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Quentin VerCetty’s Future Memories workshop in the André Biéler Studio begins, part of a conversation around The Arts Against PostRacialism. Photo: Garrett Elliott
Youth in the Studio. Photo: Tim Forbes
Printmaking in the André Biéler Studio. Photo: Tim Forbes
Life Drawing with artist Brendan Fernandes in the André Biéler Studio
Participants get fantastic training from artist Daniel Hughes in our Painting from the Model class. Photo: Tim Forbes

Agnes classes and workshops for youth, adults and families are sure to inspire and engage. Enjoy exploring themes in current exhibitions and learning hands-on skills in various media.

For Adults

Intro to Drypoint Printmaking. Photo: Tim Forbes

Art Hive @Agnes
Thursdays 12 September–5 December, 4–6 pm
Free, drop-in for young adults ages 18–24
Materials are provided.

Calling all young adults (18–24): drop-in for art and wellness. Relax, re-charge and expand your creative powers in the Studio. Art Hive is free; materials are provided and no prior art experience is necessary. If you are looking for guidance, our art therapist/facilitator offers weekly projects and visits to our current exhibitions.

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The Studio
Sundays 22 September, 20 October and 17 November, 1:30–4 pm
$10 per class, all materials included
Explore techniques and the creative process with contemporary artists

22 September   Fabric Design and Block Printing with Jessica Trotter

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This workshop will focus on design and hand printing on fabric. Fabric and clothing designer Jessica Trotter will lead a tour through Stepping Out: Clothes for a Gallery Goer. After learning about fabric design, colours and textures participants will draw their own personal fabric design, carve a 3”x 3” lino block, and create a hand-printed design on a ready to use tea towel.

INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
Originally from Waterloo, ON, Jessica Trotter moved to Kingston to pursue her creative and artistic practice in art and textile design. Her work includes hand-drawn prints, surface designs, illustrations, and fabric products. A graduate from the Craft and Design Textile program at Sheridan College, each piece Trotter makes is designed with a classic yet contemporary style created individually with a passion for traditional techniques. Though well-versed in the craft of textiles, her main focus is to create a beautiful range of art and surface designs while educating others to bring out the best of their designs and creative processes. jessicatrotterdesigns.com

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 20 October       “Danger in The Studio” community beading with Dayna Danger [CANCELLED]
$10 per class, all materials included

This workshop will introduce participants to the work of Dayna Danger. Beading and community discussion will create the foundation of this experience.

INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
Dayna Danger is a 2Spirit/Queer, Metis/Saulteaux/Polish visual artist raised in Winnipeg, MB. Using photography, sculpture, performance and video, Dayna Danger‘s practice questions the line between empowerment and objectification by claiming space with her larger than life-scale work. daynadanger.com

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17 November   Gouache Painting with Christina McLachlan

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Gouache is an opaque form of watercolour that was used extensively in the past by graphic artists to produce a flat colour surface that can be layered to produce effects distinct from those of translucent watercolour. In this studio workshop, you will learn the properties of this unique medium. From laying a flat wash, to colour mixing, detailing and dry brush, you will explore the medium in hands-on exercises and small compositions.

INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
Christina McLachlan has worked in the visual arts for the past 28 years, as an artist and arts educator. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto, where she studied watercolour, printmaking and art history. While living in Sudbury, McLachlan worked as a gallery curator and art critic for Sudbury’s Northern Life newspaper. The rocks and rugged character of northern Ontario remain as influences in her painting.

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Image Transfer and Mixed Media
With Christina McLachlan
Thursdays 12–26 September, 6:30–8:30 pm
Fee: $90, $75 members
Materials not provided

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In this class, participants work with Acrylic Gel transfers to turn favourite photographs and drawings into paintings. Incorporating text, image and objects, this is a class for artists of all experience levels.

INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
Christina McLachlan has worked in the visual arts for the past 28 years, as an artist and arts educator. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto, where she studied watercolour, printmaking and art history. While living in Sudbury, Christina worked as a gallery curator and art critic for Sudbury’s “Northern Life” newspaper. The rocks and rugged character of northern Ontario remain as influences in her painting.

MATERIALS NEEDED
Gel medium – 1 container matt medium 500 ml. (Art Noise)
3 – 8” X 10” canvas panels
1 – 16” X 20” canvas
Acrylic Paints – 6 + of your favourite colours

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Open workshop with Vanessa Dion Fletcher
Tuesday 15 October 2019

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Combining feminism, queer theory, perspectives on biology and menstrual art, history of the speculum and reproductive justice, artist Vanessa Dion Fletcher shares her inspirations and artistic process while encouraging participants to dive deeply into writing, personal narrative, drawing and craft. This program is free and open to all. Sign up to save your spot.

Vanessa Dion Fletcher is an artist-in-residence this fall in conjunction with Let’s Talk About Sex, bb. Inside Voices, the residency project, locates this Potawatomi and Lenape Two-Spirit artist’s work in relation to wider conversations about language, fluency and understanding centered in the body. The artist residency is hosted in collaboration with Dr Karen Lawford of Queen’s Gender Studies: Vanessa Dion Fletcher is the 2019 Queen’s Arts Fund Visiting Artist-in-Residence.

The exhibition and residency has been made possible in part by the George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund, Queen’s University.

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Drawing from the Model
With Daniel Hughes
Thursdays 24 October–12 December, 6:30–8:30 pm
Fee: $240, $225 members
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Artist Daniel Hughes offers an 8-week course in life drawing. Participants will use graphite pencil, ink and charcoal in exercises of gesture, contour, outline and tonal modeling, while learning basic anatomical relationships and methods of drawing the human form. This course is for participants of all experience levels.

INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
Daniel Hughes is a figurative artist who has exhibited his work throughout Canada and in the United States. He has had solo exhibitions in London, UK, and is a two-time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields award. He recently completed a commissioned portrait of former Queen’s Chancellor David Dodge. His most recent solo exhibition was at the Ingram Gallery, Toronto.  danielhughesart.com

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Acrylic Portrait Painting
With Natasha Jabre
Saturdays 16 November–7 December, 1:30–3:30 pm
Fee: $120, $105 members
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In this portrait painting class, students will develop a self-portrait over the course of four sessions. Working from direct observation participants will be introduced to sight measuring, the Verdaccio Technique of underpainting, colour mixing and proper brush use. No prior artistic skills or background are required.

INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
Natasha Jabre is a representational painter whose work highlights the strangeness of everyday situations using symbolism and surreal lighting. She received her BFA from Concordia University in Montreal and her MFA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in North Dartmouth, MA. Her artwork has recently been exhibited in Canada and the United States, as well as internationally in Berlin, Italy, Lebanon and Spain.

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For Children and Youth

Kids in the Studio. Photo: Garrett Elliott

Creation Station. Photo: Garrett Elliott

 

A limited number of bursaries are available for Children and Youth. Apply today.

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Inside/Outside Nature Art & Fun
With Patrick Zumpano
Saturdays September 7–28, 2–3:30 pm
Fee: $75, $60 members

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Get ready to bring the outdoors in! In this new four-week program, children ages 6–12 will explore their relationship with nature by getting creative with natural and recycled materials, blending traditional techniques with environmentally conscious practices. Creating art from natural resources and re-using materials to their fullest extent are just some of the environmentally conscious practices that students will investigate through art making.

INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
Patrick Zumpano is a BFA and B.Ed graduate from Queen’s University. His primary focus was on printmaking during his time at Queen’s but he has also worked in painting and sculpture. He is passionate about arts education, teaching the creative process, and using mistakes as stepping stones to success.

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Monsters, Puppets and Cardboard Oh My!
With Holly Gilmour
Saturdays 5–26 October, 2­–3:30 pm
Fee: $75, $60 members

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Travel to new worlds where anything is possible. Children ages 6-12 explore monster making and puppet playing with cardboard, fabric and other shiny things in this fun fall offering with artist Holly Gilmour. Students will work towards a performance on the last day.

INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
Holly was raised in rural Ontario, where a lot of her ideas and imagination stem from. She graduated Sheridan College in 2004 and spent the next 10 years creating illustrations and working in design in Toronto. She now resides in Kingston working on paintings and ideas for upcoming exhibitions. You can see her work on Instagram at @beautifulpancakelove.

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PA DAY Art Camps
Fridays 27 September, 1 November and 29 November, 9–4 pm
Before and Aftercare is included, 8:30–9 am and 4–4:30 pm
Fee: $55, $45 members

Spend your day off school in the art studio! Children ages 6–12 use our exhibitions as inspiration as they learn artmaking techniques under the themes Expressing Yourself through PortraitureArt with a Few Secrets and Taking Shape with Light and Shadow.

27 September Expressing Yourself through Portraiture

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Inspired by the exhibition, Tracing Self and Other, young artists will explore the different ways artists express themselves while engaging in a variety of portrait projects.

1 November Art with a Few Secrets…

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Inspired by the exhibition, Split Between the I and the Gaze, young artists will investigate ways to conceal secret treasures within their art while exploring different types and intensities of looking.

29 November Taking Shape with Light and Shadow

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Inspired by the exhibition, Leiden circa 1630: Rembrandt Emerges, this workshop will focus on art’s dark and shadowy side, and will explore key components of Rembrandt’s masterful craftsmanship such as texture and chiaroscuro.

INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
Natasha Jabre is a representational painter whose work highlights the strangeness of everyday situations using symbolism and surreal lighting. She received her BFA from Concordia University in Montreal and her MFA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in North Dartmouth, MA. Her artwork has recently been exhibited in Canada and the United States, as well as internationally in Berlin, Italy, Lebanon and Spain.

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For Families

André Biéler StudioAndré Biéler Studio

CREATION STATION
Sundays 8 September, 13 October, 10 November, 8 December, 2–3:30 pm

This popular free family studio program is led by art educators to give children ages 2 and up a positive studio experience while their caregivers view the exhibitions, attend Agnes events or spend time making art together.

Sunday 8 September, 2–3:30 pm

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Sunday 13 October, 2–3:30 pm

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Sunday 10 November, 2–3:30 pm

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Sunday 8 December, 2–3:30 pm

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Cancellation Policy and Collection of Information

Cancellation Policy:

Up to two weeks prior to start of the course or camp: full refund less $75.00 administration fee. Less than 14 days prior to start of the course or camp: 50% of fee. Less than 48 hours prior to start of the course or camp: no refund.

Collection of Information:
This information provided in the registration forms will be handled confidentially, and is collected solely for the purpose of providing a safe course for you.

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