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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

February 27, 2020

SOLD OUT Sketching for Self Care Thursday, Feb 27th 5:30-7:30pm at Wallack's Art Supplies

It's a brand new year and the perfect time to build new habits that nurture your creativity and promote well being! Drawing is an amazing tool and it can have a powerful effect on our stress levels and we need to remember to work it out. Start the new year off with a healthy creative practice that includes some super simple drawing exercises and mindfulness techniques. This workshop will take you through a series of drawing exercises and materials that can help build on an existing sketchbook practice or get you to crack open that beautiful sketchbook you haven't touched in ages.

 

We'll be using various tools and surfaces so you can test out different artistic materials and see what suits your style. If you have a sketchbook and drawing tools you already love, feel free to bring them but all materials to participate will be provided. This workshop is suitable to all skill levels and no prior drawing or creative experience is required. Use this class to start a drawing practice, try out new materials, energize your existing creative work, or just spend a fun night doing something for you! 

Supplies are included plus you get to take home a Strathmore Mixed Media Visual Journal to continue your practice at home! If you have a favourite art supply you are welcome to bring it along as well!

March 05, 2020

SOLD OUT Geode Inspired Fluid Acrylics , Thursday March 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.

April 15, 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!

March 26, 2020

Fluid Acrylic and Epoxy Resin rounds! Thurs March 26th (5:30-7:30pm) AND Saturday March 28th (1-3pm) at Wallack's Art Supplies

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

Day One: Thursday, March 26th 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Day Two: Saturday, March 28th 1:00 - 3:00 PM

 

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!

Fluid Acrylic Pouring! Level 1 Thursday April 9th 5:30-7:30pm

Did you ever wish you could make fantastic one of a kind abstract at? Let's do it. We'll be using fluid acrylics to make gorgeous individual poured pieces.  Check out some photos from previous pour here!

This workshop is suitable for all skill levels and the registration fee covers all the materials to make one poured piece. No prior experience is necessary and the workshop includes information about pouring techniques and ways to use the materials so that you can continue creating on your own!

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!

April 23, 2020

DIY Cheeseboards at Maker House! Thursday April 23rd 5:30-7:30pm

Back by popular demand! Are you curious about woodworking? Ever oogled the gorgeous stuff in Maker House and just wanted to try it out? Are you just SUPER into cheese?

Show cheese how much it really means to you. Join Brenda Dunn of Art in Jest as we use different types of wood and super simple finishing techniques to make food-safe serving platters, cheese boards, display trays, REALLY big coasters...

Check out photos of a previous DIY Cheeseboard workshop here.

All materials are provided and you will each walk away with a brand new handmade cheese board of your very own! This workshop is safe for makers of all ages, 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!

April 26, 2020

Sketching for Self Care Saturday, Sunday April 26th 1-3pm at Wallack's Art Supplies

It's time to build habits that nurture your creativity and promote well being! Drawing is an amazing tool and it can have a powerful effect on our stress levels and we need to remember to work it out. Start the new year off with a healthy creative practice that includes some super simple drawing exercises and mindfulness techniques. This workshop will take you through a series of drawing exercises and materials that can help build on an existing sketchbook practice or get you to crack open that beautiful sketchbook you haven't touched in ages.

 

We'll be using various tools and surfaces so you can test out different artistic materials and see what suits your style. If you have a sketchbook and drawing tools you already love, feel free to bring them but all materials to participate will be provided. This workshop is suitable to all skill levels and no prior drawing or creative experience is required. Use this class to start a drawing practice, try out new materials, energize your existing creative work, or just spend a fun night doing something for you! 

Supplies are included plus you get to take home a Strathmore Mixed Media Visual Journal to continue your practice at home! If you have a favourite art supply you are welcome to bring it along as well!

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