Artist Brian Buckrell loves the challenge of painting on location. Learn more at his Preparing for Plein Air Workshop April 28 and April 29 at the Campbell River Art Gallery.

Painting in the great outdoors

Preparing for Plein Air workshop at the Campbell River Art Gallery

Do you yearn to paint in the great outdoors? Are you wondering how to prepare for ‘plein air?’

Renowned artist Brian Buckrell will answer all your questions at a workshop called ‘Preparing for Plein Air’ at the Campbell River Art Gallery Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29. ‘Plein air’ means outside, and for many artists, working outside is enticing, but daunting too. Buckrell’s workshop will take place indoors and will give artists all the information necessary to paint outside.

Buckrell is a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, Landscape Artists International and the Society of Canadian Artists. He has won numerous competitions and awards and exhibits across Canada. He particularly loves the challenge of painting scenes on location and his works are reflective of his love of the outdoors, travel, agriculture and rural communities. For more information about Buckrell, visit

Day one of the workshop will focus on equipment and supplies. Participants will review the key elements of composition to create effective and interesting work under the conditions found in painting outdoors. The second day will feature hands-on planning and decision-making, working from projected images, then creating small ‘plein air’ paintings – simulating the challenges of working on location.

The cost for the ‘Preparing for Plein Air’ workshop is $250 for members of the CR Art Gallery and $260 for non-members, and includes HST and lunch. For more information, please contact the Campbell River Art Gallery at 250-287-2261, or visit