Upcoming courses...

"Draw and paint with me in your medium of choice"

Announcing the Break-a-Brush! Mentoring Program:

We're here to help support and guide your artistic goals - developing confidence, technique and creativity in order to draw and paint expressively, with aplomb.

From relative beginners to practiced artists wanting to pursue a new style, mentoring will be designed specifically to your needs and expectations, comprising the following:

A bespoke drawing and painting mentoring program in the medium of your choice: oil, acrylic, watercolour or drawing in dry media, including pastel;

Dual emphasis on sound technique and developing your artistic style;

Aligning with your specific needs, common themes are dovetailed with practices tailored to your aims and medium;

We start with a three-month outlook of goals, points of reference, cadence and other relevant factors;

Weekly assignments and advice are sent by email. These normally include one or more reference images, links to videos and/or text instructions;

A review of each assignment is provided, as well as comments on other of your painting projects that you might wish to include. This can be either by return of email or scheduled via Skype;

Regular monthly progress meetings are held by Skype or in person, as might be agreed, depending upon logistics;

Cost is $100.00 per month prepaid by cash, cheque or PayPal.

Together we will dispel myths and develop sound practices, creativity and expression!

Reserve by Paypal: click here

Reserve by cheque or cash: france@davidkearn.com, tel: 613 620 6737.

The 2017 Break-a-Brush! Fall Saturday Workshop Program

Saturday 30 Sept 2017: Autumn's Garland

The explosion of colour, the burnished warmth of a veined, sienna-kissed leaf, the impossible intensity of reds, perhaps back-lit by a cool sun: artists through the ages have striven to capture this visual magic. We respond visually in intuitive ways: to colour, value and texture. Let's create images that have more than form, they have feeling. This workshop investigates how to imbue paintings with emotion beneath the surface. Join us on an optional local plein-air sortie for part of the day. Alternatively, choose a recent photo or artwork as inspiration for celebrating this exquisite season, as does Tom Thomson's "Autumn's Garland". This workshop will include colour and composition techniques that can be applied using a range of mediums at all skill levels.

Saturday 14 Oct 2017: Édouard Manet and modern life

Manet was one of the first 19th-century artists to paint modern life, and he was a pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism. His early masterworks caused great controversy and served as rallying points for the young painters who would create Impressionism. The explicitly painted style and photographic lighting in Manet's paintings look uncannily modern - a direct, alla prima method. His images have an element of mystery and draw us to place of subtle narrative about the human condition. This workshop will appeal to painters of all levels, interested in exploring combinations of figures in their environment in traditional and modernist styles.

Saturday 28 Oct 2017: Through Thick and Thin – Washes, Glazes and Impasto!

A day focused on all application techniques, including use of painting mediums and gels. Specifics for Oil, Acrylic and Watercolour painters will be covered with similarities and differences highlighted for those looking to try another medium. All stages of painting will be examined, explained and demonstrated: from drawing and loose blocking with the brush, through detailing and blending, partial washes, creating expressive impasto effects and sparkling final glazes. This workshop will appeal to all painters looking to broaden their paining techniques as well as those interested in trying a new medium.

Saturday 4 Nov 2017: Paul Cézanne and a new way of seeing

Cézanne was a major force paralleling Impressionism. Always somewhat apart, he innovated and brought fresh ways of seeing to us all: both Matisse and Picasso are said to have remarked that Cézanne "is the father of us all.". Cézanne sought to sense something fundamental about all subjects and through his investigations of still life, figures and landscapes, he gave life to modernism and changed the world of art forever. This workshop will appeal to painters of all levels, interested in exploring combinations of landscapes, figures and abstracted forms in modernist styles.

Saturday 25 Nov 2017: Expressive portraits and the Clothed Figure

Artists through the ages have sought to capture something more than likeness – that invaluable, elusive quality yearned for, in the progression of brushstrokes. This workshop will explore the joy of creating free and vital portraits, in a variety of styles. Balancing control and technique with immediacy and spontaneity, we will explore how these can be woven together to capture personality as well as likeness. Observation and sound technique will be explained, along with using the portrait as a means of expression. The session will cover working from a live model as well as from photo references. This workshop will appeal to a wide range of figurative artists engaged in developing their portrait and clothed figure creative practices.

Saturday 02 Dec 2017: Claude Monet and the colour of light

Monet was the quintessential impressionist. His 1884 painting "Impression, Sunrise" gave title to the movement and the impact of his radical departure in use of colour, types of subject and method of painting, often "en plein air" are all with us today. Monet rejected the traditional approach to landscape painting and looked at the effects of light on nature itself. In his later years his massive Waterlilies paintings presage abstract expressionism. This workshop will appeal to painters of all levels, exploring the romance of outdoor motifs with Claude Monet as inspiration.


The sessions take place on Saturdays, from 09:30 am to 04:30 pm at Rothwell United Church, 42 Sumac Street, Ottawa, K1J 6P7

The ground floor studio offers good natural light and easy access for all participants

Map to the Rothwell United Church: click here

Cost per workshop is $95.00.

Reserve any 4-plus workshops at a cost of $75.00 each.

Reserve via cash or cheque; france@davidkearn.com, tel: 613 620 6737

Reserve by Paypal: click here

Further Information: david@davidkearn.com, tel: 613 620 6737


About Break-a-Brush! Workshops

We know of few catalysts that capture imagination more than art does. Art thrives on community, for without an audience, it could not flourish. It continues to be a perfect medium to bring people together to communicate and create in more than just artistic ways. It changes people, enables them to grow and lets them forget about the immediate - at least for a little while! Our workshops are designed to encourage what comes naturally, making learning, pushing boundaries and creating flow easily.

We cover key painting subjects and walk with some incredible master painters. In each workshop, participants create an artwork from scratch or bring along a work-in-progress and are welcome to use the medium of their choice. Break-a-Brush! Workshops will appeal to a wide range of skill levels: from relative beginners, to practiced artists wanting to pursue a new style. Together we will dispel myths and develop sound practices, creativity and expression!



Fall Courses at the Ottawa School of Art:

F17D014A Expressive Portraits.

...portraits from live models, in the medium of your choice.

Campus: Downtown, Start Date: 09/21/2017, End Date: 11/23/2017, Schedule: Thursday from 09:30 - 12:30

F17D02A Introduction to Drawing.

...unlock the magic of drawing!

Campus: Downtown, Start Date: 09/20/2017, End Date: 11/22/2017, Schedule: Wedensday from 18:30 - 21:30

F17D010B Paint in Acrylic & Oil!

... unlock the magic of painting!

Campus: Downtown, Start Date: 09/21/2017, End Date: 11/23/2017, Schedule: Thursday from 13:00 - 16:00

F17S014 Drawing and Painting Portraits: Expressive Portraits.

...explore creating vital portraits and figures in dry media and paint!

Campus: Orleans, Start Date: 09/20/2017, End Date: 11/22/2017, Schedule: Wednesday from 09:30 - 12:30

F17S002 Introduction to Drawing.

...unlock the magic of drawing!

Campus: Orleans, Start Date: 09/20/2017, End Date: 11/22/2017 Schedule: Wednesday from 13:00 - 16:00


Downtown registration: 35 George St., Tel: 613-241-7471.

Orleans registration: Shenkman Centre, 245 Centrum Tel: 613-580-2765.

Register on line at: www.artottawa.ca