Abstracting the Landscape LIVE Online with Susan Woolgar: Saturday, Apr. 24th & Sunday, Apr. 25th


Join us via Zoom for this workshop in acrylics as we move away from realism, loosen up and learn to abstract the landscape.
Susan will guide us through several exercises to accomplish this, including colour exercises to develop different palettes, value exercises to enhance design, the mechanics of building a painting and using line as an expressive tool. Susan will also include mark-making exercises and how to simplify our reference photos. We will then apply the above lessons to a larger canvas, introducing some texturing to the surface and experimenting with layers. We will have a lot of individual time with Susan, and a lot of time to paint. Includes demos and critiques in an atmosphere of encouragement and fun.

Workshop Dates

Saturday, April 24th – Sunday, April 25th 2021
10:00 am – 4:30 pm
$60 for members, $100 for non-members


Online via Zoom

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Susan Woolgar was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1955 and raised in Calgary. Upon graduating from the Alberta College of Art in 1977 (Diploma of Applied Arts-Visual Communications), Susan embarked on a career in visual communications, working and freelancing for various advertising firms in Calgary. She and her husband, Graham, married in 1974. They we transferred to Edson in 1982, and Susan found herself out of advertising and ready to take fine art seriously. Surrounded by an incredibly beautiful and easily accessible natural environment, Susan began to explore landscape in painting. In 1989 and two children later, they returned to Calgary. Susan became active the Alberta Society of Artists that same year. She worked with various galleries and began developing as both a teacher and as an artist. The family moved to Red Deer in 1996, where Susan continues to teach for Red Deer College, the City of Red Deer Cultural Services and various community art groups in various communities across Western Canada, instructing in watercolor, acrylic, pastel and mixed media/printmaking.

Susan says she cannot remember a time when she didn’t have a brush or pencil in her hand. The natural world has always been her inspiration as it supplies an abundant and endless source of material. She continues to work towards an artistic vision that is continually changing and growing.

Additional Information


If this workshop or demonstration is sold out, email your name and phone number to [email protected] to add your name to the waitlist. If we have a last minute cancellation, our Workshop Coordinator will contact you. If you still want to attend, you will pay the registration fees directly to the person who is cancelling their registration. FCA Calgary does not refund demonstration or workshop fees, or manage the transfer of payment between individuals.

Cancellation Policy

Registration fees are non-refundable. You may transfer your registration to another person if you are unable to attend, that person will pay the registration fee directly to you. Contact the Workshop Coordinator ([email protected]) to see if there is anyone on the waiting list. FCA Calgary does not manage the transfer of payment between individuals. It is your responsibility to collect payment from the person you transfer your registration to.

Supply List

Below is a list of the supplies Susan will be using for this workshop. However, you are encouraged to use what you have on hand.

Canson 18×24 Watercolor Paper 140 lb. (one pad)
Canvas – Susan will be working on 20×20

Make sure you have colours you love and experience in your daily landscape.

Basic acrylic paint colours such as Titanium White, Carbon Black, Ultramarine Blue, Lemon Yellow or Cad. Yellow Light, Vermillion, Quinacridone Red or Napthol Crimson, Pthalo Blue, Transparent Red Oxide or Burnt Sienna, Transparent Yellow Oxide, Purple and Orange are nice, but not necessary as you can make them – just convenient if you have them.

Matte Medium – for thinning paint and glazing

A variety of brushes – three rounds in various sizes, three flats in various sizes, one 3-inch flat wash brush, one Catalyst (brand) painting wedge

Any variety of brushes or sizes you like.

Mark Making Tools
A variety of drawing tools – Sharpie marker, Nupastels (set of 12), or black conte and red conte pencils, China marker, and coloured pencils if you have them

Unconventional tools – a package of bamboo or wood skewers

Board large enough to tape paper on (paper can be cut in half)
One package of tissue paper for collage – time permitting
Paper towels or rags
Water bucket
Spray bottle
Baby wipes