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Cultivate your skills and expand your mind at Harbourfront Centre’s Courses & Workshops
A world of contemporary culture awaits you!

TORONTO, ON (Jan. 12, 2010) – This February, Harbourfront Centre’s Courses & Workshops programme returns with an exciting array of innovative workshops for people who want to learn something new and develop their artistic talents. These fun and affordable classes are designed to boost your creativity and provide the perfect environment to expand your social circle with like-minded individuals.

New this semester is the Chip Carving course. This weekend-long workshop teaches the fundamentals of chip carving in soft wood. Students can create a carved picture, mirror frame or a treasure box once they master the intricate wood carving technique.

Also offered this February is a lively Djembe Drumming class. Just in time for Black History Month celebrations, a local Djembe expert teaches African rhythms, traditions and culture through various interactive drumming exercises

Other Courses & Workshops favorites include Contemporary Visual Art & Design, Media Studies, Performing Arts, Literary Arts, Craft Studio Courses and Urban & Cultural Studies. All of our classes are taught by skilled instructors with a fun, hands-on approach.

The winter/spring semester of Courses & Workshops runs from February to May 2010.
To register or for more information, call 416-973-4093 or visit Register early to avoid disappointment! (Please note there are no classes May 10-14)


Djembe Drumming (Miss Lou’s Room)
One-Day Workshop | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27
For centuries, drumming has been a form of communication throughout Africa. Through this series of interactive rhythm and drumming exercises, learn and develop your overall understanding of rhythms, tradition and culture through the practice of the traditional Djembe instruments. $50

Wednesdays | 6:30– 8:30 p.m.
Spring: May/June TBC Summer: June/July TBC
Have you 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 will have you flying high. $30 per class or the entire six-week session for just $150!


Coffee 101 (Studio Lab 1)
Tuesdays 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. April 13- May 25 *
Learn the basics of coffee production, harvesting and processing around the world and how this affects the taste of Toronto’s favourite hot beverage. Participants can sample various specialty coffees and enjoy a coffee beverage of their choice at the end of the workshop. Discover how roasting coffee changes the flavor and learn the various techniques to brewing a great cup of coffee. Join in the fun and find that perfect cup! $80 (* No classes May 10-14)

Discover Toronto’s Artistic Neighbourhoods
Saturdays | 1– 3:30 p.m.
April 17: Harbourfront Centre and the Distillery District
April 24: Richmond Street & Queen St West
May 1: Queen St East
May 8: The Junction
How do you talk about contemporary art? This course will provide an introduction into Toronto’s contemporary art scene. Whether you are interested in what galleries exhibit or you are curious about what artists are creating, this course is for you. Each week you will explore a local art area including galleries, artist-run centres and more. $40 per tour or $125 for all four!

Explore Toronto’s Culinary Neighbourhoods
Saturdays | 1 – 3:30 p.m.
April 17: Little India
April 24: Kensington
May 1: Chinatown
May 8: Little Italy
Talk, tour and taste your way through the city’s fantastic culinary hot spots, markets and neighbourhoods. Get the insider's scoop with a cultural perspective, and learn the personal stories of Toronto's food experts. $40 per tour or $125 for all 4!

From Beer to There
Thursdays | 6:30– 8:30 p.m. April 15- May 27*
A beer tasting and appreciation course for beginner beer enthusiasts or the experienced guzzler! This course will take you through the origins and different types of beer, appropriate food pairings and introduce you to some of the best beer bars in the city. $150 (*No classes May 10-14)

Film & Food Club (Studio Theatre and MBCS)
Thursdays | 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Winter: Feb. 4- 18 Spring: April 29-May 20*
If you love film and food, this course is for you! In each session, you’ll watch and discuss a film while enjoying scrumptious treats based on the theme of the film. A fun way to meet new people and develop your cooking skills! $40 per workshop or $100 for all three! (*No classes May 10-14)


Bookmaking (Lakeside Terrace)
Weekend Workshop (Two days) Sat & Sun March 6 & 7 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Learn the fundamentals of creating hand-bound books, complete a number of small books using various binding and cutting techniques and complete a large scrapbook. $150 (materials included)

Drawing and Pen & Ink (Miss Lou’s Room)
Wednesdays | 6:30– 8:30 p.m. Winter: Feb. 3- Mar 10 Spring: April 14- May 26*
Learn the combination of graphite and coloured pencil drawing techniques with in this course suitable for all skill levels. Explore methods for drawing with ongoing demonstration and still life study. $180 (plus $20 materials fee) (*No classes May 10-14)

Painting (Miss Lou’s Room)
Tuesdays | 6:30– 8:30 p.m. Winter: Feb. 2- March 9 Spring: April 13- May 25*
Participants will learn a variety of techniques and discover line, shape and contour, and colour working with acrylics, watercolour and other mediums. $180 (plus $20 materials fee) (*No classes May 10-14)

Printmaking 101 (Lakeside Terrace)
Tuesdays | 6:30– 8:30 p.m. Feb. 2- March 9
Discover the rich history and practice of the art of printmaking. Using a variety of techniques for the novice printmaker, participants will use a variety of traditional and contemporary techniques to create their prints. $150 (Plus $20 materials fee)

Reconstruction Fashion (Studio Lab 2)
Thursdays | 6:30– 8:30 p.m. Winter: Feb. 4- March 11 Spring: April 15- May 27*
Fundamentals of design provide the basis for participants to create sketches, illustrate, design and execute projects from start to finish. Learn to work with raw fabrics and old clothing to turn a new look to an old favourite. $150 (materials not included) (*No classes May 10-14)

Sewing 101 (Studio Lab 2)
Tuesdays | 6:30– 8:30 p.m. Winter: Feb. 2-March 9
Learn the basics of machine sewing in this introductory course designed for the budding textile artist or fashion designer. No previous experience is necessary. $150 (plus $20 materials fee)

Sewing from a Pattern (Studio Lab 2)
Wednesdays | 6:30– 8:30 p.m. Winter: Feb. 3- March 10 Spring: April 14- May 26*
Learn to sew an article of clothing by following a commercial pattern. From finding the right pattern, to purchasing the right material, to planning and execution of the work, you will leave this class with the confidence to sew your own clothes! Prerequisite: it is recommended that you have taken Sewing 101 or an equivalent, and are comfortable with a sewing machine. $150 (materials not included) (*No classes May 10-14)

Toronto Island Watercolour Sketchbook
Saturdays | 1– 4 p.m. April 17- May 8
An introduction to sketchbooking 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-honored tradition. For three of the four sessions, the group will head over to Toronto Island by ferry/water taxi in quest of sketchbook material.
$40 per workshop or $125 for all four! (Does not include transportation)

NEW! Chip Carving (Miss Lou’s Room)
Weekend Workshop (Two days) | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sat & Sun Feb. 27 & 28
Learn the fundamentals of chip carving in soft wood, including basic techniques to complete a sampler to use for reference in future carving projects. Complete a carved picture, mirror frame or a carved treasure box using these techniques in class.
$150 (materials included)


Creating Your Own Website (Studio Lab 3)
Tuesdays | 6:30– 8:30 p.m. Winter: Feb. 2- March 9, Spring: April 14 - May 25*
Don’t be afraid – the internet can be your friend! Learn the ins and outs of using the World Wide Web to your full advantage. Whether you are creating a website for your home business, blog site or just for fun, this course will teach you to create your own web page from start to finish in our media lab. Note: this course is for absolute beginners! $200 (*No classes May 10-14)

Demystifying the Digital Camera (Studio Lab 3)
One-Day Workshop | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27
This workshop explains in non-technical terms the basics of digital photography and how it differs from conventional, film-based photography. Learn about the features of digital cameras, printers, scanners and recording media. $75

Digital Photography Manipulation (Studio Lab 3)
Weekend Workshop (Two days) | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. March 6 & 7
Get a grip on digital lingo and learn to use your digital camera effectively. In this class, students will review the fundamentals of image capture operation, proper exposure and developing a creative eye. The instructor will discuss the digital dos and don’ts of creating successful image and explore basic image correction in photo imaging software and the final output of your images – a letter-sized print. Basic computer knowledge is recommended. $100

Wednesdays | 6:30– 8:30 p.m. April 14 -May 26*
Make your voice heard! This course will explore technical, creative and effective tools for planning and implementing both audio and video casts through hands-on assignments and workshops with experienced facilitators. $200 (*No classes May 10-14)

Authors at Harbourfront Centre Book Club (Tea Room)
3rd Tuesday of each month | 6:30–8 p.m. Sept. 15– May 18
The ever-popular book club continues. Sessions feature guest speakers and books hand-picked from Authors at Harbourfront Centre programming, including the International Festival of Authors. Fees are prorated and include a one-year Authors at Harbourfront Centre membership.


Introduction to Jewellery
8-week course, 3 hrs/week (evening/weekends available), year-round
Learn a wide range of jewellery techniques (piercing, soldering, drilling, filing, polishing, etc) to create samples and finished pieces. Please call 416-973-4994 for more info. $310 (includes lab fee and cost of some materials)

Intermediate Jewellery
8-week course, 3 hrs/week (evening/weekends available), year-round
The next step once you’ve learned the basics. Topics covered include colour, material, chain-making, stone setting and more! Please call 416-973-4994 for more info. $310 (includes lab fee and cost of some materials)

5-week course, 3 hrs/week (evenings), year-round
Felting, silk-screen printing, sewing, quilting, embroidery, appliqué techniques and more! Please call 416-973-4952 for more info. 5 week course: $265 (includes lab fee and materials). One day course (6 hours): $165

Glass Blowing
Friday -Sunday (20 hours in total) Sept. -May
This course covers solid (ie paperweights) and blown forms (cups, bowls, plates), colour application, hot and cold techniques and use of studio equipment. Please call 416-973-4951 for more info. $350 (includes lab fee)

8-week course, 3 hrs/week (evenings) Year-round
Make cups, vases and bowls on the pottery wheel and by hand-building.
Techniques include throwing, coining, slab, trimming, decoration and glazing. Please call 416-973-4994 for more info. $310 (includes lab fee and materials)

Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on a 10-acre site in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront.


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