Fresh Strokes
Oct
1
to Dec 3

Fresh Strokes

Make your mark with lyrical brushstrokes! In addition to mastering the various skills of working with acrylic paint, this course aims to develop a confident, signature stroke that will convey the spirit and tone of narrative elements in your final works. With guidance to customize main projects in your choice of style and subject, benefit from critiques, demonstrations, colour mixing and skill-building exercises that explore the range and quality of brushstroke attributes and technique.

10 weeks every Tuesday starting Oct 1 – Dec 3 from 1 – 4 pm

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Drawing Fundamentals: Elegant Surfaces
Oct
2
to Dec 4

Drawing Fundamentals: Elegant Surfaces

Fall in love with the creative process and draw inspiration from nature, elegant materials, and authentic expression. Develop a free and playful mindset while drawing as you gracefully experiment with ink, soft pastels and mixed media on washi, wood and creating your own gorgeous drawing grounds. Each class features a demonstration and unique project, delighting in graceful lines, delicate surfaces, and capturing the spirit of nature in a relaxing, healing environment. All skill levels welcome.

10 weeks every Wednesday starting Oct 2 – Dec 4 from 9 am – 12 pm  

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Acrylic Confidence
Oct
2
to Dec 4

Acrylic Confidence

Learn the essential techniques you need to paint confidently with acrylics! Starting out with the anatomy of acrylic paint and mediums, weekly projects explore innovative possibilities of this modern medium, from glazing, colour mixing, layering and blending to creating sculptural textures. Benefit from demonstrations, critiques and personal guidance for beautifully completed paintings that combine knowledge with the joy of painting.

10 weeks every Wednesday starting Oct 2 – Dec 4  from 1 – 4 pm 

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Creative Courage
Oct
3
to Dec 5

Creative Courage

Let’s get together every Thursday afternoon and create! A facilitated Studio series that is focused on creative exploration, supported in a nurturing collaborative environment. Bring your favorite supplies for drawing, mixed media or painting, and choose your own adventure - whether it’s a new project or one you would like support working on. Sharlena will be there to share, guide, advise, inform, commiserate, and celebrate your individuality and freedom of expression.

10 weeks every Thursday starting Oct 3 – Dec 5  10 from 1 - 4 pm 

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Elegant Surfaces for Drawing
Nov
9
10:00 AM10:00

Elegant Surfaces for Drawing

Fall in love with the creative process, drawing inspiration from nature, elegant materials, and authentic expression. Develop a free and playful mindset while drawing as you gracefully experiment with pencil, ink, and soft pastels, delighting in graceful lines, delicate surfaces, and capturing the spirit of nature in a relaxing, healing environment. All skill levels welcome.

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Petit Bijoux • Landscapes
Nov
23
10:00 AM10:00

Petit Bijoux • Landscapes

Journey into the magical realms in-between realism and abstraction to achieve expressive landscapes. This class provides an upbeat atmosphere for intuitive painting and creating small, precious mini landscape original artworks that can serve as cards or gifts. Explore methods for abstracting from nature, conceptual studies and composition, unconventional tools and media, brushwork and colour harmonies, acrylic mediums and mixed media experimentation, all to help convey what you see and how you feel about the world around you. All materials included.

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Mixed Media • Fresh Wilds
Dec
7
9:00 AM09:00

Mixed Media • Fresh Wilds

Push the boundaries of expressive drawing and mixed media! Begin the day with skill-building exercises that ignite courage, awe and wonder in the creative process.

Taking inspiration from the colours and textures of the natural world, we will explore the basics for experimental material combinations, layering with water-based paints and drawing media.

The morning will begin with an overview of using water-based + drawing media + weird stuff together. Exercises explore unconventional tools, mark-making, gestures, contours and organic line, using 'what's in your kit' to discover best/worst mixed media combinations, followed by a demo to show how I layer, build, and nurture expressionism. The upbeat afternoon explores creating an exciting still life to work from, focusing on line, space, texture and colour, with great music to light your creative fire! Expected results will be a minimum of two mixed media works that lead into a final discussion of finding your creative match in plein air/still life, and a demo of editing and framing.



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Expressive Landscapes
Jan
22
to Jan 23

Expressive Landscapes

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 Journey into the magical realms of your imagination! This workshop provides an upbeat atmosphere for intuitive painting and methods for abstracting from nature. Explore photo referencing tricks, composition, unconventional tools and media, brushwork and colour harmonies, acrylic mediums and mixed media experimentation, all to help convey what you see and how you feel about the world around you. 

2-Day Workshop
Wed
. Jan 22 and Thurs. Jan 23 from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Registration opens November 1st, 2019

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Acrylic Confidence
Feb
5
to Feb 6

Acrylic Confidence

Everyone deserves to paint with confidence, and this intensive 2-day workshop provides you with the technical knowledge of acrylic paint and mediums to do just that. Projects explore popular techniques and styles for beautifully completed paintings, while also learning good studio practices for this unique media. By the end, you are guaranteed to understand acrylic basics and feel inspired by the infinite possibilities this modern paint offers! 

2-Day Workshop
Wed Feb 5 and Thurs Feb 6 from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Registration opens November 1st, 2019

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Imaginary Creatures
Feb
26
9:30 AM09:30

Imaginary Creatures

Strengthen your art skills by drawing with imagination! This creative workshop nurtures the art-making process, taking your fantastical ideas and conceptualizing to create unique references for magical creatures using simple and fun drawing media. Benefit from demonstrations and personal guidance to develop your own personal vision and be amazed at what you can create.

1-Day Workshop
Wed. Feb 26 from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Registration opens November 1st, 2019

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Spirit Trees
Feb
27
9:30 AM09:30

Spirit Trees

Develop your observational skills and technical mastery to render extraordinary trees and landscapes with dynamic depth in a classical medium. Complete projects capturing the personality of various tree species, awesome bark and colourful leaves using charcoal and pastel on various surfaces, and explore secrets to referencing photographs, 3D illusions and remarkable details to showcase the unique characteristics and spirit of trees.

1-Day Workshop
Thurs Feb 27 from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Registration opens November 1st, 2019

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Fresh Wilds
Apr
8
to May 27

Fresh Wilds

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  • Google Calendar ICS

Paint looser, bolder, freer and lighter! Push the boundaries of expressive mixed media that explore composition for bouquets and flower portraits in various styles. Have fun learning about colour, value, texture, tools and experimental material combinations while strengthening your observational and conceptual skills to work more intuitively. These classes will be upbeat and liberating, fearlessly wild and philosophical, inspiring your creative courage to bloom.

8-Weeks Wed mornings Apr 8 – May 27, 2020

Registration opens November 1st, 2019

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Acrylic Confidence
Apr
8
to May 27

Acrylic Confidence

 Learn the essential techniques you need to paint confidently with acrylics! Starting out with the anatomy of acrylic paint and mediums, weekly projects explore innovative possibilities of this modern medium, from glazing, colour mixing, textures and a final project study of a modern master. Benefit from demonstrations, critiques and personal guidance for beautifully completed paintings that combine knowledge with the joy of painting.

8-Weeks Wed. Afternoons Apr 8 – May 27, 2020

Registration opens November 1st, 2019

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Painting Wildlife: Acrylic & Mixed Media
Apr
9
to May 28

Painting Wildlife: Acrylic & Mixed Media

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  • Google Calendar ICS

Bring the power and excitement of wildlife to your easel with essential mixed media skills! Paint vivid, lifelike animals and explore combinations of expressive acrylic painting and pastel drawing for realistic fur, feathers and features. Discover how to render proportions and composition, building dimensional form and enhancing your final works with luminous highlights. Benefit from demonstrations and guidance to develop your own personal vision and connect to the ways of the wild!  

8-Weeks Thurs. mornings Apr 9 – May 28, 2020

Registration opens November 1st, 2019

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Creative Courage
Apr
9
to May 28

Creative Courage

Let’s create together! An Open Studio style series of classes that is all about your exclusive creative exploration, supported in a nurturing collaborative environment. Bring your favorite supplies for drawing, mixed media or painting, and choose your own adventure - whether it’s a new project or one you would like support working on. Sharlena will be there to share, guide, advise, inform, commiserate, and celebrate your individuality and freedom of expression.

8-Weeks Thurs afternoons Apr 9 – May 28, 2020

Registration opens November 1st, 2019

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All Things Washi • Magical Landscapes
Oct
20
9:30 AM09:30

All Things Washi • Magical Landscapes

This fun-filled workshop explores acrylic painting combined with washi, and how they work together to create beautiful results. Explore a variety of fine Japanese papers, using the patterns and textures collaged within a whimsical landscape composition on a wooden birch panel, taking mixed media painting to new heights of imagination! All skill levels welcome.

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All Things Washi • Elegant Surfaces
Oct
19
1:00 PM13:00

All Things Washi • Elegant Surfaces

Fall in love with the creative process, developing a free and playful mindset while drawing as you experiment with pencil, ink, and soft pastels on beautiful washi, Japanese hand made paper. Delight in graceful lines, delicate surfaces, and capturing the spirit of nature in a relaxing, healing environment. All skill levels welcome.

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Fearless Drawing
Oct
7
9:00 AM09:00

Fearless Drawing

Fearless Drawing provides the technical confidence required for experimentation, imagination and joy in the creative process. This one dat workshop explores drawing materials, confident mark making, value, shading and proportion using classical and modern techniques useful for still lifes, portraits, animals and landscapes. Benefit from upbeat demonstrations, critiques and personal guidance for ultimate self-expression. Level: Beginners and beyond.

CANCELLED

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Fresh Strokes • Amherst Island Retreat
Aug
18
to Aug 23

Fresh Strokes • Amherst Island Retreat

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  • This Retreat is confirmed with spaces still available •

From the sky, land, water to all the green in between, the beauty of Amherst Island will ignite passion, awe and wonder in every corner of your soul - energizing your life on and off the canvas.

Explore methods of abstracting from nature with conceptual and composition studies, experimental tools, mixed media and acrylic mediums, all to help convey what you see and how you feel about the world around you. Mornings begin with inspirational challenges to exercise your creativity, leading into open studio time for connecting to your intuition, personal interests and authentic style. Benefit from demonstrations, critiques, music to groove you and personal guidance that will inspire confidence, fearlessness and joy in the creative process!

Fresh Strokes - Amherst Art Retreat is a nurturing, liberating experience for all levels of artists.

To Register, email sharlenawood@gmail.com

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Fearless Drawing
Jul
8
to Jul 10

Fearless Drawing

This is not your average drawing class! Fearless Drawing provides the technical confidence required for experimentation, imagination and joy in the creative process. Explore drawing materials, confident mark making, value, shading and proportion using classical and modern techniques for still lifes, portraits, animals and landscapes. Benefit from upbeat demonstrations, critiques and personal guidance for ultimate self-expression. Level: Beginners and beyond.

(Code: CRN: 7088)

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Intuitive Landscapes
Jul
5
to Jul 7

Intuitive Landscapes

Journey into the magical realms in-between realism and abstraction to achieve expressive landscapes. This class provides an upbeat atmosphere for intuitive painting and methods for abstracting from nature. Explore conceptual studies and composition, unconventional tools and media, brushwork and colour harmonies, acrylic mediums and mixed media experimentation, all to help convey what you see and how you feel about the world around you.

(Code: CRN: 7083)

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Acrylic Confidence
Jun
24
to Jun 28

Acrylic Confidence

Discover the essential techniques you need to paint confidently with acrylics! Projects explore colour mixing, expressive brushwork, and the technical basics and possibilities of this modern medium, from glazing and palette knife painting, to creating sculptural textures and using acrylic mediums. Benefit from demonstrations, critiques and personal guidance for beautifully completed paintings that combine knowledge with the joy of painting.

 (Code: CRN: 7079)

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The Intuitive Landscape
Jun
22
10:00 AM10:00

The Intuitive Landscape

Journey into the magical realms in-between realism and abstraction to achieve expressive landscapes. This class provides an upbeat atmosphere for intuitive painting and methods for abstracting from nature. Explore conceptual studies and composition, unconventional tools and media, brushwork and colour harmonies, acrylic mediums and mixed media experimentation, all to help convey what you see and how you feel about the world around you.

SOLD OUT

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Drawing Wild Animals
Jun
12
to Jun 13

Drawing Wild Animals

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  • Google Calendar ICS

Take a walk on the wild side! Create powerful images of inspiring, amazing wild animals as we explore the essentials of drawing media, proportion, value, texture and composition. From fur to feathers, final projects feature personal expression and attention to detail for realistic features, unique markings and capturing personality. 

SOLD OUT

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