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.

 

Paths to Improved Creativity
Sunday, 22 January 2017 | 1:30-3:30 pm | $25 + HST
Instructors: Mindy Alexander & Shaina Lehan

Beat the Winter Blues with this de-stressing workshop, nurturing happiness and creativity skills. Explore approaches to fostering compassion and mindfulness through meditation. Take part in a relaxed and guided watercolour painting to release the pressures of life's challenges and write a letter celebrating gratitude and affirmation. All materials included. REGISTER

 

From Selfies to Portraiture
Saturday, 28 January 2017 | 1-3 pm | $35 + HST
Instructor: Sylvia Pond of Sylvia Pond Photography

Do you enjoy taking portraits of your family and friends? Are you looking to improve your photography skills? Bring your digital camera and join us for a fun, hands-on workshop to learn about posing, artificial and natural lighting, and composition. Leave wit the technical and creative knowledge (and a good number of photos!) to take truly amazing portraits and selfies for personal, social media or professional purposes. Suitable for all skill levels; all materials included. REGISTER
 

Cosmetic Chemistry
Saturday, 11 February 2017 | 1-4 pm | $50 + HST
Instructor: Mikaela Gossmann-Bond of Shakespeare's Bathtub

Ever find yourself confused by the ingredients listed on your cosmetics? Learn about the science behind body care cosmetics, ingredient properties, safety benefits, and customized skin care. Work with a lotion base, add your own choice of natural ingredients and make a truly personal, safe, vegan body lotion. Leave with the knowledge to make informed decisions, a customized lotion and a bag of Shakespeare's Bathtub complimentary products and coupons. Suitable for all skill levels and most skin types. REGISTER

 

Herbal Remedies
Thursday, 16 February | 6-9 pm | $50 + HST
Instructor: Tahlia Dyer of Sunfire Herbals

Are you curious about herbs and herbal remedies? John Tahlia Dyer, a community herbalist and beekeeper, to learn about the benefits of natural, wild crafted, healing botanicals. Use organic oils, beeswax, butters, essential oils and botanicals to create a handful of remedies that will nourish skin throughout the winter season. Participants will take home a balm and a salve for personal use. All materials included. REGISTER

 

>>>>Personalized Watercolour Stationery
Saturday, 4 March 2017 | 1-3:30 pm | $45 + HST
Instructor: Christine Ball

Experiment with making handmade, decorative cards and envelopes. Leave with a set of four cards to use as your own signature stationery or as a gift set for a birthday, Mother's/Father's Day or a special occasion. Explore various watercolour techniques and apply them to abstract or realistic subject matter, drawing fine details under the guidance of the instructor. Suitable for beginners and experts alike. All materials included. REGISTER 

 

Egg Decorating: Traditional Pysanky
Sunday, 26 March 2017 | 2-5 pm | $35 + HST
Instructor: Karolina Korsak

Spend a relaxing afternoon at the Gallery discovering the art of pysanky -- a wax-resist method of decorating eggs by layering beeswax and dyes. Learn about traditional techniques and designs as you transform a simple egg into your own creation. Leave with beautifully decorated pysanky, as well as a tool kit to continue this tradition at home. Register well in advance. Suitable for all skill levels; all materials provided. REGISTER

 

Precious Metal Clay Pendant
Thursday, 30 March 2017| 6-9 pm | $70 + HST

Instructor: Shannon Kennedy of Cynosure Jewelry

Learn about the properties of working with Precious Metal Clay, a revolutionary clay-like medium that allows you to work like it's soft clay, but when torched, turns into silver. Design and shape your own unique composition and lave with a ready to wear pendant that appeals to men and women. Pendant size is limited to 1 square inch in order to be torch fied. Suitable for all skill levels. All materials provided.  REGISTER

 

Japanese Papercutting
Sunday, 30 April 2017 | 2-4:30 pm | $45 + HST
Instructor: Alistair MacLellan of MB Publishing

Discover the simple beauty of 'kiri-e,' the breathtaking art of Japanese papercutting. Let yourself be guided through the initial design process, learn the basic techniques of papercutting and create a one of a kind framed landscape artwork. Templates will be provided, but participants are invited to bring their own images as inspiration. All materials included, with the option to purchase specialty knives to continue the art at your leisure. REGISTER

 

Build Your Own Book
Thursday, 11 May 2017 | 6-9 pm | $40 + HST
Instructor: Alistair MacLellan of MB Publishing

Return to the simplicity of good craftsmanship: join local bookmaker Alistair MacLellan as he shares his knowledge of the craft of creating a fabric covered, pocket sized, notebook perfect as a sketchbook, gift or journal.  This workshop offers a hands-on, cover-to-cover guide on hand-making your own book, including choosing the paper, hand sewing and personalizing the cover. All materials provided, although participants are invited to bring gently worn, 100% cotton T-shirts.  Kits with specialty papers, thread and cloth will also be available for sale, for future projects. REGISTER


 

 

PAST WORKSHOPS

 

Soap Making 101  |  SOLD OUT!

Saturday, 22 October 2016 | 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  |  SOLD OUT!
Thursday, 27 October 2016 | 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 2016 | 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


CANCELLED - Art and Mindfulness Workshop with Meaghan Johnson
Sunday, 13 November 2016 | 1 - 3 pm
$35 + HST


ENCAUSTIC SERIES - SOLD OUT!
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 - SOLD OUT!
Saturday, 12 November 2016 | 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 - SOLD OUT!
Saturday, 19 November 2016  | 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 - SOLD OUT!
Saturday, 26 November 2016  | 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 - SOLD OUT!
Thursday, 1 December 2016 | 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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