Workshops

Rug Hook a Little Mat - 2 Part Workshop

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL. You can add your name to the wait list using the registration form. Learn the basics of pulling loops in the ages-old craft—and art!—of traditional rug hooking. Beginners, and those who haven’t hooked in a while, will hook a one-of-a-kind mat to take home. Maia Levine inherited her Gram’s rug hooks…

The Drumbeat of Reconciliation

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL. You can add your name to the wait list using the registration form. We are in unique times. Many are asking what our role is in reconciliation. This engaging, thought-provoking session will provide examples and insights while exploring Canada’s history through an Indigenous lens. We will look at the Four Blankets…

Photo Encaustic

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL. You can add your name to the wait list using the registration form. This workshop will introduce you to the history of the encaustic medium. Learn how to choose appropriate images, embellish them with wax, and frame them to present a finished piece. Chris Straw is a photographer and mixed-media artist.…

Beginners Metalsmithing

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL. You can add your name to the wait list using the registration form. Learn the basics of metalsmithing: sawing, piercing, sanding, filing, polishing, patinas, and more. You’ll leave this workshop with a pair of earrings or a pendant that you’ve designed and fabricated. Cheryl Jacobs has been producing and selling unique…

Why Poetry Matters

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL. You can add your name to the wait list using the registration form. Work with award-winning poet Lorna Crozier to understand why the world would be a lesser place without poetry, and humans would suffer if poetry were not part of our lives. You’ll also consider the pragmatic: why choose one…

Grey Matter! A Colour Workshop for Painters

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL. You can add your name to the wait list using the registration form. In this workshop Elsa will share her techniques and methods of colour mixing and developing a harmonizing colour scheme for your work. We will determine colour temperature and values using comparisons to proximity colours. Find out why there…

Rug Hook a Little Mat - 2 Part Workshop

Learn the basics of pulling loops in the ages-old craft—and art!—of traditional rug hooking. Beginners, and those who haven’t hooked in a while, will hook a one-of-a-kind mat to take home. Maia Levine inherited her Gram’s rug hooks in 1999 and has been happily rug hooking ever since. Her work has been featured in events…

Metis Beadwork

The Métis are known for their exquisite flower beadwork. This hands-on workshop will take you on a journey through Métis beadwork history, then and now. Joy Bremner is Cree Métis, born in northern Saskatchewan. She has been doing beadwork for 45 years, and is President of the Mid-Island Métis Nation. She is one of the…

Create Your Own Peace Work

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL. You can add your name to the wait list using the registration form. Working on a 6”x7” block, you’ll learn the steps required to create one of these delightful pieces. Create your own design then learn how to use a variety of tools, materials, and paint to bring it to life.…

Raku Expression 3 Part Workshop

In this 3-part workshop, you will be guided through the creation of several pieces of ceramic art. This process is organic; the glazes soft and colourful; the firing process dramatic and immediate. Graham Sheehan has operated Sunstone Pottery on Gabriola for 40 years and has conducted many workshops for both children and adults. Materials to…

Build It with a Box!

Discover the amazing power of imagination and have fun designing and building anything from  an Arcade to a Zebra…all with cardboard boxes! The sky’s the limit. What will you make? Amy Dawley is the librarian at the Gabriola Island Branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library. Along with their collections, the Gabriola Library offers free,…

Kind Cuisine: Transforming Your Familiar Favourites with Vegeteers

Whether you’re getting started with plant-based meals or yearning to know more, come join us. Together we’ll chop, slice, grate, stir, blend, and simmer our way to a delicious meal for sharing. You’ll get a better understanding about preparing delectable and healthy plant-based foods. Vegeteers Kim Bjarnason, Alina Cerminara, Sigrid Bjarnason, and Kathi Chorneyko have…

Presentation Excellence: Keep Your Audience Engaged

Prepare compelling and powerful presentations that will win over an audience. In this workshop, you’ll examine strategies to enhance your effectiveness in designing and delivering captivating presentations and talks. Bill McGann has worked as a speech therapist and communication consultant for over 30 years, and has extensive experience in workplace mediation. He has collaborated with…

Multi-Media Catalogue Poetry

Learn how to create a “catalogue poem” and then incorporate selected words from your poem as graffiti into paintings using the “safety pin” motif as an expression of support for cultural and lifestyle diversity. This is a great opportunity to explore a simple poetic form and learn about using text in visual compositions. Carla Stein’s…

Meditative Doodles

A meditative doodle is a creative endeavour that requires your full attention. You will create beautiful shapes and designs that are finished pieces of art in themselves. Let the world drift away as you immerse yourself in this meditative art form. Several “tangle” designs will be practiced and then away you go to create your…

It’s More Than Just a Stamp

Discover more ways to use rubber stamps than just paper stamping! By the end of the workshop, you will make and take home one rubber stamp that you can use to creatively brand your artwork. Mei Dunlop is a Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist who currently runs several Etsy stores, selling over 20,000 items on…

Intuitive Art

Intuitive art is a way of tapping into your personal creativity free from the confines of planning, censoring, or judging—it’s an exploration based on process rather than result. Drawing and painting are the tools that lead you through this process. The goal is to get into a non-competitive, relaxing, playful state of mind—quiet your thoughts,…

Photo Encaustic

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL. You can add your name to the wait list using the registration form. This workshop will introduce you to the history of the encaustic medium. Learn how to choose appropriate images, embellish them with wax, and frame them to present a finished piece. Chris Straw is a photographer and mixed-media artist.…

Paper Crane Community Project For Peace

The crane has been traditionally cherished and respected as a symbol of longevity in Japan. After Hiroshima, paper origami cranes have become a symbol of world harmony—let’s fold them together for peace. Currently living in Qualicum Beach, Shino Yoneda is a teacher from Japan. She has been volunteering for the 1000 Crane Projects for the…

Intro to Screenprinting

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL. You can add your name to the wait list using the registration form. Discover the easiest way to screenprint at home. Learn photo emulsion and stencil techniques using water-based inks. You’ll take home your own 8×10 screen, burn, and your prints. Catherine Hallam teaches art full-time and runs a small screen-printing…

Painting with Wool: The Art of Needle Felting

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL. You can add your name to the wait list using the registration form. Come have fun and explore the exciting art of painting with wool. You will produce a beautiful, fully-finished, framed piece of art work, using the unique techniques of needle felting. Among many other mediums and fibre-related crafts. Luanne…

Astrological Archetypes

Astrology is a tool that can offer potent psychological insights into why we choose to do what we do. You’ll learn how the 12 signs of the zodiac are archetypes of human consciousness, which facilitate an understanding of both our strengths and shadow energies. Tsiporah Grignon has been studying astrology since 1974. Upon reading Pluto,…

Writing Yourself: Larger Narratives of Family, History, and the Earth

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL. You can add your name to the wait list using the registration form. No previous writing experience required for this hands-on workshop—only a desire to find your voice and connect with story, from the personal to the larger and more public. You will work through a series of writing exercises from…

Words & Images: An Ekphrastic Writing Workshop

This workshop is for writers and artists, whether you are an artist interested in how people describe your work, you want to add words to your works, you are a writer wondering what images your words could inspire, or you want to write about your favourite work of art. Use your own words and the…

Weaving Without Boundaries

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL. You can add your name to the wait list using the registration form. Throw out the rules and unleash your creativity! Explore the interlacement of threads and some unusual materials. You will be introduced to the methods and philosophy of “perfect imperfection”. Walk away with a piece of art and a…

Art Arc Jr

Workshops for Budding Artists! Gabriola’s young artists are going back to school—Gabriola Elementary School, that is—for the 5th year in a row! Students will learn first-hand from professional artists about a variety of art forms & practices. It’s always a fun and creative week at GES during the Isle of the Arts Festival! Workshops Running…

The Afternoon of 100 Drawings

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL. You can add your name to the wait list using the registration form. Over one afternoon, you will effortlessly create 100 drawings, and in the process, discover a new fluidity both on paper and in your day-to-day life. Some drawings will be interior based, and others will be from objects around…

All Beings Confluence - 4 Part Workshop

All Beings Confluence Join acclaimed textile artist Martha Cole to create a panel to add to the “All Beings Confluence” travelling exhibit. In this enriching 4-day workshop you will use a variety of techniques to make a panel representing a being which has significance to you. These panels will be exhibited and there will be…

Contour Drawing

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL. You can add your name to the wait list using the registration form. Have fun learning and practicing the most basic of drawing skills that provides the ability to draw anything that your eye can see. Contour Drawing teaches observation (seeing rather than memory drawing), eye-hand coordination, awareness, and appreciation of…

Chinese Calligraphy

In this workshop, you will learn two things: how to write with a Chinese brush and ink, and how Chinese characters evolved. Basic Chinese characters from nature will be introduced. At the end of the session, participants will make a booklet of Chinese characters to take home. Shino Yoneda is a teacher from Japan who…

All Beings Confluence - 4 Part Workshop

All Beings Confluence Join acclaimed textile artist Martha Cole to create a panel to add to the “All Beings Confluence” travelling exhibit. In this enriching 4-day workshop you will use a variety of techniques to make a panel representing a being which has significance to you. These panels will be exhibited and there will be…

All Beings Confluence - 4 Part Workshop

All Beings Confluence Join acclaimed textile artist Martha Cole to create a panel to add to the “All Beings Confluence” travelling exhibit. In this enriching 4-day workshop you will use a variety of techniques to make a panel representing a being which has significance to you. These panels will be exhibited and there will be…

Kitchen Arts

This hands-on food preparation experience celebrates the beauty and life force of local ingredients. As you chop, combine, and transform, you’ll discuss the nutritional, artistic, spiritual, and healthful properties of a variety of whole foods. We will eat our creations together and sample some island specialties. Sharon Pattison is a school teacher and a homemaker…

Producing Storytelling

How do you tell a good story on camera? This workshop will walk you through the required elements—human interest, visuals, locations, audio—and demonstrate how to craft a story around these elements. Derek Johnstone has been working with Shaw TV for over 10 years and has told countless stories in that time. He is an avid…

Understanding Your Video Camera

Do you own a video camera and have an interest in shooting stories? Attend this workshop to learn the difference between having a camera, and knowing how to use it to its fullest capacity. Learn tips to help you create better-looking and -sounding videos easily and effectively! Todd Jones' career spans roles as storyteller, shooter,…

Raku Expression 3 Part Workshop

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL. You can add your name to the wait list using the registration form. In this 3-part workshop, you will be guided through the creation of several pieces of ceramic art. This process is organic; the glazes soft and colourful; the firing process dramatic and immediate. Graham Sheehan has operated Sunstone Pottery…

Design Your Own Tarot Cards

Design and create a set of creative cards that are significant to your own life and spirituality. You’ll also receive a basic lesson in the art of reading Tarot cards. Hayden Harvey incorporates natural divinity, spiritual mysticism, and tarot into her art. She runs Salt & Silver Jewellery while creating art with the community in…

Create a Small Art Quilt

Create a small art quilt using traditional and new methods of piecing and adding small interesting pieces of fabric, yarn, ribbons, and decorative threads. Morag Orr-Stevens is an award-winning artist who enjoys exploring different techniques and themes that combine a variety of texture and media. Morag is a former vice president of the Gabriola Arts…

Landscape & Long Exposure

With Quinton Dewing this outdoors workshop will cover equipment, techniques, and location shooting. We will then meet to share and discuss our day’s discoveries. Quinton Dewing is a self-taught freelance photographer. He is always learning new techniques, and is constantly exploring locations along Gabriola’s shorelines. www.dewingdesign.com Materials to bring: Rain gear (weather-dependent), camera with full…

All Beings Confluence - 4 Part Workshop

All Beings Confluence Join acclaimed textile artist Martha Cole to create a panel to add to the “All Beings Confluence” travelling exhibit. In this enriching 4-day workshop you will use a variety of techniques to make a panel representing a being which has significance to you. These panels will be exhibited and there will be…

Create Your Own Shamanic Rawhide Rattle - 2 Part Workshop

The shamanic rattle is an ancient musical instrument that can be used for healing and is fun to play. During your time creating these together, you’ll learn some of the history and uses for your own personal rattles. Carol weaver is a visual artist and musician. She has facilitated shamanic healing workshops and sacred drum…

Layer Upon Layer

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL. You can add your name to the wait list using the registration form. Explore abstract layering using cold wax medium, tube oils, oil sticks, powdered pigments, and a variety of implements. Using various tools and techniques, you will delve into ways to create textures, colour fields, and make marks. Enjoy technique…

Memory Cloth

A memory cloth is a piece of handwork that, through the meditative process of stitching, allows us to unravel memories, to mend old wounds, and to stitch together the past. This workshop will help participants to: preserve and/or release the past, gain insight into our individual histories, feel close to loved ones that may have…

Multiple Intelligences: Finding The Artistry Within

According to neuroscientist Howard Gardner, artistic intelligence can be identified in  8 “intelligences”. In this guided workshop, you will delve into the depths of your own artistic talents, discover varied ways for developing artistic expression, create a colourful graph representing your artistic intelligences, and design ways to express them creatively. Amy Block has been a…

Copper Enameling Using a Micro Torch

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL. You can add your name to the wait list using the registration form. Discover how to use a micro torch to hand-fire enamel onto copper discs. Learn the basics of enamelling with a few design techniques and soon you’ll be creating a variety of fun, colourful pieces you can use to…

Create Your Own Shamanic Rawhide Rattle - 2 Part Workshop

The shamanic rattle is an ancient musical instrument that can be used for healing and is fun to play. During your time creating these together, you’ll learn some of the history and uses for your own personal rattles. Carol weaver is a visual artist and musician. She has facilitated shamanic healing workshops and sacred drum…

Make Your Own Upcycled Bear

Create a family heirloom out of a favourite old shirt. Turn a flannel or denim shirt into a sweet, squishy bear buddy. You’ll create the bear from start to finish, and voila … your new best friend is born. A great family workshop! Kelly Milholm has attended numerous artisan markets on Vancouver Island with her…

Embellished Image Transfers

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL. You can add your name to the wait list using the registration form. Learn how to transfer a toner-based image (photocopy) onto a hard surface using a rapid and simple method. Finish by adding paint, collage, and text to tell a story. Award-winning artist Patt Scrivener has spent many hours painting,…

Sacred Self Collage

Using the medium of symbolic collage, create a representation of each age—a journey from birth through childhood, teens, adult, elder, and culminating in the Goddess/God self. Meditating at each stage allows history to rise and be released before you continue to the next stage. Tools for healing will be taught. Michele Fire-River Heart started her shamanic…

Draw Life!

ONE SPOT LEFT!!! All skill levels welcome! Draw the human form using a variety of media. Have fun while stretching your drawing muscles. Be prepared for an adventure. A sense of humour is welcome! Nancy Crozier studied sculpture, the human form, and traditional art processes in Europe and North America. She brings her knowledge of…

Handmade Brushes & Mark Making Tools

Using found materials, such as grasses, twigs, leaves, and other fibres, we will create one-of-a-kind tools that can be used in your art practice or kept as stand-alone works of art. Lottie Anderson is a multi-media artist best known for her use of bold colour, textures, and boundless energy in abstracted painting, and printmaking forms.…

The Art of Karate Kata

Kata—or forms—are an intrinsic component of many martial arts. Originally used to pass on the art of self-defense (Goshin Jitsu) without words or writing, they have evolved into many beautiful and spectacular variations. Explore some of those variations and how different interpretations determine the artistic nature of the forms. Learn basic moves from several kata…

Vocal Play

Sing for joy with harmony, improvisation, and games in a joyful and playful afternoon of musical exploration. This workshop is geared towards intermediate/advanced singers who already love to harmonize and blend, but who would like expand their creativity by working with rhythm, resonance, improvisation, song writing, and more. Cari Burdett has 25 years in musical…

Lantern Making for YOUTH!

Be part of Gabriola’s very first lantern making workshop and procession for youth! Learn how to build your own lantern with basic materials, to be lit by small LED lights. The theme is SPRING! Show off your lantern as we gather for Gabriola’s inaugural Lantern Procession to kick off the Blossom Night Market—7pm on April…

An Artist's Toolkit: Day Long Professional Development for Artists

9:00 am - CREATIVE ACTIVISM: A panel discussion »  Facilitated by Martha Cole, Fibre Artist and All Beings Confluence Creator Can art change the world? Is creativity the key to positive social change? How do we use art to build a strong, engaged community? Explore these questions and more in a thought-provoking discussion with this…

Character in Action

This workshop will explore what makes characters great—and how they are revealed by their words and actions. With exercises to free the imagination, you’ll spend the afternoon exploring the two great action arenas—swashbuckling and lovemaking—while writing your own scenes. Chris (C.C.) Humphreys has acted on stages from London’s West End to Hollywood’s Twentieth Century Fox.…

The Art of Change

Part personal exploration and part creative expression, this workshop is a great fit for those embracing or facing change. Look at the creative force of change, find visual metaphors that match your situation, find your source of self-connection and inspiration that will stay with you through the change, play with materials, and create a visual…

Drypoint Copperplate Printmaking

Create your own drypoint copperplate etchings! You’ll spend the first part of the class creating an image on copperplate using an etching needle, and then use a real etching press to create your own drypoint prints to take home. Aaramë operates el Duende Studio, a home-based printmaking studio, creating handmade serigraphs, intaglio etchings, and hand-bound…

Dance ... a Jumpin’ and a Jivin’

Learn the basic steps in the Single Rhythm Swing dance. No partner is needed—you will focus on the rhythm, turns, and dance connection. Gwen’s goal for this course is for people to have fun and gain confidence on the dance floor. Gwen Spinks has been teaching dance—including Latin, ballroom, country, and swing—for over 27 years.…

The Mighty Uke

When the Owl and the Pussycat set out to sea in their beautiful pea green boat with a small guitar, it was definitely a relative of the “mighty Uke”. Learn to play music from many of the world’s islands in a fun and interactive setting. Instruments provided by request at no charge. Patrick Olmsted has…