Monday

Adult Art With Exceptionalities

You will have the opportunity to learn how to pursue your very own artistic vision!  The curriculum is the same as our Adult Mixed Media class, but projects are adapted to support artists with cognitive and/or physical impairments.  Learn painting, drawing, sculpting, textiles and more.

Some of our media explorations include the use of: alcohol inks and mylar, high-end pastels and tone paper, pouring medium, watercolour paints and resists, printmaking, paper engineering, zine-making, bookbinding, felting wool, sculpt, paper mâché, topic markers and pencil crayons.

Ongoing throughout school year:

Monday Class 1   
1:15-2:30pm   (ongoing, year-round)                   

Monday Class 2
6:30-7:45pm  (ongoing, year-round)

8 week punchcards available

 

 

Youth Art in Arabic

Hayam Abaza, visual artist and arts educator, is pleased to welcome families and fellow newcomers to an art class for kids taught in Arabic (with English and French instruction available).

Youth will have a chance to pursue their own artistic vision with explorations into drawing, painting, mixed media, pastels and tone paper, paper mosaic, and more!

Featured media:  alcohol inks and mylar, high-end pastels and tone paper, pouring medium, watercolours and masking fluid, jelly plates for mono printing, paper engineering, zine making/book-binding.

Ongoing throughout school year:

Mondays 3:30-4:45pm

8 week punchcards available

Art with Exceptionalities

This is an opportunity for youth to pursue their own artistic vision!  This class also welcomes pre-schoolers to have a first positive experience in an art program.  The curriculum is the same as our Beginner and Preschool Mixed Media programs, but projects are adapted to support artists with cognitive and/or physical impairments.  Learn painting, drawing, sculpting, textiles and more!  

Siblings of exceptional youth are also welcome to join!

Some of our media explorations include the use of Felting wool, pencil crayons, pastels and tone paper, pouring medium, watercolour paints and resists, printmaking, paper engineering, zine-making, sculpt and paper mâché.

Ongoing throughout school year:

Mondays 5:00pm-6:00pm

8 week punchcards available

Tuesday

Trauma Relief Art

After three years of running privately, Open Your Art is now opening our Trauma Relief Art program to the public.

This program is intended to support community members impacted by trauma. Participants will be welcomed by trauma-informed art facilitators in a safe space to explore a wide range of art media for sensory rich, relaxation promoting experiences. This is an opportunity for personal expression and creation of wares that can become touchstones/reminders of strength, hope, and resilience.

Ongoing throughout school year:

Tuesdays 9:30am-12:00pm

8 week punchcards available

Adult Mixed Media

You will have the opportunity to pursue your own artistic vision.  Find your own direction in a studio equipped for painting, drawing, sculpting, textiles and more!  Don't worry, there's an experienced guide to help you (and share lots of tricks and tips).  

Featured media:  alcohol inks and mylar, high-end pastels and tone paper, pouring medium, watercolours and masking fluid, jelly plates for mono printing, paper engineering, zine making/book-binding.  

Portfolio building can begin.  

Advanced/Independent study aims can include:  how to get your art displayed in public spaces/shows, how to apply to art schools, personal branding and development of production lines.

Ongoing throughout school year:

Tuesdays 12:15pm-1:30pm

Wednesday

Beginners Youth,                  Open Your Art Atelier

the beginner atelier experience

Beginner artists need no previous experience, they will be guided with weekly projects in a process-art-play style, very sensory rich and satisfying creative media explorations!  

Each week will present a featured Open Your Art media curricula that carries the term's theme and supports skill development in drawing, painting, book-binding, printmaking, paper engineering, sculpture, ceramics, and toy design.  

Youth artist work will be featured in a winter art show of many, many little worlds!

Ongoing through school year:

Wednesdays

Class 1- 1:30 to 2:45pm OR

Class 2- 4:30-5:45

8 week punchcards available

 

Intermediate Youth,              Open Your Art Atelier

the intermediate atelier experience

Intermediate and returning artists will have the opportunity to lead their own program by choosing from over 100 Open Your Art curriculum projects in our studio library to customize within their chosen media.

Leadership skills within the art community begin as youth artists learn to build a portfolio, develop a cohesive body of work/create with a theme, prepare for and take part in a "Little Worlds" group art show, print a book, design a ware.

Each week will support process-art-play and youth artist-led design while developing skills in: drawing, painting, book-binding, printmaking, paper engineering, toy-making, sculpture, textiles, and ceramics.

Ongoing throughout school year:

Wednesdays

Class 1- 3:00pm to 4:15pm OR

Class 2- 6:00pm to 7:15pm

8 week punchcards available
 

Advanced Youth,                 Open Your Art Atelier

the advanced atelier experience

Okay advanced artists, now it’s your time to explore some of the forbidden art media to hone your creative vision into some glorious wares using:

*spraypaint

*dremmels

*awls, felting needles, and all sorts of fine sharps

*pottery wheel

*woodburning tools

CAN YOU HANDLE THIS???

The advanced Open Your Art atelier gives youth artists an opportunity to be mentored in studio practices that involve complex processes, potentially dangerous tools and art media. Advanced artists will also be exploring the theme, “Little Worlds”, and will be working toward a group art show. Leadership skills and the use of art to create a positive social impact will be introduced and nurtured.

Ongoing throughout school year:

Wednesdays

6:00pm-7:15pm

8 week punchcards available 

Saturday

Preschool Mixed Media

All of our Mixed Media classes encourage students to create and build their own individual style through the hands-on exploration of painting, sculpture and more!

For Preschoolers, it is a flexible class (providing natural movement breaks with in-house monkey bars, balance beams, ribbon wands and gravity cars) intended to be the first positive experience in an art studio program! We have sensory and imaginative play built into our making themes and processes.  We also enjoy bringing elements of the natural world into the studio for inspiration and restorative, relaxing play.

Some of our media explorations include the use of: pastels and tone paper, watercolour and acrylic paints, felting wool, bees wax, printmaking, paper engineering, paper mache, pouring medium, fabric, recycled materials, markers, crayons, pencil crayons.

Ongoing throughout school year:

Saturdays

10:00am-11:00am

8

week punchcards available

Beginners Youth Mixed Media

This class encourages students to create and build on their own individual style through the hands-on exploration of painting, sculpture, textiles and more!  

Featured media:  alcohol inks and mylar, high-end pastels and tone paper, pouring medium, watercolours and masking fluid, jelly plates for mono printing, paper engineering, zine making/book-binding.

Ongoing throughout school year:

11:30am-12:45pm

8 week punchcards available


Youth Dream Shelter Course

This is one dilly of a design challenge for youth makers!

We provide the wooden “Dream Shelter” structure and youth designers map out and make-over the space! Create miniature furniture, wall and window treatments, rugs, flooring, teeny tiny dishware, and all the splendorous ideas you’ve got stowed away from years of imagining what you would DO with you VERY OWN SHELTER.

Past students have created tiny animal sanctuaries, art studios, regal manors, jungle clubhouses, and even built balconies overlooking tiny gardens to fulfil the vision. What is YOUR vision? Build the dream!

Ongoing throughout school year:

Saturdays (or Wednesday afternoons during atelier)

10:30am-11:45am

8 week punchcards available