Adult Classes 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.

June 2020

The Artist's Journey

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

The Artist’s Journey can be described as the path to accepting ourselves and discovering who we are. Simply by living our lives, our true nature emerges and is revealed through your artwork.

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Pink Peonies in Oil

June 27 - 28, 9AM - 4PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

Join Annette Vander Heide for this two day workshop delving into the lush beauty of the peony. Examining a single subject matter allows technical skill development to be intensified in the classroom.

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Make it Personal -Encaustic

June 27 - 28, 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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July 2020

Pastels with a Twist

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

Learn to work with pastels on pastel paper, working through application and blending techniques. The "twist" is Albert's own technique of Add/Remove which begins with laying in a background with pastels and removing pastel by eraser and adding colour back in with pastel pencil.

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Japanese Paper Place Demo

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

his informative lecture covers the making of washi paper and what artists have done successfully with it, accompanied by pieces from the Japanese Paper Place's vast collection of washi-based art. The lecture will be followed by a pop up washi paper sale.

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Paper Stitching

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

Yes, you really can sew paper! In this full day workshop we will focus specifically on Japanese paper, or washi*. Use stitch as a way to make marks, create texture, piece together or otherwise transform paper.

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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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White Charcoal on Black Paper

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

Albert Casson leads this one day workshop encouraging students to think in reverse and therefore capture an alternate perspective on their subject matter.

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Intro to Mokuhanga

July 11 - 12, 10AM - 4PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

With this introductory course you’ll understand the basics of the traditional Woodblock process used to print Hokusai’s Great Wave and other masterpieces of Japanese art.

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Four Colour Mokuhanga Intensive

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

In this intensive mokuhanga course students will take an in depth approach to learning all the essentials of producing a multi colour woodcut print using waterbased pigments impressed on a variety of washi papers.You’ll learn to design and carve a 7.5” x 5.5”  key block image and transfer it to a second block using the kogyo method

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Nuno Felting

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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Colour, Creativity, and Fun

July 22 - 24, 9AM - 4PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

Marlene Bulas returns to lead her very popular course encouraging creative play and confident self expression. Students may approach this class with either acrylics or watercolours as both lend themselves to Marlen's curriculum focusing on mastering colour through a limited colour palette, using a colour wheel and use of complementary and analogous colours.

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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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Encaustic for Photography

August 8 - 9, 10AM - 4PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

Encaustic is a very old technique using pigments and wax to "paint" and this course marries its otherworldly, ethereal characteristics with photography. Participants are shown how to mount photos on substrates and use a mixed media approach

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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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