The Magic Landscape

This five-day workshop is for all levels working with acrylic or oil mediums. This workshop will focus on Landscape Painting using story telling and mystery to create a sense of “the magical space”. The class will venture out into the landscape on short hikes to sketch and take photos. Afternoons are for working in the studio with Hangama’s guidance. Through this daily practice, students will conceptually challenge themselves to expand their exploration of media techniques and processes by choosing and working with unusual subject matters, symbols and ideas. Painting exercises such as maintaining a clean color palette, how to judge values, using warm and cool tones to depict light and shadows, as well as basic-smart techniques using brush strokes and various mark making to add deeper dimension and expression to your work. Classes will include presentations on ‘Magic Landscape’ and the artists working in this genre.


Students should bring:

  • Sketch book (small/medium 8.5×11 will be good) or diary book with plain pages
  • Brushes Round and Flat – Sizes: 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12
  • Acrylic Paint
 or oil paint – Colours: white, black, magenta red, yellow, cobalt or phthalo blue, green, brown, etc..
  • Colour palette
  • Bottle for washing brushes
  • Paper towel
  • Palette knife for mixing color
  • Canvas (available at Printers Corner, DeSerres or Dollar Store). Sizes: two small (24’’ x 18’’) or (24’’ x 24’’); one large (36’’ x 36’’) or (40’’ x 40’’). The square format will be challenging, but is OPEN to you to explore.
  • Photo Camera or your cellphone camera works too
  • Bucket hat for sun protection
  • Apron
  • Tote Bag (not plastic bags)

About Hangama Amiri:

Hangama graduated from NSCAD University with a BFA (Major in Fine Arts) in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2012. She was a Fulbright Scholarship student at Yale University in New London, Connecticut (2015 – 2016). Hangama has exhibited her paintings nationally and internationally, recently in New York, Toronto, and London. Her collaborative project, “Dome of Secret Desires” was shortlisted at 5th Passion For Freedom Festival London (UK), 2013, and at Arte Laguna, Prize in Venice Italy (2013), and her recent collaborative video project, “My Motherland” 2015 was premiered at Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.

Amiri has won the 2011 Lieutenant Governor’s Community Voluntarism Award, the 2013 Portia White Protege Award, and in 2015 her painting “Island of Dreams” was one of the two runners-up in the Royal Bank of Canada’s national RBC Canadian Painting Competition. Hangama was an Artist-in-Residence at our School during the summer of 2017, and in Andalucia, Spain, and in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 2018.