Workshops, Classes and Camps


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.

Modern Batik Art Weekend Workshop with David Kibuuka. Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15, 2016:9am-4pm both days. Cost: $225 includes all supplies. Modern Batik Art. A Revolutionary approach that allows participants to apply wax and dyes on fabric to create detailed, refined images with enhanced tonality, shading and depth. Professional artists, art students, textile artists, weavers, quilters and even novices can learn to create in this multi-medium by applying dyes and wax on fabric. This hands-on workshop introduces participants to a step-by-step approach to Modern Batik technique that allows you to create many different ways of expressing your art or design and pattern on fabric. Kaleidoscope Art Studio416-821-9292

Community Worker Program Field Partners: REGISTER NOW for the 4th ANNUAL TOMMY DOUGLAS INSTITUTE: CANADA A DIFFERENT STORY. Thursday May 19th, 2016. George Brown College (290 Adelaide St. East, 4th Fl.) $20 (with subsidy for GBC students)*   /   $55 (regular)
Lunch included. Register at * Subsidies are limited, apply soon by contacting us at or  416-415-5000  ext. 2555. The Tommy Douglas Institute welcomes educational communities, wider communities and the public to join us for a day of story-telling about Canada. The 4th annual Tommy Douglas Institute at George Brown College is pleased to announce award-winning poet, novelist, playwright and Canada’s 7th Parliamentary Poet Laureate, George Elliott Clarke as its keynote speaker for Canada: A Different Story. Coming out of one of the longest and most dramatic federal elections in recent memory and heading toward the nation’s 150th anniversary in 2017, the story of Canada is once again a topic of national conversation. For many of us the need to tell Canada’s story is also about the need to tell our own stories. Yet, from playhouse to parliament and from newsroom to classroom, the story too often told is one that has sanitized Canada of its sins, distilled it of its complex diversities, while exiling too many of its peoples to the margins or leaving them off the page entirely. In The Truth About Stories Thomas King tells us: You have to be careful with the stories you tell. And you have to watch out for the stories that you are told. Educational institutions must go beyond the repetition of status quo “history” and question the story told so far…We must make room for our diverse and often competing narratives of nationhood and …Change the single story of Canada to reflect our many stories. In addition to the keynote address, the day will include interactive exhibits, provocative roundtable discussions and a closing conversation/community forum on Canada: A Different Story – Changing the Narrative. Our Stories: What We Teach, What We Tell Roundtable themes are: Stories of Indigenous Peoples – Our Home on Native Land; Stories of Labour – Forging a Working Peoples’ History; Stories of Oppression, Protest and Change – National Shame to Public Dissent: Writing Resistance Back into History; Stories of Global Canada – From Importing Refugees to Exporting Mining Companies: Who In the World Are We?; Stories of Gender – Because it’s 2015 … 16 … We Are All Builders of Nation; Stories of Environmental Justice – Where It Starts and Where It Ends – There Is No Nation without Nature; Stories of (Media) Stories – From Page to Stage and Everything in Between – Interrogating Public Narratives; Stories of Belonging – From Multiculturalism to Inclusion and the Question of Citizenship. If it takes a thousand voices to tell a single story, what is our story of Canada when we collectively imagine nation?

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:

The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto’s (LIFT) MONTHLY eNEWS: April 2016

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. Ignite your creativity at Visual Arts Mississauga! Our Summer 2016 line-up of programs for teens and adults will be available online at on Friday, May 6, 2016. 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

Free 6 weeks beginners programming course at Studio.89.  Every Wednesday starting May 4th 6:30-8:30. Open to those ages 14+.  for more information and to register email 

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

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