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Enjoy, learn, make friends and have the time of your life at Harbourfront Centre’s Courses & Workshops!

TORONTO, Tuesday, August 26, 2008 — Harbourfront Centre is excited to offer a diverse and engaging line-up of contemporary culture courses throughout the fall and winter months. Adults can learn to paint; explore the world of circus arts; tour the city’s culinary neighbourhoods; join a book club, and much more! Harbourfront Centre’s Courses & Workshops are affordable and provide a perfect environment for adults to learn, and expand their social circle with like-minded individuals at Toronto’s leading arts and cultural centre. Courses & Workshops begin on September 15, at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. Register early as class size is limited. To register or for more information, the public can call
416-973-4093 or visit harbourfrontcentre.com/learn.

Fall/Winter 2008 Courses & Workshops

Visual Arts & Design
• Drawing for Fashion Design (5 Mondays, September 15 to October 20, excluding Thanksgiving Monday)
• Expressive Arts (8 Mondays, September 15 to November 10, excluding Thanksgiving Monday)
• Creativity Kickstart (October 4)
• Parent Workshop: Engaging Kids with Contemporary Arts (October 4 & December 4)
• Artist Books (5 Mondays, November 3 to December 1)
• Sewing 101 (5 Mondays, November 3 to December 1)
• Painting (6 Tuesdays, November 4 to December 9)
• Fashion 101 (5 Tuesdays, November 4 to December 2)

Media Studies
• Creating your own Website (5 Mondays, September 15 to October 20, excluding Thanksgiving Monday)
• Demystifying the Digital Camera (September 27)
• Podcasting (October 4-5)
• Digital Photography Manipulation (November 15-16)

Performing Arts
• Circus (4 Mondays, Session 1: September 15 to October 6; Session 2: November 3 to 24)
• Hip Hop (5 Tuesdays, September 16 to October 14)
• Flamenco Dance (5 Thursdays, September 18 to October 16)

Literary Arts
• Authors at Harbourfront Centre Book Club (8 Tuesdays once a month, September to April)

Seasonal
• Make Your Own Holiday Cards (November 15)

Urban & Cultural Studies
• Artistic Architecture in the Public Space (6 Wednesdays, September 17 to October 22)
• Explore Toronto’s Culinary Neighbourhoods (September 20: Little India; September 27: Kensington/Chinatown; October 4: Little Italy; October 11: Danforth)
• Film & Food Club (3 Fridays, October 3 to 17)
• Surreal in the City (6 Wednesdays, October 29 to December 3)
• Urban Portraiture (6 Tuesdays, November 4 to December 9)

Craft Studio Courses
• Introduction to Jewellery (8 week year-round course, 3 hrs/week, evening/weekends available)
• Intermediate Jewellery (8 week year-round course, 3 hrs/week, evening/weekends available)
• Textiles (5 week year-round course, 3 hrs/week, evenings; 1-day year-round workshop, 6 hours)
• Glass Blowing (Friday to Sunday from September to May, 20 hours in total)
• Ceramics (8 week year-round course, 3 hrs/week, evenings)


Harbourfront Centre Courses & Workshops Complete Program Information
Fall/Winter 2008

VISUAL ARTS & DESIGN

Drawing for Fashion Design
5 Mondays, September 15 to October 20 (excluding Thanksgiving Monday)
7 to 9 p.m.
$175
Work the runway! This course gives participants the tools to create fashion design sketches and shows them how to put together a presentation board and press kit for their portfolio.

Expressive Arts
8 Mondays, September 15 to November 10 (excluding Thanksgiving Monday)
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
$225
An opportunity to explore one’s personal thoughts and feelings through spontaneous art expression! Participants design creations inspired by their imagination through painting, found-object sculpture, drawing, sound and media art performance. A variety of art materials are available to facilitate creativity.

Creativity Kickstart
Saturday, October 4
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
$75
See the world through an artist’s eyes! This hands-on workshop transforms how one views everyday objects. One part theory, one part studio, participants learn to express themselves through collage, rubbings, gild work and cropping using a variety of materials.

Parent Workshop: Engaging Kids with Contemporary Arts
Session One: October 4, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Session Two: December 4, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
$10
This workshop specifically for parents features time-tested strategies for engaging children with contemporary arts (visual, dance, theatre and music), and follow-up home activities. Parents receive a package full of helpful tips, along with a free membership to Harbourfront Centre’s HarbourKIDS club. The workshop includes an interactive gallery tour. Recommended for parents of children ages 3 to 12.

Artist Books
5 Mondays, November 3 to December 1
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
$175
Discover the rich art of bookmaking using recycled and new materials. Participants construct hand-made artist books that can be used for journaling, sketching or writing. A variety of traditional and contemporary techniques are explored.

Sewing 101
5 Mondays, November 3 to December 1
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
$150
Participants learn the basics of machine sewing, embroidery and appliqué in this introductory course, designed for the budding textile artist or fashion designer. No previous experience is necessary.

Painting
6 Tuesdays, November 4 to December 9
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
$200
A course designed for beginners and those wanting to improve their skills. Participants learn a variety of techniques and discover line, shape, contour and colour while working with acrylics, watercolour and other mediums.

Fashion 101
5 Tuesdays, November 4 to December 2
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
$150
Participants create sketches, illustrate, design and execute projects from start to finish. They also learn to work with raw fabrics and old clothing to design new looks.

MEDIA STUDIES

Creating your own Website
5 Mondays, September 15 to October 20 (excluding Thanksgiving Monday)
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
$175
It’s not that complicated. Trust us! Whether adults are creating a website for their home business, blog or just for fun, this course teaches them from start to finish at Harbourfront Centre’s media lab. This course is for absolute beginners.

Demystifying the Digital Camera
Saturday, September 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
$75
Participants learn the basics of digital photography (in non-technical terms!) and how it differs from conventional, film-based photography. They also learn about the features of digital cameras, printers, scanners and recording media. Participants are asked to bring their digital camera to the workshop.

Podcasting
Saturday & Sunday, October 4 & 5, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
$100
Make your voice heard! This course explores technical, creative and effective tools for planning and implementing both audio and video casts through hands-on assignments and workshops with experienced facilitators.

Digital Photography Manipulation
Saturday, November 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. & Sunday, November 16, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
$100
Participants review the fundamentals of image-capturing, proper exposure and developing a creative eye. They also learn the digital do’s and don’ts of creating successful images and explore basic image correction with computer software. Basic computer knowledge is recommended.

PERFORMING ARTS

Circus
Session 1: Mondays, September 15 to October 6
Session 2: Mondays, November 3 to 24
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
$30 per class or the entire 4-week session for $100
Ever wanted to learn to juggle, or walk on stilts? How about acrobatics, clowning and tight wire? Harbourfront Centre’s famous Circus Camp just came to town…for adults! Led by Cirque du Soleil social instructor/trainer Marsha Kennington, this course has adults flying high.

Hip Hop
5 Tuesdays, September 16 to October 14
6:30 to 8 p.m.
$150
Global Hip Hop culture is possibly the most influential artistic movement in the world today. Participants discover its roots, its contemporary impact and the ability to empower themselves through break dance, crump, stomp, and other hip hop techniques.

Flamenco Dance
5 Thursdays, September 18 to October 16
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
$150
Get your dancing shoes on! Participants discover the legendary dance of Spain, the history that shaped its music and learn how to flamenco with the best of them.

LITERARY ARTS

Authors at Harbourfront Centre Book Club
8 Tuesdays once a month, September to April
6:30 to 8 p.m.
$100 (includes 1 year Authors at Harbourfront Centre membership)
Back by popular demand, Authors at Harbourfront Centre Book Club sessions present guest speakers and feature contemporary fiction, poetry, non-fiction and graphic novels. Books are hand picked from the programs for Authors at Harbourfront Centre, including the International Festival of Authors.

SEASONAL

Make Your Own Holiday Cards
November 15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
$45
Just in time for the holiday season! Participants learn to make creative and artistic cards for the holidays or any special occasion. A variety of paper arts and printmaking techniques and materials are explored.

URBAN & CULTURAL STUDIES

Artistic Architecture in the Public Space
6 Wednesdays, September 17 to October 22
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
$150
Calling all urban explorers! An invitation to discover the public spaces and built environments of our city. Participants adventure around the hidden gems and take part in public art projects they never knew existed. This course takes participants all over Toronto’s vibrant downtown.

Explore Toronto’s Culinary Neighbourhoods
September 20: Little India; September 27; Kensington/Chinatown, October 4: Little Italy; October 11: Danforth
1 to 3:30 p.m.
$40 per tour or $125 for all 4!
Participants are invited to talk, tour and taste their way through the city’s fantastic culinary hot spots, markets and neighbourhoods. An opportunity to get the insider's scoop with a cultural perspective, and learn the personal stories of Toronto's food experts.

Film & Food Club
3 Fridays, October 3 to 17
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
$50 per workshop, or $125 for all three
A perfect course for those that love great films and good food. In each session, participants watch and discuss a film, while creating a scrumptious meal based on the theme of the film. A fun way to meet new people, or develop one’s cooking skills!

Surreal in the City
6 Wednesdays, October 29 to December 3
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
$150
How do you talk about contemporary art? This course provides an introduction into Toronto’s contemporary art scene. Each week, participants explore a local art gallery or artist-run institution in Toronto.

Urban Portraiture
6 Tuesdays, November 4 to December 9
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
$175
An opportunity to explore outdoor street and studio-based photography by looking at the image as documentary. In this mixture of studio and urban exploration, participants learn to tell their own stories in the city. Registrants are asked to bring their digital camera to class.

CRAFT STUDIO COURSES

Taught by the Craft Studio Artists-in-Residence, these beginner courses provide participants with hands-on creative expression. All courses take place in the Craft Studio at Harbourfront Centre. Pre-registration with the studio is required.

Introduction to Jewellery
Runs year-round; 8 weeks with 3 hours per week on evening/weekends
$260
To register or for more information, call 416-973-4994
Participants learn a wide range of jewellery techniques (piercing, soldering, drilling, filing, polishing, etc) to create samples and finished pieces.

Intermediate Jewellery
Runs year-round; 8 weeks with 3 hours per week on evening/weekends
$260
To register or for more information, call 416-973-4994
This course is the next step for those that have learned the basics. Topics covered include colour, material, chain-making, stone setting and more!

Textiles
Runs year-round; 5 weeks with 3 hours per week during the evenings ($245)
OR 1 day workshop for 6 hours $145
To register or for more information, call 416-973-4952
Participants explore felting, silk-screen printing, sewing, quilting, embroidery, appliqué techniques and more.

Glass Blowing
Runs September to May; 20 hours in total (Friday to Sunday)
$310
To register or for more information, call 416-973-4951
This course covers solid (i.e. paperweights) and blown forms (cups, bowls and 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
To register or for more information, call 416-973-4994
An opportunity to make cups, vases and bowls on the pottery wheel and by hand-building. Techniques include throwing, coining, slab, trimming, decoration and glazing.

FOCUS: Pause
Harbourfront Centre wants you. to. slow. down. In a world where we are constantly bombarded with information and images, what happens when someone really takes the time to reflect? From September to May, Harbourfront Centre wants you to pause and make a connection to art, technology, the world. Find time for yourself by taking one of our Courses and Workshops; reflect while you wait for the World Stage curtain to rise; indulge in a great book during the 2008 International Festival of Authors. Harbourfront Centre—time well spent.


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


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