Dorchester Creative Age Art Studio

The Creative Age Art Studio programs and activities are sponsored by the Dorchester Lions Seniors Centre, at 2066 Dorchester Road, Municipality of Thames Centre, Ontario N0L 1G2. The Dorchester Lions Seniors Centre is a member of the Older Adults Centres’ Association of Ontario (OACAO) a recognized leader in the development of quality services, resources and support for our network of community-based older adult centres. The Creative Age Art Studio coordinator is Penny Wearne: email penny@pennywearne.com

Penny Wearne

penny@pennywearne.com

Located in Thames Centre, just 20 minutes east of London Ontario, this studio is fully accessible and serves as creative community hub and creative aging resource centre. The primary goals are to learn new skills and to keep older adults motivated and engaged with the community through community arts programming. The larger social purpose is to work towards Community arts for all. A percentage of all resources will be directed to achieve a secondary goal – to establish community arts programs for children and youth. Below is the Art Studio Schedule for Fall 2019. Many thanks to Penny Wearne, a member of the Creative Age Advisory Committee and Art Studio Program Coordinator. The studio is open until mid December followed by Christmas and New Year’s break. Email: penny@pennywearne.

Special thanks for support provided by the Municipality of Thames Centre, Karen Gress – coordinator of the Dorchester Lions Seniors Centre, New Horizons for Seniors Canada, the Ontario Seniors Community program and dedicated volunteers.

Penny Wearne
Art Studio Coordinator

Creative Age Art Studio Schedule

Program registrations and payments


All workshops are registered and paid for through Karen Gress (519-268-2025) in the Dorchester Senior Centre office. The exception to this is the Silk Painting workshop.  There’ll be drop-in activities during the Fall and Winter months. Drop-In Fees can be made that day at the art studio.  Questions about the classes and location can be made by emailing – Penny Wearne, Art Studio and Program Coordinator penny@pennywearne.com


Volunteer opportunities: one big change is moving the Drop-In Day to Thursdays with a different theme for the Drop-In Days each month.  Volunteer artists are encouraged to bring their talents to Drop-In Days.  It doesn’t have to be art based… it could be a writing class… or a meditating class… or a playlist sharing class!   Please consider taking one or two or more drop-in days to share your art passion… let me know if you’d like to lead a small class or two and I’ll arrange for materials.   Please send ideas for Drop-In Days… what would you like to experiment with… what would you like to learn more about?

AUGUST ACRYLIC TECHNIQUES with PETER JOHN REID
Tuesday:  August  6
All Day Workshop:  10am – 4pm  The last half-hour of the workshop will be for evaluation of the work done that day.  “Dry Brushing Technique and Palette Knife Work”
http://www.peterjohnreid.com/techniques—dorchester–2.html
Student grade paints and canvases will be provided.  Bring your lunch.  Tea/Coffee/Water & muffins will be provided.Cost:  $80/members   $90/non-members    

SEPTEMBER ACRYLIC TECHNIQUES with PETER JOHN REID
Tuesday:  September  3
All Day Workshop:  10am – 4pm The last half-hour of the workshop will be for evaluation of the work done that day. “Splash and Watercolour Techniques”http://www.peterjohnreid.com/techniques—dorchester–3.html
Student grade paints and canvases will be provided.  Bring your lunch.  Tea/Coffee/Water & muffins will be provided.Cost:  $80/members  $90/non-members 

Class with Peter John Reid

DROP-IN THURSDAYS with VARIOUS THEMES
Thursdays:  September 5, 12, 19, 26 Afternoons:  1pm – 3pm  
Student grade materials will be provided.  Cost:  $2.00

ACRYLIC PAINTING with SUSAN HEWITT GRAHAM  

OCTOBER ACRYLIC TECHNIQUES with PETER JOHN REID
Tuesday:  October 1
All Day Workshop:  10am – 4pm  The last half-hour of the workshop will be for evaluation of the work done that day. “S’graffito Technique”http://www.peterjohnreid.com/techniques—dorchester–4.htmlStudent grade paints and canvases will be provided.  Bring your lunch.  Tea/Coffee/Water & muffins will be provided.Cost:  $80/members  $90/members 

DROP-IN THURSDAYS with VARIOUS THEMES
Thursdays:  October 3, 10, 24, 31Afternoons:  1pm – 3pm  Student grade materials will be provided.  Cost:  $2.00 

ENCAUSTICS with KIM KOOL “Encaustics is an ancient art form that involves fusing layers of oil tinted beeswax together with various heating techniques  As the layers are built up, objects can be embedded in the wax and gouging techniques are incorporated to create shapes and designs.  Colors are used simultaneously to add depth and beauty to the work.  Encaustics is a unique medium which allows participants to explore their creativity while effectively engaging the senses. It is both deeply therapeutic while at the same promoting a sense of play.”

Tuesday:  October 15
All Day Workshop:  11am – 4pm  
http://www.edgeofgrey.ca/art.html
Encaustic materials and 4×6″ cards and 6×6″ boards will be provided.   Bring your lunch.  Tea/Coffee/Water & muffins will be provided.Cost:  $110/members  $120/non-members
Class size limited to 8.      

SILK PAINTING with ARALE VALLELY
“A native of Hong Kong, Arale has been painting exclusively on silk since 2009. She is inspired by the challenge of aesthetically capturing complex subjects such as flowers and food through this unique medium. Having lived in Hong Kong, Qatar, and now Canada, her artistic themes have been greatly influenced by her multicultural experience.
Arale’s work resides in collections in more than a dozen countries around the world, and she has been featured in print publications, art symposia, and charity events overseas. A visit to her newly-renovated studio space will illustrate how she produces her unique works and how she teaches others the process of silk painting.”
Tuesday:  October 22
Four Hour Workshop:  10am – 2pm
http://artbyarale.com/
This workshop will take place at Arale’s Studio in west London.  Car-pooling can be arranged for a small group of 4 – 6.  Materials will be provided.  Bring a lunch & snacks.  Cost:  $60.00Please email me (penny@pennywearne.com) to indicate your interest in this unique opportunity.      

NOVEMBER ACRYLIC TECHNIQUES with PETER JOHN REID
Tuesday:  November 5 
All Day Workshop:  10am – 4pm The last half-hour of the workshop will be for evaluation of the work done that day. “Impasto Technique”http://www.peterjohnreid.com/techniques—dorchester-2.html
Student grade paints and canvases will be provided.  Bring your lunch.  Tea/Coffee/Water & muffins will be provided. Cost:  $80/members   $90/non-members 

WATERCOLOUR PAINTING  with SUSAN HEWITT GRAHAM

Fridays:  November 1, 8, 15
Afternoon Workshop:  1pm – 3pm
Student grade paints and paper will be provided.  Brushes are available for use.  If you have your own brushes, please feel free to bring for use during the classes.  
This is a set of three workshops with skills and techniques building on each class.  Cost:  $60/members   $70/non-members 

DROP-IN THURSDAYS with VARIOUS THEMES
Thursdays:  November 7, 14, 21, 28

Afternoons:  1pm – 3pm  

Student grade materials will be provided.  Cost:  $2.00 

FELTING A LANDSCAPE with MEGAN CLELAND Tuesday: 

November 12th

All day workshop:  10am – 3pm

A fun class creating a small wet-felted landscape. We will be using a favourite photo provided by the student so each landscape will be special. We will look at composition and colourways so the student has an interesting picture. Laying out the fibre and the actual felting will be in the morning. The afternoon will consist of the embellishment with needle felting and freehand machine stitching will provide finer detail or hand-stitching using embroidery threads.https://www.inthelineoffibre.ca Materials will be provided.  Bring your lunch.  Tea/Coffee/Water & muffins will be provided. Cost:  $80/members   $90/non-members. Minimum class size of 5 needed.     

DECEMBER 

DROP-IN THURSDAYS with VARIOUS THEMES
Thursdays:  December 5, 10, 19Afternoons:  1pm – 3pm  Student grade materials will be provided.  Cost:  $2.00 There may be another class come in December but this will be announced later.     

For more information – email penny@pennywearne.com

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