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  • Salmon River Studios 90 River Road Tamworth, ON, K0K 3G0 Canada (map)

Plein Air Painting & Printmaking Weekend Workshop at Salmon River Studios in Tamworth, Ontario

October 1 - 2, 2016 / $50  per person - some materials and meals provided / Participation is limited. To reserve your spot, please purchase a ticket here:

Plein air landscape painting is an enjoyable, relaxing and increasingly important way to create artworks in this time of widespread disconnect from the natural environment and climate change increasingly referred to as the Anthropocene. During this two day workshop you are invited to immerse yourself in the great outdoors and use your senses to become more attuned to and visually interpret the complex, interconnected and beautiful ecosystem of the Salmon River Watershed. Participants will be introduced to some basic painting as well as monotype printmaking techniques and then will explore the 52 acres of rolling hills, forest, 100 year old timber barn and river banks while creating studies from direct observation. In the evening we will share a meal and take time to discuss our works, experiences and how/why landscape painting is re-emerging as a critical methodology in contemporary practices. Participants are invited to camp out on the Salmon River Studios acreage for the night.

The workshop will be hosted by Gabriel Deerman - a painter, printmaker, art educator and co-owner operator of Salmon River Studios and feature an introduction to the term Anthropocene by special guest Simon Pope.

Printing plates and paper will be provided for printmaking. Participants are encouraged to bring water colour paints, paper, canvas, brushes, travel easel or drawing board or any other drawing and painting supplies they wish to use.

This workshop is suitable for all skill levels.  

Salmon River Studios is located a few minutes walk from the town of Tamworth where an ATM, LCBO, grocery store and restaurants are located. For those not wishing to camp, there is a hotel and airbnb options a short distance from the farm. Participants will have access to the barn which has electricity and lighting as well as an outhouse. While dinner is provided (vegetarian friendly/ pls inform us of any food allergies) plan on supplying your own lunches and snacks (no fridge or kitchen access) or walk to Tamworth  for local culinary delights! And don’t miss the amazing Tamworth Book Shop- full of excellent finds!

About Salmon River Studios:
Salmon River Studios is based on a 52 acre farm nestled on the banks of the Salmon River - just across from the town of Tamworth. Over the next several years they will be introducing arts and educational programming including art lessons and workshops in all media, arts integration workshops for educators, artist residency programs and other community centred cultural activities. Visit the website at

About Gabriel Deerman: 
Gabriel Deerman is a visual artist and Ontario College of Teachers and International Baccalaureate certified educator with expertise in media including painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture and mixed media. Gabriel holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design (Vancouver), a Masters of Fine Art from Transart Institute (Berlin/New York) and a Bachelors of Education from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. Gabriel has exhibited in Canada and internationally- have a look at his art work at

About Simon Pope:
Artist Simon Pope (b. 1966, England) is preoccupied with the social dimension of human relationships – to nature, technology, and to each other. Spanning some twenty-five years, this work has taken the form of software, walking, conversation and writing, and often involves participants from other disciplines and cultures. His latest projects grapple with how participatory art can engage with new materialist philosophy, and the concept of the ‘more-than-human’. – themes which inform his current solo-exhibition at Danielle Arnaud in London, England (Sept 16-Oct 23 2016).

Formerly a member of the group I/O/D, he represented Wales at their first exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 2003. Pope was a NESTA Fellowship awardee (2002-05), a Reader (Professor) in Fine Art (2005-10) and is currently an Artist Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London (2014-). He was awarded a doctorate in Fine Art from the Ruskin School of Art at the University of Oxford (2012-15) and supervises MFA and PhD students for Transart Institute in Berlin and New York. He currently lives in Toronto where he convenes a course on posthumanism and the arts for OCADU. More information at:

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