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Artist Statement

Born in Russia in 1972, Michael has called Montreal his home since 2011. From his studio there, his artworks keep adding to the beauty and value of both public and private collections around the world. He has taken part in 16 personal and 80 group exhibitions around the globe, receiving multiple awards. Joy and reverence are evident in everything he produces, perhaps especially in the deep play of light and shadow. He experiments continuously, challenging himself with a wide range of styles and techniques. “Every day,” he says, “I look, I hear, I feel my immediate environment. When painting, I relive these sensations. And I believe that if we pay close attention, each object and every moment contains the Universe within it.”

Michael conducts multiple workshops around the world as well as private lessons in his own Montreal studio. Recently, he represented Canada at many watercolor festivals including in Hong Kong, Slovenia, India, Italy, France, Costa Rica, Mexico, Hungary, and Portugal.


The Workshop:

We’ll begin in the Kanata Art Club studio, where Michael will demonstrate various urban sketching techniques.  After lunch, we’ll be on the move – to a variety of locations within a 35 minute drive to the studio.  Weather permitting, we’ll meet at a pre-arranged spot each day.

Michael will focus on:

  • how to create the right selection of details to create “urban noise”
  • building a colour palette
  • manipulating the observer’s point of view
  • how to create dynamic and quick sketches, using a combination of line and spots.

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Michael will share personal secrets and techniques that allow you to create an impressive emotional watercolor in a few simple steps. You can expect plenty of individual attention and helpful  demonstrations all the time.

Dates:  May 27th-30th, 2024

Times:  9:30-4:30 p.m.

Fees:  KAC members: $540, non-members: $575.00

Terms and Conditions

Registration opens for KAC members on March 1st, 2024.  It will open for non-members on March 16th, 2024.

The Kanata Art Club reserves the right to cancel a workshop if there is insufficient registration.  You will be notified and receive a full refund by cheque or e-transfer.

To withdraw from a workshop, contact:  A full refund less an administrative fee of $25.00 (by cheque or e-transfer) will be issued if a written request is received by April 1st, 2024.  There will be no refund issued beyond that date unless we can fill your spot from a waitlist.

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