To help everyone stay safe, the hosts I work with have been following the guidelines laid out by Ottawa Public Health  so we're moving our sessions back to May and June. If you're registered, you'll get an email with new dates and some options.

 

Virtual Studio Sessions are Available! Fill out a contact form to inquire!

 

Check out the workshops page for things to look forward to when we come out of our hidey holes!

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Upcoming Public Workshops

Income Disruption and Social Distancing for Artists Tuesday, April 7th 5:30-6:30pm

(En français ci-dessous)
Presented by Young Arts Leaders Collective + Arts Network Ottawa / Réseau des arts d'Ottawa and the Ottawa Arts Mentorship Program

Tuesday April 7 2020 | 5:30pm | Register on Eventbrite for Zoom Meeting URL

The current crisis and practice of social-distancing has led to widespread cancellations and income disruption for artists - particularly independent "gig-economy" artists. While funds and grant opportunities are being made available for some, what other strategies and tools can artists use to adapt to this situation?

We will discuss diverse revenue streams (Patreon, crowd-funding), merchandise, social media, lessons and learning curves across various artistic disciplines. Presentations will be followed by a Q&A for participants. A "tip sheet" will be available in both languages following the event.

Kimberly Sunstrum is a Queer, Afro-Canadian singer-songwriter from the Ottawa-Gatineau region. Blending profound vocals with heartfelt lyrics, Sunstrum’s music delves into topics on family, race, feminism, Queerness and the ways these multidimensional identities influence how we navigate the world. She will share experiences in losing a physical audience, performing in front of a camera, loss of gig revenue, and adapting social media presence to maintain connectedness to your community.

Brenda Dunn is the fabulous brain behind Artinjest. Brenda has been getting in trouble for crayoning on the walls for as long as she can remember. She eventually went to art school at the University of Guelph and drew on whatever the hell she wanted. Now she works and plays in Ottawa and has been sharing tutorials and creative distractions, studio sessions, livestreams and other digital artsy antics with fellow savvy social distancers and turning community engaged art virtual.

This event is made possible through the generous financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des arts du Canada and the Ontario Arts Council - Conseil des arts de l'Ontario

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Présenté par Young Arts Leaders Collective + Réseau des arts d'Ottawa et le Programme de mentorat artistique d'ottawa

Mardi 7 avril 2020 | 17h30 | Inscrivez-vous sur Eventbrite pour l'URL de la réunion Zoom

La crise actuelle et la pratique d'éloignement social ont conduit à des annulations répandues et des perturbations de revenus significatifs pour les artistes - en particulier les artistes indépendants de la "gig-economy". Bien que des fonds et des possibilités de subvention sont mis à la disposition de certains, quelles autres stratégies et outils peuvent être employés par les artistes pour s'adapter à cette situation?

Nous discuterons des différentes sources de revenus (Patreon, financement participatif), la marchandise, et des opportunités présentées via les médias sociaux ainsi que des courbes d'apprentissage et des leçons tiraient des différentes disciplines artistiques. Les présentations auront lieu en anglais. Une séance de questions et réponses suivra et sera organisée en anglais et en français. Et une "fiche-conseils" sera disponible dans les deux langues après l'événement.

Cet événement est possible grâce aux généreux soutiens financiers du Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des arts du Canada et Ontario Arts Council - Conseil des arts de l'Ontario.

May 14, 2020

Geode Inspired Fluid Acrylics , Thursday May 14th 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.

May 21, 2020

Intro to Epoxy Resin! DIY Coasters Thursday May 21st AND Saturday May 23rd

This is a TWO part workshop!

Day One: Thursday, May 21st 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Day Two: Saturday, May 23rd 1:00 - 2:30 PM

Epoxy resin! It's strong! It's gorgeous! It's versatile!

 

It's pretty precise stuff and just an eeeeeensy bit intimidating right?

Never fear! This intro to Epoxy Resin is a way to learn the basics of this amazing material. We'll be using silicone moulds to make a set of three coasters with different decorating options so you can try out several techniques.

 

This workshop is in TWO parts. First the tutorial, pouring, decorating and such followed by a second day to unmould and clean up your pieces after setting. Take note of both dates and times to make sure you're able to attend both. 

 

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!) 

 

This is a basic intro class so no previous experience is needed and all materials are provided.

May 28, 2020

Intro to Fluid Acrylic! Saturday Thursday May 28th 5:30-7:30 at Wallack's Art Supplies

Let's make something awesome! Fluid acrylic is a super satisfying and simple technique that will let you create one of kind abstract art. Whether you've tried some pouring and want to learn the basics or you've never touched the stuff, this workshop will let you walk away with an awesome piece of your very own.

Click here to see photos from previous pours!

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! Each workshop attendee is provided with a plastic sheet to carry their piece and you're also welcome to bring a box or container (at least 8x10") preferably without a top or lid. 

June 04, 2020

Sketching for Self Care Saturday, Thursday June 4th, 5:30-7:30 at Wallack's Art Supplies

It's 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!

June 18, 2020

NEW DATE Sketchbooks and Self Care Thursday, JUNE 18TH 5:30-7:30pm at Wallack's Art Supplies

It's 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!

June 25, 2020

NEW DATE Fluid Acrylic and Epoxy Resin rounds! Thurs June 25th (5:30-7:30pm) AND Saturday June 27th (1-3pm) at Wallack's Art Supplies

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

Day One: Thursday, June 25th 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Day Two: Saturday, June 27th 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!

NEW DATE Fluid Acrylic Pouring! Level 1 Thursday July 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!

July 11, 2020

NEW DATE Sketching for Self Care Saturday, Saturday July 11th 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!

July 23, 2020

NEW DATE DIY Cheeseboards at Maker House! Thursday July 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!

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