Category: Workshops


It is hard to believe that it is time to register for my fall and winter Art Classes.  Where has the year gone!?! I will be teaching a range of classes that are for beginner students. There are only 6 spaces in each of the classes.  The level 1 classes filled up in a matter of 36 to 48 hours.  Make sure you get registered as early as possible. Registration opens Friday September 1st at 12:01am.  (Yes I will be up at that time getting all the links prepared to go live)

For dates, times and more information head over to my website by clicking HERE

Below are some of the classes from last year. 🙂  And to read what some of my students testimonials click HERE

Watercolour 1 & Acrylic 1

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Watercolour 2

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I hope you will join me this winter to begin to explore your more creative side!  See you soon.



Well I have been painting, painting and painting.  I finished a large watercolour piece today…well mostly finished.  I will wait for a few days so that when I  look at it with new and rested eyes, which will help me to see what is not quite right.  09.24.15 Show piece

As I am preparing for my show I thought I would test out teaching a class at this time of the year.  The jury is out to whether I will do this again. I will see how it is afterwards.  I have 37 painting days left until my show.  I am starting to feel a bit panicky when I think about leaving my studio do to other stuff.  So I am now in shut down mode.  🙂

09.24.15 Drawing 1 class

I finished a small painting today as I will be having a small display of 6×6 and 5×7 acrylic paintings at ‘Moments of Beauty’. These paintings will cover a range of themes.  Anything that interesting to me!  You never know what that will be. 🙂

09.24.15 Seagull1

‘Seagull 1’, 6×6, acrylic

I remembered my camera when I went for a walk in the spring and caught a great photo of seagulls standing in a wee puddle on the ice on Frame Lake.  Here is 1 of 2 paintings that fit together.

See you on Monday. I hope to have more completed paintings to share a little snippet of.  Happy Fall!




I spend three full and very long days sewing new covers for my display walls. I thought I would do ivory coloured covers. Then I can compare it to the black fabric covers that I have used before. 🙂  I thought I would do that now before I am in lock down mode where I am painting, painting and painting more for my “Moments of Beauty” Show in November.

The sun has been shining and so I have been taking photos of flowers around Yellowknife.  I think I have some fun ones to work from.  Today I took a single photo of a white dahlia downtown at the dental clinic and when I downloaded it to my computer it turned out fabulous.  🙂  Can’t wait to paint it.

So lets get on to week 2 of the painting class that I took.

Monday I returned after a fun weekend to a dry painting!   Time to be brave and work on the white fabric.  I have spent a lot of time with fabric over the years but it turns out painting it is not as easy as Christina makes it look!   😉  I only got the right hand side of the cloth first painting completed on day 6.  I actually took a piece of the same kind of fabric and did a couple of drawings of it on Monday night as homework.  09.03.15 Day 6 ARA Boston

Day 6 done!

So after doing the drawings the night before I had a better sense of where to go with the fabric on Day 7!    There is so much detail and subtly in cloth.  Each fold, some sharp and some gentle needed my full attention.  I was really learning how to see the subtle shifts of value.  A new level of artist seeing. I got the left hand side of the fabric completed (at least for the first painting) and started a bit on the silver teapot.

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Day 7 in the bag.

Now on to Day 8.  You can see that the first painting of the pot body has come along quite well.  I am challenged to “see” the various reflections.  Part of the challenge is that it is hard to see the little details from back where I was standing.  I would move forward and the details of course would be different.  Then Christina came up with a brilliant idea…she found me opera glasses.  I have to get myself a pair of those darling binoculars!  🙂  They really helped me to study what was in front of me and when I looked without them I still could see where the details were. Very cool.

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Day 8 is complete.

I realized at the end of Wednesday (Day 8) that I wasn’t going to get this painting finished.  Others in the class stayed late to paint but I was in Boston and I just needed to go back to the Boston Museum of Fine Art!  So I did that instead of staying and painting.  When I arrived on Thursday morning I decided to slow down,  be particular and focus on a particularly difficult part of the spout.  So I “drew” it with my paint brush.  Back and forth I walked putting a stroke of paint down, backing up to see if it was in the right place, looking through the opera glasses to check the details, and forward to put another stroke of paint down.  This was what I did all day long.  I am super pleased with how the bottom of the spout turned out!  It is very accurate.

09.03.15 Day 9 ARA Boston Shawna Lampi-LegareeDay 9 finished.08.27.15 ARA Boston Shawna LampiLegaree8The spout detail.

Friday morning arrived and here we are on the very last day of the course.  It was such a great course but I was rather tired and very excited about heading home the next morning so I understood that my focus wasn’t going to be the best.  I had already decided that I wasn’t finishing the painting, so I just took it easy.  I worked on the pears.  Step by step I worked, Christina coming by to confirm I was on the right direction or to help me see where I needed to focus.  Thank you so much Christina for all your gentle guidance and help over the 10 days. I hope someday to be able to take another course with you. 09.03.15 Last Day ARA Boston Shawna Lampi-Legaree

Here we are at Day 10!

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Thank  you to the rest of the class.  I enjoyed meeting you.  I wish you all the very best in your future endeavours at the Academy of Realist Art!

See you soon!


04.06.15 Watercolour 1

Watercolour 1 was somewhat like Acrylic 1.  We spent time learning about colour mixing and doing lessons around light and shadow and so forth. But watercolour, as a medium, has some definite challenges and so we also learned how to “fix” up any problems that might come about during the painting process.
04.06.15 Watercolour 1classIt was a fun group. We missed Nancy the very last class.  I look forward to doing other levels of watercolour classes! 🙂

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you had a great long weekend!


It seemed the perfect thing to post for my 400th blog entry.

01.30.15 Designing Still life

I spent 5 1/2 hours on Friday setting up a range of still life vignettes around the whole table so folks would have many options!
01.30.15 Final Still life vinettesHere is the one side.  I didn’t get a proper photo of the other side.  Sad, because Pepe le Pew was on the other side on the backside of the tulips.   🙂

01.31.15 Warming up our minds2

I have structured the class so that there are 3 – 2 hour sessions of skill building, then the last class is 6 hours long.  I am sure folks were worried about how they would manage that much time but wow it was a great session.  The morning we started with a “warming up your brain” exercise.  There were two more skill building exercises before lunch.

As part of the course I make homemade soup and sandwiches and while the students were eating I transformed the table for our afternoon session.  It took about 1/2 hour to get all the still life vignettes set back up.

We spent the rest of the afternoon drawing.  First we did a musical drawing…which means you start your drawing, leave on the chair while you move to the next seat and work on someone else’s drawing.  🙂 01.31.15 Musical Drawing results1They all signed each one.  That is when folks realized that they knew each others adult children!  I thought the results were great given the challenge of it.

01.31.15 Drawing the still life1At this time of the year we are all so glad to see the sun coming back!  It lit up the table and it was interesting to try to keep up with the changing light.

01.31.15 Teacher gets to drawEven the teacher got to spend sometime drawing.

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It was a great day and we missed the other two participants who had life that got in the way.  I feel that I was able to convey the basics of learning to draw in a clear and not overwhelming way.  🙂 Step by step we moved along and there was a real sense of confidence when we tackled the afternoon session.

Through out this class I have never asked the students to share their work.  When a person is beginning to learn how to draw it is really important to give them the space to learn without the worry of others seeing the early works.  But I did ask at the end of the class if they would be willing to share one image of what drawing they were the most pleased with how it turned out.

So here are the drawings that they were most pleased with.

01.31.15 Drawing 1 favourite drawings

Thank you for dropping by.  I hope you have a great day!  I am off to get ready for the second session of the Acrylic 1 class. Maybe tonight I will remember to take some photos.


01.20.14 5x7 coming along

So today was a great day.  I had my first fabulous session in my studio in a long long time.  I was completely focused which means my painting started to flow!  🙂  This makes me happy.

Tonight I introduced light and shadow to my students.  Lots of excitement and everyone left smiling!  I forgot to take a photo or two.

Next week we move from boxes to containers!  Then we will build on to our last session which is a full 6 hours next Saturday.

Thank you so much for dropping by.  See you again soon!  Maybe with a completed painting.


On Tuesday morning early Ian changed the furniture around and put up the folding table. The rest of the day I sorted, cleaned and set up for my inaugural art class!  I was nervous but I knew everyone who was taking the class in some way so that helped.    It was a fun night.  After two hours everyone’s brains were fried.  It is hard work learning something new.

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Caroline, Pat and Laurie concentrating!  It was quiet when they were all  working.

See you in a few days!



Shawna and Jill

We are just hours away from Dreaming of Colour Art Show!  My sister Jill is arriving soon.  The space is set up! The food is mostly completed.  Let the fun begin!  I can’t wait to show all Kevin and my hard work!  🙂

 Here is a sneak peek at one of the paintings on display tonight and tomorrow.

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“Summers Delight”, 11×14 inches, available at Dreaming of Colour Art Show and Sale for $225 unframed.

See you later!

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I am teaching how to paint this tulip tomorrow!  Wish me luck!  I won’t be able to paint tomorrow but I will be back on Monday.  See you then.

Day 13 of 30 completed.

Sunday – Day 7 of 30


09.07.14 Day 7 of 30

There are times when you know it is time to walk away and let the piece dry!  I hit that tonight.  If I fussed any more on the large petal I totally would have ruined the painting…sigh.  So I will let it dry tonight and I will dry it with the hair blower in the morning and then I will attempt to lay paint on without moving it around too much and see how that goes.  I am pretty sure I can fix this problem. Though I might just move on and leave it for several days so the paint has time to settle into the paper!  Working larger with the furnace on is a bit of a challenge.  Now to get use to the furnace being on again. 🙂

Day 7 accomplished!