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Classes & Workshops onsale to Members Tuesday April 19, 2016 at 9:00am (in person or over the phone)
Public Registration: Tuesday April 26, 2016 9:00am (in person, over the phone, or online) 

Basics and Beyond with Louise Zych 

Tuesday July 5, 19, 26, & Aug 2, 2016
1:00pm-4:00 pm
$126 (HST incl.)

Tuesday July 5, 19, 26, & Aug 2, 2016
6:30pm-9:30 pm
$126 (HST incl.)

Tuesday, August 9, 16, 23, & 30, 2016
1:00pm-4:00 pm
$126 (HST incl.)
Tuesday, August 9, 16, 23, & 30, 2016
6:30pm-9:30 pm
$126 (HST incl.)

For beginners, seasoned artists in need of a shake-up and those in between, this course can be tailored to meet your needs and will keep you moving on your creative journey. Painting and drawing in a variety of media will be explored, with emphasis on strong compositions, value design, and colours that sing. Students are free to try any media (except oils, please). Satisfy both sides of the brain by thoughtfully designing your canvas without sacrificing spontaneity and life. 
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Beyond Picasso Bootcamp with Steve Rose
Monday, July 25 – Friday July 29, 2016
$315 (HST incl.)

Learn to paint in a free, expressive way.  This popular course encourages students to take new creative paths in their work.  Learn the difference between abstract and non-objective painting.  Apply your knowledge of depth, shape, form, and contrast to the exciting technique of non-objective painting to achieve a freer expression of style in all your work.
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 Abstraction in Art and Nature with Steve Rose
Monday August 22 – Friday August 26, 2016
$315 (HST incl.)

This course is inspired by the best artist/designer in the universe, Mother Nature. Instruction will utilize landscape/nature as a point of departure within the context of abstract art approaches. Projects will vary widely from the use of multiples, to conceptual art, experimental drawing, painting and 3D. Emphasis will be on individual creativity and artistic growth. This course is ideal for landscape artists that crave more freedom and a looser expression in their work while remaining faithful to the subject. All artists with previous experience in any discipline will benefit greatly from this week long intensive using nature as your muse.

Figurative Art Intensive with Steve Rose
Monday August 29 – Friday September 2, 2016
$420 (HST incl.)

Indulge yourself in this week long figurative drawing/painting course and let the work flow from your hand. Working from the model artists will address their personal creative development through drawing, painting, and exploring the human form. Working from life is a huge benefit to all artists due to the fact of the skill building it allows by way of observation, eye/hand coordination and continually rendering shape, form and volume. Emphasis will be placed on individual interpretation with regard to personal expression in colour, mark making and overall execution of poses all within a safe and supportive studio environment.


Creative Writing with Kwanza Misingwana
Tuesday July 5, 12, 19, & 26, 2016
$70 (HST incl.)

Share stories in a creative environment in order to better understand who we are and to open a window the past (by excavating that past), present, and future for our families. Every session there will be written works shared (those willing). By the end all participants will be able to share something and have a collection of memorable stories for posterity.

Watercolors for All with Malcolm Cullen
Tuesday July 5, 12, 19, & 26, 2016
6:30pm-9:30 pm
$126 (HST incl.)

In this course all aspects of watercolor will be explored, demonstrated and discussed and will be of interest to beginners and more experienced watercolor painters alike. Starting with the basics of drawing and composition, each week will then introduce new aspects of painting in this most fascinating of mediums, from colorful and loose washes for an outdoor landscape to the most intricate of detail painting in a still life composition. Material List

Intro to Contemporary Painting with Dionne Simpson
Thursday July 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2016
6:30pm-9:30 pm
$126 (HST incl.)

This course will teach students how to stretch and prepare canvas for various wet and dry mediums. Students will explore techniques including rubber stamping, image transfers, collage and traditional techniques to tell stories through their art.
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Advanced Contemporary Painting with Dionne Simpson
Thursday July 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2016
1:00pm – 4:00pm
$126(HST incl.)

An advanced mixed bag of classes which would consist of painting, color theory, some professional development and contemporary techniques. Material List

Digital Photography with John Bingham
Tuesday July 26, 28 & 29, 2016
$95 (HST incl.)

Do you know how to get the best out of your digital camera? Still guessing and hoping that the photos come out OK? This three day digital photography workshop will turn you into a real photographer. Learn to use your camera like a pro and have your photos come out not OK but terrific. The three half day sessions cover the set up and operation of your camera. How to take photos in different and difficult conditions. And how to use Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Elements to bring out your natural creativity.  Workshop participants will need a digital camera, a laptop computer, Photoshop or Photoshop Elements and the desire to become a better photographer.

Calligraphy Multi-Level with Carmel O’Sullivan
3.5 day workshop
June 25 half day 1:00 - 4:00 pm
July 9, 16, 23 full day 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
$225 (HST incl.)

Learn the art of beautiful penmanship through Calligraphic writing. Use this script to create your own cards, invitations or simply to impress your friends. This course is open for the beginner to advanced Calligraphy student.

Adding Dimension to Your Painting with Kim Lee Kho 
Creating Texture and Impasto in Acrylics
June 22, & 23, 2016
9:30am - 4:00pm
$150.00 (HST incl.)

Enrich the sensory experience of your paintings by pushing the paint out from the flatness of the canvas or panel into delicious relief surfaces we can feel with our eyes, (like work by post-impressionist Vincent Van Gogh through l’automatiste Paul-Émile Borduas to contemporary painter Kim Dorland). 

In this two-day workshop, build vivid surfaces in acrylic paintings by developing your skills to create rich and varied textures, sculpt the paint and build up impasto marks. Also learn how to extend the open time so you can work back into the existing paint layer.

Instructor Kim Lee Kho will guide you through creative and technical – and fun! – aspects of working with and modifying acrylics to enhance the third dimension in your work.

Materials fee of $40 (payable to the instructor) includes the acrylic mediums you will need for this workshop, custom-packaged and bought in bulk to save you money and hassle.

Power Painting with Steve Rose
Monday July 18, 2016
$75 (HST incl.)

This workshop will focus on strong colour, bold composition, and the dynamic energy of contemporary painting. The process of vision to execution will be based on individual attention in regard to materials, concept, and technique in consultation with Steve. This will be a busy, active studio experience. Please come over prepared with materials just in case! Materail List.

In addition to the material list please bring references to work from, photos, sketches, studies etc.

Loosely Landscape with Steve Rose
Friday July 22, 2016
$75 (HST incl.)

Utilizing the landscape and the organic world with emphasis on conceptual/personal investigation will be the focus of this workshop. It will provide an opportunity to expand your visual language and artistic skills. Progressing from a series of warm up exercises intended to push and inspire new creative pathways you will be challenged with fresh approaches to a cherished and respected age old painting genre.  Material List

Self Portrait with Steve Rose
Monday August 8, 2016
$75 (HST incl.)

To face your face is a hugely healthy artistic experience and creative departure  for all artists to play with and explore regardless of your normal studio practice. This workshop will utilize an assortment of different approaches toward the self portrait and a variety of experimental projects. Acrylic paint is probably best suited for this workshop but any medium can be used.  Material List

Abstraction/non- objective painting with Steve Rose
Friday, August 5 & 12, 2016
$150 (HST incl.)

This two day workshop is designed to take you into the realm of non-objective painting, whether you are an experienced or novice painter. Starting with a number of exercises and projects, subject matter will gradually be reduced until you are painting with no subject at all. You will be encouraged to work on your own projects or Steve can assign approaches for you and your work. Non-objective painting can be challenging but the skills learned and the added freedom of expression would benefit any art practise. Bring lots of paint.  Material List

Modern Batik Workshop with Deon Best
Tuesday July 12, 2016
10:00 am–4:00pm
$100 for 1 day workshop (Materials & HST incl.)

The unique artistic expression of wax & dyes on fabric creates beautiful artwork. Beginners to advance, it doesn’t matter your age or skill level, all you need is the willingness to learn and explore to create your beautiful original artwork.


Coming Soon

Plein-Air Workshop with John Pryce
Thursday 9:30am – 4:00pm
September 27 – 30, 2016

This outdoor painting course will introduce you to the process of direct painting in nature. Individual expression will be encouraged as you become familiar with the specific requirements of plein air painting. While painting basics will be discussed, instruction will deal more with interpreting what you see and feel in being a part of the environment. You are welcome to work in acrylic or oil medium. Please be prepared to work outdoors.

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