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Photo Collage for Painters with D.H. Monet

Sunday July 23rd, 11am – 5pm

$70 + $40 (materials including a working lunch at the Balmoral Hotel)

Collage and painting on the board is a tricky but fun method of creating a picture.  Join collage artist and painter Don Monet (who has a show in the gallery this month) for a practical course with the goal of each participant finishing a painting/collage from conception to final product all in one day.

Participants will arrive with 2 or 3 hardcopy photos of a subject of their choice from landscape to portraiture and anything in between.   The intention will be to create a finished piece from a  photograph. After discussion in class we will decide which picture to use. Monet will then guide the group through his technique for mounting a picture onto plywood, draw in the key elements, and then paint the rest.  All pictures will end up with a varnish – and have to remain at the Centre overnight – for pick up the next day.  The techniques shared in this workshop will give participants of all skill level professional guidance on the technique of fixing photography to artwork.  

Art From Trees With Emma Manchester
Aug 19th and 26th, 10am - 1pm

$110 (Materials Included)

In this two day workshop we will use materials harvested almost exclusively from trees, such as birch bark, wood pulp and pigments from brazil wood and logwood to create wall pieces that tell the story of our link to land and family.  Techniques taught and explored will include sculpting in clay, papier mache, painting and natural-dye printing.
Theatre Workshops with the Live History Theatre Company
Site Specific Theatre Workshop Saturday July 1st, 1-2pm
$10 + HST (materials included)

Mystery Building Theatre Workshop Saturday July 1st, 2-3pm
$10 + HST (materials included)

Youth Site Specific Theatre Workshop Saturday July 1st, 3-4pm
$10 + HST (materials included) Ages 7 +

History comes alive in these workshops, as the group learns about local legends, and  the niche arts of site specific and mystery theatre.
Our workshop package includes:
- History of the local historic venue
- Live performance snippets from our show
- Site specific theatre lesson
- Artifact identification lesson
- Question and Answer session  

Site Specific Theatre Workshop

Site specific theatre is a unique style of performance, using the space and atmosphere around you to create small, intimate theatre productions brimming with realism. A library, a side walk, a historic house, anywhere! Participants will learn about their local history, including little known facts, while learning to create a site specific piece from industry experts, using the environment, atmosphere, and space around them. This piece will tell the stories of their town, their history, and their local historical celebrities.

Mystery Building Theatre Workshop
Participants who are fans of mystery novels, shows and theatre will learn how to build a mystery while learning about their local history in a way they have never seen it before.  Build a mystery to stump friends and family, or learn how to become a sleuth during your favourite mystery programs!

Saturday Art Club with Emma Manchester
Saturdays July 1st – Aug 26th 2pm – 4pm


Join us in Railway Station Park for free art-making, open to all ages and all experience levels.  Over the course of the summer we will create a large collaborative art-piece, with a different modality being worked with each week, including clay sculpture, papier mache, weaving with natural materials and natural dyeing


Madawaska Valley Rocks - Recreational Geology for Kids
Tuesday July 4th 10am – 12noon

$10 per child

Join Caveman Chris and Rockhound Rob on site at the Spectacle Lake Quarry Site (500 m south of hwy 60 on the ride hand side of Spectacle Lake Rd) to learn all about rock hounding.  This event will take place “on site” and at Spectacle Lake Lodge.  This event is suitable for all ages.  Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

Colourmania! With Ketha Newman
July 11 and 13, 1-3pm

Ages 8-infinity

$10 (materials inc.)

Guided colouring groups hosted by Ketha Newman, author of The Canadian Backwoods Colouring Book.  Learn colouring techniques and tips in an informal group setting.

Unwind, relax and have fun!   All skill levels welcome, love of colouring required!

Summer Art Camps with Emma Manchester
$160 per 4-day week.  Discounts for siblings (inquire with registration). 
Each day will include an hour long lunch break, with outdoor play time (weather permitting). 
The sessions will run from 9-4pm each day. 
If you need extra care between 8-9 and 4-5, there is an extra cost of $15 per child.
Maximum class size is 12 kids. Ratio of staff to child is 1 staff person for every 6 kids.


Celebrating Canada 150 years

This class will explore and celebrate art originating from the geographical area of contemporary Canada, past and present.   We will use various art pieces as inspiration for our own work in different mediums, including collage, painting, papier mache and sculpture.  On the final day of each session, we will hold a show, displaying all of the students work!

Ages 11-13: July 3-6

Ages 8-10 : July 17-20

Ages 5-7 : July 24-27


Wild Canada Art Exploration

The wild flora and fauna of Canada will be the inspiration for the art making this week.  Even our materials will come from the wild - including wild plants to make our own dyes and inks, and harvested wild materials to create fantastic masks and sculptures.  On the final day of each session, we will hold a show, displaying all of the students’ wildly amazing work!

Ages 11-13: August 7-10

Ages 8-10: August 14-17

Ages 5-7: August 21-24

Poems Under Foot – exploring words and whimsy
Sunday August 27 , 1-3 pm

$10 per child (accompanying adults free)

Join our poets-in-residence for an exploration of words and whimsy. We will find inspiration from the art, gardens and history of the Barry's Bay Railway station to create a new poem together.

Family friendly - Ages 5 & up. 

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