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 in 1999 and has been happily rug hooking ever since. Her work has been featured in events and galleries and most recently juried into Celebration magazine. Hooking rugs is her art and craft, her challenge, and her joy.

Materials to bring: Cloth scissors.

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Commons (Large room) | $50 | Ages 14+ | max. 15 participants ∙ Part 2: Saturday, April 8—9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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 of Resilience developed by Monique through working in Indigenous communities for over 25 years. This leads to a deeper understanding of why respect, relationships, and resilience are critical elements of reconciliation. Monique Gray Smith is a mixed heritage woman of Cree, Lakota, and Scottish descent. An award-winning author, international speaker, and sought-after consultant, she focuses on fostering paradigm shifts that emphasize the strength and resiliency of Canada’s First Peoples. Her novel Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience won the Burt Award for First Nation, Métis and Inuit Literature; her children’s book My Heart Fills with Happiness was on the BC Bestseller List for 37 weeks. Monique is known for her storytelling, spirit of generosity, and focus on resilience. www.moniquegraysmith.com
The Roxy | $10 | All Ages | max. 25 participants

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. He is also an experienced instructor,
having designed and delivered a wide variety of training initiatives for CBC Radio.
www.chrisstrawphotography.com

Materials to bring: Lunch, at least 3 photographic prints (either 5"x7" or 8"x10"), an apron/old clothing, notebook, pen. Optional: heat gun.

This workshop is offered at two separate times.

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Arts Center | $75 | Ages 18+ | Max. 10 Participants

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 jewellery throughout North America for over 30 years. She teaches at the jewellery program at North Island College, as well as private classes out of her studio in Cumberland. www.cheryljacobsdesigns.com

Materials to bring: Safety glasses (optional).

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Agi Hall | $65 | Ages 8+ | max. 14 participants

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 word over another, how images exert an uncanny power, and how metaphor connects us with the unsaid and the spiritual. You’ll leave with at least one poem and ideas for more. For both experienced poets and those who have simply loved words all your life. Lorna Crozier is the author of 17 books of poetry and two works of non-fiction. Her most recent book is a collaboration with photographer Ian McAllister, The Wild In You. Crozier is Professor Emeritus at the University of Victoria. She has received a Governor General’s Award, the Canadian Author’s Association Award for Poetry, the National Magazine Award (Gold Medal), the Dorothy Livesay Award, and is a three-time recipient of the Pat Lowther Award. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and an Officer of the Order of Canada. Crozier received the University of Victoria’s Distinguished Professors Award and has received numerous honorary doctorates for her contributions to Canadian Literature. In 2013, Crozier received the B.C. Lieutenant-Governor General’s Lifetime Achievement Award. www.lornacrozier.ca  

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Materials to bring: Notebook, pen.

Commons (large room) | $30 | Ages 18+ | max. 18 participants 

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 is no such thing as a “muddy” colour. This workshop is for beginners and intermediates working in any medium. Elsa Bluethner’s work, whether sculpting in clay or painting in oil, is about communicating in her unique and expressive voice, provocative and subtle messages inviting the viewer to add their perspective to the narrative.

Materials to bring: Paints (the medium and colours you work in), mixing palette, brush/knife for mixing, pen/paper, and/or photos, gloves, apron, cleanup material, a snack.

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Bluethner Art studio, 980 Chichester rd | $35 | All Ages | Max. 10 participants | please Arrive 15 mins early to set up

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 and galleries and most recently juried into Celebration magazine. Hooking rugs is her art and craft, her challenge, and her joy.

Materials to bring: Cloth scissors.

Register Online Here

Commons (Large room) | $50 | Ages 14+ | max. 15 participants ∙ Part 2: Saturday, April 8—9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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 Nanaimo Art Gallery artists in the school, and does numerous beading, leather, and finger weaving cultural programs and classes.

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Arts Centre | $20 | Ages 12+ | max. 20 participants

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. You’ll take home a unique piece of art. Caroline James started making these gorgeous pieces in 2010 and her Peace Work is now sold in  12 beautiful retail shops and galleries all over the Pacific Northwest. www.carolinejames.com

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1490 Hess rd | $65 | Ages 14+ | max. 10 participants 

Raku Expression 3 Part Workshop

Graham Sheehan has operated Sunstone Pottery on Gabriola for 40 years and has conducted many workshops for both children and adults.

Materials to bring: Apron, lunch.

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Sunstone pottery,  520 Argyle ln | $55 | Ages 12+ | max. 8 participants •  

 

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, community focused programs that support the activities and interests of people of all ages.

Gabriola Library | free | drop-in for Children of All Ages with parents And Caregivers

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 each been preparing and enjoying their own tasty plant-based food and have presented fun, informative workshops on Gabriola. Kim is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. Alina makes and sells raw food. Sigrid and Kathi enjoy cooking and love to eat tasty plant-based foods. www.vegeteers.com

Materials to bring: Good chopping knife, inside shoes, cutting board.

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Commons (kitchen) | $25 | All Ages | max. 12 participants

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 educators, physicians, mediators, office staff, and others to improve the effectiveness of their presentations.

Materials to bring: Pencil, paper.

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Commons (large room) | $20 | All Ages | max. 25 participants 

 

Cancelled - 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 love of language led to a career in broadcast and freelance journalism. Her art and poetry has been featured in magazines and in anthologies. She is a co-founder of 15 Minutes of Infamy, a Nanaimo-based word craft performance venue.

Materials to bring: Notebook, pen, apron/old shirt, container for washing brushes, rags, lunch.

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Arts Centre | $50 | All Ages | max. 10 participants 

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 own unique meditative doodle. Melinda Wilde is a painter of almost anything, on almost anything. She has been painting for 27 years and teaching watercolours for 25. www.melindawilde.com

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Commons (large room) | $20 | Ages 8+ | max. 20 participants 

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 and offline. Her every waking moment has been dedicated to living consciously and responsibly. Everything she designs is created with intention. www.etchythings.com

Materials to bring: Lunch, sharp scissors, sticky-notes. Optional: your own rubber stamps.

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Commons (large room) | $25 | Ages 15+ | max. 20 participants 

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, get out of your head, and enter a state of creative flow. Talia Peckel is Gabriola’s Artist in Residence for 2017. She is a Toronto-based artist with a BFA in Drawing and Painting from OCAD University. She was an art instructor in a community-run studio in Toronto before traveling to complete a series of murals on a Salt Spring

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Island farm. Agi Hall | $10 | All Ages | max. 15 participants 

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. He is also an experienced instructor,
having designed and delivered a wide variety of training initiatives for CBC Radio. www.chrisstrawphotography.com
Materials to bring: Lunch, at least 3 photographic prints (either 5″x7″ or 8″x10″), an apron/old clothing, notebook, pen. Optional: heat gun.

This workshop is also offered on April 7.

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Arts Center | $75 | Ages 18+ | Max. 10 Participants

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 community, and teaches origami as art and math, and Chinese brush writing.

HIVE Emporium, Folklife Village | free | All Ages | drop-in

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 business, Cabisan Design. She has degrees from Ryerson University in Fashion, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Design, and UBC in Art Education. She has been teaching art for over 12 years.

Materials to bring: Light-coloured cotton fabric (t-shirt, etc.) to print on. Participants must email a high-resolution B&W (no grey) jpeg image 5 days before workshop to cabisan@yahoo.ca.

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1080 Descanso Valley dr | $75 | Ages 16+ | max. 6 participants 

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 McCollum has been weaving for 35 years. Lynn van Herwaarden is a self-taught multimedia artist who enjoys needle felting and sculpting. Luanne and Lynn are both members of the Gabriola Spinners and Weavers Guild.

Materials to bring: Picture/idea to paint, scissors, snack.

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Agi Hall | $45 | All Ages | max. 12 participants

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, The Evolutionary Journey of the Soul, by Jeffrey Wolf Green in 1997, she was grateful to finally resonate with a method of synthesizing the symbols in a birth chart.

Materials to bring: Paper and pen.

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Commons (large room) | $25 | Ages 18+ | max. 12 participants 

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 the simple and fun to the more serious. Let the inner voice of felt experience and memory guide the process of connection. Heather Menzies is an award-winning author of 10 books, plus numerous magazine articles and op-ed essays. She has worked as a teacher and speaker and has also occasionally taught creative writing workshops. www.heathermenzies.ca

Materials to bring: Pen, writing pad/notebook.

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Commons (medium room) | $30 | All Ages | max. 10 participants 

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 writings and paintings of others to take a fresh look at how you approach your creative outlet. Naomi Beth Wakan is the Inaugural Poet Laureate of Nanaimo and Honorary Ambassador for the Federation of BC Writers. She has written over 50 books and has recently published “On the Arts”—a series of essays on various aspects of creativity. www.naomiwakan.com

Materials to bring: Writing material, a favourite small work of art (your own or someone else’s).

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Arts Centre | $15 | Ages 16+ | max. 18 participants 

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 head full of ideas! Kim Cowley-Adam is a textile and fashion designer. She has exhibited her hand-woven art in Canada, the US, and France, and demonstrates “artful anarchy” in her workshops.

Materials to bring: Lunch, scissors.

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Arts Centre | $50 | Ages 8+ | max. 8 participants 

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 April 10–13: • intuitive Art: finding our Creative flow » with Talia Peckel • silly little monsters » with Lee Stead • let’s fold! welcome to origami » with Shino Yoneda • Contour drawing » with Barry Strasbourg-Thompson • Chinese letter writing » with Shino Yoneda • Create an easter bonnet » with Lisa Rey

Thursday, April 13: Art Show and Demonstration 1:45pm–2:20pm  »  with Guest Performance!

At the gabriola elementary school | free | for parents & students

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 you. Carolyn Bell is a painter, cartoonist, and illustrator. She has also worked as a dramaturge, editor, lounge singer, and pianist. In her years with non-profit organizations, sharing her experience in the arts has helped her to facilitate both learning and healthy risk-taking with youth and families.

Materials to bring: A few pencils, pencil sharpener, a small object that you would like to draw.

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2590 islands view dr | $25 | All Ages | mAx. 12 participants

All Beings Confluence - 4 Part Workshop

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 a public show and talk at the end of the workshop. Bursary available. For more info contact info@artsgabriola.ca. www.allbeingsconfluence.wordpress.com Martha Cole is a long time professional textile artist living and working in rural SK. She has been the “Companion of the Beings” since its inception in 2011. It’s her way of trying to save the world. Materials to bring: Bring lunch. You will be contacted in advance.

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Gabriola Fellowship Church, 775 Church Rd | $100 | Ages 16+ | max. 8 participants 

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 the world around us. H.B. Barry Strasbourg-Thompson holds a BFA from University of Ottawa, Visual Arts. Barry is a retired Creative Arts Instructor from the Creative Arts Department of the Perley & Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre. His expertise is in areas of self-directed exploration, studying creativity and the visual language, and elements and principles of art and design.

Materials to bring: Lunch, a simple/favourite object.

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Arts Centre | $25 | Ages 12+ | max. 15 participants 

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 has been volunteering for the 1000 Crane Projects for the Qualicum Beach community. Shino teaches origami as art and math, and Chinese Brush Writing. She also instructs Japanese abacus as a way of doing arithmetic.

Materials to bring: Old shirt, apron, or smock.

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Arts Centre | $15 | Ages 8+ | max. 30 participants 

 

All Beings Confluence - 4 Part Workshop

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 a public show and talk at the end of the workshop. Bursary available. For more info contact info@artsgabriola.ca. www.allbeingsconfluence.wordpress.com Martha Cole is a long time professional textile artist living and working in rural SK. She has been the “Companion of the Beings” since its inception in 2011. It’s her way of trying to save the world. Materials to bring: Bring lunch. You will be contacted in advance.

Register Online Here

Gabriola Fellowship Church, 775 Church Rd | $100 | Ages 16+ | max. 8 participants 

All Beings Confluence - 4 Part Workshop

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 a public show and talk at the end of the workshop. Bursary available. For more info contact info@artsgabriola.ca. www.allbeingsconfluence.wordpress.com Martha Cole is a long time professional textile artist living and working in rural SK. She has been the “Companion of the Beings” since its inception in 2011. It’s her way of trying to save the world. Materials to bring: Bring lunch. You will be contacted in advance.

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Gabriola Fellowship Church, 775 Church Rd | $100 | Ages 16+ | max. 8 participants 

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 who has spent most of her life cooking for a family of 5 and teaching school. She is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and holds a Food Safe Certificate. Nancy Laird is formally trained as a food chemist and has dabbled in the art and science of chocolate, wine, cereals, and sea vegetables, preferring her foods to be local, delicious, nutritious, and fun.

Materials to bring: A favourite knife, cutting board, inside shoes, camera (optional), container to take samples home.

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Commons (kitchen) | $35 | Ages 18+ | max. 8 participants design 

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 film enthusiast, having written and shot many local short films. Annette Lucas earned a Diploma of Technology in Broadcast Communications, and has honed her journalism skills working as the News Director, morning news anchor, and talk show host on AM Radio. She officially joined the Shaw family as a community TV producer in 2001.

Materials to bring: Paper, pen, curiosity, creativity.

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Arts Centre | $15 | Ages 16+ | max. 10 participants 

 

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, editor, and director. Outside of Shaw TV, he has shot and directed many local short films. Todd has 21 years of technical experience.

Materials to bring: Your own DSLR or handicam camera, paper, pen, curiosity, creativity.

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Commons (large room) | $15 | Ages 16+ max. 10 participants

Raku Expression 3 Part Workshop

Graham Sheehan has operated Sunstone Pottery on Gabriola for 40 years and has conducted many workshops for both children and adults.

Materials to bring: Apron, lunch.

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Sunstone pottery,  520 Argyle ln | $55 | Ages 12+ | max. 8 participants •  

Part 2: Wednesday, April 12—drop-in •  Part 3: Friday, April 14—12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

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 a fun, healing, and empowering way.

Materials to bring: A special pouch/envelope to keep your cards in.

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Commons (large room) | $35 | Ages 10+ | max. 10 participants 

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 Council, and a member of Gabriola Fibre Artists and quilt group, and Vancouver Island Surface Design Association. www.moragorr-stevens.com

Materials to bring: Sewing machine and accessories. Optional: cutting board, rotary cutter with sharp blade, 12” quilters ruler, scissors, pins, safety pins, neutral-coloured thread, fabric scraps, anything else you can think of to decorate quilt.

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Arts Centre   | $40 | Ages 18+ | max. 8 participants

Landscape & Long Exposure

7:30am-9:30am and 4:30pm-7:30pm 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 manual capabilities (point and shoot or DSLR), snack. morning:

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Drumbeg Park | Afternoon: orlebar point $35 | Ages 10+ | max. 10 participants 

All Beings Confluence - 4 Part Workshop

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 a public show and talk at the end of the workshop. Bursary available. For more info contact info@artsgabriola.ca. www.allbeingsconfluence.wordpress.com Martha Cole is a long time professional textile artist living and working in rural SK. She has been the “Companion of the Beings” since its inception in 2011. It’s her way of trying to save the world. Materials to bring: Bring lunch. You will be contacted in advance.

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Gabriola Fellowship Church, 775 Church Rd | $100 | Ages 16+ | max. 8 participants 

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 circles for 28 years. Her passion is to create safe, sacred space for healing to begin for those called to the earth path. www.carolweaver.com

Materials to bring: Scissors, full size pencil with eraser on the end, Sharpie felt pens to decorate your rattle. weaver will contact registrants regarding other items to bring.

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Commons (large room) | $70 | Ages 16+ | max. 12 participants

Part 2: Saturday, April 15—9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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 demonstrations, student experimentation, group discussions, and printed resources. Award-winning artist Patt Scrivener has spent many hours painting, drawing, and making crafts. Patt is gifted as a teacher with a love of experimentation. She conducts workshops for Professional Art Groups and in her own studio. www.pattscrivener.com

Materials to bring: Latex/nitrile gloves, scissors.

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Arts Centre | $45 | Ages 18+ | max. 20 participants 

CANCELLED 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 passed on, embed new ideas in our consciousness, and express our own voice and experience. Heather Cameron is a professional visual artist working primarily in textiles. Heather holds a post-graduate diploma in art therapy. Her skills include embroidery, spinning, weaving, dyeing, knitting, crochet, rug hooking, and quilting.

Materials to bring: Lunch, family linens, baby clothes, clothes of a loved one, photos, thread/yarn that you may already have, scissors, notebook, writing tools, a mug.

The Roxy | $65 | Ages 18+ | max. 10 participants

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 teacher, counsellor, consultant, trainer, and facilitator for 37 years. She has spoken and facilitated at educational workshops and conferences, and strives to create a safe and participatory learning environment that encourages engagement, learning, and fun.

Materials to bring: Pen, paper, openness.

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Commons (large room) | $20 | Ages 16+ | max. 30 participants 

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 make charms, earrings, or pendants. You’ll have time to experiment with what you’ve learned and take home several pieces to wear. Brendalee Astells creates jewellery inspired by her natural surroundings. Her first love is metalwork and her second love is sharing the joy of creativity through teaching jewellery making.  www.silverbee.ca

Materials to bring: Apron, optivisor/magnifying glasses, micro torch (optional).

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1969 Clamshell dr | $50 | Ages 16+ | max. 8 participants 

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 circles for 28 years. Her passion is to create safe, sacred space for healing to begin for those called to the earth path. www.carolweaver.com

Materials to bring: Scissors, full size pencil with eraser on the end, Sharpie felt pens to decorate your rattle. weaver will contact registrants regarding other items to bring.

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Commons (large room) | $70 | Ages 16+ | max. 12 participants

Part 2: Saturday, April 15—9:00 am – 12:00 pm

CANCELLED 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 shop, Sweet Peas Kid’s Crafts, and is a regular vendor at the Cedar Farmers’ Market in Nanaimo. You can find Kelly’s creations in her Etsy shop. www.facebook.com/sweetpeaskidskrafts

Materials to bring: Flannel/light denim shirt of your choice (shirt of a loved one makes a great “memory bear”), scissors, pen/pencil, pins, needle.

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The roxy | $40 | Ages 12+ | max. 20 participants 

CANCELLED 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 healing journey in 2004, and has not stopped learning, healing, and growing. Shamanic coaching certification came in 2012. She offers her gifts and knowledge through healing ceremonies, one-on-one coaching and healing art workshops. www.galagohealing.webs.com

Materials to bring: Scissors, a few magazines.

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Agi Hall | $20 | Ages 18+ | max. 20 participants

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, drawing, and making crafts. Patt is gifted as a teacher with a love of experimentation. She conducts workshops for Professional Art Groups and in her own studio. www.pattscrivener.com

Materials to bring: Scissors.

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Arts Centre | $40 | All Ages | max. 20 participants

CANCELLED 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 and the self defense interpretations behind them. Mike Richards is a martial artist with more than 30 years experience. He has taught karate and self-defense in Canada, Australia, and the UK, and currently teaches on Gabriola. He holds a third degree black belt (Sandan) in Kyokushin Karate and is a nationally-qualified referee and judge.

Materials to bring: Comfortable clothing, water.

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Agi Hall | $10 | Ages 13+ | max. 12 participants 

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 anatomy and technique to the process.

Materials to bring: Preferred drawing tools—whatever you feel comfortable using to make marks. Some drawing tools and paper will be provided.

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Crystal Cove Studio, 380 Stephens dr | $40 | Ages 18+ | max. 8 participants 

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. Formally educated at York University, Lottie’s creative practice takes risks in art making and has been enjoyed and appreciated by collectors and followers worldwide. www.ilovethesmellofwetpaint.blogspot.ca

Materials to bring: Apron/work shirt.

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Lottie’s Studio, 377 berry point rd | $30 | Ages 18+ | max. 8 participants

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 training including her BMus, MMus, Community Choir leadership, and advanced Vocal Improvisation. She is a well-received touring musician with her debut album, Magnolia. Cari embodies a vast repertoire of musical styles, methods, and expertise. www.cariburdett.com

Materials to bring: Snack, water.

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The Roxy | $2o | Ages 18+ | max. 20 participants 

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 15th at the Surf Lodge. Tina Jones is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, best known as co-founder of the children’s ensemble The Kerplunks. She is also a visual artist and explores a variety of media in her work. As board member and lead director for the Gabriola Arts Council’s Youth in Arts Initiative, Tina has been offering exciting opportunities in visual and performing arts for Gabriola’s youth. www.tinajonesmusic.com

please note: dinner will be provided, sponsored by robert’s place. We will contact registered participants in advance for location

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Free | Ages 11–19 | max. 15 participants

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 group of artists who combine creative skill with political activism as they strive to make change and create a better—and more beautiful—world for all living things. Bob Bossin is a legendary figure in Canadian folk music and his 2014 book Davy the Punk won several honours including the Pinsky-Givon Prize for non-fiction. His award-winning music video Sulphur Passage played a significant role in preserving the forest of Clayoquot Sound. Laurie Burns has been privileged to live on Gabriola for the past 7 years. She is busy realizing her childhood fantasy of making things, and celebrating a life which includes time for dreaming each day. Kristin Miller has made quilts about war, prejudice, infertility, the oceanic web of life, community, and the environment. She started the UnspOILed Coast Quilt Project, and collaborated on the interactive Salish Sea Map and the Kinder Morgan Egg Challenge. Leanne Prain is a Vancouver graphic designer and author of 3 published books. She enjoys looking for the intersections between the handmade & fabricated, and the intentional & accidental.   10:30 am - PREPARING YOUR PORTFOLIO » with Patt Scrivener Grab the attention of potential collectors and galleries with a polished portfolio. Discover tools to put together a portfolio in a digital format using online tools, and one that can be printed, too. Learn what to include, how many images, and how to format it. Award winning artist Patt Scrivener conducts workshops for Professional Art Groups and in her own studio. Her goal is to help students discover their intuitive creativity.   11:45 am - ACTIVISM THROUGH ART  »  with Leanne Prain An exploratory tour of how artists and designers use their work to activate social or political change. Leanne will share and discuss how art can be used to implement civic collaborations, community co-creations, conversation-worthy street art, and covert storytelling. Author and designer Leanne Prain currently works at a public engagement program at Simon Fraser University. Her books are Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti, Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery, and Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles. www.leanneprain.com    1:00 pm - INSPIRED LUNCH WITH BREAKOUT WORK SESSION  »  Facilitated by Leanne Prain A time to gather and workshop ideas on how to launch an unusual art project, rally community, and document collective work. Participants are encouraged to share stories of their own subversive art projects. Generously sponsored by Robert’s Place   2:00 pm - IRON ARTIST  »  with Chris Straw “Allez create!” It’s a battle of the artists. You’ll be paired up with another challenger, and armed with a stash of mystery supplies. Collaboration, innovation, spontaneity, and fun! The panelists from earlier will judge your creations at the end of 30 minutes, and the winning teams will get mystery prizes! Hosted and egged-on by Colour Commentator Chris Straw.   3:00 pm - NAVIGATING ETSY your own online workshop  »  with Mei Dunlop In this general beginner’s course, you will learn how to navigate the online marketplace, Etsy. Know your brand, and market your items attractively online by using keywords and good descriptions to get yourself found, and look at seller stats to track performance. Mei Dunlop runs several online stores on Etsy and has sold over 20,000 items on and offline.  She’s very active in her community and is currently co-planning another Etsy market.   4:15 pm - SOCIAL MEDIA SUCCESS FOR ARTS BUSINESSES  »  with Deidre Tansey Learn clear, simple, creative strategies, to design a social media plan that works for you as an artist! With some helpful tools and shortcuts you can create pathways to engage your audience and reach people never before within your spectrum! With a background in Fine Arts Education and years of entrepreneurial experience, Deidre Tansey is the founder of the new creative digital media agency, Ampersand Media, that enables small businesses and creative individuals to reach their full potential within a realistic time  budget.

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$35 for the day, 18 & under $5 | includes luncH, Coffee/tea Nutrition breaks sponsored by Red Roaster Coffee, Slow Rise Bakery, & Nature Spirit Earth Market

Character in Action - Cancelled

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. He has written several novels for adults and youth, and won the CWA Best Crime Novel Award in 2015.

Materials to bring: Pen/paper/computer, imagination.

Commons (large room) | $25 | Ages 19+ | max. 20 participants 

The Art of Change - Cancelled

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 representation. Angela Walkley is a Compassionate Communication Trainer and will be your guide for the day. Angela brings a spirit of fun into the process while holding your personal experiences with care.

Stamo Farm, 220 Sea Meadow dr | $40 | All Ages | max. 10 participants

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 books. Her colourful screen prints express a joyful mysticism and love of the natural world, while her more complex intaglio etchings and handbound books are spiritual contemplations. www.aarame.wixsite.com/elduende

Materials to bring: Lunch, snack, water.

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Agi Hall | $65 | Ages 15+ | max. 6 participants

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 been playing and teaching music from all corners of the globe for more than 3 decades. He has performed, recorded, and learned from many legendary masters of music. www.gabriolaguitars.com

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The Roxy | $20 | All Ages | max. 12 participants

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. She is also a Feldenkrais practitioner. She offers knowledge, passion, and humour to her students. www.gwenspinks.com

Materials to bring: Water, snack.

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Agi Hall | $10 | Ages 10+ | max. 30 participants