Classes

All classes must be scheduled in advanced unless otherwise noted. Please call us at 416-707-7574 or email us at art@karma-creative.ca to book a time.

 

 

Encaustic


Weekly Encaustic Class

Wednesdays @ 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Join us weekly for this engaging class with Maggie Doswell where the focus is on your development as an encaustic artist. A variety of techniques will be demonstrated and you will work to complete individual works or works in series. The class will begin with a 30 minutes interactive lecture or demonstration and the students will set the tone for each week’s learning by indicating how much assistance they require. In other words, independent workers can enjoy their own working practice and those who need more assistance will receive focused attention. A truly amazing class designed to transition your own work to a new level of mastery.

Prerequisite: Encaustic One-Day Basic Workshop 

Cost: $198.50 + HST for 4 classes


 

One Day Basic Encaustic Workshop

Fridays @ 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

A great introduction to encaustic painting aimed at teaching the basics of the medium and providing you with the foundations to begin your encaustic painting journey. Maggie Doswell, a highly skilled and knowledgable R&F trained encaustic instructor, will guide you every step of the way. Begin by learning what equipment and materials are necessary to paint in encaustic, then work through “priming” the painting surface and applying colour. Many additional techniques will also be demonstrated throughout the day. A very full day jam-packed with learning for the beginner wanting to be introduced to the world of encaustic painting.

Cost: $149.50 + $25 material fee + HST


 

One Day Advanced Encaustic Workshop

Saturdays @ 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The one day advanced workshop is a great option for improving on your basic encaustic skills. The day is focused on your learning and you are encouraged ask for specific demonstrations. As Karma Creative is a fully equipped encaustic studio, we have an abundance of equipment and supplies at our fingertips and are able to modify the advanced workshop to truly suit your needs. We also offer customized training days that focus specifically on what you want to learn.

Prerequisite: Encaustic One-Day Basic Workshop 

Cost: $149.50 + $25 material fee + HST


Encaustic – Working Large

July 10 – 11 & August 9 – 10

A review of composition specifically for working on a large format provided in two 1-day parts.

Encaustic – Working Large Part I

Begin with a discussion of the theoretical content about painting on a large format (over 24″ x24″). This will be followed and supplemented by a review of contemporary artists who work large in different styles. Then participants will learn how to prepare and prime their larger substrates and they will create their compositions. At the end of day Part I, participants will have the working armature for their large work and will have received demos on use of heat on a large surface.

Encaustic – Working Large Part II

Participants will begin to explore mark-making; scraping; and development of contrast and focal areas in their works from Part I. This is a working day where the instructor will provide one-to-one coaching to each participant. Previous Day 1 demos will be repeated if required, and new demos on finishing details will also be given. Each participant will leave with a completed large-scale work.

Cost: $299 + $50 material fee + HST


 

Drawing


 

4-Day Intensive Workshop

June 16 – 19; July 21 – 24; August 11 – 14 @ 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Learn how to draw in a week! Working under the expert guidance of Maggie Doswell you will be guided to see what you are drawing. This 4-day course will teach you how to draw by using your cognitive skills, and will radically increase your drawing skill level. You will work through a structured series of drawing exercises in a variety of media to develop the skill and expertise to draw with confidence.

*half day is available

Cost: $395 + HST


 

Intermediate Drawing Skills (3-Day Workshop)

July 15 – 17 @ 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

You’ve mastered the basics — now you can focus on developing your skills. You will work with your instructor to set new goals and work on exercises and drawings specifically selected to help you meet them.

Cost: $295 + HST


 

Advanced Figure Drawing (3-Day Workshop)

July 29 – 31 @ 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Figure drawing is always an excellent basis for all drawing. This three-day program will give you a chance to explore the figure using a variety of different methods.

*half day is available

Cost: $295 + HST


 

Resin


Prep, Practice, Pour – Basic Resin (2-Day Workshop)

Scheduled at your convenience

Take a walk on the wild side and learn how to polyresin. Polyresin is a thick, ultra-shiny, transparent surface that makes paintings really pop.  The technique for surfacing your paintings with polyresin is skillfully taught by our in-house teacher architect Karen Chisvin. She will lead you through all the principles that will make your resin pour successful. In this course you will construct two 12”x12” pieces that reflect your own personal style.

Materials provided.

Cost: $199 + $50 material fee + HST


 

Advanced Resin Technique (2-Day Workshop)

Scheduled at your convenience

This advanced course is excellent for photographers and artists with experience in resin. Your personalized workshop can be focused on applying resin to photo, acrylic abstract, or large works. Our in-house teacher, architect Karen Chisvin, will lead you through the specific complications associated with your area of focus.  At the end of your two days together, you will be amazed by your work.

Please note that Students will be required to do some prep work prior to the course.

Prerequisite: Basic Resin Workshop

Cost: $199 + $50 material fee + HST


 

You Prep & We Pour

Scheduled at your convenience

Forget about the expense and hassle of pouring resin – let us do it for you. You will be required to prep work in the studio. There is a $10 material fee for prep work.

Cost: $49 + cost of resin pour* + HST

*Determined by work to be coated. Average cost for 8″x10″ works is $20.


 

Painting and Mixed Media


Beginners Mixed Media Drop-In

Tuesdays @ 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Thursdays @ 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.; Saturdays @ 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Meet with artist Maggie Doswell weekly for a mixed media class designed to introduce you to new techniques as you develop your painting skills. Each class begins with an interesting half hour exercise in acrylic painting, followed by a 90-minute instructed painting studio. Maggie’s expertise and guidance will help you find your own style of work. The ongoing critiques and discussion about your work with the group will help you to further develop yourself as a painter.

Bring your own materials

Cost: $120 + cost of materials + HST for 4 sessions


 

Advanced Mixed Media Studio Class

Tuesdays @ 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Thursdays @ 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.; Saturdays @ 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Maggie Doswell’s weekly studio class in acrylic painting will focus on relevant advanced painting techniques and the work of contemporary painters.  Learning-oriented discussions will draw out your experience and add to a composite style of learning approaches. Ongoing project development will create painting challenges which will engage and sharpen skills. The critiques of your instructor and peers will give you valuable insight into your painting so that you may further advance your practice.

Bring your own materials.

Cost: $120 + cost of materials + HST for 4 sessions


 

Masters Painting Studio

Tuesdays @ 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Thursdays @ 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.; Saturdays @ 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Assemble with a group of seasoned painters and Instructor Maggie Doswell for a full-on Master studio. Oil, acrylic or mixed media welcome. Instruction will be given through individual feedback to work as artists proceed with studio. This class includes individualized goal setting and development of a learning plan. Your development will be challenged by time-based exercises intended to develop your technical painting skills.

Bring your own materials.

Cost: $120 + cost of materials + HST for 4 sessions


 

Fabulous Fibre and Textile Collage Workshops

July 15 – 17; August 5 – 7

Three days of fun with fabric, paper and other fibres with instructor Karen Chisvin. Explore multiple approaches to surface design (including printing, resists, painting, etc.) and then make creative collages using traditional and contemporary methods.

Cost: $295 + HST


 

Monet’s Masterpiece – Paint Your Dreams

Daily Monday – Friday, scheduled at your convenience

Come visit Karma Creative art studio and paint your masterpiece with our expert guidance. We provide the canvas, paint, and other materials so that you can get going! Our instructor will spend the time with you providing instruction on your chosen subject matter and will help you to effectively make your painting dreams come true.

Cost: $30 + cost of materials + HST for 4-hour session


 

Printmaking – Make an Impression

Tuesday, July 8 & Tuesday, August 12

Take a day to explore printmaking basics and techniques including tools and palettes, monoprint backgrounds, black and white with texture, and relief.  You will be guided by instructor Karen Chisvin to sample a number of hand-printing methods that do not require a printing press.

Cost: $99 + $15 material fee + HST


 

Ceramics


 

All Fired Up! – Ceramic Workshops

Dates TBA

Get your creative juices flowing as you produce wonderfully colourful glazed tiles and artwork. Working with artist/teacher Nicole Little, you will explore the varied possibilities and mysteries of glazes on ceramic tile, and you can turn 2D work into 3D. Workshop subjects include: Glazes and Palette Tiles, Feature Tiles and Background Frames, and From 2D to 3D

Cost: TBA


 

Youth Programs


 

Kids Arty Saturdays

Saturdays @ 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

For kids aged 8 – 12 years old. Certified Ontario teacher Nicole little will introduce your children to a variety of fundamental art skills through various fun and engaging projects.

Cost: $120 + cost of materials + HST for 4 sessions


 

Sundays for Art-Savvy Teens

Sundays @ 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Basic – Teens from 12 to 16 y.o. can enjoy a series of planned art projects. Teacher Nicole Little will capably assist your teen to create in many new directions. Nicole is a certified Ontario teacher and can work with children with diverse needs. Each week the class works on creative projects such as painting, clay work, and print-making.

Custom – curriculum tailored to your child’s needs

Custom portfolio program also available. Click here for details. 

Cost: $250 + $20 material fee + HST for 4 sessions


 

Youth Intensive Art Camp

Monday – Friday @ 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., weekly throughout July and August

For 12-16 year olds. Do you have a youth who loves art and creativity? Do you have a youth who has a special art “spark”? Do you have a youth who is keen to develop a portfolio?
This camp is for you, and is sure to delight your teens. Book as many weeks as you like. Our professional artist teaching faculty will work with your child in a dazzling array of media and techniques in our large professionally equipped studio. (encaustic; painting all types; resin)
Early drop off and late pick up is available on arrangement.

Cost: $400 + $50 + HST for each week-long session


 

Custom Workshops

If there’s something you’d like that’s not on our list, just ask. We’ll put together a custom workshop for groups or individuals.

Custom Workshops can be arranged for any group size at our location or yours.


 

Open Studios

Scheduled at your convenience

Artists bring own materials or purchase from studio


 

Introductory Special – 1 Month open studio (maximum 20 hours)

for independent artists new to Karma Creative Bring your own materials and experience working in a professionally-equipped working artists’ studio

Cost: $119 + HST


 

Mixed Media

Cost: $12/hour (minimum 3-hour booking)

Encaustic

Cost: $15/hour (minimum 3-hour booking)

Resin

Cost: $79 for full day studio rental + material fee (resin must be purchased from studio)

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