Education Workshops


Glenhyrst is the ideal location for an educational experience in art! Below you will find a list of a variety of workshop options that are designed to meet curriculum needs, provide an enriching experience for students, and to create something memorable!

Fall 2017 Themed Workshops   |   Core Art Workshops

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Spider Web Coil Pots: Adapted for all Grades

Halloween is spooky, fun, and all kinds of different types of beautiful. Kind of like a spider web. Inspired by the beautiful lines in nature, we will be creating an eerie version of the traditional coil pot. With a focus on lines, movement, traditional sculpting techniques, and Halloween fun, artists will create one spider web inspired coil pot. Artists may paint pots when completed and add any extra sculptural design to make the art piece truly fit their vision.

CURRICILIUM: D1.4, D2.3, D3.2

PLEASE NOTE: Clay is ceramic clay, but will not be fired in a kiln. Clay is left to air dry. Clay will be hard, but not as strong as fired and glazed ceramic clay.


Watercolour Halloween Scene: Adapted for all Grades

Using watercolour paint, ink, and wax we will create a ghostly watercolour painting. Watercolour is such a fun, adventurous medium and this workshop will introduce you to a variety of techniques that will lend to our spooky masterpieces. Artists will be able to experiment with different styles before completing one unique masterpiece.

CURRICILIUM: D1.2, D1.3, D1.4, D2.2, D3.2



Coil Pot Winter Tree: Adapted for all Grades

Coil pot creation is a wonderful form of pottery that lends itself to other hand building processes and sculpture. We will learn traditional art techniques and experiment with modern methods as each student works to create a clay coil tree that speaks to them as artists, and as individuals. Clay trees can be holiday inspired or inspired by our beautiful Canadian landscapes. Colour, lines, shape and texture will all be explored in this hand on workshop.

CURRICILIUM: D1.1, D1.3, D1.4, D3.1

PLEASE NOTE: Clay is ceramic clay, but will not be fired in a kiln. Clay is left to air dry. Clay will be hard, but not as strong as fired and glazed ceramic clay.

Clay Mixed Media Snowmen: Primary Grades

In this clay workshop, students will learn about balance, shape, and design while creating snowmen all their own. Students will learn different clay techniques to build their snowmen. Personality and colour will be added to the snowmen as we introduce different mixed media opportunities like painting, fabric use and other embellishment. A wonderful workshop for little hands with big artistic visions!

CURRICILIUM: D1.1, D1.3, D1.4

PLEASE NOTE: Clay is ceramic clay, but will not be fired in a kiln. Clay is left to air dry. Clay will be hard, but not as strong as fired and glazed ceramic clay.

Mixed Media & Embossed Holiday Cards: Intermediate Grades

Come and learn about a fun new technique called embossing. We cannot get enough! Embossing is a method, which creates a slightly raised image on paper in beautiful colours, or almost foil like properties. This workshop introduces a variety of skills, while focusing on professional like results with embossing methods. In addition to embossing, students will explore mixed media materials like photographs, sequence, fabric, and more. Each artist will create a unique card or frameable piece of wall art that reflects the season and spirit in their heart.

CURRICILIUM: D1.1, D1.2, D1.3, D1.4, D3.2

Tea Towel for Santa: All Grade Levels

In this fabric printmaking workshop we will create our own uniquely designed tea towels for Santa. We all know Santa can be a little messy and this tea towel will help him wipe up the cookies and milk! Using a variety of objects including stamps and found objects we will work with a variety of elements of design to create a truly useful piece of art.

CURRICILIUM: D1.2, D1.3, D1.4, D2.4








Colour Mixing: Primary Grades

Join us as we explore the magical world of painting and colour. This lesson will introduce basic colour mixing and experimentation to your students. Students will look at different artist palette’s and colour schemes to help inspire their own one of a kind master piece.

Students will explore colour mixing and other painting techniques before working on their masterpieces. Masterpieces will be painted on canvas board for a true artist experience and a keepsake for years to come.

CURRICILUM: D1.2, D1.4, D2.2, D3.2

Paint Like…..: Adapted for all Grades

Take a look at a variety of different artists and painting styles before creating your own stunning work of art on canvas board. We will explore works of surrealist artists, abstract artist and realism artists. Students will have a chance to experiment with composition, lines, subject matter and colour as they borrow from the masters or create something totally their own.

This is a wonderful workshop to further interest Art History and Artist biographies. Artists will experiment and practice on paper before moving on to their final masterpiece on canvas.

CURRICILUM: D1.1, D1.2, D1.3, D1.4, D2.1, D2.2, D2.3, D3.1

Watercolour: Adapted for all Grades

Watercolour is such a fun, often unpredictable medium that this workshop is sure to be a joy for all types of artists. Learn fundamental watercolour techniques, while leaving room open to explore and experiment. We will look at different painting methods, and introduce additional materials like wax, masking fluid and salt.

Come and discover the wonderful world of watercolour. Artists will work with strips of watercolour paper for testing, and playing. We will finish our workshop by creating our masterpiece on a large piece of watercolour paper.

CURRICILUM: D1.1, D1.2, D1.3, D1.4, D2.4


Please note that our clay is not fired in a Kiln. The clay will air dry over two days and becomes hard, but is not as strong as fired clay. The unfired clay is not food or drink safe.

Pinch Pot Creations: Primary Grades

Join us as take a look back at the earliest form of pottery, the pinch pot. We will learn a variety of skills and play with a few different mediums to create a modern interpretation of the pinch pot. This workshop takes a look at Art History, traditional clay techniques, and leaves open opportunities for artists to be themselves.

Students will learn how to create a pinch pot, as well as additional sculpture techniques. We will transform our pinch pots into monsters, or turtles, or cupcakes, or whatever our art brains can think of. Students will create one Pinch Pot Creation and finish by painting the wet clay.

Curriculum: D1.1, D1.3, D1.4, D2.1, D2.4

Coil Pot Creation: Intermediate Grades

Coiling is a method of creating pottery. The artist creates coils, or long snakes out of clay, and with a variety of techniques, builds those coils upon each other to create a coil pot. Coiling or creating coils can be very simple and minimalistic or as crazy as possible.

This workshop is wonderful for artists who like to perfect building techniques or those with strong interests in elements of design. This workshop looks at different lines and movement with focus on building strong and structurally sound objects. One coil pot creation will be made and can be painted to bring more life to the piece if desired by the artist.

CURRICILUM: D1.1, D1.4, D2.2, D2.3,

Everything I know About Clay: Adapted for all Grades

This workshop is jammed packed full of art techniques and experimentation. An amazing workshop for classes with adventurous artists and creators. In this workshop I will teach you “everything I know about Clay” to provide you with the skills, tools and know-how to be artistically adventurous. We believe that one must know the rules before they can break them.

Come and learn about different pot creation, painting clay, sculpture techniques and using mixed media items. The possibilities are endless.

CURRICILUM: D1.1, D1.2, D1.3, D1.4

Mixed Media:

Collage: Adapted for all Grades

Artist Henri Matisse referred to collage as “painting with scissors”. Matisse believed that collage was a marriage of painting and sculpture. Collage is such a wonderful tool for artists both in brainstorming, and creating masterpieces.

Students will look at a variety of different collage artists to gather ideas, examine points in history, and look at the evolution of this type of art. The possibilities are endless in this workshop. Use a variety of mixed media objects such as photographs, magazines, stickers, paper, beads, found objects and other assemblage materials.

This workshop is wonderful for all age groups, and can be focused on a specific artist, theme or idea if requested.

CURRICILUM: D1.1, D1.2, D1.3, D1.4, D2.1, D2.3, D3.1

Mixed Media Painting: Intermediate Grades

This workshop will look at acrylic and watercolour painting, while introducing collage, encaustic inspired techniques, and assemblage. Strong themes and concepts will be able to shine through in this expressive and almost sculptural art.

Come and learn about a variety of different art techniques that will be brought to life in the studio to create a masterpiece on canvas. A wonderful and experimental workshop for any art loving class, or artists who would like to try something new and discover their own style. This workshop is best suited for a gallery visit.

CURRICILUM: D1.1, D1.2, D1.3, D1.4, D2.4


Zine Creation: Intermediate Grades

A Zine can be created by anyone, and that’s why we love them so much! A zine is a way of self-publishing your own book, or art, or colouring pages, or illustrations or whatever you think is cool enough to get out to the masses. Zines are for artists, writers, illustrators, creators, list inventors, manual originators and authors of all kinds.

Students will look at layout, content and planning in this workshop. Flat collage, pencil, marker and other illustration tools will be used.

This end result of this workshop will be 2 black & white created zines, and one master copy for the author. There will be a short turn around time to receive published zines.

CURRICILUM: D1.2, D1.3, D1.4, D2.1, D2.4

Zentangle or Mandala Drawing: Adapted for all Grades

Putting pencil to paper is something artists have been doing forever. The outcome is always different and the reason why we create may be different as well. The commonality lies in the fact that us, the artists, need art. Art is an outlet, and a tool. Use art as a tool, and learn about these Mindful Meditation Drawings.

Techniques will be taught from both zentangle art and mandala drawing to give artists a set of tools to create with. Artists will create their own zentangle or mandala, with focus on lines, symmetry and eventually colour. Students will leave with a variety of practice sheets, and the start of or a completed zentangle or Mandala drawing. Our hope is that the tools used in creation will translate into tools to heal, meditate and connect us long after the workshop is complete.

CURRICILUM: D1.1, D1.2, D1.3, D1.4, D2.1, D2.2, D3.1

Papermaking & Journal Binding: Intermediate Grades

In this two-part workshop, students will explore process based art and create their own, one of a kind binded journals. In the first part of our workshop we will learn about creating our own paper that will be used in our journals. We will experiment with different dyes, different textures and different things we can leave in our paper. Several pages will be made by each student, and set to dry.

The second part of our workshop introduces different binding techniques and will allow the artists to create something completely handmade. The different techniques will give us decisions as artists, and lend us the skills to continue to create.

Artists will leave with one totally handmade, from start to finish, journal. The use of the journal can continue inside the classroom with different art projects, or writing projects.

This is a two-part workshop, and two separate bookings will need to be made. Please note that the workshops will need to be a minimum of two weeks apart to allow for paper to dry. If you are only interested in one part of the workshop, please let us know.

CURRICILUM: D1.2, D1.3, D1.4, D2.4

Mental Health Awareness:

Text Based Art: Intermediate Grades

Art is a powerful medium of self-expression and discovery. Art often acts as our voice and sometimes speaks for us when we cannot find the words or the courage to do so ourselves. It is in this power that we find peace. In an effort to fight the stigma associated with mental health conditions, we will take inspiration from artist Barbara Kruger to create text based mixed media imagery that will guide us in discussions around mental health.

CURRICILUM: D1.1, D1.2, D1.3, D1.4, D2.1, D2.2, D2.3, D3.1

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