40 workshops. 12 performances. 10 days.

April 04-14, 2019

2019 Workshops and Events

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Memory Jar Project

Thursday, Apr 4 - Sunday, Apr 14 | All Day
Amy Dawley | Bottle up a memory to share with your community during the Isle of the Arts Festival by participating in our Memory Jar Project.

Active Daydreaming: Shamanic Drum Journeying

Thursday, Apr 4 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
carol weaver The practice of the "Shamanic Journey" is over 40,000 years old and one of the first organized forms of healing.  It is a spiritual practice that helps to shift one's consciousness to access inner knowing, creativity and wisdom. The healing [...]

Inspirational Jam: Music and Art-Making

Thursday, Apr 4 | 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Carolyn Bell Is singing or visual art a dream or a reality in your life? Whether you are at the beginning of your creative journey, or well on your way, you will be welcomed to this workshop where in a safe and [...]

Friday, April 5, 2019

9 Types of Creativity

Friday, Apr 5 | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
TJ Dawe & Lindsay Robertson In this workshop you’ll learn the basic tenets of The Enneagram, focusing on the nine personality types. You’ll learn how the energies of each type relate to creativity, and how each of us can use this system [...]

Photo Encaustic — SOLD OUT

Friday, Apr 5 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Chris Straw This workshop is SOLD OUT. Please join our Waiting List. Learn how to select images for photo encaustic treatment, mount them, paint on them with wax (encaustic medium), and manipulate the wax to create a unique and durable presentation of [...]

Blues Dancing

Friday, Apr 5 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Gwen Spinks This is fun & easy and it’s all inspired by the music! You will learn some basic steps, how to lead & follow and some fun variations and spins! Gwen has been a dance teacher for 30 years - she [...]

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Indigo Shindigo

Saturday, Apr 6 | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
YARROW KOONTZ & LUANNE MCCOLLUM  Yarrow and Luanne will show participants some resist-dye techniques from Japan, India, and Africa, and discuss some of the history of this natural dye plant. We will hand-dye a scarf and napkin. Luanne McCollum has been involved [...]

Juggling & Flow Arts

Saturday, Apr 6 | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Clever Trever Learn basic object manipulation skills. Participants will make their own set of juggling balls to keep. We’ll learn basic juggling with them and then try many other props, like, clubs, hats, poi, staff, devil sticks, plates, scarves, boxes and more. [...]

Movin & Groovin

Saturday, Apr 6 | 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Tamara Gorski Using exercises rooted in theatre, we’ll use our voices, bodies and experiences to create a performance piece that we’ll showcase at the end of the workshop. Together we’ll aid you in telling your story with sound and movement. Performing since [...]

Songwriting Tips & Techniques

Saturday, Apr 6 | 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Andy Cooke Learn to write better lyrics by expanding ideas, using creative imagery, creating hooks, examining the impact of phrasing, cadence, and point of view, using metaphors, and the importance of polishing the final product. Andy Cooke has a lifetime of singer/songwriter/storyteller [...]

World Music: Cuba!

Saturday, Apr 6 | 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Michelle Cormier Participants will have fun trying different instruments such as guitar, bass, congas and other percussion instruments while working as a group to learn repertoire of various genres from Cuba. These will include Son Cubano, Chachacha and Afro-cubano.   Michelle Cormier [...]

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Chinese Folded Sewing Book

Sunday, Apr 7 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Trisha Klus This book comprises 13 folded enclosures that unfold. It’s not difficult to make and is based on the Zhen Xian Bao—a traditional Chinese sewing book. It can be used for practical storage or as the foundation for an artist's book [...]

Wood Carving with a Master Carver — SOLD OUT

Sunday, Apr 7 | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
This workshop is SOLD OUT. Please join our Waiting List. Joel Good and Patrick Olmsted Session 1 of 2 | Session 2 Sunday, April 14 A hands on exploration of design, techniques, tools, and sharpening, with a Snuneymuxw master carver. The workshop [...]

Beautiful Springtime Egg Batik

Sunday, Apr 7 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tamara Gorski Learn the ancient art of Egg decorating: a sacred and meditative practice created for mythical and religious ceremonies since early pagan times. Using the beeswax-resist "batik" method and all natural dye baths, participants will draw and drip the wax, producing [...]

Monday, April 8, 2019

Building a Mushroom Collecting Knife

Monday, Apr 8 | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tony Grove Often when hunting mushrooms, a knife is needed for harvesting so as not to disturb the mycelium under the ground. This simple knife is designed to make the task easier by its unique cutting blade shape.  In this class we [...]

Creative Boro Mending

Monday, Apr 8 | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Irene Fraleigh Boro means ragged, tattered and patched textile garments. This workshop allows participants to discover new life for well loved clothing. Up-cycle your favourite garments with visible patching and sashiko stitches. Elbow patches, torn knees, or worn out seats are no [...]

Stitching Narrative Threads

Monday, Apr 8 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Heather Menzies Heather will share taking on how her family history intersects with larger narratives. Participants will use exercises Heather provides to write family artifacts into personal story and imagined experience. They will be introduced to various resources and research tools to [...]

Raku Experience: Session 1

Monday, Apr 8 | 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Graham Sheehan 3 Sessions | 2 groups Participants, whether experienced or novice, will be able to express themselves through the ancient ceramic medium, Raku. There will be 2 Groups attending three sessions each, Making (21/2 hours), Glazing (1 hour), and Firing (21/2 [...]

Creating Your Dreams: Session 1

Monday, Apr 8 | 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Liliana Kleiner 2 Sessions | Session 2: Tuesday, April 9 In this workshop Liliana guides you in both Jungian dream and creative work around your dreams.Participants must bring a series of night dreams to work with in a creative individual way. Liliana [...]

Writing Novels for Children

Monday, Apr 8 | 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Penny Chamberlain This workshop is a primer for anyone interested in writing childrens' novels--whether you're just toying with the idea, or already fully immersed. It will cover inspiration, plotting out the story, approaches to writing, dealing with challenges, finding a publisher and [...]

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Artist Toolkit – Professional Development for Creatives

Tuesday, Apr 9 | 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
$90 for full day (includes lunch) $25 for individual workshops (no lunch) This workshop is for creative business owners who wear the many hats of sole proprietorship.  If you have ever wondered about the questions below? Then this Pro-D day is for [...]

Intro to Metalsmithing

Tuesday, Apr 9 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Brendalee Astells Make a beautiful sterling silver chain bracelet in this basic metalsmithing class. You’ll learn a variety of making techniques like soldering, texturing, and stamping. Surprise and delight yourself with a beautiful self-made piece of wearable art. Brendalee Astells creates jewellery [...]

Creating Your Dreams: Session 2

Tuesday, Apr 9 | 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Liliana Kleiner 2 Sessions | Session 1: Monday, April 8 In this workshop Liliana guides you in both Jungian dream and creative work around your dreams.Participants must bring a series of night dreams to work with in a creative individual way. Liliana [...]

Japanese Calligraphy

Tuesday, Apr 9 | 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Kazuko Ikegawa An introduction to brush control and strokes using a Japanese brush. Participants will experiment with brush strokes and finish with writing their name or Enso (perfect round shape) on washi (Japanese calligraphy) paper. All levels are welcome! Kazuko Ikegawa has [...]

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Fused Glass Garden Stakes - SOLD OUT

Wednesday, Apr 10 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
THIS WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT. Please join our Waiting List. Annie Holmes An introduction to fused glass. You'll create and take home a fish or bird garden stake. Annie Holmes has lived on Gabriola for 11 years. Her interest in fusing started [...]

Rustic Egg Basket - SOLD OUT

Wednesday, Apr 10 | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
THIS WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT. Please join our Waiting List. Marylyn Beaubien, with Frank Shoemaker and Margaret Mann You’ll choose the materials, colours, and shape of your basket. Starting with a vine wreath, you’ll use God's eye weaving to introduce a selection [...]

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Beach Stones & Silver - SOLD OUT

Thursday, Apr 11 | 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Building Driftwood Furniture: Session 1

Thursday, Apr 11 | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tony Grove 2 Sessions | Session 2 Friday, April 12 Each student will build a bench or other simple furniture piece, using local driftwood and different building techniques and fastening systems. We will also look at designing and the creative process while [...]

Meaningful Mixed Media - SOLD OUT

Thursday, Apr 11 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
THIS WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT. Please join our Waiting List. Caroline James Each student will work on a beautiful Gabriola-built 8 x 10" x 2" hollow wooden cradle. Using a variety of methods, material and techniques Caroline will walk you slowly through [...]

Raku Experience: Session 2

Thursday, Apr 11 | 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Graham Sheehan 3 Sessions | 2 groups Participants, whether experienced or novice, will be able to express themselves through the ancient ceramic medium, Raku. There will be 2 Groups attending three sessions each, Making (21/2 hours), Glazing (1 hour), and Firing (21/2 [...]

Friday, April 12, 2019

Art of the Fold

Friday, Apr 12 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lottie Stone Anderson We're going to make a BLIZZARD BOOK! Using paper, we will fold, crease, and tuck edges and corners to create hand held vessels which we can shared display, small works of art, artist's cards, poems, letters and other two [...]

Block Printing

Friday, Apr 12 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Margie Davidson Blockprinting is a fun and easy way to apply repeat elements to fabric. In this workshop, participants will explore blockprinting with Setacolor paint on 100% cotton fabric. Each participant will design, cut and print blocks with soft-cut linoleum. In the [...]

Making Driftwood Furniture: Session 2

Friday, Apr 12 | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tony Grove 2 Sessions | Session 1 Thursday, April 11 Each student will build a bench or other simple furniture piece, using local driftwood and different building techniques and fastening systems. We will also look at designing and the creative process while [...]

Raku Experience: Session 3

Friday, Apr 12 | 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Graham Sheehan 3 Sessions | 2 groups Participants, whether experienced or novice, will be able to express themselves through the ancient ceramic medium, Raku. There will be 2 Groups attending three sessions each, Making (21/2 hours), Glazing (1 hour), and Firing (21/2 [...]

Creative Framing & Composition

Friday, Apr 12 | 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Quinton Dewing Creative framing and composition is about finding harmony in the scene, and there is always a better way to photograph it. Learn tool and tricks on how to move, remove and align objects in your frame to make it just [...]

Walking, Weaving & Storytelling

Friday, Apr 12 | 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Dave Spiritwolf Bodaly Weaving together nature, cedar, stories, and sacred teachings, spend the afternoon with a master traditional weaver. You’ll spend the first 90 minutes out in nature on a gentle walk, and the rest of the workshop weaving a cedar keepsake. [...]

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Old School Hip Hop (50yrs+)

Saturday, Apr 13 | 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Warren Hooley It's time to let loose and have some fun. Tap into your inner "swag" (google it). This workshop is a great opportunity to make a collective song with your peers and finally show what the real Old School sounds like. [...]

Stitching Our Stories

Saturday, Apr 13 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Elizabeth Shefrin (this workshop appeared as "Autobiographical Fabric Book" in our program) This workshop provides an opportunity for each of us to use needle and thread to celebrate our lives and put forward our hopes for a better world. Through guided exercises, [...]

Walking, Weaving & Storytelling

Saturday, Apr 13 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dave Spiritwolf Bodaly Weaving together nature, cedar, stories, and sacred teachings, spend the afternoon with a master traditional weaver. You’ll spend the first 90 minutes out in nature on a gentle walk, and the rest of the workshop weaving a cedar keepsake. [...]

New School Hip Hop (under 18 yrs)

Saturday, Apr 13 | 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Warren Hooley The magic of hip hop music is undeniable. The power of the message, the infectious rhythm and soul. Come to this workshop and learn how to build a hip hop song in a fun and easeful way with looper technology! [...]

Blues Guitar

Saturday, Apr 13 | 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Frank Sehr An introduction to the different forms of Blues. 8 bar, 12 bar, 16 bar, major, minor, rock, and jazz. You'll hear examples of how accompany and improvise to the different forms, providing ideas for chords and soloing. Starting playing and [...]

Dance Theatre - Improvise

Saturday, Apr 13 | 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Myriam Verzat Life is a long improvisation... and improvisation allows us to be more creative and resilient in our daily life! Come and enjoy practicing the muscle of improvisation in dance and theatre through fun games and inspiring invitations. We will explore [...]

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Self Compassion Through Creative Arts

Sunday, Apr 14 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Myriam Verzat & Warren Hooley Creative arts are a wonderful way to access our internal worlds. In a safe and welcoming environment, come and explore different creative arts (moving, singing and drawing) to understand yourself better. Through compassionate communication (better known as [...]

Sew What Now?

Sunday, Apr 14 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
SharmaRay Goldman Ready! Set! Sew! Are you bored with mainstream designs? Would you like to personalize your own t-shirt? Would you like to make something that expresses the Unique YOU? Repurpose it. Cut it. Sew it. Stencil it. Bedazzle it. Stretch it. [...]

Wood Carving with a Master Carver — SOLD OUT

Sunday, Apr 14 | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
This workshop is SOLD OUT. Please join out Waiting List. Joel Good and Patrick Olmsted Session 2 of 2 | Session 1 Sunday, April 7 A hands on exploration of design, techniques, tools, and sharpening, with a Snuneymuxw master carver. The workshop [...]

Kind Cuisine: Festive Plant-Based Meal

Sunday, Apr 14 | 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Vegeteers present Liz Burdock In this third class of the Kind Cuisine series, Gabriola Vegeteers have invited Liz Burdock, co-owner of the vegan food truck The Bandwagon, to run the show! Get your hands dirty and learn how to whip up [...]

Storia de l'Anima

Sunday, Apr 14 | 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Susan Smith Brazill Art is a transformative language. Tell your soul story in this collage workshop using Chiyogami paper, rice paper, tissue paper, origami paper and magazines on an 8X10" wood canvas. There will be few rules. Susan Smith Brazill is a [...]

The Chanting Circle

Sunday, Apr 14 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Leah Hokanson Explore chanting and sounding in a circle of community as a way to connect with presence, source, the divine, and each other. Sounding and chanting are meditative, have a range health benefits and can help you feel more enlivened and [...]