iFEED project stands for Find the Energy Every Day. It is a canvas painting project led by Connie Tong, an Open Studio participant. It encourages participants to engage in discussions of resiliency, empowerment and healing. Especially living through the pandemic, this project uses visual arts as a vehicle to express their motivation to find the light at the end of the tunnel and hopefully inspire others to gain a better perspective and wellbeing coping through the pandemic.
Participants will develop skills in creative thinking and exploration of the chosen medium. Through guided instructions, the program will result in a finished project at the end of the session.
iFEED project is a City of Toronto Arts and Culture SPARK project and participants who contribute to this project will have a chance to display their work in a public setting and online. Participants can learn more about the project scope at www.healthylivingart.ca
All you need to participate is a canvas, paint, and paintbrushes, which they can procure at Dollar Store, Walmart, or local craft store.
The workshop will take place virtually on June 25th, from 9:30 am – 12 pm.
Tasneem Dairywala will host a conversation on Islamophobia and other types of stereotyping and discrimination that lead to attacks such as the one in London, ON. The latter part of the workshop will include creating artworks based on the group discussion.
The workshop will take place virtually on June 11th, from 9:30 am – 12 pm.
You can (and should!) be a writer – write as often as it suits you and about whatever you desire. But when you’ve written something you feel good about sharing with the world, what happens next? This workshop will cover a variety of ways people achieve publishing credits in the book and magazine industry, including agents, queries, pitches, building a profile, an insider view of the publishing industry and what editors are looking for, with time for Q&A.
S. Bear Bergman is an author, storyteller, educator and the founder and publisher of children’s book publisher Flamingo Rampant, which makes feminist, culturally-diverse children’s picture books celebrating LGBT2Q+ kids and families. He writes creative non-fiction for grown ups, fiction for children, resolutely factual features for various outlets, the advice column Asking Bear, and was the co-editor (along with Kate Bornstein) of Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation. These days he spends most of his time making trans cultural competency interventions any way he can and trying to avoid stepping on Lego. His ninth book is SPECIAL TOPICS IN BEING A HUMAN, forthcoming from Arsenal Pulp in the fall of 2021
The workshop will take place virtually on June 4th, from 9:30 am – 12 pm.
A mosaic is a pattern or image made of small regular or irregular pieces of coloured stone, glass or ceramic, held in place by plaster / mortar, covering a surface.
Rashida, a long-time Open Studio participant, will present examples of a variety of mosaics, and then lead participants to come up with spontaneous ideas, images and patterns to create their own unique artwork.
– Paper, wood, canvas or any other surface to create a mosaic on
– Construction paper, origami, images from magazines, felt, or any materials that can be cut or torn to create a mosaic.
– Glass, tiles or stones, if available
If you don’t have any materials at home, you can find them at any 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 April 10th from 10:30 – 1.
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.
‘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)
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.
A jar of water
Black felt pen
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.