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The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival presents Plein-Air Blossom Painting
Those who have experienced springtime in Vancouver are familiar with one of the city’s most distinctive, yet fleeting, delights: over 40,000 blossoming cherry trees, displaying every shade of pink to nearly-white.
For those who find themselves in awe of the cherry blossom’s ephemeral beauty, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival’s Plein-Air classes are the perfect opportunity to capture your inspiration. Classes are held each Saturday in April from 11am-2pm at VanDusen Botanical Garden, which has several spectacular cherry tree locations.
"The range of colours in the cherry blossoms is incredible and they bloom for a very short time. These plein-air sessions give people a chance to capture the unique feeling of the season. The point of painting out of doors is to try to capture the feeling of the day, the atmosphere of being in the garden," says Alfonso Tejada, VCBF Plein-Air Master.
Alfonso first began working outdoors while training to become an architect, which required him to sketch buildings and cityscapes on-site. He came to love the process of plein-air painting and drawing, finding that the challenges of working outdoors came with great rewards.
"When you are outside for 3 hours focusing intensely, you absorb all sensory information around you. You remember everything: the location and people that you meet, the atmosphere and feeling of the day. The painting you create captures a moment in your life and imprints that moment in your memory. Being part of a group makes the experience more rewarding; the conditions create a sense of camaraderie."
The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival’s Plein-Air classes are open to all levels, from beginner to advanced. Alfonso will teach the first session, with the remaining three sessions taught by Janice Robertson, Richard McDiarmid and Alan Wylie. All instructors are members of the Federation of Canadian Artists and have many years of teaching experience. Their expertise ensures that all participants will find the experience unique and rewarding.
The cherry blossoms appear all-too briefly each year. This April, take the time to absorb their exquisite beauty while enjoying the unique experience of painting in a group. Single sessions are $50 or take part in all four (April 6, 13, 20, 27) for $175.
Register now at www.vcbf.ca or visit the site for more details. Payment may be made conveniently through PayPal or by printing and filling out a registration form and mailing a cheque to:
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival
5251 Oak St., Vancouver, BC