Off The Grid

A Mixed Media Exploration

with Multi-disciplinary Artist Miranda Jones

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. - Scott Adams

Are you lacking confidence or overly self critical about your art? Are you searching to express your unique artistic vision? This is an all levels workshop designed primarily to get you out of your head and into heartfelt creative mode. Working in mixed media, we will explore the elements of line, composition, colour, texture and contrast through creative ‘play’. We begin with a simple sketch on a grid of wood panels which we will then prepare with various grounds. The wood substrate offers a wide range of textural possibilities as we add and subtract to the surface, incising with various tools, learning about brush handling, adding collage materials, and using resist techniques to create a series of separate artworks. Further opportunities and surprises present themselves when we reconfigure the panels into sets and finally into a giant class grid (just for FUN). This process abstracts our original intentions and frees us to concentrate on process, exploration, and self-expression instead of outcome. This workshop offers a unique approach to playful self-discovery without getting bogged down in technique, yet still learning about the elements of two dimensional artmaking.


  • Face your creative fears as you tap into express your unique creative ‘voice’. Learn how your perceived ‘weaknesses’ can become your ‘strengths’.

  • Allow your art to engage your audience at a deeper level by having it emerge from your own authentic self.

  • Complete a series of finished artworks and develop more effective and enjoyable work habits.

  • Explore a variety of tools, materials, and techniques as you share your creative journey with others in a nurturing and supportive environment.

This course is suitable for all levels. Come with a willingness to embrace your fears and the courage to take creative risks.

Date: Tues., August 6th – Fri. August 9th, 2019

Tuition: $485

  • Early Bird Course Tuition $445
  • 20 Hours of Course Time
  • Material & Equipment Fee of $40
  • Daily “Boreal Bites”  
  • Morning Yoga
  • An unforgettable experience

Inclusive Price: $485 – $935

Inclusive Price varies based on chosen meal plan & accommodation during your time at forestART.

Contact Us
We are happy to help answer any questions you have about forestART!

Phone: 306 480 9010
Email: nesscreekforestart@gmail.com

Your Instructor : Miranda Jones

Miranda Jones moved to Saskatchewan in her mid 20’s from Australia and completed her MFA at the U of S. Although Miranda has embraced prairie life with a vengeance, her early years growing up in the Australian countryside have shaped her love of nature and the outdoors. Her paintings and sculptures are a celebration of colour and form and they reflect her insatiable curiosity to explore an ever widening range of techniques and materials. Miranda has held numerous solo exhibitions including the Mendel Art Gallery, Nouveau Gallery, Darrell Bell Gallery, Saskatoon and Parker Gallery in New Zealand, and her work is represented in major collections both in Saskatchewan and internationally. In Saskatoon, Miranda exhibits regularly as a member at the Studio on 20th Artist Collective, located at 236A 20th St West.

Miranda is both an internationally qualified yoga instructor and a seasoned art teacher with over 30 years of teaching experience. In her words, “yoga helps me to stay grounded, and art gives me the wings to fly.” She invites you to come spread your creative wings with her at forestART!


"Miranda - I would like to thank you for your support. I have taken a lot of classes through the years and have largely felt like an odd ball, sort of pushed to the side because I like to produce art that is not your “typical landscape painting.” I feel encouraged that there is actually something out there that can speak to me and inspire me the way your course has. Thank you for the truly inspiring course! "
Former Student
Driving to the Ness Creek site with all its curves and turns of the highway and country roads, had me wondering what the next few days would hold. Would my deep seated artist emerge to the surface? Over the course of the retreat, I was hit with an energy - where creativeness and nature meet head on. forestART did indeed wake up my inner artist. I took a course with an exceptionally talented instructor, Miranda Jones. She taught me the value of deep breathing, and freeing up my body as crucial grounding before creating art. Miranda's encouragement of daily art practice has taken me to a higher level. I write these words from my art studio, that before forestART, I had only dreamed about having. Thank you Miranda!
Cindy Wright
Past forestART participant


FAQ & More Info

Mixed media simply means combining any drawing, painting, and collage materials you wish to bring. ‘Mixing’ materials can often create unique effects and opportunities for exploration. In this class, we are essentially working in a two dimensional format. I have chosen a wooden substrate because of its strength and versatility, but we can change the surface in any way we wish.

Of course! It will be so nice to walk away from the experience with some finished works! In addition to what is covered by the course material fee, there will also be extra panels available for purchase for more prolific students.

Materials required to be supplied by the student: 

  • Sketch book and graphite sticks or pencils 2b to 6b
  • Fluid (NOT flow) acrylics (Golden, Demco or other) variety of colours. Suggested colours; titanium white, pthalo turquoise, raw umber, ultramarine blue, quicachridone nickel azo gold, medium yellow, napthol or similar medium red, interference red, blue or green. Any other favourite colours
  • Stay-wet palette. (Or make your own)
  • Brushes for acrylic and/or watercolour
  • Acrylic based gels, texture mediums and glue.
  • Gesso, black and/or white
  • Pencil crayons, markers, pens etc. oil or water based pastel crayons
  • Materials for collage, for example: decorative papers or fabric scraps, metallic leaf and size, decorative nails, found objects suitable for collage
  • If you have a Dremel and carving bits please bring this although there will be one available for sharing
  • Any of your other favourite materials

Supplied by the Instructor & covered by the Material & Equipment fee. 

  •  6 to 8 pre-cut wood panels
  • Sanding blocks
  • Demonstration materials and supplies
  • Carving/incising rotary tool
  • Additional collage materials, paints, etc.

The instructor will have a variety of materials available for demonstrations and experimentation and students are encouraged to bring extra materials they are willing to share. For example, in a previous workshop a student brought wallpaper samples and old dress patters which she shared with others.

We will have a sheltered workspace in the inspiring forest setting, but come prepared for the elements 

Tuesday Afternoon 

  • Registration & Orientation 

Tuesday evening     

  • Preparation of panels and grounds with an opening discussion about our process.


  • Warm up drawing exercises & collage technique demonstrations.
  • Transfer your ideas onto our panel grid then begin to work separately on each panel.


  • Continuation from Wednesday with group and individual demonstrations.


  •  Reconfigure your own grid of panels then the entire class grid. Group discussion.


  • Optional yoga prior to breakfast


  • Palette Cleanse Social Hour with complimentary “boreal bites” appetizers – an opportunity roup discussion/critique, design, business, slide show, etc.
    – [anything else from you]

It’s choose your own adventure, with options to suit every budget! You can cook all your own meals, pay for lunches only, or get the full meal deal. You can camp with or without power, bunk in with some fellow artists in shared accommodation, or rent a private cabin. 

Full Details on our Food & Accommodation Options can be found on the main forestART page or when you go to register!

Are you joining us??

 We look forward to seeing you in Off The Grid with Miranda Jones!

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