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Harbourfront Centre’s Courses & Workshops provide adults and families with exciting, fun and creative learning experiences!


TORONTO, October 15, 2007—Explore a new genre! Expand a skill! Embark upon a learning adventure of a lifetime! Harbourfront Centre’s stimulating Courses & Workshops return for a third year with a wide range of new programmes including creative workshops for families. Harbourfront Centre provides adults and families with stimulating courses and workshops centered on contemporary culture. From sketch groups to book clubs, photography to fashion camp, pod-casting to the art of feng shui, there is a course for everyone! The fall semester of Courses & Workshops runs from October to December, 2007. Register early as courses and workshops require a minimum number of participants to run. To register or for more information, the public can call 416-952-4046 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com/courses.

Stylize your life! The Contemporary Design courses provide participants with an opportunity to whip their wardrobe into shape, and give their home the harmony and balance of Feng Shui. Contemporary Design courses offered:
• Fashion Camp for Grown Ups (October 27 & 28)
• Feng Shui for Small Spaces (November 17)
• Out of the Closet! Revamp your Wardrobe with Stylist Jessica Nicholson
(4 Wednesdays, November 7 to 28, inclusive)

Craft Studio courses are taught by the Craft Studio Artists-In-Residence. These beginner courses for adults are an excellent creative challenge:
• Ceramics
• Glass Blowing
• Jewellery
• Textiles
(Course dates will be posted on our website when classes are scheduled.)

Literary Arts provide a stimulating survey of contemporary literature that is complemented by author events at International Readings at Harbourfront Centre (IRAH), and the coffee’s free!
• Book Club 101 (second Tuesday of each month, beginning November 13 through June 10)
• The Apparently Non-Fiction Book Club (last Thursday of each month, beginning November 29 through June 26)

Urban and Cultural Studies provides participants with an opportunity to discover the city they call home—its culinary neighbourhoods, its art and its architecture. Urban and Cultural Studies courses offered:
• Explore Toronto's Culinary Neighbourhoods (October 13, 20, 27 & November 3)
• Toronto's Public Art and Architecture (6 Tuesdays, October 16 to November 20, inclusive)
• Who's Afraid of Contemporary Art? (6 Wednesdays, October 17 to November 21, inclusive)

Media Studies is the perfect programme for those interested in developing their new media technology skills. Media Studies courses offered:
• Demystifying the Digital Camera (October 20)
• Digital Photography Manipulation (November 17 & 18)
• Dot Com Literacy for the Terrified (November 3)
• Guerilla Filmmaking With on The Fly (2 weekends, November 9 to 11 & November 17 to 18)
• It's All There in Black and White (5 Tuesdays, October 23 to November 20, inclusive)
• Podcasting (November 17 & 18)

Visual Arts courses offer participants the chance to kick start their creativity through drawing, painting, watercolour courses and more! Visual Arts courses offered:
• Creativity Kickstart (November 10)
• Drawing for Fashion Design (6 Tuesdays, October 23 to November 27, inclusive)
• Drawing for the Terrified (6 Wednesdays, October 24 to November 28, inclusive)
• How to Draw & Paint What You See (6 Thursdays, October 25 to November 29, inclusive)
• Toronto Islands Watercolour Sketchbook (October 20 & 27)

While the Kids Learn to Skate, parents can master djembe drumming or yoga while the kids master the ice! While the Kids Learn to Skate courses offered:
• Djembe Drumming (Mondays & Wednesdays, 6 to 7 p.m. from November 19 to December 5)
• Yoga (Mondays & Wednesdays, 6 to 7 p.m. from November 19 to December 5)

NEW! Workshops for Families
Families are invited to spend a Saturday morning in a family friendly workshop. Workshops for Families offered:
• Other Goose: Recycled Rhymes for our Fragile Times (October 27)
• Photography for Families (4 Saturdays, October 20 to November 10, inclusive)
• The Art of the Story (4 Saturdays, October 20 to November 10, inclusive)
• The Family Book Club (October 13, November 10 & December 1)
• Winter Celebrations for Families (December 1: Festive Lights and Decoration & December 8: Festive Gifts for your Family)
• Your Family Tree (4 Saturdays, October 20 to November 10, inclusive)

FOCUS: GENERATIONS
Harbourfront Centre bridges the generation gap. What are the defining moments of your generation? How deep are the roots of your family tree? What legacy will you leave? Generations are defined by history, cultural movements and shared experiences. They both divide and unite us. From June to December 2007, Harbourfront Centre is talking about your generation. Generations is part of an ongoing focus on ideas in programming at Harbourfront Centre. Our Lens. Your View.




Harbourfront Centre
Courses & Workshops
Fall Semester Overview: October to December 2007


VISUAL ARTS

Drawing for the Terrified
6 Wednesdays, October 24 to November 28, inclusive
7 to 9 p.m.
$200

Want to make art? Don’t know where to begin? Participants develop basic drawing skills through various techniques and materials, working from the model and other subjects. Class discussions and individual and group critiques round out this course. No experience required.

How to Paint and Draw What You See
6 Thursdays, October 25 to November 29, inclusive
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
$200

This course introduces step by step approaches to drawing and painting for the beginner or someone with an artistic background wanting to increase their confidence with representation. Participants learn to paint and draw what they see by increasing their vocabulary in line, shade, tonal values, shape and contour, drawing on the techniques of old master drawings and painting as a reference.
Instructor: Ilene Sova is a Toronto-based painter whose work has been featured in the Fall issue of XX Magazine, and the Journal of Guidance and Counseling.

Toronto Island Watercolour Sketch
2 Sundays, October 20 & 27
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
$250

An introduction to the practice of keeping a sketchbook and the use of watercolour media, pencil or pen, this course is suited to novices and those who wish to begin to record personal experience using this time honoured tradition.
Instructor: Laurie Jones is a teacher and watercolour sketching enthusiast who uses the watercolour medium to explore themes in her personal painting practice. Jones shares local island colour and lore while teaching the fundamentals of keeping a watercolour sketchbook for personal recording and reflection. Jones is an artist and a long time Ward's Island resident, and is currently the Director of Rails End Gallery & Arts Centre in Haliburton, Ontario.

Drawing for Fashion Design
6 Tuesdays, October 23 to November 27, inclusive
7 to 9 p.m.
$255

Look out Project Runway! This course gives participants the tools they need to create sketches for fashion design and how to use a variety of materials to put together a presentation board and press kit for their portfolio.
Instructor: Sally Glanville has taught Fashion Drawing for eight years in both the US and Toronto.

Creativity Kickstart
Saturday, November 10
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$75

See the world with fresh eyes! This hands-on studio course transforms how participants view everyday objects. Through rubbing, gilding and cropping using a variety of techniques and materials—they make aesthetic potential come alive, and bring out their inner creative force!
Instructor: Mira Coviensky has over 15 years experience teaching in art schools, museums, cultural centres, guilds, and other venues. Coviensky is a former faculty of the Toronto School of Art and past Program Director at Art Starts Neighbourhood Cultural Centre. She is based in Toronto and travels to exhibit and teach.


CONTEMPORARY DESIGN

Fashion Camp for Grown Ups
2 days, Saturday, October 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. & Sunday, October 28, 12 p.m. to
5 p.m.
$275

Learn to create unique fashion designs using simple techniques and accessible materials. This intensive two day ‘camp’ gets participants started on the road to being a great designer. Somewhere between garment and sculpture, participants reconstruct clothing while incorporating hand techniques such as embroidery, dying, knitting and appliqué. Participants must know how to use a sewing machine to take this course.
Instructor: Rashmi Varma is a Toronto-based artist who works closely with tailors and crafts people in India and Canada to marry age-old techniques with contemporary ideas and quality workmanship. Varma’s work has been featured in many publications including Elle, Fashion and Toronto Life.

Out of the Closet! Revamp Your Wardrobe with Stylist Jessica Nicholson
4 Wednesdays, November 7 to 28 inclusive (also includes trip to Kensington Market on a Saturday)
6:30 to 9 p.m.
$250

Being stylish isn’t easy. Overwhelmed by trends, not sure what styles work for you? Jessica Nicholson, stylist and seamstress extraordinaire from the popular television series, “Renovate Your Wardrobe” comes to the rescue. In this course, participants learn about the latest fashion trends, what styles/cuts are appropriate for one’s body and age group, along with how to accessorize, which fabrics/patterns flatter and which don’t. Additionally, participants are asked to bring in some of their old/outdated clothing to remodel and refresh. A few cuts in the right places, some faux crystals on the back pocket, a colourful sash, the possibilities are endless!
Instructor: Jessica Nicholson is a stylist/shopgirl/poster girl (or perhaps more appropriately a mod pin-up) for how to incorporate vintage into one's regular wardrobe, whatever the budget.

Feng Shui for Small Spaces
Saturday, November 17
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$75

Call it a New Age phenomenon, Far East mystique or even mumbo-jumbo, but the fact is, Feng Shui seems to be here to stay. Not just for homes, this course explores effective ways that smaller space dwellers, (condo and apartment owners) can effectively imbue their homes with ‘Ch’i’, an atmosphere of harmony and balance. Through lectures and demonstrations and field trips with Feng Shui experts, participants learn the traditions of this ancient art and how to get more pleasure from the home they live in.


LITERARY ARTS

Book Club 101
Second Tuesday of each month, beginning November 13 through June 10, inclusive
7 to 9 p.m.
$150 (includes IRAH membership for one year)

A stimulating survey of contemporary literature that complements author events at International Readings at Harbourfront Centre (IRAH). Participants read some fiction, some non-fiction, enjoy poetry, and dabble in the realms of the graphic novel. Guest speakers every meeting, and free coffee. Each registration includes an IRAH membership for one year.
Instructor: Jen Tindall

The Apparently Non-Fiction Book Club
Last Thursday of each month, beginning November 29 to June 26, inclusive
7 to 9 p.m.
$150 (includes IRAH membership for one year)

Back for a second year! New real life-narratives complement author events at International Readings at Harbourfront Centre (IRAH), as well as digging up some true classics. Guest speakers every meeting, and free coffee. Each registration includes an IRAH membership for one year.
Instructor: Jen Tindall

URBAN STUDIES

Explore Toronto’s Culinary Neighbourhoods
4 Saturdays, October 13 to November 3, inclusive
12 to 4 p.m.
$30 per tour or $100 for all four!

Participants are invited to discover their city's cuisine through a series of visits to markets and neighbourhoods. They get the insider's scoop with a cultural perspective, and learn about the personal stories of Toronto's food experts as they are guided through culinary centred areas in Toronto to taste, talk and tour.

October 13 Little India
Visit shops and restaurants in Little India and sample treats while learning how to shop for spices and to make your own curry.

October 20 Kensington/Chinatown
The bustling markets await participants in this exciting feast of the senses—especially taste! They can sample treats and sweets they've never heard of, and discover the cultural customs of shopping, dining, and getting around in the city's busiest area!

October 27 Danforth
Baklava, spanokopita, cheese pies, ricotta cheese sweet pies, mousaka, and honey puffs are just a few of the sights, tastes and smells one encounters on this cultural tour of the Danforth area.

November 3 Little Italy
A wonderful opportunity to discover Belle Italia in one’s own backyard! Visit shops, restaurants, and sample amazing fare from some of Toronto's best!

Who’s Afraid of Contemporary Art?
6 Wednesdays, October 17 to November 21, inclusive
6 to 8 p.m.
$165 (includes admission into galleries)

Have you ever entered an art gallery and been baffled by its contents? Does contemporary art intrigue or irritate you? Participants are introduced to aspects of visual culture that gives insight into some of the ideas and methods behind art pieces. This course equips students with knowledge and skills to understand contemporary art. Through lectures and gallery visits around the city, participants enhance their confidence in viewing and understanding a wide range of art in a variety of settings.
Instructor: Ninette Gyorody is a culture and heritage go-to girl. Gyorody has over six years of professional experience as an educator, curator, writer, and programmer. She holds a BFA in Theatre and a MA in Art History.

Toronto’s Public Art and Architecture
6 Tuesdays, October 16 to November 20, inclusive
6 to 8 p.m.
$160

Discover the public spaces and built environments of our city in this informative course. Participants are invited to adventure around the hidden gems and take part in public art projects they never knew existed! This course takes participants all over Toronto.
Instructor: Ninette Gyorody


MEDIA STUDIES

It’s all there in Black and White
5 Tuesdays, October 23 to November 20, inclusive
7 to 9 p.m.
$155

What’s so magical about traditional black and white photography? This course offers participants a chance to find out! With the advent of digital photography, it is becoming increasingly difficult for people to experience the thrill of watching a photograph emerge from blank white paper to image. This course integrates hands-on photographic art making including instruction in shooting and printing of black and white photographs, with visual skill development. Participants take local shooting trips to such locations as Toronto Island and Old Fort York, in addition to visiting local galleries to view a range of contemporary art.
Instructor: Katherine L. Lannin is a Toronto-based artist and instructor with a BFA from the University of Windsor and her MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, London, England. Lannin utilizes photography, 16mm film, and sculpture installation to explore notions of the uncanny through physically re-arranging and documenting spaces.

Demystifying the Digital Camera
Saturday, October 20
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
$75

This workshop explains in non-technical terms the basics of digital photography and how it differs from conventional, film-based photography. It also offers an opportunity for participants to learn about the features of digital cameras, printers, scanners and recording media.
Instructor: Timothy Vickery is a documentary photographer based in Toronto, Canada. Vickery has travelled the world taking beautiful photos


Digital Photography Manipulation
2 days, Saturday, November 17 & Sunday, November 18
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$150

Get a grip on digital lingo and learn to use your digital camera effectively. In this class, students review the fundamentals of image capture operation, proper exposure and developing a creative eye. The instructor discusses the digital dos and don’ts of creating a successful image and explores basic image correction in Photoshop software and the final output of your images—a letter size print. Students should provide a digital camera with manual adjustments, rewritable CD or external storage device for saving work completed in class. Basic computer knowledge is recommended.
Instructor: Timothy Vickery

Podcasting
2 days, Saturday, November 17 & Sunday, November 18
$80

Make your voice heard! Experts take students through the steps to create their own pod-cast. This course explores technical, creative and effective tools for planning and implementing a pod-cast through hands-on assignments and workshops with experienced facilitators.

Dot Com Literacy for the Terrified
Saturday, November 3
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$65

Don’t be afraid—the internet can be a friend! Students learn the ins and outs of using the World Wide Web to their full advantage, including media literacy, and creating their own web page from start to finish in our new media lab. (This course is for absolute beginners!)
Instructors: this course is taught by the incredibly experienced and talented On The Fly instructors and filmmakers.

Guerrilla Filmmaking with On The Fly
2 weekends, November 9 to 11 & November 17 to 18
(Nov. 9, 6 to 9 p.m.; Nov. 10 & 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Nov. 11 & 18, 12 to 5 p.m.)
$350

Do you want to make your first movie, but don’t know how? In partnership with On The Fly Festival, Harbourfront Centre is now offering a comprehensive weekend workshop that helps students understand and tackle the art, logistics and technology of getting their very own digital short off the ground. The workshop covers everything from General Guerrilla Moviemaking Approaches, Developing Your Movie, Writing, Working with Actors, Your Crew, Production to Post Production, Editing Essentials and Thinking About Your Next Short.
Instructors: this course is taught by the incredibly experienced and talented On The Fly instructors and filmmakers.

CRAFT STUDIO COURSES

Taught by the Craft Studio Artists-in- Residence, these beginner courses for adults are an excellent creative challenge. All courses take place in the Craft Studio at Harbourfront Centre. Pre-registration with the studio is required. No experience necessary. Course dates will be posted on our website when classes are scheduled. Call the Craft Studio of your choice for updated information.

Introduction to Jewellery
Runs year-round; 8 weeks with 3 hours per week on evenings/weekends
$260
Call the Studio at 416-973-4994 for class details

Students learn a wide range of jewellery techniques (piercing, soldering, drilling, filing, polishing, surface techniques etc.) through creating samples and finished pieces.

Intermediate Jewellery
Runs year-round; 8 weeks with 3 hours per week on evenings/weekends
$260
Call the Studio at 416-973-4994 for class details

Prerequisite: Introduction to Jewellery or previous metalsmithing experience. Intermediate class content varies with instructor—please call 416-973-4994 for more info. Examples of possible topics covered include colour and material, chain making, stone setting, etc.

Textiles
Runs year-round; 5 weeks with 3 hours per week during evenings ($245)
OR 1 day workshop for 6 hours ($145)
Call the Studio at 416-973-4952 for class details

Students learn felting, silk screen printing, sewing, quilting, embroidery and appliqué techniques.

Glass Blowing
Runs September to May; 20 hours per week on weekends or specific evenings
$310
Call the Studio at 416-973-4951 for class details

Covers solid (i.e. paperweights) and blown forms (cups, bowls, plates), colour application (hot and cold techniques) and use of studio equipment.

Ceramics
Runs year-round; 8 weeks with 3 hours per week in the evenings
$260
Call the Studio at 416-973-4994 for class details

Students learn to make cups, vases and bowls on the pottery wheel and handbuilding. Techniques can include throwing, coiling, slab, trimming, decoration and glazing.


WORKSHOPS FOR FAMILIES

Harbourfront Centre is now offering special workshops for families to spend some quality time together participating in fun, hands-on learning opportunities that explore Generations.

Photography for Families
4 Saturdays, October 20 to November 10, inclusive
9:30 am to 12 p.m.
$175 (1 child and 1 adult)

Families are invited to make fun and formal family photos in this informative, hands-on class. This course covers traditional black and white photography and darkroom instruction, as well as an introduction to digital photography shooting and creative software manipulation. The course is designed for one child and one adult. Suitable for children ages 8 to 13.
Instructor: Timothy Vickery

Your Family Tree
4 Saturdays, October 20 to November 10, inclusive
9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
$175 (1 child and 1 adult)

An introduction for families to research their roots! Using online resources and tricks of the trade, families begin a journey to discover the history of their family and cultural migrations—to learn how they fit into the Toronto story. Basic research tools and tips are provided, as well as participating in creative projects to record their research. Suitable for children ages 7 and up.

The Art of the Story
4 Saturdays, October 20 to November 10, inclusive
9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
$175 (1 child and 1 adult)

In this exciting workshop, families learn the rich history of storytelling and oral history while they experiment with their own techno-ideas. Families learn to design and produce a digital story by crafting and recording first-person narratives, collecting still images and music to illustrate their piece, and be guided through tutorials which enable them to edit their own stories.

The Family Book Club
3 Saturdays, October 13, November 10, December 1
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
$55 (1 child and 1 adult)

International Readings at Harbourfront invites families to bond over the same book in the Harbourfront Family Book Club. Different generations find new meaning in classic, new and interesting young adult fiction. Each session is two hours long and features a different book. Moderated by kid-lit expert Jeffrey Canton. Suitable for children ages 9 and up.

Other Goose: Recycled Rhymes for our Fragile Times
Saturday, October 27
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
$40 (1 child and 1 adult)

Barbara Klunder, whose illustrated Other Goose book is hot-off-the-press, and deals with modern issues like the environment, clean water, politicians and traffic in wicked rhymes, leads this exciting workshop. A rhyme from Other Goose is chosen to be the inspiration, from either the words or illustrations. Concentration is placed on the important parts of good drawing: shape, line, and tone, using different drawing materials and different papers, focusing on each child's natural line.
Instructor: Barbara Klunder is a well-known illustrator and graphic designer, who teaches drawing at many arts institutions in Toronto, and has shown nationally and internationally.

Winter Celebrations for Families
December 1: Festive Lights and Decoration
December 8: Festive Gifts for your Family
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
$15 per session* (general public); $10 for HarbourKIDS members*
(*prices include admission for 1 child plus 1 adult. Additional children are $15 (general public) $10 (HarbourKIDS members).

Families are invited to celebrate winter festivals from different cultures! They are encouraged to come out of the cold and warm their heart with stories, activities and food from cross-cultural winter customs.

December 1
Festive Lights and Decoration
Celebrate winter festivals from around the world! A fun-filled morning of arts and crafts where participants make beautiful luminous decorations and keepsakes for the holidays, sample tasty festive treats and participate in stories, games and special activities to learn more about the winter festive season across the globe.

December 8
Festive Gifts for your Family
The greatest gift is one you make yourself! You and your family will learn to make beautiful gifts that inspire the warmth of the season in this fun-filled programme. From preparing festive sweets to designing your own gift wrap to making warm and cozy one-of-a-kind presents, this morning programme will have your family bursting with creative ideas for gift-giving over the winter holidays while you participate in games, activities and stories.

WHILE THE KIDS LEARN TO SKATE…

Harbourfront Centre is pleased to offer a new set of workshops for parents/guardians during its popular Learn to Skate programme on the Natrel Rink. These workshops take place just inside the building while the children take skating lessons

Yoga
November 19 to December 5 (Mondays & Wednesdays, 6 to 7 p.m.)
(Winter Session: January 7 to February 13, Mondays & Wednesdays, 6 to 7 p.m.)
$10 per session

Parents learn how to end their day feeling revitalized, relaxed, stretched and strengthened all at the same time. They find out why yoga has been around for over 5000 years. This class is for all levels and one doesn’t need to be a pretzel to participate.
Instructor: Jackie Pelle is a hatha/kundalini yoga instructor and has been teaching for six years. Pelle is also a Master Reiki practitioner.

Djembe Drumming
November 19 to December 5 (Mondays & Wednesdays, 6 to 7 p.m.)
(Winter Session: January 7 to February 13 Mondays & Wednesdays, 6 to 7 p.m.)
$10 per session

Using authentic African Djembe drums, parents explore rhythm and hand drumming techniques, while learning the rich cultural history of drumming in Africa.

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Media Contact:
Linda Liontis
416-973-4381
lliontis@harbourfrontcentre.com


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