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Monday, Dec. 21; Tuesday, Dec. 22; Monday, Feb. 22 8:30am to 3:30pm $25 Member / $35 Non. Each day Last minute holiday shopping or wrapping to finish? Drop the kids off on the 21st & 22nd of December to fill up on fun and inspiration in a day devoted to arts & crafts. Each day is full of a variety of drawing, painting, sculpting, writing /storytelling and performing. Bring your nut-free snacks, cold lunches, and indoor shoes. We will be in and out of the building so dress appropriately. Pre-registration required. Camp Facilitator: Meredith Blackmore, BA


9 yrs +

Tuesdays, February 2 to April 13 4pm to 5:30pm $100 Member / $120 Non ‘Off Set Camera Arts Theatre Seekers’ encourages kids to grow their unique inner voice and celebrate differences and the unexpected through improvisational drama, creative movement and movie making. It aims to inspire kids to support each other to be the change they want to see in their world. Please bring a nut-free snack. No class March 16. Final Performance on April 13 at 5pm. 10 weeks. Instructor: Steph Toohill & Al Koop

Singing Stars

6 to 9 yrs

January 21st to March 4th 4:30pm to 5:30pm $40 Member / $50 Non Develop your child’s voice and confidence as a Singing Star! With a final goal of a fun and energetic recital for friends and family, young singers with reading skills, will learn the fundamentals of vocal expression through singing games and exposure to various genres of music. Weekly exercises/ games consist of vocal warm-ups, breath control, annunciation, pitch, rhythm, and tempo. Each child will be given the opportunity to sing solo or as part of a group. Final Performance March 4th, 6pm. 7 weeks. Instructor: Bronte Vincent

6 to 14 yrs

Wednesdays, January 20 to May 26 6-9 yrs: 5:00pm to 6pm*, 10-14 yrs: 6:15pm to 7:15pm* $95 Member / $105 Non The Brown Children's Theatre will inspire an appreciation of all aspects of theatre. This 18 week program will help children develop confidence in public speaking and singing, as they rehearse, design sets and props, prepare costumes, and finally, perform for an audience, an adapted version of the musical Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. *Please note that on the fourth week of classes, children will be divided into two play groups, instead of age groups times may switch. The older children are usually given the larger parts. Final dress rehearsal takes place on May 26. Final Performance: Sat. May 29, 6pm. 18 weeks.

Instructor: Ida Brown. BA


5 to 7 yrs

Saturdays, January 23 to March 6 10am to 12noon $95 Member / $105 Non-member The theme of this session is "Natural Wonders"! This class will focus on different methods of art making including found material sculpture, painting and drawing. Our intent will be to try and re-create, replicate or represent some of the many wonders to be found in nature. Dress for mess & bring a snack. 7 weeks. Instructor: Eileen MacArthur, BA, MFA


12 to 25 yrs

Friday, January 29, 6:30pm to 9pm The evening will feature youth, ages 12 to 25. Singing, acoustics, spoken word, dance and improv are highlighted. Bring a non-perishable food item for the Food Bank. Edible creations are for sale while coffee and tea are free of charge. Arrive early to grab a time-slot.

REGISTER EARLY! Download a registration form: Email: Call: 519-846-9698

For youth with a creative flair who love to push the limits of photography. Hands on learning will teach you the basics of your camera while you travel around town (Elora). Moving past representational photography, you’ll train your eye to look for shapes, patterns, textures, and abstract impressions of people and places. Learn unrestrained manipulation with Photoshop, making basic corrections, photo illustrations, collages and funky abstractions, then print out your photos on

March Break March 15 to 19 12 TO 18 YRS / 2 DAYS CAMERA ARTS ADVENTURES WITH A CAMERA Tuesday, March 16 & Wednesday, March 17 1:00pm to 4:30pm $55 Member / $65 Non

5 to 7 YRS HALF DAYS VISUAL ARTS COOL ARTS Monday to Friday, 9am to 12noon, Half Days $70 Member/ $80 Non

For youth with a creative flair, who love to push the limits of photography. Hands on learning will teach you the basics of your camera while you travel around town (Elora). Moving past representational photography, you’ll train your eye to look for shapes, patterns, textures, and abstract impressions of people and places. Learn unrestrained manipulation with Photoshop, making basic corrections, photo illustrations, collages and funky abstractions, then print out your photos on various papers. Please bring a digital camera, either point and shoot or DSLR. Please bring a laptop or let us know and we will see what we can do. Dress for the weather. Instructor: Sylvia Galbraith BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Let’s turn the temperature up in the art room with our creative ideas and individual style. Learn about the creative process with activities that include three dimensional “fire pots”, cool icicles, winterised self – portraits and a floating mobile constructed in the style of artist Alexander Calder. Try your Free, supervised space within the Centre for youth 12 to 18 years, to hand at drawing, painting and sculpture and learn some of the fundamental foster and develop artistic expression. Designed to welcome surrounding youth through the doors and into the world of performing, principles of art making such as composition, shape and colour. Please literary, media and visual arts. bring a nut-free snack and drink. Dress for the weather. Meet other young artists and learn from professional mentors. Instructor: Eileen MacArthur, BA Sponsored by Rotary 519-846-9698




Saturday, March 27 3:00pm to 5:00pm FREE Youth will be introduced to the world of theatre this March Break! Learn The GOLDEN Acrylic Lecture Demo is a fun, fast paced informative lecture how to use professional techniques like embossing, antiquing, and faux covering a technical review of acrylics and their varied application wood grain, to create a knight's shield, pirate’s treasure chest, or fabric possibilities. The lecture demo will present information on pigments, scroll and an ancient book. Campers create actors masks and miniature viscosities, gels, mediums and more. Learn how acrylics can be used as a sets for well known fairy tales and stories by planning and constructing ground for other media, such as watercolour or coloured pencil. All with foam board, papier mâché and other unusual materials. We will participants will receive free product samples and a literature packet. Space explore the “look” of some interesting characters inspired by, “A is limited to 30 people, so register at the Centre today! Ages 15 to adult. Midsummer’s Night’s Dream”, “The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe” and “Harry Potter”. Each camper will leave with applied artistic skills they can Presenter: Frances Ferdinands. use immediately in school plays, drama club or the local little theatre. Please bring snacks, drink and a cold lunch. Camp Leader: Robin Baird Lewis, BA Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm $145 Member / $165 Non


Sign up early for “Behind the Scenes” for your chance to win Family Tickets to Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile at the Fergus Grand Theatre that takes place at the end of March.

Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm Charitable Organization Number: 86123 1314 RR0001

Download a registration form from the website: website Post: 75 Melville St. P.O. Box 478, Elora, ON, N0B 1S0 Email: Phone In: 519-846-9698 Register early to avoid disappointment!





7 Weeks Thurs. January 21 to March 4 7pm to 9:30pm $110 Member / $125 Non This class combines in-class instruction with painting sessions and critique. Instruction will cover topics ranging from colour theory and paint handling to form and composition. Students will work from a subject(s) of their choice. Previously unresolved work or challenging subjects are encouraged. Any painting media, such as: acrylic, oil or watercolour, are accepted – be sure to bring your own equipment and materials each week. *Supplies Required Instructor: Eileen MacArthur, BA, MFA

Sunday, January 24 12pm to 5pm $40 Member / $50 Non This one day workshop offers an opportunity to learn the basic techniques of using pastels. You will learn how to work with soft chalk pastels to make your choice of bold and vibrant paintings, or more subdued paintings. From still life arrangements, the student will have an opportunity to explore colour theory, and the layered application of colour. This course is suitable for both beginner and intermediate students. Knowledge of basic drawing is recommended. 8 weeks *Some supplies required. POTTERY Instructor: Leslie Miles, BA Wed. January 20 to March 10 6 Weeks 10am to 1pm or 6:30pm to 9:30pm HOW TO DRAW $175 Member / $190 Non Tues. February 2 to March 9 Discover the magic of creating a masterpiece 6:30pm to 8:30pm with your own hands. Beginner and $75 Member / $90 Non Intermediate students are welcome to come to If you are an absolute beginner or just a little the mud room and experiment, play, learn new rusty, get back into the swing of it by learning skills, be inspired and get dirty. Supplemented from a pro! Learn how to transfer what you see by visual resources and discussions, you may on to paper with techniques in measuring and find that the world of clay is bigger than you observation with the comfort of a relaxed and think. For beginners we will cover pinch, slab meditative environment. You will use charcoal, and coiling methods, and try out the potter’s graphite and conte crayon to draw a range of wheel. If you have some experience, why not subject matter: still life, interior space, and pick up where you left off, or focus on your portrait. *Supplies Required. Draw from a live favourite methods. No class March 17. model and add-on Tues. March 23 & Mar.30 = Instructor: Jane Neff, BA $40 M & NM. Instructor: Leslie Miles, BA

CONTEMPORARY PAINTING Tues. January 19 to March 2 7 weeks 12:30pm to 3pm $110 Member / $125 Non This course introduces beginner and intermediate artists to the fundamentals of colour and design. Instruction, demonstrations, and exercises will focus on concept, composition and the use of colour as a mode of expression. Students will experiment with acrylic paint, mediums, surfaces, techniques and processes, developing both technical skills and a colour and design vocabulary along the way. *Supplies Required Instructor: Marilyn Koop, AOCA

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PHOTOGRAPHY with Sylvia Galbraith

WINTER LANDSCAPES PHOTOGRAPHY Sunday, January 17. 1pm to 4pm. $50 Member / $60 Non Meet at The Elora Centre for the Arts for a discussion regarding the unique challenges of winter photography, exposures & lighting in bright snow, protecting your equipment from the cold, and more. The last half of the workshop will be spent outdoors in a local park. Bring your camera, tripod, extra batteries, hot beverage of your choice (optional) and wear your winter woolies - we will be outside for about 1 ½ hours. Suitable for all skill levels, film or digital.


4 Weeks Wed. Jan. 20 to Feb.10 7pm to 9:30pm $125 Member / $135 Non This four night course will cover a range of topics for the beginner photographer. We will discuss the principles of photography and cover topics such as types of cameras, camera settings, lenses, ISO, determining exposure & aperture, using filters & accessories, working with composition, lighting, and more. Each week you will receive a practice assignment, which will be (gently) critiqued the following week. Bring your camera to each class. Suitable for both film & digital photographers.


4 Weeks Wednesday, March 3 to 31 7pm to 9:30pm $125 Member / $135 Non A continuation of the Basic Level course, incorporating a variety of topics that will challenge your imagination and help develop your individual style. We will work with advanced camera settings, including shooting in RAW, fine-tuning exposure, working in black & white, photographing moving subjects and more. Learn about portraiture, macro photography, post-processing and printing your images using specialty papers. Includes a field trip, location & date to be decided in class. Please bring your: SLR style camera, film or digital, each week. (No class Mar. 17) Prerequisite: Basic Photo or equivalent skills.

FROM CAMERA TO COMPUTER 1 Tuesday, February 23 7:00pm to 9:30pm $45 Member / $55 Non You’ve filled your memory card with great photos…now what? Instructor Sylvia Galbraith will help you learn different ways to upload your photos to your computer, organize files, create backup copies and more. You will learn basic photo editing skills and how to resize your images for e-mail or print. This course is valuable for artists who create digital files for gallery submissions. This course does not require a computer in class.

Register: 75 Melville St. P.O.Box 478, Elora, ON,, 519-846-9698

ARTS INSTRUCTORS ROBIN BAIRD LEWIS is an illustrator of over 30 children's books & projects, and a certified visual arts specialist. Robin's versatility encompasses large scale mural work for corporate and private accounts, in addition to portrait and caricature work. Over the past decade she has organized many arts programmes and camps, as an excellent mentor and inspiring leader in the local arts field.

AL KOOP was a social worker for two decades, and cofounder of a troupe of historical street actors, Older Voices, in 2002. This venture has taken him to the streets of Elora, Fergus and Salem, many schools in the Upper Grand District, as well as, summer camps and festivals around Centre Wellington. In October of 2005, he started offering evening lantern tours to the public as part of Elora’s Monster Month. Al Koop’s presentations and tours reveal the “understory” of our local heritage MEREDITH BLACKMORE was with a special fondness for stories “drawn” to the arts at a young age. about children and youth. From the ages 9 to 13, she trained in professional dance and in her later MARILYN KOOP has worked as a teens worked as an airbrush artist. In designer, illustrator and fine artist since the ten years since completing a Fine 1983. After graduating from the Ontario Arts degree from the University of College of Art and Design, she left Guelph, Meredith has been specializing Ontario for St. John’s, Newfoundland, in portrait and mural painting. She has where she helped found Eastern Edge delivered many programs in music, Gallery. In 2004, Marilyn helped found movement and visual arts. http:// The Village Idiot Productions, an Elora based artist-run production company. IDA BROWN has a Bachelor of Arts in She has taught design at several post English Literature from McMaster secondary institutions, including Avalon University, specializing in dramatic arts. Community College and the Memorial For the last 12 years, as the creator of University Extension Program in St. The Brown Children's Theatre, she has John’s and Western Community taught drama to children and their College in Stephenville, Newfoundland. parents in Hamilton, Cambridge and She has also taught at the Guelph now, Elora. Also, Ida is a part time School of Art, the ECFTA, and the County Museum. drama teacher at the Cambridge Wellington Centre for the Arts and is currently directing “Into the Woods” by Sondheim which will be presented in February 2010. SYLVIA GALBRAITH is a recognized professional photographer whose work sells worldwide. She has taught photography to all age groups in many locations, including the University of Toronto, Humber College, and the University of Brandon, MB, as well as locally. She has won many awards and occasionally shows at various venues; Insights 2007, '08 & '09 at the Wellington County Museum, Summer Sensations Artwalk in Fergus and most recently at the Centre’s Art in the Yard ‘09, where Sylvia won the “Jurors Choice Award”. She has also recently published a book of images from the area titled "A Living River by the Door".

EILEEN MACARTHUR completed her Masters in Painting at the University of Guelph and received a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Eileen has had exhibitions in Halifax, Calgary, Toronto, Buffalo N.Y, Chongqing, China and Guelph's MacDonald Stewart Art Centre. Eileen has taught classes at the University of Guelph, the Elora Centre for the Arts and the Guelph School of Art. In 2009 her work was included in the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery biennial, "Some Kind of Wonderful". Recently she received special mention as a finalist for the 2009 Kingston Prize National Portrait Competition.

LESLIE MILES holds a BA in Fine Art from the University of Guelph, Fashion at Ryerson and an Advanced Certificate in Fashon Illustration and Design from St.Martin’s School of Art in England. Leslie has taught drawing and pastels for the City of Guelph, Wellington County Museum and the MacDonald Stewart Art Centre. She has been a member of the Guelph Studio Tour for nine years. JANE NEFF has a bachelor of Architecture from Carleton University, with a focus on design and gardens. She has experience in earthenware, Raku and functional stoneware. Combining wheel and hand building techniques is of special interest, and has shared her techniques in workshops for other potters, as well as high school students. Her award winning work has been exhibited in group shows, retail venues and galleries, such as: Elora Fergus Studio Tour, Art in the Yard, Arcadia Community Gallery, The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery and the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art in Toronto. STEPH TOHILL has been teaching creative movement and improvisational youth drama over the past 4 years. She participated in the Ed Video Movie Making 101 course and co-edited a dance film created as a tribute to the compassionate resilience of women in war. Steph is passionate about dance and has performed with Company Karen Rose at the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival Off –Site series. She is a Tree Steward with “Neighbourwoods” and co-facilitates a local self-esteem-sewing group for girls called “The Tutu in You!” BRONTE VINCENT is a bilingual vocalist with experience in various musical genres including Opera, Broadway, and Classical. She is a figure skating coach at the Fergus Skating Club and has plenty of experience teaching children and adults. Bronte is finishing up her final year of high school.

Winter 2010 Program  

Program Guide Winter 2010