Adult Art Workshops 2018

Adult Art Workshops

Welcome to another exciting year of programmes and art workshops at the Museum and Archives. We offer a diverse selection of media and skill levels, all taught by the area's top art instructors. This summer, we are offering a variety of one-day to five-day  sessions.

Whether you want to "brush-up" existing abilities or discover new ones, there is sure to be a course that will inspire you.

Workshops run from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, unless otherwise stated.

  • Enrolment is limited, so register early!
  • To register by phone with a credit card, call:
  • 519.846.0916 x 5221, or toll free: 1.800.663.0750 x 5221

Available Courses:

Finding Your Abstraction From Within with Vickie Martin
July 3-6, 2018

Cost: $200 +HST, materials extra

red, yellow, black abstract paintingThis workshop is for those who want to do non-directional abstracts. Each student will have their own colour palette, which they will use in the creation of their abstracts. Various acrylic mediums such as granular gel, molding paste, Chinese papers and mylar will be used to create composition, depth and textures.

Success with Watercolour Painting with Pat Armstrong
July 7-8, 2018

Cost: $125 +HST, materials extra

watercolour painting of lilly flowerThis workshop is designed for beginners & painters with some experience.  You will begin by learning about the supplies & tools needed, the different watercolour techniques, how to correct mistakes as well as light, shadow & colour to help you achieve success.  A short outdoor observation time is also planned.

Watercolour Paper $3.00 fee - can be purchased (if you wish) from the teacher payable at the beginning of the workshop.

Watercolour painting is like no other medium you have ever tried.  I fell in love with this medium many years ago and I will be sharing with you everything I have learned including how to avoid the common mistakes, how to correct some of your mistakes (yes it is possible) the use of white space and how water affects your paints and how to use it to your advantage.  In this workshop you will learn all the techniques and tricks of the trade to get you started and well on your way to enjoy painting with watercolours.  I will show you the 4 basic techniques, teach you about the different papers that are used, the paints and brushes and any other supplies that you will use.  I will also help you with colour choices and the different watercolour paints available.  Weather permitting. I have also planned a short, fun outdoor “observation” lesson. Our subjects will be a scene of Birch Trees or Flowers as they are not perfect and it is a great way to start painting without having to be “perfect” with the end result.  I will have several handouts for you as well as some different pictures for you to choose from depending on your preference and skill level.


Medieval Illumination and Gilding: The Medieval Herbal with Debbie Thompson Wilson
July 9-13, 2018

Cost: $275 +HST, materials extra

Imandrake n this class we will be basing our illuminations on images from medieval herbals. These are journals of medieval botany..from early primitive (but decorative) renderings in the 9th-12th century to the highly realistic botanicals of the 15 and 16th century.

We will look at a range of styles and explore some of the extraordinary myths & history of the use of plants. There will be time to work on guided personal projects. Lots of resource images will be available or you can bring your own. Instruction on painting methods and gilding (using real gold leaf) is included.

All levels but some watercolour experience helpful.


Intro to Painting Plants with Katie Wilde
July 16-17, 2018

Cost: $100 +HST, materials extra

colourful painting of plantsThis two-day workshop will explore tips and techniques for capturing the likeness and liveliness of plants, including an overview of plant painting styles and approaches from traditional through contemporary. We will look at how the rules can be used, bent and broken to paint plants in expressive, illustrative and contemporary styles. With easy-to-follow technical exercises and casual experimentation, you'll learn helpful rules and then have fun breaking them!



Engaging Mosaics with Gabriella Vegvari
July 21-22, 2018

Cost: $125 +HST, materials extra

Mosaic art peice

Tactile, durable and accessible, the ancient art of mosaic appeals to anyone who loves to experiment in a hands-on way with colours and shapes to create an abstract or realistic image.

If that sounds like you, I look forward to welcoming you to this art class!  Over the course of two days (starting at 10 a.m.) you’ll learn mosaic basics, including cutting glass, grinding and grouting, as you create your own mosaic masterpiece. Participants choose from one of two design concepts or, if you have a design idea of your own, email me and I’ll let you know if it could work for this workshop.

An additional materials fee of $25 covers the cost of your prepared substrate, mosaic elements (e.g. glass, tile, etc.) and grout. I’ll be bringing cutting, grinding and grouting tools for your use during the workshop.




Explore, Express, and Play with Oil and Cold Wax Medium with Laurie Skantzos
July 23-27, 2018

Cost: $275 +HST, materials extra

oil and wax paintingOver five days, you will venture deeper into your painting process and develop your personal expression in a safe, non-judgmental and playful space. Using the medium of cold wax with oil paint allows for a wide variety of applications and techniques to be employed. We will be layering, scraping, stenciling and stamping, along with using solvent reductions, transfers, pan pastels and powdered charcoal.

Demonstrations of techniques throughout the course will give you extra tools to assist you in your exploration. This course will appeal to painters of any level.



Tiny Tapestries with Dianne Kennedy Cruttenden
July 28, 2018

Cost: $75+HST, materials extra

Small tapestry on small easleIn this workshop you will be introduced to the art of weaving using a variety of basic tapestry techniques. Participants will explore the creation of geometric and organic designs, while playing with colour and texture. In the kit supplied by the instructor there will be hand spun, hand dyed and mill spun yarn of a variety that will stimulate your creative spirit. You will only have to bring your sense of adventure to play and explore the ancient art of weaving.


$15 Kit fee paid to the instructor.

Create Textured Paintings with Painted Tissue and Collage with Marg Peter
July 28-29, 2018

Cost: $125+HST, materials extra

textured red paintingWhatever your painting level, you will spend an exciting weekend exploring the use of painted tissue and collage to create images of florals, landscapes or abstracts. Tissue will be painted with fluid acrylics, and then adhered to canvas or canvas panels. Exciting texture and depth will be created by collaging on more tissue. Demos will get you inspired.

Margaret Peter B.A., S.C.A., O.S.A. is a graduate of the University of Guelph and has studios in Glen Williams at the Williams Mill and in Guelph. She is a member of the Guelph Studio Tour.  As an accomplished painter and printmaker, she has taught many previous workshops .
Basic Portrait Photography with David Corks

July 30, 2018

Cost: $75+HST

painting of a blonde woman in orange dressSuitable for beginners, this course teaches how to make your everyday portrait photos stand out.

A few simple instructions will greatly improve your images and make favourite memories of those special to you. These tips will apply whether your subjects are people, pets or even individual flowers.

No special equipment is needed, just a basic knowledge of how to use your digital, film or mobile phone camera. This is a non technical course emphasising how we look at our subject.


The instruction covers:

  1. Elements of basic portrait design
  2. Learning to isolate and make your subject stand out
  3. Lighting basics – what to look for, what to avoid
  4. How to pose your subject
  5. Colours and how to contrast them
  6. A printed hand out of the basics as taught


Just your camera and imagination.




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