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Keith Thirgood

June 14, 15, 16, 17 ~ Keith Thirgood

Ottawa Valley Art Retreat
Great scenery, instruction & accommodation
6:00pm 3:00pm
Plein Air Art Retreat in Ottawa Valley
949 Lake Clear Road, Eganville, K0J 1T0

August 2,3,4,5,6,7, 2018 ~ Keith Thirgood

Canoe-in Art Retreat Kawartha Highlands
12:00pm 3:00pm
Plein Air Art Retreat in Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park. Great scenery, instruction & canoe provided.
Long Lake Rd, Aspley, K0L 1A0
647-551-3387 |

September 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6, 2018 ~ Keith Thirgood

Killarney Art Retreat 6:00pm  9:00am
Plein Air rt Retreat in Killarney, great scenery, instruction & accommodations
1086 Lake St, Sudbury, P0P 2H0
647-551-3387 |

Marissa Sweet

SCA - Oshawa
Elected Member of Society of Canadian Artists'
Workshops in Mixed Media, Acrylic and Oil
To register and find class schedule please visit Marissa Sweet SCA

Judith Jewer

Art Lessons with Judith Jewer 905-839-7816
Blog of Student Work:

Ajax Creative Arts

Ajax artist, Allan O’Marra will teach you how to paint a realistic portrait and achieve an accurate likeness using the “grid” method. With a photo image he will provide—or one of your own choosing—he will instruct you on gridding the reference and canvas and beginning your portrait with a precise pencil base drawing followed by instruction on acrylic under-painting and then final paint application. This workshop is appropriate for all skill levels from novice to pro. A moderate art supplies list will be provided —that includes acrylic paints, brushes and a canvas, that you will be required to purchase. Workshop will take place on Sunday, February 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (with lunch break).
Learn how to paint that realistic portrait you’ve always wanted to create with the help of an award-winning, seasoned professional.

Please contact Kim Johnson at to reserve your space in this class, or add your name to the sign-up sheet at the club. Payment is due by Wednesday January 24. Cheque is the preferred method of payment and can dropped off in the box in the library. If you are paying cash. please DO NOT leave in the box, but give directly to Kim or Estelle.

A Gift of Art

A Gift of ArtEncaustic and Watercolour Batik workshops dates! Make some space on your calendar for these waxy good times - there will be a lot of wax involved.

Wax in candles, wax in your ears? How about using wax for art! Learn how to use wax in ways you never thought you could.

Kids Saturday Art Club, Starts Jan 13, 8 weeks
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Drama Club - Starts Jan 8th
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A Gift of Art Book Club - Starts Jan 17th
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Acrylic Painting with Ian Bodnaryk - Starting Jan 18th
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Creative Writing with Sher Leetooze - Starting Jan. 16th
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Ballroom Dancing with Bob Kerby - Starting Jan. 16th and 19th
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Watercolour Class with Pauline Stephenson - Starts Jan 25th
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Stained Glass with Hans Collmorgen - Starts Feb 15th
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Senior's Yoga with Rebecca Tomasi - Starts Jan 18th
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Kid's Yoga with Rebecca Tomasi - Starts Jan 18th
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Windows 10 for Seniors with Lynne Lyon - Starts Jan 18th
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Watercolour Workshops with Tony Johnson - Various Dates
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Encaustic Workshop: April 7th, 2018, 10am – 4pm ~ Instructed by Linda Virio

Watercolour Batik Workshop: May 12th, 2018, 10am-4pm

See more info and sign-up at:

Fran Sancroft


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Station GalleryStation Gallery

1450 Henry Street

Paint Like Mozart

Experience a new,unique approach to painting which combines colour and sound to produce well-balanced and blended works while learning the technical skills of painting in an interactive,supportive environment. Learn about such aspects as drawing, design,composition, materials and tools manipulation as well as relevant historical and marketing knowledge. Some materials required.
24 to May 29 ~ Station Gallery
1450 Henry Street, Whitby
905-668-4185 |


Introduction to Impressionistic Watercolour

With Hi-Sook Baker. Watercolour paint is a flexible medium that can generate a variety of visual effects. Under the guidance of Artist Instructor Hi-Sook Baker, you will learn to manipulate this methodic medium to create a glowing impressionistic landscape painting inspired by our great Canadian outdoors!
All levels of experience will be accommodated. *Some materials required Wednesday […] Read More

Multi-colour Softoleum Printing

With Angela Hennessey. Learn the elaborate and rewarding method of reductive hand-printing with softoleum. Compose a design using a layered approach to experiment with vibrant colours and create a stunning set of editioned prints. *Some materials required. No class March 14. Wednesday February 28 – March 28 6 – 9pm 16+ years $140 SG members […] Read More

Uninstructed Figure Drawing – Winter 2018

Looking to build your skills, expand your portfolio and enjoy a creative afternoon? In these sessions you’ll draw from a professional nude model and explore the freedom of figure drawing without instruction.  Model fee included. *Bring your own materials. Pre-registration required for individual sessions. Sunday January 7 – Register Here Sunday February 4 – Register Here Sunday March 4 – Register […]

Studio Pottery – Winter 2018

With Jasmine Moncalvo. Under the guidance of our seasoned and sophisticated instructor Jasmine Moncalvo, beginner and experienced potters alike will explore various methods of hand-building with clay such as pinch pot, slab construction and coiling. Enhance your pieces by experimenting with an array of surface decoration and glazing techniques. All materials included.  New projects each […] Read More

LatchamThe Latcham Gallery

Pre-registration is required.
Call 905-640-8954 or visit the Gallery to register.
The Latcham Gallery
6240 Main Street
Stouffville, ON L4A 1E2

VACLearn At the VAC

for class descriptions
and to register online.


DWACPottery and Art classes
Pickering Recreation Centre
Potters Studio & Arts Centre
1867 Valley Farm Road
Pickering, Ontario
L1V 1Y7

Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery

GeorginaCheck out their workshops and programmes!
149 High Street, Box 1455
Sutton, ON | L0E 1R0
905-722-9587 |


August 20, 21, 23, & 24, 2018 (Four-day class: 9:30-4:30)
September 10, 11, 13, and 14, 2018 ~ Whitevale School of the Arts

Whitevale School of the ArtsHave you ever dreamed of carving a totem pole? In a four day class Lloyd Thomas will take you through that great West Coast adventure. You will start with a 4 ft. cedar pole and using a hatchet and mallet rough out 2 West Coast figures (eagle, bear, raven, wolf, beaver or owl), then progress to using large flat chisels. The detail work continues with a knife, followed by staining and painting, allowing you to go home with a finished pole.
9:30-4:30 | 905-294-1978

A Gift of Art

A Gift of ArtEncaustic and Watercolour Batik workshops dates! Make some space on your calendar for these waxy good times - there will be a lot of wax involved.

Wax in candles, wax in your ears? How about using wax for art! Learn how to use wax in ways you never thought you could.

Encaustic Workshop: April 7th, 2018, 10am – 4pm ~ Instructed by Linda Virio

Watercolour Batik Workshop: May 12th, 2018, 10am-4pm

See more info and sign-up at:



OpenStudioLife Drawing @ the Cafe

The cost for 3 hours sessions in Life Drawing is $18. and Still Life is $15.
Michèle Bolton
617 Liverpool Road
Pickering ON L1W1R1
905.420.CAFE (2233)

Shaw StudiosSarah Shaw

Shaw Studio

Sarah Shaw runs a home based art studio offering weekly art lessons to children (ages 6 and up) and adults in all mediums.
She also offers special events, birthday parties, adult painting parties, commissioned artwork and more!
Registration is always open.
Please visit the website for details.
905-431-1625 |
see workshops

Gallery 67
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Oshawa Art Assoc.

Classical Still Life (oils) with Sandy MacKenzie
5 days of instruction – 3 hrs. per day
Sat. Feb. 10, Mon. Feb. 12, Wed. Feb. 14, Mon. Feb. 19, Wed. Feb. 21
10 am to 1 pm all days
Sign-up deadline – Feb. 3rd

Watercolour Street Scene with Bonnie Steinberg
Sun Feb, 11 – 9:30 am to 4 pm
Sign up deadline – Feb. 3

Modern Portraiture with Catherine Mills
Sun. Mar. 4th – 10 am to 5 pm
Sign up deadline – Feb. 25th

Landscape in Water Media with Andrew Sookrah
Watercolour and Acrylic
Sat. Mar. 10 – 10 am to 4 pm
Sign-up Deadline – March 3

Watercolour Batik with Linda Virio
Sun. March 11 – 10 am to 4 pm
Sign up deadline – March 3

Urban Painting in Pastels with Gary Smith
Sun. March 18 - 10 am to 5 pm
Sign up deadline – March 11

Gallery 67
67 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa, On




Theatre 3x60Theatre 3x60

Theatre On The RidgeTheatre on the Ridge

Summer Stages 2018
July & August
Playing on Stage Performance Camps (youth, ages 7 – 15)
Building the Playground Production Skills (youth and adult, 13 & up)
Playmakers Playwriting Workshop (youth and adult, 13 & up)
Pre-Professional Performance Intensive (ages 16 – 21)

Summer Stages is our summer educational theatre program for youth 7 – 21 years & adults. We offer a variety of single week sessions in performance, production skills and playwriting, and a two-week pre-professional performance intensive program. All participants work with trained professionals in all programs to have fun, and develop both theoretical and hands on skills. While we give participants the opportunity to present/display their achievements in a public forum at the end of each session, our focus is on process and personal growth in a supportive collaborative environment.

Playing on Stage: Performance and Stagecraft (1 week session, full days)
In partnership with the Township of Scugog
July 23 – 27 (ages 7 – 12)
July 30 – August 3 (ages 13 – 15)
August 13 – 17 (ages 7 – 12)

Have fun in this playful approach to performance and stagecraft, with a focus on process and personal growth in a supportive collaborative environment! Acting is so much more than delivering the right lines in the right place at the right time and, whether in the ensemble or carrying a leading role, performers need to be versatile, adventurous and open to playing in the rehearsal process to come alive on stage. Come play with Theatre 3×60’s professional theatre instructors through a variety of warm-up, rehearsal and performance techniques that come together on stage at the end of the week in a public presentation. Playing on Stage programs will be held at Town Hall 1873 Centre for the Performing Arts and include attending at least one Port Perry Summer Theatre production. New and experienced performers welcome!

This is a full day specialty summer program in partnership with the Township of Scugog offering introductory theatre skills in the morning and other recreational activities and locations in the afternoon. Program registration & information available through the Scugog Leisure Guide –
Registration opens in May.

Building The Playground: Production Skills (1 week session)
July 2 – 6, 10 am – 4 pm (youth and adult, ages 13 and up)

The set is the actors’ playground and Building the Playground gives participants hands on experience exploring a variety of set decoration, costume and props making techniques. Work created during the week will be seen in a presentation and display on the final day, and may also be used on stage in one of our fully staged productions. Building the Playground will be led by professional scenic artist, Melanie Baker. No previous theatre, art or construction experience required.
Fee: ONLY $175.00 before June 15 ($225 AFTER June 15)
Register here –×60

Playmakers: Introductory Playwriting (1 week session)
August 6 – 10, 1 – 4 pm (youth and adult ages 13 and up)

Explore the power of words and learn playwriting fundamentals in this unique course that highlights the creative process of creating work for the stage. Through word games and exercises, participants will create individual and group pieces for presentation by themselves and artists of the company. Playmakers will work with Theatre 3×60 artistic director, Carey Nicholson and local playwrights.
Fee: ONLY $85.00 before June 15. ($95 AFTER June 15)
Register here –×60

Pre-Professional Performance Intensive (2 week session, 5 days/week, Monday – Friday)
July 9 – 20, 10 am – 4 pm (ages 16 – 21)

This program takes the next step towards professional theatre training, with in depth, specific work on theatre voice and movement, warm up and rehearsal skills, character analysis and scene study. Recommended for participants who may be considering post-secondary theatre and are ready for a more challenging program. Program instructors include artistic director, Carey Nicholson, Theatre 3×60 educational instructor and qualified members of Theatre 3×60’s summer company. Admittance to the program is by application and previous theatre experience is required. For an application form, click here. Deadline to apply is June 1, 2018
Fee: ONLY $375 before May 15. $425 AFTER May 15)
Download our Summer Stages Pre-Professional Intensive Application form – Summer Stages Pre Professional 2018 Online App. form

FOR ALL PROGRAMS (except Playing on Stage and Pre-Professional Performance Intensive):
Receipt of completed registration form and payment are required before we can confirm your place in any program.

Please submit application prior to payment. Upon acceptance of your application, we will request full payment, before confirming your place in the program.
Payment can be made here –×60
Download our Summer Stages Registration Form – REGISTRATION FORM – SUMMER STAGES YOUTH THEATRE CAMPS

More questions? Contact us at or call 905 431-0977

Durham Improv CollectiveDurham Improv

360 King St W, Oshawa
ON L1J 2J9

Improv for Beginners (Adults)!

Using improv games popularized on the TV show, 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', participants will learn to trust their instincts, build on the skills of listening, connecting with people, being spontaneous, and most importantly, they will get out of their comfort zone and learn to react! It is a six week course followed by a performance. There will be a final class show which allows for a supportive audience of friends and family to witness the confidence shift in the workshop players first hand! Taught by Scott Barnes
Mondays, starting April 16th, 2018
Time: 7:00pm- 9:00pm
Flat Fee: $170

Stand Up (Level 1)!
In six weeks the student will learn:
- How to construct a joke
- The three main parts of a joke
- The seven types of jokes
- How to pick topics to write jokes
- The number one trigger of laughter
- How to write a "Top Ten List"
- Mic technique and stage presence
- How to memorize a set list
Prerequisite: None.
This is an introductory course that will help the participants construct their first 5 min. set.
Taught by Jim McAleese (see our "About Instructors" page).
Dates: Wednesdays, starting
March 14th, 2018
Times: 7pm-9pm
Cost: Flat fee $170

Intermediate Improv!

In this class we will start moving away from short form games and into character development and scene work. More challenging games are taught with a theatrical focus where we introduce the concept of "truth" in improv, silent moments, and conflict without confrontation. Ideal for those who have taken the Beginner Improv class a few times or have improv training/experience.
Taught by Adam Wilkinson.
Thursdays, starting March 15th, 2018
Times: 7pm-9pm
Cost: Flat fee $170



Taught by Connor Atkins
Ages 7-10
This class is the foundation for thinking spontaneously, creating scenes and characters, listening and focusing, with an emphasis on team work. With acting exercises and improv games, the kids will learn fun games that will strengthen their confidence and interpersonal skills while laughing!
Dates : Sundays, starting April 22nd, 2018
Time: 1pm to 2:30pm
Cost: $130 (flat fee)

Ages: 11-13
This class is comprised of mature kids learning the Whose Line is it Anyways style improv games which centre on: focus, team work, listening, and creativity. Led by Connor Atkins, the kids will work on the skill of creating scenes spontaneously, and will let their imaginations fly! There will be a showcase for friends and family on the last class, where these Tweens will perform their favourite games.
Taught by Connor Atkins.
At the end of the 6 weeks there will be a "show" where friends and family are invited to watch the kids perform their favorite games.
Dates: Sundays, starting April 22nd, 2018
Time: 2:30pm to 4pm
Cost: $1 30 (flat fee)

(Ages 14+)
Learn those "Whose Line is it Anyways?" style improv! Improv has been shown to boost confidence, focus, communication skills, and to be a whole ton of fun! Taught by Connor Atkins.
At the end of the 6 weeks there will be a "show" where friends and family are invited to watch the kids perform their favorite games.
Dates: Sundays, starting April 22nd, 2018
TIME : 4:30pm-6pm
COST: $130 (flat fee)

Durham Music Camp

Heather Toswell ~ Dare 2 Tangle

Heather Toswell

Inese Poga

Art plus LIFE Studio-Gallery
Downtown Whitby

126 Mary Street East, L1N 2P2
905 493 3143
For one day workshops see website:
Corporate and private painting events:
Studio open every day between 12 and 5 pm, see special hours on the website
Applications and payments accepted through the website, e-mail or in person
Downtown Whitby

Catherine Mills

Nitram Fine Art Studios
1885 Clements Rd Unit 229
Intro to Oil Painting Foliage and Florals
October 29-30 ( Sat and Sun). November 5-6
9:30 to 4:30. 9:30 to 4:30
Materials Incl. $275 plus HST. Materials incl. $275 plus HST
t: 905-767-5596




Current Art Tours Terrasson LaVilledieu France May 2018

Val Kent

Painters of all levels are encouraged to join, including beginners.
Paint in the stunning region of the Dordogne, France.
2018 Week-long Sessions
Tue May 15th to Mon May 21st
Tue May 22nd to Mon May 28th
Tue May 29th to Mon June 4th
Tue June 5th to Mon June 11th
- 6 nights accommodation
- Daily Continental Breakfast
- Daily Paint Sessions with Valerie Kent
- Transportation to/from painting sites (as needed)
- One private Chef meal
- Afternoon visit to Lascaux Museum
- Bergerac wine tour (additional cost)
- All paint materials

Résidence Terrasson: Please feel free to email us with your booking or retreat questions at
The Artist Retreat is organised out of Peterborough, of the Region of the Dordogne.
For further information, please visit our website at

CavanCavan Art Gallery & Academy
1535 County Road 10
Cavan, ON L0A 1C0 | 705 944 9444

2018 Workshops: 9:30 am to 4 pm Demonstrations, one-on-one All workshops $70

March 11 ~ Keith Thirgood Landscape Challenge: Hilly Terrain
March 17 ~ Valerie Kent Mixed Media with texture, collage and papermaking

April 7 ~ Valerie Kent Controlled Acrylic Pours with Cell Action
April 8 ~ Keith Thirgood Painting Acrylics to Look Like Oil
April 21 ~ Lucy Manley Spring Landscape

May 12 ~ Lucy Manley Wild Flowers in the Landscape
May 14 ~ Art Retreat to France Terrason La Ville Dieu in the Dordogne with Valerie Kent
Ask for brochure to be emailed to you. 705 944 9444
May 20 ~ Keith Thirgood The Urban Landscape

Children’s Programs
March 12 to 16 ~ March Break Art Camp Ages 7 to 23 8 am to 4 pm
Exciting projects, with painting, sculpture, printmaking. $240

Important Information: THE OUTDOOR PAINTING FESTIVAL - 2nd Plein Air Festival in Cavan/Millbrook will be held on September 20th to 23rd, 2018 Registration to be available by end of January. Please check the listed websites. Call 705 944 9444 or email for more information. 705 944 8888

Please come and visit the Cavan Art Gallery with new works by the artists ...
1535 County Road 10 Cavan ON L0A 1C0 705 944 9444






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Since 1989 PineRidge Arts Council Inc., a non-profit volunteer organization has been dedicated to enhance the quality of life within the community by developing widespread appreciation, support and involvement in the arts.

PineRidge Arts Council
650 Kingston Road
P.O. Box 18258 Steeple Hill Postal Outlet
Pickering, Ontario L1V 1A0

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