Poster VCBF2016 Classes & Challenge(no bleed)

2016 Schedule & Pricing:

March 26-27, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM……………..Instructor Alfonso Tejada (Watercolour)
April 2-3, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM…………………..Instructor Sheree Jones (Acrylics)
April 9, 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM……………………..Plein Air Challenge
April 16-17, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM………………..Instructor Bob McMurray (Oils)  (Class Cancelled)

 * Materials will not be provided, participants must provide their own*

One-day Session ………………………………………………$45
Weekend Session with the same Instructor …………$80
Plein-Air Challenge: April 9 ………………………………..$35

A special thank you to VanDusen Botanical Garden for waiving the Garden entrance fee of $11!

Plein Air Sessions

The Plein-Air Session is an opportunity to open our eyes, and with our full senses discover the richness of the world always present. It is a time to break away from seclusion and be inspirited by the beauty that surrounds us.

Participants will be guided to use their creative spirit to explore and discover the beauty of the season, making these sessions a memorable experience of time and shared moments of friendship with other artists.  All skills levels are welcome.

This new weekend format will assist participants in the exploration and expression of their creativity during Saturdays and Sundays, each with a different instructor, working in watercolour, acrylics, oils and sketching.

Please note: Sunday classes require a minimum of 6 participants to go on as scheduled.

Opus Art Supplies will be providing a draw prize to one lucky participant in each workshop, valued at $45!


Plein Air Challenge

10:00 AM………………..Sign In (Details will be sent to participants)
10:30 AM………………..Competition Starts
1:30 PM………………….Competition Ends
2:00 PM…………………Judging and Prizes Awarded

*All works of art on paper are advised to provide a mat for a better image presentation, and works on canvas or cradle boards could have a frame or edges with painting included.*

An exciting new event, Plein-Air Challengewill take place on the opening day of Sakura Days Japan Fair on Saturday April 9th providing participants with an opportunity to interpret the activities of the Festival. Just three hours after being painted, sketches, watercolour, acrylic, oils and mixed media will be accepted for jury. The jury will be comprised of 3 prominent plein-air artists who are members of the Federation of Canadian Artists: Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki, Bob McMurray, and Perry Haddock.

Opus Art Supplies will be providing prizes to the top 3 winners totalling a value of $350!

The transcendent beauty of the cherry blossoms continues to inspire artists during Vancouver’s signature springtime event, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF). The beauty of your surroundings in the breath taking VanDusen Botanical Gardens capture’s your imagination as you paint outdoors – feel and love with passion the gifts of nature: colour, light and cherry blossoms.” – Alfonso Tejada, VCBF Plein-Air Master.

Artists Bios:

Alfonso L. Tejada, BArch & MArch U.D  


Alfonso is an Artist/Architect and urban planner, Art has always been a complementary part of his various areas of interest. His early artistic formational years began in Mexico in the Fine Arts School at Guanajuato University were he studied drawing, watercolour and metal etching during his undergraduate studies. He continued to develop his artistic and professional life living in San Miguel Allende arts colony and later in Vancouver. He also is a prolific painter and advocate of “plein air” painting, lecturing and teaching sketching and watercolour for various community centres in Vancouver and with The Federation of Canadian Artists.

He is a co-founder of the annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival’s “plein air” sessions and of the Harmony Festival’s “plein air” competition in West Vancouver. Founder of the international Watercolour biennale with the federation of Canadian artists. Along with his local pursuits, Alfonso maintains an active participation in international encounters of “plein air” painting in Spain, Portugal and Italy. He annually leads workshops in Mexico and Italy. He also participates in numerous invitational international events leading solo and group exhibitions every year (Fabriano international and IWSCanada ).

“Drawing, sketching and painting places, buildings and objects in the townscape has been a discipline that has helped to strengthen my sense of proportion, scale, form and color. I use sketching and watercolour painting on my drawing pad to capture time and places. My passion is to paint ordinary locations that capture my vision and leave a lasting memory to share with others in my work. ‘‘Vistas” of townscapes, both local and abroad have been my inspiration. All these start as sketches “plein air”, leading to the development of a finished product”.

Art is not a hobby, rather it is a life commitment to show and help others how to see magnificence in the ordinary.

Sheree Jones

Sheree Jones

Sheree is an artist & painter in North Vancouver, BC. She has been passionate about her art since “the age of crayons”. An active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, her work can be found in numerous collections around the globe. She leads workshops in her personal teaching studio & on plein air adventures throughout BC. A respected teacher & mentor, Sheree’s enthusiastic energy brings inspiration to all who come to work with her.

Bob McMurray

Bob McMurray

Bob considered a career as a commercial artist in high school but opted instead for the business world. After establishing his practice as Chartered Accountant he renewed his interest in oil painting, attending night school classes given by Alexander Sutherland in 1973. Bob has been influenced by the works of Edward Hopper and Robert Genn and has worked in watercolour since attending the Federation Workshop on Saltspring Island in 1986 and subsequent years. He completed the Federation Foundation Courses in the 90’s, returned to oils and other media and was elected to Signature status (AFCA) by the Federation of Canadian Artists in 1995.

How To Get There
SkyTrain: Oakridge-41st Avenue Station
Buses: 17, 41, 43

Programs subject to change.