Adult Programs Winter 2018

Adult Programming

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


Supplies are required for adult programs. If you have a Gift Certificate and would like to sign up for a program, please call 519748-4377 or visit the Gallery to register!

1801 Ready to Hang Paintings

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Instructor Elvan Suzer will guide students through a lesson on painting with acrylics. This is not paint by number method and there is much to learn in this seriously FUN class. At the end of each session, students will finish a painting that is ready to take home (or give as a present). Elvan will provide support on a one-to-one basis. This is the class for you if you think you can’t draw a stick figure and have absolutely no experience at all.
Adult Program with Elvan Suzer
Mondays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm…$122/$136
January 22 – February 26, 5 weeks
*No class February 19, 2018.

1802 Drawing Fundamentals

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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. A good foundational course before exploring painting and sculpture classes.
Adult Program with Scott McNichol
Mondays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm…$91/$101
January 22 – February 12, 4 weeks

1804 Traditional Acrylic Techniques

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Learn the essentials of painting by exploring a variety of brushes, papers and techniques. Several themes, from landscape to still life, will provide students with the opportunity to exceed expectations!
Adult Program with Scott McNichol
Tuesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm…$113/$126
January 23 – February 20, 5 weeks

1806 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. Professional advice and critique is provided upon request.
Adult Program with Scott McNichol
Wednesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm…$10/per session
January 24 – March 7, 7 weeks

1807 Beginner Pottery

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Enter the world of textural wonder, sensory adventures and creative play in this 4 week Intro to this incredible  tactile craft that is older than time! Join me in learning things that will add to your quality of life! See you there!
Adult Program with Susan Spencer
Wednesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm…$106/$118
January 24 – February 14, 4 weeks
*Plus $30 material and firing fee.

1808 Beginner Watercolour

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Brush your way to confidence and learn how to paint with watercolour! Students will learn about the tools of the trade – brushes, paper, paints – and basic techniques to build beautiful pieces. The only way to learn is to try, so dip right in and let’s get painting! Repeat students are welcome.
Adult Program with Brett Holmes
Thursdays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm…$113/$126
January 25 – February 22, 5 weeks

1809 The Art of Cozy Crochet

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This beginner course will teach students basic crochet techniques. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to read patterns and will learn proper crocheting terminology. Join us in creating “cozy” pieces!
Adult Program with Carolyn Ponsford
Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm…$91/$101
January 25 – February 22, 4 weeks
*No class February 15, 2017.

1810 Acrylic Landscapes with Wildlife

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This program will focus on colour and explore monochromatic colour schemes and contrast, with a pop of colour. Ana will show students how to create a dynamic one colour painting by using patterns, shapes, lines and value to create depth and dimension.
Adult Program with Ana Vatres
Thursdays, noon – 2:00 pm…$91/$101
February 1-22, 4 weeks

1812 Watercolour & Ink

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Learn the unique techniques of combining ink and watercolour! Students will learn various watercolour and ink techniques, and the methods of combining the two into original artworks. Simplify your object, and add contrast and detail using ink.
Adult Program with Atena Ganea
Tuesdays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm…$113/$126
February 20 – March 27, 5 weeks
*No class March 13, 2018.

1813 Carving Essentials in Stone, Plaster & Wood

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This unique program allows students to learn and enjoy the ancient tradition of stone-carving as well techniques in carving. Students will work with soapstone, plaster snd wood while studying traditional and contemporary tools and techniques.
Adult Program with Scott McNichol
Mondays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm…$106/$118
February 26 – March 26, 4 weeks
*No class March 12, 2018.
**Plus $15 material fee.

1814 Further Concepts in Ceramics

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Challenge what you have learned already and create functional Stoneware bowls & dishes alongside more advanced creative projects and techniques that can be utilized in future projects. Underglazes, Scrafito, Mold Making and so much more!
Adult Program with Susan Spencer
Wednesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm…$106/$118
February 28 – March 28, 4 weeks
*No class March 14, 2018.
**Plus $30 material and firing fee.

1815 Figure Drawing & Portraiture

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Learn how to render a figure from life! This course will provide students with the ability to see and draw the figure and create energy and drama. Participants will learn to take on not only the concepts of figure and its proportions, but how to work through challenges of drapery. Portrait drawing will also be discussed.
Adult Program with Scott McNichol
Thursdays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm…$122/$136
March 1-29, 4 weeks
*No class March 15, 2018.


Supplies are required for adult programs.

1816 Reclaimed Metal Earrings

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Have you ever wanted to create your own jewellery? Have you ever wanted to use a blow torch? Now is your chance to do both! Students will learn to hand-forge, heat colour or etch a variety of metals to create beautiful earrings, in the style and colour of their choice.
Adult program with Barb Di Renzo
Saturday, January 20, 2018
1:00 – 4:00 pm…$45/$50
*Plus $10 material fee.

1819 Valentine’s His & Hers Stainless Steel Rings

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Spend an afternoon together, creating functional pieces. Couples will learn to hand-forge stainless steel to create rings, adjustable in size and in the style of their choice. They also have the option of heat colouring metal to create colourful patinas.
Adult program with Barb Di Renzo
Saturday, February 10, 2018
2:00 – 4:00 pm…$45/$50

1820 Hygge (Cozy) Clay

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The Danish word “hygge” translates roughly to “coziness,” but it means so much more than that. Hygge represents the ability to not just be present – but recognize and enjoy the present. Join us in studio to hand build wonderful mugs in this “Cozy Clay Class”. Learn how to make unique handles and whimsical décor all in a day’s work. There’s so much more than meets the eye…find out what!
Adult program with Susan Spencer
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Noon – 4:00 pm…$57/$63

1821 Fine Art of Thrifting

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It’s all about fashion -“cents”. Kim Wall has always been approached by people in the street about where she got her clothes. All were shocked to discover that the clothing she wears was entirely thrifted. This course will show you what dictates quality in thrifted clothing, what suits your body shape, and how to put it all together.
Adult program with Kim Wall
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Noon – 4:00 pm…$45/$50

1822 Spring into Pastels

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Students will begin with exercises designed to loosen up and continue with colour studies in pastel. Technique, spontaneity and composition are the focus of this workshop.
Adult program with Atena Ganea
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Noon – 4:00 pm…$45/$50


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

1831 Monoprints to Block Prints

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This family fun adventure will allow participants to learn easy to do printing techniques that will have students set to make their own birthday, valentine’s day and Easter cards. Printmaking gets messy so be sure to bring paint shirts.
Fun for the Family with Scott McNichol
Sunday, February 4, 2018
1:00 – 3:00 pm…$35/FREE for Members

1832 Van Gogh Still Life’s

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Be BOLD and VIBRANT in this family painting workshop! Students will learn techniques in palette knife use and colour mixing colour mixing. We will draw inspiration from Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” to into the spring spirit!
Fun for the Family with Scott McNichol
Sunday, March 25, 2018
1:00 – 3:00 pm…$35/FREE for Members


*Mini lecture series, refreshments will be provided. Registration required in advance.

1833 Who was Mona Lisa?

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Who was he/she? Why did the portrait become so important during the Renaissance in Italy and Europe? We will discover together the deep and higher details of the most famous Renaissance portraits. We will discuss and analyze famous portraits and reflect on identity in this lecture series.
Featuring Elisa Franceschini
Fridays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm…$29/$32
January 26 – February 9, 3 weeks

1834 Magnificent Colour: Theory & Harmony

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Through this fast-paced and fun 3-hour session, we’ll get into the basics and the science behind colour theory, colour mixing and colour harmony, with eye-opening demonstrations along the way. This lecture is great for beginning and intermediate level artist; for more experienced artists wanting a review; and for anyone fascinated by magnificent colour!
Featuring Exhibiting Artist Amy Ferrari
Friday, February 16, 2018
6:00 – 9:00 pm…$14/$16

1835 Gesture: Hidden Lines

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Through this lecture students will get a greater appreciation of the importance of line in visual art, while participating in exercises in pencil and sculpture. Lines are everywhere and learning to see and interpret them will make participants a stronger artist and observer of art.
Featuring Scott McNichol
Fridays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm…$29/$32
February 23 – March 9, 3 weeks

1836 Tricks of the Trade: Painting en Plein Air

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Ralf Wall has painted outdoors throughout Southern Ontario from local city parks to the Algonquin wilderness. Learn some tips and tricks to painting outdoors. Where to paint, what equipment to bring, how to prepare for the hot sun, rain, snow and windy days. This workshop is for beginners and experienced painters alike.
Featuring Ralf Wall
Friday, March 23, 2018
6:00 – 9:00 pm…$14/$16


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.

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