Adult Classes 2021

From glassblowing to nuno felting, watercolours to oil painting, fine craft to fine art, our artist led experiences can be the catalyst for creative exploration or professional development.

April 2021

May 2021

Photographing 2D Artwork - FREE ONLINE Presented by Bruce Power

May 19, 7PM - 9PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

A beginner’s workshop on photographing your 2d artwork with your phone camera. We will cover the importance of good representation of your artwork, challenges, using the tools of your phone camera, natural lighting and saving your images.Bring along your phone (as this will be a virtual hands-on workshop) and your questions!

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June 2021

Cold Wax and Oil

June 2 - 4, 9AM - 4PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

Oil & cold wax is a super exciting, always engaging and seemingly unlimited technique. Laura Culic's approach to this medium is multi-layered. The cold wax gives the paint a bit stiffer and more buttery body than straight oil, thus it lends itself beautifully to applying with various tools - squeegees, bowl scrapers, cabinet scrapers, credit cards, palette knives, brayers… you name it. The wax helps the oil to dry more quickly, facilitating the build up of layers, and also the scraping back into underlying strata. Mark making with oil sticks or with tools is also an integral part of her process.

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Floral Watercolour Techniques

June 3, 6:30PM - 9PM | Intermediate | Ages 16+

Explore 4 very different approaches to painting watercolour florals. This course is for watercolourists with some experience.
Working from live subject matter and following demos, you will have the chance to discovery 4 completely different ways to paint this much loved subject matter. Students will explore the use of flat patterns of shape and colour, the wet on wet technique, vignettes and the power of using just 3 colours.

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McGuire's Illustrated Guide for Adults

June 5 - 6, 9AM - 4PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

Join Jenna McGuire for an exploratory workshop of particular interest to the naturalist or outdoors person. Jenna is a scientist and scientific illustrator with a passion for the Peninsula and Lake Huron.  She will guide students through observation exercises and how to document on location with line, shading and contour.

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The Power of Three (WC)

June 5, 10AM - 4PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

This one day watercolour landscape event allows you to investigate the joy of  working with a limited palette.
We start by testing combinations of 3, then when ready, move on to creating many small,  loose landscapes.
Later in the day, students will be applying this new technique onto a full sheet of watercolour paper.

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Brilliant Florals in Coloured Pencils

June 12 - 13, 9AM - 4PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

This two-day workshop will introduce students to a truly versatile medium and show them how to produce stunning effects equal to that of watercolour. Easy to use and convenient to store and replace, coloured pencils can be used alone or combined with graphite. Techniques such as burnishing and layering, along with accurate colour matching, tonal rendering and compositional layout, will help students to master this rewarding medium.

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Introduction to Portrait Painting in Oils

June 12 - 13, 10AM - 4PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

The workshop will start by the instructor mixing a flesh colour palette and students making samples of the palette with notes. The focus of this workshop is capturing a likeness, mixing naturalistic colours, creating 3 dimensional form, rendering flesh, mark making and paint application.

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Introduction to Drawing

June 16 - 17, 9AM - 4PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

Drawing is the foundation of all fine arts studies! Students will explore observational drawing, learning how to see, how to translate light and shade, positive and negative space, capture gestures using line, volume, value, proportion, natural perspective, contour, composition and mark-making.

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Peonies in Oils

June 26 - 27, 9AM - 4PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

In this information packed workshop , students will learn many of the techniques Michele has employed in her 35 plus years of painting as a professional artist. How to set up a floral still life for a dramatic painting. Lighting and composition will be covered as well as some photography techniques that can be achieved with an iPhone camera. A reference photo will be provided for the workshop.

Working larger than life, the drawing will be transferred onto toned canvas and under painted. Painting white florals is especially challenging and Michele will share her secrets for effectively capturing the luminosity in her flowers. Brush techniques, colour mixing and many tips and tricks will be shared.

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July 2021

Plein Air Journal

July 3, 9AM - 4PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

In the morning, students will create their own art journal, made with 140lb watercolour paper. These handmade journals will then be used for an afternoon of plein-air painting outdoors. Students will learn tips and techniques to approach sketching and painting with the elements.

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Make it Personal -Encaustic

July 3 - 4, 10AM - 4PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

Amelia Kraemer guides participants through creating their own narrative based, mixed media painting as materials and imagery are used to create a story, fictional or real, about the central character.

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Introduction To Plein Air in Oils

July 3 - 4, 3PM - 9PM | Intermediate | Ages 16+

An introduction to painting outdoors in oils.Time constraints, weather conditions, and changing light...learn to work with the challenges of plein air painting to discover the uniquely temporal virtues of on site, outdoor painting.  Students will explore the dynamics of good composition building with blocks of value, shape and colour with several small studies using an impressionist approach to to colour choice and paint application. Learn how to manage details within  a value range that will preserve and protect the original structure and expand on initial colour concepts. Coaching and constructive critiques take place every day with the view to assist individual artist growth and development.

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Plein Air Masterclass

July 5 - 8, 9AM - 4PM | Advanced | Ages 16+

Time constraints, weather conditions, and changing light...learn to work with the challenges of plein air painting to discover the uniquely temporal virtues of on site, outdoor painting. This is not a beginners class and you MUST have intermediate oil painting skills.
Students will explore  the dynamics of good composition building with blocks of value, shape and colour with several small studies using an impressionist approach to to colour choice and paint application. Learn how to manage details within  a value range that will preserve and protect the original structure and expand on initial colour concepts.

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Ipad Drawing (Procreate)

July 6, 6:30PM - 9PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

This workshop will help turn your iPad into a rich, personal sketchbook to  accompany (or maybe replace!) your traditional media.
The workshop will cover everything that new users need to know: brushes and  other essential tools, gestures, layers, masks, working with color, the best file  formats for sharing your artwork, and organizing your files. This Procreate  workshop is perfect for people that have no experience with Procreate app.

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Silkscreening II

July 10, 10AM - 4PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

This silkscreen printing class is for people who don't necessarily want to know every technical detail about screen printing, but have always wanted to print and make something in one class – and have tons of fun doing it! You do not need to have previous experience with screen printing or art making to print beautiful things in this workshop.
You will learn how to print using the many screens the teacher will provide and you’ll have lots of different images to work with (words, trees, birds, etc.). You will be taught how to use different screens creatively. We will provide you with some paper and fabrics, but bring your own materials to make something more personal!

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Still Life in Oils

July 12 - 13, 9AM - 4PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

This course will focus on the fundamental principles of observational painting in oils. The instructor will give painting demonstrations several times throughout the course and will break down her approach to painting into 4 stages.

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Intermediate Portrait Painting in Oils

July 14 - 15, 9AM - 4PM | Intermediate | Ages 16+

The workshop continues explorations in portrait painting techniques in oils. The instructor will give painting demonstrations throughout the course, in between the student painting sessions. The focus of this workshop is capturing a likeness, mixing naturalistic colours, creating 3 dimensional form, rendering flesh, mark making and paint application.

Learning Outcome: Students will learn a reliable flesh palette that can be used and modified to suit their own practice. Improved ability to capture a likeness and create a dynamic head study from life. Increased ability to render flesh in a naturalistic way.

Students MUST have had prior oil and portrait painting experience.

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Tea Towel Block Printing - MORNING

July 17, 9AM - 12PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

Join Kate Civiero and create your very own block printed tea towel in this awesome hands on workshop.  Start with a natural fiber cloth towel and learn how to design, lay out and carve a block to print your own unique designs on the fabric with permanent ink.

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Tea Towel Block printing - AFTERNOON

July 17, 1PM - 4PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

Join Kate Civiero and create your very own block printed tea towels in this awesome hands on workshop.  Start with a natural fiber cloth towel and learn how to design, lay out and carve a block to print your own unique designs on the fabric with permanent ink.

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Lighthouse in Watercolour, Pen & Batik

July 21 - 22, 9AM - 4PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

The first day of this workshop will begin with transferring a lighthouse image onto a half sheet of watercolour paper; applying masking fluild and light washes of watercolour paints. A layer of melted wax is applied and the paper manipulated to create the distinctive crackled look of batik.

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Florals in Pen & Ink and Watercolour

July 24 - 25, 9AM - 4PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

This workshop is ideal for the botanical artist looking for something a little different. Two step-by-step floral projects will be the focus for the two-day workshop with demonstrations, one-on-one interaction with students and detailed instructional handouts. Studies will lead up to the completion two tonal drawings in graphite, followed by exercises designed to explore the intricate textures used in pen and ink drawings. The projects will then be completed in pen and ink with subtle watercolour washes.

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