Throughout the year, we host a variety of workshops that inspire and encourage people to explore their own creativity. The workshops are fun, informative and educational.

Workshops are currently available in the following subjects.
Check back frequently as new workshops are always being added. 

If you would like to teach a workshop at the Chapel Gallery, please download the 
Workshop Application Information.

Cancellation Policies

No refunds are issued to students who cancel after the registration deadline has passed. A full refund is issued should Muskoka Arts & Crafts cancel the workshop. Should inclement weather result in the cancellation of all or part of a workshop, students will be called a day in advance or a minimum of three hours prior to the workshop. The timing of the notification depends on the day and time of the workshop. Any workshop cancelled due to weather, will be rescheduled as soon a possible. 

 

Photographing Moving Water

Instructor: Andy Zeltkalns
Date: Saturday, March 30 & Wednesday, April 3

Time:
March 30, 9am-12noon & April 3, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Location:
Chapel Gallery, 15 King Street, Bracebridge, ON P1L 1H4. Outdoor location TBA
Experience:
A basic understanding of your camera and how to use f-stops, shutter speeds and ISO. 
Cost: Members -
$90.40 ($80 + $10.40 HST); Non-Members - $108.48 ($96 + $12.48 HST)
Material Cost: None
Material List:
A camera with a fully charged battery and a memory card with lots of space, a standard zoom lens and any other lenses you may wish to bring and a tripod  

Andy’s outdoor photography workshops are designed to help you apply your photography skills in an outdoor setting and introduce you to a variety of new techniques that will allow you to create awesome photographs. As well, these workshops will hopefully stimulate your creativity and encourage you to explore different rules of composition that can add interest and artistic flair to your photography.  

The first part of this workshop takes place outdoors. There will be a quick review of shutter speeds, f-stops, and ISO. You will learn how to use the manual priority mode to give you more control over your photography, creative use of depth of field and using the shutter speed to capture different types of water motion, composition tips and making the best use of available light.  

The second part of this workshop takes place indoors. It’s a chance to get together a few days later and share some of your best photographs from the outdoor session. This will also be an opportunity for you to get some feedback on your photographs and receive tips for further editing if needed.  

During the course, Andy will try to address individual needs and help you with any photographic challenges you may want to explore.  

This workshop takes place rain, snow or shine so please dress appropriately for being outdoors for three hours. Please Note: Some hiking and physical activity will be involved.

To register contact Muskoka Arts & Crafts at 705-645-5501 or info@muskokaartsandcrafts.com

Discover Graphite
Instructor: Nola McConnan
Date: Wednesday, March 27 & Thursday, March 28, 2019
Time: 9am-3pm
Location: The Chapel Gallery, 15 King Street, Bracebridge
Experience: Beginner to Intermediate 
Cost: Members - $131.25 ($125 + $16.25 HST); Non-Members Fee - $169.50 ($150 + $19.50 HST)
Material Cost:
None
Material List: Provided upon registration

Drawing in graphite provides all artists with the best foundation for all the other fine art mediums. It is portable, expressive, meditative and endlessly adaptable. In this two-day workshop, you will learn how to make this tool work for you. Using plain graphite and paper, you will learn to express yourself sketching any subject. You will be taught how to make sketches of landscapes, flowers and animals come alive with tone and texture. Refresh yourself with a series of exercises that will open up your imagination to new possibilities.

To register contact Muskoka Arts & Crafts at 705-645-5501 or info@muskokaartsandcrafts.com

Learn How to Make a Felted Poncho
Instructor:
Elena Pozdeeva
Date:
 Saturday, April 13 & Sunday, April 14, 2019  
Time
: Saturday, 12pm-4pm & Sunday, 12pm-5pm
Location: The Chapel Gallery, 15 King Street, Bracebridge
Experience: Intermediate to Advanced
Cost:
Members - $192.10 ($170 + $22.10 HST). Non-Members - $230.52 ($204 + $26.52 HST). 
Material Fee:
$45 (payable to the instructor on the day of the workshop)

In this two-day workshop, students will create their own beautiful felted poncho using merino wools and decorative fibres (raw silk, bamboo, banana viscose, hemp and linen). On the first day, the students will learn how to calculate shrinkage, how to make a pattern, layering techniques and decoration basics. The students will also build the right form on which to shape the poncho. The second day will comprise of building the second side to create a seamless join, as well as learning how to edge their creation. Students should have some felting experience and knowledge.

To register contact Muskoka Arts & Crafts at 705-645-5501 or info@muskokaartsandcrafts.com 

Watercolour with Wool
Instructor:
Pam Carnochan
Date:
 Wednesday, April 17, 2019  
Time
: 2pm-4pm 
Location: The Chapel Gallery, 15 King Street, Bracebridge
Experience: No experience necessary
Cost:
Members - $45.20 ($40 + $5.20 HST). Non-Members - $50.85 ($45 + $5.85 HST). 
Material Fee:
$10 (payable to the instructor on the day of the workshop)

In this two-hour fun filled afternoon, students will be given a step by step guide to creating a beautiful watercolour with wool piece of art, that they get to take home.

To register contact Muskoka Arts & Crafts at 705-645-5501 or info@muskokaartsandcrafts.com 

SOLD OUT
Waiting List Available

Brush it Bold 
Instructor: Sheila Davis
Date: Saturday, April 27-Sunday, April 28
Time: 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Gagnon's Independent Grocery, upstairs in the Community Room, 270 Wellington Street, Bracebridge
Experience: Intermediate to Advanced
Cost: Members - $226 ($200 + $26 HST). Non-Members - $271 ($240 + $31.20 HST)
Material Cost:
None
Material List: Available upon registration  

This course will start with a brief talk about subject – muse and inspiration, how to see it and how to bring that forward in your work. You will learn about the definition of good composition, value, colour and line. The instructor will explain the palette, surface and the set up she uses and why. Over the course of the day, the instructor will paint in stages, allowing the class working time in-between. She will demonstrate her value sketch (on the surface), then blocking in the colour and working up the subject. Day 2 will be finessing values, colour and details, adding those little marks that make a painting sing. You will also learn about varnishing, storing and presenting your work. If time allows, there will be a class critique and/or a discussion on promotion and social media.

To register contact Muskoka Arts & Crafts at 705-645-5501 or info@muskokaartsandcrafts.com

Creating Found-Word Art  
Instructor:
Paula Boon
Date:
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Time: 10am-12:30pm
Location: The Chapel Gallery, 15 King Street, Bracebridge, ON P1L 1H4
Experience: Beginner to Intermediate
Cost: Members - $56.50 ($50 +$6.50 HST); Non-Members - $67.80 ($60 +$7.80 HST)

Material Fee:
None  

Material List:
Available upon registration

In this workshop, participants will experience the playfulness, freedom, and meditative quality of letting words find them, creating one or more ‘cut-up poetry’ collages and leaving with suggestions and inspiration for further exploration. Participants will learn strategies and processes for creating found-word art by harvesting phrases from newspapers and magazines and then pairing them with paper that delights them, images that catch their fancy or natural treasures like leaves or stones. No experience is necessary to take part. In fact, this is the perfect workshop for people who enjoy words and/or art, but don’t feel artistically inclined.  

To register contact Muskoka Arts & Crafts at 705-645-5501 or info@muskokaartsandcrafts.com

Quiltscaping
Instructor:
Terri Howell & Mary Spring
Date:
 Thursday, May 9, 2019   
Time
: 9:30am-4pm
Location: The Chapel Gallery, 15 King Street, Bracebridge
Experience: Beginner to Intermediate
Cost:
Members - $94.92 ($84 + $10.92 HST). Non-Members - $113 ($100 + $13 HST). 
Material Fee:
$30 (payable to the instructor on the day of the workshop)

In this one-day workshop, the instructors will walk the participants through the design and sewing process of creating a quilted landscape to take home. Participants will first design and then select fabrics to carry out the construction of their landscape, using a quilt-as-you-go technique. Students will learn simple quilting techniques and finally, how to bind and finish their product. No prior sewing skills are required.

To register contact Muskoka Arts & Crafts at 705-645-5501 or info@muskokaartsandcrafts.com 

Mosaics 
Instructor:
Annette Blady-Van Mil
Date:
 Monday, May 27 to Friday, May 31, 2019   
Time
: 9:30am-4pm
Location: Gagnon’s Independent Grocery – upstairs in the community room, 270 Wellington St, Bracebridge, Ontario, P1L 1B9
Experience: Beginner to Intermediate
Cost:
Members - $447.48 ($393 + $51.48 HST). Non-Members - $536.75 ($475 + $61.75 HST). 
Material Fee:
$20 (for mirror base and hardware)
Material List: 
Available upon registration

Discover the unusual, creative, innovative and fun world of mosaics. Gain an appreciation of the history and techniques. By blending traditional and modern techniques, create some amazing works of art. Basic techniques will be taught through hands on demonstrations. Turn your broken tiles, chipped china, cracked pots, smashed glass, old buttons and mirrors into masterpieces. Make the ordinary extraordinary.

To register contact Muskoka Arts & Crafts at 705-645-5501 or info@muskokaartsandcrafts.com 

Preparing for En Plein Air 
Instructor:
Brian Buckrell 
Date:
  Thursday, June 13-Saturday, June 15 
Time
: 9am-4pm
Location: The Chapel Gallery, 15 King Street, Bracebridge
Experience: Beginner (with experience in their medium) to Intermediate
Cost:
  Members - $318.66 ($282 + $36.66 HST). Non-Members -$381.94 ($338 + $43.94 HST)   
Material Fee:
None
Material List: 
Available upon registration

Join award-winning British Columbia artist Brian Buckrell in this three-day en plein air workshop that is suitable for beginner and intermediate level painters with experience working in acrylic and oil. The demonstrations will be done in acrylic. For the first day, student will work together indoors. You will review fundamentals and approaches to planning for strong composition and will work together from supplied reference material. This will prepare you to better handle the two outdoor days with confidence and enjoyment.  

Painting on location is enjoyable but difficult. The painter is faced with many choices from a vast amount of visual information, changing conditions and limited time. Experienced en plein air artists have an approach to planning their composition before they paint. Time spent planning can speed the painting process and increases the chance of a successful painting/sketch and make the day enjoyable. Please note that not all locations are accessible. 

To register contact Muskoka Arts & Crafts at 705-645-5501 or info@muskokaartsandcrafts.com 

Shabby Chic - Chalk & Milk Paint, Waxes, Washes & Glazes 
Instructor:
Margot Miller 
Date:
 Saturday, June 22 & Sunday, June 23, 2019  
Time
: 9:30am-4pm
Location: The Chapel Gallery, 15 King Street, Bracebridge
Experience: All levels
Cost: Members -
 $169.50 ($150 + $19.50 HST); Non-Member - $203.40 ($180 + $23.40 HST)
Material Fee:
$10 (payable to the instructor on the first day of the workshop - exact change only.
Material List: 
Available upon registration

Do you have an old piece of furniture tucked away in the corner of the cottage, boathouse or garage? Bring new life to that piece of furniture or home accessory using some of the newest and trendiest paints on the market. Let cottage style and lake landscapes inspire your creative explorations. Experiment with leaf prints, faux finishes, hand painting, fish and animal motifs, resists and finishing techniques. You will learn the tips and tricks of glazing for that sun soaked yellows of Provence and Tuscany feel, the cool white washes of shabby chic or the tea stained battered look of vintage charm with birch bark as an accessory. Chalk paints, milk paints and some of the new acrylics give a beautiful velvety finish and can be painted over old wood, metal and plastic. Bring a piece of furniture and turn it into a work of art. Old furniture and accessories usually do not have to be stripped or under painted.

To register contact Muskoka Arts & Crafts at 705-645-5501 or info@muskokaartsandcrafts.com 

Learning to Paint with Oil & Cold Wax
Instructor:
Pat Whittle
Date:
  Saturday, September 28, 2019   
Time
: 10am-3pm
Location: The Chapel Gallery, 15 King Street, Bracebridge
Experience: Beginner to Intermediate
Cost:
Members - $79.10 ($70 + $9.10 HST). Non-Members - $96.05 ($85 + $11.05 HST). 
Material Fee:
$20 (payable to the instructor on the day of the workshop)

In this 5-hour workshop, students will learn how to mix the cold wax and oils and apply to the surface. They will use several new style tools and will concentrate on mark making. Once the students are introduced to this new medium, they will create a painting of their own to take home. This workshop is designed to familiarize the students with this medium and show them the possibilities they can achieve with it.

To register contact Muskoka Arts & Crafts at 705-645-5501 or info@muskokaartsandcrafts.com 

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