Painting Here and Now

July 15 - July 19


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

Painting Here and Now

Painting Here and Now

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 industrialized West in contrast to ideals still perpetuated in the academies and the tastes of the status quo.  Pleinairism 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 conditions.


  • Student Supply List: (Click HERE): Students are responsible for bringing the supplies listed.
  • Course Level: All Skill Levels
  • Course Prerequisites: None required

Price: $855

This price includes: tuition, daily lunch, material fees (if required), any 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.

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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.