Painting Outside: Understanding The Bigger Picture

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 Outside: Understanding The Bigger Picture

Painting Outside: Understanding The Bigger Picture

UPDATE: This workshop was formerly called “Painting Here and Now” and due to a change in personal circumstances, Jeremy Herndl is no longer able to teach his workshop at MISSA this summer. At this late date, and with a confirmed class of registered students, MISSA is grateful to have found DEBORAH CZERNECKY to teach outdoor painting, adding her unique perspective to capturing our natural surroundings. Deborah has been a long time supporter of MISSA as a past instructor as well as a past member of the MISSA Board of Directors.

The term “en plein air” is a French expression that simply means being outside. Painting outdoors is challenging and combines the captivating practice of painting from life with all the physical and mental health benefits of being out in the fresh air. Plein air painting broadly means working outside in front of the subject. Because of the challenges of working from an ever-changing subject (moving light, changing weather conditions, etc.), en plein air paintings are characteristically looser and more spontaneous in style than studio work. The average painter does not do this naturally,  as we have a tendency to focus on things we are comfortable with such as details and narrative.

This five day course will concentrate on simplification of the landscape, with emphasis on shapes, limited value range, looser brushstrokes and local colours. Simple shapes live beneath the details and, if we use fewer values, the shapes become more clearly defined and simpler. We will add blocking-in to the conversation, as time is short on location, with the light constantly moving . This will lead us to chasing the light and slowing down at the right times. How to paint in daylight with strong sunlight, dealing with shadows and reflected light. We experience a wide range of weather conditions here on the West Coast so we will address how to work with the weather and the effects of weather patterns
beyond clear sunshine.

The last topic is getting around with everything you need without bringing the entire indoor studio. This will include various new types of outdoor easels, newest types of panels, umbrellas, and what not to take when flying, plus other related equipment.



Possible topics, time permitting – painting people in the landscape, extremes of temperature, tips for painting snow, tips for painting in the wind or rain, nocturnes, making choices, sight-size method and suggesting distance in the landscape.





  • 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.


Deborah is a well seasoned Canadian Plein Air Artist with 28 plus years experience of painting on location in all types of climates. She considers the Canadian landscape her “big backyard”. It has provided a constant source of spiritual inspiration that fostered a lifelong passion for nature that is reflected in her work. As a result, Deborah has produced a diverse body of “en plein air” and studio artwork reflecting her travels in Canada and abroad. Ducks Unlimited selected her artwork “Morning Row” for its 2018 Art Portfolio.

Click here to read more about DEBORAH CZERNECKY, SCA

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CONFIRMED: This workshop has met the required registration numbers and will be running.

Attendee Details

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.