Education Programs and Workshops

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Chinese Brush Painting – Part II

Session 2: Tuesdays, March 5th – March 26th (4 weeks) from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

If you missed PART I, not to worry, you can still jump into this session.
Chinese Painting started many years ago.
There are different approaches:
• A traditional style, realistic and based online drawing.
• A freehand method using fewer brushstrokes to suggest objects in a less literal way.
Students will be introduced to tools, materials, and ink making techniques, applying basic techniques to paint simple subjects.
This course gives you a chance to try your hand at this historically important artform. Eventually you will create your own beautiful paintings.
No supplies necessary for the first class. You will receive a supply list on your first day. If you have your own supplies, please bring them with you.

COST: $50 members/$60 non-members
Registration deadline: January 4th & February 28th

Sketching with Pencil, Pen, Ink & Charcoal

Tuesdays, April 9th-30th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Have you ever noticed something interesting, and wished you had ability to capture it on paper or another surface?

Starting with simple objects you will quickly learn to overcome doubts or hesitations.
Demonstration will show you how sketching can be applied to other forms of art.
Besides pencil, you will be introduced to other tool, e.g., Charcoal, colour pencils, crayons, markers, pen and ink.

This course will help you to become comfortable with sketching, and how a sketchbook can become a personal record for you – a valued companion.
Please bring paper and pencil to the first class. A supply list will be provided on the first day.

Cost: $50 members/ $60 Non-members
Registration deadline: April 2nd

Wine & Paint Night

Tuesday, March 19th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Follow along step-by-step with Karen Wokes in creating your own piece of art to take home and enjoy. Karen has been providing paint parties to Winnipeggers for several years now and she is looking forward to sharing her tricks of the trade with you. You can expect to have some laughs, meet new people and maybe even learn a new technique.

Wine, non-alcoholic drinks and snacks will be provided at this event.

COST: $35 (NO Wine), $45 (WITH Wine)
Registration deadline: March 12th

Scientific Presentations followed by a Q & A session

March 25th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Session 2: “How Old Is That?”

We often wonder how old things are. Perishable items often have “Best Before” dates. Imagine buying a car without knowing its age. What about people? We have learned a lot from fossil bones of earlier people. Biblical scholars have calculated that creation occurred in 4004 B.C. What about our world, namely planet earth? Scientists argue that our planet is much older than 6000 years. How can we tell how old something is? We often estimate the ages of old things from layers of rocks and especially from radioactivity in samples.

Presentations lead by Lyle Lockhart
COST: FREE members/$3 non-members

About Lyle: Early years: grew up in southern Ontario on the north shore of Lake Erie
Education: Ph.D. (Biochemistry, 1971), University of Western Ontario, London, ON
Work: Research Scientist, Freshwater Institute, Winnipeg, 1971-2001 (water contamination issues)


Let's Get Crafty

COST: $7 members/$10 non-members

Join us for some socializing and crafting. Each month we will tackle a new project together and enjoy some friendly conversation. Choose from any or all of the following dates:

1. Button Bouquet in Salt & Pepper Shakers
Friday, March 22nd from
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Learn how to make a button bouquet in a saltshaker. This is a fun spring craft, and a great Mother’s Day gift! But you can customize it for any holiday or occasion!

Registration deadline: March 15th

Register: Jan-Mar

1. On Friday, April 19th we will be crafting TBD
TIME: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Registration deadline: April 12th

2. On Friday, May 24th we will be crafting TBD
TIME: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Registration deadline: May 17th

3. On Friday, June 28 we will be crafting TBD
TIME: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Registration deadline: June 21st


Cookie Making & Decorating class with Mavis

Session 1: Wednesday, April 24th from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Session 2: Wednesday, May 22nd from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Imagine how impressed your friends and family will be when you come to the next gathering showing off these beautiful creations you made with your own hands Join Mavis in the kitchen as she takes you step-by-step through the process of creating these beautiful and tasty cookies to take home and enjoy or to give as a gift.

COST: $5 members/$7 non-members

Acrylic Paint Class

Tuesdays, May 7th - 28th from 10:00 – 12:00 p.m.

The versatility of acrylics makes this medium fun and exciting to work with. It can be used to create the luminous effect of watercolour, or a heavier, more solid, opaque texture and everything in between. We will produce a landscape from start to finish. After observing a demonstration, students will work step-by-step to finish their own piece.

Cost: $50 members/ $60 non-members
Registration deadline: April 30th

Rock Painting Class

Tuesdays, May 7th - 28th from 10:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Join Janet as she leads you through this easy step-by-step workshop where you will learn create these cute ladybug painted rocks. This is a great opportunity for you to be creative and to socialize with others. All supplies are provided.

Cost: $7 members/ $9 non-members
Registration deadline: May 1st


Tuesdays, June 4th-25th from 10:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Writing is language made visible. Calligraphy is beautiful writing.
What to expect in this 4-week session.
In this class we will learn the basics.
Different styles of lettering will be introduced, from Classic Roman to Gothic, Old English and Italic Handwriting. Tools and techniques will be demonstrated and discussed. Layout and spacing, important aspects of calligraphy, will be learned and applied.
With your own, personal lettering style, layout and colour combinations, you will experience the rewarding art of calligraphy.
No supplies necessary for the first class. You will receive a supply list on your first day.

Cost: $50 members/ $60 non-members
Registration deadline: May 28th