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 Sessions COVID-Style

Our in-person art programs have been put on hold since late March due to the COVID-19 outbreak. During the prolonged shut-down, we have offered weekly creative challenges on our social media pages and have added to our line of jewelry, cards, and artwork to raise money for our Step Forward Program, which helps subsidize our services for clients in need of financial assistance.

We understand that being isolated at home and separated from your loved-ones has been hard and can a huge impact on our mental health. We are happy to say that we are ready to open our doors again but with new COVID-19 safety precautions.

Our in-person offerings include:

  • Customized one-on-one individual, or pairs art making sessions (see here for more information on individual or pairs art making sessions).
  • Open Studio Sessions COVID-style (At this time, we will not be offering free reign around the art studio and will be focused on one weekly art activity per class). Please check out our weekly schedule for what is happening in the art studio!
  • Classes are held according to the schedule below and are subject to change as needed.


What You Need To Know About Precautions in the Art Studio During COVID-19

We are committed to protecting our clients in-person art making sessions by:

  1. Having all participants wear a mask and practice social distancing of 2 meters in class and being seated at their own six-foot table.
  2. Using easy to clean/sanitize, one-time use materials, or instructor-only distributed materials. Materials that cannot be sanitized will be stored for 7 days before they are used again.
  3. Regularly sanitizing high touch areas, surfaces and art tools before and after each art session.
  4. Reducing our open studio sessions capacity from 8-10 down to 3 people max as well as 1 instructor.
  5. Reducing our open studio sessions length from 3 hours to 2 hour sessions to reduce exposure, and provide adequate time to sanitize, set up and clean up, and sanitize everything again after use.

For participants using any of our in-person therapeutic art classes will be asked to:

  1. Answer COVID-19 screening questions upon registration.
  2. Wash their hands upon entering the art studio.
  3. Wear a face mask and/or face shield at all times (if you’ve come without, we can provide you with one) and gloves when directed.
  4. Keep personal belongings under your seat.
  5. Refrain from eating and drinking in class (water bottles accepted).
  6. Remain at your designated art table (bathroom breaks or hand-washing one at a time is ok!)
  7. Only use art materials at your station or that are distributed by the instructor.
  8. Bring your own smock.

Thank you for reading through these new policies and procedures and respecting them when you visit our studio. We are making our best effort to keep everyone safe and healthy and keep our art studio open through COVID-19.

Open Studio Session Schedule (COVID-Style):

Please note, Open Studio Sessions are finished for the summer, and we will resume in September

  • Mondays from 6:30pm-8:30pm (please register by 12:00pm)
  • Wednesdays from 10:30am-12:30pm (please register by 4:00pm on Tuesday)

Registration: Pre-registration for all open studio sessions is required. Please call 604-283-7827 ext. 0 to register. We require a credit card on file in order to register for your session.

Cancellation Policy: If you cannot make it to a session you are registered for, the same deadlines for registration apply to cancellation. Cancellations after 12pm on Mondays and 4pm on Tuesdays will not be eligible for a refund. COVID-19 Exception: If you have any symptoms of an illness, please contact us with as much notice as possible and we will refund your purchase. We are operating on good faith during this time to keep everyone safe and healthy. In order to receive a refund, you must let us know of your symptoms by 3pm on Monday or 9am on Wednesday – you must contact Meg directly at (604) 283-7827 ext 703 and leave a voicemail if she is unable to answer her phone at the time. Thank you!

Cost:

  • $40 per person

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

 

September 8, 2021Wooden Bead Garland or NecklaceWe will use a variety of wooden beads and water colours to create your choice of a string of garland for fall or a beaded necklace.
September 13 & 15, 2021Fluid Alcohol Ink on CanvasLearn how to prep and prime a canvas, to make your own alcohol inks and use them to create a fluid abstract art piece.
September 20 & 22, 2021Mountain CollageUsing a variety of printed and painted paper, we will create a mountain range landscape using collage techniques and gold leaf accents.
September 27 & 29, 2021Painting with StringLearn how to make a captivating pulled string and chain-links paintings using a variety of colours and techniques.
October 4 & 6, 2021EmbroideryUsing canvas and burlap as our supports, stitch a fall inspired art piece using a variety of embroidery thread or combine stitching with watercolours to create an abstract art piece.
October 11, 2021CLOSEDStudio is closed for Thanksgiving. Join us next time!
October 13, 2021Painted Paper AnimalsLearn how to make your own assortment of painted paper, design an animal pattern and piece it all together to create a whimsical and folk inspired animal painting.
October 18 & 20, 2021Abstract Alcohol Ink 2D Paper SculptureLearn a new alcohol ink technique! Using a wood-burning tool, we will create several punctured pieces of paper, tint them with alcohol ink and layer them into a small shadow box to create this fun piece of art.
October 25 & 27, 2021Watercolours and Paint PensLearn how to create underwater scenes using vibrate watercolour inks and salt and layer ocean floor elements such as coral reefs, sea life, and plants using acrylic paint pens.
November 1 & 3, 2021Mixed-Media Silhouette PaintingExplore using paint, paper, pens and stencils, we will create a personalized art piece embellished with a silhouette out of newsprint, patterned paper or black card stock, much like in art journaling designs.
November 8 & 10, 2021Lino-cut LandscapesLearn how to design and carve your very own West Coast landscapes print using mountains, valleys, rivers and oceans as our inspiration.
November 15 & 17, 2021Gourds and Gouache PaintingLearn how to paint fall gourds using gouache paint that goes on like acrylic paint but is as light as water colour.
November 22 & 24, 2021Alcohol Ink Winter SceneLearn how to use alcohol techniques on tile to create the Northern Lights, snow covered spaces, and snow-laden trees.
November 29 & December 1, 2021Magazine RollsLearn how to fold newsprint and magazines into 2D and 3D holiday tree art pieces for cards, an art canvas or several centrepiece objects.
December 6 & 8, 2021Foam StampsCreate your own set of foam stamps and learn how to use a brayer to print your stamps on gift cards/tags and on fabric for wrapping.
December 13 & 15, 2021Alcohol Ink on CeramicsLearn how to create beautiful designs on decorative bowls, plates, tiles, and more. Perfect for holiday gifts!
December 20 & 22, 2021Wood-burning Block SignsLearn to sand and prime, design and draw, and burn images and words on an assortment of small wooden blocks to create whimsical and uplifting home décor!
December 27 & 29, 2021CLOSEDThe studio is closed for the Christmas holidays. See you next year!
January 3 & 5, 2022CLOSEDThe studio is closed for the New Year holidays. See you next week!

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If you are interested in working together, take the first step today by sending us an email or giving us a call!
We will get back to you as soon as we can.
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