Looking is Touching: Plein Air Painting

June 29 - 30


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Looking is Touching: Plein Air Painting

WEEKEND TWO (2-day): June 29 – 30, 2019   Classes run from 9 am – 4 pm each day and students are welcome to stay late in their studio.

Looking is Touching: Plein Air Painting

This workshop will examine the phenomenon of looking as an extension of touch. Plein air paintings are tactile pictures that emulate things and places. Focusing and studying places through painting, the distance between ourselves and the subject dissolves and we enter a rapport with place.

There will be one lecture that briefly outlines the avant garde history of plein air painting and its possible implications in today’s context, along with hands-on demonstrations and individual instruction. We shall seek a place on the campus that offers a range of subject matter from human to non-human with emphasis on the human legacy or story of the place. We will paint together – learning from each other over two days sharing feedback, conversation and insight. The workshop will conclude with a group critique directed by the instructor for usefulness and succinctness.

This workshop requires that we spend the day at one location working on a single painting, then returning to the same location the next day to work upon the same painting. Please be prepared for variable weather and insects as well as being receptive to changing light and colour.

All levels welcome

  • STUDENT SUPPLY LIST (Click HERE): All students are responsible for bringing their own supplies.
  • COURSE COST: $291

Tuition includes lunches and daily snacks.  Prices are listed in Canadian Dollars and are inclusive of all applicable taxes. An accommodation package is available in QUAD or DOUBLE occupancy and includes breakfast and dinner. Click here for further details.

Jeremy Herndl

Jeremy Herndl is a painter living in Victoria, BC. His work is in collections such as The Surrey Art Gallery, the City of Surrey, The University of Victoria, The Brucebo Foundation, Sweden, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and private and corporate collections around the world. He has done residencies at the Banff Centre, The Brucebo Residency in Visby, Sweden, Tombstone Territorial Park, Tomaszow-Mazowiecki, Poland and upcoming fellowship at the Vermont Studio Centre.

In the past few years Jeremy’s work has exhibited at Michael Gibson Gallery, (London, ON), The Surrey Art Centre, Open Space Society (Victoria, BC), The ODD Gallery, Dawson City, Yukon, Two Rivers Gallery, (Prince George, BC) and numerous group shows. Jeremy has taught workshops and courses at Emily Carr University, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, The Vancouver Island School of Art, The Yukon School of Visual Art and the Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts.


Workshops will not run until sufficient enrollment has been met. Please register before April 15th to avoid disappointment.  
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Classes are open to students at least 19 years of age at the start of their registered workshop


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

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BEFORE April 15: for each course withdrawal, a refund inclusive of tuition and any applicable supply fee will be issued, minus a $50 admin fee.

AFTER April 15: for each course withdrawal, a tuition credit for MISSA 2020 will be issued, minus a $50 admin fee. Any applicable supply fee will be refunded. As a courtesy, a full refund will be issued if withdrawal application is received within 48 hours of an initial purchase (up until June 7, 2019).

If MISSA must cancel a workshop, a full refund (tuition, supply fee and accommodation) will be issued. Transferring into another workshop is a possibility. On-Campus accommodations can be canceled at any time prior to arrival and will be refunded within 30 days after receipt of the cancellation form.