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Visual Art

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Painting Classes

Hi-Sook Barker  - Pickering
Watercolour painting
All students welcomed

Shelley Beach  - Haliburton
Haliburton, ON

Diana Bullock, Stouffville
Available for workshops in mixed media, Sumi-e [Japanese ink paintings], watercolour and basics in drawing and creativity.

Diane Huson - Whitby
Watercolours, oil, and acrylic.
Adult students welcome in my home studio.

Michael Jack - Whitby
905 668 2990
Watercolour, drawing, cartooning,
printmaking and stencilling crafts.
Home-based lessons for both adults,
children. grades 4 to 12.

Judith Jewer - Pickering | see workshops
905 839 7816

Catherine Mills - Pickering
Oil and acrylic painting, drawing

Oshawa Art Association
Gallery 67, Oshawa
67 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa
Kids Unplugged ages 8-12
Mondays 10 to noon or 1:30 to 3:30 m
Learning to use imagination, creativity and fun to experience art.

Inese Poga - Whitby | see workshops
905 493 3143
ART plus LIFE Studio-Gallery
artist Inese Poga, MA, more than 35 years in art instruction
Drawing, sketching, watercolor, daytime and evening class for youth and adults
Acrylic landscape elements and floral, textured acrylic evening class for youth and adults
Private drawing, watercolor and acrylic painting classes, also portfolio
Studio open every day between 12 and 5 pm, see special hours on the website

Sarah Shaw - Whitby
Sarah ShawSarah 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

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

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 |

Group Workshops

Ajax Creative Arts, Ajax
Latcham Gallery, Stouffville

Oshawa Art Association
Station Gallery, Whitby
Visual Arts Centre, Clarington

Crafts and Jewellery Making Classes

Janice Brown

Lis Simpson  - Mt. Albert 905.473.1711
Torch/kiln-worked glass, wirework jewelry Adult students welcomeds

Ronald Peter ~ Pen and Ink
Ronald Peter
For all the details, rates and to sign up for this course, contact Blue Heron Studio at:

Station Gallery

Station GalleryPaint Like Mozart

24 to May 29 ~ Station Gallery
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.
1450 Henry Street, Whitby
905-668-4185 |


Photography/ Photoshop

Rosemarie Sood PROFEX IMAGES
Photography workshops (private or small groups) as well as Adobe Photoshop lessons to help people gain the skills to work with digital photos on the computer.

Stuart Blower - Uxbridge
710 Foster Drive, Uxbridge, ON
L9P 1R2905 852 2729

Wood Carving


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

Stone Sculpture Classes

Gordon Reidt - Pickering
Stone Sculpture Classes
Home based Sculpture Classes are being offered for beginners and intermediate level students. Learn to work with various hand tools to release your subject from the stone ! No experience necessary. Type of stone provided will be geared to the student’s comfort level.
Classes are held Wednesday afternoons from 2 - 5 pm.
Call for more information - Gordon Reidt: 905.427.1847

Stuart Blower - Uxbridge
Stone Carving
Introduction to carving tools and techniques (soapstone for beginners)
710 Foster Drive, Uxbridge, ON
L9P 1R2905 852 2729


Liane James MMus BMus - Ajax
Harp lessons for adults and children, beginners welcome, harp rentals available

Kristine Dandavino BMus - Oshawa
Voice and piano lessons for adults and children

Durham Music Camp
We are a day music camp for all ages for students who play: piano, violin, cello, viola, guitar and flute.

Marcelle Boisjoli ~ Registered Voice Teacher ~ Ajax


Durham Improv

Durham Improv CollectiveAdults
Mondays, starting April 16th, 2018

Time: 7:00pm- 9:00pm
6 weeks | Flat Fee: $170

Youth 7-10
Sundays, starting April 22nd, 2018

Time: 1pm to 2:30pm | Total Cost: $130

Tween 11- 13
Sundays, starting April 22nd, 2018
Time: 2:30-4:00pm | Total Cost: $130

Sundays, starting April 22nd, 2018
TIME:  4:30pm to 6pm | Total Cost: $130

(By invitation from the instructor)
Ages 14+
Dates TBA

On-camera Acting!

This ONE-DAY workshop will take the group through a variety of scripts from film, TV, and commercials. The class will be all about practicing the art of acting on-screen in front of the camera, where to stand, where to look, what to say, how to approach a script. There will also be “mock auditions” so they know what to expect when they step into an audition room.
The best takes on camera will be e-mailed back to the participants. Taught by Stephanie Herrera. Date TBA





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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