Gaye Adams

Plein Air Essentials

Langley / Surrey
July 2 - 9 2016

July 2,3 and July 8,9

Class limit: 12

I will be drawing on over 15 years of plein air experience and teachings from some amazing mentors to present you with a solid and workable approach to working on location.

We will be starting with planning a painting on location with a value study and then working into color composition and finished field sketches.

Color mixing, design, logistics for outdoor painting and all other practical and artistic considerations will be included in the content of this workshop. Weather permitting, the entire class will be conducted in the field at various locations around the Langley/Surrey area. If there is inclement weather, an indoor facility or alternate date will be arranged.

It is my hope that students will take the five days in between the two weekend sessions to practice the learning a bring some sketches in for critique and feedback during the second weekend.

Plein air painting is a great adventure and also a tremendous tool for accelerating painting skills. It will sharpen your focus and teach you to edit visual information in order to create strong design and compelling paintings.

Contact me directly to register:


Gibsons School of the Arts
August 22 - 26 2016

Media: Oils, water mixable oils 
Level: Advanced beginner to intermediate

5 days: Monday - Friday


Explore the Wonders of Croatia - In Paint!

Korcula, Croatia
September 13 - 22 2016

This ten day workshop will take place on the stunningly beautful island of Korcula. It is all inclusive from Dubrovnik, Croatia. We will land in Dubrovnik, overnight in Cavtat, and then take a short but beautiful drive up the coast to catch the ferry across to Korcula. We will paint each day in a differeny location, being tansported either by private air-conditioned bus or water taxi to small villages and islands in and around Korcula. Home base will be Lumbarda, Korcula... a small and picturesque village on the island where we will relax at the end of each painting day with a glass of wine, great food, and good company.

Gaye wil be coaching oil painters and pastellists. 

Please feel free to email me with any additional questions. This is gonna be fun.

Fee includes your accomodation, meals and island transport including pick up/drop off at Dubrovnik Airport. All you need is your own artwork supplies and your flight to Croatia. Please only book your flight after you have confirmed you place in the workshop.
If you have questions, email Gaye:

Plein Air with Gaye Adams

Pender Island, B.C.
September 8 - 15 2017

Experience this 7 day adventure boating to remote locations around Pender island, British Columbia aboard the Grand Banks 36. Cruise past arbutus-lined shores with killer whales, eagles and seals as your companions. Each day spent under the instruction of acclaimed painter, Gaye Adams, learning and practicing plein air painting principles and techniques.

$1,836 - $2,191
Price varies based on accommodation.
Gaye Adams


"Gaye is an awesome teacher. I attended Gaye's daily painting workshop in Whistler in August 2011. It was a fantastic workshop! Gaye was very attentive with all the students giving all of us lots of individual attention. The demos were great. The daily painting practice is a great way to improve all aspects of painting; drawing, design, managing the paint, brushstrokes, colour, you name it. Gaye really taught us to evaluate the colour we were seeing so we could "get it right". I would highly recommend Gaye's class."
Bea Gonzalez, Whistler, BC

"The painting a day workshop with Gaye Adams at Whistler this summer was excellent! The group was lively and Gaye's presentations were meaningful and stimulating. The site at Whistler was perfect because we were slightly removed from interruptions and the location facilitated contemplation and focus."
Lynne K, Whistler, BC
"In her workshops Gaye spends a majority of her time working one-on-one to help artists at all levels develop great composition, color value, tone and light and shadow in their work. Having taken art classes and workshops over many years, Gaye Adams' workshops rank number one in amount learned for time spent."
Bill Hull, Santa Barbara, CA

"The workshop was tremendously valuable to me – not previously have I been so encouraged to "be my own artist". You could really see people's individual styles emerging in this workshop. Lots of personal attention, encouragement and valuable feedback."
Ann Watts