Only a Few Spots Left for Kamouraska Retreat (2011)

Hi Everyone!
The week long retreat I give in Kamouraska, Quebec will be underway for a 6th consecutive year in June 2011. Its a wonderful opportunity to spend time in nature while taking drawing courses. Open to all levels. Only a couple of spots left at the cottage. Please let me know if you have any questions! Here is information about the retreat:


Tentative: JUNE 12-19, 2011, Kamouraska, Quebec (confirmation coming soon)

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  • 6 mornings of instruction (3 hours per day)
  • Live in farmhouse facing the beautiful St. Lawrence River with 6 other students and teacher (myself)
  • price: $875.00 (lodging and instruction)


Once each year, Deirdre McCay offers to share her knowledge of Renaissance drawing techniques with students in an intensive course given in Kamouraska, Quebec. Her training, acquired in Boston U.S.A. and England was oriented to European traditions (both from Italy and France). This training is very difficult to find in Canadian art programs.

The emphasis in this course is learning to portray the subjects in a drawing or painting in such a way that one thing flows into another. This creates a rhythm in the whole image. This training helps artists create pictures with movement and drama. This course is appropriate for beginners or advanced artists. Each person works at their own level.

Drawing will be from observation only. We will work outside, (weather permitting) drawing all types of subject matter. Landscape, figures, portraits, animals, interiors, and architecture will be discussed. Deirdre will explain the theory behind cross-hatching techniques. This theory underlies knowledge of how to use the directions of brushstrokes to create effects of volume and light in painting.

Kamouraska Profile ShotTIME FOR A HOLIDAY TOO:

Instruction takes place every morning from 9:30a.m. to 12:30 pm. This leaves the afternoon to walk by the water, sleep, draw, or visit the many beautiful villages in the area. Kamouraska has many restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, and a famous bakery and smoked fish store.

The group tradition is that each person cooks breakfast and lunch for themselves, but one person cooks for the group each night. This allows participants to sample different cuisine, and share an enjoyable meal together with accompanying conversation and laughter.

Students who wish to bring their families may stay in local bed and breakfast places or inns of the village.

For more information, call 514-639-6157 or email at

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