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

 Workshops With Internationally Renowned Artists!

Master Artist Susan Paterson 
Traditional Still Life Oil Painting Workshop
November 13-16, 2020

The November 2019 seminar with​Terry Isaac was cancelled.

Terry passed away suddenly in 2019. We are sorry for the loss of this gentle, loving man who we considered a friend. He lives on in our memories of the multiple workshops that we hosted him to teach.  It was always a pleasure to have him stay at our home and his friendship is something that I will always treasure. 

Terry was a a knowledgeable and sharing teacher who instilled a love of painting wildlife in many people. ​He looked for the magical moments in nature that appear with the right lighting, colour and atmospheric conditions. Magnificence can be found in a large, dramatic landscape or a smaller and less majestic scene such as a moss covered rock. Terry helped so many artists discover the magic of painting the magnificence of the natural world.​ His loss is felt by so many people who are lucky to have had him in their lives.

Terry Isaac:  When it is my time to leave this world, I wish to do so knowing that I have left paintings that inspire others to appreciate the true wonder and beauty of the natural world.”  
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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 multiple 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. There are several hotels within a 15 minute drive.
Seminar Fee:  $800 CDN 

Fees include 4 days (9:30-4:30) instruction, snacks and coffee/tea, daily catered lunches and one social evening with dinner at our home early in the workshop. Meals and snacks are healthy and plentiful. Supply lists will be provided several months before the workshop.

Call Louise at 416 997 0345 to register. 
Email with any questions.
Students will learn the traditional method of painting that she uses, with a careful drawing, underpainting, painting and glazing steps.  

To create an interesting composition, we will consider centres of interest, weight, value distribution, lighting, contrast and harmony . Students will set up their own still-life, using objects they've gathered themselves. (A limited assortment of fabrics, containers, vases,etc. will be available for use in the workshop.)

Working directly from the set-up, students will carefully draw, transfer to a painting surface and paint - working from general (big shapes) to specific (details), learning about edges, colour mixing and how to create a 3-D illusion.  

Students, depending on their experience, may choose how complex their painting will be, from one favourite object to several, perhaps including glass or silver.  

There will be a demo each day showing the techniques used in each step, lots of time for painting with one-on-one help and critiques at the end of the day - discussing the day's breakthroughs, frustrations and progression.  

​To learn more about Susan visit

Workshop structure:

Day 1. Susan introduces her work, her set-up and drawing. After the discussion about creating interesting compositions (see above) - set up your composition and make a careful (detailed) drawing.

Day 2. Underpainting.

Day 3. Paint colour and details.

Day 4. This day will be used for refining details, critiques.
Register now for this wonderful four day still-life oil painting opportunity with Susan Paterson, an award winning Canadian Master Artist who lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Susan paints both in oils and watercolor using  traditional atelier methods. She has participated in many solo and group shows and has won numerous illustrious awards.  She is a much sought-after teacher.

In 2019, Susan won Second Place in the Art Renewals Centre's Still-Life category with her painting "Artist's Collection".  This is an international online competition with some amazing talent from all over the world.  A live exhibition of the award winning paintings was at the Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona, Spain in December and will be at Sotheby's in New York in July 2020.