Markham Group of Artists


The Markham Group of Artists has been a vibrant community of artists in the Markham area since 1981. The group includes artists from beginners to professionals, working in a variety of media and styles. Learn all about us

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Doug Purdon Presentation Nov 2

November 2, Members' Day Meeting

Winsor & Newton Presentation by Doug Purdon

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This will be a presentation on the history and uses of acrylic paints.  You will learn about the working properties of Acrylics and how they can be adjusted with the various mediums.  You will also learn about the grounds and surfaces you can use with acrylics.  


This program will be part of the Winsor & Newton – Fine Art Collective ‘FAC’ program.  Winsor and Newton will supply samples.



DOUGLAS PURDON was born in Toronto, Canada, graduated from the Ontario College of Art (AOCA) and is a full-time painter living in Toronto, Canada. 


His preferred medium is oil, but he also works in watercolour and acrylic. In 1998, he wrote the best seller Colour Secrets for Glowing Oil Paintings, published by North Light publications. His work has appeared in International Artist Magazine and numerous other publications. He is an elected member of The Society of Canadian Artists (SCA), The Ontario Society of Artists OSA. and an Associate Member of the American Watercolor Society.


As educational and technical advisor for Winsor & Newton, he lectures on painting materials and techniques at colleges and universities. His popular workshops are given at the University of Toronto - School of Continuing Studies, Loyalist College and for private art groups and societies. Doug also serves on the Fine Arts Studio advisory committee at Centennial College, Toronto.



You're Invited to Participate!

Announcing our Fall Juried Show


Wednesday, November 30 to Sunday, December 4, 2016
McKay Art Centre, 197 Main Street, Unionville

All members are welcome and eligible to participate by submitting new works of art.
This show will coincide with the Unionville Olde Tyme Festival of Lights

Watch this space! More details will be posted soon.

Sep Oct 2016 Workshops






Oct 26/16

Playing with Mother Nature, Linda McIntosh and Marilyn McKay

$50 Members

$60 Non Members

Nov 9/16

Skies and Water with Doug Purdon, Part One

$55 Members

$65 Non Members

Nov 16/16

Skies and Water with Doug Purdon, Part Two

$55 Members


$65 Non Members


Mural Mosaic 2016

Mural Mosaic 2015

Call to all MGA members to be part of history.


If you are excited to have created a section for one or more of our previous Mural Mosaics and want to participate in our Trillium Mural which will hang at the Richmond Hill Welcome Centre, or if you are looking forward to this new experience, plan to get involved.


Linda McIntosh has created a beautiful and awe-inspiring image for us to recreate to celebrate Canada 150. The image will be divided into 32 sections.  Each participant will create a separate picture which will then become part of the whole, reflecting the topic of a theme of Canada. The canvases and the sections will be available to take away at ext Wednesday's meeting. 



If you miss the meeting but still want to participate, please contact Linda at as soon as possible. We would like to have the project finished for November.


Don’t miss this exciting opportunity.


To help stimulate ideas, here are some symbols that define our Canadian identity, but you are more than welcome to add your own:
• the great outdoors
• hockey
• Tim Hortons
• Metis, Inuit (aboriginal peoples)
• Fur Trade
• Atlantic fisheries 
• wheat, timber
• Hudson’s Bay Co.
• Canadian National Railway
• healthcare
• animals - beaver, loon, canada goose, moose, polar bear
• maple syrup
• indigenous flowers and trees


Membership for the 2016-2017 Season

The new season of the Markham Group of Artists promises to be filled with exciting opportunities, with more Members' Days , and an impressive lineup of workshops.  There will be plenty of opportunities to engage with other eager artists through lectures, demonstrations, critiques, murals projects, figure drawing, and, of course, shows.

If you have never been a member of the Markham Group of Artists, read about all the benefits of membership here. 

For further information, please contact

Membership Fee for the new season is $70.


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Ontario Trillium Foundation

The Markham Group of Artists recognizes the support of The Ontario Trillium Foundation.  Our group is very honoured to be awarded a grant which will assist us with many initiatives. Stay tuned for more details.

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