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Art by Louise Zych


New this year your NPCC Membership entitles you to member rates for our adult courses and workshops.  Do not forget to renew your membership today to take advantage of this offer.  Become a member by signing up online here. To redeem your members price please call the office to register at 416-622-5294

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Plein-Air Workshop with John Pryce
F16AAIR - Class Full 
September 27- 30, 2016
9:30am – 4:00pm
$252 (+hst) members, $280 (+hst) non-members for 4 days 

This outdoor painting course will introduce you to the process of direct painting in nature. Individual expression will be encouraged as you become familiar with the specific requirements of plein air painting. While painting basics will be discussed, instruction will deal more with interpreting what you see and feel in being a part of the environment.

Painting on-location hones your powers of observation and helps create a very personal style of interpreting nature. Instruction will consist of a short group discussion each morning, followed by a day of painting, with individual attention from the instructor. You are welcome to work in acrylic or oil medium. Please be prepared to work outdoors.  Material List. 

with Steve Rose
F16ACRIT  Class Full 
Mondays 9:30am – 12:30pm
September 12 - November 21, 2016
$315 (+hst) Member, $350 (+hst) non-member for 10 weeks   

Award-winning instructor Steve Rose will share his insight and experience through the critique and analysis of students’ art.  Bring in any works-in-progress, or dust off those pieces you have given up on.  Learn from the mistakes and successes of your peers while finding ways to introduce more of yourself into your work.  This course is open to all levels, in any media or style you choose.

All About Them with Steve Rose
Mondays 1:00pm – 4:00pm
September 12 – November 21, 2016 (no class Oct 10)
$315 (+hst) Member, $350 (+hst) non-member for 10 weeks

Following in the very successful footsteps of “All About Me”, now there is “All about Them”! Join us for this exciting new class of portraits and figurative work. This course will be in the form of different approaches to portrait painting. Images could be of loved ones, historical photos, celebrities, fashion shots, animals, etc. whatever you may wish to use as your muse. An assortment of ideas and jumping off points will be utilized for a variety of experimental portrait projects. Emphasis will be placed on finding individual creativity and personal self-expression, from vision to execution in regard to media concepts and techniques.  Material List. 

Basics and Beyond with Louise Zych


Tuesdays 9:30am -12:30pm
September 13 –November 22, 2016 (no class Oct 4)
$315(+hst) Member, $350(+hst) non-member for 10 weeks


Tuesdays 1:00pm – 4:00pm
September 13 – November 22, 2016 (no class Oct 4)
$315(+hst) Member, $350(+hst) non-member for 10 weeks

Tuesdays 6:30pm – 9:30pm
September 13 – November 22, 2016 (no class Oct 4)
$315(+hst) Member, $350(+hst) non-member for 10 weeks

For beginners, seasoned artists in need of a shake-up and those in between, this course can be tailored to meet your needs and will keep you moving on your creative journey. Explore any medium of your choice (no oils, please) and satisfy both sides of your brain by thoughtfully planning your drawing, painting or other artwork without sacrificing spontaneity and life. There will be a brief discussion about an art related topic (theory, materials, technique, history, etc.) at the beginning of each class. Materials list available.

Seasonal Landscapes in abstract form with Jacintha Krish

FI6ALAND2 - Please call office 

Dec 5, 6, 7, 2016
9:30am – 4:00pm
$189 (+hst) member, $210 (+hst) non-member for 3 day workshop

Capture our beautiful Canadian landscapes in all the different seasons. Learn the art of exploring imaginative colour palettes and step outside your groove with nontraditional methods of painting. Let your imagination soar as you loosen up with new techniques to create an interesting and colourful landscape portfolio. Material List. 

Drawing Hands & Feet
with Kim-Lee Kho
Wednesdays 9:30am -12:30pm
October 5 – October 26, 2016
$162 (+hst) member, $176 (+hst) non-member for 4 weeks

Are you relieved when you can avoid the hands and feet of the people in your drawings and paintings? Is that where your work gets smudgy and vague, or do you position them so they are cut off by the edges of your paper or canvas? 

It's time to put an end to the fear of sausage fingers and lumpy feet! 

In the supportive environment of this workshop, you'll be given the tools and knowledge to understand and work with the structures that give hands and feet their defining characteristics. You'll learn to see them more clearly and get lots of practice drawing them, working from a live model. 

$10 Materials fee payable to the instructor. 

Drawing the Face & Head with Kim-Lee Kho
Wednesdays 9:30am -12:30pm
November 16 – December 7, 2016
$162 (+hst) Member, $176 (+hst) non-member for 4 weeks

Learn how to analyze and understand the structures and proportions of the head and face before focusing on the features in order to achieve well-constructed and balanced drawings and increase apparent likeness. Through visual presentation and demonstration Kim Lee Kho will lead you through exercises using photographs and a live, professional model. Gain the confidence that comes from having a better understanding of the structural nature of the head and a process for building on it. A variety of pose lengths for different kinds of drawing; an open pose will be incorporated at the end of each day whenever possible.
$10 Materials fee payable to the instructor

Figurative Art: Drawn and Beyond with Kim-Lee Kho
F16AFIG Class Full 
Wednesdays 1:00pm – 4:00pm
October 5 - December 7, 2016 (no class Nov 2 & 9)
$324 (+hst) Member, $352 (+hst) non-member for 8 weeks
$15 Materials fee payable to the instructor

Not a classical life drawing class! Work with a life model as a doorway to exploring artistic thinking and approaches, expression and ways of seeing. Learn how to get more out of your tools and materials and try some you haven’t used before, or in ways you haven’t tried. Each term is different, each week looks to stretch your creative muscles, build your skills and abilities, help you see in new ways. One week leads into the next with an occasional sharp turn. Drawing-based but includes some other and mixed media.


Composition and Colour with Kal Honey
F16ACOM  Class Full 
Thursdays 9:30am - 12:30pm
October 6 - November 3, 2016
$157.50 (+hst) Members, $175 (+hst) non-members for 5 weeks

Have you ever wondered why some paintings "work" better than others? Underpinning every successful piece of art is a successful application of composition: whether intentional, intuited, or by sheer luck. Improve the composition of your art by learning to intentionally apply principles such as contrast, balance, symmetry, scale, tension, position, numbers and proportion. The basics of colour will be reviewed and applied synergistically with design aspects to achieve the results you desire in your work. This course will demystify composition and colour through discussion of masterworks old and new, applied exercises, and individual design critiques of student's work. By increasing your knowledge and understanding of "C&C", you'll strengthen the impact and visual sophistication of your work, and take it to the next level. Material List. 

Composition and Colour: Advanced Studies
F16ACOM2  Class Full 
Note: This course requires a grounding in compositional principles and colour theory.
Thursdays 9:30am – 12:30pm
November 10 - December 8, 2016
$157.50 (+hst) Members, $175 (+hst) non-members for 5 weeks 

An ongoing study into the formal aspects of image creation, this course is designed to expand your artistic toolbox. Sharpen your visual acuity and hone your painting chops as we go deeper on several crucial aspects underpinning successful visual art. Learn to orchestrate multiple focal points, create compelling understated as well as high-powered work, harness the potential of narrative, and further increase your facility with value patterning and colour systems. Through analysis of inspiring masterworks, enlightening discussions and plenty of challenging hands-on exercises, you’ll deepen your knowledge and strengthen the visual sophistication of your work. Power up. Material List. 

Painting/Mixed Media Studio with Kal Honey
Thursdays 1:00pm - 4:00pm 
October 6 - November 3, 2016
$157.50 (+hst) Members, $175 (+hst) non-members for 5 weeks

Thursdays 1:00pm - 4:00pm
November 10 - December 8, 2016
$157.50 (+hst) Members, $175 (+hst) non-members for 5 weeks  Please Call Office to Register

A challenging and supportive environment in which to further your self-directed painting practice. Group discussion and plenty of personal attention will enable you to better understand and develop your artistic vision. Already excited with your current direction? Come develop it – push it further. Stuck? Come get unblocked in a creative, non-threatening environment. Starting out? Come explore the vast array of options and start to find your path, your voice. This course is both safe haven and launching point: personal expression and growth are paramount, and at every turn you will be encouraged to hear and trust your own inner compass in boldly exploring new directions.

Each session begins with a brief look at the work of a particular artist or movement as inspiration, and if desired, individual challenges can be set in consultation one-on-one with the instructor. Material List.


Beyond Picasso with Steve Rose
Fridays 9:30am - 12:30pm 
September 16 - November 18, 2016
$315(+hst) Member, $350 (+hst) non-member for 10 weeks

Fridays 1:00pm – 4:00pm 
September 16 - November 18, 2016
$315 (+hst) Member, $350 (+hst) non-member for 10 weeks

Learn to paint in a free, expressive way.  This popular course encourages students to take new creative paths in their work.  Learn the difference between abstract and non-objective painting.  Apply your knowledge of depth, shape, form, and contrast to the exciting technique of non-objective painting to achieve a freer expression of style in all your work. Material List.  


Unleash Your Creativity with Louise Zych
Thursdays 6:30pm - 9:30pm 
September 15 - November 24, 2016 (no class Nov 17)
$315 (+hst) Members, $ $340 (+hst) non-members for 10 weeks

No drawing or painting skills necessary! Come and be guided through exercises and projects designed to release your creative energies, imagination and the stresses of everyday life. Be prepared to have fun as we begin the session exploring pencils, coloured pencils and pastels before we spin off in different directions to discover your inner creativity potential. Enter your week end refreshed!  Material List 



The Art & Science of Image Transfers for Mixed Media with Kim-Lee Kho
Sunday, September 25, 2016
9:30am – 4:00pm
$65 (+hst) Members, $75 (+hst)  non-members for 1 day workshop - FULL 

Sunday November 13, 2016
9:30am – 4:00pm
$65 (+hst) Members, $75 (+hst)  non-members for 1 day workshop  Call office

Combining photography with traditional media is an exciting and contemporary way to work. Image transfers in particular are a hot topic right now and there are many techniques, each with their pros and cons.

In this workshop Kim Lee Kho will guide you step by step through some of her favourite processes and non-toxic transfer methods including: alcohol transfers with specialized transparencies; acrylic skins; methods of integrating transfers with other media; and what makes a good image for transferring. 

To inspire and encourage your personal creative exploration, you will see physical samples of Kim’s own work plus examples from other contemporary artists who are working in photo-based mixed media. 

Students will work with images supplied by the instructor as well as some of their own and are asked to email 2-3 digital photos to Kim ahead of time in preparation for the class (see materials list for what to do if this is not possible).

No photography or digital work will be done during class; students can do as much or as little of that as they like in advance to prepare materials to work with in-class.  Material List. 

4-Day Soft Pastel Workshop
with Helen McCusker
November 24 – December 15, 2016
9:30am – 4:00pm
$252 (+hst)  members, $280 (+hst) non-members for 4 days

Learn to use Soft Pastels in a variety of ways: mixing and layering colour, working on different kinds of supports, techniques for drawing, i.e.: quick drawings with a limited palette, working on sanded pastel paper, stencil technique, and more.

Colour theory, composition, technical skills and product information will be included in our discussion about using this versatile and easy-to-use medium.  Material List


Maps in Art with Kal Honey
Saturday, October 22 & Sunday, October 23, 2016
9:30- 4:00pm
$126 (+hst) members, $140 (+hst)  non-members for 2 day workshop - Call Office

For centuries, maps have been mankind’s tool to express and explain various phenomena of our geo-political world. Contemporary mappings encompass a vast range of data and ideas -- from cyberspace to mindscapes. A rich source for unique signs and symbols, maps can be both intrinsically interesting as well as having great potential for expressing personal ideas, emotions and narratives. In this workshop, we’ll briefly survey the fascinating diversity of maps -- from literal to fanciful -- before launching into a day of open-ended artistic challenges, incorporating both found and created maps into your art. Personal direction will be encouraged. Come spend the day mapping some new artistic territory. Material List 

Mail Art
with Kal Honey
Saturday, November 19, 2016
9:30am - 4:00pm
$65 (+hst)  members, $75 (+hst)  non-members for 1 day workshop

International in scope, democratic in nature, Mail Art is any art submitted or traded by post. How does it work? What "rules" apply? This workshop will introduce you to the wide-ranging, wonderful world of Mail Art. We'll start with a brief historical primer, and move into an overview of current practices, with lots of inspiring examples of art and artists working in this oeuvre. The rest of the day will be yours to spend creating your own mail art – with plenty of individual attention, group discussion and support. Calls-for-entry from upcoming international exhibitions will be available so you can create work for specific entries: for the cost of postage, you can start adding international exhibition credits to your CV!!!  Material List.

Drawing the Face & Head one-day workshop with Kim-Lee Kho
Sunday, October 16, 2016
$80 (+hst)  members, $90 (+hst) non-members 1 day workshop  Please call office to register

For new and returning students. Learn how (or practice your ability) to analyze and understand the structures and proportions of the head and face before focusing on the features in order to achieve well-constructed and balanced drawings and increase apparent likeness. Through visual presentation and demonstration Kim Lee Kho will lead you through exercises using photographs and a live, professional model. Gain the confidence that comes from having a better understanding of the structural nature of the head and a process for building on it. A variety of pose lengths for different kinds of drawing; an open pose will be incorporated at the end of each day whenever possible.
$5–10 Materials fee payable to the instructor.  Material List.


Intro to Coiling Workshop with Elycia Sfa
Saturday, October 15, 2016
9:30am - 4:00pm
$65 (+hst)  members, $75 (+hst)  non-members for 1 day workshop  Please call office to register

This workshop will introduce students to coiling techniques, and each student will coil their own basket. A range of materials will be available, and variety of stitches will be demonstrated so each student can individualize their coiled vessel. Please note a $15 material fee will be payable to the instructor.  Bring a notebook.


Intaglio for beginners and experienced with Augustin Rojas
Saturday, September 10 & Sunday September 11, 2016
9:30am - 4:00pm
$126 (+hst)  Members, $140 (+hst)  non-members for 2 day workshop
Class Full


This is a basic course for beginners, where they will learn all Intaglios procedure and techniques.

Etching, drypoint, soft ground, mezzotint, aquatint, lift ground and open bites.  After a general brief introduction to these technical topics, every student will start to work in any given techniques, or either simultaneously interaction with the rest of procedures and techniques.

The objective is to provide students with information about the history of printmaking and its evolution from world collections.


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