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Just need things to do in Ottawa? Book a workshop of your own!

I've helped with folks of all ages and skill levels exercise their creativity in every setting from schoolyards to corporate environments.

I'm an Ottawa-based artist and workshop facilitator, but I also like the term "art-muppet."

Need a live artist / paint demo / art facilitaton? Contact me. We'll get it sorted! 


Now let’s make something awesome.

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Upcoming Public Workshops

December 05, 2019

SOLD OUT Geode Inspired Fluid Acrylics , Thursday Dec 5th 5:30-7:30pm at Wallack's Art Supplies

We're going to be using fluid acrylics to create amazing abstract  one of a kind geode-inspired pieces.

This workshop is suitable for all skill levels and the registration fee covers all the materials to make one poured piece. It is also intended as a great "next step" from the previous fluid acrylics class, but previous experience is not required.

Check out pics from previous pours here!

Note: pours can get messy so please don't wear your most beautiful clothing. This does involve getting paint on your hands and if currently have a very nice manicure you may wish to bring a pair of gloves. We'll be using a heat gun to "set" your piece so that it travels safely, but it will need a full 72 hours to cure fully so make sure to handle it carefully on the way home! You can bring a container to place your piece in for the troip home and you'll also be provided a plastic backing to set it on as it's recommended to leave them open while they dry.

December 14, 2019

Holiday Ornaments with Epoxy Resin December 14th AND 15th

This Epoxy Resin class is a great way to learn the basics of this amazing material. We'll be using silicone moulds to make holiday ornaments or pendants with different decorating options so you can try out several techniques. Check out pics from some previous Epoxy workshops here! 

 

This workshop is in TWO parts. First the tutorial, pouring, decorating, followed by a second day to unmold and clean up your pieces after setting. Take note of both dates and times to make sure you're able to attend both. You are welcome to bring small "decorative" elements to try like stones, small plants / flowers etc. but there will also be a range of options available at the workshop.

 

Epoxy is strong stuff so this workshop is intended for adult participants. It is extremely difficult to remove from surfaces and clothing so please bring a smock or apron (or your favourite workshop / paint clothes!). We'll be using acetone on day two so if you'd like to bring a pair of gloves to protect nails / manicures feel free. 

 

This is an intro class so no previous experience is needed and all materials are provided. Please note that because of the nature of epoxy it is possible that pours do not set correctly the first time you try it, although we do everything we can to ensure success. 

January 23, 2020

Fluid Acrylic and Epoxy Resin rounds! Thurs Jan 23rd (5:30-7:30pm) AND Saturday Jan 25th (1-3pm) at Wallack's Art Supplies

This is a TWO PART workshop. Please check that you are available both dates. 

 

We'll be taking round wood cradled panels and using them to create decorative fluid acrylic pieces that we'll then seal with epoxy resin. Your finished piece can be used as a decorative abstract art piece, display tray, and more! When cured correctly, epoxy is heat and food safe (as well as glossy and gorgeous!) so the possibilities are endless.

 

Day one will consist of a fluid acrylic pour onto wood rounds. The pieces will set overnight and the next session we'll be using epoxy to give them a gorgeous glossy sheen. The epoxy will then need 18-24 hours to set and you can then pick up your finished piece.

 

Epoxy is strong stuff so this workshop is intended for adult participants.

It is extremely difficult to remove from surfaces and clothing so please bring a smock or apron (or your favourite workshop / paint clothes!). We'll be using acetone on day two so if you'd like to bring a pair of gloves to protect nails / manicures feel free. Please note, epoxy is tricky material and it is possible your first attempt may not set correctly. We'll take every precaution to ensure success and make sure you have the info you need for a future attempt!

January 16, 2020

DIY Cheeseboards at Maker House! Thursday January 16th 5:30-7:30pm

Are you curious about woodowrking? Ever oogled the gorgeous stuff in Maker House and just wanted to try it out? Are you just SUPER into cheese? OR do you wanna give the awesome gift of a DIY outing! All of the above? This is your workshop!

Join Brenda Dunn of Art in Jest as we use different types of gorgeous wood to make food-safe serving platters, cheese boards, display trays, REALLY big coasters... 

Check out the pics from previous workshops here!

All materials are provided and you will each walk away with a brand new handmade cheese board of your very own! Give it as a gift or keep it all to yourself. This workshop is safe for makers of all ages and uses easy hand sanding and finishing techniques that you can easily apply to larger projects. Family friendly, but smaller makers should bring someone old enough to drive a car and use an oven. No experience is necessary, just a desire to come try something fun!

January 01, 2020

Monster Stories at Lee Valley Tools with super-story-maker Timm Holmes! March 15th 10:30-2pm

This is a collaboration of two previously run seminars, Monster Making Workshop with Brenda Dunn and Start a Story with Timm Holmes. You will make your own clay monster figurine in the 90-minute morning portion.

 

While it bakes to harden, you will give your creature a name, a back story and a personality. After a light lunch, together with children's author Timm Holmes you will build a story that incorporates all the creatures going on a wild adventure!

 

Return four weeks later to pick up your limited-edition copy of a professionally printed book based on the story you created.

Want to see photos of previous monster makes? Check out some pics here!

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