Mon Mar 15, 7:00 PM - Mon May 3, 9:00 PM (EDT)

Nature lovers please take note: we will paint in acrylics to enjoy the incredible diversity of our wildlife. There will be painting of fur and feathers as we depict a moose, a bald eagle, a fawn, a loon, a hare, a mountain goat, an owl and a fox. We will place the wild life into their natural surroundings. We will draw using geometric shapes to guide us with the drawing process. The prerequisite to this course is to want to get closer to nature, to see and to understand it better and to totally enjoy the process.

Mon Mar 15, 7:00 PM - Mon May 3, 9:00 PM (EDT)

What is feminism? How do feminists unpack current events? What does feminism look like in the 21st century? This course will answer these questions and more through addressing various social and political events in recent history. We will be looking at these current issues through various feminist perspectives in order to understand why these events are happening and how we can work towards solving them. Some of the issues this course will look at are: BLM (black lives matter) protests, Indigenous experiences in Canada, violence against women, digital feminism(s), LGBTQ+ issues, disability studies, etc.

The goal of this course is to challenge societal ‘norms’ and gain a deeper understanding of why these issues persist and impact society. This course will take into account how current events are depicted in the media and will focus the learning through read-ing articles, watching relevant videos and connecting through conversation in order to grow and learn from one another. Through utilizing this form of learning there will be a focus on how important ‘politicization’ is in both large and small ways. The ultimate goal of this course is to pro-vide students with a feminist perspective on issues that are specific to our society and relevant to our current culture.

Tue Mar 16, 5:30 PM - Tue Apr 20, 7:30 PM (EDT)

This beginner/intermediate level course invites students to take a wider look at the French language through an overview of what we call “la francophonie”: the set of people who speak entirely or partially French in their daily lives to communicate. Which countries or states speak French, and how is the French language integrated into the local culture and context? After learning some of the basics in French communication (Présentations), we will learn new vocabulary and phrases and put them into practice through francophone environments (Le français à travers l’environnement), music (Le français à travers la musique), poetry (Le français à travers la poésie), and cinema (Le français à travers le cinema). This course is designed to be as interactive as possible and will include group activities. It is designed to be flexible and to cater to students’ learning outcomes desires and French proficiency.

Tue Mar 16, 7:00 PM - Tue May 4, 9:00 PM (EDT)

Why Paint in a Series?
Painting in a Series affords an artist so many advantages: practice of skills, branding the artworks, having a consistent body of work with a common thread, and honing a style. This is true for artists at all skill levels and becomes even more important as the artist journeys on the road to mastery.

What is a Series?
It is artwork that may be distinguished by a theme, ideas, colours, composition, textures, shapes, patterns, subjects, topics, techniques or materials. Two Series will be painted: Series 1- The Wave Poem Series and Series 2 - The Passions of Purple and Rose Series. There will be an idea starter offered for each of the 8 weeks. These paintings may be done literally, or completely changed to suit each artist in the session. Colours, direction, size, composition and materials may be adjusted.

Wed Mar 17, 7:00 PM - Wed Apr 21, 9:00 PM (EDT)

“Information is the oil of the 21st century, and analytics is the combustion engine”
This course is designed for non technical as well as technical audience who are willing to explore how new methods of data collection and data manipulation are influencing our daily decision making. In this course, we will discuss why there was a need for such a data driven revolution and how the data collected daily is turned into usable pieces of information. This course will help the non technical audience to build a foundation inAnalytics and the technical audience to get better at making data driven decisions.

Wed Mar 17, 7:00 PM - Wed May 5, 9:00 PM (EDT)

This course will allow the artist to depict that which may be traditionally challenging, and apply existing skills to textures and objects and build from there. This is an excellent way to take the basics of watercolour and meet the challenge. This course is about process and some ways of creating the illusion of reality.

Thu Mar 18, 7:00 - 9:00 PM (EDT)

A Fresh Start in a sketchbook! What is more motivational, more inspiring than a brand new sketchbook?

You hold it in your hand and it calls to you to make it your own. Resolve that you will fill all the pages in your new sketchbook. Let’s put something on every page to serve as an idea starter. You can experiment, try out new things to build your drawing and design skills. You can doodle, add fun elements like stickers and borders and try out different drawing and painting tools such as pencils, pens, paint, crayons, coloured pencils, and markers and watercolours. Sketchbooks do not have to be perfect. Fill your sketchbook with creative energy, great feeling, self-challenge and it is always fun. Let’s start one together.

This is easy and excellent for all skill levels.

Thu Mar 18, 7:00 PM - Thu May 6, 9:00 PM (EDT)

This introductory course for those with no previous knowledge of ASL introduces grammatical structures and facial expressions according to their functions, which are then used in situations connected to everyday activities in the deaf community. Everyday communication is the centrepiece of every lesson. Topics revolve around sharing information about our environment and us. You learn how to relate to each other and build up your cross-cultural awareness and understanding in a classroom with no spoken conversation. You will learn the basics of ASL including vocabulary, non-manual signals, grammar and syntax. Grammar is introduced in context, with an emphasis on developing question and answering skills. Learn to exchange personal information, identify others, give simple directions, talk about living situations, leisure activities and more. This course will also include an introduction to the Deaf culture. This course covers Units 1-3 in the Signing Naturally Level 1 Curriculum workbook.

Thu Mar 18, 7:00 PM - Thu May 6, 9:00 PM (EDT)

A Brief Summary of World War Two will take students through a different topic concerning WWII each week. The class will examine topics like the beginning of the war, the attack on Pearl Harbour, European economy during the war, the rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party, the European war and the Pacific war, and finally the Holocaust and the liberation of concentration camps. Students should finish the course with a comprehensive understanding of the main aspects of the Second World War.This course will be taught as a seminar, which will rely on students to be engaging and interactive with their instructor and fellow students.

Please be advised: this course will cover sensitive topics.

Fri Mar 19, 7:00 PM - Fri May 7, 9:00 PM (EDT)

This third level course in the ASL series enables you to rehearse previously learned conversational strategies and be able to correct information to minimize misunderstandings. Topics move from talking about yourself and the immediate environment, to talking about others and your community. You will develop language skills focused on conversation strategies and volunteer appropriate information to maintain a comfortable exchange. This course covers unit 7 in the Signing Naturally Units 7-12 curriculum book. Course Pre-requisites: completion of ASL 1 and ASL 2 with a grade of 50% and up.

Tue Mar 23, 7:00 PM - Tue Apr 27, 9:00 PM (EDT)

Playwrighting: Finding Your Creative Voice for the Stage is an eight-week intensive program which will lead writers through the process of learning what exactly constitutes a play or piece of live performance, as opposed to the act of writing prose, and begin them on the road to being playwrights or deepening their playwrighting skills.

Over the course of eight two-hour sessions, writers will begin to explore creating work, in various forms for the stage, including monologue, verbatim theatre and multi-character scenes. Course instructor Kim Blackwell is one of the most active directors and dramaturges in Canada today, having led 4th Line Theatre’s play development program for 20 years. The course will also bring in playwrights from across Canada to work with course participants on finding their own unique writing styles and voices.

This will be a hands-on course, with participants writing from the very first session. Participants will be encouraged to share their work in a safe, creative setting. Blackwell will provide feedback and support, to further each writer’s journey and strengthen them as writers.

This course is designed for writers at any point in their creative journey.

Thu Apr 1, 7:00 - 9:00 PM (EDT)

Such great fun painting your four-legged family member. It is easy to do a sweet portrait so that your beloved pet will decorate your walls and heart. It is a light-hearted activity. You do not need to draw well to do this artwork. We will be doing a graphite transfer. It does not have to be perfect. It is a Painting and not a Photograph.

This is excellent for beginners or intermediate.

Thu Apr 15, 7:00 - 9:00 PM (EDT)

This acrylic-poured trivet and coaster set will be handmade and unique. It can be custom-designed to match your kitchen or as a classy gift for special occasions. The trivet and coasters are always in style and is so handy to use whenever you place items on a counter or table. To make the coasters and trivet you will not need many supplies. After they dry, if you want to make it heat proof, or heat resistant, it will need a specific sealant. We will discuss options. This artful trivet and coaster set is great for all skill levels and it is easy to do as a rewarding DIY.

Sat Apr 17, 1:00 - 4:00 PM (EDT)

Platforms like eBird (https://ebird.org/home) and iNaturalist (https://www.inaturalist.org/) are becoming increasingly important in allowing citizens and other non-specialists to participate in data collection for large-scale research projects. These applications are also becoming increasingly popular among birders and novice field naturalists who are looking to catalogue their observations and share interesting findings with the broader community.

This two-hour introductory workshop will provide students with a basic knowledge on how to create profiles on eBird and iNaturalist and how to begin cataloguing species using these two platforms.

Although this workshop will focus on eBird and iNaturalist, anyone with an interest in citizen science data platforms is encouraged to attend as there will be time to discuss additional reporting platforms such as eButterfly (http://www.e-butterfly.org/; developed to catalogue butterfly species) and EDDmapS (https://www.eddmaps.org/; developed to record and monitor invasive species detections).

Sat Apr 17, 1:00 - 4:00 PM (EDT)

Not your traditional training session, this session provides concrete tools to help you: communicate more effectively in a world of a-million-emails-a-day; make smarter decisions based on brain science; and lead with confidence when there is no guidebook and all the time you have is right now. These are the hardest, “soft” skills for effective practice.

You will receive:
The latest expert thinking on communication, decision-making and leadership to optimize your practice management;
Readings – in advance – so you get the most out of the session; and
A one-pager of easy-to-adapt tools for your practice.

Mon Apr 19, 1:00 PM - Sat May 1, 2:30 PM (EDT)

Are you fascinated with birds and other wildlife – their colors and diversity, their amazing and amusing behaviours? Do you travel to see national parks, natural habitats, scenic wonders and exotic plants and animals in Canada and abroad? Would you like to improve your ability to capture these memories with your digital camera? This course will help you do that.

Designed for amateur photographers who already have a digital camera and are knowledgeable about how to use it, this course focuses on enhancing existing skills specifically to capture better wildlife and landscape images, whether you shoot at the bird feeder in your backyard or journey to the ends of the earth. Students should have a DSLR camera or an advanced “bridge” or “point & shoot” camera with lenses that offer both wide-angle and telephoto shooting capability.

Wildlife shooting is one of the most challenging types of photography there is, requiring the ability to capture elusive and skittish subjects and fast, unpredictable behaviour, often in low light. The photographer must rapidly and constantly assess and juggle camera settings and environmental conditions to obtain the best results. This course will provide knowledge and tools that will help you do that.

Sat Apr 24, 1:00 - 4:00 PM (EDT)

How did David really beat Goliath? How did farmers win rights from corporate giants? How did Barak Obama become President?

Transformative change requires leaders who know themselves and can use the power of story-telling, relationships, and tactics to build power from resources in communities. Leaders mobilize power to make change. Been involved in campaign that has failed? It happens. Come learn the latest in how to make effective change. The time is now.

Note: this workshop requires brave self-reflection and story-sharing in a safe learning environment.

This workshop is based on the Ganz model from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University,

Thu Apr 29, 7:00 - 9:00 PM (EDT)

You will be able to paint and preserve the painting on glass for all kinds of special occasions, such as Valentine’s Day, Christmas, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Weddings and as gifts for all kinds of lovely, memorable times when a handmade gift will be treasured.

We will use acrylic paint and then we will discuss how to set the paint and put a sealant on the glass to make it stable and beautiful. It does not require many materials and they are reasonably priced. You may use the glassware you already have on hand for the workshop. This creative work is easy and fun to do. It is great for all skill levels because there are wonderful ready-made images to choose from or you can design your own.

Sat May 1, 1:00 PM - Sat May 8, 3:00 PM (EDT)

This workshop involves exploring our deep connection to place to inspire a beautiful vision for the future. The workshop will allow for reflection on what is most meaningful to each participant about the lands that they live on and the lands that they come from. Participants will be encouraged to bring pictures or other items that express this connection to share with each other virtually. The workshop will include interactive dialogue on how we can take these personal connections into our daily lives, our work, our communities all the way up to how we envision relationships with lands and peoples in this country into the future. The workshop will then engage in creating a vision for the future by bringing reflections together through group discussions as well as individual creative expressions such as writing, poems, drawing, songs or any other form that participants feel comfortable with. We’ll end the workshop by exploring small and practical ways in which we can bring our visions for a beautiful future into being to carry with us when we go.