Workshops

Workshops & Courses include painting and drawing, Bioart/explorations in renewable materials, printmaking, hand-built ceramics, electronics, kiln casting & more!

Upcoming workshops are listed here & on our Calendar:

NOVEMBER

Workshops & Courses with artist-instructor, Heather Gentleman and Tosca Teran

PAINTING THE PORTRAIT
Saturday, November 17 to December 22
10:00 to 1:00, 6 Week Course $300/pp

This class will explore, in depth, the process of representing the portrait, and it’s relationship to light and space through painting. Students will be introduced to the materials and techniques used in direct descriptive painting. The class will provide the methods needed to interpret and translate three-dimensional form through painting. We will also explore, through presentations about traditional and contemporary portraiture how artists express character through setting and clothing, as well as the positioning of the model as important aspects of the composition which drive the narrative.

Students are responsible for own supplies.

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FIGURE DRAWING: UNDERSTANDING FORM AND FUNCTION
Saturday, November 17 to December 22
2:00 to 5:00, 6 Week Course $300/pp

Students will be challenged with individual exercises designed to sharpen visual perception and extend drawing skills in drawing the figure.  Through a variety of reference and projects, the students will explore form, proportion, movement, line, shading, perspective and composition. Time will be dedicated to drawing projects derived from observing and interpreting the human form. The focus will be on understanding function and how it determines form. Students will draw the body from different angles from reference provided. The goal is to practice observation and measurement of proportion. I also allocate class time to learning to draw fabrics of different weights and textures with the understanding of how fabrics are draped on the body. By participating in this class, the student will be able to accurately represent the figure, understand elements of drawing: line, shape, volume, value, space, and proportion, make informed choices in drawing tools and materials, understand how the body moves and how form follows function, and develop critique skills based on technical and aesthetic considerations. 

Students responsible for own supplies.

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EXPLORING NARRATIVE THROUGH MIXED MEDIA

Sunday, November 18 to December 23
10:00 to 1:00, 6 Week Course $300/pp

This course focuses on the development of narrative through various mediums such as collage, photo transfer, painting and drawing. Students will be encouraged to keep a sketchbook which will be used for writings, informal drawings and ideas and imagery and to keep reference files which include vintage books and postcards, found objects, and old magazines and publications. The development of narrative will be considered both through examining interests and ideas jotted in sketchbooks as well as allowing the narrative to unfold in the making of work.

Students are responsible for own supplies.


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ENTOMOLOGY 101Morphos & Jewels {Beetles & Butterflies), Tuesday evening, November 27th 7PM-10PM, $75/pp 

In this class, students will learn everything about basic insect preparation. We will discuss harvesting and drying specimen, rehydrating dried specimen, and in class we will practice handling techniques, spreading, mounting, the nuances of posing, display, and maintenance. An assortment of ethically sourced insects; Beetles, moths and butterflies, in various sizes, shapes, and colours will be provided. Students will learn how to put together and maintain their own rehydration chamber, things to check for during all stages of the process to ensure a clean and successful end product, and tips for gentle handling. We will also cover how to select materials for use in displays. Students receive 1 Riker mount for their specimen, 1 set of insect pins & 2 insects.

As always, all specimen are ethically sourced. We will be reviewing the origins of the insects used in class, how students can ethically and legally source specimen, and suggested, reputable suppliers.

Students go home with their own prepared insects, one Riker mount display, the pinning/spreading board made during class, resource list as well as 1 set of insect pins.and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future. It is recommended students bring a small bag or box or display case to transport their pieces. Wooden spreading boards, insect pins, archival habitat materials and various insects are available at the studio for purchase.

Spreading boards, insect pins, archival habitat materials and various insects are available at the studio for purchase.  (participants receive 2 insects to work on)!

 

 

 


Pate de Verre workshops – Participants learn how to fill a pre-made mould of a small bowl with glass paint, glass powder and fine glass -frit-, the moulds are then fired and participants return to the studio to divest and finish their bowls.  $130/pp Materials included, no experience necessary!  Next workshop Tuesday, November 13th & 20th, 6:30-10pm
 

Students learn the basics of pâte de verre from start to finish while making a thin-walled, kiln formed bowl. Students have access to a broad palette of coloured frit (crushed glass) and samples to help predict and understand fired qualities. Demonstrations include various techniques of working with glass powders against the mold, working with color reactions, as well as how to back-fill a packed mold to support the walls of the piece during firing.