Workshop Information

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“Painting Winter Light and Shadow”

            A Workshop with Christopher Crosgrey

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


Note this will be the final workshop scheduled for 2018.


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.



Contact Details

Art Gallery of Bancroft
10 Flint Avenue
P.O. Box 398
Bancroft, Ontario
K0L 1C0

Phone: (613) 332-1542
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