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.

July 2021

Mokuhanga

July 26 - 29, 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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August 2021

Figures in your Watercolours

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

Join master watercolourist Hi-Sook Barker for this two 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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Copper Etching

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

Science meets art! Join Kate Civiero for a full day 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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Glorious Florals in Watercolour

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

Join master watercolourist Hi-Sook Barker for this masterclass 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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Natural Dyes for Textiles

August 14, 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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Eco Printing for Textiles

August 15, 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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Soapstone Carving

August 16 - 18, 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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Encaustic Painting Weekend

August 21 - 22, 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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Introduction to Acrylics

August 23 - 25, 9AM - 4PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

A course designed for budding artists interested in learning about the use of acrylics. This would be an introductory course for Acrylics.  We would cover the essential parts of the process from panel/canvas preparation, the use of a double primary palate, painting techniques, and finishing techniques.  Throughout the course, participants will follow along with directed activities each day; technique workshops each morning.  In the afternoons the participants would create a piece using the methods/ topics covered in the morning and culminate with producing a painting of their own choice with support from the group and instructor.

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The Landscape - Creating Narratve (Photography)

August 23 - 24, 9AM - 4PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

In this 2 day workshop we will spend time creating images that speak to your audience. Through
the use of slideshows showing the different photographic techniques, creating images in the
field and critiques of your work, you will build a foundation of what a good narrative image is.

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Creative Images (Photography)

August 25 - 26, 9AM - 4PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

Putting the WOW into your photography; a 2 day workshop looking at how to get the most out of your camera; from technical tips, composition and learning how to see. Aimed at the beginner and intermediate photographer, you will understand how to take control of your camera, not having the camera tell you what it wants to do.
In this 2 day workshop we will spend time creating images that use different techniques to add the wow factor. Through the use of slideshows showing the different photographic techniques, creating images in the field and critiques of your work, you will build a foundation of how to use your camera to its maximum capability.

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Precious Metal Clay Pendant (at GBARTS)

August 27, 5:30PM - 9PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

Even if you have never created jewelry before, you will be inspired by how easy it is to make a pendant with precious metal clay.
In this workshop you will learn how to transfer and carve your own design into a linoleum block to create your own PMC pendant. PMC is a revolutionary clay-like medium that allows you to work as you would soft clay, when fired it turns into pure silver.

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Precious Metal Clay Boot Camp (at GBARTS)

August 28 - 29, 9AM - 4PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

This two day intensive class is packed with technical and practical information. The projects cover a wide range of techniques that will allow you start working in PMC right away!  This course introduces the basics of jewelry making using PMC (Precious Metal Clay). Topics include principles of design, properties of PMC, basic tools and basic tool creation, PMC carving, make and use of molds and stamps, firing, finishing and polishing. Students should complete three finished pieces.

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Encaustic for Photography

August 28, 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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Precious Metal Clay Earring Charms (at GBARTS)

August 29, 1PM - 4:30PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

Working with silver wire you will create your own sheppard hooks and your own PMC charms using shot plate designs. We have a several shot plate designs to create your charms with your very own unique style and flair.
You will learn how to shape your hooks, create your PMC charms, and solder on a jump ring, filing and finishing. The instructor will torch fire your PMC charms for you. No experience necessary!

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Introduction to Pastels

August 30 - September 1, 9AM - 4PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

In this 3 day workshop you will learn key principles of pastel application that will allow you to handle the pastel medium with confidence. Learn to simplify complex images and build pastels in layers to render accurately and create atmosphere in your paintings. Use this beautiful medium to express your ideas in full colour with expression. This workshop includes live demonstrations, discussion on how to use colour effectively, cropping and editing your subject, and teaches methods to make your own pastel paper. Individual tutoring will deal with your specific artistic needs and goals. Exercises are designed to develop new skills and challenge our approach to working. This class is open to all levels.

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September 2021

Beginners Acrylic Painting II

September 14, 6:30PM - 9PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

In this four evening course, students will experiment with a variety of techniques using Acrylics in a fun relaxed atmosphere.  Participants will be making colour and value studies and using them to help create paintings with demonstrations and guidance from the instructor.

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Intuitive Abstract Expressionist Painting

September 15 - 17, 9AM - 4PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

Students will be introduced to the concept of "breaking out of the box"

While some fundamental knowledge is an asset, you will be experimenting and exploring with new tools, techniques & processes. The focus of this course is to detach yourself from expectation of "outcome" and focus on your own unique process. Some materials are included

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Introduction to Wood Carving

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

Butternut is an easy to carve wood with a beautiful colour and grain when  finished with wax or oil. The instructor will have a small supply of tools that  can be tried but you will need you own basic tools to complete the carving.
The instructor will also have a selection of finishing products that you can  use to put the final finish on your carving.
We will be carving a comfort bird. They're designed to fit in the palm of your  hand, so you can rub them for comfort.

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Landscapes in Bold & Contemporary Colour

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

Learn to paint with loose, expressive brushwork depicting light and shadow through the use of shapes combined with vibrant colour. Jacintha will guide you through varied exercises and teach valuable techniques to promote the understanding and experience of creating your very own Impressionistic paintings of a landscape.

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October 2021

Introduction to Landscape Painting in Oils or Acrylics

October 18 - 19, 9AM - 4PM | All Levels | Ages 16+

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. Demos and discussion and lots of pushing paint around! Small painting exercises and a completed piece will be our result. The materials list will layout the necessary supplies for a successful entry into oils. All of the content will be applicable to acrylics as well, so acrylic painters are welcome to join!

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Intermediate Landscape Painting in Oils or Acrylics

October 20 - 22, 9AM - 4PM | Intermediate | Ages 16+

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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