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Art Drop In Sessions

(Ages 6+)

Saturdays from July 9th, 1-2pm

Members: Free

Children: $5

Family: $10

Come to Quest and get creative!

There’s fun for all ages during our Saturday art sessions, where anyone can enjoy hands on art activities, led by a member of staff or even a Quest volunteer!

Each week will be something different, from drawing, painting, collages, to even clay. There are lots of ways to have fun with art, so drop in and find out!

Digital 3-D For Beginners

(Ages 14+)

August 27th, 12pm to 4pm

Take your first steps on a 3D art journey! In this workshop, you will be learning how to use Blender – a free, industry standard 3D modelling software.

Learn about the basic features of the program, then get creative and build a quick 3D sculpture from scratch. Your instructor will provide a side-by demonstration and guidance, as well as resources to continue learning at home. Software and laptops are supplied by Quest. We will be using Macbooks with touchpads – if you would prefer to use a mouse, please bring your own!

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Film Screening & Inspired Collage

September 3rd, 3pm – 4pm

Join us to explore the surreal and unusual, through collage…

Inspired by a short film by Mike Maryniuk, titled June Night, we will explore our own versions of his “surreal ode to rebirth and reinvention”. Using magazines, newspapers, plain paper, and more, we’ll create our own landscapes of life post-covid as we start to open up once again.

Suggested donation: $5 per person

Crochet & Knitting Workshops

Wednesdays in November, 4-6 pm, ages 12+

Members: $40 for all 4 sessions, $12 for drop-in

Non-members: $50 for all 4 sessions, $15 for drop-in

Do you want to learn how to crochet? Or maybe knit?
Have you ever wanted to give a hand-made gift to a loved one?
Would you like to join a warm community of yarn crafters?

Join Carolyn and Leanna to untangle the secrets of these crafts, or to explore more complex stitches and patterns!

From 4-5pm, Carolyn will guide beginners to crochet on how to read patterns, choose the correct gauge for your yarn and hook and get comfortable with basic stitches. Over the course of the month, participants will make a crocheted scarf. For those who are interested in learning more than the basic stitches, Carolyn can show you a wide range of variations that are more complex and interesting. There’s something for all levels!

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From 5-6pm, Leanna will guide beginners to knitting on how to read patterns, choose the correct gauge for your yarn and needles and get comfortable with basic knit and purl stitches. Over the course of the month, participants will make a knitted scarf. For those who are interested in learning more than the basic stitches, Leanna can show you a wide range of variations that are more complex and interesting. There’s something for all levels!

Register here

Sign up and join a wonderful community of crafters!

Digital 3-D For Beginners

August 27th, 12pm to 4pm

(Ages 14+)

Members: $40

Non-members: $50

Take your first steps on a 3D art journey! In this workshop, you will be learning how to use Blender – a free, industry standard 3D modelling software.

Learn about the basic features of the program, then get creative and build a quick 3D sculpture from scratch. Your instructor will provide a side-by demonstration and guidance, as well as resources to continue learning at home. Software and laptops are supplied by Quest. We will be using Macbooks with touchpads – if you would prefer to use a mouse, please bring your own!

Instructor: Sabaa Bismil

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Social Documentary Photography

(Ages 16+)

Sept 17th – Dec 10th, 10am – 12pm

Weekly on Saturdays, with no class on October 8th.

Members: $300

Non-members: $350

This Social Documentary Photography Course is designed to help students explore topics and concepts that will lead them to naturally evolve into a photographic body of work. During this creative process, students will be taught fundamentals of camera options and camera functions, and how to use them to create their desired effects.

Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to photograph their subjects from one week to the next, while receiving guidance from the class and instructor.

As a part of the course, all students will have the opportunity to display their final selected images at Quest Art School & Gallery.

Instructor: Rodrigo Moreno

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Gel Plate Monoprints: Creative Layering Using Everyday Objects With Kim Lee-Kho

(Ages 16+)

October 18th, from 1pm – 4pm, on Zoom

Members: $30

Non-Members: $40

See everyday objects in a whole new light! Explore their possibilities to layer up colour, line, shape, texture and pattern. We’ll be using things commonly found around the house or in your recycling bin, or easily obtained. The results can make beautiful finished prints, collage papers, or the basis for continuing on with mixed media.

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Bright and Bold Fall Impressionism

(Ages 16+)

Saturday and Sunday, Oct 22nd and 23rd, from 1pm – 5pm

Members: $160

Non-members: $200

Lets paint the world around us in bold colour! Combining different brushstrokes, tools, and techniques, Jacintha will guide you through the world of colour in her step by step process of painting a medium to large size fall landscape. Learn to switch up your palette to incorporate unusual and non traditional colours and techniques, as you create your very own contemporary styled landscape painting onto your canvas. Learn to “extract and create” your painting from a reference photo as a guide, not as a copy.

 
Instructor: Jacintha Krish
 

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BOO! Hallowe’en Stained Glass for Beginners

(Ages 16+)

Oct 29th and Oct 30th, from 1pm – 4pm

Members: $125

Non-members: $150

Halloween is an opportunity to be really creative – let’s have some spooky fun in the glass laboratory!

This unique workshop will introduce you to the basics of stained glass, where you will learn the many steps involved in creating your own Halloween stained glass work of art. We start with glass selection and pattern cutting, then on to glass cutting, grinding, foiling and soldering. In the first session, you will create your own pumpkin sun catcher. In the second session, you may either complete your pumpkin, or start another scary project.

This is a unique opportunity to try your hand at stained glass, but don’t be frightened! All the equipment, glass, supplies and instruction will be provided. Let’s have a boo-tiful Halloween!

All supplies provided.

Instructor: Susan Dalrymple

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Crochet & Knitting Workshops

Wednesdays in November, 4-6 pm, ages 12+

Members: $40 for all 4 sessions, $12 for drop-in

Non-members: $50 for all 4 sessions, $15 for drop-in

Do you want to learn how to crochet? Or maybe knit?
Have you ever wanted to give a hand-made gift to a loved one?
Would you like to join a warm community of yarn crafters?

Join Carolyn and Leanna to untangle the secrets of these crafts, or to explore more complex stitches and patterns!

From 4-5pm, Carolyn will guide beginners to crochet on how to read patterns, choose the correct gauge for your yarn and hook and get comfortable with basic stitches. Over the course of the month, participants will make a crocheted scarf. For those who are interested in learning more than the basic stitches, Carolyn can show you a wide range of variations that are more complex and interesting. There’s something for all levels!

Register here

From 5-6pm, Leanna will guide beginners to knitting on how to read patterns, choose the correct gauge for your yarn and needles and get comfortable with basic knit and purl stitches. Over the course of the month, participants will make a knitted scarf. For those who are interested in learning more than the basic stitches, Leanna can show you a wide range of variations that are more complex and interesting. There’s something for all levels!

Register here

Sign up and join a wonderful community of crafters!

Contemporary Interiors: Breaking All the Rules with Debra Krakow

November 15th & 22nd, 9:30 – 12:30 on Zoom

Cost: Member $60, Non-Member $85

Medium: Acrylic

In this online workshop, Debra will talk about using multiple viewpoints, flattening perspective, playing with pattern & colour, scribbling, & outlining. All the things a traditional arts education taught us not to do!

Debra Krakow is a visual artist, architect and potter. Her bright, whimsical interiors are inspired by her Wolfe Island farmhouse and the views from her studio windows. She gives workshops throughout the province, and loves sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm with her students.

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About the Instructors

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Wendy began painting in 1996, and soon developed a love of the “contrariness” of the watercolour medium! She began teaching in 2000, as well as exhibiting in many juried shows in Ontario galleries. She has since taught classes and workshops in various art centers in Toronto, including Franklin Carmichael (where she was President from 2002-2005), Neilson Park Creative, and Symes, as well as the Gibson Community Art Centre in Alliston. She also very much enjoys giving lessons to seniors in several retirement homes in the area.

Her favourite subjects to paint include random small details found in nature, as well as the animal life and landscapes of Ontario. Her paintings hang in private collections in Canada and the US.

Colleen Clancy is an artist and educator whose lifetime practice of making art has defined her journey. In her most profound understanding of how powerful her art practice has been, she believes it guided her to her true purpose. Early on, Colleen found it to be a quiet meditative space and in this space, she learned to connect with herself, quiet her mind and explore the power of the imagination. Her love of making art transitioned into studying art at The Ontario College Art followed by a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University. Now retired from a career teaching high school art and English, Colleen knows how important having an art practice is and is excited to share her deep understanding of the power of making art.

Susan Dalrymple has been working in stained glass for over 15 years. Her work with stained and fused glass began with a desire to be creative, but with the disciplined and skilled techniques required for working with glass. “You start with a pattern or idea, and the colours in the glass bring the image to life.” As Susan’s art glass skills grew to a professional level, and friends and acquaintances through word-of-mouth wanted to purchase her projects or commission her to create custom works, she founded Bending Light Designs (BLD) as a home based studio, and has taught as a workshop instructor at a professional studio.

Susan has sold many pieces of unique glass designs, personalized glass monograms, and commissioned work, and has donated many pieces to charity and other fundraisers. Well known in the community for her volunteer involvement, Susan is a recipient of the Governor General Sovereign Caring Canadian Award for Volunteers.

A graduate from the B. Ed programme at Queens University, BFA from York University, and a residency at Banff Centre, Peter Fyfe lives and works in the quaint city of Orillia on Lake Couchiching. Originally from historic Kingston on Lake Ontario, he is is known for his abstracted canoe paintings and 3D constructions, and so has always lived near water. This summer, his inspirational paddles are nearby, just one of three short drives. . . Lake Couchiching, Lake Simcoe, and the Provincial Park waters of Bass Lake. Tomorrow, Peter is just as likely to be drawing a canoe on the water as he is painting the swirls and drifts of a distant shore.

If you’d like to see more of Pete’s art, please view this video:

https://m.facebook.com/QuestArtMidland/videos/535323727126430/

Kim-Lee Kho is a Brampton-based multidisciplinary artist and designer, who loves exploring and expanding the possibilities of media, materials and processes. The bi-ethnic daughter of a scientist and an artist, Kho’s process and interests combine both influences, in sometimes unexpected ways. A member of The Red Head Gallery collective in downtown Toronto, she’s participated nationally in exhibitions, residencies, and mentorships; and won a number of awards including grants from the Ontario Arts Council. Kho is a popular and experienced art educator, speaker, and juror, who offers free weekly Virtual Studio Parties on YouTube, and teaches online.

Debra Krakow is a visual artist, architect and potter. Her bright, whimsical interiors are inspired by her Wolfe Island farmhouse and the views from her studio windows. She gives workshops throughout the province, and loves sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm with her students.

Following a long career in business and accounting, Jacintha now has the ultimate pleasure of being a full time artist and instructor. Painting has always been a part of her life, her constant companion – she says painting makes her whole.

She paints what she sees, what inspires her, what stirs her soul. Her style is loosely styled Impressionism, her palette is bold colour. The beauty of Canada is her inspiration, filled with the sights and sounds of its constantly changing landscapes as well as its people, imbued with the rich biodiversity that is wholly Canadian. Her primary works are landscapes, florals as well as figurative and abstract compositions. Currently her preferred mediums alternate between acrylics, watercolour and ink, charcoal and conte.

She enjoys playing an active role in our art world, participating in solo and juried art exhibitions and events, teaching workshops and courses in and around the GTA and other parts of Ontario. In addition to volunteering in many art related events she works as art instructor at Neilson Park Creative Centre, Humber Valley Art Club, Southampton Art Centre, Niagara Pumphouse Art Centre, Lacombe Art Society Alberta and Oakville Art Society… to name a few. Jacintha is a registered artist at Saatchi Art International and Artfinder.com. Her artwork is sold in Canada, USA, UK and South Asia.

Artist Paul Whittam is from the Sheshegwaning First Nation on Manitoulin Island. Negik, which means Otter, is the Spirit name that Paul Whittam was given by an Elder during a traditional naming ceremony. Accordingly, he creates art under the synonym Star Otter Art. For him, his art is visual healing through color, shape, and form. Whittam took the Ojibwe Woodland style and transformed it into his very own and typical style. Whittam is a mostly self-taught artist who attended the Georgian College Art Fundamentals program and also took several art courses while earning an Indigenous Studies honor degree at Trent University.

Outreach

We provide students with fun learning experiences that integrate in-depth observation and interpretation of art, exhibitions, and hands-on art-making activities. Programmes are curriculum-based – learning about specific artists or art movements throughout history, about art principles and techniques, or getting the chance to explore new mediums and methods.

We offer a number of opportunities for creative learning for students. We collaborate with schools to create initiatives specific to the interests, needs, and culture of each school, ranging from long-term projects to one-time workshops.

Quest Art also offers students the chance to engage with the Youth Council – they can provide input on future programming they are interested in, as well as having access to youth-only classes, talks, and studio hours.

We create programmes for kids and adults to engage with various topics and contribute their own creativity and perspective. In partnership with CLH Developmental Support Services, we are proud to offer the space and materials for weekly art and craft activities. Participants can go beyond looking and talking about art, as they write, draw, build, and playfully explore a variety of activities.

Students will have the opportunity to hear presentations from leading curators and artists. We will work with and collaborate with you in order to tailor content to your curricular needs. Opportunities for students to work with our staff on projects are also available.

Quest offers customized professional development workshops, and training, to a wide range of educators, administrators and artists.

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