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Paint Like a Musician!”

A Workshop with Charles "Chas" Burke

Sunday, June 24th, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


The Art Gallery of Bancroft welcomes Bancroft native and multi-talented musician and artist Charles Burke to lead a workshop titled “Paint Like a Musician!”. 


Workshop Instructor

Charles Burke is active in both art and music.  As a professional clarinetist he studied with John Fetherston, Ezra Schabas, Robert Riseling, Yona Ettlinger, and finally with Avrahm Galper, who was for many years the Principal Clarinetist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.  Mr. Burke has an A.R.C.T. Diploma, and his music development has involved work on a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Toronto and a Master’s degree from the University of Western Ontario, where he was also the conductor of the University of Western Ontario Concert Band.

He has played in numerous chamber music concerts, has performed in orchestras both in Thunder Bay and in Peterborough, where as Principal Clarinetist he was also on occasion featured as soloist with the orchestra.  Currently he performs with the Durham Chamber Orchestra.

In his work as a music educator, he has developed and taught programmes for classrooms from junior kindergarten through secondary school to post-secondary education in Huntsville, Thunder Bay, Peterborough and at the University of Western Ontario where he also taught individual and class clarinet, as well as doing work with conducting and music education classes.

In art, he works in a variety of media and values the aesthetic and technical bonds between art and music.  In addition to studying works in Canada and the United States, he has travelled as far abroad as Israel, France, Austria, Germany and Italy.  He did classical art studies with Pauline Bradshaw –a student of John Angel who started the School of Realist Art in Toronto. He has studied Impressionism with Lois Griffel and John Kilroy at the Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Mr. Burke has participated in group exhibitions where he has won awards for Best Oil and Best in Show. He has done solo, two- and three-person exhibitions. His works are included in corporate collections.   He is represented by the following galleries:

  • Cornerstone Canadian Art and Craft - Kingston
  • Cocoa & Joe Gallery – Oshawa
  • Gallery 33 – Thunder Bay
  • Norman Felix Gallery – Toronto
  • Rose’s Art Gallery - Sault Saint Marie

and has displayed at the Winnipeg Art Gallery art rental and sales department.

His work can be viewed on his website : and he may be contacted at   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Workshop Description

At this workshop you will

  • Get a better understanding of two artistic partners-music and visual arts - as you learn how they complement each other.
  • Develop your own knowledge of both these arts and improve your own painting skills in an interactive and supportive environment.
  • Learn about such aspects as colour harmony, drawing, design, composition, materials and tools manipulation, as well as relevant historical and marketing knowledge.

Although the workshop relates specifically to the structures and progressions of J.S.Bach, methodology will be employed  so no theoretical or practical music skills will be needed.

          “Abstract in A Flat Minor” , Oil, 24” x 36”



There is no materials fee for this workshop.  Please bring the following:


Workshop Fee and Registration

The cost of this one-day workshop is $65.00, payable by cash or cheque only to the Art Gallery at the time of registration.




Painting Watercolour Portraits”

A 2-day Workshop with Debra Bannister

Sundays, July 15th and July 22nd, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


The Art Gallery of Bancroft is excited to offer a two-day workshop instructed by Debra Bannister.  Debra is no stranger to the AGB, having been honoured with the Best-in-Show award at the AGB’s 2014 Annual Juried Show for her “Swan Parade”, and with several of her paintings on display in the Gallery Shop.


Workshop Instructor

Debra Bannister is an award winning artist who sees the world in bold colors. Luminous light and vivid hues define her paintings. Her art is both descriptive and expressive while still being realistic and slightly abstracted.

Since 2006 she devoted herself to watercolor and water media painting. Her award winning paintings have been included in numerous juried shows, art festivals and gallery exhibitions. Her paintings hang in private and permanent collections. Debra divides her time between painting in her studio and outdoors on location.  Her most recent accomplishment are the 21 paintings she completed for a children's book called "Floofus Land Adventures”.

Debra is a member of the East Central Ontario Arts Association and the Kawartha Artists Gallery and Studio (KAGS). Her art work, prints and cards are sold at the Stratford Festival Theater Store, The Art Gallery of Bancroft, Link Gallery in Peterborough, 737 Gallery near Tweed and at art festival and juried shows in and around Ontario.

Debra lives near Buckhorn, Ontario on the shores of Six Foot Bay, Buckhorn Lake. During the winter she travels south to enjoy the warm sunshine and paint.


 In the Artist's Words

I have always had a passion for drawing and expressing myself with color. So much so that when I was in grade one I got into a lot of trouble coloring in my Dick and Jane books.  In my early years as an artist oil painting dominated my time but since 2006 watercolor has stolen my heart.  I love the unpredictable, fluid nature of this medium.  My love for medical science won out as a career, especially subjects involving chemistry and physics. I believe this is why I find watercolor so interesting because we really need to understand the chemistry and physics of painting and our subjects to be able to render something worthwhile.


Workshop Description

Debra is an enthusiastic art instructor, who teaches painting and drawing.  In her workshop and classes she uses a step by step approach to provide a sound background in techniques and esthetics while encouraging everyone to express their own style and sensibility through their art. Having fun while learning is the goal of Debra's artistic instruction.

This workshop will introduce Watercolor artists to the fundamentals of painting portraits. We will focus on the face and shoulders. Photographic reference will be used to study unique facial features, skin colorations and hair textures. We will also discuss how we bring personality into our portraits to create lively paintings. The first day will include handouts about anatomy and examples of color skin combinations etc. Artists will work from a photograph chosen by the instructor. A black and white image will be offered to those that wish to trace their subject on the first day. I always like to remind everyone that this is not a drawing class but a painting class. It will be approximately 8” x 10”. The first day is all about learning to paint hair, skin, eyes, lips, nose etc. For the second day I ask you to choose your own subject. I also encourage you to try and draw your subject for the second day. However, if you prefer to trace again that is fine. We will check it for accuracy if you are having trouble drawing parts of the face before we start painting.

                  “Untitled” by Debra Bannister


To view more of Debra`s portrait paintings visit her Personality Gallery at



  1. I encourage the use of 140 or 200 lb paper (Arches, Fabriano, Saunders Waterford are very good papers). If possible buy one large sheet of watercolour paper 30” x 22” cold press and cut it to the appropriate size at this workshop (approximately 11” x 14”). This paper is better quality than pad paper and cheaper.
  2. Bring your round/mop brushes especially a larger one (8,10 or 12) and 1” or 1 1/2 " inch flat brushes for our initial washes. Larger brushes hold more paint so you get better mixing and application of paint onto the paper.   A 4 to 8 round brush for applying fine details such as hair, nose and facial lines. Round brushes should have a good point on them so that you can make fine lines and broader brushstrokes with the same brush.
  3. Here are some of the typical colors I use in my palette. These are my colors, yours may be slightly different. I try and use colors that are in most typical palettes or tube paint sets. Be sure it is a tube set and not a pan block set. The tube paints are best for creating juicy pools of pigment to paint with. Note that if you don’t have the exact colors listed below, no worries, I can suggest substitutes based on paint properties.
  • Naples, Yellow Ochre, Raw sienna, Burnt Sienna
  • Aureolin New Gamboges, Quinacridone Gold (optional)
  • Opera,  Permanent Rose,  Permanent Magenta, Q. Magenta, Rose Madder Genuine, Alizarin Crimson
  • Cad Red Light, Scarlet Lake or Vermillion (red orange)
  • Cobalt Blue, Cerulean or Peacock Blue (Holbein), Magnesium Turquoise
  • UMB or Royal Blue (Holbein), Antwerp or Prussian Blue, Neutral Tint.
  1. Misc Supplies:  Kleenex tissues (no lotion type), paper towel, pencil, two water containers (large yogurt/ice cream), plastic cover for the table, masking tape, board to attach watercolor paper to, palette to mix paints in (large white butchers pan or plate works, too), blow dryer, misket (rubber compound for preserving whites).


Workshop Fee and Registration

The cost of this one-day workshop is $110.00, payable to the Art Gallery by cash or cheque at the time of registration.  There is no materials fee because students must bring their own supplies




"Painting the Canadian Shield in Watercolours"

A Workshop with Cathy Owen

Sunday August 19th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


The Art Gallery of Bancroft is excited to welcome back Cathy Owen after a 2-year interval for a workshop titled: "Painting the Canadian Shield in Watercolours".


Workshop Instructor

Cathy Owen has been painting watercolours for almost 30 years and teaching in the medium for over 20 years.  While she considers herself to be primarily self taught through reading and continuously challenging herself to grow, she started by taking evening courses via community education programs and followed this with a few courses at the Ottawa School of Art and workshops with Zoltan Szabo. Cathy loves working in the medium and sharing her love with others, and has been teaching Beginners and Advanced courses in Ottawa since 1995.  Several of her students have been showing and selling their work regularly. Cathy herself has had success in submitting several of her works to juried competitions held by Art East in Ottawa.

Cathy has always loved nature, and finds endless inspiration for her landscapes in the Canadian Shield that surrounds her cottage on beautiful Malcolm Lake in the Land O’Lakes region near Ardoch Ontario.  In her paintings she strives to evoke an emotional response from the viewer by filling her work with the wonders of nature’s light and colour.

Her dream has always been to have her own gallery and she fulfilled her dream by opening Red Dragon Gallery and Gift Shop at 1091 Ridge Lane, Ardoch on Malcolm Lake in 2013. She has been very fortunate to sell many of her pieces and has works in several provinces and states.

You can see more of Cathy’s work at, or follow her on Facebook at


Workshop Description

This workshop is for watercolour painters at any level. You will be introduced to two non-traditional artist papers that will help to loosen up you style. Emphasis will be place on tonal values to help you paint sparkling impressionistic watercolours. The aim will be to capture the mood, not the detail.

Cathy teaches using a step by step approach with the student modeling her techniques as they proceed. At the end of the day the students should have completed two paintings inspired by the endless beauty we see all around us in our Canadian Shield.


    "Scarlet Lady"  16" x 20"



Note there is a $10.00 materials fee payable in cash to Cathy on the day of the workshop.

Please bring:

Paints-These are the pigments that I use mostly. If you don’t have them don’t worry. We can substitute.

  • (New) Gamboge (yellow) or Indian Yellow or Winsor Yellow deep
  • Permanent Rose or Quinacridone Rose
  • Quinacridone Red or Scarlet Lake
  • French Ultramarine Blue (red shade not green shade)
  • Aureolin yellow or Winsor lemon 
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Prussian or Antwerp Blue
  • Burnt umber
  • Sap green
  • Payne’s grey
  • Perylene Green
  • Permanent Violent


Brushes- Bring a 1 inch (or larger) flat brush. A # 12 to #16 round, #1 (or smaller) rigger (script) brush and a #6 round brush.

Paper- Cathy will supply the paper.

Palette box or several plastic disposable plates.

Miscellaneous items

- H.B. pencil and soft eraser (Mars plastic eraser works well)

- 2 jars or plastic margarine containers for putting water in

- roll of 1 inch masking tape

- drawing board (should be at least 17” x 14”) for taping the paper to

- roll of paper towel or toilet paper

- ruler

- hair dryer if you own a small one

- removable art masking fluid for watercolours -(Pebeo drawing gum is a cheaper and suitable product)

- cheap (dollar store) thin artist brush or tooth picks

- scraping tool e.g. Palette knife, cut up credit card

- plastic table cloths to protect the tables.


If you don’t have the necessary supplies please let Cathy of Coordinator Ingrid Monteith know in advance, and Cathy will bring them for an additional cost of $10.00.


Workshop Fee and Registration

The cost of this one-day workshop is $65.00, payable by cash or cheque only to the Art Gallery at the time of registration.

Note there is a $10.00 materials fee for the watercolour paper supplied.  If you need additional supplies, Cathy will supply them for an additional $10.00 if you let her know in advance.




“Painting A Watercolour Streetscene: 

Exploring The Passion of Colour, Light and Design!”

      A Workshop with Bonnie Steinberg

       Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Workshop Instructor

 Bonnie Steinberg is a graduate of York University where she received her Honours (B.F.A) Bachelor of Fine Arts. Bonnie is also an elected member of the C.S.P.W.C. (the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, the S.C.A. (the Society of Canadian Artists) and a signature member of the Toronto Watercolor Society (T.W.S). Bonnie is also a guest artist and teacher for many art groups in Canada, the United States and Europe. She has most recently taught a two-week watercolour painting workshop in Italy, including Florence, Venice and Tuscany, and a weeklong watercolour workshop in Sedona, Arizona. Currently, she has just returned from teaching a one-week course in New Brunswick.


Workshop Description


     “The Day’s End” by Bonnie Steinberg


Come and explore how light, design and colour can put passion in composition!  Our subject matter will include a (SIMPLE) street scene ,or iconic laneway, complete with landscape elements, architectural elements and other details. Ontario and its beautiful street scapes, will provide our inspiration. The figure in watercolour will also be explored so that its incorporation will complete a visual story.  Participants will explore “how” to paint great greens, deep violets and other wonderful hues.  Some new and some old and proven techniques will be taught and demonstrated to provide a purposeful aim for participants. Atmospheric perspective through colour, and linear perspective will also be explored! Participants will marvel at the result…luminous and passionate paintings!



Students will provide their own materials for the workshop.  Consequently, there is no materials fee.

Please bring:

  • Paints (Artist Quality) of choice
  • minimum palette (permanent rose, cobalt blue & aureolin yellow)
  • IF POSSIBLE 6 or more colours that equal  (2 reds, 2 yellows, 2 blues)


Suggested colours:

 Aureolin Yellow                    Raw Sienna                     Opera                       Scarlet Lake                

Burnt Sienna                            Permanent Rose             Cerulean Blue           Cobalt Blue    

Winsor Blue (red shade/and               Winsor Red                   (or green shade)

Fench Ultramarine Blue            Alizarin Crimson (Permanent)      New Gamboge or Indian Yellow

Viridian Green                             Quinacrodone Gold            (Optional): Prussian Blue


  • Brushes of Choice

Suggested sizes:

2" Robert Simmons white-sable-skyflow wash(*optional)  

1" flat gold sable-clear hand, beveled end

#5 & #8 round gold sable

#3 or #4 rigger

#16 (½" x ½") flat gold sable (THIS IS A LIFTING BRUSH… (OPTIONAL ONLY))

 2" hake


  • Paper – good quality 100% rag paper 140 lb and/or 300 lb (hot) smooth and cold press board if paper is in sheets, and if not, blocks are suggested
  • Palette – (Robert E Woods or John Pike or equivalent) – scrub each paint compartment (not mixing areas) with an SOS pad to rough up the surface so that the paint will stick
  • 2 plastic containers (500 ml)
  • Eraser
  • Tissues (Kleenex) a box is great!
  • HB or 6B pencils
  • Masking tape and masking fluid
  • Small natural silk sponge (Curry’s has these or so does Shopper’s Drug mart)
  • Sketch book
  • Ruler or set square for drawing




      “Iconic Charlottetown” by Bonnie Steinberg


Workshop Fee and Registration

The cost of this one-day workshop is $65.00, payable to the Art Gallery by cash or cheque at the time of registration.




Painting Winter Light and Shadow

            A Workshop with Christopher Crosgrey

               Sunday, November 4, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


The Art Gallery of Bancroft is delighted that acclaimed artist and instructor Christopher Crosgrey of Bracebridge, ON is returning to lead another workshop using oil or acrylic paints.  This workshop is a natural extension of his workshop titled “Raise Your Colour IQ!” presented last November.  The November workshop was not a prerequisite, however, and the coming workshop is open to all interested artists.


Workshop Instructor

Chris’s background as an art educator includes over thirty years of teaching on the secondary level, spearheading art programmes in two B.C. high schools.  He has taught adult workshops on drawing, painting, and colour through Fraser Valley College (B.C.) and has also presented a two-day Colour and Painting workshop through Muskoka Arts and Crafts.  He has spent several dozen hours providing individual instruction, mostly mentoring a western Canadian artist of note.

Chris was formerly an Active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, and consistently had his work accepted into FCA juried shows in Vancouver in the 1990’s. During this time, he also had a successful two-man show at Toronto’s Arcadia Gallery.  Recently he has had work accepted into The Franklin Carmichael National Juried Landscape Exhibit (twice), The Blue Mountain Fine Arts Juried Show, and The Art Gallery of Bancroft’s 2017 Juried Show.  Chris has won Honourable Mention Awards from The Federation of Canadian Artists and The Art Gallery of Bancroft.

At the 2015 Muskoka Arts And Crafts Spring Members’ Show, he was awarded the Muskoka Conservancy Award and the Ruth Upjohn Memorial Award for “Best in Show”.  He is represented by The Algonquin Art Centre (Algonquin Park), The Framing Place & Gallery (Huntsville), and The Dabbling Duck Gallery (Port Carling).


Artist’s Statement

“My paintings deal with northern and cottage country themes, and explore the interplay of light and shadow throughout the seasons.  They’re generally loosely rendered with brushwork and colour emphasized over detail.  I paint on a modest scale to create landscapes that have a sense of intimacy and poetry about them.”


Workshop Description

This one-day workshop is for beginning and intermediate painters working in acrylic or oil, and will equip them with the fundamentals for rendering light and shadow in a basic winter landscape.

The day will include a ten minutes slide show of professional-level paintings that depict winter light and shadow. To further illustrate/reinforce workshop concepts, I’ll have on hand four original winter landscapes by various artists, plus three Group of Seven prints of winter scenes.

The workshop will guide students in the proper orchestration of “values” (lights, mediums, darks) needed for a painting to evoke a true sense of light.

           ” Northern Tranquility”  by Christopher Crosgrey


The class will work up the same simple winter scene, modeled on an image prepared by the instructor. First the student will “under-paint” this image using a “warm” acrylic gray scale mixed in advance by the instructor. At this stage the drawing, composition and, most importantly, correct values are established.

Once dry, “local colour” is applied over the under-painting, matching the underlying values throughout.  Here students become acquainted with, and put to use, certain colour concepts: warm and cool interaction, colour sequence, intensity, and tints, tones, and shades. At this point I’ll also demonstrate a couple of paint application techniques: wet-in-wet and scumbling.



There is no materials fee for this workshop. 

Please bring:

  • Paper towel and waste bag.
  • A decent-sized palette for mixing (disposable variety is fine).
  • Mixing knife.
  • A small desk-style easel (if desired).
  • Your usual paints (oil or acrylic), mediums, containers, etc.
  • Acrylic retarder (but only if you have it already).
  • Two inexpensive painting surfaces (preferably 12” by 16”, no larger than 16” by 20”)

-either 1) stretched canvas; 2) “canvas board” (i.e. canvas on cardboard); or

              3) a gessoed hardboard panel


N.B. For health reason, please don’t bring turpentine, mineral spirits, or solvents.  A bit of linseed oil will suffice for an initial cleaning of brushes.


Workshop Fee and Registration

The cost of this one-day workshop is $65.00, payable to the Art Gallery by cash or cheque at the time of registration.



More Information

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