Paint Ins

FCA Calgary is hosting Paint In sessions on the first and third Thursday of the month at Kensington Art Supply. Bring your own art supplies in the medium of your choice and work on your own project in the company of fellow artists. Artists Susan Woolgar or Ingrid Christensen will be on hand to provide one-on-one guidance as you develop your painting.

Kensington Art Supply is also offering participants 15% off any art supplies purchased during the session.

Open to both FCA Calgary members and non-members.


Sessions run 6:30 to 9 pm the first and third Thursday of the month, January to June.


120, 6999 – 11 Street SE, Calgary, AB T2H 2S1

Encaustic Landscape with Dale Roberts

October 18 to 20, 2019

This workshop will address several possibilities and strategies for using references as a source of subject matter in encaustic painting, and will focus on the process of opening possibilities in the presence of limitation. Painting is ultimately concerned with using the “how” to communicate the “why “of visual pursuits. This search for “how and why” is the foundation for fruitful encounters for the artist and viewer of the finished painting. This workshop will focus on the use of various encaustic methods to express your response to the landscape. The class structure is informal with the emphasis on personal challenges, experimentation and growth. Levels from beginner to advanced are welcome.

Registration opens at 6 pm on Wednesday, September 18, 2019.

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Mixed Media with Melanie Morstad

September 27 to 29, 2019 (Revised Dates)

This workshop is an action packed exploration of the beautifully saturated colours of acrylic inks and mixed media. You will be working on a flat surface; dripping, pouring, spraying, brushing and scratching into the surface. We will play with texture by adding acrylic gels, pastes and collage, working on many paintings at once. We will explore trees, night skies and landscape. Come prepared to have fun and work on many paintings.

Registration opens at 6 pm on Wednesday, August 21, 2019.

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Color and Brushwork with Ingrid Christensen

May 24 to 26, 2019

Gain new skills from creating glowing colour to exploring exciting brushwork in this intensive 2-day workshop. Learn how to mix your pigments for accuracy and vibrancy. Discover the power of colour temperature, and learn to layer colours wet-in-wet to create exciting visual vibrations. Develop simple paintings from still life objects. This workshop is suitable for oil and acrylic painters with some experience. Demonstrations will be done in oil.

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Abstracting the Figure with Brian Smith

April 12 to 14, 2019

This two day workshop will develop the student’s eye for abstraction, for the simple shapes of the human form, and to compose pleasing, satisfying paintings from these shapes. Working with a professional model each day and a broad range of materials, students will be encouraged to, and given permission to, PLAY. This workshop is recommended for acrylic painters.

Registration opens at 6 pm on Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

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Oil and Cold Wax Landscape with Laura Culic

Workshop #1 – March 15 to 17, 2019 at Kensington Art Supply
Workshop #2 – March 13 to 14, 2019 at Inglewood Art Supply

Learn how to “paint in the moment” and work with oil and cold wax. Experience how cold wax gives oil paint a stiffer, more buttery body which lends itself in creating texture and depth. Use various tools, such as squeegees, credit cards, palette knives, and brayers to build up layers, and scrape back into your work to reveal underlying imagery in surprising and exciting ways. Focus on exploring the cold wax medium, and learn to loosen up and let chance and serendipity influence your work. Use your “mistakes” to contribute to the interest, depth and sense of history in a piece. Laura will offer plenty of one-on-one instruction, insightful and constructive critique and positive encouragement. Participants are encouraged to work on several pieces at once, to allow a true sense of play and experimentation to pervade.

Registration opens at 6 pm on Wednesday, February 20, 2019.

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Pastel Innovations with Dawn Emerson

February 15 to 17, 2019

The “Pastel Innovations” workshop is based on Dawn’s book by the same name, and offers participants of all levels fresh approaches to explore and integrate pan pastels and stick pastels with mixed media or alone. Dawn’s energy and joy for the pastel medium will inspire you to work spontaneously without fear.

Registration opens at 6 pm on January 16, 2019

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Acrylic Bootcamp Workshop with Susie Cipolla (Sold Out)

January 18 to 20, 2019

Your painting skills are built by practicing and training, and by challenging yourself with new techniques and ideas. This intermediate level acrylic workshop will help you do just that.

We will spend two full days on fun and challenging drills and exercises involving speed, limited palette, limited and expressive brush strokes, tool use, different grounds and more.

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President’s Message November 2018 Everyone,

This newsletter is packed full of information and is summarized as follows:

  1. Bobbi Dunlop Workshop Next Weekend
  2. Additional Membership Survey
  3. Opportunities to Participate and Contribute within our organization
  4. Workshop Committee in the midst of planning 2 years of monthly workshops
  5. Bimonthly drop-in painting nights with Mentor Susan Woolgar
  6. November meeting with watercolorist George Gordon


Bobbi Dunlop Workshop Next Weekend
(Nov 9-11)

There are still four spots remaining for the workshop and there are currently only 4 people signed up for the Friday night demo between 7:00 and 9:00 pm.  You can still sign up at the following link:

Additional Membership Survey

Thank you to everyone who attended October’s meeting and to everyone who took the time to complete the survey. We discussed the results of the survey extensively and the results are highlighted in the minutes.  If you don’t mind spending a few minutes filling out an additional survey to gain more insight on what our members are looking for, the link is below:
FCA Calgary Membership Survey November 2018 – please complete by end of day Sunday, November 12.

Opportunities to Participate and Contribute within our organization

We would love to move forward with many of the great ideas that were suggested in the survey.  In order to do that, we need volunteers to step forward.  We have decided to put committees together with smaller roles, so the tasks are not as daunting and have more of an opportunity to be social in nature.  I have included a list of opportunities that people can become involved in. Currently, all of the positions listed are vacant.  We can build a phenomenal organization if we get people in place working together to get each simple task done.  I think the momentum is starting to roll and it will keep compounding as we get more people on board.   We would like to launch a campaign to promote the FCA and have some new artists join the organization.  We can grow this organization into something amazing.  Please fill out the survey and contact me if you can’t wait to get on board.
"Looking back, I realize I was happiest when active and involved in serving the FCA. Proof of the old adage, "the more you give the more you receive". Volunteering your time can be very rewarding in more ways than one and I recommend everyone try it."
A quote from Ken Lampard…
As a pressing matter, I am sad to announce that Shannon King has stepped down as secretary.  In a note to me, she mentioned the following:
“The work you are doing to rebuild and breath fresh air into the organization is important and desired by new members. I am very proud of what has happened over the past year and how you have stepped up as a leadership team to continue the very difficult transformation to being a Functioning Board (with full fiduciary responsibilities to its members).”
Unfortunately, we cannot run a full executive board without someone taking her place.  It is not a difficult position and it is a great way to get involved with the organization. The duties are listed in the notes below.
Secretary – this is the most pressing position, as we cannot run our chapter with a vacant executive member position.  The Secretary is responsible for all the correspondence of the FCA Calgary Chapter. He/She prepares and keeps minutes from all meetings, and makes these available to members upon request. The Secretary also has custody of all records and documents of the chapter except those required to be kept by the Treasurer.
Promotions Coordinator  – We would like to make a flyer with information about membership and how to apply to the FCA.  This would be available at some popular art supply stores, local galleries and other art organizations around the city
Social Media Coordinator – We would like to have all of the articles from art avenue  posted on the Facebook group (and Instagram?). We are looking for someone to monitor posts from members regarding upcoming shows, exhibits, awards and workshops… Maybe features from member artists etc. Someone who has an understanding of social media would be great.
Paint-in Host – We need someone to act as a host for our bi-annual drop-in painting nights on the first and third Thursday’s of each month.  Come paint, take attendance and hand out the odd cheque.  We don’t need commitment for all the sessions as we can have different people fill in as needed.  I would love to have someone who makes sure that there is a host attending each session. 
Show Committee Coordinator – we will be gathering up show committee members for the spring show.  We need someone to chair the committee and act as show coordinator in order to run the show through the FCA organization.  Details on the show committee will be available shortly
Newsletter Coordinator – This person would gather information from the president and the other committee chairs to spread information in a monthly newsletter for the chapter.
Program Coordinator – We are looking for a Program Coordinator to help in planning and organizing programs and activities at monthly meetings.

Workshop Committee in the midst of planning 2 years of monthly workshops

I am happy to announce that we have put a team of six individuals together for our workshop committee.  We met for dinner this past Tuesday to take on the task of planning two years’ worth of workshops.  It is important to the organization to continue providing great workshops to our members. More details will follow shortly.

Bi-monthly drop-in painting nights with mentor Susan Woolgar

As requested strongly by the members who responded to the survey, we are in the final stages of setting up a bi-monthly paint-in at Kensington Art Supply.  It will be a drop-in event with Susan Woolgar as a mentor – bring your paintings in any media, socialize with other members and take-in Susan’s tips to turn your paintings into masterpieces. It will be held the first and third Thursday of each month starting in January.  Details are still being confirmed and information and sign-up details will be available shortly.

November Meeting

We will be meeting Tuesday, November 20th, at Lakeview Community Association at 7:00 pm  We will discuss all of the items we have talked about in this newsletter and I am happy to announce that we have George Gordon doing a Watercolour demo.  Looking forward to seeing everyone.
Here’s a link to the October Meeting Minutes.

Tracy Proctor
President, FCA Calgary Chapter


President’s Message October 2018

Hello FCA Calgary Chapter Members,

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at the meeting this Tuesday evening. James Tenote is on the program to do a demonstration in the second half of the meeting. Most importantly, we will be discussing the compiled results of the survey and how we will use the information moving forward. It was great to see so many people took part and provided interesting feedback and comments – thanks for your involvement. The business side of the meeting will be very short. I have listed the topics in point form below.


  1. Survey Results
  2. New format of monthly meetings starting November
    • November meeting – Demo by George Gorden
    • January Meeting – Critique by Sharon Williams
  3. Bobbie Dunlop workshop information
  4. Focus Groups for action plans to execute results of the survey
  5. Blog content on website – Facebook page for member’s news
  6. Membership dues
  7. Demo from James Tenote

We will meet, as usual, on Tuesday, October 16 at 7 pm at the Lakeview Community Center (6110 34 ST, Calgary, AB T3E 5L6).

You can review September’s chapter meeting minutes here.

Tracy Proctor
President, FCA Calgary Chapter