“Out & About” Painting the Town: Oil Painting



Heather Sayeau
Monday to Friday , August 8 – August 12, 2022
10:00am – 4:00pm

This workshop will take place “out and about” in the beautiful, historic town of Lunenburg. Students will paint en plein air. looking at the harbour, gardens and streetscapes. The class will also use the studio to practice technique and skill building. Topics will cover composition: what to include, what to leave out, colour mixing, paint application (brushstrokes) and easy perspective. Following a daily demonstration the class will depart for locations in and around town. We live in a beautiful place- let’s make art about that.

Students should bring: (Materials etc. can be left at the school each day after class)

  • Oil paint: titanium white, ultramarine blue, cerulean blue, cad. yellow medium, lemon yellow, cad. red, alizarin red.
  • Brushes: # 2, #4, #6, hogs hair long bristle flats
  • Medium: Linseed oil – Hardware store + glass jar to hold 6-8oz.
  • Cleaner: Odorless paint thinner – Hardware store + glass jar to hold 6-8 oz.
  • Palette: Disposable paper palette
  • Easel : portable easel – either table top or stand up
  • Small Canvases – 6″x6″, 6″x8″, 8″x10″, 10″x12″


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Heather Sayeau

Heather Sayeau received her Bachelor of Fine Art and Bachelor of Education from NSCAD University in Halifax in 1981, and taught Fine and Media Arts at NSCAD alongside her practice for thirty years. Sayeau is an oil painter with a focus on landscape, still life, and the figure. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions since 1982 and her work appears in public and private collections across Canada and abroad.

“I am a painter. Painting is what I do and what I long to do when I am not painting… Teaching is the wonderful offspring of painting; sharing my experiences, challenges, successes, and defeats with people. Learning the ‘toolbox’ of techniques opens the door to oneself and I am always delighted to watch students grow a new facet of their creative self. I have had the privilege to instruct students of all ages. I like to work with each student individually — helping them hone each one’s unique expression.”


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