Keeping it Simple – a Saturday Art Gems Workshop with Tom Shardlow

Painting can be one of the most difficult and complex of undertakings. There are many rules, all of which can be broken. However, keeping it simple can cut through the confusion and produce rewarding results. This one-day workshop will focus on simplification to develop both strong design and appealing variation. We’ll work through the various stages while building your painting on a black gesso ground. 


SATURDAY, May 25, 2024 (10am-2pm)

$100 – with all materials provided

(bring your own reference landscape photo)


 About the Instructor: Tom Shardlow (AFCA, SCA) began his journey receiving rewards and media attention in high school.  He studied at the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr School of Art and Design) and graduated from UBC.  His work experience has involved doing art layouts in advertising, working as a field research biologist, and included travelling to many remote areas in BC.  His paintings have won multiple awards and are part of permanent and private collections across Canada, and he is represented by several British Columbia galleries.  Tom’s drawings and illustrations have appeared in books, magazines, newspapers, and other publications. Recent paintings can be viewed on his website –