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
December 24, 2018Closed for the holidays!See you in the New Year!
December 26, 2018Closed for the holidays!See you in the New Year!
December 31, 2018Closed for the holidays!See you in the New Year!
January 7 + 9, 2019Vision BoardsCreate a vision board by choosing words, images and statements that will inspire you and your goals for the New Year.
January 14 + 16, 2019Fonts and LetteringUsing pens, calligraphy brushes, and watercolours, create an art piece as you learn different types of lettering.
January 21 + 23, 2019Collage with YarnCreate a collage landscape or an abstract art piece using different colours of yarn.
January 28, 2019Collage and DrawLearn how to use both drawing and collage to create a piece of art. We will use magazine image as a starting point, paste it on a page and then add on to the image drawing with pen and pencil. Go with the flow in this creative prompt.
January 30, 2019CLOSEDWe are away providing a workshop in Calgary with National Hope Talks and Bell Let’s Talk. See you next week!
February 4 + 6, 2019Abstract Watercolour PaintingsInspired by the abstract watercolour designs of Paul Klee, lear how to use colour and layer your designs to make a finished art piece.
February 11 + 13, 2019Doodle BookAssemble your very own doodle book using learning basic book binding skills. Embellish each page with a variety of fun and thought provoking creative prompts. Make it for yourself or give it away for Valentine’s day!
February 18, 2019CLOSEDWe are closed for Family Day. See you on Wednesday!
February 20, 2019Alcohol Ink TilesExperience the mesmerizing and vibrant nature of alcohol ink by experimenting with a variety of applications and blending techniques to create both abstract and landscape designs.
February 25 + 27, 2019Chalk It Up!Learn the basics of using charcoal and chalk pastel on a variety of coloured surfaces. From fruit to faces, botanicals to landscapes, use techniques using blending sticks, water, and brushes.
March 4 + 6, 2019Weaving with PaperLearn how to weave using several types of paper to create a uniquely woven art piece. Play with colour and patterns and paper with written print.
March 11 + 13, 2019Travel Inspired ArtCreate an art piece using travel images, maps, postcards and stamps. Be inspired by a past trip or look ahead to another adventure.
March 18 – 31, 2019CLOSED FOR SPRING BREAKWe’re closed for Spring Break. See you in April!
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!
May 6 + 9, 2019Daphne OdjigExplore the work of Canadian indigenous artist Daphne Odjig. Learn how to paint figures and explore her use of lines and colour.

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