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We hope to see you in the gallery or workroom soon!

Art Drop In Sessions

(Ages 6+)

Every Saturday, 1 – 2 pm
Members: Free
Adults or children: $5
Groups: $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, or even clay! We will also be sharing art-related books, and doing activities related to them.

No registration required. Drop in, and we’ll see you in the studio!

Poetry Night

Thursday, December 15th, 6pm

Are you a writer? A poet? Just really love words? Come to Quest Art’s Open Mic!

This month’s theme is ‘Happy Memories’.

If you’re inspired to write something and you’d like to share your work with our community, please join us for the evening on Thursday, December 15th from 6pm. If you would like to just support our poets and writers, please come along too! There will be some light refreshments and snacks.

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!

Weaving Workshop

Wednesday, 30th November, 3 – 5pm
Ages: 14+
Non-members: $20
Members: $15

Beginners are welcome to learn the ins and outs of weaving! Linda Brubacher will lead you through the basics and guide you to making your very own woven treasure!
All materials will be provided.

 

Register here

Instructor: Linda Brubacher

Macrame Workshops

December 20th, 4 – 7pm
Members: $25
Non-members: $30 

Have you ever wanted to learn how to macramé? Join Nicole as she takes you through the steps from the very basic to the more intricate! Starting with basic knotting, we’ll make a small wall hanging. Great gift ideas to make by hand for a loved one!

Beginners are welcome. For adults and children aged 12+

Instructor: Nicole Thielmann, owner of Willow North Shop

Register here

Day in the Life of Santa

December 10th, 9:15am – 10:30am

Have a Santa fan in your life? Come by to write a letter and decorate a card to give to Santa, then meet him for an interview!

Children can create their very own Christmas cards and write a letter to Santa with Quest Art from 9:15am – 10am, followed by a 30 minute live interview with Santa Claus. Learn all about his elves, his reindeer, Mrs. Claus, his North Pole workshop, Santa’s preparations for Christmas Eve, and how it’s possible for him to visit so many boys and girls!

Following the interview, the children will be able to go on stage to drop off their Christmas wish-list into Santa’s mailbox, and meet Santa for a photo opportunity!

Social Documentary Photography

(Ages 16+)

Saturday, Oct 22nd – Saturday Nov 26th, 10am – 12pm

Weekly on Saturdays

Members: $20 per workshop

Non-members: $25 per workshop

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

Register Here

Poetry Night

Thursday, December 15th, 6pm

Are you a writer? A poet? Just really love words? Come to Quest Art’s Open Mic!

This month’s theme is ‘Happy Memories’.

If you’re inspired to write something and you’d like to share your work with our community, please join us for the evening on Thursday, December 15th from 6pm. If you would like to just support our poets and writers, please come along too! There will be some light refreshments and snacks.

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.

Register Here

Macrame Workshops

December 20th, 4 – 7pm

Members: $25 

Non-members: $30 

Have you ever wanted to learn how to macramé? Join Nicole as she takes you through the steps from the very basic to the more intricate! Starting with basic knotting, we’ll make a small wall hanging. Great gift ideas to make by hand for a loved one!

Beginners are welcome. For adults and children aged 12+

Instructor: Nicole Thielmann, owner of Willow North Shop

Register here

Holiday Stained Glass

Ages 16+
December 17th, 1- 4pm: Stained Glass Mitten Workshop
December 18th, 1- 4pm: Stained Glass Snowman Workshop

Members: $65 per workshop
Non-members: $75 per workshop

For the holidays, personal is always better than packaged, and expressing true feelings better than shopping. So here’s your chance to make some personalized Christmas tree decorations!

On Saturday, December 17th, you will choose what glass colours you’d like, and make adorable mittens! You can then personalize them from you to that someone special. On Sunday, December 18th, we will make a little “Bonhomme” which again you can inscribe the name of someone and make it a cherished gift. Both are wonderful keepsakes, and lots of fun to make!

All materials and instruction will be provided, and no experience with stained glass is required. Participants can register for one or both workshops.

Register here

Zoom Workshop: Winter in Bold Colour

Saturday and Sunday, January 14th and 15th, from 1pm – 4pm
Ages 16+
Members: $60
Non-members: $85

Let’s paint the world around us in bold colour – even in winter! Winter paintings do not have to be greys and blues. Combining different brushstrokes, tools, and techniques, Jacintha will demonstrate and guide you through her step by step process of painting a loosely styled yet representational mid size winter 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. Learn to “extract and create” your painting from a reference photo as a guide, not as a copy.

Level: Best suited for students with some experience in acrylic painting.
Instructor: Jacintha Krish

Supplies list:
Acrylic paints: Titanium white, Primary magenta, Hansa, Indian, or Cadmium yellow, Burnt sienna, Ultramarine blue, Teal, Payne’s grey (optional)
Brushes: 2 – 3 Flat tipped synthetic angled brushes, ranging from 1/2″ – 2″
Drawing supplies: HB pencil, kneaded eraser
Other items: Palette, ruler, J-cloths, a few palette knives
One canvas approximately 20” x 30” or larger

Reference photos are provided, but students may also bring their own.

Register here

Zoom Workshop: The Art of Colour

Wednesday, February 8th, 15th, & 22nd, 7pm – 9:30pm on Zoom
Members: $95
Non-members: $110

This course is geared towards painters of all levels. Whether you are looking to refresh your skills or enhance your craft with a colour intensive, the topic of colour is nearly impossible to exhaust!

Understanding how to mix and apply colour is essential for artists and designers. Colour communicates more than just an aesthetic, it adds context, provides atmosphere, establishes form, and so much more.

Instructor: Holly Archer

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About the Instructors

Use the menu below to learn more about some of the instructors working with Quest

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. He was adopted when he was just ten weeks old. It was not until after his studies at Trent University that he found out who his birth mother was and that he reconnected with her. 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. Paul Whittam took the Ojibwe Woodland style and transformed it into his very own style. The artist’s Spirit animal, the otter, can be seen in some of his pieces. Paul Whittam is a mostly self-taught artist but 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.