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

Acrylic Pour Techniques

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

This interactive course will cover the medium used and 4 methods of pouring
acrylics. Alternate methods and products will be discussed and several samples will be
available.

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Intuitive Drawing

July 17 - 19, 9AM - 4PM | All Levels

Nuno felting is a specific felting technique that fuses felting fibres to a base to create a unique, artful fabric. Students of this course will learn the basics of felting and specific technique of nuno felting, how to blend colour fibres, creating a pattern with colour and texture or with permanent gathers, incorporating various materials, or intarsia.

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Intuitive Drawing

July 20 - 21, 9AM - 4PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

The foundation of any art making process is always strengthened by drawing skills, and it's a skill that some can find intimidating. Dagmar Kovar's class encourages expressive, intuitive line making divorced from the need for representational accuracy, and therefore frees your lines to be soft, fluid and evocative.

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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

Basic Figures in Watercolour

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

Join master watercolourist Hi-Sook Barker for this one day workshop focused on techniques for painting figures into your scenes. Emphasis is placed on utilizing a big Hake brush to develop a fast and fresh approach using the wet-on-wet technique to evoke depth, reflection and transparency.

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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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Florals in a Clear Glass Vase in Watercolour

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

Join master watercolourist Hi-Sook Barker for this one day workshop focused on techniques for capturing light refracting through glass. Flowers in a clear glass vase challenge painters to refine observation and technical skills, with particular attention to tonal values and light and contrast

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Floral Still Life in Watercolour

August 10, 9AM - 4PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

Join master watercolourist Hi-Sook Barker for this one day workshop celebrating flowers! Emphasis is placed on utilizing a big Hake brush to develop a fast and fresh approach using the wet-on-wet technique to evoke texture and saturated colour.

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Landscapes: An Impressionist Approach

August 12 - 14, 9AM - 4PM | All Levels | 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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Cold Wax and Oil Intensive

August 17 - 19, 9AM - 4PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

This course will appeal to painters of any level, who wish to deepen or rekindle their relationship to their inner muse. Over three days, you will venture deeper into your painting process and develop your personal expression in a safe, non-judgmental and playful space.

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Eco Printing for Textiles

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

Eco printing is the process of using tannins and mordants to extract coloyr from plat material and transfer it to textiles. Jane Jacobs leads this explorative workshop marrying a love of colour and texture, plants and fine craft.

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Blue: An Indigo Workshop

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

Indigo has been used as a dye in many cultures, historically extracted from a special plant and revered for its uniqueness . It's deep and evocative blue tones have held a fascination for makers for centuries.

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Introduction to Egg Tempera

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

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the materials and methods used in the ancient medium of egg tempera as it is applied to contemporary realism painting.  Egg Tempera is a permanent fast-drying painting medium consisting of finely ground dry colour pigment mixed with egg yolk and water.

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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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Copper Bottle Opener

August 25, 1PM - 4PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

Science meets art! Join Kate Civiero for a super fun afternoon delving into the world of etching! Learn how sharpies and ferric chloride conspire to transform your drawing into a design etched into copper.

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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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