Creative Arts Classes


Explore Creative Writing

This workshop-style course gives you a chance to try out several types of writing: articles, stories, poetry, drama, etc. The activities are designed for enjoyable participation and for the development of skills in writing dialogue, descriptions, about characters and settings. Instruction will also include tips on creating plots, choosing points of view and working with different structures. You will be encouraged to develop your own ideas and to discover your own creativity. Have fun finding out how to shape your story/poem/play and get it ready to send to a publisher. No class Feb 17.

Instructor: Dianne Maguire

Mon Apr 20-Jun 15 7:00-9:00pm
272261 $143/8 sess

Meeting Room 2

Exposed Stitch Hand Bound Book

Learn traditional bookbinding techniques to stitch together a beautiful hand bound book. Using mat board, decorative papers, and acid-free paper, participants will measure, score, size paper, miter corners and bind the book’s pages and cover using a decorative stitch that is visible at the spine. When open, this unique method of binding allows the pages to lie flat. This binding technique is particularly suitable for those who write and sketch. Instructions are given on how to make traditional bookbinding paste that is archival and non-toxic, and on techniques to make bookbinding cloth. Please bring a metal ruler, utility knife, foam brush, pencil, and eraser to class (also a bone folder and self-healing mat if you have them).

Instructor: Jo Ann Kronquist

Sat May 16 10:00am-4:00pm
273460 $69/1 sess

Barclay Room

Storytelling from Prompts

Do you love a good story? But you haven’t good idea that would start you writing one? Are you a writer who has run dry? This is the all-day workshop for you. Dianne Maguire brings a range of ideas and prompts to get you started telling interesting stories. This workshop covers finding suitable prompts, brainstorming the possibilities, and developing the plots for stories and novels. Only an ability to imagine, pen and paper or a laptop are required. Bringing your lunch for the midday break would be a good idea, too. By the end of the day, you will have several ideas you’ve started to form into stories, on the page or in your head.

Instructor: Dianne Maguire

Sat May 23 10:00am-4:00pm
272262 $69/1 sess

Meeting Room 1

Photography Basics In One Day

Photography Basics In One Day
Learn the basic and most important settings on your digital or film camera including: exposure modes, aperture, shutter speed, depth-of-field, white balance, flash, and ISO. This one-day class includes a comprehensive set of class notes and a field trip in the neighbourhood. Please bring camera with instruction manual. Please note: course is best suited for digital or film cameras with manual exposure control.

Instructor: Jo Ann Kronquist

Sat Jun 20 10:00am-4:00pm
273459 $69/1 sess

Barclay Room

Darkroom: Introduction to the Basics

This six week course is designed to take students through the process of developing film and making traditional wet printsfrom negatives using black and white photographic materials. It is an introductory course, enabling the student to grasp the fundamentals of processing, chemicals, darkroom safety and enlarging. Over the six weeks you will develop two rolls of film, make a contact sheet and create quality silver gelatin prints. The course requires additional materials, which will cost between $50-$100. A list will be provided at the beginning of your first class. You will also need to have a working film camera and an exposed roll of black and white film (excluding Ilford XP2) in either 35mm or 120 format for the first day of class. Please make sure to test the camera you are planning to use.

Instructor: Bill Laidley

Sat Apr 18-May 23 10:00am-1:00pm
272812 $255/6 sess
Sat May 30-Jun 27 10:00am-1:00pm
272813 $212.50/5 sess

Dark Room

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