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Weekend Workshops


April 28 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

with Grazyna Adamska



Members $90 +HST

Non-Members $100+HST


Participants will explore the human form with water-based mixed media while working from a life model, seeking to capture the psychological tension of the figure while experimenting with various mediums in expressive ways. The workshop aims to encourage student to explore the human figure in a broader sense than a nude model. Students will be inspired to exercise their visual interpretive skills. They will be encouraged to use (but not limited to) new materials such as acetate sheets and mixed media for personal expression. Open to all levels.

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Plein Air Painting Workshops with Sam Paonessa

May 5 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every day that begins at 9:30am, repeating until May 6, 2018

Saturday May 5  &  Sunday May 6 , 2018

9:30 – 4:30

Members $120+HST for one day / $225 +HST for both days   

Non-Members $130 +HST for one day/ $245 +HST for both days


Improve your plein air painting skills with professional artist Sam Paonessa. Reinforce painting principles and techniques, and develop visual editing skills. Demonstrations, individual attention, and encouragement will increase your creative confidence. Enjoy the colour and tonal challenges of landscape painting. You are invited to work with acrylic or oil paint. Some plein air experience is advised. Be prepared for weather, rain or shine and note that locations may require walking and transporting painting equipment.

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Plein Air for Kids: Painting Things Outside

May 19 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Saturday May 19, 2018 

Ages 5-8  10-12pm

Ages 9-12 1-3pm

Members $26  

Non-Members $32


Have the kids take part in the excitement of the Elora Plein Air Grand River Painting Festival with an outdoor painting workshop on the grounds of the ECFTA. Explore a variety of mediums and learn about colour, perspective and composition while painting in the great outdoors.

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100 Mile Natural Dyeing with ash alberg

May 20 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sunday May 20, 2018


$95 +HST

Additional $45 kit fee payable to instructor on day of class

Upper Canada Fibreshed Presents : Learn how to dye yarn with natural dyer ash alberg using materials from the Upper Canada Fibreshed. Using locally foraged plants and dorset wool from Circle R Farm, we’ll spend the day learning everything from how to forage ethically and responsibly and how not to shock your fibres. Students will choose between multiple dye pots and/or eco-printing (make your own speckled yarn with environmentally friendly practices!). Leave the workshop with enough naturally dyed yarn to make a project for yourself or a loved one.

*Please bring a lunch, a pair of rubber or latex gloves, and wear clothes that you can get messy in.

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Floral Portraits in Pen & Ink with Watercolour

June 9 @ 10:00 am - June 10 @ 4:00 pm

With Michael Spillane

June 9 & 10, 2018

10:00 – 4:00pm

Members $162 + HST

Non-Members $168 + HST


This workshop is ideal for the botanical artist looking for something a little different. A step-by-step floral project will be the focus of the two-day workshop with demonstrations, one-on-one interaction with students and detailed instructional handouts. Studies will lead up to the completion of a tonal drawing in graphite, followed by exercises designed to explore the intricate textures used in pen and ink drawings. The project will then be completed in pen and ink with subtle watercolour washes.

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