DIY Workshop Series
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.


 Intro to Weaving - SOLD OUT!
Thursday, 26 May | 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.


Butterfly Illustration & Calligraphy
Saturday, 11 June | 1-4 pm | $60 + HST 

Instructor: Elissa Barber of Ospre Studio

Create your own three-dimensional butterfly specimen artwork using paint, liquid gold leaf and cut paper.  Learn about illustration, design, colour theory, and modern calligraphy, as well as the principles behind creating a gallery wall, to which this artwork is the perfect addition. Participants will leave with a finished illustration framed in a shadow box, ready to hang or give as a gift. All materials included. 



Succulent & Cactus Terrariums
Thursday, 16 June | 7-8:30 pm | $80 + HST 
Instructor: Tina Riddell & Deb Jasinski of Living Fresh Flower Studio & School

Learn to create a sustainable, miniature ecosystem under glass by combining an assortment of succulents, cacti and unique botanical elements.  This workshop walks you through the steps to make a beautiful and sculptural plant habitat, and provides tips on how to care for it at home.  Bring garden gloves if you wish; all other materials included. 



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.



Instructor: Karoline Varin
$60 + HST / workshop OR $165 / 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.

Part I: Introduction to Encaustic
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
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.


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