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Add Some Spice to Your Life By Learning Something New!

Harbourfront Centre’s Red Hot Learning Courses start April 2011

TORONTO, ON (March 10, 2011) – This spring, melt the ice by signing up for one of Harbourfront Centre’s Red Hot Learning Courses (as part of the re-vamped Courses & Workshops programme). Our new programmes begin April 5 and feature a sizzling variety of courses designed to help ignite your creativity!

Starting in April, Harbourfront Centre will be featuring a wide array of new courses to choose from, along with previous favorites, custom-made to bring out your inner artist, writer or chef extraordinaire! Highlights include: Interactive Farmer’s Market Tour & Culinary Experience where you can see what Ontario’s local farmers have to offer; Outdoor 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.

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 spring semester of Red Hot Learning Courses & Workshops run from April to May 2011. Register early to avoid disappointment! To register for courses or for more information, call 416-973-4093 or visit


Contemporary Visual Arts & Design

Drawing/ Pen & Ink
Wednesdays, 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, 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, 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 fibres, 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, 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, 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.

One and Two-Day Workshops

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

Farmer’s 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 of Culinary Arts to create healthy, well-balanced baby food for your wee ones. $45

Media Studies

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

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

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

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

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

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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