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Adult Classes

Riverside Ruggers

February 25 @ 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Monday, repeating until June 17, 2019

Join anytime!  Every Monday until June 17, 2019


The Riverside Ruggers Traditional Rug Hooking Group meets weekly in the gallery at the Elora Centre for the Arts to exchange ideas and connect with other ruggers in a casual setting. Our hope is to encourage an interest in this traditional craft and promote the art form to a broader audience.  No sign up required.  Drop in.  Bring your projects and $2 cash donation.

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Supportive Arts for Adults 18+

February 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Thursday, repeating until March 7, 2019

January 17 – March 7, 2019 (8 individual sessions)

Supportive Arts for adults is an inclusive, all abilities creative workshop for adults 18+. Lead by an ECFTA arts educator and singing instructor from Elora Singers.

Registration is required for each session. $12 per person, per session.

Join community members from GrandABILITIES, Live & Learn Centre and Growing Abilities as we explore creative diversity through art, movement and music. Art workshops are guided and specifically designed to support adults of all abilities working side by side in our community.  Every week is as unique as each of our participants. Please bring your support worker if assistance is required.

The ECFTA is not wheelchair accessible.

Please register in advance!

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Hand Lettering: Italics Workshop with Wendy Hardy

February 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Thursday, repeating until April 18, 2019

February 28 – April 18th (no class on April 4):  6 sessions over 8 weeks

This 6-week course moves beyond the rigid lines of blackletter to a form with many different variations. Once comfortable with a basic Italic, we will start to discover those variations. You may use the 3.8 mm Pilot Parallel Pen to start, but we will be introducing dip pens and ink. If familiar with dip pens, you may start with a Speedball C2 nib. Worksheets and paper will be supplied for the first class, and we will be discussing different options that work with our ink. Homework will be assigned weekly only to inspire practice (which will determine your level of success). This course includes instruction, demonstrations and fun calligraphic projects, with discussion around tools and best practices.

Please note there is no class on Thursday March 14 and April 4th.  The course begins February 28th and runs until April 18th (6 workshops).

Supply List: 3.8mm Pilot Parallel Pen (green cap) or dip pen, C2 nib & ink. Also please bring a mechanical pencil & ruler.

Supply Fee of $10 is payable to the instructor at the first class for worksheets, handouts and projects.


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FREE Forge Demonstration in the Yard

March 16 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Are you interested in seeing a bit more about how artist blacksmiths master the forge and create objects out of metal? Are you hooked on the TV show “Forged in Fire” and want to learn a bit more first-hand? Do you think your kids would think it’s totally cool to see what fire can do? Come on out to the Elora Centre for the Arts for a live forge demonstration in our yard! Drop in anytime between 10 AM – 3PM, demonstrations are happening ongoing.

Admission is free.

No sign up required.   Dress for the weather!

Make sure to stop by our indoor gallery too view the Fire & Steel Contemporary Blacksmithing Exhibition while you are at it!

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Supportive Arts Spring Edition

March 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Thursday, repeating until June 20, 2019

Thursdays 10 AM – 12PM (14 individual sessions)

Supportive Arts is a weekly program for adults 18+. Join us for a guided morning workshop, specifically designed to support adults of all abilities. Each Thursday we will embrace diversity through art-making, movement and vocal explorations.  Each week is a unique and different!

Registration for each week is required in advance.  $12 per person, per session.

Please bring your support worker if assistance is required. Please note that ECFTA is not currently wheelchair accessible.


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Spring Felted Hat Workshop with Megan Cleland

April 7 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join ECFTA’s resident felting guru, In the Line of Fibre’s Megan Cleland in making a 3 season, lightweight, wet-felted hat made and designed by you!

In this day-long workshop, you will learn to make a felt hat using a resist, that is not only unique but a one-of-a-kind. The instructor will make a hat alongside students so you can understand all the steps and can continue to explore the possibilities in colour and style from home.

This class is limited to 8 participants.

Instructor Bio: Megan has a passion for anything felted. Living on a farm in Australia for 10 years surrounded by sheep and angora goats, Megan started exploring felted garments, hats and bags. Using various techniques she realized that she was a Felter and not a weaver. Moving to Canada, the popularity of Facebook created more exposure to felting artists and techniques. Needlefelted  portraits was the beginning of her journey and then came wet felted hats. Using a technique from Russia opened all sorts of possibilities in creating hats that were distinct and stylish. Megan loves passing on new ideas to students and provides support long after her class is done.

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Botanical Drawing with Michael Spillane

May 11 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

A stunning step-by-step project featuring an apple will be the focus of the day. Coloured pencils are easy to use and convenient to store and replace, making them an ideal medium for both beginning students and experienced artists. The drawing process will be discussed in detail and techniques such as burnishing and layering, along with accurate colour matching, tonal rendering and composition will help students master this rewarding medium.


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