Watercolour Symposium, Cornwallis, Nova Scotia

I had the honour of being an instructor at the annual Watercolour Symposium presented by the Canadian Society Of Painters in Watercolour.  It was held in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia a tiny town just outside Digby.  For me it was a fabulous experience.  I taught a different workshop on 4 separate days.  The students in the symposium were an enthusiastic group of people who were completely motivated to paint and learn.  Also since every one stays right on location and eats together it was a wonderful social event.  I found that everyone was so friendly and there was a real sense of common purpose that developed over the week.  I would highly recommend this experience to anyone who is interested in watercolour. There is something special about getting up every day with one purpose – to paint and to do this surrounded by people who are all there for the same reason.

As a teacher I found this experience to be the high point of my teaching career.  I love dealing with the students.  It is extremely rewarding to see the light bulb turn on as people gain new knowledge or techniques.  It’s intense but also intensely rewarding.

I taught 2 workshops: Figures In The Urban Landscape and Figures In Action, each workshop twice.  I did a different demo for each of the 4 workshops.  Here are the 4 paintings that I demonstrated.

Rex Beanland, Winter Sun, Inglewood watercolour, 11 x 15

Winter Sun, Inglewood











Rex Beanland, St Mary's, watercolour, 15 x 20

St Mary’s













Rex Beanland, Construction Season, Downtown, watercolour, 13 x 20

Construction Season, Downtown







Rex Beanland, The Porch In Summer, watercolour, 15 x 20

The Porch In Summer












The symposium was held at the Annapolis Basin Conference Centre which is a former military base updated into a conference centre.  It was neat to have the accommodation, dining hall and the classrooms all within about 100 m of each other.  I’m including some shots of the location to give a feeling for the event and, I hope, to encourage people to consider attending next year.

Rex Beanland, Registration Building

Registration Building









Rex Beanland, Up To The Dining Room

Up To The Dining Room












Rex Beanland, The Classroom Building

The Classroom Building










Rex Beanland, The Dining Room

The Dining Room










Rex Beanland, Sunset Over The Bay 2

Sunset Over The Bay 2










Rex Beanland, From The Conference Centre

From The Conference Centre










I would like to thank the Canadian Society Of Painters In Watercolour for inviting me, to all those who put in the hard work of organizing it, and all those great, enthusiastic people who attended and made it such a special experience.

4 thoughts on “Watercolour Symposium, Cornwallis, Nova Scotia

  1. Gary McFarland

    Wow, great demos ! I would like to thank you for all the teaching you gave. I heard great comments from all my fellow students about have rewarding it was to learn from painters of your caliber. Thousands of maritime scenes await your brush and talent !
    Thank you for taking time out of your life to share with us.

    1. Rex Beanland Post author

      Hi Gary: What a great comment. I certainly appreciate it. It was also an inspiring experience for me. As a teacher we thrive when we feel that we have connected with and helped fellow artists. Great to meet you there. Rex

  2. Dan Earle

    Very good review of the workshop and its value to both instructors and students. Was great working with you and have been newly inspired to try to do some painting each day, even if it is just for mixing colours or playing with values. Practice is more important than perfect. I also like your on-line demos. Very instructive and useful.

    1. Rex Beanland Post author

      Hi Dan: Thanks for the comments. We really enjoyed meeting you and visiting you at your place. Keep practicing and having fun, it’s amazing where it will take you.


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