Visual Art Workshops

All workshops begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be 1-1.5 hours unless otherwise stated

Visual Art Workshops every Tuesday and Thursday

February 18 6:30 p.m.
Drawing Dance: Amanda Imsland
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Interactive Art class engaging dance as a means to transform images of the human form into personal reflections of emotions onto paper.

Description – A series of 5 moving poses create a repetitive dance that each participant engages within their own space. Exploring emotions translated through the dance and through static movements facilitating abstract still life drawing as a vehicle for self-expression with the addition of color and personal style.

– comfortable clothing
– socks or footwear as needed (personal choice)
– room to move
– paper
– pens and/or pencils
– charcoal, acrylics, watercolor (personal choice)

February 23 6:30 p.m.
Acrylic Abstraction: Mike Spencer
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Mike Spencer

Acrylic Abstraction is an open-ended painting workshop. There will be a painting demonstration where painters will receive a variety of tips and techniques for applying paint. Mike Spencer will discuss a brief history of abstract painting and a variety of approaches to abstraction. This workshop is for individuals of all levels – the workshop will encourage artists to think deeper about their own motivations in painting.

– Acrylic Paints (any variety will work) Clear acrylic mediums can also be fun.
– Painting support (canvas, canvas board, or primed board recommended. Paper can be used, but it’s less durable and won’t stand up to all the techniques I will demonstrate.)
– Brushes (variety of sizes and styles)
– Palette (Could just be a plate or even piece of wax paper. Old ice cream tub lids work well.)
– Container with water for cleaning brushes-Paper towels/rag-Sponge
– Masking Tape or Painters Tape-Comb
– Palette knife or stiff plastic that can be fashioned into one (old credit cards or gift cards work)
– Spray bottle
– Other mixed media that you may want to experiment with (pencil, charcoal, crayons, etc.) {try to avoid oil-based inks like ballpoint pens and sharpies}-Collage elements (paper, twine, cardboard, etc.)
-Squeegee (This too can be created out of discarded plastic)

February 25 6:30 p.m.
Tye & Dye Isaac Imasuen

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Isaac Imasuen hail from Benin city Edo State Nigeria now resides in Selkirk Manitoba Canada. Was trained at Auchi Federal Polytechnic Edo State Nigeria where he obtained a National Diploma in general art 2003 and Higher National Diploma 2006. During his National Youth Service Corps 2007/2008, he taught grade 10 and 11 fine art. Also taught sculpture, painting, drawing, and graphics in Nagas art gallery. He has participated in several exhibitions – Reflections July/August 2020, all members exhibition September 2020 both at Gwen Fox Gallery. Manitoba Rural and Northern Juried Art Show September/ November 2020. Etc.


T-shirts: white and coloured
Rubber bands / twine
Protective gloves
Squeeze bottles or can – cup size
Pebble stones/ bottle water covers 
Plastic drop sheet ie garbage bag

March 4 6:30 p.m.
“But I Can’t Draw…” Heather Martens Rempel

Zoom Link; Meeting ID: 845 8602 7389; Passcode: 305847

This statement is based on many misconceptions. Let me take you on a journey to show you how we naturally possess the ability to develop drawing skills. We will revisit our early ability as mark makers to get warmed up, and then we will explore three key skills needed to draw realistically. The human face is the perfect subject matter to learn about these skills. You will be amazed at your results after this workshop!

picture of a straight-on headshot or a mirror.

Nice to have, but not a must-have: music you like, big paper (even a paper bag cut open), markers or pencil crayons

March 11 6:30 p.m.
Sock Puppets Mike Spencer

Zoom Link; Meeting ID: 831 0984 0180, Passcode: 210951

The classic Sock Puppet is a great use of those old mismatched socks and a really fun activity for parents and kids alike. We will begin with the basic sock and demonstrate many different ways you can add fun features to give your puppet some personality. Almost anything can be used to create the features on your puppet, dig through the old closet, rummage through the junk drawer, raid the craft tub, you’ll be amazed at the inspiring things you can find.

A sock
Needle and thread and/or hot glue gun (parental supervision recommended for younger artists)-Scissors

Additional Supplies (the more the merrier)
buttons, beads, yarn, felt, fabric scraps, pipe cleaners, sequins, feathers, ribbon, embroidery floss, recyclables, etc.

March 16 6:30 p.m.
Métis Floral Pattern – Pointillism Painting

Candace Lipischak
Zoom Link; Meeting ID: 837 3848 1978, Passcode: 898948

In the pointillism workshop, participants will learn how to paint using little sticks and acrylic paint and by applying the technique to a Métis floral pattern. They can purchase a reusable bag with handles, covered in brown paper on which the design is printed. If not, participants are encouraged to draw their own design (*or the design can be downloaded and printed).

acrylic paint (participants can use what they have on hand if not markers could work as well)
dollar store ‘sticks’ or Q-tip cut in half or end of a pencil or paintbrush 
paper for drawing or card stock 

March 18 6:30 p.m.
Nurturing your creativity – Self Talk

(Based on my – Finding The Artist In Me workshop)
Rosemarie Péloquin
Zoom Link; Meeting ID: 894 6104 6945, Passcode: 044307

Taking a new look at how you talk to yourself about your art. Words matter and the Questions we ask to determine what we find.

Thoughts and tools to get us through the day as an artist — how we see/improve our work, how we take other people’s comments, how we get past the blank canvas, how we find inspiration, how we keep going and make more art.

Take this moment with me to click Refresh

a comfy spot

March 23 6:30 p.m.
Palette Knife Painting Rosemary Dzus

Zoom Link; Meeting ID: 874 0918 1074, Passcode: 805150

This workshop is for anyone who wants to create texture and movement using a palette knife instead of a brush.  Experimenting with the application of pigment and technique, you will create a small landscape painting using acrylic paints and a palette knife.

The biggest difference in this type of painting is giving up precise control.  Manipulating the knife to create desired effects, while choosing to accept unanticipated results, is one of the most fun aspects of palette knife painting. 

Advantages of palette knife painting: less water use, easy clean-up, and the potential for mixing of pigments directly on the painting surface.

paint: yellow, red, white, blue acrylic paint
gel medium in semi-gloss or gloss
palette knife
surface for mixing paint 
practice paper 
5” x 7” or 8” x 10” canvas or watercolour paper 
masking tape,
paper towels, rags
subject or image to paint

March 25 6:30 p.m.
Painting on Tin
Candace Lipischak
Zoom Link; Meeting ID: 872 2117 8838, Passcode: 090975

Participants will be encouraged to look about their own home or garage for used paint can lids or old metal dustpan… anything they’d like to use to paint on. They will learn how to use certain techniques to paint on the tin and how to create a piece using inspiration from the medium. 


acrylic paint
old tin or recycled item
acrylic matte finish spray (optional)
can opener
tin snips if necessary 

March 30 6:30 p.m.
Photo to Fibre: Intro to Creating Fabric Landscapes
Textile and Fibre Artists of Manitoba
Zoom Link; Meeting ID: 882 9685 2959, Passcode: 118779

Let members of TFAM guide you through creating a Manitoba memory in fibre.

Through a combination of PowerPoint and live demos by TFAM members, the different stages involved in creating a landscape fibre art piece will be discussed from beginning to end. Three of the TFAM members will be making their own ‘Manitoba Memory’ along with the audience viewers, each in their own style with a grand reveal at the end of the workshop. References to the unique pieces included in TFAM’s Manitoba Moments Exhibit along with their stories will provide a running narrative to this fun-filled and informative hands-on workshop.


3 – 5 landscape photographs for reference (preferably of somewhere in Manitoba)
Basic sewing supplies (pins, needles, sharp scissors, seam ripper, tape measure, safety pins)
Basic drawing supplies (pencil, eraser, scissors, paper for a pattern, glue, ruler)
10” x 12” muslin or cotton for the base layer of the project
Variety of fabric/fibre scraps in different colours and textures that relate to your photos
Variety of threads for hand and/or machine sewing
Optional – rotary cutter and mat, sewing machine, freezer paper