Payment/Cancellation/Refund Policy
A non-refundable deposit of $200.00 is required in order to register for each class (unless otherwise specified - above). The balance of the class fee is due 3 months before the first day of each class. When registering include either a post-dated cheque for the balance of the seminar fee or give permission for Hearthspun to deduct full payment for the seminar(s) from a credit card 3 months prior to the seminar.  Monthly deductions can also be arranged.  Cancellations received in writing 90 days before the first day of class will receive all funds paid less initial deposit of the $200.00. No refunds will be given within 90 days of the class starting date. Deposits are not transferable from class to class or person to person.  Please call if you have any questions about this policy.  Surface costs, if any, are due upon receipt. 

*Students should note that in these uncertain economic times we reserve the right to adjust prices for workshops with American instructors should our costs (including the value of our currency relative to the US Dollar) change precipitously.   

 WORKSHOPS  With Internationally Renowned Artists!
Elizabeth Robbins 
Fine Artist 
Oils Representational Realism
NEW DATE October 13-15, 2018 
We have had wonderful seminars with Elizabeth in 2010, 2012 and 2015 and looking forward to October 2018. 

Artist statement:    I believe that in the beginning one learns to paint what one sees.   It isn't until one learns to interpret what one sees into an emotional statement and translates that onto the canvas that one begins to create true art.
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Elizabeth recently was awarded the status of Master Signature artist with the Oil Painters of America.  She is also a member of the American Women Artists, the Kansas City Art League, and a Signature Member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painter’s Society. Her works can be found in private collections throughout the United States. 

This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to paint with one of America's award winning still-life artists. She is a wonderful teacher, sharing her knowledge and expertise and it is fun to be with her in class.  Don't miss out on this opportunity to see your skill levels increase and your level of knowledge increase.
Please read more about Elizabeth and view her work  at  
Elizabeth Robbins Fine Art

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Seminar Location: Tom Chater Baseball Clubhouse 3195 The Collegeway Mississauga, Ontario L5L4Z6.  
This location has plenty of parking. Everything is on one level, there are two washrooms and the room is quite spacious with plenty of good lighting. The nearest main intersection is Winston Churchill and the Collegeway.  The QEW, 401 and the 403 highways have exits for Winston Churchill.
Seminar Fee:  $800 CDN + HST
Fees include instruction, snacks and coffee/tea, daily lunches and a social evening with dinner at our home usually on the first evening after class. Meals and snacks are healthy and plentiful.
There will be an additional material fee of approximately $50 to cover costs of fruit, flowers, vegetables etc for the workshop. We pick up the most beautiful flowers from one of Mississauga's top florists. 
The supply list for this workshop can be downloaded from Elizabeth's website.
We have worked out a wonderful 3 day program with Elizabeth that will help you grow as an artist. In the beginning Elizabeth will lead us through the stages of setting up for a still-life painting and then will demo, discussing as she works why and what she is doing.  Bring your camera for many photos.

We will then help you set up your own still-life station and painting area. Our facility is large with great natural lighting so everyone has lots of room to work and set out supplies. Information will be sent out regarding what you need to bring to set up your work station.

Building on what you have learned, you will then set up a still-life selecting from the flowers, fruits, veggies and other objects available and paint from this set up. I will bring many items that can be borrowed for the set ups in class as well as fabrics. Of course you are encouraged to bring objects that will make your paintings more personal.  There will be lots of individual attention as the class will be small, around 8 artists at various levels of skill and expertise.  Beginners to advanced artists are all welcome.  The medium is oils and we paint on linen canvas on gator board. (Usually, if there is enough interest, I do a bulk order for this US product which saves on shipping.) 

Each day of the workshop will include demos by Liz, critiques, learning exercises and time to paint your still-life paintings. How many you do in 3 days will depend on you. It is not how much you do but more how much you learn and experience.

Elizabeth writes: “My teaching method is to encourage students to stretch their skills and not be afraid of making mistakes. It is very important to me that students understand why values, edges, temperature, composition, and tonality is so important in painting. I go into great detail on how I achieve a certain color mix or why I chose a certain color scheme. I encourage beginner students to take intermediate or even advanced classes. If they come to class with the attitude that they are there to learn and not to just paint a pretty painting, then they will come away with a greater understanding of color relationships and will have improved their painting skills. Not every painting turns out to be a masterpiece. Of course it’s always nice to come away with a good painting and my goal as a teacher is to accomplish that along with learning good principles of art.”