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Let your creativity flow at Harbourfront Centre!

Courses & Workshops for youth, adults and families start this September!


TORONTO, ON (Thursday, Sept.8, 2011) – Discover your inner artist, writer, chef or fashionista at Harbourfront Centre’s fall season of Courses & Workshops. The new term begins this September and offers a rich spectrum of fun and challenging courses designed to bridge the gap between learning and contemporary culture.

Each season, Harbourfront Centre offers crafters and culture vultures of all ages the opportunity to embark on a learning experience led by talented local craftspeople. From structured educational workshops to spontaneous discoveries, youth, adults and families can explore the diverse world of art and culture from local, national and international perspectives.

A few tips to enhance your learning experience at Harbourfront Centre:

Come with an open mind: Individuals seeking a creative outlet will find that Harbourfront Centre provides a dynamic, enlightening and inclusive place for people of all ages and backgrounds to learn. With an exciting array of cultural, educational and recreational programmes to choose from, there is a course or workshop to suit everyone’s skill level and interest.

Don’t worry about time commitments: Harbourfront Centre’s four and six-week courses open the doors for those looking for new and exciting hobbies, while our one and two-day workshops offer just the right amount of instruction for those who want to meet new people and try something new without the long-term commitment.

Get ready to have fun: Harbourfront Centre’s team of qualified and friendly instructors help both novice and experienced students feel comfortable in the classroom. These fun, affordable and innovative classes are designed for people who want to learn something new and develop their artistic talents. Harbourfront Centre is the perfect environment for individuals to boost creativity and expand their social circles with like-minded individuals!

The fall Courses & Workshops session runs from September to December 2011. Register early as each programme requires a minimum number of participants to run. To register or for more information, the public can call 416-973-4093 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com/courses

FALL 2011 COURSES & WORKSHOPS
VISUAL ARTS COURSES:

• Abstract Painting
Wednesday, Nov.30 to Dec.14 at 6:30 p.m. (Miss Lou’s Room West)
Through a series of instructor-led exercises with Meg Skyvington, participants are encouraged to investigate and create their own series of abstract paintings. This course also discusses principals of design within the visual space of paintings and how to plan a painting. Perfect for both beginners and more advanced artists (materials not included).
Cost: $120

• Drawing and Pen & Ink
Wednesdays, Sept.28 to Nov. 9 or Sept. 28 to Dec.14 at 6:30 p.m. (Miss Lou’s Room East)
With the help of instructor Jacqueline Treloar, participants explore composition, form, perspective, shading, and texture using the combination of graphite and coloured pencil drawing techniques with the beauty and delicacy of pen and ink. With demonstrations and a great deal of individual attention, this course is perfect for both beginners and advanced students (materials not included).
Note: No classes October 24-28
Cost: $200 for six weeks, $350 for 11 weeks

• Drawing: Portraiture
Thursdays, Nov.3-24 at 6 p.m. (Studio Lab 1)
Through instructor-lead exercises with Meg Skyvington, participants learn to recreate each facial feature before focusing on the whole. Throughout the progression, participants are encouraged to push the bounds of their creativity by including colour and texture to conceive a work of art that truly expresses its subject. With an emphasis on personal growth and development, this course is perfect for both beginners and more advanced artists (materials not included).
Cost: $160

• Lantern Making
Tuesdays, Nov. 1-29 at 6:30 p.m. (Miss Lou’s Room West)
Alison Reid shows participants how to use environmentally friendly materials and the designs provided to create a frame and interior lighting structure. Using paper and a variety of other décor materials, participants cover their frames to create a beautiful finished lantern (most materials included).
Cost: 5 weeks $200

• Mosaics
Tuesdays, Nov.1 to Dec.6 at 6:30 p.m. (Studio Lab 2)
Participants create images with an assemblage of different tesserae such as glass, china, and pebbles. These techniques, taught by Akram Gabra, can be applied to a variety of surfaces and projects of varying scales, but all participants will leave with a 12” x 12” piece of wall décor and the tools and techniques to continue creating on their own (materials included).
Cost: $235 for six weeks

• Painting
Tuesdays, Sept. 27 to Nov.8 or Sept. 27 to Dec.13 at 6:30 p.m. (Miss Lou’s Room East)
Participants work from objects in still life study or from photographs. With demonstrations by Jacqueline Treloar and a great deal of individual attention, this course is perfect for both beginners and advanced students (materials not included).
Note: No classes October 24-28
Cost: $200 for six weeks, $350 for 11 weeks

• Printmaking
Wednesdays, Nov.2-23 at 6:30 p.m. (Studio Lab 1)
Participants uncover the rich history and practice of the art of printmaking. They learn the simple beauty of collagraph printing or the relief techniques used in lino block printing. Using a variety of techniques, both historical and contemporary, participants are shown how to create their own incredible series of prints (some materials included).
Cost: $160

• Sculpting with Paper Mache
Wednesdays, Nov. 2-23 at 6:30 p.m. (Miss Lou’s Room West)
Inspired by personal drawing exercises, Meg Skyvington shows participants how to create a wire armature on a small base. With a focus on structure and layering, the armature is be built up with paper pulp and Japanese paper and beautifully finished to create a unique and personal sculpture. Upon completion of this course, participants will leave with their own work of art and the skills to continue creating (materials included).
Cost: $200
VISUAL ARTS WORKSHOPS (ONE & TWO-DAY):

• Bookmaking: Hardcover Books
Saturday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m. (Studio Lab 1)
In a one-day workshop participants learn the fundamentals of creating hand-bound books using various binding and cutting techniques taught by Don Taylor, to create a traditional hardcover book. At the end of the day, participants take home a custom-made book (materials included).
Cost: $180

• Bookmaking: Leather-bound Books
Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. (Studio Lab 1)
In a one-day workshop participants learn the fundamentals of creating hand-bound books using various binding and cutting techniques taught by Don Taylor to create a medieval style leather-bound journal with suede lining. At the end of the day, participants take home a custom-made book (materials included).
Cost: $180

• Japanese Papermaking
Saturday, Nov. 12 & Sunday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m. (Miss Lou’s Room West)
During a two-day workshop, participants have the chance to discover the tradition of Japanese papermaking with instructor Meg Skyvington! In this very hands-on workshop, participants learn the historical process of hand-beating and pulling paper. Working in teams, participants will create stacks of beautiful paper that can be used in a variety of ways, from craft projects to ink drawings! This workshop is a suited to graduates of the Sculpting with Paper Mache course. (Materials included).
Cost: $150 *Note: This is a two-day workshop

• Needlefelting for Beginners
Saturday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m. (Studio Lab 2)
In a one-day workshop with instructor Sarah Rosensweet, participants learn about the basic skills and materials required to start needlefelting and work to complete both a two-dimensional and three-dimensional project. With practical applications in fashion, jewellery, and craft, participants leave with the confidence and supplies to continue creating (materials included).
Cost: $80

• Needlefelted Holiday Ornaments
Saturday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m. (Miss Lou’s Room East)
This one-day workshop with Sarah Rosensweet is the perfect opportunity to add something heartfelt to holiday traditions while learning a new skill! Participants learn about the basic skills and materials required for needle felting. Using templates provided or their own creativity, participants complete a series of ornaments, which they can take home (materials included).
Cost: $60

• Paper Decorating
Saturday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m. (Studio Lab 1)
A traditional skill of the bookbinder, participants have the chance to discover the art of creating traditional and modern paste papers in this one-day workshop. They learn a variety of techniques from instructor Don Taylor for printing beautiful designs on various types of paper (materials included).
Cost: $80

• Walking Our Walk: Art on the Island (Off-site)
Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. (Off-site)
In this one-day workshop, participants learn about the Toronto Islands environment and artist community on a walk with Talia Erlich. Participants explore and reflect on their experiences on the Island and create a unique and personal piece of art: a sand casting of their very own footprint (materials included, transportation not included).
Cost: $75

FASHION & DESIGN COURSES:

• Designing with Darts
Wednesdays, Nov. 16 to Dec. 7, 6:30 p.m. (Studio Lab 2)
Participants learn how to manipulate a basic bodice pattern to get the look they want. Working from a basic bodice pattern, participants learn a variety of techniques such as adding flare, tucks, and princess seams, to create different styles. With an emphasis on understanding and altering patterns, participants leave with the skills to confidently continue creating on their own! A basic knowledge of sewing is recommended for this course (materials included).
Cost: $175

• Intro to Sewing
Wednesdays, Sept.28 to Nov.9, 6:30 p.m. (Studio Lab 2)
In this introductory course, participants learn the basics of machine sewing, commercial patterns, and how to choose the best fabric for their project. Participants create a bag or their own piece of clothing learning new skills or improving upon existing ones (materials not included).
Note: No classes October 24-28
Cost: $200

FASHION & DESIGN WORKSHOPS (ONE DAY):

• Everyday Sewing Basics
Saturday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m. (Studio Lab 2)
In this one-day workshop, participants learn basic hand and machine sewing skills necessary to increase the life of one’s wardrobe, including replacing buttons, simple stitches to hem pants and skirts, and creative ways to repair rips and tears (most materials included).
Cost: $50

• Glass Tile Pendants
Saturday, Dec 10, 1:30 p.m. (Studio Lab 2)
In this one-day workshop, participants create beautiful pendants using glass tiles, Japanese paper, and collage with instructor Deborah Nolan learning how to string their pendants on a necklace or bracelet, finishing with crimps and fasteners. A great accessory for any woman with fashion sense!
Cost: $60

• Sewing Machine Basics
Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. (Studio Lab 2)
In this introductory one-day workshop, participants learn about the parts of the sewing machine and become comfortable with their various functions. Plenty of practice time is provided to work on tension and types of stitches with instructor Erin Keatch. This course is perfect for the complete beginner and materials are included.
Cost: $50

PHOTOGRAPHY COURSES:

• Fundamentals of DSLR Photography
Tuesdays, Sept.27 to Nov.8, 6:30 p.m. (Studio Lab 3)
Participants learn how to use your DSLR camera in manual mode with Erin Riley who will touch on topics such as exposure, white balance, f-stops, ISO settings, depth of field and metering. Participants must have their own DSLR camera with a fully-charged battery.
Note: No classes October 24-28
Cost: $225

• Photo Books
Tuesdays, Nov.16 to Dec.7, 6:30 p.m. (Studio Lab 3)
This course taught by Erin Riley guides participants who already have a project in mind or a selection of photographs as they produce a custom photo book. Participants learn about editing, sequencing photographs, page layouts, and working with text.
Cost: $180 (cost of book printing not included).

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS (ONE DAY):

• Rayographs: Alternative Photographic Processes
Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. (Off-site)
In this one-day workshop, participants explore the beautiful Toronto Islands with Kasia Ulbin and learn their way around the darkroom in this creative exploration of an alternative photographic process. In the darkroom, participants create Rayographs (photographic images made without a camera by placing objects directly onto photo-sensitive paper and exposing it to light). No photography experience or camera required (materials included, transportation not included).
Cost: $80

• Camera Flash Made Easy
Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. (Studio Lab 3)
Instructor Erin Riley teaches participants how manipulate lighting using camera flash to create stronger images. From on-camera and built-in to multiple wireless flashes, this is an opportunity to discover the impact a little lighting can have on photography. Participants learn how to use flash indoors, in silhouetted situations, and on a sunny day. This one-day workshop is perfect for participants who already have a working knowledge of their own DSLR camera.
Cost: $80

WEB & SOCIAL MEDIA COURSES:

• Intro to Web Design
Thursdays, Nov.3 to Dec.8, 6:30 p.m. (Studio Lab 3)
Participants, with the help of instructor Floyd Manning, learn basic HTML and CSS and build the foundation to feel confident in their online experience! This course is perfect for beginners, although basic computer knowledge is recommended.
Cost: $225

• Social Media 1.0
Wednesdays, Sept.28 to Nov.2, 6:30 p.m. (Studio Lab 3)
Participants learn how to use the social media explosion to their advantage by learning how to create and post content in a hands-on environment with instructor Amanda Lynne Ballard. This course guides participants through the challenges of creating and maintaining an online identity. A perfect introduction for the social media novice – basic computer knowledge is recommended.
Cost: $180

• Social Media 2.0
Wednesdays, Nov.9 to Dec.14, 6:30 p.m. (Studio Lab 3)
With the instruction of Amanda Lynne Ballard, participants learn how to manage multiple accounts, explore digital marketing strategy and program development, and understand how to effectively use third-party platforms. Suitable for marketing managers and business professionals as well as the social media inclined. Participants should have some previous experience working with social media.
Cost: $180

WEB & SOCIAL MEDIA WORKSHOPS (ONE DAY):

• Digital Strategy Intensive
Saturday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m. (Studio Lab 3)
From creating a solid brand persona to time management, content creation, and program implementation, this one-day intensive workshop with Amanda Lynne Ballard is great for participants seeking to create a solid digital strategy that works for both the people involved and the brand (best suited to marketing professionals or enthusiasts).
Cost: $60

LITERARY ARTS COURSES:

• Book Club
Third Wednesday of each month, Sept. 21 through to May 16, 6 p.m. (Wednesday night readings when possible)
Toronto's best book club returns for book lovers to discuss fascinating topics with Jen Tindall and a chance to expand their world. This monthly book club features guest speakers and books hand-picked from Authors at Harbourfront Centre programming, including the International Festival of Authors (IFOA). As an added bonus, register and receive a FREE one-year Authors at Harbourfront Centre membership.
Cost: $113 (includes one-year Authors at Harbourfront Centre membership)

• Kick Start Your Creative Writing
Wednesdays, Sept.27 to Oct.11, 8 6:30 p.m.
New this year – participants, with the instruction of Brian Francis, have the chance to discover the tools to get their creative thinking skills started by finding ways to keep them motivated and get their imagination working in overdrive – all within a friendly and supportive environment. All classes include in-session writing exercises and take-home projects. Registrants will be expected to produce material on a weekly basis to share with the rest of the class.
Cost: $160

• Creative Writing: Aspiring Authors
Tuesdays, Nov. 1 to Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m.
This course is specifically designed for beginners and recreational writers. Participants learn the techniques and tools to take you one step closer to getting published. The course covers all the fundamentals like character development, plot, setting, structure and more in a fun and relaxed environment. All classes include in-session writing exercises and take-home projects with the instruction of Brian Francis. Registrants are expected to produce material on a weekly basis to share with the rest of the class.
Cost: $200

PERFORMING ARTS COURSES:

• Improv for Public Speaking
Thursdays, Nov. 3 to Dec. 8, 6:30 p.m. (Miss Lou’s Room)
Participants explore the basics of improvisation that focuses on a different theme each week, including listening, risk-taking, commitment, team-work, trust and fun! This course is perfect for those looking to challenge themselves, improve communication skills, and build confidence when speaking in public.
Cost: $180

• Scene Study: Practical Aesthetics
Tuesdays, Nov.1 to Dec.13, 6 p.m. (Studio Theatre)
In this course, participants learn how to analyze any scene, practice moment-to-moment connection with scene partners, and bring depth, richness, and specificity to their work. Guided by professional instructor Adam Bradley, participants have the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned as they work through scenes with a partner each week.
Cost: $300

CULINARY ARTS WORKSHOPS (ONE DAY):

• Cooking for Two: A Culinary Experience
Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. (Off-site)
Working under the guidance of world renowned Chef Mick Elliot, participants prepare and enjoy a three-course meal in this hands-on one-day workshop. This workshop is in partnership with Liaison College.
Cost: $120 (pair)

• Sweets and Treats
Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m. (Off-site)
Under the guidance of a professional chef instructor with Liaison College of Culinary Arts, participants create delectably rich sweets and treats and explore the chemistry and science of baking in this hands-on one-day workshop creating a series of desserts to taste and take home. This workshop is in partnership with Liaison College.
Cost: $80

• Wine & Food Pairing
Saturday, Nov. 5, 1 p.m. (Off-site)
This one-day workshop provides the chance for participants to expand their palette in this studio-style course! Participants watch and learn as a professional chef instructor with Liaison College of Culinary Arts prepares a variety of dishes to complement wines from around the world. This workshop is in partnership with Liaison College.
Cost: $140

YOUTH PROGRAMMING COURSES:

• Creating with Mixed Media
Tuesdays, Sept.27 to Oct.18, 6:30 p.m. (Studio Lab 1)
Participants learn the basics of composition, content and the incorporation of found objects, imagery and text by creating their own series of work with the instruction of Meg Skyvington. Perfect for beginners and those who want to expand and explore their creativity. (Materials not included).
Cost: $120

• The Drama Club
Wednesdays, Sept.28 to Dec.14, 6:30 p.m. (Studio Theatre)
This course, facilitated by Brittney A. Filek-Gibson, is perfect for the theatrically inclined; The Drama Club is a unique opportunity to explore the world and place of theatre within the context of downtown Toronto. Through a series of workshops, participants explore voice, movement, clown, acting technique, collective creation and more while working with classical texts that cover the canon from Shakespeare to Arthur Miller to Daniel MacIvor and everything in-between. At the end of the term, participants will produce a showcase of their own work on the Studio Theatre stage at Harbourfront Centre.
Cost: $275

• Drawing
Tuesdays, Nov.1 to Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m. (Studio Lab 1)
Participants work through portraiture and still life and find inspiration in both photographs and the world around them. With an emphasis on personal growth and development, this course, with instruction by Meg Skyvington, is perfect for both beginners and more advanced artists. (Materials not included, materials package available for a fee.
Cost: $175

• Fashion
Thursdays, Nov.3 to Dec.8, 6:30 p.m. (Studio Lab 2)
Community, creativity and empowerment is the mantra of the fashion design principles that participants explore in this fun, engaging and hands-on class with Marianne Jetté. Participants learn the concepts and fundamentals of fashion design with a strong focus on creating a positive self-image through collaborative and independent design projects.
Cost: $175

FAMILY PROGRAMMING WORKSHOPS:

• Candy Making for Families
Saturday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m. (Miss Lou’s Room East)
Participants create a variety of no-bake sweets and treats that can easily be recreated anywhere! This one-day workshop is suitable for children ages five and up accompanied by a parent or caregiver (materials included).
Cost: $60 for one parent/guardian and child, $15 for each additional child

• Family Band: Handmade Musical Instruments
Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. (Miss Lou’s Room East)
In this one-day workshop with Keith Tovey, participants learn about music throughout history and around the world: what is music and why is it important? What can we use to make music? Using everyday materials and a variety of techniques, participants make their own musical instruments to create a family band! This one-day workshop is suitable for children ages five and up accompanied by a parent or caregiver (materials included). Instructor: Keith Tovey
Cost: $50 for one parent/guardian and child, $15 for each additional child

• Family Puppet Making
Saturday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m. (Miss Lou’s Room East)
Brittney A. Filek-Gibson introduces participants to a variety of puppets and discover how each type can help tell stories or to celebrate. Finally, participants create puppets of their own and have the opportunity to perform their very own puppet show using our puppet theatre! This one-day workshop is suitable for children ages five and up accompanied by a parent or caregiver (materials included).
Cost: $50 for one parent/guardian and child, $15 for each additional child


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For more information contact:
Althea Linton
416-973-4428
alinton@harbourfrontcentre.com





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