Taught by local artists and educators, these informative, practical and fun workshops teach skills that are perfect for the artist and "do-it-yourselfer" in everyone.  Teens aged 16 and over can register for workshops.  Teens aged 14 & 15 may register along with an adult companion.

Soap Making 101  |  FULL!
Saturday, 22 October | 1 - 3:30 pm | $65 + HST
Instructor: Linda Boyle of Serenity Soaps

Explore the fundamentals of traditional soap making in this hands-on workshop where you will learn the techniques, ingredients and equipment needed to make your own sudsy bars.  Touch on some "fun science" - the backbone of soap making - the differences in ingredients, and soap making methods and techniques to then create your own custom bars.  Participants will mix, customize and mould their own bars to take home and enjoy.  Please bring an apron, wear long sleeves, have covered legs, and closed toed shoes.  Safety goggles and gloves provided; all materials included. REGISTER

Intro to Weaving
Thursday, 27 October | 6 - 9 pm | $60 + HST

Instructor: Elissa Barber of Ospre Studio

Learn the basics of weaving to create a beautiful, modern wall hanging or tapestry.  Learn how to set up a loom, weaving techniques, design and colour tips, how to add embellishments such as fabric and beads, and how to finish off your weaving, remove it from the loom and prepare it to hang.  Participants will take home a wooden loom frame and a finished woven wall tapestry -- a perfect addition to a gallery wall or an ideal gift.  Leave with the skills and knowledge needed to continue and develop your weaving practice at home! All materials included. REGISTER

Collage & Beeswax Book Assemblage

Thursday, 3 November | 6 - 9 pm | $45 + HST
Instructor: Karoline Varin

Discover the wonderful world of altered book assemblage - the art of transforming an existing book into a new work of art.  Create a beautiful keepsake, shadow box or unique personal artwork using vintage books, specialty papers, and a variety of embellishments and trinkets.  Participants will learn collage and paper-building techniques, and how to complete their book with luminous layers of beeswax.  All materials included, however, participants are invited to bring in their own personal 2D (i.e. photographs, notes) or small personal memorabilia if they wish. REGISTER

Art and Mindfulness Workshop with Meaghan Johnson
Sunday, 13 November | 1 - 3 pm
$35 + HST

Are you interested in slowing down and savouring your experiences?  Have you ever felt too distracted or busy to spend an afternoon with art? This workshop will engage you in a series of mindfulness and embodiment exercises designed to increase your capacity to be present to both your external soundings and your internal experiences. These techniques will then heighten your appreciation of silently walking through the gallery's exhibition. You will leave refreshed from the experience and armed with mindfulness tools you can use in your everyday life.

KWAG is pleased to host Meaghan Johnson for a third time for this two hour workshop. She is the founder of Queen Street Yoga and has partnered with organizations such as the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, the Clay and Glass Gallery, and the Treehouse Talks Lecture series (Toronto) to lead workshops in audience engagement and art appreciation. She is currently completing her masters in psychotherapy at the University of Guelph. REGISTER

Instructor: Karoline Varin
$60 + HST / workshop OR $165 / all three workshops

Please note that it is not necessary to sign up for all three workshops.

Encaustic is a form of painting using hot wax and coloured pigments.  This three-part series is perfect for all skill levels, whether you are new to encaustic or looking to further explore the medium.  Sign up for one, two or all three workshops.  Limited space available; register well in advance to ensure your spot.  All materials included. REGISTER

Part I: Introduction to Encaustic - FULL!
Saturday, 12 November | 1 - 5 pm
Learn the basics of encaustic painting including colour mixing, composition, image transfers, texture, safety, and aftercare.  Leave with a series of small works on Masonite board.

Part II: Experimental & Abstract Encaustic - FULL!
Saturday, 19 November  | 1 - 5 pm
Learn how to use colour, line and shape to create a successful abstract composition.  Experiment with layering wax, various papers and mixed materials, and adding interesting textures to create a finished abstract work on wood panel.

Part III: Still Life Painting & Encaustic
Saturday, 26 November  | 1 - 5 pm
Explore a more traditional style of painting with hot wax and colour blending with oil sticks to create a rich still life painting.  Learn how to approach planning and sketching a still life with the option of adding abstract elements, and leave with a finished still life encaustic painting on wood panel.

Mixed Media Embroidery
Thursday, 1 December | 6 - 9 pm | $45 + HST
Instructor: Kate Carder-Thompson

This is not your everyday embroidery!  Taking inspiration from historic and contemporary artists who incorporate embroidery in their artistic practices, you will learn fundamental stitches and then explore their sculptural and mark-making potential.  Experiment with stitching into paper and fabric, and altering the surface of fabric with ink and pastel before adding stitches.  Leave with two expressive, abstract images that would make beautiful framed artworks or gifts.  All materials included. REGISTER

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