Each workshop takes place on a Thursday evening, at Westland Gallery, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. It will include a short presentation from the artist and approximately an hour of hands-on time. You will not leave the workshop with a finished piece but instead be introduced to the medium, style or technique being featured. With approximately 10 students per class, you will get lots of interaction from the artist instructor.

We have an exciting selection of workshops coming up in the fall:

September 8th – Anna Koot (Encaustic Painting) SOLD OUT
This workshop will introduce you to the unique qualities of Encaustic Painting. Encaustic painting is the process of painting with beeswax, demar resin and pigments. Join Anna for a two hours of information and hands on play with this versatile medium.

September 15th – Christopher Cape (Plein Air Painting)
Drawing from Life: The foundations of Painting En Plein Air
The visual immensity and complexity of the world can be overwhelming when it comes to painting En Plein Air.  Being able to visually represent the landscape in front of you, whether a sweeping meadow below a mountain range or tiny alleyway behind your house, comes down to making decisions. Added to this these decisions are made under the ever changing light. This workshop will cover the first three foundational decisions we make when starting any visual piece and how these decisions shape our artistic voice.  

September 22nd – Susan Garrington (watercolour)
Join us for a Watercolour Workshop with Susan Garrington. Susan will be demonstrating various techniques to organize information from sketches into completed paintings.

September 29th – Michaela Devine Altenburg (Photo transfers and mixed media)
Join us at the gallery for this workshop exploring photography transfers onto watercolour paper and other substrates, As well as mixed media applications for enhancing your photo transfers. Photo transfers are a wonderful way of incorporate your original images or source material into mixed media pieces.

October 6th – Mandy Forbes (Drawing with thread, painting on textiles and thread drawing)
In this fun and relaxed  workshop participants will be exploring various embroidery, appliqué and fabric painting techniques to create a one-of-a-kind work of art. Participants will practice “drawing” with thread and also learn some image transfer techniques. Mandy will also show examples of her work and offer tips and tricks for creating textile art. This workshop is suitable for people of all ages and experience levels. 

October 13th – Paul Abeleira (Oil Pastels)
Join us for this engaging workshop in Oil pastels. 
Paul Abeleira has been a professional artist for over twenty years.  Through solo and group exhibitions in the commercial gallery and print markets, Paul’s work has fallen into the hands of collectors all over North America.  While known mainly for his kitchen themed still life oil paintings, Paul is equally adept at plein air landscapes, figures and portraits.

October 20th – Myrna Pronchuk (Painting with Objects – 3D Collage)
In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the Dada art movement as they try their hand at creating a 3-dimensional abstract painting using found objects. All skill levels are welcome.

October 27th – Agneta Doleman (porcelain pottery)
Explore the transparent beauty of porcelain clay in this very basic 2 hour hand building course .
Agneta will demonstrate slab building, shaping with molds and discuss the many possibilities of working in this ancient, challenging medium. You will be able to try your hand at rolling and shaping but will not be able to bring any finished products home. Hopefully you will feel well informed and inspired to continue on your own.  As a Centre for Clay Arts, London offers many opportunities to learn more and have your work finished without the need to buy your own kiln. 

Classes are $45 each, or 4 for $150 ($37.50 per class)
To register: call the gallery at 519 601-4420 or stop by!