acrylic.

  • Student Supply List: (Click HERE): Students are responsible for bringing the supplies listed.
  • Course Level: Intermediate
  • Course Prerequisites: Some painting experience necessary.

Price: $855

This price includes: tuition, daily lunch, material fees (if required), any applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars.


Renée Duval graduated with honours from Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver (1986) and received her M.F.A. from Concordia University in Montreal (1991) Renee has taught painting and drawing for 30 years and was the Curator/Exhibitions Director of the McClure Gallery in Montreal for 25 years.

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Workshops will not run until sufficient enrollment has been met. Please register BEFORE MAY 31 to avoid cancellations.

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MISSA Course Withdrawal & Refund Policy

All requests for course withdrawals and/or accommodation cancellations must be made through MISSA’s online form. Requests made in person or by phone, text or email will not be accepted.

Refunds and credits are subject to the course withdrawal and accommodation cancellation deadlines and fees outlined below. Please note, no refunds will be processed during the MISSA Summer Arts Program.

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Course Withdrawal Deadlines

Forms received on or before May 3, 2024 – Pre-paid tuition and material fees will be refunded. A $50 administrative fee applies for each course withdrawal. Material fees will be refunded in full.

Forms received on or before June 14, 2024 – A credit will be issued for pre-paid tuition, less a $50 administration fee per course withdrawal. Pre-paid material fees are not eligible for refund.

Forms received after June 14, 2024 – Course withdrawals made after this date are not eligible for refund or credit of tuition and material fees.

Tuition credits are issued in the form of a code to be used for registration in future MISSA workshops and/or for on-campus accommodations. Credit codes may be transferred to another person. MISSA credit codes have no cash value and cannot be refunded.

If MISSA must cancel a workshop, students will be offered an alternative workshop. If the 2024 program is completely cancelled (due to COVID restrictions or any other force majeure), a full refund will be given (tuition, material fee and accommodation) or a MISSA credit will be offered.

Accommodation Cancellation Deadlines
On-campus accommodations may be cancelled up to 14 days prior to the first day of MISSA and pre-paid accommodation fees will be refunded, less a $50 deposit fee. Accommodation cancellations made after the deadline are not eligible for refund.

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If you must withdraw from a course and/or cancel your accommodations due to exceptional circumstances, you may request a refund on the basis of hardship and/or compassionate grounds. All requests must be made in writing using the online form. Approval of such requests may only be made by the MISSA Board of Directors and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


This price includes: tuition, daily lunch, material fees (if required), any applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars.