Open Studio Sessions

Making art is one way that everyone can connect socially with others and feel more empowered

 

Sharing creative experiences with others can have a significant positive impact on your overall health and well-being and it can also help you live a vibrant and creative life!

Our Open Studio Sessions are a welcoming, inclusive place to create art. You don’t need to be an artist to join. Everyone is welcome! The sessions are a place where people can gather, chat, experiment with new art materials and leave feeling encouraged. Our aim is to provide a space where people can connect socially, foster personal growth, and improve health-related concerns. Weekly themes and guidance will be provided.

What are Open Studio Sessions like?

In our Open Studio Sessions, you can choose from our arts and crafts materials in the studio (watercolours, pastels, acrylic painting, beading, and much more). This allows you to try new things and see what you like. Art demonstrations on specific techniques or materials, such as air drying clay, plaster of Paris, speedball printing, and scratchboard etching will be held during the first hour of class for those who want to participate.

Our Open Studio Sessions are open to people of all ages, abilities, and diagnoses. We encourage the culture of inclusion and sharing of knowledge between people from all different backgrounds. We acknowledge that everyone is wonderfully unique, and we believe we can all benefit from sharing experiences together. A creative or artistic space offers a more neutral and less intimidating setting, allowing for a more open environment for people of all backgrounds to be together. Making art is one way that everyone can connect socially with others and feel more empowered.

Open Studio Session Schedule:

  • Mondays from 6:00pm-9:00pm (please register by 12:00pm)
  • Wednesdays from 10am-1pm (please register by 5:00pm on Tuesday)

Registration: Pre-registration for all open studio sessions is required. Please call 604-283-7827 ext. 0 to register. Payment is due upon registration.

Cost:

  • $30 per adult
  • $15 per child (12 and under). Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Parents of children 10 and over wishing to leave them on their own must sign a waiver form.
  • $75 per family (up to 4 members). Additional children $15 each.

Cost assistance:

  • $15 for those on Income Assistance or Persons with Disability Benefits
  • 10% discount for seniors
  • Support attendants or professionals accompanying clients can attend free of charge
  • All prices include applicable taxes.

    Please note: Open Studio Sessions are not a drop-in format and pre-registration is required. If we do not have the requisite numbers registered to run the session, the session will be cancelled without notice.

 

Schedule
April 1 + 3, 2019Inspired by the GreatsCreate an art piece that pays tribute to the work of your favourite artist of all time. Choose from our collection of images from Monet, Van Gogh, Mattise, O’Keeffe, Picasso, or bring in images of your favourite practicing artist.
April 6 + 10, 2019BloomsBack by popular demand, come and paint a lush garden of summer-time blooms. Be inspired by several artists who make flowers their subject of choice. Learn different painting techniques and tips on how to add layers of colour and pattern with paint pens and markers. We will be using both watercolours and acrylic paints.
April 15 + 17, 2019India InkExplore India ink. It is dark, rich, and smooth. It covers the page in such an effortless way. Create your own symbol using ink, try making something from ink blots, or try your hand at calligraphy. Use India ink on non-porous surfaces to great a monotone art piece.
April 22, 2019CLOSED FOR EASTERWe’re closed for Easter. See you on Wednesday!
April 24, 2019Inspired by MusicCome prepared with your favorite song and create a piece inspired by the lyrics. You will learn how to generate images and artistry inspired by your music and also how to transform it into a beautiful piece of art. Please bring your own headphones and music devices.
April 29, 2019CLOSEDWe’re closed for an education event. See you on Wednesday!
May 1, 2019Masking Fluid and WatercolorsLearn how to create designs and outlines with masking fluid and masking tape. Make a vibrant piece of art!
May 6 + 8, 2019Daphne OdjigBe inspired by the work of Canadian indigenous artist Daphne Odjig. Study her use of line and colour and create a painting that reflects her many scenes of family, community, and mother/child just in time for Mother’s Day. Bring your mother/aunt or special role model and create art together or make a present to give away.
May 13 + 15, 2019Sumi MarblingSuminagashi, or “floating ink” in Japanese, is one of the earliest examples of marbling dating back to the 12th century.This style of marbling uses few tools and materials that provide beautiful results easily achieved by people of all ages. Using paintbrushes and yarn, inks are applied to the surface of the water where they float freely and form patterns. Paper is gently placed on top and peeled back to reveal the print. This is an excellent way to learn breathing and mindfulness techniques. Each participant will have a stack of marbled paper to be used for books, boxes, cards, wrapping paper and other handmade projects.
May 20, 2019CLOSEDWe’re closed for the holiday. See you Wednesday!
May 22, 2019Cartoons and ComicsCreate your very own comic book or cartoon using simple pen, ink, and colour. You will learn how to generate ideas, develop characters, and create simple illustrations that will tug on your funny bone. Humour is good for the soul, and at any age!
May 27 + 29, 2019Pallet Knife and Plaster on CanvasTime to paint without a paint brush! Using unusual things to make art is one way to get the creative juices flowing. Learn different techniques for using spackle and a pallet knife with paint, and plaster of paris to create something truly unique.
June 3 + 5, 2019Introduction to Wood BurningThis is an introduction to burning techniques and includes instruction on how to prepare wood, transfer images, and burn/shade and colour the finished product. Create a unique piece of art or a special gift on boards, mirrors, and picture frames. Great to do with the father figure in your life; it also makes for a great Father’s Day gift.
June 10 + 12, 2019Introduction to Art JournalingHave you ever wanted to try art journaling but need a nudge to get started? Do you journal or write regularly and want to take it to the next level by incorporating visual art? Do you want to learn some new techniques and get your hands on some inspiring prompts? Come and draw, paint, write, explore and create at our studio. For the seasoned art journaling junky, come and learn new and creative ways to alter your pages and explore your creativity.
June 17 + 19, 2019Alcohol Ink: Stamps and StencilsExplore alcohol ink and what they can do. We’ll review the basics and focus on how to manipulate the ink using brushes, stencils, saran wrap and stamps to add intricate detail to your work. You’ll go home with a collection of inked photo pages and work on a range of tiles.
June 24 + 26, 2019Air Drying Clay: Aromatherapy Beads and Botanical SucculentsLearn how to shape, stamp, and create pendants, bracelets and other decorative projects that hold your favourite aromatherapy oil. It’ll give you a pick me up when you need it during the day. Additionally, bring the outside in by creating whimsical succulents using air drying clay. Be inspired by the different types of succulents and explore their shape and form.

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