Workshops, Classes and Camps


Steinway Piano Gallery has a workshop for teachers titled “Practicing to Perform: Techniques to Help Students Battle the Performance Anxiety Plague.”  The workshop is being given by Dr. Rebekah Jordan-Miller on Wednesday, February 24 beginning at 10:30am at the Mississauga location.  This session provides a mental skills training program that has adapted techniques commonly used by successful athletes.  This session will provide unique, tested, and highly successful resources and techniques for teachers and performers alike, providing participants with performance tools that will spur them on to a lifetime of enjoyable performance experiences.

NON-OBJECTIVE ACRYLIC PAINTING WORKSHOP. Get ready for a challenge! Enrollment is now being accepted for Lila Lewis Irving’s Non-Objective Acrylic Painting Workshop running March 28, 2016 until April 1, 2016. This intense week-long workshop with iconic artist Lila Lewis Irving will lead you on a comprehensive exploration of creating expressive abstract paintings. Open to experienced acrylic painters ready for a challenge. Click here to register. Please call 905-277-4313 for additional details.

The Art Gallery of Mississauga would like to invite you and your organization to participate in our Community Engagement Vision Circle, on Saturday April 2, 2016, from 1-5 pmLunch will be providedWe are pleased to present this workshop in partnership with the Ontario Museums Association under their ‘Engaging Your Community Toolkit’ initiative. The city of Mississauga represents a diverse and hybrid audience with an inspiring social fabric. This consultative workshop seeks to engage community knowledge, interests and your ideas to build on and inform the direction and potential growth for the AGM’s exhibitions, programming, collection, research and expansion. Together community members, cultural groups, organizations and charities, politicians, businesses and the AGM will work to envision how we, as a public art gallery, can more relevantly engage the vibrant community that is Mississauga. “We aim to be better connected and more relevant on a grass roots level. Moving forward, our relationship with first peoples, new communities, social service agencies, and grass roots organizations will be as much a priority as our existing relationship with key stakeholders and community groups. The AGM aims to develop a community informed action plan in order to better understand and serve the interests and growth of our rapidly expanding City.” The discourse will raise some important questions: What is the role of the public in public art galleries?: What are the barriers to entry?: How do you measure success of a public gallery?: What does culture and community mean to you and to Mississauga?: What types of programming and events would you like to see at the AGM in future? Kindly RSVP your organization’s participation to by February 29, 2016.

The Winter Tap Event begins with “i-TAP” (show time 7pm on Feb. 20) at the Port Credit High School…. followed by a day of wellness workshops geared towards the tap dancer. Entertainment & Education in one weekend!

Upcoming Career Stream workshops

Upcoming Creator Stream Workshops 

SPRING COURSE REGISTRATION OPEN! Visual Arts Mississauga’s Spring 2016 line-up of new programs for children, teens, adults and seniors is now online at Treat yourself or your child to high-quality visual arts courses offered to beginners, intermediate and advanced artists. NEW this spring Adult Fundamentals – 5 week beginner or refresher courses in drawing, watercolour and acrylic painting. Courses are taught by professional artist instructors at VAM’s stunning visual arts centre. Don’t delay! Courses begin on April 3, 2016 so register at

The Rhythm Team: Connecting Music and Character: Drummer and composer Jay Boehmer has launched a new duo designed for Educational School Performances. Jay Boehmer and Charlie Cooley present a unique, dynamic and exciting presentation featuring two drumsets and other percussion instruments.
These veteran musicians will perform engaging drumset duets that incorporate and demonstrate the character traits Cooperation and Responsibility. Charlie and Jay will also facilitate a discussion that asks the questions “What is rhythm?” and “Where is rhythm?” The program includes audience participation with an emphasis on teamwork. Contact Jay for more information about booking a presentation at your school or event:

Joan Burrows finds that “There’s No Such Thing As Writer’s Block” while studying playwriting with Maja Ardal. Read about this course

Kate O’Hearn was “Uncovering Hidden Treasures within the Play” at Advanced Directing with Virginia Reh. Read about this course 


Online Workshop: Historic Preservation and the Cities of Tomorrow. Thu Mar 3, Mar 10 & Mar 17 from 10am-12noon Pacific Time. Instructor: Stephanie Meeks, Washington, DC, USA. Registration closes Feb 18

Art instructor, Lucy Kovaliv, with over twenty five years teaching experience is offering ongoing workshops, weekdays, weekends at her in-house studio with a friendly, small dog. Please reserve. Individual or groups of three (max). Encaustic Workshop:11 a.m. – 3 p.m. or 12 noon – 4 p.m. (4 hours). Cost: $250 includes supplies, deposit $25. Level 1: No experience necessary. Painting with encaustic is a multi-step process, learn the basic techniques: layering, infusing, incising, scraping, taping, stenciling, transfers. I will cover information including: general information about encaustic paints, setting up a safe workspace, suggestions for tools and equipment, supports, and helpful hints.Level: Advanced and Experimental: Some experience necessary. Customize to fit your needs. Photo-encaustics, collage, graphite & charcoal transfers, flow pen (to create fine lines, dots), underpainting with watercolours, inks, embellishments, metallic powders, wax twist, shellac burn. Call Lucy @ 905-629-8177, Email:, Blog —

Come to Magic Mondays at VAM and start your week with coffee/tea and a delicious pastry followed by a specially planned activity. It might be art making, a guest speaker, a movie and discussion, a dance lesson. Each week will have a new activity and you will be inspired by trying something new. You will meet new people, work with different instructors, and HAVE FUN. Each session is $15 plus HST and is proudly supported by DeSerres. Please click here for full details

Creative Expressions: With generous funding from the Brampton, Caledon Community Foundation, PAMA offers art workshops designed for children and adults with developmental and physical challenges. These relaxed workshops help foster creativity and personal self-expression, and are free!
Participants can enjoy six sessions that are each 1.5 hours in length

You can also check out recordings from the Small Budget Arts Organizations webinar series. 

CURATOR 30 MINUTE FRIDAYS Curator 30 Minute Fridays occur once every three months. The goal is to build a series of social networks and support mechanisms with the local community. The sessions deploy a conversational format for artists, writers and other cultural producers to meet and discuss their work, proposals, or grant writing feedback within a 30 minute session. The AGM strives to become a nexus for the community of Mississauga, utilize the new Resource Room as a backdrop of knowledge. By appointment only. Due to limited space and strong interest in these appointments, applications will be pre-selected. For application requirements, please click here.

Readers to Writers Network: Are you an aspiring writer or a reader interested in assisting new writers? The Mississauga Central Library’s Readers to Writers Network is here to help! Reader feedback is through a feedback template and both reader and writer remain anonymous to each other. Drafts may be up to two pages in length and include either fiction or non-fiction. Writers receive a Writers’ Package and may drop off their draft at the Central Library, Readers’ Den Department or forward it to Readers’ Den through their local library branch. To receive either a Writers’ or Readers’ Package or for more information, visit or call the Readers’ Den Department at 905-615-3200, ext. 3544.

Every Saturday and Sunday – Drop-In Family Activities: Visit PAMA for fun family activities inspired by our exhibitions. Each week families can make and take home easy projects for all ages. 1-5pm, free with admission. See the website for more info. 9 Wellington St. E., Brampton.


Ladies Hatha Yoga: Led by instructor Niharika Tugnait, this yoga class is great for anyone interested in trying out yoga for the first time or seasoned yoga students. Ladies Only Hatha Yoga is moving to Monday evenings for this year at the Sampradaya Dance Centre, 4-3250 Ridgeway Drive, Mississauga. Monday Evenings – 8pm -9pm – starting Jan 11, 2016. Drop-in.  $15. Great class for beginners or the seasoned yogi.Every Wednesday starting Feb. 3, 2016 from 6:15 – 7:15 pm Studio.89 is offering a free 8 week Spanish course. This free program is sponsored by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. For more information and to register, email

BollyFuze Cardio Fitness Classes: This is a fun fitness class that blends Bollywood grooves traditional cardio moves.   For adults over 18 years of age. Led by instructor Aishwarya Menon. Sampradaya Dance Studio. Every Wednesday evening at 7:30pm. Drop-in. $15

Paint beautiful landscapes, florals and more… Art classes with instruction by Nisreen! Supplies will be provided. Enjoy… and gain artistic skills! Classes for all ages: private and group lessons. Choose your own projects and media as well as schedule. For more information and to book a lesson please contact Nisreen at 647-241-1141.

Passion for Belly Dance – Winter Session of Bellydance classes starting soon at: Sampradaya Dance Creations: Advanced Bellydance – Mondays from 8:15 to 9:30 p.m., Jan 11 to Apr 11, 2016, $180 for 13 75-min classes (no class Family Day-Feb 15), Drop-in’s not allowed; Continuing Beginner Bellydance – Mondays from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., Jan 11 to Apr 11, 2016, $160 for 13 60-min classes (no class Family Day-Feb 15), Drop-in’s not allowed.
Hello Dance Studio: Intermediate – Thursdays from 8:30 to 9:45 p.m., Jan 14 to Apr 14, 2016, $190 for 14 75-min classes, Drop-in’s not allowed;
Beginner Bellydance – Tuesdays from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., Jan 12 to Mar 1, 2016 (8 weeks), $78 for 8 60-min classes, Drop-in’s allowed in first few weeks only at $10/class.  Special for Repeaters – $60 or $50 if you bring a friend.
The IT Factor: Beginner Bellydance – Thursdays 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Jan 14 to Mar 3, 2016, $78 for 8 60-min classes, Drop-in’s allowed in first few weeks only at $10/class.  Special for Repeaters – $60 or $50 if you bring a friend. Special Incentives: Beginners Special – The Beginner classes are interchangeable so if you are unable to come to 1 class, you can make-up in the other as both classes work on the same program each week.  You are also welcome to attend both classes for no extra charge if you wish extra instruction or practice. ContBeg/Intermediate/Advanced – Students are able to take Beginner classes for no extra fee: Multiple Class Special – Take more than 1 class and get second for half price! To register email Clara Um

Contemporary Dance – Mississauga YMCA Teen Night: Every Saturday 5:00 – 6:00 pm at the Dance Studio, 325 Burhamthorpe Rd. W., Mississauga YMCA.  FREE YMCA Teen Night Membership.  13-18 years of age, must bring photo ID.

danceShala, the Academy for Indian Dance and Music, is accepting registration for the following classes from September onwards: Bollywood Dance, Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Bhangra, Indian Classical Singing, Bollywood Karaoke Singing, Carnatic Violin, Tabla, Harmonium, and Bollywood Guitar. For details, please check our website – 416 457 3528

Art of Yoga – One Wednesday Night A Month – Art Gallery of Mississauga: Unwind and contemplate the body, inspired and surrounded by art. Join Salimah Kassim-Lakha of YogaVision one Wednesday a month. Each Kundalini meditation is designed to complement and provoke based on gallery exhibits. Classes are appropriate for all practice levels. Please bring a mat and water bottle. Admission is pay-what-you-can and by donation. No one will be turned away. If you require special accommodations, please do not hesitate to contact the Gallery and we will be happy to make the necessary arrangements. Register at



MARCH BREAK ART CAMP AT VAM: Children love March Break Art Camp at VAM! From March 14 – 18, experienced artist instructors will lead campers in a variety of fine art and craft projects. Working in art studios with small peer groups of 16 or less, campers explore drawing, painting, sculpture, multi-cultural crafts, printmaking and more. Camp cost includes all materials, movie day and pizza on Friday! Before and After Camp care also available. For more information go to or call 905-277-4313.

Great Big Theatre Company: register for MARCH BREAK CAMPS running MARCH 14-18, 2016, Monday-Friday/ 8:30am-4:30pm.  Two locations: Erindale Presbyterian Church, 1560 Dundas St. W. and Heart Lake United Church, 85 Sandalwood Parkway E. Call 1 866 864-4282. Visit our website to Register online and to view our other camp locations at.