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Supportive Arts Program for Young Adults with (dis)Abilities – Fall 2022 to Spring 2023

September 12, 2022 - June 22, 2023

An inclusive, all abilities art and mindfulness workshop for young adults with (dis)abilities 18+

SUPPORTIVE ARTS is a unique program supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, offering arts-based learning opportunities and compelling artistic experiences to individuals with (dis)abilities living in the community. We welcome adults and caregivers from Wellington County and the surrounding areas to our weekly program. Led by ECFTA Arts Educators and Mindfulness Coaches.  The Supportive Arts program has now expanded to 4 sessions per week.

THE PROGRAM: Join us for a guided 2-hour workshop, specifically designed to support adults of all abilities. Each session, we will embrace diversity and friendship through explorations in art making, movement, mindfulness and music. Every week is as unique as each of our participants!  Supportive Arts is offered free of charge to all participants and support companions, thanks to the generous support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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LOOSE DUTCH FLORAL ACRYLIC! PAINTING IN THE ROUND WITH EILEEN MACARTHUR

February 18 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

LOOSE DUTCH FLORAL ACRYLIC!

PAINTING IN THE ROUND with EILEEN MACARTHUR

FOR AGES 16+ | MAX. 10

Saturday, February 18, 2023 | 10 am – 3 pm

$130 plus HST | All materials included

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Join artist Eileen MacArthur for a light and loose, guided workshop, with focus on creating a tondo floral composition using multiple found sources for inspiration and a conte transfer to get started!

Eileen will lead you in the steps to create a 2-foot diameter, original acrylic on a round MDF panel. Explore colour mixing, the figure-ground relationship, and elements of composition. During the course of the day, artists will also delve into various techniques of representational painting, loosely based in the Dutch floral tradition, and try out several brushes and methods of paint application.

All levels of experience welcome!

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Oil & Cold Wax Abstract Landscapes with Carolyn Sharp

March 25 @ 11:00 am - March 26 @ 3:00 pm

OIL & COLD WAX ABSTRACT LANDSCAPES 

2-DAY WORKSHOP with CAROLYN SHARP

SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2023  |  11 am – 4 pm

SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2023  |  11 am – 3 pm

AGES 16+ | MAX. 8

$250 plus hst + $20 kit fee

*please note there is a minimum of 6 required to run this class.


Unleash your creativity and make your own masterpiece using oil paint and cold wax medium.

Carolyn will guide you towards creating atmospheric and colourful abstracted land & waterscape paintings on archival oil paper and cradled wood panels.

You will also learn ways to find compelling compositions and create colour harmony in your paintings. This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience, so come explore, experiment and get those creative juices going!

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Portrait Drawing with David Caesar

April 2 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

PORTRAIT DRAWING with DAVID CAESAR

SUNDAY, APRIL 2  |  11am – 5pm

MAX. 10  |  Ages 16+

$125 plus HST

Please bring your own materials.

*please note there is a minimum of 6 required to run this class.

Join artist David Caesar for this fun and exciting workshop covering the basics of drawing portraits from both life and photographs. David teaches a classical approach which incorporates high realism, with a focus on skill building. He works in the way of the old masters using keen observation and focused critique. His own work is highly detailed and masterful and his class environment encourages students to challenge themselves!

During the workshop, David will review the basic proportions of the head and face and move on to a methodology of capturing the likeness of our subject.  You will start by drawing each other (bring your happy face!) and move on to working from photos for a final project.

From basic structure to final rendering, students will come away with a new understanding of the portrait drawing process and have the tools to embark on their own projects with confidence!

Feeling adventurous?  Bring any medium you like – pastel, watercolour, acrylic, etc. Come prepared!

ALL LEVELS WELCOME! Suitable for Beginner and Intermediate students.

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Contemporary Wall Sculpture | Ceramics with Inga Gircyte

April 27 @ 6:00 pm - May 11 @ 9:00 pm

CONTEMPORARY WALL SCULPTURE  |  CERAMICS with INGA GIRCYTE 

From Domestic Object to Contemporary Sculpture

2 Thursday evening ceramic workshop!

Thursday, April 27 | 6:00-9 pm

Thursday, May 11 | 6:00-9 pm

Only 6 spots only available for this workshop!

Ages 16+

$175 plus HST

$20 kit fee payable in cash to instructor.  All materials provided in kit fee, including glazing and firing.


Clay hanging on the wall? Yes!! Let’s look at the ceramics from a different angle!

In this limited-space workshop, artist INGA GIRCYTE will guide you in the creation of a unique abstracted, sculptural wall piece made from clay, mimicking a domestic object.

Inga will lead you through this 2 evening bi-weekly process to achieve ready-to-hang, MOMA-worthy results!  Will it be an exact look alike of the primary object or an abstract take! It’s up to you!

In this workshop you will learn:

  • the basic techniques of hand building
  • basic techniques of glazing and colour mixing

We will provide a number of objects from daily life from which to choose. Or if you have a favourite or sentimental object at home; your grandmothers’ egg beater, a well-worn tool from your father’s workbench, a vintage high heel or clutch; a retro game controller; an old-timey toaster or espresso percolator; your dad’s stuffed prized trout; your lucky push up bra? Bring it with you and turn it into an art piece with a deeper personal meaning. The weirder or more wonderful the better!

Maximum size approx. 12”x12”. Please note, to create a mould we will be covering these objects in clay and then remove it.

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HELLO IN THERE: A TRIBUTE TO JOHN PRINE

April 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Doors open at 6:45 pm | General admission $25 including HST

Advanced tickets for the April 29 at the Elora Centre for the Arts ONLY available ONLINE HERE and at the door. Cash only at the door.

*Please note. Tickets for the May 18 at Silence, ONLY available at the door, Guelph venue.

Join us in our main gallery for an evening of live music, celebrating the life of John Prine. Featuring favourites performed by five musicians, James Gordon, Mark Ostrowski, Ian Reid, Katy Topham and Paul Whitaker in an intimate evening of stories and songs to celebrate this well loved and respected performer.

A songwriter’s songwriter with so many heart touching lyrics and ear worm tunes, Prine died of complications from Covid in 2020 leaving a remarkable catalogue of memorable songs.

 

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A Bird in the Hand Mixed Media with David Caesar

May 7 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

A BIRD IN THE HAND 

Mixed Media workshop with DAVID CAESAR

Sunday, May 7  |  11am – 5pm

MAX. 10  |  Ages 16+

$125 plus HST

Please bring your own materials.

*please note there is a minimum of 6 required to run this class.

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, but a bird on paper?  Priceless!

Join artist David Caesar for this mixed media workshop celebrating our avian friends!              David teaches a classical approach which incorporates high realism, with a focus on skill building. He works in the way of the old masters using keen observation and focused critique. His own work is highly detailed and masterful and his class environment encourages students to challenge themselves!

In this exciting and comprehensive workshop, we will review basic bird anatomy and move on to creating a composition for the basis of a wildlife painting or drawing.  Working from either photos provided by the instructor or photos that students bring in themselves, we will discuss basic drawing techniques as well as rendering our main subject as well as any background or foreground elements we choose to include.

Any medium is welcome. Pastel, watercolour, acrylic, etc. All wet or dry media accepted. Come prepared!

ALL LEVELS WELCOME! Suitable for Beginner and Intermediate students.

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