Maple Bay Painters
A community of Cowichan Valley visual artists



Our next workshop. "Keeping it Simple", is on Tuesday, March 21st, with Nanaimo landscape artist, Tom Shardlow, AFCA. In describing his workshop, Tom notes:

"Painting can be one of the most difficult and complex of undertakings. There is a plethora of rules, all of which can be broken. However, keeping it simple can cut through the confusion and produce rewarding results. This one-day workshop will focus on simplification to develop both strong design and appealing variation. We’ll work slowly through the various stages while building your painting on a black gesso ground." 

Learn more about Tom and his work on his website at:

Registration is open now to a maximum of 14 participants. Non-members are also welcome to register after March 1st, if space allows. The participant fee is $65 for members and $75 for non-members. Because we are a non-profit society, we aim only to cover our costs, keeping the workshop as affordable as possible.

To register, note your interest, or ask questions, email: Once registered, a materials list and other information will be provided to you. The workshop location is the Stratford Room at the Cowichan Exhibition grounds, and the class will run from 9:30 am to 3 pm.

NOTE: Maple Bay Painters are practicing provincial 'good practices' during the Covid pandemic, along with encouraging workshop participants be fully vaccinated.


A big thank you to our last workshop artist, Zann Hemphill, who provided us with a fantastic 'Painting Animals' workshop on January 17th. She truly inspired everyone on their creative journeys!

Thank you Zann!

In this workshop, Zann guided participants toward more successful paintings. She led us through the creation of a small painting, using photographs of our own favourite animal subject as reference, whether a beloved pet (past or present), a friend’s, or “anything with fur or feathers, paws or scales”! To learn more about Zann and her work, visit her website and blog, with videos, at



Thank you to Roger Jackson for his November 22nd Still Life workshop! Roger is currently the President of Maple Bay Painters and has a lot of experience painting and running workshops in the Cowichan Valley, as well as being a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. See more about Roger and his art at:








Thank you to Nanaimo artist, Sara Robichaud, for her September 20th demonstration of Golden's acrylic products at our September 20th meeting. It was super, especially with participants receiving free samples of Golden products.

UPDATE: Sara is running this free product demo again on Nov. 8th in Chemainus. If you would like to attend it, or another of her own workshops, email her at: or visit the Golden site for more information about her and for dates and locations:




Some previous workshop images: