• Private Cabin Oceanfront – CAD $3,296.00
  • Single w/ensuite Oceanfront – CAD $2,496.00
  • Single w/ensuite – CAD $2,336.00
  • Single w/shared bathroom – CAD $1,996.00
  • Couple w/ensuite Oceanfront – CAD $3,860.00
  • Couple w/ensuite – CAD $3,544.00
  • Couple w/shared bathroom – CAD $3,228.00
  • Twin w/ensuite oceanfront – CAD $1,799.50
  • Twin w/ensuite – CAD $1,772.00
  • Twin w/shared bathroom – CAD $1,524.50
  • Three-share w/shared bathroom – CAD $1,384.00
  • Women Dorm – CAD $1,214.00
  • Male Dorm – CAD $1,214.00
  • Mixed Dorm – CAD $1,214.00
  • Tent Site Single – CAD $1,232.00
  • Tent Site Couple – CAD $2,264.00
  • Commuter – CAD $1,092.00
  • (All prices include CAD $992.00 base amount)

Date & Time Details:
Starts with dinner on May 10
Ends with lunch on May 14

Your detailed program schedule here.

Location: Cortes Island

Tuition: $600 CAD

Campus Rates: Campus rates include accommodations, meals, Hollyhock activities, use of hot tubs and campus facilities (does not include tuition). Click here for details.

Scholarships: Program experiences are enriched by having a multitude of voices and experiences that reflect global plurality. Our scholarship program is one of our key strategies to expand program access to underrepresented and marginalized communities.

A limited number of scholarships are available per program with awards ranging from partial to full tuition. We encourage applicants from those whose identities intersect with, but are not limited to: Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, 2SLGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, newcomers, youth, and elders.

Please apply for a scholarship within your program registration form. We ask for a 5% refundable deposit to apply. Contact us directly if you are unable to pay this deposit.

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Watercolour and the Art of Seeing

With David McEown

May 10 - 14, 2023

Explore watercolour’s magical flowing spontaneity and essential techniques as you paint directly from nature. Enhance your perception, way of “seeing”, and connectedness to the earth with this travel-friendly medium.

Enjoy a dynamic watercolour demonstration; exploring paint as a form of meditation and play. Uncover the secret hydrodynamics of watercolour paint and the brush work manipulation of the “bead” to define form. Tools, colours, and materials are simplified to achieve profound results with the minimum equipment that this portable medium affords.

A refreshing colour exercise reveals a clear painting objective. Learn to mix and create the colours you observe, as well as develop a visual vocabulary for painting from imagination. Perception exercises and shape reading demonstrations show you how to achieve likeness and proportion. Capture the moment on paper as you paint outdoor-settings, inspired by the wondrous beauty of Cortes Island.

Everyone welcome, regardless of experience or level.


All participants will receive a detailed supply list upon registration.


Your detail program schedule here.

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David McEown
Canadian artist David McEown has used the medium of watercolour for the past 30 years to explore and express many of this earth’s wilderness areas. His paintings from Antarctica to the North Pole are represented in collections worldwide. David is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design…
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