May 8, 2016

July 3 to 7, 2017


forestART is an immersive five day Art in Nature experience held at Ness Creek, SK. Monday , July 3rd – Friday, July 7th, 2017. Come let the brilliance of the northern boreal forest inspire your artistic creation. Learn from the province’s masters in their chosen art form. Come experience forestART! 

forestART will take you out of the day-to-day and honour your creative spirit in a brilliant boreal setting. Each day, will take you deeper into the creative process with skilled instruction and a supportive environment. In addition to time spent making art, you may expand your senses with daily morning yoga, explore the forest on guided nature walks, and attend the forestART “Palette Cleanse Social Hour” where boreal forest sourced appetizers are enjoyed as all artists gather to share and inspire one another. forestART happens concurrently with FiddlyNess, a unique Fiddle Camp. Each evening offers special music concerts from the Canada-renowned music instructors. All this is included in your registration!

Choose to focus in one of the five exciting courses being offered this year.

Plein Air Painting with Paul Trottier
Study the beauty of the landscape the way Monet, Renoir, and Thomson did …out of doors, painting what you see. Paul Trottier will instruct on the challenges and rewards of in-the-field painting. There is truly nothing like painting with a direct connection to your wild subject matter.

Find out more about the Plein Air Painting Course by clicking here!


 FULL – Life Lines Drawing with Miranda Jones

This unique and visceral course will lead you within, using breath and movement to draw out your intuitive, joyful inner creativity. Miranda Jones will guide you through elements of design & colour from a new perspective. Translate your internal & external worlds of experience into lines on paper.

Find out more about the Life Lines Drawing Course by clicking here!


FULL – Introductory Blacksmithing with M. Craig Campbell
Learn to manipulate hot steel like modeling clay. Working with a coal fire, hammer and anvil, M. Craig Campbell will teach you the basic skills of blacksmithing in this hands-on class for beginners. With your new skills, you will be encouraged to explore your creative side at 1400 degrees Celsius.

Find our more about the Introductory Blacksmithing Course by clicking here!


FULL – Ancient Encaustic with Kathy Bradshaw
Explore the luminous beauty and creative possibilities of the world’s oldest painting medium: encaustic. Kathy Bradshaw will introduce you to some of the basic skills with a focus on using texture and natural materials in your work to create works inspired by the forest surroundings.

Find out more about the Ancient Encaustic Course by clicking here!


 Nature & Landscape Photography with John Perret
This course will cover the basic and advanced techniques of digital landscape photography. John Perret will help you navigate the capture and production of outstanding photographic images. Special attention will be taken to cover composition and design techniques. John will also cover camera functions, lenses, and in-class instruction on the use of the computer in producing the final images using Adobe Photoshop or Elements.

Find out more about the Nature & Landscape Photography Course by clicking here!


Early Bird Registration is $390+GST until May 15th, after which the price will be $420+GST. This is the course price; it includes all art course instruction, daily yoga & nature walks, and the Palette Cleanse appetizers. It excludes accommodation and meal options, which are listed below. This allows you the flexibility to bring your own tent or camper, share a cabin, or have your own private cabin. You can join the group daily for lunch or all of your meals, or cook for yourself.

Meals are provided by Big River’s Third and Main Catering. Each meal is hearty, homemade, and served buffet style. Vegetarian / gluten free options are offered.
All Meals (Monday Supper – Friday Lunch + Snacks) = $200
Daily Lunches (Tuesday – Friday) = $60

Accommodation Options
Camping, non-powered =  $40 total
Camping, with power    = $100 total
Shared Cabin                   = $140 total
Private Cabin ($50-$110/ night) =  $ XX total

Kindly download and complete the Registration Form and email it to We will respond within 48 hours to confirm your course, meal, and accommodation selections, and confirm the method of payment. We require a deposit of $200 to hold your registration for forestART, the full registration fee must be paid by May 15th, 2017. You can also choose to pay the full amount now.

We look forward to you joining us for forestART – Art in Nature at Ness Creek.