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Beat the winter blues by learning something new!

Harbourfront Centre’s Red Hot Learning courses start January 2011

TORONTO, ON (Jan. 7, 2011) – This winter, avoid the winter blues by signing up for one of Harbourfront Centre’s Red Hot Learning Courses (as part of the re-vamped Courses & Workshops programme). Our new term starts Jan. 15 and features an exciting array of courses designed to help adults ignite their creativity!

This season Harbourfront Centre features 13 new courses, custom-made to bring out your inner artist, fashionista or chef. Highlights include the World Routes Dinner Series that encourages participants to explore, indulge and surrender to their favourite vices; a Tai Chi workshop that promotes relaxation, improved posture, coordination, breathing, stamina and concentration techniques; and a Social Media for Artists course that teaches artists how to grow their audience through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and blogs. With 35 courses in total to choose from, there’s a course to suit everyone’s taste!

Red Hot Learning 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 that makes learning a new skill easy for novice and experienced participants alike.

The winter/spring semester of Red Hot Learning Courses & Workshops runs from January to May 2011. Register early to avoid disappointment! Not certain a class is right for you? Check out our open house on Jan. 22, 2011 for a sneak peak of what’s in store! To register for courses or for more information, call 416-973-4093 or visit

Winter/Spring 2011 COURSES & WORKSHOPS:
Contemporary Visual Arts & Design

Drawing in Pen & Ink
Wednesdays, Feb. 2-March 9 (6 weeks), Feb. 2- 23 (4 weeks), April 6-May 18 (6 weeks), April 6-27(4 weeks), 6:30 p.m. (2 hours)
Explore composition, form, perspective, shading and texture using the combination of graphite and coloured pencil drawing techniques. This course includes demonstrations and a great deal of individual attention, which is perfect for both beginners and advanced students. $160 (4 weeks) or $200 (6 weeks). Materials not included.

Tuesdays, Feb. 1-March 8 (6 weeks), Feb. 1-22 (4 weeks), April 5-May 17 (6 weeks), April 5-26 (4 weeks), 6:30 p.m. (2 hours)
Be the next Picasso while discovering line, shape and contour, composition, and colour while working with acrylic paints or watercolours. Work from objects in still life study or from photographs. With demonstrations and a great deal of individual attention, this course is perfect for both beginners and advanced students. $160 (4 weeks) or $200 (6 weeks). Materials not included.

Collage and Assemblage
Thursdays, Feb. 3-24 (4 weeks), April 7-28 (4 weeks), 6:30 p.m. (2 hours)
Delve into the diverse and subversive world of collage and assemblage and its connection to art history, pop culture, and social unrest and change. Learn the basics of composition, content, and the incorporation of found objects, imagery and text as you create your own series of work. $160

Wednesdays, April 6-27 (4 weeks) 6:30 p.m. (2 hours)
Uncover the rich history and practice of the art of printmaking. Learn the simple beauty of collagraph printing or the relief techniques used in lino-block printing. Use a variety of techniques, both historical and contemporary, to create your own series of prints. $160

Paper & Card Making
Thursdays, April 7-28 (4 weeks), 6:30 p.m. (2 hours)
In this environmentally-friendly class, use recycled fibers, plants and seeds to create beautiful handmade cards and gifts. Learn how to mix your own paper pulp recipes, how to embed pressed plant materials and seeds into your paper, and how to design and assemble your own card sets for gift-giving or sale. $160

Intro to Sewing
Tuesdays, Feb. 1-26 (4 weeks), April 5-26 (4 weeks), 6:30 p.m. (2 hours)
Think of the money you'd save if you could sew your own garments! In this introductory course, learn the basics of machine sewing, commercial patterns, and how to choose the best fabric for your project. Create a bag or your own piece of clothing as you learn new skills or improve upon existing ones. $160. Materials not included.

Reconstruction Fashion
Wednesdays, Feb. 2-23 (4 weeks), April 6-27 (4 weeks), 6:30 p.m. (2 hours)
Want to be the next big designer? Well, now you can! Turn your old clothes into new fashions! Fundamentals of design provide the basis for you to produce sketches and to design and execute projects from start to finish. Learn to work with raw fabrics and old clothing to create a new look from an old favorite. $160. Materials not included.

Portable Weaving
Wednesdays, Feb.2-March 23 (4 weeks), 6:30 p.m. (2 hours)
Weaving is therapeutic, cross-cultural, and one of the world's most ancient art forms. Learn fun and funky weaving techniques on portable looms with recycled materials. Participants will create a bag or purse, a belt, and will explore various global traditions of braiding. $160 or $45 per session. $10 for materials.

One and Two-Day Workshops

Gluten-Free Baking
Thursday, Jan. 20, 6 p.m. (3 hours)
Gluten intolerance is no reason to miss out on delicious baked goods! With the help of a professional chef instructor from Liaison College of Culinary Arts, discover the possibilities of gluten-free baking. Come and learn new gluten-free recipes and share in the tasty treats! $50

Cooking for Two
Saturday, Jan. 29, 10 a.m. (4 hours)
Are you sick of ordering in? Learn quick, easy meals that will help you get through the week. Under the guidance of a professional chef instructor from Liaison College of Culinary Arts, discover how simple and delicious nutritious cooking can be. *In conjunction with Liason College. $45 per person.

Carving for Beginners
Saturday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m. (6 hours)
Learn the fundamentals of chip carving in soft wood, including basic techniques to complete a sampler for use as a reference in future carving projects. Complete a carved picture, mirror frame or a carved treasure box using these techniques in class. Students must purchase their own carving knife. All other materials are included. $180

Digital Photography Manipulation
Saturday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m. (3 hours)
Get a grip on digital lingo and learn how to take a better picture using digital manipulation. Learn how to use photo imaging software to correct the colour, exposure, and contrast of your pictures. Basic computer knowledge is recommended. $50

Sinful Sweets
Saturday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m. (4 hours)
Under the guidance of a professional chef with Liaison College of Culinary Arts, participants will create delectably rich sweets. Explore the wonderful world of chocolate and other desserts that will be sure to get your mouth watering! $40

Modern Batik Clothing Printing
Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 19 & 20, 10 a.m. (6 hours)
The word batik means "wax written". It's a method of decorating cloth by covering part of it with a coat of wax and then dying the cloth. The end result is a gorgeous fabric mixing vibrant colour and intricate designs. In this workshop, you'll learn the modern techniques used in batik, its historical context and theoretical foundations as you produce your very own batik print to take home! $180

Parent and Child Cooking Class
Saturday, Feb. 26, 10 a.m. (4 hours)
Working with a professional chef from the Liaison College of Culinary Arts, this fun class will teach you and your little one recipes that are kid-friendly, nutritious and, most importantly, tasty! Children must be at least six years of age. *In conjunction with Liason College. $60, $15 for each additional child.

Blogging and Social Media Basics
Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m. (3 hours)
Explore the world of Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and blogging and learn how to use it all to your advantage. Whether you're an aspiring internet celebrity, small business owner, or you just have something to say, this workshop will guide you through the challenges of creating and maintaining your online identity. This course is perfect for beginners, although basic computer knowledge is recommended. $50

Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m. (6 hours)
Discover the simple beauty and art of bookmaking. Learn the fundamentals of creating hand-bound books using various binding and cutting techniques, creating everything from simple accordion books to hand-bound journals and scrapbooks. $180

Card Making
Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m. (2 hours)
Learn to make beautiful cards by hand and be prepared for any occasion! This one-day workshop will give you the know-how to create cards that are sure to leave lasting impressions on friends and loved ones. Using a wide array of materials and techniques, from stencil cutting to lino-block printing, the creative spirit is sure to "envelope" you. $40

Alternative Acrylic Techniques
Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m. (6 hours)
Explore the ways that acrylic painting can emulate water colours, oil and encaustic painting. Examine photocopy and digital transfers, collage, and alternative painting surfaces such as wood, Plexiglas, fabric and metal. Discuss composition, colour relationships and the wider impact of image making in the contemporary art world. This course is perfect for painters with some experience in acrylics. $180

Farmers Market Tour & Culinary Experience
Saturday, April 30 or May 7, 10 a.m. (5 hours)
Tour Toronto's farmer's markets with a professional chef instructor from Liaison College of Culinary Arts, and see what our local farmers have to offer. On this exploratory tour of the market, you'll be encouraged to expand your palate and try something different with the produce you discover. Back in the kitchen, you'll use your treasures to create a culinary masterpiece, how fun! *In conjunction with Liason College. $40

Wholesome Beginnings
Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m. (4 hours)
Using fresh ingredients, work with a professional chef instructor from Liaison College to create healthy, well-balanced baby food for your wee ones. $45

Media Studies

Intro to Web Design
Tuesdays, Feb.1-March 8 (6 weeks), 6:30 p.m. (2 hours)
Dot com yourself! Whether you're creating a website for your home business, blog, or just for fun, this course guides you from start to finish using easy to understand software, slides and tutorials. This course is perfect for absolute beginners who want to feel confident about getting online! $225

Social Media for Artists
Tuesdays, April 5-26 (4 weeks), 6:30 p.m. (2 hours)
Got something to say? In the world of Web 2.0, social media offers the best opportunity for artists to grow and prosper by engaging their audience. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and blogs are fun, free, and used by millions of people each day. This course is designed specifically with artists in mind and will teach you how best to leverage these digital spaces to promote your art! $135

Basic Point-and-Shoot Photography
Wednesdays, Feb.2-23 (4 weeks), 6:30 p.m. (2 hours)
Take better pictures! Explore the principles of composition, lighting, and camera operation and learn how to apply these ideas to your photography. This course offers a hands-on approach by pairing classroom instruction with practical shooting and peer review. $180

Fundamentals of DSLR Photography
Wednesdays, April 6-May 18 (6 weeks), 6:30 p.m. (2 hours)
Learn how to use your DSLR camera in manual mode and bring your photography skills to the next level. Touching on topics such as exposure, white balance, f-stops, ISO settings, depth of field and metering, you'll learn through discussion and hands-on practical experience. Bring your DSLR camera and a fully charged battery! $225

Photography Series
Saturdays, April 16-May 28 (4 weeks) 1 p.m. (3 hours)
Are you ready to get out and shoot? This course is perfect for those with a basic understanding of photography wanting to explore each topic under the guidance of a professional instructor. Let's look at the world through the lens of a camera. Please note: this course takes place off-site. $180 or $50 per session.

Literary Arts and Film

Intro to Creative Writing
Wednesdays, Feb. 2-23 (4 weeks) 6:30 p.m. (2 hours)
Learn the techniques and tools to take you one step closer to getting published. This course covers the fundamentals of character development, plot, setting, structure and more in a fun and relaxed environment. You'll also have the opportunity to have your writing workshopped by peers and a CBC Canada Reads author. This course is perfect for beginners and recreational writers! $160

Book Club
3rd Tuesday/month, ongoing until May 17, 6:30 p.m. (1.5 hours)
Toronto's best book club returns! Meet other book lovers, discuss fascinating topics and expand your world. Our monthly book club features guest speakers and books hand-picked from Authors at Harbourfront Centre programming (including the International Festival of Authors). As an added bonus, register and receive a FREE one-year Authors at Harbourfront Centre membership. $100

Film and Food Series
Saturdays, Feb. 26-April 30 (3 sessions), 6 p.m. (3 hours)
Love food? Love film? In this class, prepare a delicious meal based on the film's theme under the guidance of a Liaison College professional chef instructor. Enjoy the meal while you watch and discuss the film with our facilitator, Valerie Buhagiar. This year's lineup features hot, homegrown talent, with the occasional visit from local filmmakers. *In partnership with Liaison College of Culinary Arts. $180 or $65 per session.

Performing Arts

Tai Chi
Wednesdays, April 27-May 25 (4 weeks), 6:30 p.m. (1 hour)
Tai Chi is a sophisticated martial art and a powerful mind-body health system based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine. Through the teaching of the Yin-Yang principles of dynamic balance, you'll learn relaxation, improved posture, coordination, breathing, stamina and concentration. Tai Chi may easily be adapted for those with special needs. Please note: this is an outdoor course that may be relocated indoors in the event of inclement weather. $120

Tuesdays, Feb. 1-22 (4 weeks), 6:30 p.m. (1 hour)
Flamenco is more than simply a style of dance! It's a way of living that combines spirituality and physicality. Learn this legendary and sensual dance of Spain. This course will cover footwork, upper torso and hand movements, palmas (hand clapping) and rhythm. This course is perfect for beginners and advanced dancers alike. No partner required! $120

Djembe Drumming
Saturdays, April 9-30 (4 weeks), 1 p.m. (1.5 hours)
Discover your soul's rhythm! A djembe is a skin-covered hand drum shaped like a large goblet and played with bare hands. Interactive rhythm and drumming exercises will guide you to an overall understanding of rhythms, traditions and culture, using traditional djembe instruments. Drums will be provided and no experience is required. $135

Capoeira Capoeira!
Tuesdays, April 5-26 (4 weeks), 6:30 p.m. (1 hour)
Discover the intersection of art and sport! Capoeira is an ancient, movement-based Afro-Brazilian art form combining elements of martial arts, music and dance. This introductory course covers all aspects including culture and language. It focuses on developing rhythm, reflexes, balance, co-ordination and increasing strength and flexibility. $120

Culinary Arts

World Routes Dinner Series
Saturdays, Jan. 15-May 17 (5 sessions), 5 p.m. (4 hours)
Inspired by our highly successful summer festivals! Explore cuisine from different regions of the world on this tour of the senses. Working in partnership with Liaison College of Culinary Arts, participants will help prepare a three-course dinner under the guidance of a professional chef instructor. You'll also have an opportunity to engage with a sommelier that will pair wines with your creations. Every month will feature a different region/country. $350 or $75/session

Urban Indulgence Series
Thursdays, Feb. 17-May 19 (4 sessions), 6:30 p.m. (2 hours)
You know you've got at least one weak spot. In this course, explore, indulge and surrender to one – if not all – of your favorite vices. Each session focuses on the following favorites: coffee, wine, tea and beer. Learn all about the history, production and processing. Then comes the most important part – sampling! A fun and informative course for people who love to spoil themselves. $145 or $40 per session.

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 the 10-acre site it operates in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront.


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