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Last chance to upgrade your skills at
Harbourfront Centre’s Courses & Workshops

Learn something new before classes let out for the summer!


TORONTO, ON (March. 24, 2010) – This spring you can learn to walk a tightrope, become a beer connoisseur, or discover some of Toronto’s favorite artistic and culinary neighbourhoods! These are just some of the exciting Courses & Workshops offered at Harbourfront Centre before going on hiatus for the summer months (except Circus classes which continue through to August).

These fun, affordable and innovative workshops are designed for people who want to learn something new and develop their artistic talents. They also provide the perfect environment to boost creativity and expand your social circle with like-minded individuals.

There is something for everyone! Courses & Workshops are offered in 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.

This session of Courses & Workshops runs from April to May 2010 (no classes May 10-14). Courses resume in September 2010. To register or for more information, call 416-973-4093 or visit harbourfrontcentre.com. Register early to avoid disappointment!

SPRING 2010 COURSES & WORKSHOPS
PERFORMING ARTS

Circus
Wednesdays | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Session 1: June 9 - July 14
Session 2: July 21 - Aug 25
Ever wanted to learn to juggle or walk on stilts? How about acrobatics, aerial and tightrope? Harbourfront Centre’s famous Circus Camp just came to town…for adults! Led by Marsha Kennington, instructor/trainer with Cirque du Monde, social/action division of Cirque du Soleil.
$30 per class or the entire six-week session for just $150!

URBAN & CULTURAL STUDIES

Coffee 101
Wednesdays 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. April 14 - May 5
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

Discover Toronto’s Artistic Neighbourhoods
Saturdays | 1– 3:30 p.m. April 17 - May 8
April 17: Harbourfront Centre and the Distillery District
April 24: Richmond St. & 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 – May 8
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 four!

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
Thursday | 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. 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

CONTEMPORARY VISUAL ARTS & DESIGN


Drawing and Pen & Ink
Wednesdays | 6:30– 8:30 p.m. April 14- May 26*
Learn the combination of graphite and coloured pencil drawing techniques in this course suitable for all skill levels. Explore methods for drawing with ongoing demonstration and still life study. $180 (materials not included) (*No classes May 10-14)

Painting
Tuesdays | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. April 13 - May 25*
Participants will learn a variety of techniques and discover line, shape/contour, and colour working with acrylics, watercolour and other mediums. $180 (materials not included) (*No classes May 10-14)

Reconstruction Fashion
Thursdays | 6:30– 8:30 p.m. 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 from a Pattern
Wednesdays | 6:30– 8:30 p.m. 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 or materials)

MEDIA STUDIES

Creating Your Own Website
Tuesdays | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. April 13 - 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)

Podcasting
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)

LITERARY ARTS

Authors at Harbourfront Centre Book Club
3rd Tuesday of each month | 6:30 – 8 p.m. Continuing until 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.
$100

CRAFT STUDIO COURSES

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)

Textiles
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. Five-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)

Ceramics
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)

ABOUT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE
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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