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SEPTEMBER

Create Your Own Mandala!  CANCELLED!

A Workshop with Magda Bobula

Sunday, September 10, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Come to the Art Gallery of Bancroft to create your own magical, mystical Mandala!

Workshop Instructor

Magdalena is a local artist hailing from Cardiff. She is an exhibiting artist, steering committee member, and events coordinator at A Place for The Arts in Bancroft.  From 2012 through 2015, Magdalena was a Front Desk Clerk at the Grail Springs Retreat Centre for Wellbeing where she looked after the welfare of the guests, and taught them about the variety of healing programs. She is currently an active volunteer in Bancroft in organizations including Youth in Action, Harvest the North and Satori: Collective Jammin”.  Magdalena graduated from York University in 2014 with a degree in Environmental Studies – Management from York University.

 

Workshop Description

The Mandala Magic!

 

Mandala is a Sanskrit word for “circle”, representing the universe and the search for completeness and self-unity. We will learn how to use this creative ancient tool along with sacred geometry to quiet our mind and explore our inner world.

 

Materials

The materials required for this workshop include:

  • black sharpie
  • crayons, at least 7 colours
  • fabric pieces, at least 7 different ones
  • fabric glue
  • drawing compass and ruler
  • pencil

Students may wish to supply their own materials.  Alternatively, Magdalena will supply the materials for a $5 fee, payable in cash to Magdalena on the day of the Workshop.

 

Workshop Fee and Registration

The cost of this one-day workshop is $65.00, payable by cash or cheque only to the Art Gallery at the time of registration.

 

More Information

Please contact Workshop Coordinator Ingrid Monteith at (613) 334-6965 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Or, contact the Gallery at (613) 332-1542 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 OCTOBER

“Fabulous Funny Funky Fancy Photo Frames!”

A Workshop with Diane Woodward

Sunday, October 15, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Workshop Instructor

Diane Woodward has been making paintings for over 40 years.  She has had over 40 solo exhibitions, including 2 huge shows at The Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa.  She has worked as a Temple Painter in India, the Bahamas and Northern Quebec.  Diane and her painted house have been featured on TV, Steven & Chris, Cottage Cheese and Weird Homes, and twice in Ottawa Interiors Magazine.

Her pictures are enhanced, decorated and celebrated with bespoke frames.  The frames, whether made from scratch or remade & decorated antique frames, are the transitional link between the world and the painted universe.  When a frame is right, the picture turns into a magical object!

“Humans”, Diane's next show opens at The Art Gallery of Bancroft on October 6.  

 

Workshop Description

Come to the AGB for a day of fun and whimsy.  In this workshop, we will frame some of your favorite photographs.  Diane has made mahogany plywood frames, some wild, others not so much.  She will help you pick, paint & decorate your frames to turn your photos into objects of wonder!                                                   

Please bring at least 3 and up to 8 of your favorite 4”x6” photographs.  The number of photos you frame will depend on how complicated & obsessed you get.  It’s good to have a selection! Diane will bring frames, paint & brushes.  If you have decorations you want to use, like jewels or shells, we’ll have the glue.

Hints for choosing your photos:  choose pictures you really like or to which you have a connection.  Pick beautiful, graphically dramatic or monumental, clear pictures.  The frames are for 4”x6” photos, they can be tall or wide.  You don’t have to be the photographer.  We will glue them down and might cut them, so if they are precious, make a copy to use.  Shiny is usually best.

 

This is going to be fun!

 

Materials

A $10 materials fee, payable in cash to Diane on the day of the Workshop, includes a variety of mahogany frames, made by Diane, paints, brushes and glue if needed.

 

Workshop Fee and Registration

The cost of this one-day workshop is $65.00, payable by cash or cheque only to the Art Gallery at the time of registration.

 

More Information

Please contact Workshop Coordinator Ingrid Monteith at (613) 334-6965 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Or, contact the Gallery at (613) 332-1542 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

NOVEMBER #1

“Wave Knitting”

A Workshop with Sandra Glover Clarke

Sunday, November 5, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Workshop Instructor

Just in time for the holidays, create a colourful, individualistic scarf using the wave knitting technique, as taught by Sandra Clarke.  Sandra was born in a vibrant Montreal west-end neighbourhood called Griffintown in 1964 to a robust Celtic family. Surrounded by natural story-tellers, writers, artists, and crafters woven together with hard working blue and white collars influenced Sandra’s early artistic studies of traditional arts and hand crafts.  With further education in Montreal, New York, Vancouver, and Toronto in visual arts, writing, and business, Sandra has developed into a successful artist and art teacher.  Sandra divides her time between her home in Mississauga, Ontario and her cottage-in-the-wood in Highlands East, Ontario.

Workshop Description

Wave Knitting uses contemporary and traditional techniques to create movement in knitted fabric.  All knitting levels are welcome.  If you have never knitted before, however, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for basic knitting tutorials prior to the workshop.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • Fundamental Wave Knitting techniques
  • How to read a Wave Knitting pattern and chart
  • Create the York River wrap using Wave Knitting techniques.

  

The York River Wrap is a design inspired by the York River as it drifts through Bancroft, Ontario.

 

Materials

At the Workshop, you will be provided with all materials, including:

  • York River Wave Knitting Wrap Pattern, written and chart;
  • Yarn; and
  • Circular knitting needles

 

Workshop Fee and Registration

The cost of this one-day workshop is $65.00, payable to the Art Gallery at the time of registration.  A $20 materials fee is payable in cash to Sandra on the day of the Workshop.

 

More Information

Please contact Workshop Coordinator Ingrid Monteith at (613) 334-6965 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Or, contact the Gallery at (613) 332-1542 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  You can reach Sandra by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by
Cell + Text: 416-993-9718.

 

NOVEMBER #2

“Raising Your Colour IQ”

A Workshop with Christopher Crosgrey

Sunday, November 12, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 [Back-up Date Sunday, November 19, 2017]

Please Note: a minimum of five students is required for the Workshop to be held

 

The Art Gallery of Bancroft is excited to offer a comprehensive one-day workshop with acclaimed artist and instructor Christopher Crosgrey of Bracebridge, ON.

 

Workshop Instructor

Chris’s background as an art educator includes over thirty years of teaching on the secondary level, spearheading art programmes in two B.C. high schools.  He has taught adult workshops on drawing, painting, and colour through Fraser Valley College (B.C.) and has also presented a two-day Colour and Painting workshop through Muskoka Arts and Crafts.  He has spent several dozen hours providing individual instruction, mostly mentoring a western Canadian artist of note.

Chris was formerly an Active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, and consistently had his work accepted into FCA juried shows in Vancouver in the 1990’s. During this time, he also had a successful two-man show at Toronto’s Arcadia Gallery.  Recently he has had work accepted into The Franklin Carmichael National Juried Landscape Exhibit (twice), The Blue Mountain Fine Arts Juried Show, and The Art Gallery of Bancroft’s 2017 Juried Show.  Chris has won Honourable Mention Awards from The Federation of Canadian Artists and The Art Gallery of Bancroft.

At the 2015 Muskoka Arts And Crafts Spring Members’ Show, he was awarded the Muskoka Conservancy Award and the Ruth Upjohn Memorial Award for “Best in Show”.  He is represented by The Algonquin Art Centre (Algonquin Park), The Framing Place & Gallery (Huntsville), and The Dabbling Duck Gallery (Port Carling).

 

Artist’s Statement

“My paintings deal with northern and cottage country themes, and explore the interplay of light and shadow throughout the seasons.  They’re generally loosely rendered with brushwork and colour emphasized over detail.  I paint on a modest scale to create landscapes that have a sense of intimacy and poetry about them.”

 

Workshop Description

This hands-on workshop is for beginning and intermediate painters working in acrylic or oil.  It is intended to develop basic, practical colour mixing skills and to help students avoid the typical pitfalls of colour.  The goal is to advance students towards “a WORKING knowledge of colour”, whatever their artistic concerns, e.g. realism, abstraction, etc.

This wide-ranging and informative workshop will cover several topics, including:

Content:

  • systematically mixing colours found in nature and/or photos
  • making colour charts for future reference (“how do I make that colour again?’)
  • “The Problem of Green”: making more natural-looking, appealing greens that harmonize with each other and the rest of the painting
  • avoiding colour that’s a) chalky b) muddy and/or c) unrelated/raw (“fruit salad disease”)
  • colour contrast and colour harmony (through simple, “restricted” palettes)
  • truly vibrant (i.e. vibrational) colour through the interaction of warm and cool
  • colour and/or value sequences (“bending the colour note”)
  • colour as a three-part concept (hue, value, intensity) - basic tonal plans
  • adjusting or avoiding white & black for effective lightening & darkening of colours
  • the importance of “neutrals” (black, white, and gray) and “coloured grays”
  • tints, tones, and shades of pure colours
  • *(Time Permitting): -the powerful yet seldom taught “Uniform Chroma Scale”, or “Shadow Series”, attributed to Leonardo da Vinci
  • this “colour-mixing engine” takes thought and practice to master but yields huge dividends: 1) perhaps the most beautiful colour harmony of all; 2) lays the proper foundation for convincing light and shadow; and 3) eliminates chalky colour.

“Troubleshooting”

 Among other handouts, participants will receive a diagnostic checklist “What To Look For When A Painting In Progress Goes Off The Tracks”.

“Library Time”

I’ll bring in and briefly talk about my five art instruction “Bibles”. Written between 1929 and 1961, these are mostly legendary (yet affordable) art instruction classics that have stood the test of time.  They have drawn comments such as, “Why did I even bother with art college? All I needed to become a painter was a copy of this book”.  I’ll also bring in three valuable contemporary books, including one that’s simple yet great for beginners.  Your library can also bring in certain titles.

“Not to be critical, but …”

  If they wish, participants may bring in one of their own paintings for a friendly (but brief) “colour critique” over the lunch break.

“The Workshop Gallery”

  I’ll have on hand one or more professional-level paintings to represent these genres: landscape, wildlife, still-life, interiors, portraiture, abstraction, and semi-abstraction.  I’ll be cross-referencing the colour exercises we’re engaged in with effects found in these paintings, both to reinforce the concept at hand and to see its usage in an actual work of art.

This workshop will be a valuable lead-in to the Workshop “Painting Winter” that Christopher will be instructing at the AGB in 2018 (date to be determined).

 

Materials

Items Common to All Participants:

  • paper towel (blue “shop” variety from Canadian Tire is best) and plastic waste bag
  • a not-too-small palette surface to mix on (disposable paper pad variety works well)
  • a palette knife or mixing knife
  • some bristle brushes (#4 or larger, either long or short bristles)
  • a pencil, ruler, eraser, pen, and notepad
  • surfaces to work on will be supplied (i.e. are covered by the $5.00 materials’ fee)

Beginners (those without supplies)

It might be best to borrow paints as far as possible (in advance of the workshop or if needed, from me at the workshop).  Any black, any white (large is better), and a fairly standard version of yellow, red, and blue will suffice.  Having the workshop under your belt should remove most of the guesswork and some of the cost when you eventually do purchase paints.  After the workshop, you may even consider pursuing water-soluble oil paint, my medium of choice.  (No turpentine, just soap & water for clean-up).

Non–Beginners, Intermediates (i.e. those with supplies)

Except for painting surfaces and easels, within reason bring your usual materials (i.e. your typically used paints, medium, retarder, etc.).  Oil painters are asked to also bring whatever acrylic paints they may already own, if any.

N.B.  Oil painters should not bring turpentine, solvents, or mineral spirits.  Linseed oil is fine for a “rough” brush clean up and I’ll bring plenty.

 

Workshop Fee and Registration

The cost of this one-day workshop is $65.00, payable by cash or cheque only to the Art Gallery at the time of registration.  A materials fee of $5 is payable in cash to Christopher on the day of the Workshop.

 

More Information

Please contact Workshop Coordinator Ingrid Monteith at (613) 334-6965 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Or, contact the Gallery at (613) 332-1542 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Contact Details

Art Gallery of Bancroft
10 Flint Avenue
P.O. Box 398
Bancroft, Ontario
K0L 1C0

Phone: (613) 332-1542
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