Workshops, Classes and Camps


Proposal writing workshop news from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Thursday, 26 May 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Mississauga

On Saturday June 4th, 2016, we are putting on another, WonderFest West, where our aim is to spread empowerment through art.  This event is special because it will be showcasing many talented artists from the Mississauga area! The event starts off with an incredible dance workshop led by top break dancer and creator of Ground Illusionz, Marcelino “Frost” DaCosta at 4pm.  The workshop is free, however, donations for the session will be accepted. To end off the evening, WonderFest West will showcase over 15 artists in a concert at 7pm.  Get ready to hear music, poetry, comedy, spoken word, and see visual art, and witness live painting at the showcase!  Advanced $10 tickets can be purchased online until June 1st.  Tickets can be available after that for $15 at the door. Search WonderFest West on or visit.

Limitless Productions presents a new workshop series called Art of Expression: Becoming Performance Ready.  June 2nd and June 9th, 2016 at Artscape Young Place, Rm 109.  Space is limited get your tickets through Eventbrite.

Voice-Over Workshop: Secrets to a successful voice acting career, with Elley-Ray. June 18 at 11:00 am in Toronto

Dramaturgy for Everyone: De-mystify dramaturgy and do it yourself, with Matt McGeachy. June 27 at 3:00 pm in Toronto

Upcoming Theatre Ontario Career Stream workshops

Bring Your Show to Schools: Navigating the Education System: Does your Theatre for Young Audiences show need an audience?, with Patty Jarvis. May 30 at 3:00 pm in Toronto

Perfect Ten: How to Write a Ten-Minute Play: Writing a ten-minute play is not easy, with Dominik Loncar. June 6 at 4:00 pm – free online webinar

Unleashing Your Inner Entrepreneur: Thinking of producing a show or starting a theatre company? Start here!, with Rebecca Ballarin and guest Rebecca Perry. June 8 at 3:00 pm in Toronto

Upcoming Theatre Ontario Creator Stream workshops

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND – Plein Air Workshop with Sam Paonessa. Join Sam for a day of fresh air and fresh perspectives at Visual Arts Mississauga at Riverwood. Learn to live in the moment and capture the beauty of nature in the golden light of early summer. We’ll provide the easels, nature will provide the inspiration. Use Acrylic or Oil. This workshop takes place on June 24 from 9 am to 4pm. Spots fill up fast so register today at

COLOUR CLINIC: WHY AND HOW TO USE MODIFIED COLOUR – VAM is pleased to welcome professional artist instructor Kal Honey on June 28 to host a special Colour Clinic: Why and How to Use Modified Colour. Deepen your colour understanding and expand your painter’s toolbox with this lively primer/refresher on modifying colours. In this workshop, we’ll learn about tints, tones and shades, colours created by mixing all three primaries, and mixed blacks. Leave straight-out-of-the-tube behind and start mixing with the pros! Register today at

CALLING FEMALE SINGERS!  Have you ever wanted to sing and perform just like in the movie, Pitch Perfect? Ontario Heartland Chorus invites women to join us for FREE vocal workshops every Tuesday for the month of May from 7:30pm to 10pm at Square One Shopping Centre.  Those who participate are welcome to perform with us at our show on June 14, 2016!   Ontario Heartland Chorus is a gold medal women’s chorus that sings acappella.  You don’t have to be able to read music and singers from beginner to those highly experienced are welcome.  Come out for a fun filled evening of music, friendship and fun!  For more information, contact Jennifer at 647-269-3174 or email

ABSTRACT DRAWING WITH GWEN TOOTH: Join artist Gwen Tooth for three-week workshop Abstract Drawing – Freeing your creativity! Gwen will show students how to free their creativity and discover drawing as an independent abstract art form. Use charcoal drawings as a springboard for your abstract paintings and experiment with three concepts and approaches. Register today!  Course code: SWK22.

ART OF SPLASH: Get loose with water, spraying splashing and painting on watercolour paper and canvas with Peter John Reid in Art of Splash! This two week workshop gives students the chance to play, loosen up, and get creative. Register now! Course code: SWK25.

PAINTING THE DYNAMIC LANDSCAPE IN WATERCOLOUR: Join Bonnie Steinberg for an intensive one day workshop on Painting the Dynamic Landscape in Watercolour. Using some new and some old and proven techniques, Bonnie will teach students how to describe the dramatic contrasts of the changing landscapes of Ontario in great greens, deep violets and other wonderful hues. Course code: SWK26. Spaces fill quickly! Call 905-277-4313 or visit us online to register.

Join Cathy Paton MSW, PhD Cand.,  in a meaningful, enjoyable and sometimes challenging 6 weeks, where the risks that you will take will be well worth it. May 26 – June 16. This workshop series is designed to help cultivate attentiveness, communication and awareness in our relationships; helping us to break out of relational habits that we use without noticing while enhancing our interpersonal skills. Social Arts Facilitator Cathy Paton uses arts-based activities and techniques to shift the ways that we think about and approach our relationships; with ourselves; with others; and with our wider communities. As a professional Social Arts Facilitator and Consultant, Cathy works with students, businesses, academics, and various community and child and family groups. She has developed inclusive, arts-based programming within diverse cultural and socio-economic contexts as well as with businesses, management, and staff teams. Cathy has shared her services both locally, in Southern Ontario and internationally in Germany, South Africa, and Peru. While engaging with individuals, groups and communities, Cathy’s social justice orientation guides her to work both critically and holistically. To register, please click here. Registration for this workshop series closes on May 5. For any other questions, please email Cathy.

Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) WINTER 2016 FILM, VIDEO AND INTERACTIVE ART WORKSHOPS Comprehensive Production Training for Film, Video and Interactive Art. Full Details:

The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) is pleased to announce the renewal of reciprocal workshop discounts with Gallery 44 for all of 2016.
Full Details on Gallery 44 Workshops:

Upcoming Theatre Ontario Creator Stream Workshops

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 

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 —

MAGIC MONDAYS AT VAM: 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.
SPECIAL PROMOTION:  Sign up for 10 classes, get one free! Participants are automatically entered into a monthly draw for a free $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.


PHOTO-INSPIRED DRAWING: Looking for a new direction with your drawing? Check out Photo-Inspired Drawing Exploring with Acrylic Inks, Pen, and Brush! Mixing watercolour technique with drawing and calligraphy, VAM artist-instructor Jacqueline Crawley will guide students in their exploration with brush and pen on paper. Register online today! Course code: SDR55.

New this Spring –  ADULT FUNDAMENTALS: Ready for Round Two of Adult Fundamentals? Courses focus on the basics with in-depth information on materials, how to use them and on building a solid foundation to prepare students for further learning.  Learn about the medium and its applications and how to lay out a solid foundation in acrylics in SFA02 Fundamentals in Acrylics Part Two. Register today! Course code: SFA02/SFD02.

SUMMER COURSE REGISTRATION at VAM – Kick back and explore your creative spirit at Visual Arts Mississauga! VAM is pleased to offer an array of new summer courses for teens and adults. Treat yourself to high-quality visual arts courses offered to beginners, intermediate and advanced artists. Courses are taught by professional artist instructors at VAM’s stunning visual arts centre. Don’t delay! Courses begin on July 4, 2016 so register early at

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.

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

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



KIDS’ SUMMER ART CAMP AT VISUAL ARTS MISSISSAUGA.  Summer fun, friends, fresh air and Fantastic art projects! Registration is now open for Kids’ Summer Art Camp 2016  REGISTER HERE Each summer our campers make new friends, exercise their imaginations and enjoy time outdoors surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Riverwood. Each week is designed to offer a fun and unique array of arts and crafts to appeal to each age group! Please visit to register today!