Learn to Draw – Retreat in Beautiful Eastern Quebec

2013 marks the 10th consecutive year I offer a week-long drawing retreat in beautiful Eastern Quebec. Its a wonderful opportunity to spend time in nature while taking drawing courses. Open to all levels. Only 2 spots left. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

August 31- September 7, 2013, Kamouraska, Quebec

  • 6 mornings of instruction (3 hours per day)
  • Live in farmhouse facing the beautiful St. Lawrence River
  • 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.

For more information, call 514-639-6157 or email at deirdre@deirdremccay.com.

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