Watercolour Canada Symposiums

CSPWC Water Media Symposium 2019

Dear Members and Associates of the CSPWC/SCPA

This year’s CSPWC’s Water Media Symposium will be held in the stunning geographical area of St Ann’s Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. 

The facility is the campus of the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts, Crafts, and Culture, fully equipped with accommodation and dining facilities to allow for a retreat-like experience. There are great plein air sites right on the property and in nearby coves and villages. The latter part of June is Lupine season and this area is overloaded with these gorgeous wildflowers of many colours.

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Doris McCarthy demonstrates painting on-site at the Jasper Symposium
Doris McCarthy demonstrates painting on-site at the Jasper Symposium

Since 1995, symposiums for participants at all levels of experience take place every other year, alternating between east and west. Accomplished CSPWC/SCPA instructors guide participants in a variety of painting techniques, subjects, styles and offer a wide range of educational opportunities including presentations, demonstrations, hands-on workshops, slide shows, and critiques. These intensive workshops last from a weekend to five days.

They offer:

  • an intensive instructional experience.
  • access to a number of quality instructors.
  • a combination of demonstrations, and hands-on sessions.
  • on-site painting in spectacular surroundings.
  • discussions and critiques.


Tim Packer Les Tibbles - I Came Here to Paint
Tim Packer Les Tibbles – I Came Here to Paint

2019 CSPWC Watercolour symposium Cape Breton Nova Scotia – June 2019. Look for news to come soon to home page.

2018 CSPWC Watercolour symposium Calgary Alberta

2017 CSPWC Watercolour Symposium, August 2017

CSPWC Annapolis Basin Symposium, Fall 2016

Nova Scotia Watercolour Symposium, Oct 2015

Geneva Park Watercolour Symposium June 2014, Orillia Ontario

Gaelic College of Cape Breton, St. Anne’s, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, July 2012

WaterWorks Symposium, Arts Court and University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, June 2011

Gaelic College of Cape Breton, St. Anne’s, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Aug. 2009

University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, 2006

Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Nov. 2002

White Mountain Academy of Arts, Elliot Lake, Ontario, Aug. 2001

Charlie Spratt at the Halifax Symposium
Charlie Spratt at the Halifax Symposium

Bowen Island, British Columbia, Sept. 1999

Ottawa, Ontario, Sept. 1998

Jasper, Alberta, May/June 1997

Gananoque, Ontario, June 1995

Elliot Lake, Ontario, Sept. 1992

Charlie Spratt at the Halifax SymposiumFive public seminars in Toronto and two Watercolour Weekends in Calgary in earlier years

“The teaching that transpired that week could best be described as a smorgasbord of artistic delights.”

– Edward Shawcross, Bowen Island, 1999

“As a very new member of the CSPWC I attended the Bowen Island Symposium in 1999 where I met Les Tibbles. Each morning I rose at the crack of dawn to find Les already up, waiting for the sun to rise so he could get out there and paint. By evening most of us would have one or two small paintings. Les would often cover two tables with his work. At the comments about the amount he was producing he would reply, “I don´t know about you, but I came here to paint.” I hope this painting captures, not just a moment in time, but the life´s purpose of an artist I admire and respect.”

– Tim Packer.