Secret Garden Painting Series

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Secret Garden Painting Series


Crystal Beshara has been teaching workshops for all ages and levels in a variety of mediums for 15+ years. 

Secret Garden is a new series of Summer Workshops that focuses on our sensorial experience and encourages freedom of expression in recording our impressions of environment. Join this age old tradition and share in the joy of plein air painting with other like-minded people.

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In this series Crystal will be demonstrating in watercolour, pastel and even pen & ink. Students are welcomed to observe the evolution of her pieces from design to completion. While doing so, students are encouraged to choose their own area of the garden and enjoy shared learning with other artists and students in a traditional plein air experience.
Crystal will visit each participant several times to offer tips on how to start, how to edit and capture their chosen scene and colour choices /mixing. (*please note that the price of this workshop reflects a light, conversational style lesson as opposed to formal step by step art lesson).

  • TIMES: Single day workshops 10am - 3pm
  • TOPICS: Composition, narrative, colour theory, creating texture, mass and line, building grounds, reserving or adding highlights.
  • LEVELS: All levels and experiences are welcomed
  • AGES:  Adults and mature teens
  • MEDIUMS: All mediums are welcomed (crystal will be demonstrating in PASTEL, WATERCOLOUR or Pen & Ink depending on the workshop)
  • SUPPLIES: *BRING YOUR OWN drawing / painting supplies, including support boards, easels, rags, water containers etc… 
  • Locations: Locations vary…. it's a secret!  *An exact location will be emailed to you one week prior to event including details regarding lunch (to be brought or purchased). *ALL LOCATIONS have parking (free or metered) and access to washrooms.  


  • Friday June 15th 10am - 3pm Ornamental Gardens (Central Experimental Farm)
  • 75 National Capital Commission Scenic Driveway, Ottawa, ON K1A 0Z2
  • Meet in main Parking Lot - metered Parking
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