Amanda Burk at work.


Adult workshops are offered several times a year. Local or visiting artists run the workshops which are often in connection with the exhibitions. A variety of classes are offered  – a sampling of what we have done includes plein-air painting, printmaking, basket weaving, creative journaling, screen-printing, collage, book making, quilting, yoga and more. We provide coffee, tea and light snacks. Payment must be made during registration.


Creative Exercises to Beat the Winter Blues
Thursdays, Jan 18-Feb 8, 2-3:30 pm: Pam Cain and Vivian Wood-Alexander
This four-class series continues our goal of engaging people 55+ in
creative activities.  You’ll warm up with sketching, then move to painting,
drawing, and collage.  Four informal classes, suitable for beginners.
Cost: $40

Art Memories – Creative Journaling: Eleanor Albanese
Two Tuesdays, Jan 23rd & Jan 30, 1:30-3:30 pm
Art journaling is an artistic way to document your life within the pages of a journal.  Eleanor will guide you through word prompts and the use of
various media and collage techniques to record moments from your life in a creative art journal.
Cost: $40 + hst

Knock Your Block Off
Printmaking with Aaron Veldstra
Sunday Jan 28, 12:30-4:30 pm

Learn the fundamentals of block printmaking with a talented professional artist.  Design, transfer of image, carving, inking and printing are all
addressed.  With Aaron’s guidance, create successful prints you can take home to frame or share in a card.  All materials provided.

BIO : Aaron Veldstra MFA University of Alberta, is a multidisciplinary artist and printmaking instructor at Lakehead University. He lives a dual life as an academic/labourer and is comfortable working in both the field and the classroom. His research is primarily focused on the “myths” of the Canadian North, and is informed by experience working in the Canadian Bush.

Cost: $55  Members $45

Painting with Encaustic-like Effects: Pam Cain

Two Sundays, Feb 4 & Feb 11, 1-4 pm

Explore the encaustic technique – also known as hot wax painting – but without the fumes.  Pam introduces “faux” encaustic effects using acrylic paints, gel medium and collage on wooden boards to complete a unique painting.  Drying time between stages calls for a two-day workshop. The second session is where added layers enhance and enrich your final compositions.  Learn several techniques and complete one or two paintings.  All materials provided but personal imagery may be included.

Examples of encaustic-like effects by Pam Cain

Your Instructor

Pam Cain
loves textural processes and has recently studied encaustic-like effects in painting. A graduate of University of Manitoba in Fine Arts, she has been involved in arts and heritagein the region for over thirty years.  Currently she is putting her studio in a newly acquired school bus.

Cost:  $70  Members $60

Stitch It: Embroidered Reverse Appliqué with Michele Coslett-Goodman
Sunday, Feb 18, 12:30-4:30 pm
Embroidery is making a creative comeback.  Michele shares the technique of reverse appliqué with embroidery, guiding you through the making of a pillow cover. The technique can transfer to many other projects.
An innovative professional artist, Michele welcomes all ability levels.

Your Instructor

Michele Coslett Goodman lives and works in the boreal forest north of Dryden. She is a lifelong artist, that has worked with a wide variety of materials from metals and rubber, to paper and textiles. The Gallery has exhibited her installation work Ravens and Other Flyers and her memorable show Night Garden in 2011. She draws inspiration from where she lives and from summers spent at a cottage on Lake Superior.

Cost:  $60  Members $50

Pet Portraits: A Painting Workshop with Suzanne Plesh
Sunday, Feb 25, 12:30-4:30 pm
We love our pets.  Why not paint your pet’s portrait in acrylics?

Your Instructor

With her background in art and graphic design, Suzanne shares an enjoyable process for capturing your pet in a painting.  She will guide you to a finished work by day’s end. Suzanne has been a graphic artist for over 20 years.  As an animal lover she is devoted to these classes and has run many successful ‘Paint Your Pet’ workshops.

Cost: $65  Members $55