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FALL 2017 & WINTER 2018 CREATIVE ART COURSES
REGISTRATION BEGINS
In-person, by phone or online
Members: August 2, 2017 at 9:00am
Non-members: August 9, 2017 at 9:00am
 
ADULT CLASSES
 
Acrylic Painting for Beginners Level 1 with Louise Zych
F17AACR
Thursdays Oct. 5 – Nov. 23, 2017 8 weeks
7:00pm - 9:30pm
$220.00 (HST $248.60)
Get a feel for the paint and what it can do! For beginner level artists who would like to paint in acrylic. Join Louise as she leads you to explore the medium through guided exercises and projects. Each class begins with a structured introduction. There will also be a demonstration. Individual instruction is given to those who require it. Prerequisite to Level 2. Materials list available here.
 
Acrylic Painting for Beginners Level 2 with Louise Zych
Thursdays Jan. 25 – Mar. 15, 2018 8 weeks
7:00pm - 9:30pm
$220.00 (HST $248.60)
Gather your knowledge and experiences from Level 1 as you create an original work of art. Learn how to apply the basics as you explore your creative spirit. Louise will guide you through planning and painting to signing your masterpiece! There will be a demonstration at each class. Materials list available here.
 
Introduction to Composition and Colour with Kal Honey
F17ACOM1
Thursdays Oct. 5 – Nov. 2, 2017 5 weeks
9:30am - 12:30pm
$165.00 (HST $186.45)
This lively and informative course is designed to demystify composition and colour through explanation of principles, masterwork analysis and applied exercises. Increasing your knowledge and understanding of "C&C" will strengthen the impact and visual sophistication of your work, and take it to the next level. All levels welcome. Materials list available here.
 
The Art of Stencil with Kal Honey
F17ASTE FULL
Thursdays Oct. 5 – Nov. 2, 2017 5 weeks
1:00pm - 4:00pm
$165.00 (HST $186.45)
Crisp edges, bold shapes, nuanced patterns, sharp letters! Repeat after me: This is insanely FUN! Through set and open-ended exercises, this course will explore how to make your own custom stencils and their myriad creative uses. From precision alignments to free-form expressions — it’s all possible with stencils! All levels welcome. Materials fee of $15 payable to instructor. Materials list available here.
 
Composition and Colour: Advanced Studies with Kal Honey
F17ACOM2 FULL
Thursdays Nov. 9 – Dec. 7, 2017 5 weeks
9:30am - 12:30pm
$165.00 (HST $186.45)
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 key principles through analysis of inspiring masterworks, enlightening discussions and plenty of challenging hands-on exercises. Intermediate or advanced levels (requires a grounding in compositional principles and colour theory). Materials list available here.
 
What's the Big Idea? with Kal Honey
F17ABIG
Thursdays Nov. 9 – Dec. 7, 2017 5 weeks
1:00pm - 4:00pm
$165.00 (HST $186.45)
As Picasso famously said of Monet, he was a great eye, but only an eye. For those wanting their art to address the mind as well the senses, this course will challenge, support and encourage you in adding layers of personally relevant meaning to your work. Intermediate or advanced levels. Materials list available here.
 
The Expressive Portrait: Drawn and Beyond with Kim-Lee Kho
F17AEXP FULL
Wednesdays Oct. 4 – Dec. 6, 2017 10 weeks
9:30am -12:30pm
$420.00 (HST $474.60)
Working from a model, we’ll review key structures in the head, face and hands before tackling various concepts and approaches to expressive portraiture. With drawing and other media, we’ll explore getting more from your tools, materials and surfaces – trying some you haven’t used before, or in ways you haven’t tried. Adventurous, beginner, intermediate or advanced levels. Materials fee of $10 payable to instructor. Materials list available here.
 
Figurative Art: Mostly Wet Mediawith Kim-Lee Kho
F17AFIG FULL
Wednesdays Oct. 4 – Dec. 6, 2017 10 weeks
1:00pm - 4:00pm
$420.00 (HST $474.60)
Work from a life model, primarily with paints and ink, with some dry drawing media. Explore artistic thinking and extract more expression from your materials through varied methods and approaches. Each week looks to stretch your creative muscles, build your skills and abilities, helps you to see in new ways. Adventurous, beginner, intermediate or advanced levels. Materials fee of $20 payable to instructor. Materials list available here.
 
Life Drawing & Painting Studio
 
F17ALIF1 (short poses) FULL
Fridays Sept. 29 – Dec. 8, 2017 10 weeks (no class Nov. 17)
9:30am - 12:30pm
$180.00 (HST $203.40)
 
F17ALIF2 (long poses)
Fridays Sept. 29 – Dec. 8, 2017 10 weeks (no class Nov. 17)
1:00pm - 4:00pm
$180.00 (HST $203.40)
 
W18ALIF1 (short poses)
Fridays Jan. 19 – Mar. 9, 2018 7 weeks (no class Feb. 16)
9:30am - 12:30pm
$126.00 (HST $142.38)
 
W18ALIF2 (long poses)
Fridays Jan. 19 – Mar. 9, 2018 7 weeks (no class Feb. 16)
1:00pm - 4:00pm
$126.00 (HST $142.38)
 
Drop-In
$25.00 (HST $28.25)  NPCC reserves the right to restrict number of drop-ins. Please call office.
 
No instructor. For independent and/or experienced artists. Expand your repertoire and explore the joys of designing with the figure. Drawing and water-based media (no oils).
 
Beyond Picasso with Steve Rose
 
F17APIC1
Fridays Sept. 22 – Dec. 8, 2017 10 weeks (no class Oct. 6 & Dec. 1)
9:30am - 12:30pm
$330.00 (HST $372.90)
 
F17APIC2
Fridays Sept. 22 – Dec. 8, 2017 10 weeks (no class Oct. 6 & Dec. 1)
1:00pm - 4:00pm
$330.00 (HST $372.90)
Fridays Jan. 26 – Mar. 9, 2018 7 weeks
9:30am - 12:30pm
$231.00 (HST $261.03)
 
Fridays Jan. 26 – Mar. 9, 2018 7 weeks
1:00pm - 4:00pm
$231.00 (HST $261.03)
 
This program offers intermediate/advanced level artists the opportunity to direct their own independent development and to access coaching and mentoring as required. Each session begins with 30 minutes to view the works of selected abstract and non-objective artists and to stimulate class discussion and individual reflection/motivation within a safe and nurturing creative environment. Materials list available here.
 
Painting Portraits with Panaché with Jacintha Krish
F17APOR
Thursdays Oct. 5 – Nov. 23, 2017 8 weeks
1:00pm - 4:00pm
$300.00 (HST $339.00)
Expand on your portrait painting skills, whether a beginner or intermediate painter. Start with the basic principles of drawing faces and features and move into experimenting with varied colours and interesting techniques. Explore the adventure of obtaining a likeness. Learn to be comfortable with painting people progressing from basics to a whole different level of objective abstract painting. Materials list available here.
 
Watercolours for Beginners with Malcolm Cullen
F17AWAT 
Wednesdays Oct. 11 – Nov. 15, 2017 6 weeks
7:00pm - 9:30pm
$165 (HST $186.45)
Starting off as general introduction to watercolour painting, this course will rapidly gain a creative momentum, moving into the realm of describing and demonstrating all of the aspects of watercolour painting, from initial pencil sketch to the various 'wash' layers, in order to create vibrant and interesting paintings. The first-half will focus on practicing technique, while the later-half will focus on building your painting. Materials list available here.
 
Basics and Beyond with Louise Zych
 
Tuesdays Sept. 19 – Dec. 5, 2017 12 weeks
 
F17ABAS1
9:30am - 12:30pm
$396.00 (HST $447.48)
 
F17ABAS2
1:00pm - 4:00pm
$396.00 (HST $447.48)
 
Tuesdays Jan. 23 – Mar. 6, 2018 7 weeks
 
9:30am - 12:30pm
$231.00 (HST $261.03)
 
1:00pm -4:00pm
$231.00 (HST $261.03)
 
6:30pm - 9:30pm
$231.00 (HST $261.03)
 
For all artists who want to keep moving on their creative journey. Explore the medium of your choice (no oils). Satisfy both sides of your brain by thoughtfully planning your work without sacrificing spontaneity and life. Each class begins with a discussion about an art related topic. Materials list available here.
 
Drawing for Beginners with Enzo Avolio
Mondays Jan. 29 – Mar. 12, 2018 6 weeks (no class Feb. 19)
7:00pm - 9:30pm
$165.00 (HST $186.45)
Learn to draw people and things by using both structural and contour drawing to find your forms. Don’t let the fear of getting started get in your way. Join us every Monday night and let’s begin. Materials list available here.
 
Contemporary Mixed Media Studio with Kim-Lee Kho
Wednesdays Jan. 24 – Mar. 14, 2018 6 weeks (no class Feb. 7 & 14)
9:30am - 4:00pm
$396.00 (HST $447.48)
Set-up once, work all day! Each session begins with contemporary art or physical examples and/or demonstration. Mostly you’ll be focused on your own mixed media projects: drawing, painting, collage, image transfers, embedding, objects, etc. augmented with group discussions and individual consultations. Individual projects can be assigned if desired. Adventurous, beginner, intermediate or advanced levels (previous art-making experience desirable). Materials list available soon.
 
Drawing and Painting Portriats with Helen McCusker
Thursdays Jan. 25 – Mar. 8, 2018 7 weeks
1:00pm - 4:00pm
$267.00 (HST $301.71)
Working from both live models and photographs, learn skills and techniques to create expressive portraits. Beginning with drawing we will use a variety of techniques and exercises: blind contour, tonal, gestural, measuring and graphing. Progressing to colour and wet media (acrylic) – students will learn underpainting, glazing and impasto techniques. Classes will include instructor demonstrations of technique and media, and examples of traditional and contemporary artists’ portrait work. Intermediate levels welcome. Materials list available here.
 
Collage and Mixed Media with Kal Honey
Thursdays Feb. 22 – Mar. 15, 2018 4 weeks
9:30am - 12:30pm
$132.00 (HST $149.16)
This course is designed as an ongoing investigation into the nature and potential of this versatile, visceral medium. With inspiring examples by collage masters, individual and group discussion and plenty of set and open-ended exercises, we’ll dive into a variety of artistic ideas and issues through collage. All levels welcome (suited for artists with at least a few years' experience). Materials list available here.
 
You Can Make Art Out of That! with Kal Honey
Thursdays Feb. 22 – Mar. 15, 2018 4 weeks
1:00pm - 4:00pm
$132.00 (HST $149.16)
Ask any child — you can make art out of anything! Decidedly low-brow and high-fun, this course will re-connect you with play — so overlooked and essential to creativity. Making crazy stuff from everyday materials, we’ll give our brains and funny bones a workout and our wallets a rest! All levels welcome. Materials list available soon.
 
Painting and Mixed Media Studio with Kal Honey
Thursdays Feb. 22 – Mar. 15, 2018 4 weeks
7:00pm - 9:30pm
$110.00 (HST $124.30)
A supportive environment in which to further your self-directed painting practice. Whether you’re already on an exciting trajectory, just starting to find you way, or a bit stuck – this studio course encourages you to hear and trust your own inner compass as you chart your artistic course. All levels welcome. Materials list available here.
 
ADULT WORKSHOPS
 

Plein Air Workshop with John Pryce          

F17AAIR   FULL   

Sep. 22 – Sep. 25, 2017

9:30am - 4:00pm

$290 member, $330 non-member (with HST: $327.70, $372.90)

This outdoor painting course will introduce you to the process 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. Individual expression will be encouraged. Be prepared to work outdoors and explore various locations nearby! Kindly note, oil paints and solvents are to be used offsite. Materials list available.

 

All About Me with Steve Rose
F17AALL
Sept. 30 – Oct. 1, 2017
9:30am - 4:00pm
$132.00 (HST $149.16)
 
Feb. 3 – Feb. 4, 2018
9:30am - 4:00pm
$132.00 (HST $149.16)
 
To face your face is a hugely healthy artistic experience and creative departure for all artists to play with and explore regardless of your normal studio practice. This workshop will utilize an assortment of different approaches toward the self portrait and a variety of experimental projects. Acrylic painting is best suited for this workshop but any medium canbe used (no oils). Materials list available here.
 
Contemporary Painting: Transparent Glazes in Acrylics with Kim-Lee Kho
F17ACON
Nov. 11 – Nov. 12, 2017
9:30am - 4:00pm
$132.00 (HST $149.16)
Transparent glazed colours have a unique depth and lustre, increased by layering, that can be addictive! Acrylic mediums expand your options and effects. This introduction will include a mix of technical and creative, physical samples, demos, contemporary art examples, directed skill-building exercises and open working time for creative exploration. Adventurous, beginner, intermediate or advanced levels. Materials list available here.
 
Critique! with Steve Rose
 
F17ACRIT
Saturdays Sept. 23, Oct. 21 & Nov. 18, 2017
9:30am - 12:30pm
$99.00 (HST $111.87)
 
Saturday Mar. 17, 2018
9:30am -12:30pm
$33.00 (HST $37.29)
 
Award-winning instructor Steve Rose will share his insight and experience through the critique and analysis of students’ art. Open to all levels, in any media or style. Materials list available soon.
 
Introduction to Drawing with Helen McCusker
F17ADRA
Oct. 21 – Oct. 22, 2017
9:30am - 4:00pm
$132.00 (HST $149.16)
For students new to drawing (including absolute beginners) or those who want a refresher class, we will cover drawing basics through exercises and media techniques, including: learning to draw what you see, expressive line, tonal value, composition and design. Traditional black and white media will be used – graphite, conté, marker, pen and ink. Workshop will include a presentation of traditional and contemporary artists’ drawings, and instructor demonstrations. Materials fee of $20 payable to instructor. Materials list available here.
Introduction to Pastel with Helen McCusker
F17APAS
Nov. 18 – Nov. 19, 2017
9:30am - 4:00pm
$132.00 (HST $149.16)
Pastels are a versatile medium that have been used through the centuries by artists such as Carriera, Quentin de la Tour, Degas, Cassatt, Picasso and many others. They can be used by themselves or with other media. Through a variety of exercises, students will learn several different pastel techniques to create beautiful drawings. Subject matter for drawing will include drawing from Still Life and photo reference. We will cover colour theory, composition and design, personal style and expression, and the nitty gritty of what pastels and papers you need and where to find them. Materials list available here.
 
Gesture and Design: The Yin-Yang of Abstract Expressionism with Kal Honey
F17AYIN FULL
Nov. 4 – Nov. 5, 2017
9:30am - 4:00pm
$132.00 (HST $149.16)
The beauty of abstract expressionism was the successful marriage of gestural mark-making with considered design. But how does one achieve this diametrical balance? In this workshop we'll follow Franz Kline's example, first working expressively — large and loose, then honing in on interesting compositions to expand into full-fledged paintings. All levels welcome. Materials fee of $35 payable to instructor. Materials list available here.
 
Dead Painting Resuscitation Ward with Kal Honey
Mar. 3 – Mar. 4, 2018
9:30am - 4:00pm
$132.00 (HST $149.16)
If you have no dead ends at home under the bed, this workshop isn’t for you. If, on the other hand, you have a stack of stalemated, abandoned, or unloved paintings, then game on! Have some fun and re-make some new paintings — no new canvasses or panels needed! Intermediate or advanced levels. Materials list available soon.
 
The Dynamic Figure with Kim-Lee Kho
Mar. 11, 2018
9:30am - 4:00pm
$84.00 (HST $94.92)
Movement, depth, direction, progression, continuity: there are many ways of working with the human figure to achieve dynamic effects, whether lyrical or dramatic, whether expressed on the model stage or strictly on the easel. Bring some energy and motion to your figurative work! Adventurous level, but no absolute beginners (experience can be in any form of art, not necessarily figure or drawing). Materials list available soon.
 
Photographing Artwork with John Bingham
Mar. 3 – Mar. 4, 2018
9:30am - 4:00pm
$132.00 (HST $149.16)
High quality digital photos of artwork are necessary for inclusion in artist websites and blogs and for submission to galleries, grant applications, competitions and art shows. Learn to use your digital camera to create professional quality photographs of your artwork. Learn to prepare those images as digital files suitable for email attachments, web and blog content and high quality prints. Participants must have a digital camera, a tripod and Mac or PC laptop with Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Elements software. No prior knowledge of digital software is required.
 
The Artful Pop-Up: Accordion Book with Helen McCusker
Feb. 24 – Feb. 25, 2018
9:30am - 4:00pm
$132.00 (HST $149.16)
PopUp – or Paper Engineering – is the most fun you can have with a sheet of paper. Learn to bend, fold, spindle and mutilate to create an accordion book that opens up into 3-D forms. Using a variety of decorated and coloured papers, we will learn how to make nested parallel folds, moving parts, sculpted forms and more – all brought together in a beautiful art book. Materials fee of $20 payable to instructor. Materials list available here.
 

ADULT DROP-IN

 

Members' Studio

Tuesdays9:30am - 4:00pm

Fridays1:00pm - 4:00pm

$4.22 (HST $5.00) for half day

$7.08 (HST $8.00) for full day

FREE drop-in Dec. 12 & 19, 2017

 

Knit Knight & Crochet Corner

Wednesdays Sept. 27, Oct. 25, Nov. 29, Jan. 31, Feb. 28, Mar. 28

6:30pm - 9:30pm

$4.22 (HST $5.00)

 

Sewing Studio: Cutting Pattern

Tuesdays Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 21, Dec. 19, Jan. 16, Feb. 20 & Mar. 20

6:30pm - 9:30pm

$4.22 (HST $5.00)

Are you eager to get sewing? Join members and non-members as they work through the pattern-cutting stage. The process is much more enjoyable working alongside others. Take advantage of this opportunity to share ideas and get inspired!

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