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
June 1, 2019CLOSED
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.
July 3, 2019Painting on gauzeLearn how to combine plaster gauze and paint to create a one of a kind art piece. This project is tactile and full of texture!
July 8 & 10, 2019Up-cycled t-shirtsGo-green and upcycle your t-shirts. Bring old t-shirts or choose from our collection to create an all-purpose shoulder tote ready for the grocery store or the beach. Use our collection of fabric paint, permanent markers, stencils, and stamps.
July 15 & 17, 2019Paper makingSome of us may have done this as a child, but making paper from hand is a fascinating process! Experiment with different textures, colours, and natural materials to create unique paper. Fashion the finished product into stationary, gifts, letters, or add to your next multi-medium art piece.
July 22 & 24, 2019Lino cut and acetate printsWe will learn how to design, paint, and print designs using acetate, lino cut and brayer rolling tools. Try geometric patterns, whimsical images, or even lettering.
July 29 & 31, 2019Tangles and mandalasLearn how to design and create your own personalized mandala and tangle art pieces. Use a variety of mediums (pencil, ink, paint, and paper) and explore patterns and designs even further by using a variety of textured materials to make one of a kind art pieces.
August 5 & 7, 2019CLOSED
August 12 & 14, 2019Altered booksHave you ever been told not to rip pages out of a book? Well, this week you can! Mix it up and create a piece of art by altering a book. Use different materials such as glue, paint, collage and alter pages by tinting, cutting, and adding pockets and folds to create a truly unique and personal piece of art. Choose from several old books or bring your own. This is a fun activity for any age and stage!
August 19 & 21 , 2019“Everything but a brush” paintingTired of painting with a paintbrush? Explore all sorts of tools (think hair curlers, potato mashers, spoons, combs) and learn various techniques and patterns to transform the art-making process. Expand your creativity and transform it into a special piece of art.
August 26 & 28 , 2019Painted paper collageCreate painted sheets of paper and use it to cut, design and collage your own art piece. You will learn how to create different textures using paint and how to layer different colour combinations to bring it all together.

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