Adult Programs Fall 2018

Adult Programming

Welcome to Homer Watson House & Gallery’s Adult Programming course page for Fall 2018. Please see below for available classes. Price is divided as member price / non-member price. (What’s a Membership?)

Please Note: 2019 brings exciting new changes to Homer Watson House & Gallery! In the new year, we will be using to a new processing system that will enhance program registration. We want our customers to know that this new system will improve efficiency, will be more user-friendly and will cost the charity less money in an effort to provide more children’s programming. If you have an existing credit memo with Homer Watson now is a good time to use it! If you have any questions or concerns about this change, please contact Paige Downey, Director of Education & Public Programs at 519-748-4377 ext. 222, or email


Supplies are required for adult programs.

18153 Artists Corner: Open Studio

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This open studio program allows each student to work in a comfortable, supportive and creative atmosphere while developing visual art pieces of interest. Bring your photography, painting, drawings to work amongst other artists. Professional advice and critique is provided upon request.
Adult Program with Scott McNichol
Wednesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm…$10/per session
September 12 – November 21, 10 weeks
*No class October 10, 2018.

18155 Watercolour Florals

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Explore a variety of techniques and styles to paint expressive florals in watercolour, including wet on wet, glazing and negative space painting. There will be opportunities to paint en plein air if weather permits.
Adult Program with Candice Leyland
Mondays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm…$142/$158
September 17 – October 29, 6 weeks
*No class October 8, 2018.

18158 Advanced Painting 30 Minutes a Day

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Back by popular demand, Elvan will expand on painting techniques in this advanced class. Students will learn one or two acrylic painting methods every week and will create multiple small paintings. These small reference paintings can later be worked into a large scale painting.
Adult Program with Elvan Suzer
Tuesdays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm…$119/$132
September 18 – October 16, 5 weeks

18159 Fall Reflections in Acrylics

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Students will learn how to solve problems and work with the vibrant fall colors. Students will explore bodies of water, and the techniques used to portray texture and movement.
Adult Program with Ana Vatres
Wednesdays, *noon – 2:00 pm…$95/$106
September 19 – October 10, 4 weeks

*updated time

18161 Back to Basics Drawing

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This course will create a greater understanding and appreciation of how to draw the objects and ideas we see in the world. Students will gain stronger proportion skills including figure and portraits, understand perspective, and shading techniques in pencil work. This is a good foundational course before exploring painting and sculpture classes.
Adult Program with Scott McNichol
Tuesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm…$119/$132
October 16 – November 13, 5 weeks

18163 Further Concepts in Watercolours

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Enhance your ability while bringing your watercolour knowledge to the next level. This course will teach students how to move into their own interpretive style using basic and intermediate knowledge in watercolour.
Adult Program with Brett Holmes
Tuesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm….$119/$132
October 23 – November 20, 5 weeks

18165 Traditional Oils & Acrylics

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This class will explore the basic foundations of oil and acrylic painting. Specific concepts, visual language and techniques will be examined throughout. Students will also learn about materials and the pros and cons of each media.
Adult Program with Scott McNichol
Mondays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm…$142/$158
October 29 – December 3, 6 weeks

18166 Beginner Painting 30 Minutes a Day

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Students will learn one or two acrylic painting methods every week and will create multiple small paintings. Participants will have the opportunity to constructively critique the finished artwork each class. These small reference paintings will help you decide on whether you want to transfer these to a larger canvas.
Adult Program with Evan Suzer
Mondays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm…$119/$132
November 5 – December 3, 5 weeks

18167 Watercolour & Ink

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Learn the unique techniques of combining ink and watercolour! Students will learn various watercolour and ink techniques, and combining the two methods into original artworks. Simplify your object, and add contrast and detail using ink.
Adult Program with Atena Ganea
Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm…$142/$158
November 8 – December 13, 6 weeks

18168 Beginner Sculpture

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Surface tension, hidden lines and action, are all elements of a strong sculpture. This course will examine these concepts while creating a dynamic clay sculpture. Excellent for the beginner and those with some experience. Clay works will be fired.
Adult Program with Scott McNichol
Thursdays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm…$119/$132
November 22 – December 20, 5 weeks
*Plus $15 material and firing fee.

18169 Intermediate Figure Drawing

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Students will expand on beginner techniques learned in the introductory course. This course will create a greater understanding and appreciation of how to render the human figure.
Adult Program with Scott McNichol
Tuesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm…$95/$106
November 27 – December 18, 4 weeks

18170 Still Life in Oil

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This program will explore the many possibilities of oil paint. Still life concepts that will be explored are; shape, light and patterns using various oil techniques.
Adult Program with Ana Vatres
Wednesdays, *noon – 2:00 pm…$119/$132
November 28 – December 19, 4 weeks

*updated time


Supplies are required for adult programs.

18172 Astro-photography: Challenges & Rewards

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Join feature artist, Gerald Bissett as he explains and illustrates how astronomers take pictures of various celestial objects then process their data to generate beautiful astro-photographs.
Adult program with Gerald Bissett. Ed.D.
7:00 – 8:30 pm…$29/$32 per session
Session II: Friday, October 19, 2018
*Both programs provide the same instruction, repeat students welcome!

18173 Halloween Wizard Sculptures

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In this workshop you will learn to create a wizard sculpture using textile and non-toxic textile hardener (Paverpol). You will be able to shape the posture of the statue and it will dry rock hard. Your sculpture can either stay outside through all seasons to greet your guests or become a perfect decoration for your home.
Adult program with Elvan Suzer
Saturday, October 13, 2018
10:00 am – 4:00 pm…$60/$66
*Plus $50 supply fee to be paid to instructor.

18187 Pottery Through the Ages

Join us for these fun one-day workshops as we delve into pottery styles and techniques through the ages.
Adult Program with Nichole Martin
Fridays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm….$35/$39 per session
November 30 – Session I: Art Nouveau Register Online SI 
December 7 – Session II: Art Deco Register Online SII
December 14 – Session III: Bauhaus Register Online SIII


*Supplies included for family programs, family programs are FREE for those who hold a valid family membership

18184 Fall Colours

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This vibrant exploration into painting techniques and colour mixing will have all creating the feeling of Fall. Techniques in watercolour and acrylic will be taught and styles such as the group of seven and French impressionists will be explained.
Fun for the Family with Scott McNichol
Sunday, September 16, 2018
1:00 – 3:00 pm…$35/FREE for Members

18185 Clay Angels

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This hands on clay class will have students shown how to create holiday centerpiece angels in clay as well as hanging ornaments as well. Great way to create a gift or just for one’s own decoration ideas.
Fun for the Family with Scott McNichol
Sunday, November 25, 2018
1:00 – 3:00 pm…$35/FREE for Members

Located in the Garden Studio.

18186 Handcrafted Jewellery

This exciting program will have students learning more than just stringing beads. Techniques in wire crafting and even molding and making one’s own jewellery pieces will be the focus.
Fun for the Family with Scott McNichol
Saturday, December 8, 2018
1:00 – 3:00 pm…PWYC
*This program runs during our Annual Maker’s Market; suggested $10 donation.


Register early as class sizes are limited and courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. All cancellations normally occur one week before the first class of the course.

Registrations are accepted in person, by mail, phone or online. Full payment must accompany your registration. Post dated cheques cannot be accepted. There will be no refunds when cancelling 10 days before the first class or the event. Cancellations prior to that period will be subject to a 10% administration fee. We do not make arrangements for refunds for missed classes, events or transfers. Official receipts are issued at the time of registration. Any request made for tracing past payments/receipts will be subject to a $25.00 administration fee.

The Gallery reserves the right to cancel any class, workshop or event which does not receive sufficient enrollment. Cancellations normally occur one week prior to the start date. A full refund will be issued for classes or events cancelled by the Gallery. Instructors and content may change without notice. Registration and attendance are subject to the condition that the City of Kitchener, Homer Watson House Foundation, officers, and employees, are released from all responsibilities for injury, loss or damage, however caused, that may be sustained by any person attending a class.