ArteMbassy Spring Workshops 2019


Art in Boxes

Joseph Cornell


with artist Kal Honey

Friday, April 12th 10AM – 4PM
Cost $165 + HST – Registration

Ever since Joseph Cornell made his exquisite art in boxes in the 40s and 50s, putting collections of interesting objects into customized boxes has been a vital part of art-making for artists of all stripes. Whether to tell a story, create a shrine, show a collection, pique our curiosity or make us laugh — you can do it visually — in boxes! Kicking off with inspiring examples of artist’s boxes, we’ll then dive into making your very own based on your themes and interests. From box and contents selection to optimizing composition, right down to the attachment prosaics — we’ll cover everything you need to create your own fascinating boxed art. Come spend the day thinking inside the box! 

Joe Fleming, 2017, Traffic Jam in the Forest Commission


with artist Joe Fleming

Tuesday, May 7th
10AM – 4PM

Cost: $165 + HST – Registration

As a one day intensive we will look at various ways of challenging our perspectives on seeing and finding subject matter that informs our paintings. Looking at a wide range of contemporary artists recognized for their unique styles, we will learn how to add dialogue to our practice and broaden our personal painting vocabulary. Group and individual attention offers students a better understanding of their own painterly discipline and the genre they fit into. There will be an emphasis on production rather than completion and an informative critique will complete the day.

Pieter Breugel - Children's Games

Pieter Breugel – Children’s Games


An Illustrated Talk & Painting Demonstration

with Leslie Savage M. Ed & artist Martha Johnson

Wednesday, May 8th
10AM – 1:00PM

Cost: $50 + HST – Registration

The morning starts with an interactive presentation about the history of childhood and how children have been represented in paintings from medieval to post-modern times presented by Leslie Savage. The morning continues with a painting and drawing demonstration by artist Martha Johnson – a demonstration focused on critical aspects of representing children in art.

A full one day drawing and painting workshop on Wednesday, May 15th will encourage participants to move towards a personal vision of their own paintings of children.

WORKSHOP with Martha Johnson

Wednesday, May 15th
Cost $165 + HST + Model Fee – Registration

From infants to teenagers, drawing and painting children can present artists with brand new challenges.  In this one -day workshop the morning session will be spent with quick fresh gesture drawings. Observation in drawing and painting is key to visually representing the stages of childhood. The afternoon will have a gentle take on bringing colour into finished studies from reference. This workshop encourages participants to bring their own goals and experience to figures of children as they work to extend their knowledge and practice in painting.