Image: Sarah Sackville

Two morning sessions, August 30 and 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Various locations around Sussex, outdoors
Cost: $150, materials included
Ages: 16+, all skill levels welcome
Register by:  August 23

Register for this workshop

Join local artist Sarah Sackville for a plein-air pastel workshop where participants will sketch urban scenes in beautiful downtown Sussex using pastel on paper. Participants will learn to sketch from life and can expect to have two finished pieces and a plein-air pastel kit to take home with them at the end of the workshop.

Participants must be prepared to be outside and will walk to various locations within a two-block radius of AX. Make sure to wear an apron or clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.

Sarah will offer a second workshop in the fall that follows the same format but uses different locations around Sussex. Artists of all skill levels, including intermediate and advanced artists, are encouraged to participate in either or both of Sarah’s workshops.

Register online, by phone at (506) 433-8351, or in-person at 12 Maple Avenue, Sussex.

About the Artist

Sarah Sackville is from Sussex, New Brunswick. Upon completing studies at the Nova Scotia College of Design in 2001, she set off travelling ready to paint her inspiration. Her brush found expression in the lush temperate rainforests of the Pacific Northwest, the vibrant beach communities of the Caribbean, and historical cityscapes of Western Europe. With worldly eyes Sarah returned to Sussex in 2013 and discovered that her perception of her childhood home had changed by her experiences abroad. Things that were once unremarkable now seemed unique and captivating. She currently paints local New Brunswick scenery, hoping to direct the viewer to the magic in day-to-day life.

Sarah’s painterly style uses realism to anchor the spectator in the familiar. Skillfully using colour and light Sackville effectively blends the real and surreal, elevating the ordinary to the valued and beautiful.

“Hers is a rare painterly magic that can make such common, everyday scenes, which might easily be overlooked, resonate with something essentially true. More short stories than novels, Sackville’s gift lies in her deft manipulations of the grammars of hue, line, tone, and contrasts that gets to the heart of a subject” – Tom Smart, Director, Beaverbrook Art Gallery.



Sarah Sackville and AX would like to thank the New Brunswick Arts Board for funding her project.