Abstracting the Landscape

About Susan Woolgar
Susan Woolgar was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1955 and raised in Calgary. Her interest in the arts began at a very young age, and she knew she wanted to pursue it as a career by the time she entered high school.

Upon graduating from the Alberta College of Art in 1977 (Diploma of Applied Arts), Susan embarked on a career in visual communications. She began by working and freelancing for various advertising firms in Calgary, but soon realized she wanted to focus on creating her own art.

Once she found herself immersed in Calgary’s fine art community, she began to draw inspiration from nature. Susan is influenced by the variety of landscapes found here in Canada, and loves to create works based on these beautiful locations.

In addition to creating her own work, Susan also teaches throughout Alberta and BC. Recently, she travelled to Louisiana to teach her “Abstracting the Landscape” course, and looks forward to future international travel. Although she has been focusing on acrylic, her classes range from instruction in watercolour and pastel to mixed media and print making.

 Susan continues to work towards an artistic vision that is continually changing and growing. She believes that she will always be adapting her style, and looks forward to the challenge of creating new pieces.

Susan Woolgar's website

Workshop Description
ABSTRACTING THE LANDSCAPE in acrylic is for experienced beginner to intermediate level artists who would like to move away from realism, loosen up and learn to abstract the landscape. Susan will guide us through several exercises to accomplish this, including color exercises to develop different palettes, value exercises to enhance design, the mechanics of building a painting and using line as an expressive tool. Susan will also include mark-making exercises and how to simplify our reference photos. We will then apply the above lessons to a larger canvas, introducing some texturing to the surface and experimenting with layers. We will have lots of individual time with Susan, and lots of time to paint. Includes demos and critiques and an atmosphere of encouragement and fun.

Dates:  October 13th to 16th, 2021

Time:  9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Fees: $440.00 for KAC members, $460.00 for non-members.

Location:  KAC studio. 


Registration will open for KAC members on June 1st, 2021.  THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL.  WAITLIST ONLY.

Registration is limited, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Kanata Art Club reserves the right to cancel a workshop where there is insufficient registration.  You will be notified and issued a cheque for a full refund.

To withdraw prior to the start date, please contact the registrar@kac1.ca .  A cheque for a full refund less an administrative fee of $25.00 will be issued if a written request is received by September 1st, 2021  .  There will be no refund issued beyond September 1st, unless we are able to fill your spot from a waitlist.

Please register by email: registrar@kac1.ca