101 Embroidery

Free online embroidery workshop for absolute beginners
Saturday March 20, 2021 | 10:30am-12pm

Curious about embroidery? Join us for a free online embroidery workshop for absolute beginners on Saturday March 20, 2021 from 10:30am-12pm.

In this session, textile artist Cecília Garcia will discuss some of her favourite materials, embroidery stitches, her artistic practice, and how nature inspires her textile work. Join with your embroidery supplies to stitch along (optional) or just sit back and listen to learn more about embroidery.

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All Around Us

Program Overview

‘All Around Us’ is a community-engaged textile art program that will work with 10 self-identified women ages 16+ in the Thorncliffe Park community to learn textile art and embroidery techniques over 8 sessions, culminating in the creation of a collective art piece to be installed at the Toronto Public Library, Thorncliffe Branch in the summer of 2021. The program will use nature as a central theme and encourage participants to explore their own relations with nature while learning and collaborating in a small group environment. 

The program will be delivered as 6 online and 2 outdoor in-person sessions, dependent on public health restrictions and the preferences of participants. All outdoor sessions will observe strict social distancing and safety protocols, and participants will be consulted on their comfort level attending outdoor sessions in advance. Outdoor sessions may shift to online delivery if necessary.

Materials Fee: $60 provided for purchasing art materials

Honorarium: $100 for participation (must attend a minimum of 6 sessions and contribute to the final collective art piece to receive honorarium) 

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Watercolour Workshop

This beginners’ painting class will enable participants to paint with watercolours confidently.  During the workshops, participants will learn different painting techniques using water, watercolour pencils and/or watercolour paints. The workshop will be led by a long-time Open Studio participant, Zeni Shariff.
Supplies needed:
Paper towels
A jar of water
Watercolour paints
Watercolour sketchpad
Black felt pen
Watercolour brushes
Images to inspire your paintings
All of these materials can be found at Dollarama and Dollar Tree. These stores are open during the lockdown. Please call ahead to ensure the store you plan to visit has the supplies you want.
The workshop will take place virtually on February 27th, 10:30 – 1.

To register, email Tasneem@artignite.ca

This workshop is funded by Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council

Open Studio

Our Open Studio program is designed to give you space to practice your art form and discover new ones within a supportive group environment. The program is a combination of workshops in which you work on your own projects and workshops that are more structured and led by Tasneem Dairywala, a professional artist, along with other guest artists and facilitators.
The program runs virtually on Saturdays from 10:30-1.

To register, email Tasneem@artignite.ca

This workshop is funded by Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council