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 8 online sessions.

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.

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

Memoirs of a Lifetime

This creative writing workshop will allow seniors to remember, reimagine and celebrate their most precious memories. The morning will begin with a fun exercise that gives each participant an opportunity to share something creatively with the group.
From here, 10 questions will be asked one at a time, for each participant to reflect on and 10 minutes will be given to write, draw, paint or make a response to that question. Soft music will be played to inspire thoughts.
At the end of the workshop, each individual will share the responses they feel comfortable doing, with the group.
Memoirs of a Lifetime is a chance to remember the amazing journey each of us have taken in our lives so far and celebrate all the amazing stories that make each of our lives rich with magic moments.

October 24, 10:30-1

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This workshop is funded by Ontario Arts Council

Tree of Strength

Tall and steady, shedding and renewing with the change of seasons, enduring and growing – Trees are an excellent metaphor to describe the resilience of the human self. As many of us face feelings of loneliness, anxiety, and fear in these recent times, we may have trouble remembering or drawing upon the strengths we possess that often carry us through difficult times. Join facilitator Zahra Halfal to pause, breathe, and turn inwards to channel our creative flow in this visual art exercise to honor and remind us of the goodness and strength within us.

September 12, 10:30-1

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This workshop is funded by Ontario Arts Council

Character Design Tutorials by Graphic Designer, Huzaifa

View a 13 Character Design Series focused on basic fundamentals and drawing theory. Each video will help break down common drawing barriers and allow beginners and newcomers to use simple tools and ideas to communicate their amazing ideas onto a blank canvas. Whether you want to be a professional artist one day or design as a hobby, this series is for you.

These tutorials are funded by Art Reach and Toronto Arts Council.