My Summer Camp Experience!


“Canada” by Anthony J. Padgett

Sorry.  Contrary to the title’s suggestion, you’re not going to get any dirt on my childhood growing up in Belleville, Illinois.  Another cheap ploy, I’ll admit, in trying to grab your attention.  Summer is however a time when the kids are out of school, heading off to camps, and having lots of fun.  On the other hand, adults seem to be cheated out of all the summer excitement.  For many of us, work continues to get in the way.  So I have to ask, where are the fun camps and vacations for the grown-ups?

Fortunately, Canada can offer a refreshing break from the heat of summer and be the perfect fit.
Do I have a proposal for you!

Cat Island Lodge – Ontario

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This year I am leading an art camp in Ontario Canada at Cat Island Lodge(Check out the photos above)  From July 23rd – 30th students will be painting the splendor of Canada on Trout Lake.  This will be a “Plein Air” painting camp.  Each day we will be traveling from the lodge by boat to a different location.  We will take our provided Plein Air Painting easels and supplies and spend at least five hours painting the scene in front of us.  We will then return to the lodge and have a daily art show for the other students, staff, and visitors to enjoy.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
En plein air (French pronunciation: [ɑ̃ plɛn ɛːʁ]), or plein air painting, is a phrase borrowed from the French equivalent meaning “open (in full) air”. It is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors, also called French: peinture sur le motif (“painting of the object(s) or what the eye actually sees”), where a painter reproduces the actual visual conditions seen at the time of the painting.

I can assure you that painting won’t be the only enjoyable part of the trip.  Traditional freshly caught Walleye shore lunches will be on the menu as well as daily breakfasts and dinners prepared by the staff at Cat Island Lodge.  There will also be time for fishing, relaxing, and being one with the great outdoors of Canada.  If conditions are right, you may even be able to glimpse the beauty of the Northern Lights.  There are still a few limited spots available so if you are interested, contact us and we will get the ball rolling.

Canadian Inspired Paintings

by Anthony J. Padgett

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You deserve a break!  Whether you are a beginning painter or more advanced, come along and join in on the fun.

Until the next blog, thanks for tuning in!


3 Comments on “My Summer Camp Experience!

  1. That would be such a wonderful adventure.
    Beautiful country and scenery.

  2. Cannot wait for this trip! Thanks Tony for letting us tag along. Steve and Lyné

  3. Amazing experience! Can hardly wait until next year . . . more painting and more beautiful days with some new friends on Cat Island. What an adventure! Thanks so much.