Workshops, Classes and Camps


Creating and Showing in a Diverse Society! Wednesday November 25th. With the increasing activities and excellence of Indigenous artists and artists of colour, there are so many ways in which the creative process brings in stories and artistic practices that have their roots in traditions outside of the Western aesthetic. This has created interest amongst artists of diverse backgrounds to explore what these art practices are and how they might enhance artistic practices. This session will look at ways in which such learning takes place and how to honour these diverse artistic practices. We will explore the growth of diverse artistic practices in order to share knowledge amongst participants and discuss some artists who have successfully used diverse artistic practices, e.g., how they have done so, their process of learning and creating. If you’re interested in this topic and wish to learn more to enhance your current practice, join us for this special extended 1.5 hour session. Register on Eventbrite and don’t miss out on this important seminar!

Dollars to $ense Energy Conservation Workshop: ArtsBuild Ontario is excited to be partnering with Natural Resources Canada and Toronto Hydro to offer our organizations this valuable energy conservation training experience. Designed specifically for arts facilities, participants get to know energy basics and discover cost-saving opportunities from the experts. Whether you’re involved in a new build, renovation or ongoing maintenance in your facility, Energy Conservation can help you realize potential saving –and this workshop will help you understand how! Dollars to $ense Energy Conservation Workshop that we’re holding in Toronto on Dec. 1, 2015, from 8am – 4pm.  At the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St W, Toronto, M6J 1J6). It’s a day long workshop that teaches arts organizations how to identify cost-saving opportunities around energy conservation. $40+ HST per person, which includes a catered lunch and breaks. Register here:


FIRE-UP YOUR CREATIVITY WITH VAM! WINTER COURSE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN. Don’t hibernate this winter, expand your horizons with arts courses offered by Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) at Riverwood. VAM is pleased to announce its new line-up of programs for children, teens, adults and seniors. Treat yourself or your loved one to high-quality visual arts courses offered to beginners, intermediate and advanced artists. You can give the gift of art this holiday season by buying a course for your loved one. Courses are taught by leading artist educators at VAM’s stunning visual arts centre. Don’t delay! Courses are already filling up quickly so register at Course are offered in a variety of mediums including watercolour, acrylic, oil, mixed media,photography, wire sculpture and more! Individuals can search for their perfect creative outlet by Day of the Week or Medium 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:

CARFAC Ontario is currently hosting their annual Webinar Wednesdays Series – an collection of informational online seminars coving topics pertinent to practicing visual artists. Working with Commercial Galleries & Art Dealers – December 2nd, 2015 @ 12PM-1PM with Derek Liddington (Artist, Daniel Faria Gallery). Your Fine Art Degree… What’s Next? – December 16th, 2015 @ 12PM-1PM with Lisa Myers (Artist, Curator, Educator, OAC) and Jaclyn Blumas (Artist, Heretical Objects Cooperative, Doomsquad). More information can be found on our website at and registration can be done through

Ask an Agent! Everything you’ve always wanted to know… workshop with Alicia Jeffery (The Characters Talent Agency)
November 25 at 6:00pm in Toronto

Grant Writing Information Session free recorded webinar with Pat Bradley (Theatre Office of the OAC) – Preparing an OAC application? Get the inside scoop! November 24

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: Cultural Planning – An International Perspective. Tue Dec 1, Dec 8 & Dec 15 from 11am-1pm Pacific Time. Instructor: Dr. Lidia Varbanova, Montreal, Canada. Registration closes Nov 24.

Online Workshop: Intercultural Cities. Mon Jan 11, Jan 18 & Jan 25 from 10am-12noon Pacific Time. Instructor: Phil Wood, Yorkshire, UK. Registration closes Jan 4

Online Workshop: Intangible Cultural Heritage. Wed Feb 10, Feb 17 & Feb 24 from 3pm-5pm Pacific Time. Instructor: Marilyn Truscott, Canberra, Australia. Registration closes Jan 27

Online Workshop: Creative Economy and Cultural Planning – The Smaller City Perspective. Feb 16, Feb 22 & Mar 1 from 11am-1pm Pacific Time. Instructor: Dr. Tom Fleming, London, UK. Registration closes Feb 2

Creative Placemaking. Feb 22-Apr 24, 2015. Instructor: Pru Robey, Artscape, Toronto, Canada. Registration closes Feb 8

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

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN for RUNNING WITH CONCEPTS: THE GEOLOGIC EDITION: Saturday November 28 & Sunday November 29, 2015 Presented by the Blackwood Gallery. In the third edition of this annual event, we seek to engage transdisciplinary debates and studies of the geologic as a source of explanation, motivation, and inspiration for understanding and responding to conditions of the present moment. Recent natural and human-made events triggered by or triggering the geologic have made volatile earth forces perceptible and relevant with new levels of intensity. How can the arts, sciences, and humanities contribute to a critical awareness and understanding of these transformations? One half of this intensive two day event will be led by the six invited mentors who will make presentations on their current research. The other half of the weekend will feature presentations by graduate students, undergraduates, recent alumni, practicing artists, scientists, and scholars. FEE: $40 for both days. For more information, please click here:

Need some help crafting an effective proposal? The AGM will be leading a free workshop to assist artists in presenting their work to institutions. The workshop is free but pre-registration is required. Click here to register.

ARTREACH FOR OLDER ADULTS! Looking for an exciting art adventure for you or your group? VAM is pleased to offer its new ARTREACH Program for Older Adults. VAM’s knowledgeable art instructors lead participants in hands-on projects in their own centres or in VAM’s beautiful studios at Riverwood. Workshop choices include watercolours, clay sculpture, printmaking, acrylic and mixed media painting. Enjoy an unforgettable 2 hour session of creative exploration. For more information and pricing, please contact 905-277-4313 or lisa@visualartsmississauga

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 —

Life Drawing Open Studio is Back at Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) at Riverwood! Starting October 1 – Thursdays – 7 – 10 p.m. VAM’s non-instructional life drawing open studio is back. Artists must bring their own supplies. Easels and drawing boards are provided. $20 at the door or pre-register for full Fall or Winter sessions for only $15 per session at Check website for exact dates. Cost includes model and facilitator fee.

INDULGE YOUR CURIOSITY AT MAGIC MONDAYS! VAM is also pleased to offer a new Magic Mondays presented by DeSerres program on Mondays from 9 a.m. to noon. Spice up your week with something new! Each morning will begin with coffee/tea and a pastry followed by a specially planned activity. It might be art making, a guest speaker, a movie and discussion, a dance lesson. You will meet new people, work with different instructors, and be inspired. Supplies are included so all you have to bring along is your curiosity! Each class will offer something different – art making, a speaker, a movie and much more! Classes are $15 and pre-registration is required. For a list of dates, visit Order 10 classes, get one free! Order 15 classes, get one class free & a $25 DeSerres gift card. Order 30 classes, get two classes free & a $25 DeSerres gift card.

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.


Craftadian BLACK FRIDAY SALE: Enjoy 50% off any Craftadian online courses in our Etsy Shop from now until November 30th as part of our Black Friday Sale. CRAFTADIAN ETSY SHOP,use promo code blackfriday.

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.  Every Tuesday & Thursday, 12 noon – 1pm, at Sampradaya Dance Studio, 4-3250 Ridgeway Drive, Mississauga. Drop-in, it only costs $15.

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.

Fall Registration for Tap Classes at The Tap Dance CentreThe Tap Dance Centre has on-going tap classes (beginner, intermediate, advanced) at the Tap Dance Centre, Mississauga (summer drop in classes and tap camps).  Are you interested in being in a tap performing company?  Fall companies begin in September. Contact info: or email: The studio is located near Cawthra & Queensway.

Beginner Bellydancing on Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. or Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at Hello Dance (3485 Semenyk Court, Miss)  If you are interested you can email  to register or check out the website: Passion For Bellydance – Home.

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