Northern Lights (virtual)

Karen Pearson leads this exciting icy Art Safari via Zoom to take you into the high latitudes during the dark months of winter, when the northern... Read more

VIRTUAL Norway £140
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07 Dec - 11 Dec 2020

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Northern Norway
EUROPE / Norway

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Painting the Northern Lights and fjord landscapes of Arctic Norway - virtual holiday

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Karen Pearson

Let's go and play in the snow - we paint the northern lights and landscapes of Arctic Norway and we learn about the artists who have painted there. Art demos, interaction and online learning.

Karen Pearson leads this exciting icy Art Safari via Zoom to take you into the high latitudes during the dark months of winter, when the northern lights are at their most active and most exciting.  In the gloaming of the daylight the fjords and mountains are a joy to paint and sketch.  The Sami cultural influence is still here and the Nordic way of life in the winter can teach us so much about how to enjoy our own outdoor time.

Spend happy days sketching and painting the landscapes, animals, trees, fjords and skies of this extraordinary part of the world with Karen Pearson who has led many of Art Safari’s tours to Norway over the last few years.

Join Karen Pearson for fun and informative artists demos to learn how to paint the northern lights and wintry snow scenes. You will be warm, but you’ll feel you’ve been there.

In between your painting sessions Karen will give you exercises and homework to help your technique for drawing in challenging environments, but also how to deal with the light, shadows and reflections of snow.  Painting the northern lights can help you with any sky, as you learn how to create contrast and exciting wet-in-wet with different media.

We will give you some recipes from the farmstead and restaurants we love up there to try out between your painting sessions.

Learning via Zoom is highly concentrated and productive.  It allows you to delve into technique and imagination.


All sessions start at 2pm BST

Day 1: Meet Karen and the Art Safari team on Zoom for three hours of art demonstration and tuition time, which includes advice on painting outdoors in the winter as well as concentrating on Norwegian subjects, scenes and themes.

Karen shows examples of her own sketches from Norway.

You will have the option to paint from a variety of images to suit your taste from a library of photos you will receive as part of the course package.

Karen includes a slide talk on northern Norway and about some of the artists who have painted there.

You have time in between session to complete your work and submit images of your paintings for feedback on our private Facebook group or by email.

Day 2:  We meet again the following afternoon to tackle a second painting through the same process.

Day 3:  The third day is free for you to paint all day.

Day 4:  We hold a final short meeting (around an hour) to review and share your work and insights from the course.

The workshop will be recorded so you will be able to watch the video online afterwards.

It’s going to be a fun and highly informative safari!


  • A laptop, Macbook, PC, iPad or tablet
  • An assortment of paint brushes, suitable for your medium in different shapes and sizes

Karen will work in watercolour but you may use any medium – she often works with a simple, ‘double primary’ palette comprised of Cadmium Lemon yellow, Cadmium Yellow Golden, Cadmium Red Light, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt and Cerulean Blue. This course isn’t specifically about colour, so just use colours you are familiar with and those you already have.

  • Watercolour paper, canvas or canvas boards, up to A2 size or 16 x 20” you will need at least 4.
  • Cartridge paper, up to A2 size or 16 x 20” you will need at least 10.
  • Sketchbook/notebook and pen (there’s LOTS of ideas and stuff to write down!)
  • Kitchen towel
  • Easel/table easel or other means of holding your canvas/paper at an angle (watercolour) / vertically (oil)
  • Paint palette
  • Jars for water or solvent (if you use it)


Day 13hr Live Zoom - including art lectures and art demonstration
Day 23hr Live Zoom - including feedback critique, art lecture and art demonstration
Day 3Time to develop your painting
Day 43hr Live Zoom - including feedback critique and chat
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This virtual Norway painting tour costs £140pp


The joining point for your Norway tour is wherever you have internet and feel ready and comfortable to paint.


All online Zoom tuition, copious resource material and ideas, recipes and email contact.


Art materials, internet access, personal expenses.

Enquire now on 01394 382235 or

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