Outdoor Lesson

I am Barry Bowerman, a wildlife/landscape artist from Sudbury, ON who has been attending this course for ~9 years.  I have found it both an exceptional experience and Dwayne Harty (Instructor shown above) to be a wealth of knowledge in classic art theory (colour, design) and animal form.  Dwayne studied in New York at the Art Students’ League under the tutelage of the late Robert Lougheed.  Dwayne has produced the large dioramas in Yellowstone National Park, the Algonquin Park Visitors’ Centre, the ROM (Toronto) and Saskatoon.  He has just completed a major show to highlight his 4-year Y2Y project (Yellowstone to Yellowknife).  The show is currently on display in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  Christie Smith (below) has put her thoughts together on this amazing course, held in Algonquin Park (at Camp Tanamakoon) during the Fall Colour change.  If you would like an inspiring experience and a chance to learn from the best, please consider joining us this year.


The Tanamakoon Outdoor Centre invites you to join in a weeklong art program in the wilds ofAlgonquinPark. This 6 day course will offer participants the opportunity to develop their artistic skills in the out of doors under the one-on-one supervision of two exceptionally talented artists – Dwayne Harty and Gene Canning!

My name is Christy A. Smith. As a long time participant of Image s of Algonquin, I can tell you that painting plein air inAlgonquinParkis truly a pure joy! Being in the splendor of nature, feeling the autumn breeze, listening to loons and witnessing the wildlife are wonderful and very fulfilling experiences. To quote Ralph Bice (1900-1997) one of the best known guides inAlgonquinPark, who coined the phrase “Anyone who has been toAlgonquinParkwill be disappointed when they get to heaven.” As a plein air artist, Images of Algonquin andAlgonquinParkis just a wonderful place to paint and is simply clearly heaven on earth to me.

Tanamakoon is located on its own lake 25 kms inside of the west gates of Algonquin. The quiet northern oasis will offer incredible opportunities for both scenic and wildlife art. The fall colours can be spectacular at this time of year and will add a unique and special ambience for every artist. Both beginner and advance artists progress at their own pace. Encouragement and guidance is given in the disciplines of classical art theory and practice as related to wildlife and landscape genres. Emphasis is given to paining landscape plein-air, as well as animal drawing, painting and anatomy.

Evening lecture and presentations include discussions on the historical and contemporary masters of wildlife and landscape.

Demonstrations, presentations, lectures, slides, individual and group evaluation and hand on fieldwork with individual guidance will make this course a valuable and unique opportunity for every student. For complete information and applications please call 705-633-5541 or email:

infor@tanamakoon.com. To contact Christy A. Smith, call 705-694-5874 or email christy-kayak@hotmail.com

Please feel free to ask us for an email to forward to colleagues and friends with an interest in art.

We look forward to seeing many of you in October at Tanamakoon for Images in Algonquin.

Dates: Saturday, October 1st to Friday, October 7th, 2011

Cost: $720.00 + HST

Includes 7 days of 6 nights accommodation, all meals, parking as well as instruction and free use of camp equipment.

Location: Tanamakoon Outdoor Centre,Algonquin Park,Ontario.

(Hwy #60 – 25 kms inside the West Gates)

For information on what to bring see brochure or email   info@tanamakoon.com.