Painting Camp

Sherbrooke Village will be hosting a 4-day painting workshop in watercolour and oil painting.

About this experience


  • Adult on site Accommodations: $620.00 + 93.00 HST = $713.00

  • Adult providing own Accommodations: $605.00+ 90.75 HST = $695.75

  • Seniors or Youth on site Accommodations: $605.00 + 90.75 HST = $695.75

  • Seniors or Youth (14 to 18 inclusive) providing own Accommodations: $580.00 + 87.00 HST = $667.00

  • Guardian accompanying youth, accommodations and meals only: $580.00 + 87.00 HST = $667.00


Susan Paterson earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick in 1980 and has done further study at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, N.S.; Byam Shaw School of Art, London, England and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, U.S. She has exhibited her work in galleries across Canada for over 30 years and is in collections in Canada, United States, England and Japan.  Susan is a member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour.  She lives in Dartmouth with her husband and two sons.

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Camp Information

Sherbrooke Village will be hosting a 4 day painting workshop this summer.  The village offers a wealth of material for painting and has inspired instructor, Susan Paterson for many years. She is proficient in both watercolour and oil painting and students can choose to work in either one.  She’ll be demonstrating various techniques in both mediums and then students will work at their own pace on the subject of their choice. Susan will guide students in drawing, composition, perspective and colour mixing.  Each evening the class will get together for a short critique, conversation and socializing. There will be a showing of the artist's works on Sunday from 12:30 to 2:00.  More info on the website:



Orientation will begin Thursday morning at 10:00 am at the Sherbrooke Village Courthouse (building #20) for introductions and a short description about Historic Sherbrooke Village. Then on to the Schoolhouse for your first lesson. Each morning thereafter, at 10:00 am, you will begin your classes in the Bent Room at the School House (building #26). At 7:30 each evening we will have a meet and greet and a discussion regarding the days works. We will hold an exhibition of the week’s works on Sunday from 12:30 to 1:30 pm at the Bent Room to round off our week.

Painting Supplies


Most of you will have your preferred supplies and colour palette, but if you're adding to it or starting over, these are the instructor’s suggestions:

Watercolour paints:  Susan prefers Winsor and Newton Colours - She uses a very limited palette, and finds that too many colours are a distraction and you can never really know all of them.  (She never uses black or white).

  • Ultramarine Blue

  • Cerulean Blue

  • Yellow Ochre

  • Burnt Sienna

  • Alizarin Crimson

  • Cadmium Lemon

  • Winsor Red

Paper:  You can use watercolour blocks, Arches are recommended.  Or you can purchase watercolour sheets, instructor likes Arches 140lb.  This has to be stretched, and for that you need a board – You can use plywood, 3/8" thick, cut to the size you want, or masonite can also be used for smaller paintings.   You will be painting on whatever size you feel comfortable with, but because of time it would be best to work 1/2 sheet (22" x 15") or smaller.  You will also need paper tape or masking tape to secure the paper to the board.  You should also have a sketch pad.

Brushes:  1" flat watercolour brush.  (In 30 years of painting she still uses the same one she started with).  # 3, # 5 & # 8 round watercolour brushes and # 0 or smaller for fine detail. You should not purchase the cheapest ones, try at least mid - price.  There's nothing nicer than a good quality pointed brush with a great spring.

Miscellaneous Items:  Pencils, kneaded eraser, pencil sharpener, large palette with lots of room for mixing colours, water container and tissue.

Useful but not required: Fold-up chair, hat and sunscreen for outdoor work, easel and masking fluid.

Painting Supplies Oil

Most of you will already have your favorite supplies and colour palette but if not here’s Susan’s suggestions.

Oil Paints: Susan prefers Winsor and Newton, but any good quality paint will do.  (Don’t buy the cheapest!)

  • French Ultramarine

  • Cerulean Blue

  • Naples Yellow

  • Yellow Ochre

  • Raw Sienna

  • Burnt Sienna

  • Alizarin Crimson

  • Cadmium Lemon

  • Cadmium Red

  • Ivory Black

  • Titanium White

Supports: You can use Masonite boards, cut to size and primed with acrylic gesso, about five coats, letting it dry and then sanding between coats, plus two or three coats on the back.  Susan would recommend sizes such as 9” x 12”, 9” x 9”, 6” x 12” and 6” x 8”.  Bring about 8 boards of various sizes for the four days.  You can also use canvas or wooden panels that have been primed.

Brushes:  Instructor uses bristle and natural hair, round, flat and filbert.  Have a 1” or so bristle, (filbert or flat) and then several different sizes in whatever style you choose.

Miscellaneous Items: Palette, easel, palette knife, odorless mineral spirits, linseed oil, containers for oms and linseed oil, rags or paper towel, sketchbook, pencil, sunscreen, hat.

What Else To Bring

The atmosphere at our school is casual. There is easy access to wooded trails and the beautiful St. Mary’s River is on the camp property. The climate can vary from warm and sunny to chilly cloudy and wet so be prepared to layer with sweaters and pants. Timetable, schedule and session information will be distributed when you arrive.

Accommodation & Meals

Accommodations for participants will be in our Hands on History home which is a hostel type house by the river - accommodations are dorm style with shared rooms and bunk style beds, please be advised to bring your own sleeping bags, towels, toiletries and pillow. You may also bring air mattresses for additional comfort.

Meals are included for the four day program. We have some great cooks here, who have been feeding groups and individuals for years. Breakfast and coffee breaks are on your own at Brigley House. Supplies will be provided for continental breakfasts. Lunch & Dinners will be served at the Sherbrooke Village Tea Room. Meals are home style country fare. Diabetic, vegetarian and any diet that allows you to eat from the meals provided can be accommodated at our restaurant. All other special diet requirements must be looked after by the individual. Refrigerator & kitchen facilities available at lodging building to store & prep your own food.

You are also welcome to arrange your own accommodations off-site.

How to Get Here

A 45-minute scenic drive south from Antigonish along highway #7 or 3 hours east of Halifax on highway #7.

Guidelines for Classes

When you register please indicate on the registration form in the space provided your level of experience; novice, intermediate or advanced and which medium you would like to concentrate on.

Cancellation Policy: $ 100.00 fee will be charged on cancellations less than 2 weeks prior to learning camps. Participants will be notified at least 48 hours in advance if learning camp is cancelled due to unforseen circumstances and a full refund will be given. 

We will be following all COVID-19 restrictions.

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