Classes & Workshops

Explore Your Creativity

Learn a new skill, refresh your perspective, and imagine the world more creatively! A number of studio artists of the Alton Mill offer classes & workshops in a variety of mediums and themes, for beginners to advanced artists of all ages. We also have a variety of team-building workshop activities that can be tailored to the needs of your company off-site, party, conference, or other private event.

Beginner Rug Hooking: May 31st

The beginner rug hooking workshop will teach you to pull loops in straight rows. Finishing techniques will be discussed so you can complete your project at home.

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Punch Needle Workshop: June 1st

Join Oxford Certified Punch Needle instructor Yvonne Iten-Scott for a punch needle rug hooking class. Suitable for beginners to experienced punchers.

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Intuitive Florals - Reverse Colouring: June 8th

Colour first, then draw the lines! Reverse colouring takes the idea of traditional coloring and turns it on its head – instead of focusing on coloring inside the lines, the colour comes first, then you make the design. It’s a different approach to a time-honoured activity and will tickle the fancy of your creative inner child.

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“Capturing the Moment” – The Art of Illustrated Journaling: June 15th

An illustrated “travel” journal tickles all your senses, helping you to feel as much as observe the world around you, whether it is describing your backyard or Timbuktu. Master artist CJ Shelton and bestselling author Nicola Ross have teamed up to offer this day-long workshop that will reveal the fundamentals of how to develop your own story-telling approach to jour...

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Thumbnail Sketching in the Landscape: July 14

This workshop will answer the question “where do I start” as you learn some of the fundamentals of what makes a good landscape composition and how to focus your efforts on creating a visual story. Skills covered will include simplifying things into basic shapes, value mapping, and some easy tricks for creating a sense of depth and realism.

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Intro to Painting Watercolour Botanicals: July 6

Celebrate the beauty of summer! For those new to watercolour we will cover an easy way to draw flowers, then how to “layer” them up with a series of colour “washes” before adding fine details. If you are more experienced and have taken floral painting before, then you will gain tips on things like brushwork, colour-mixing and how to create realistic peta...

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Photo Encaustics: July 13th

Explore the luminous, versatile and limitless possibilities of encaustic in combination with photography and mixed media. The workshop is a beginner course covering mixed media collage using your own precious photo printed on handmade paper, applying melted beeswax and resin, and exploring techniques in colour and texture. Participants will take home a finished mixe...

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All About the Basics - Encaustics: June 22nd

This hands-on comprehensive 3 hour workshop will cover basic encaustic safety and general information. Learn to mix your own medium and paint pallet. Participants will experiment with techniques such as glazing, sculpting, fusing, photo transfers, collage, stenciling, and stamping.

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“Spirit Animal” Dot Art Workshop: August 10

This unique workshop is an introduction to working with animal energies and a creative way to honour a particular animal whose energies you want to invoke in your life.

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All About the Basics - Encaustics: August 10

This hands-on comprehensive 3 hour workshop will cover basic encaustic safety and general information. Learn to mix your own medium and paint pallet. Participants will experiment with techniques such as glazing, sculpting, fusing, photo transfers, collage, stenciling, and stamping.

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Outdoor Sketching with Pen & Ink: August 11

Whether you are a backyard sketcher, camper, cottager, biker or walker, this session will introduce you to the simple pleasures of recording the landscape around you in a personal and memorable way using a marker or pen.

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Demystifying Perspective in the Landscape: August 25

Using the historic Alton Mill as our subject matter, I will demonstrate how to “sight” angles and guide you in making sense of what you are looking at and the illusions that perspective creates. We will also look at how the atmosphere affects perspective in a more general sense when it comes to the landscape and the built structures within it.

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Oil Painting

Brenda Loschiavo offers weekly group oil painting for adults every Wednesday & Thursday. Paint a subject of your choice. Beginners are welcome! Bring your own supplies.

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Recurrent Workshops

Indulge in a regularly scheduled workshop with our amazing resident artists and develop your skills with ongoing teaching!

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Encaustics

Learn to paint with beeswax, heat, & fire! Karen Brown offers encaustic classes, candle making, open studios and so much more at The Hive Encaustic Studio. The Hive also carries specialty art and encaustic supplies.

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Drawing Class

Drawing isn’t as complicated as you think… all it takes is a little coaching and lots of tips from CJ Shelton's 35+ years of experience. Whether you are a complete beginner or more advanced, in only a few sessions there will be a noticeable improvement in your drawing as you start seeing the world around you in a whole new way!

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Watercolour & Acrylic Painting Class

These classes with CJ Shelton are suitable for both beginners and advanced students, and can help you bring challenging projects to completion as you experiment with different approaches and techniques, or simply immerse yourself in creative exploration and play for an extended period. Whatever you are working on, you will be receiving my expert guidance and feedback on techniq...

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Textiles

Learn about the wonderful world of Textiles with Yvonne Iten-Scott & Leslie Knight of The Mill Fibre Art. Leslie and Yvonne offer workshops in rug hooking, stitching, 3D hooking and much more! Find your new obsession today.

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Acrylic Painting

Lydia Panart offers weekly beginner and intermediate level classes on Wednesdays from 10-1 p.m. She is accepting ongoing workshop sessions tailored for corporate team building, couples, or for a group of friends or family members. This is a fun, creative time to co-create in a guided course using different tools and techniques. No experience necessary.

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Requested Workshops

Aside from regularly-scheduled workshops, many of our artists schedule occasional master classes or you can commission a special workshop for a team-building or groups activity. To book individual classes, please contact artists directly and check their websites. The Hive Encaustic Studio offers a variety of master classes and special worksh...

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