Virtual Art Hive @Agnes

Thursdays 10 September–12 November 2020
4–5:30 pm (ET)

Art and wellness

Art Hive @Agnes is online! Join us for this popular program using our virtual platform. Adults (18+) will be invited to explore the artistic process through experimentation and play. If you are looking for more guidance, our art therapist and facilitator will be present to support your creative journey by offering inspired thematic projects. Art Hive @Agnes will address themes of empowerment, wellness and self-care, while fostering a safe space and a sense of community. No artistic experience is necessary. This accessible program is free for all adults.

This program is made possible through the generous support of the Birks Family Foundation.


Virtual Art Hive projects are designed to use materials you already have on hand. However, if you are interested in purchasing some additional art supplies, we recommend getting the following optional materials from a dollar store or an art store:

  • Printer paper
  • Pencil crayons or markers
  • Fine tipped black marker or Sharpie pen
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Scissors and tape and glue stick
  • Thicker paper such as bond paper or recycled cardboard

*If you don’t have these supplies, we can adapt the activity to what you have on hand

Activity List

10 September: Soul Cards
17 September: Nature’s Beauty, painted rocks and sticks
24 September: Visual Journaling with Diana Vozian
1 October: Book Arts
8 October: Pop Art Still Life
13 October: Zentangle Mandalas
22 October: Manifestation of a Visual Conversation with Hamid Ayoub
29 October: Zine Collage
5 November: Keith Harring Roll-A-Dice
12 November: Miniatures

We welcome back Art Therapist Harper Johnston along with new guest facilitators Diana Vozian, Art Therapist, MA, and Hamid Ayoub, Art Educator, Concordia University Art Therapy Candidate.

Harper Johnston, BA, B.Ed, MFA, DTATI has over thirty years of experience working as an arts educator with adults, adolescents and children. She is a professional art therapist, a play therapy intern and is currently completing the requisite hours to become a Registered Psychotherapist. Harper also worked in film for many years as a stills photographer and camera assistant. Her film work, primarily with the C.B.C. and the National Film Board, took her all over the world. Harper has received numerous arts council grants and her photography has been shown across the country. She also has work in the Canada Council’s Art Bank permanent collection. Harper is friendly and enthusiastic and is always happy when called upon to share her creative ideas and studio knowledge.

 Harper has been facilitating Art Hive @Agnes since January 2019.


Art Hive @Agnes. Photo: Garrett Elliott

Diana Vozian is an art therapist, recently graduated with a Master’s degree in Art Therapy from Concordia University. She has been working as an art hive facilitator for the past year and a half and has also been part of several research projects exploring the creative needs of young adults and seniors with developmental disabilities. Diana encourages everyone to experience the healing power of community artmaking, as well as discover and nurture one’s inner artist.

Portrait of Diana Vozian

Born in Sudan and presently living in Ottawa, Hamid Ayoub is a Bachelor of Arts graduate from the College of Fine and Applied Arts, Sudan University of Sciences and Technology, with a specialization in Textile Design.  For him, art is ever present because we are surrounded by shapes and colours which are the pulse of any artistic creation. Everyday sights and situations shape the work of the artist. Hamid Ayoub depicts the emotions of the human spirit through colour and movement and uses different mediums to render the entire spectrum of life experiences. A key part of Hamid’s mission as an artist and educator is to help people explore their own personal artistic expression. He teaches art in a wide variety of venues including schools, community centers, shelters, youth and seniors’ centers. Hamid is a Master’s of Arts in Creative Art Therapy candidate at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. Hamid’s artwork has been exhibited in many venues in Sudan, Niger, France, Holland, England, the United States and Canada.

Portrait of Hamid Ayoub

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