Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival: Plein Air Painting Classes

February 3, 2011

Celebrating the magnificent awakening of spring, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival presents En Plein Air Blossom Painting classes every Saturday from 11 am to 2 pm at VanDusen Botanical Gardens, between April 2nd and April 23rd, 2011. Working outdoors at one of the most beautiful gardens, plein air inspires both novice artists and those who are more seasoned and searching for a new approach to their art. It is a chance to discover nature’s ever-changing light, colour, form and composition while developing a personal style of painting. As a plein air master, Alfonso Tejada’s focus is to present artists with a variety of tips and techniques to painting outdoors, using watercolour, pastel, oil and acrylic.

Experienced plein air instructors and members of the Federation of Canadian Artists include Janice Robertson, Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki, Alan Wylie, and Alfonso Tejada. The cost is $45 per class or $175 for all four sessions. To register please visit, print out the registration form and mail it in with your payment.

Additionally, the FCA in support of the Festival’s Haiku Invitational has created a special art show, Haiku Inspirations, from April 12th to May 1st, 2011. It is an open invitation to all to submit up to three paintings inspired by one of the 23 pre-selected award-winning Haiku poems Entry deadline is March 10th, 2011. Visit for a submission form. The show runs from April 12th to May 1st, 2011.

For Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival program details on Cherry Jam Downtown, Birthday Blossoms Cherry Tree Plantings, Sakura Days Japan Fair, Haiku Invitational, Tree Talks & Walks, Cherry Jubilee with VIOLINPOWER, and more please visit The festival gratefully acknowledges the support of Opus Framing & Art Supplies.