2020

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.

July 2020

Writer's Workshop: How to Write Great Characters

July 26, 1PM - 4:30PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

Whatever you're writing ~ fiction or nonfiction ~ readers will care about your story only if they care about your people. In this workshop, you'll learn techniques for creating fictional characters and depicting real people.

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August 2020

Floral Watercolour Techniques

August 8 - 9, 9AM - 4PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

Join Marion Anderson for a weekend long exploration of various approaches to painting florals in watercolour, from abstract to representational. Marion's teaching approach is step by step demonstration that let you build your knowledge as a beginner or refine your skills at the intermediate level.

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Make it Personal -Encaustic

August 8 - 9, 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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Acrylic Techniques for the Absolute Beginner

August 11, 6:30PM - 9PM | All Levels

Join Marion Anderson for a four class, evening format introduction to acrylic techniques. Designed for the beginner, students of all levels will still gain from Marion's mastery of the medium! Students will complete 5 -7 paintings over the duration of the course in variety of  subject matter.

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Landscapes: An Impressionist Approach

August 12 - 14, 9AM - 4PM | Intermediate | Ages 16+

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. They will push the concepts from their first day  to a larger scale and 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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Natural Dyes for Textiles

August 22 - 23, 9AM - 4PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

An introduction to the world of  natural dyeing. Discover the history and science of the dye process, and how plants, bugs and minerals can create colour..

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Floral Techniques with Acrylics

August 29 - 30, 9AM - 4PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

Join Marion Anderson for a weekend long exploration of various approaches to painting florals in acrylics, from abstract to representational. Marion's teaching approach is step by step demonstration that let you build your knowledge as a beginner or refine your skills at the intermediate level. The Material fee covers all the materials you need for the course and the provision of tools to use for the duration of the course.

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September 2020

Pochoir Printmaking

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

Sharon Barfoot guides an exploration of  the pochoir printmaking method, which uses stencils that are inked in solid colours and layered face up on a plate.

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Beginner's Acrylic Landscape Painting

September 8, 6:30PM - 9PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

We will start each class with a short demonstration and discussion about techniques, then create a piece using the techniques and palate we create.  Over the course of the four classes each artist will create their own colour chart to take home.

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The Lost Art of Needlework

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

Join Cheryl Vance for an immersion in tradition embroidery techniques which can then springboard your  own projects after the course. Students will begin with fundamental concepts such as embroidery styles, fabric choice, correct use of hoop, needle and thread, and design transfer.

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Soapstone Carving

September 18 - 20, 9AM - 4PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

Discover the pleasure of carving soapstone. Soapstone is a very soft stone that can be carved with simple hand tools. In this course you will be introduced to the process of carving and finishing a basic soapstone carving.

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Lighthouse in Watercolour, Pen & Batik

September 22 - 23, 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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Encaustic Painting Weekend

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

This immersive course in encaustic techniques will include an introduction to the medium, history, safety, using heat to fuse the encaustic to wood boards, and an introduction to image transfers.

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Flowers on a Black Background

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

This workshop is ideal for the botanical artist looking for something a little different. Two stunning step-by-step floral projects in coloured pencils (and acrylic paint) on a black background will be the focus of the two-day workshop.

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October 2020

Carry on with Watercolour

October 6, 1PM - 3PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

Watercolour paint is one of the most beautiful, versatile, and fun mediums to use! These classes are for anyone just starting out in watercolour as well as those who are looking to refresh their watercolour skills.

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Canvas stretching Techniques with Upper Canada Stretchers

October 7, 1PM - 3PM | All Levels

An artist's "toolbox" skill, stretching your own canvas opens the possibilities of sizes and shapes, increases portability and lends itself to tailoring the quality of materials to your individual needs.

Participants will assemble a stretcher, cut the canvas to size, stretch the canvas hand tight, and tension the canvas with the keys. The UCS Impress round frames will also be demonstrated. It's a completely different stretching design that requires no stapling or folding.

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Shallow Frame Willow Basket

October 17, 9AM - 4PM | All Levels

An excellent first basket for beginners. Participants shape a rustic frame out of fresh willow, add ribs & weave rows of willow forming optional handles. This 30cm dish shape makes a beautiful natural centrepiece or practical harvesting basket. Learn the skills to explore basketry using materials from nature. All materials included & tools provided.

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Tea Towel Block Printing - MORNING

October 24, 9AM - 12PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

Join Kate Civiero with Special Guest Instructor Marcelina Salazar 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 or Tote Block printing - AFTERNOON

October 24, 1PM - 4PM | All Levels

Join Kate Civiero with Special Guest Instructor Marcelina Salazar and create your very own block printed tea towel (or tote, if you also took the morning session) 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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Introduction to Landscape Painting in Oils

October 26 - 27, 9AM - 4PM | Beginner

Paint handling, paint mixing, clean colour, brush and palette knife handling techniques, the painting process for alla prima, "all in one session” oils, seeing the subject in layers from dark to light, all with an impressionist approach will all be part of this 2 day class.

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Intermediate Landscape Painting in Oils or Acrylics

October 28 - 30, 9AM - 4PM | Intermediate

We will layout over the 3 days approaches, methods and techniques for successful, engaging and as I like to look at it, joy filled painting time. Process, analysis, planning and successful execution of several painting exercises with a view to a finished larger piece on day 3.

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