Gail Sibley, Sept 2017

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2017, Sept 2nd – 9th

Gail Sibley delights in the experience and struggle of painting from life, whether painting landscapes or urbanscapes ‘en plein air,’ or working from a still life or figure in her studio. She also loves creating work that relies more on an inner voice and the process itself. She says, “Over the years, I’ve learnt to trust that the combination of intuition and intellect, of following the lead of the painting, will get me there in the end. I’ve also learnt the value of taking more risks.” Gail loves to teach. She offers workshops with a focus on creating strong and pleasing paintings using a limited palette. She gives a lot of attention to values and how understanding them can lead to freedom with colour. She also assists participants to find ways to allow their unique and special creative voice to blossom without being stunted by negative judgement.

Gail considers herself lucky, both to be born to artistic parents who encouraged her direction into the arts, and to be born and brought up in Jamaica, a land of beauty and complexity, of warmth and coolness, of vibrancy and tension. Many say that her Caribbean upbringing influenced her colourful palette. Certainly it shaped her worldview. She now lives in Victoria, on the west coast of Canada.

After completing a BFA (Hons) at the University of Manitoba, Canada, Gail received her MA in Art History at Queen’s University. Rather than work toward a PhD in art history, she was drawn back to the practice of painting and has never regretted that decision. She achieved her signature status with the Pastel Society of America (PSA) in 2002. She is also a member of Pastel Artists Canada. Gail participates in national and international juried shows and has won various awards including the 2014 Grand Prize for Painting On The Edge (POTE), an annual international juried exhibition at the Federation Gallery in Vancouver. Her work is in private and corporate collections in several countries. In the last couple of years, she’s been asked to jury shows and finds this a rewarding task.

Gail is developing a series of online courses in pastel and as they are completed, will be available on her website, Currently, there is one available on pastel painting on location.

If you love using pastels, you will definitely love Gail’s blog.

If you are interested in this workshop, please register here and we will contact you with more information shortly.


Total Workshop Prices (7 days, per person)

shared accommodation single accommodation non-artist (in shared room)
Total for workshop 1,495 € 1,655 € 755 €


The workshop fee includes:

  • Half-day bus tour around Istria
  • Pula airport pick-up/drop-off on the arrival/departure day.
  • Poreč harbour pick-up/drop-off on the arrival/departure day if you come by boat from Venice.
  • Ground transport where we go as a group
  • Teacher tuition
  • spacious workshop studio only for our use
  • Basic field easels for your use during workshop
  • Drawing boards, masking tapes, scissors, knifes, vine charcoal, wet wipes…
  • Accommodation at villa Gloria with breakfast and dinner.

Not included in the price:

  • Your travel cost
  • Airport pick-up if you can’t arrive with others in the group. We can still arrange your pick-up
  • We can arrange airport pickup from Venice, Trieste, Krk, but you pay for it.
  • One dinner in the local restaurant (optional)
  • Lunch is available to order at villa but not included in the above price.
  • Drinks
  • Wine tasting (optional)
  • Transportation and meals if you decide to take a day off and explore Istria on your own.



Cancellation policy

€500 deposit is non-refundable.
If you paid the whole amount but canceled 61 or more days prior to the event, the whole amount minus the deposit of €500, will be refunded.
In the case when a teacher cancels the workshop, the whole amount will be returned.
Cancellations received 60 or fewer days before the departure will result in a loss of all monies paid, but a friend of yours can come instead.
No refunds for services not utilised while on the workshop will be provided.
All cancellations must be sent to, and will be effective on the received date.

If you are interested in this workshop, please register here and we will contact you with more information shortly.