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Schedule Group Creative Workshops

Encourage your group’s creativity engaging their mind, creativity and spirit.  

Let them experience deep engagement in an activity where they are totally immersed in the process without judgment. It enhances their wellbeing and bonds them with those sharing the activity.  

“Tap into peoples need to create with their hands, and you tap into their spirit”.

Louise Lambert

If you wish to give your group a well deserve break, celebrate and mil stone or simply refresh the status quo with a jump start, then try one of our creative group activities.  Everyone can participant, it’s inclusive

Or if you are planning a private celebration with family and friends, a creative workshop is the perfect venue.

Recommended workshops for groups

How to schedule a group workshop session?

Drop us an email at [email protected] or call directly at 250-212-3674 

Advise us on what date(s), you wish to book for and how many participants.

The workshops are held at Wine Country Studios, in the heart of wine country or you can book the workshop to come to your location.

Some of the group workshops that Wine Country Studios have hosted in this past year representing a diversity of organizations:

  • Coastal Water Protectors, Vancouver, BC
  • City of West Kelowna, BC
  • COHA, Central Okanagan Hospice Association, Kelowna, BC
  • O’Rourke’s Peak Cellars, Lake Country, BC
  • Penticton Art Gallery, Penticton, BC
  • Regional District of Central Okanagan, BC
  • Traditional Knowledge Circle, BC Metis Federation, Vancouver, BC
  • Vista Academy, Kelowna, BC

We look forward to hosting your group soon.

Landscape TIPS

What paint colours are recommended to use to paint landscapes?
I suggest using a limited palette because it creates harmonious colour combinations for your painting, you learn how to mix colours and it reduced the number of tubes of paint you need to purchase.

Here is a sample of a limited palate>
Acrylic Paints in Primary Colours
2 yellows, 2 Blues, 2 reds, with these you can mix what you need:

Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Ochre

Ultra-marine blue, Prussian blue or Phthalo Blue or Cobalt Blue

Red Cadmium, Cool red, Alizarin Crimson

Sap Green

To tone:
Titanium White

To darken
Burnt Sienna or burnt umber or black

What about Cool Colours and Warm Colours?
Colour temperature is a scale of how cool or warm a colour is. Cool colours include your blues and greens, while warm colours include yellows, oranges and reds.
Think of colour temperature compared to the other colours in your painting. For example you have a cool blue and you mix a touch of orange. This mixed colour will be warmer than the blue without the orange mixed in.

TIP: You may want to use warmer greens to bring attention to the foreground andhave cooler colours in the background. By using warmer colours in the front of a painting, it makes it come forward, and the cool colour tend to make the background go back.

TIP Start dark or Light?
For acrylic paintings, as well as oils painting, you will find it easier by starting
with the darkest values in your painting, then later work towards your highlights.

How to Start?
To get a head start on your Landscape painting, you will want to join one of our Landscape workshops starting March 2023. It will get you ready for your summer painting experience in the studio or outside “plein Air” with tips and suggestions.

“It’s a great kick off to your future Landscape painting.”

You will be working in the professional art studio, of Wine country, with your own easel and daylight illumination. Working in acrylic paint on canvas at your own pace, beginners to some experience, all welcomed.

View workshops here

What was the inspiration behind the popular workshop “Create your Spirit Animal” ?

When we turn our attention to the intelligence of  animal life, creativity and Louise’s own Metis heritage, the result is the very powerful experience in Creating your own Spirit Animal.

The art crafted by the  attendees not only provides a gateway to their originality  and inner soul, but also offers a symbol of guidance, protection and  self-compassion, so needed in today’s world.  Here is how it came about …

“Ancient wisdom tells us that the Spirits of the animals can teach us, guide us, empower us and help us heal. I have always felt this to be true for myself.
Spirit Animal Guides… Why would I not want to share that with others?

The Story

Louise’s passions that held her steadfast in life were her love of art and her admiration of and connections with animals.  Both of these have guided her through life’s triumphs and life’s challenges.  By four years old she was drawing, encouraged by her mother (mainly because it kept her occupied), and by eleven she was composing with oil painting, mentored by her uncle in Vancouver, British Columbia Many of these early images were of animals.

Louise painted whenever she could   until she eventually was able to do it full-time, producing commissioned work, creating originals, and conducting workshops and classes at Wine Country Studios in the Okanagan Valley, B.C.

The meaning of animals’ significance came early to her.

As a very young child I recall my mother looking up at the sky and remarking about birds, their wisdom, their expanse in the skies… “All those birds, so many more than I knew! I believe we come back as birds, touching the heavens and earth.”

Years later, after the loss of her mother, Louise was grieving & navigating a period of mourning. Walking towards the lake during a chilly March afternoon, she heard a clatter in the sky.  Directly above her were the fluid but resilient Canadian geese, with one of their members trailing behind.  Louise intuitively knew the goose lagging was her mother’s spirit, touching the heavens.

About that time, a Métis  community leader, an elder, petitioned her. “You are an artist… we need an event that holds the interest of children and elders alike, weaving our heritage and permitting us to be creative.”  

Create your Spirit Animal was born… and the workshop following it was a hit. 

Since then, Create your Spirit Animal has been reviving souls and spirits. All it takes is curiosity and willingness to begin the journey.   

True to its initial inspiration, Create your Spirit Animal takes on a life of its own.  People who have never picked up an art brush are creating compelling images.

The paintings are created without hesitation because the artist’s internal compass is guiding them. They begin to trust their instincts… give up control, and allow themselves to be immersed in the experience. A guided meditation invites them to visit their spirit animal and then to create it on a canvas with paint.  

Everyone’s image is as distinctive and unique as their individual soul.

Create your Spirit Animal workshop is deeply rooted in the collective heritage of our ancestors.  The creative form permits everyone—man, woman and child—to enjoy and benefit from it. 

Summer Art Workshops Around The Okanagan

Check out our Workshop and classes page for even more workshop details: https://winecountrystudios.ca/workshop-classes/

Painting in progress
Louise Lambert Art Series at the Penticton Art Gallery
Workshop details available under our workshop and classes tab
Outdoor painting workshops at Kalamoir Beach
Use an Artist Palette to decorate your house

Now you have the opportunity to use an artist’s eye.  Who better knows colour than a professional selling artist?  Educated in colour and using combinations of colours in everything they paint gives them the advantage of selecting colours and colour combinations.

Interior design by Louise Lambert’s palette

When Louise Lambert creates a painting, for a client, she endeavors to learn their colour preferences and themes desired. The size of the painting is carefully scaled to fit the space in the home.  However, the real magic happens once the painting is completed and installed. At this point, the owner of the artwork is also given the color palette used to create the painting.  The owners can then use this colour palette for future selections of furniture, upholstery and other decorative items. Learn decorating secrets from our cleaver professional artists and designers at Wine Country Studios.  

Just make an appointment @ 250-212-3674.

Make it Personal

These days, there seems to be a growing backlash towards the antiseptic and minimalized decorating trend currently in vogue in home décor.  You know, the ones with fewer collections, less colour on the walls, more all-white everything, and mass-produced accent pieces. I am sure you have noticed this too.  Perhaps, this neutralizing of the home is an effect of the home selling process, encouraged by the realtors. 

Personal items add interest and detail to tie a room together

In an effort to organize and perfect our homes by cloning the look of “the model home” have we taken some of the life out of our surroundings?  There is something about having a living space that tells a story of why we came to live in this place; the dreams that brought us here, and the pleasures we seek, by incorporating colours, objects, and memories and setting them in comfortable surroundings.

Yet, decorating elements, which, with their own distinct qualities and functions, complement one another to create the unique environment we call home. Paint colour, lighting, artwork, and style are some areas we have identified as helpful in designing your own environment.

In the end, I believe that what truly makes a house a home are those personal objects which tell your story, reflect your energy, and help you create the tranquil, warm atmosphere that we call home.

Creative Art Series Spring|Summer 2022 Workshops

Creative Art Series Spring|Summer 2022 Workshops

Workshop Schedule
What is your style?

What is your style?

If you are bold, strong, and like control, then Acrylics may be your paints of choice for you.

walk on the wild side painting
Acrylic Paints


If you enjoy depth, the classics, and natural rhythms, seek out oil paints.

Oil Painting


If you like to blend in and well as stand out with glorious colour, Soft Pastels, popularized by the French will be your choice.

Soft Pastels


If you like the subtle, gentle flow, but the occasional detail, then Watercolours will be a good fit.

Watercolours
A Great Mix & New Workshop: Mindfulness and WaterColour

Mindfulness and Watercolour

Watercolour is expressive and translucent while being calm. It finds its own path, as you guide it gently. When I wish to be mindful, I often, break with my routine and pick up my watercolours. It allows me to be creative. Yet, I need to pay attention to every mark I make. Which allows me to be in the moment and present during the painting process.

Watercolour on paper

Visual arts usually require this intense mindfulness. If you lose the rhythm by being distracted it will show directly on your paper or canvas. Your focus is rewarded by remaining with the process.

Check out our Workshop and Classes page for an up to date schedule: HERE

Science says: Want a better memory? …get out your sketch pad

In 2016, The Journal of Experimental Psychology suggested that if you want to improve your memory, try drawing.  Since that time, psychologists have tested this theory in sample trials. The results were consistent: Drawing objects beats every other option, every time. People recalled more than twice as many drawn words.  

Drawing encourages “a seamless integration of semantic, visual and motor aspects of the memory trace.” Jeffery Wammes, Psychologist who led the recent study, cited in the Time, edition on memory, January 2022.

What does that mean to you?

For now, Drawing works to improve your memory or recall. 

Painting helps with memory recall

As a professional artist and teacher I do see this recall improving as we progress with our student’s art classes with our students.  So you may want to think about taking some form of visual communications classes such as drawing, painting, sculpturing, drafting and design.  

In short, when you do your next “to do” list, doodle your words, rather than write them out longhand.

We offer private and semi-private art classes as well as our scheduled workshops. Click HERE to see our schedule.

Painting, food for your spirit and your memory