UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

Our WORKSHOPS are designed as day-long or weekend-long classes for you to learn a new skill, technique, or medium of your choosing! They are structured for beginners, right up to advanced working artists. Feel free to peruse our available workshops below!

OCT

1

Saturday
9 am – 4 pm

$95

Watercolours for Beginners

with Ralph Temple

If you think you would like to try painting in watercolour but don’t know where to start just add the word “yet”! Join Artist Ralph Temple and explore the basics of painting in watercolour. From start to finish, topics cover the fundamental aspects of preparation, composition, sequencing, and painting techniques. This course is intended for complete beginners. Subject matter is the choice of the participant and any image is worthwhile.

Ralph Temple holds a B.F.A. in sculpture, is a 37-year member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour, a mixed media artist, art instructor, and a former museum technician and picture framer.

SOLD OUT!

OCT

1+2

Sat + Sun
10 am – 4:00 pm

$325

Cyanotypes + Encaustic

with Liba Labik

Students in this workshop will learn processes of art creating that contain alchemy of combining Cyanotype, a 170-year-old photo printing process, and Encaustics. The first day of the workshop students will experiment with creating cyanotypes prints. You will learn how to use cyanotype chemicals to create a light-sensitive solution which is then  applied on the paper. Students will experiment with variety of natural materials such as plants, leaves and various objects that will be placed on the coated paper and exposed to the UV light-sun.

Once printed as cyanotypes, the images can be used as a surface for encaustic painting and other mediums. The second day of the workshop students will work with their cyanotypes prints and encaustic medium. They will learn about studio safety, how to make and use their own encaustic medium. Liba will share tricks and common mistakes to avoid with creating art using cyanotypes and encaustic.

Group demonstrations and friendly critiques will be an essential part of this workshop. Students will have an opportunity to create their own artwork or choose from projects that I will have available. Experience with encaustic techniques and/or cyanotypes is recommended but not mandatory. Absolute beginners are welcome. Students must be min 13 years old.

OCT

2

Sunday
10 am – 4 pm

$95

Chickadee on Black

with Sherry Telle

Join Sherry Telle in this exciting coloured pencil workshop!

Sherry will take you step-by-step through working with coloured pencil on black paper. Creating dimensional artwork on black paper is an entirely new experience! Sherry will cover things such as building dimension, retaining highlights and lowlights, as well as fundamental coloured pencil techniques!

This workshop will get your brain thinking in a completely new way, and the results are absolutely worth it!

OCT

6

Thursday
6 pm – 9 pm

$85

Gelli Plate Printing

with Annette Wichmann

Join artist Annette Wichmann for an evening creating Gelli Prints!

Gelli prints can be used in a variety of ways for collages, backgrounds, and stand-alone art. The process is fun and once you start, you won’t want to stop.

You will work with acrylic paints on a variety of papers and this process can be translated to canvas and board and other surfaces as well. You will work on a variety of papers and this process can be translated to canvas, fabric and board and other surfaces as well. Most supplies are included and you will have a bevy of printed papers to take home with you.

OCT

8

Saturday
9 am – 4 pm

$95

Watercolours

with Ralph Temple

If you have tried painting in watercolour and want to learn to expand your knowledge and grow your techniques then this is for you! Join Artist Ralph Temple and explore the basics of painting in watercolour. From start to finish, topics cover the fundamental aspects of preparation, composition, sequencing, and painting techniques. This course is intended for complete beginners. Subject matter is the choice of the participant and any image is worthwhile.

Ralph Temple holds a B.F.A. in sculpture, is a 37-year member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour, a mixed media artist, art instructor, and a former museum technician and picture framer.

OCT

13

Thursday
6 pm – 9 pm

$65

Creative Collage Workshop

with Annette Wichmann

Join artist Annette Wichmann for a fun introduction to basic collage techniques!

You will take various papers, brought by participants, embellish them, cut them, and arrange them to make creative collages. You will learn a variety of techniques and have fun using just some basic supplies.

If you have created monoprints from a gelli plate print workshop, bring them to this workshop!

OCT

20

Thursday
6 pm – 9 pm

$85

Bob Ross® Serene Forest Landscape in Oil

with Tracey Leigh Crozier

Join Bob Ross Certified Instructor® Tracey Leigh Crozier in this fun evening workshop! All supplies are included in this wet-on-wet class where you will be led from the beginning stages to a complete oil painting of a serene forest scene, in just a few hours!

You will be shown in a step-by-step manner how to prepare a black gesso canvas with oil paint, experience the art of mixing colour, learn how to use different brush strokes to create tree trunks, vegetation, flowing water and smooth stones in a happy little scene!

Unleash your inner artist! Beginners are welcome…there is no previous experience required…just the desire to paint or learn a new skill and have a great time! As Bob always said, “There are no mistakes, just happy little accidents!”

OCT

21

Friday
6 pm – 8 pm

$10

GOLDEN Acrylics A-Z

with Samantha Williams-Chapelsky

This lecture packs in a ton of valuable information about GOLDEN acrylics, guiding listeners through the basics while opening up new possibilities. 

You will gain information about mineral and modern pigments and how this relates to clean colour mixing, glazing and the creation of fabulous new colours. Learn the unique properties of GOLDEN Fluids, Heavy Body, OPEN and High Flow Acrylics. Discover Interference and Iridescent paints for unusual effects. Get a comprehensive overview on the many Gels and Mediums and how they can change texture, saturation and intensity of colour, how they can be used for sculptural effects and more! The lecture includes a review of GOLDEN Grounds that create truly contemporary surfaces for painting, drawing, pastel, digital printing and mixed media. 

The lecture includes an array of examples of these materials put to use. Attendees will leave the lecture enthusiastic to explore the extensive potential of acrylic painting! This event also includes a brief introduction to GOLDEN’s non-acrylic products such as Williamsburg Artist Oil Colors and QoR Artist Watercolour.

OCT

22

Saturday
10 am – 3:30 pm

$145

Cold Wax in Art

with Liba Labik

Join artist Liba Labik in this informative and exciting workshop! Cold wax is a soft paste made with beeswax which adds body, transparency, and depth to oil paint. It is a very freeing and intuitive medium.

Students will be encouraged to experiment not only with oil paint but also with charcoal, graphite and other materials which can be used with cold wax. You will learn to create layers and glazes to build a painting from the base upwards. This one-day workshop is designed for students of all levels of experience and interest. As each student will receive plenty of one-on-one instruction it is the perfect way to be introduced to this exciting new medium.

OCT

22

Saturday
10 am – 4 pm

$120

Large and Loose

with Connie Geerts

Join artist Connie Geerts in this intense, and exciting one-day workshop!

Get your whole body moving! Loosen up your method of painting by tackling two large paintings in one day, one with a warm up, the other with the subject of your choice! You will learn how to get your ideas down quickly and accurately in a large format, and how to develop a more painterly style.

Connie will cover topics such as: mark-making, colour choices, design, and more.

Stretch your body and your creative abilities in this fun, supportive class. All skill levels welcome!

OCT

23

Sunday
9 am – 4 pm

$95

For the Love of Paper

with Gloria Gelo

Join Gloria Gelo in this full-day workshop exploring mono-printing and collage!

Gloria will guide you step-by-step on how to create personal mono-prints, collage, and stained papers with a variety of techniques, tools, and materials. This full-day workshop will introduce you to a myriad of papers as you experiment with geli-plate printing, mark-making, and staining. You will learn to balance layers of colour and marks to capture richness and subtlety with simple stained and painted papers.

The result will be a selection of beautiful collage paper that is uniquely yours, and can be used in mixed media art!

OCT

26

Wednesday
6 pm – 9 pm

$85

Alcohol Ink Sunflower

with Sherry Telle

Join Sherry Telle in this Alcohol Ink Workshop!

In this class you will learn the basics of alcohol inks, as well as how to work with this intuitive and expressive medium! Learn to go with the flow and create a beautiful abstracted sunflower! Topics covered are colour mixing, understanding alcohol inks, and how to embellish your alcohol inks with intuitive linework!

This class is designed for beginners or anyone looking to begin in this unique medium!

OCT

28-30

Fri – Sun
9 am – 4 pm

$375

Studio Practice

with Jean Pederson

Studio Practice with artist Jean Pederson is a new abbreviated version of her ongoing 4×4 Mentorship Program. Students will meet in-studio twice a year for 3 consecutive days to participate in group warm-ups and activities, continue to develop independent studio work, and meet in private one-on-one critiques and discussions with Jean Pederson.

The meetings will culminate in individualized at-home assignments to be completed by the next session to continue to strengthen your creative practice. This program provides accountability and requires a personal commitment to be present with your artwork, have an open mind and work hard to challenge preconceptions, and focus on building a flourishing practice.

OCT

29

Saturday
9 am – 4 pm

$125

Itajime - Shibori Paper Dyeing

with Susan Kristoferson

Join Susan Kristoferson in this special Itajime Paper Dyeing Workshop!

Learn how to make the intricate traditional itajime patterns and processes on paper! Explore Japanese fold, clamp, and dye shibori techniques in many different colours and pattern variations. Itajime can be highly skilled and controlled and always offers up unexpected surprises. Work from simple to complex in this structured workshop as you create your stack of amazing patterned papers!

This is a workshop packed with information, demonstrations, experimentation, invention and your own creativity! The excitement of ‘opening a surprise package’ occurs as each folded paper bundle of itajime is revealed!

NOV

5

Saturday
10 am – 4 pm

$175

Encaustic + Collage

with Liba Labik

Join artist Liba Labik in this unique workshop! Encaustic is considered one of the most ancient painting techniques in the world. It is a paint that is composed of beeswax, damar resin and pigments.

The word “encaustic’ comes from the Greek “encaustikos” “to burn in”, referring to the process of using heat to fuse the layers together. It was notably used in Favyum mummy portraits in Egypt around 100-300AD. This technique was lost for hundreds of years and re-discovered again in 18th century. Today, encaustic painting is experiencing revival.

Students will learn about the studio safety, how to make encaustic medium, create mono prints and photo transfers and how to use hot wax in combination with other materials to create mixed media artwork.

Experimentation is highly encouraged. Students will have an opportunity to create their own artwork or choose from projects that Liba will have available. Group demonstrations and friendly critiques will be an essential part of this workshop. This workshop is designed for students of all levels and interests. Absolute beginners are welcome; experience in visual art is not required.

NOV

26

Saturday
10 am – 4:00 pm

$175

Encaustic Monotypes

with Liba Labik

Students in this workshop will experiment with encaustic techniques, materials, and gel-press plates to create imaginative encaustic monotype artworks. This technique is a bit different than using gel press plate for acrylic prints. Even though, acrylic gelli prints, can be enhanced with encaustic, encaustic monotypes created with gel press plate can be used directly with encaustic techniques and processes. Students will experiment with encaustic medium, encaustic pigments, materials and gel press plate to achieve a variety of effects in your artworks. 

You will also learn about the studio safety, how to make your own encaustic medium, and how to use it. Students will have an opportunity to create their own artwork or choose from projects that Liba will have available. Group demonstrations and friendly critiques will be an essential part of this workshop. Liba will share tricks and common mistakes to avoid in creating encaustic monotypes with gel press plate. Experience with encaustic techniques and/or gelli prints is recommended but not mandatory. Absolute beginners are welcome. Students must be min 13 years old.

NOV

27

Sunday
9 am – 4 pm

$125

Paper Forms and Objects

with Susan Kristoferson

What to do with the wonderful, specialty papers that you have? The gorgeous decorative Japanese papers you bought? The left-over scrapbook pages? The unique papers that you have painted and dyed? The paper bits that you have saved because they are so wonderful?

Spend a day with Susan Kristoferson and learn how to create four beautiful origami ornaments, sophisticated, light weight paper beads for necklaces and earrings, and a few different types of easily bound handmade books. By the end of this one-day workshop you will have gifts for yourself and for others on your “list”. After this workshop you will have the knowledge and ability to create more high-quality handmade paper objects. Come join the fun!

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