• Watercolour Portrait Painting
  • Improving your Watercolour Painting
  • Tools of the Trade: Colour Mixing & Brush Handling
  • Printmaking Holiday Cards and Wrapping Paper
  • Drawing for the Terrified
  • Watercolour and Ink Pet Portrait
  • Wreath Making
  • Holiday Gingerbread Houses
  • Holiday Ornaments & Cards
  • Portrait Drawing for the Absolute Beginner
  • Painting a Series
  • Winter Colour Wonderland
  • Screen Printing onto Clay
  • Screen Printing onto Fabric or Paper
  • So You Think You Can't Act!
  • Auditioning Workshop

  • Fall 2017 - Workshops & Mini-Classes

    Watercolour Portrait Painting
    (Adults & Teens 15+)

    with Sadko Hadzihasanovic

    Explore the vibrancy and transparency of this medium through a spontaneous and more contemporary approach to portrait painting. Students will learn to control the pigment, while learning about the interaction of colour, design, contrast, composition and texture as it pertains to watercolour portrait painting. All levels, beginner to advanced, are welcome to join.

    11587 | Sunday, November 12, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

    Fee: $70.00 + HST (model fee included, material list provided)

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    Improving your Watercolour Painting
    (Adults & Teens 15+)

    with Moira Clark

    This watercolour workshop will focus on improving your techniques and learning some new ones along the way. Students will explore techniques used in landscape and still life, including cloud shapes and multiple colours in foliage, rocks, buildings and backgrounds, controlling tones and extremes of contrast, washes and glazes and making the most of your brushwork.

    11588 | Mondays, November 27, December 4 & 11, 12:30-3:30 PM

    Fee: $150.00 + HST (material list provided)

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    Tools of the Trade: Colour Mixing & Brush Handling
    (Adults & Teens 15+)

    with Roberto Rosenman

    In this workshop, we will focus on the technical side of creating a painting. Primarily, we will use colour theory to learn how to mix any colour on your palette. Students will learn how to identify hue, value and chroma when painting and avoid some of the pitfalls of painting, like creating 'mud' on your palette. In addition, we will examine the different pigments, understanding where they fall on the colour wheel and how and when to properly use them. Students will also learn proper brush handling and techniques including how to create blends, hard and soft edges, glazes, and impasto techniques. Lastly, we will look closely at the materials of painting- understanding the different types and uses of brushes, mediums, varnishes and painting surfaces. Suited for both oil and acrylics, students will gain useful knowledge that can be applied to both representational and abstract forms of painting.

    11589 | Tuesdays, November 28, December 5 and 12, 12:30 to 3:30 PM

    Fee: $195.00 + HST (material list provided)

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    Printmaking Holiday Cards and Wrapping Paper
    (Ages 8 to 88)

    with Emily Soden

    Participants will learn how to make hand printed cards and wrapping paper using linocut. This one-day workshop will explore the use of pattern in printmaking, special holiday design, offset printing, and so much more. Come and enjoy a fun and relaxing afternoon!
    *Please note that sharp tools will be used for cutting in this workshop. Parental/adult supervision is necessary for children 12 years and under

    11590 | Sunday, December 3, 1:00-4:00 PM

    Fee: $95.00 + HST (includes materials for 1 individual)

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    Drawing for the Terrified
    (Adults & Teens 15+)

    with Sadko Hadzihasanovic

    If you are 'art terrified' and have ever felt that you could never get past drawing stick figures then this workshop is perfect for you! For the complete beginner, you will be encouraged to let the artist inside you grow through exploring different ways of looking at and making marks. Students will begin to develop their drawing and creative skills and become more confident with the tools of visual expression.

    11591 | Tuesday, December 5, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Fee: $70.00 + HST (materials included)

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    Watercolour and Ink Pet Portrait
    (Adults & Teens 15+)

    with Emily Soden

    Create a portrait of a loved pet or favourite animal. Bring in a high quality photo of a pet you would like to paint, or use a photo of an animal that is provided. There will be a demonstration on the drawing, inking and watercolour techniques to create the portrait. Students will first create a pencil drawing that will then be inked, and lastly they will paint with watercolours.

    11592 | Tuesday, December 5, 7:00-10:00 PM

    Fee: $60.00 + HST (material list provided)

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    So You Think You Can't Act!
    (Adults & Teens 15+)

    with Allison Beula

    This fun-filled workshop will show you that you CAN actually act! Guaranteed to put a smile on your face and give you the most fun you've had in years, this workshop will get you up on your feet, learning new skills and exploring the art of acting. Improvisation will be the basis of the program, and before you say you can't...the gentle guidance and encouraging atmosphere will prove to you that you can! No experience necessary. This workshop is also perfect for public speakers, dancers, writers, managers and anyone who wants to learn more about communication and confident presentation skills. All you need is the desire to have fun and the willingness to participate in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

    11601 | Tuesday, December 5, 7:00-10:00 PM

    Fee: $50.00 + HST

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    Wreath Making
    (Ages 8 to 88)

    with Emily Soden

    Learn to make a wreath from scratch! Work with a variety of seasonal colours, foliage and decorations to create a beautiful holiday wreath. Bring your imagination to this special workshop and create a unique and holiday-inspired wreath. This is a great project to do with a parent, grandparent, aunt, sibling or on your own. Please note that sharp tools will be used in this workshop so parental or adult supervision is necessary.

    11593 | Sunday, December 10, 1:00-4:00 PM

    Fee: $100.00 + HST per wreath (maximum two people per wreath - materials included)

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    Auditioning Workshop
    (Adults & Teens 14+)

    with Allison Beula

    This workshop is perfect for those planning to eventually audition for entry into an arts school or those who are interested in approaching an agent or auditioning for a school show. The art of the audition is a skill that benefits from special coaching. There are many techniques and tips that any performer, from amateur to pro, can easily use to not only improve the audition but can carry into one's ability as a performer or even into one's confidence as a public speaker. Once you craft your audition, you can focus on the work you are presenting, not on the nerves and doubt that surround your presentation. We will also address other audition elements including the interview and the improvisational portion. This limited space workshop will give you one on one invaluable attention, allowing you to craft your monologue as well as your overall presentation.

    11602 | Tuesday & Thursday, December 12 & 14, 7:00-10:00 PM

    Fee: $100.00 + HST

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    Holiday Gingerbread Houses
    (Ages 8 to 88)

    with Kristina D'Angelo

    Unleash your creative side in this sweet and delicious artistic twist to the classic gingerbread house. Students will decorate their very own gingerbread houses using unique and edible materials. Each student will receive a pre-assembled house, royal icing, cookies, crackers, pretzels and many interesting and uniquely shaped candies. All you have to do is bring your imagination and unique design ideas to this special workshop. All gingerbread houses will be wrapped in cellophane, ready for you to take home to display! This is a great project to do with a parent, grandparent, aunt, sibling or on your own (maximum two people working per house). Please be advised that we cannot guarantee that all products used in the workshop will be allergy-free.

    11598 | Sunday, December 17, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM

    Fee: $65.00 + HST per house (maximum two people per house - materials included)

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    Holiday Ornaments & Cards
    (Kids 4 & 5 years with a caregiver)

    with Nicola Wismer

    After sharing a seasonal picture book and some fun activities, young artists will get imaginative and playful creating ornaments and cards inspired by the story read in the studio. Child-friendly and innovative materials are supplied and parents or caregivers are encouraged to participate.

    11599 | Monday, December 18, 10:00-11:30 AM

    Fee: $35.00 + HST (materials included)

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    Portrait Drawing for the Absolute Beginner
    (Adults & Teens 15+)

    with Roberto Rosenman

    Designed for the absolute beginner, this 2-day workshop will provide basic skills in portrait drawing. Drawing from photos and the self, students will be guided through a series of step-by-step exercises that explore facial features, expressions, anatomical proportions and shading. Focus will be placed on gaining a solid foundation in drawing portraits so students can continue to work beyond the workshop.

    11600 | Monday & Tuesday, December 18 & 19, 12:30-3:30 PM

    Fee: $130.00 + HST (material list provided)

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    Painting a Series
    (Adults & Teens 15+)

    with Sam Paonessa

    Come and learn how to create a themed painting in the hopes of developing a small collection, series, diptych or triptych. Choose the subject matter you relate to, like landscape, seascape, urban, wildlife, an emotion, a person, a figure... anything at all. If you are inspired by the subject matter, the viewer will also be. Ideas will be discussed with the instructor to determine the number of works and the approach of the series. The number of paintings created will depend on the individual artist. Artists will provide their own reference material and can paint in acrylic or oil.

    11594 | Monday-Thursday, December 18-21, 12:30-3:30 PM

    Fee: $225.00 + HST (material list provided)

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    Winter Colour Wonderland
    (Adults & Teens 15+)

    with Martha Johnson

    Now you can escape the winter blues and spend an enjoyable and relaxing afternoon painting a beautiful winter-inspired canvas in just one afternoon! Participants will work with acrylic paint to create their own painting, while exploring the depth of colour within a winter landscape. Participants will learn about composition, perspective and paint handling and discover how to innovatively work within a limited colour palette. Perfect for the absolute beginner or those with some painting experience.

    11595 | Tuesday, December 19, 12:30 to 3:30 PM

    Fee: $60.00 + HST (material list provided)

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    Screen Printing onto Clay
    (Adults & Teens 15+)

    with Sandra Tarantino

    Students will create a hand-made ceramic piece, which will be designed and finished using screen-printing techniques. Ceramic creations can include a choice of a coaster set, trivet or a bowl or platter. Designs will be printed and transferred onto your own ceramic creation, using underglazes. Patterns may be repeated and layered in a variety of colours and layout possibilities. Please note: pieces will be clear glazed and available for pick up in New Year.

    11596 | Wednesday, December 20, 12:30-3:30 PM

    Fee: $95.00 + HST (materials & firing included)

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    Screen Printing onto Fabric or Paper
    (Adults & Teens 15+)

    with Sandra Tarantino

    Students will learn how to create hand-designed patterns or imagery onto screens using a drawing fluid technique. Imagery can be printed onto personal fabric pieces including clothing, fabric napkins or any cotton/ linen piece. Images can also be printed as a series of paper prints or cards and stationary.

    11597 | Thursday, December 21, 12:30-3:30 PM

    Fee: $90.00 + HST (screen and ink materials included, students will provide fabric and paper materials)

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