Children & Youth Programs Summer 2017

Children/Youth Programming

Welcome to Homer Watson House & Gallery’s Children/Youth Programming course page for Summer 2017. Please see below for available classes. Price is divided as member price / non-member price. (What’s a Membership?)

Questions? – Read our Parent’s Handbook for Summer Camp Here.

Give the gift of creativity!

Courses

Supplies included for children’s programs.

July 4th – 7th

1765 Ready, Set, CREATE

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Learn about the elements of art and explore different mediums and techniques each day.
Ages 4-6 with Kristine May
9:00 am – noon…$86/$96

1767 Raining Cats & Dogs: Animal Creations

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This creative adventure is designed to teach students unique traditional and contemporary ways to draw, paint and sculpt their favourite animals such as cats,  dogs, rabbits, horses and so on.
Ages 6-10 with Scott McNichol
9:00 am – noon…$86/$96

1768 Tropical Pottery Beach Party

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Listen and dance to salsa music all while we create in clay. Palm trees, tropical fish, and flowers will inspire all our projects for the week. Let’s make clay musical instruments and celebrate at the end of the week with singing and dancing to our own beat.
Ages 6-10 with Brenda Alexander
9:00 am – noon…$96/$106

1769 The Art of Theatre

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Children will create and star in their own theatre production, and will learn to how to create their own costumes, props, sets, and discover the magic of the stage!
Ages 6-10 with Singithi Kandage
1:00pm – 4:00pm…$86/$96

1770 Large Panel Painting

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Explore the world of classical panel painting, from the preparation of the canvas with traditional materials, to learning Old Master painting techniques.
Ages 10-14 with Singithi Kandage
9:00 am – noon…$86/$96

1771 Fantasy Drawing & Painting

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For those with great imaginations, this program will bring concepts, creatures and stories, video games or animations to life through painting and drawing while learning valuable art-making skills in each medium. Fun and adventurous work will be excellent for any teen portfolio.
Ages 10-14 with Scott McNichol
1:00pm – 4:00pm…$86/$96

1772 Pottery Canada 150 Style

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Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday by creating Canadian symbols, paint pottery in Canadian artist styles like Group of Seven, Ted Harrison or Homer Watson. Maybe you enjoy a pesky little Beaver or an adorable polar bear for company. Animal symbols explored and created in clay.
Ages 10-14 with Brenda Alexander
1:00pm – 4:00pm…$96/$106

July 10th – 14th

1773 Fun in the Sun: En Plein Air Painting

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Have fun with art in the sun! Participants will enjoy the sun in a traditionally designed outdoor painting “plein air” style week. Media explored will be pastel, watercolour and acrylic paints.
Ages 4-6 with Maryam Golafshani
9:00 am – noon…$108/$120

1774 Paw Patrol: Art on the Roll

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Using Paw Patrol themed art ideas, participants will learn drawing, painting and sculpting techniques.
Ages 4-6 with Maryam Golafshani
1:00pm – 4:00pm…$108/$120

1775 Crazy Clay Food Creations

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Projects will include crazy abstract sculptures, fabulous food like fake fruit bowls, pizza slices or cake. Yes definitely fake cake! We will discover many techniques for colouring our clay including glazing, painting and special techniques!
Ages 6-10 with Brenda Alexander
9:00 am – noon…$119/$132

1776 Dinos, Dragons & Animal Sculpture

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The world of invented and real creatures is brought alive in this exciting week. From drawings to paintings to 3-D creatures, students will enjoy learning valuable ways to create stronger artworks of the creatures they enjoy.
Ages 6-10 with Scott McNichol
9:00 am – noon…$108/$120

1777 Cross Canada: Paper, Paint & Plasticine

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A fun exploration of a variety of media in order to build basic skills with a focus on
various themes from across Canada.
Ages 6-10 with Soheila Esfahani
1:00pm – 4:00pm…$108/$120

1778 Awesome Acrylic Painting

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A series of acrylic painting projects will introduce students to the elements and principles of design as well as colour theory while exploring different techniques of acrylic painting such as wet in wet, impasto, knife painting, mixed media, and hard-edge.
Ages 10-14 with Soheila Esfahani
9:00 am – noon…$108/$120

1779 Large Scale Sculpture

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Think big! This week will have students designing and creating through cardboards and paper mache sculptures that are life sized.
Ages 10-14 with Scott McNichol
1:00pm – 4:00pm…$108/$120

1780 Wheelin’ About in Clay

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Explore and create using the wheel and hand building techniques.Be prepared to get messy and have fun while creating your projects.
Ages 10-14 with Brenda Alexander
1:00pm – 4:00pm…$119/$132

July 17th – 21st

1781 Under the Sea Pottery

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From serene beaches to the mysterious depths of the ocean, children will create mixed-media artworks inspired by the sea!
Ages 4-6 with Singithi Kandage
9:00 am – noon…$119/$132

1782 Papermaking for Kids

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Children will use a variety of natural materials to create their own paper, as well as learning techniques such as paper marbling and bookmaking!
Ages 4-6 with Singithi Kandage
1:00pm – 4:00pm…$108/$120

1783 Star Wars: Rebel Artists

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Join our rebel forces and explore a mixed media adventure into space. Students of this fun week will travel into new worlds in paintings, models, sculptures or a combination of these media such as diorama’s.
Ages 6-10 with Scott McNichol
9:00 am – noon…$108/$120

1784 Canadian Clay Texture Techniques

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Flags, fish, beavers and polar bears, let’s play with clay Canadian style. Create art from found objects to create textures as well as creating textures on Canadian symbols. Red and White Day Friday!
Ages 6-10 with Brenda Alexander
9:00 am – noon…$119/$132

1785 Drawing, Doodling & Watercolour

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Learn to create the illusion of space through colour, line, and texture, while investigating the languages of landscape, still life, figurative, and abstract art using watercolour and drawing.
Ages 6-10 with Soheila Esfahani
1:00pm – 4:00pm…$108/$120

1786 Acrylic Abstract Painting

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A series of acrylic painting projects will introduce students to the elements and principles of design as well as colour theory while exploring different techniques of acrylic painting such as wet on wet, impasto, knife painting, mixed media, and hard-edge.
Ages 10-14 with Soheila Esfahani
9:00 am – noon…$108/$120

1787 Colourful Pottery Techniques

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Experienced or not you will use hand building techniques to create many projects or just one. Glazing and painting techniques will be discussed and made available to complete your masterpiece(s).
Ages 10-14 with Brenda Alexander
1:00pm – 4:00pm…$119/$132

July 24th – 28th

1791 Clay Pets

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Students will learn basic hand building techniques such as pinch pots, slabs and coils through a series of fun animal inspired projects.
Ages 6-10 with Soheila Esfahani
9:00 am – noon…$119/$132

1793 On and Off the Wheel

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There is nothing like the feel of clay spinning in your hands and then watching amazed as you begin to form your perfect bowl, cup, mug or plate. There will be hand building and many fun glazing and painting techniques explored as well.
Ages 10-14 with Brenda Alexander
9:00 am – noon…$119/$132

1794 Digital Photography

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Composition, colour, light and shadow, and camera techniques are many of the aspects of this week that will help any photo-arts minded student to create with more strength. An excellent opportunity for portfolio building or becoming more confident in taking pictures as a whole.
Ages 10-14 with Scott McNichol
1:00pm – 4:00pm…$108/$120 *Bring Digital Camera and USB

1795 HWSSOA: Traditional Oils and Acrylics

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This week, for the focused art students looking to build his/her portfolio, will examine traditional approaches to painting using oil and acrylic paint. Understanding how to paint portraits, people and landscapes, will help those interested in their artistic ventures.
Ages 14+ with Scott McNichol
9:00 am – noon…$128/$142
*This program is designed to help High School students build their portfolio for Post-Secondary. One-day artistic excursion on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Itinerary TBD.

July 31st – August 4th

1797 P is for Pottery

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Let’s have fun and create imagined and real clay creatures while exploring various pottery techniques.
Ages 4-6 with Soheila Esfahani
9:00 am – noon…$119/$132

1798 Play with Paint

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Lessons on analyzing form, colour, texture, and line while exploring different painting techniques such as impasto, knife painting, mixed media, and more.
Ages 4-6 with Soheila Esfahani
1:00pm – 4:00pm…$108/$120

1799 Marvelous Masks & More

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A variety of mask making techniques will be explored through Paint, collage, sculpture and so much more.
Ages 6-10 with Kristine May
9:00 am – noon…$108/$120

17100 Birds the Word: Pottery Creations

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A fun whimsical way to make birds, nests and eggs out of clay! Get ready to dive right in!
Ages 6-10 with Susan Spencer
9:00 am – noon…$119/$132

17101 Exploration into Animation & Claymation

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This exciting week will have students creating 3-D animations otherwise known as claymation. Along with working through creatures/characters, participants will be miniature set building that will also allow for create camera work for individual photography development.
Ages 6-10 with Scott McNichol
1:00pm – 4:00pm…$108/$120

17102 Traditional Drawing Techniques

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This is an excellent program for the interested young artist to develop and prepare valuable techniques and skills before going back to school. This course will cover such areas as proportions, perspective, light and shadow, colour theory and painting techniques. Students are encouraged to pursue his/her favourite themes.
Ages 10-14 with Scott McNichol
9:00 am – noon…$108/$120

17103 Creative Clay

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Whimsical stoneware garden sculptures, functional pieces, amazing garden signs and more!
Ages 10-14 with Susan Spencer
1:00pm – 4:00pm…$119/$132

17104 Extreme Art

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Explore art in exciting ways through collage, mask making, portraits and 3D works. Let your creativity flow as you use different materials and techniques and learn new skills.
Ages 10-14 with Kristine May
1:00pm – 4:00pm…$108/$120

August 8th – 11th

17105 Colour Factory

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A week of fun that includes everything from learning about colour mixing to going on a colourful scavenger hunt.
Ages 4-6 with Kristine May
9:00 am – noon…$86/$96

17106 Art Around the World

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Broaden your child’s horizons through art creations from various cultures around the world.
Ages 4-6 with Kristine May
1:00pm – 4:00pm…$86/$96

17107 Craft & Design

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For those creative types who don’t necessarily want to draw and paint in the traditional sense.  During the week, campers will create mixed-media projects while exploring such areas as weaving, jewelry making, modified batik, canvas painting, and the creation of a journal.
Ages 6-10 with Patricia Beader
9:00 am – noon…$86/$96

17109 Model Making

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The joy of bringing into reality a 3-D boat, plane, car, space-ship or doll-house of one’s own design or otherwise, will be felt by those involved in this creative week. Students will learn valuable techniques and uses of materials while creating under the guidance of artist/model maker Scott McNichol.
Ages 6-10 with Scott McNichol
1:00pm – 4:00pm…$86/$96

17110 Enviro Art

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Pick-up, fix-up to find the possibilities. This unique class will allow students to discover how nature can be formed into amazing creations! Students will find creative designs in branches, leaves, rocks and sand and at the same time become more aware of our amazing environment.
Ages 10-14 with Scott McNichol
9:00 am – noon…$86/$96

17111 Clay Techniques: Sgraffito

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Learn how colour,texture and design are used in creating crazy whimsical landscapes, creatures and much more.
Ages 10-14 with Susan Spencer
1:00pm – 4:00pm…$96/$106

August 14th – 18th

17113 How Sweet Is It: Kinder Pottery

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Campers will learn the fundamentals of drawing, painting, and sculpture as they explore what is arguably the best subject matter ever…dessert. Bring your creativity and a full belly so you’re not tempted to eat your art!
Ages 4-6 with Patricia Beader
9:00 am – noon…$119/$132

17114 Process, NOT Product

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For those young artists who prefer to explore materials and focus on self-expression.  Campers will learn a variety of art techniques and use various art media as they work on open-ended projects. We provide the materials; you provide the imagination.
Ages 4-6 with Patricia Beader
1:00pm – 4:00pm…$108/$120

17115 Animals & Artsy Creatures

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We’re wild about animals. Join us for a fun art safari creating the wildest and most amazing creatures in your imagination.
Ages 6-10 with Kristine May
9:00 am – noon…$108/$120

17117 Rocks, Paper, River: Outdoor Art

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An exploration of the theme of river as a habitat through a series of projects that introduces new ways of seeing and creating art. We will focus on outdoor sketching, drawing and watercolour painting.
Ages 6-10 with Soheila Esfahani
1:00pm – 4:00pm…$108/$120

17118 Harry Pottery

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Enjoy a Harry Potter inspired pottery camp. Come and make clay dragons, goblets, Horcruxes, magic wands, house crests and many more magical creations.
Ages 10-14 with Soheila Esfahani
9:00 am – noon…$119/$132

17119 Creative Journey

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Discover your own unique style as an artist as you experiment with such media as acrylics, watercolour, pastels, markers, ink and even found materials.This course will be a great opportunity for self-expression.
Ages 10-14 with Kristine May
1:00pm – 4:00pm…$108/$120

17120 Textual Clay Tiles

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Learn how to creatively create tiles that can be made into other art projects.
Ages 10-14 with Susan Spencer
1:00pm – 4:00pm…$119/$132

August 21st – 25th

17121 Storybook Art

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Many favourite tales are used as a jumping point to create colourful pieces of Art that encourage skill building and creativity. The week will end with the production of Art pieces such as masks, sock creatures, watercolour paintings, mixed media pieces, and more. This fun week will definitely end “Happily ever after”.
Ages 4-6 with Catherine Herzog
9:00 am – noon…$108/$120

17122 SpongeBob’s Art Class

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SpongeBob is coming to Homer Watson House and Gallery! This summer, SpongeBob wants to learn how to draw, colour, paint and build things like an artist. This week, with SpongeBob’s help, students will various create 2D and 3D pieces that will expose them to specific artistic techniques. So, be ready to learn along with SpongeBob on how to become a visual artist. “I’m ready, I’m ready…” SpongeBob is already saying.
Ages 4-6 with Catherine Herzog
1:00pm – 4:00pm…$108/$120

17123 Yo Ho! Pirate Art Adventures

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This popular and fun-filled adventurous week will see students building model ships, pirate flags, his/her own pirate coins and ending up with living the grand adventure through a Gallery-patented game. The high seas awaits with all manner of treasure!
Ages 6-10 with Scott McNichol
9:00 am – noon…$108/$120

17124 Pottery Fun for Everyone

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Learn about coil, slab, and free form approaches to hand-building in clay. Campers will be taken through guided projects and be encouraged to design their own creations. Please bring a shoebox to the first class.
Ages 6-10 with Patricia Beader
1:00pm – 4:00pm…$119/$132

17125 Re-Invention Lab

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Re-think, Re-purpose and Re-create. Create art and learn new skills using re-cycled and found objects.  Paint, Print, Draw and Build.
Ages 6-10 with Kristine May
1:00pm – 4:00pm…$108/$120

17126 Mixed Media Twist

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Explore your creative potential, while developing your technique using image transfers, mixed media collage, stamping, mark making and experimental painting. Focusing on composition, create unique art work on wood, canvas and fabric.
Ages 10-14 with Kristine May
9:00 am – noon…$108/$120

17127 Clay Creations

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Learn the basics or expand on what you already know both on and off the wheel. Campers will initially be taken through guided projects after which they will have the option of working independently. Please bring a shoebox to the first class.
Ages 10-14 with Patricia Beader
9:00 am – noon…$119/$132

17128 Drawing & Painting Fundamentals

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This course will help introduce and prepare students to ideas, techniques and materials of traditional art-making. An excellent way to sharpen skills and inspire students to further summer art adventures.
Ages 10-14 with Scott McNichol
1:00pm – 4:00pm…$108/$120

August 28th – September 1st

17129 Junior Picasso

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Watch as imaginations soar in this fun, creative camp, while exploring a range of media such as painting, printmaking and drawing.
Ages 4-6 with Kristine May
9:00 am – noon…$108/$120

17130 Time Traveler

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Journey through art history and bring your own creative ideas and images to life.
Ages 4-6 with Kristine May
1:00pm – 4:00pm…$108/$120

17131 Traditional Painting Techniques

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This week will have students working in oils and acrylics, learning both traditional and contemporary techniques in painting. Students are encouraged to follow themes they love and will produce several paintings by week’s end.
Ages 6-10 with Scott McNichol
9:00 am – noon…$108/$120

17132 Dragons, Fairies & Folklore Pottery

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Enter the age of fire! Create Mystical creatures, unique dragons and learn the folklore of wonderful storybook tales!
Ages 6-10 with Susan Spencer
9:00 am – noon…$119/$132

17133 Animal Portraits & Sculptures

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Campers will learn drawing and sketching techniques to explore the shapes and forms of a variety of animals and will paint and sculpt using various materials and media.  Feel free to bring pictures of your pet or favourite animal(s).
Ages 6-10 with Patricia Beader
1:00pm – 4:00pm…$108/$120

17134 Introduction to Hand Sewing

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Learn the basics of hand-sewing and about the concept of up-cycling to create eco-friendly projects. Campers will be taken through guided projects and also have the opportunity to design their own creations.
Ages 10-14 with Patricia Beader
9:00 am – noon…$108/$120

17135 Zoobowls: Wheeling Techniques

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Let’s go wild and design bowls with attitudes! We will design furry creatures and the best bowls you’ll ever see or use!
Ages 10-14 with Susan Spencer
1:00pm – 4:00pm…$119/$132

17136 Animation & Cartooning

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Learn to create stories, Characters both 2-D and 3-D, sets and props all coming together as an official animation using computer technology and stop-frame animation.
Ages 10-14 with Scott McNichol
1:00pm – 4:00pm…$108/$120


General Information

Visual Art Classes Ages 4-6
These camps are designed for kinder tots, pre-school and kindergarten aged children. Focus is on fun while integrating all art forms: Dramatic play, music and musical expression, early literature & visual art. Objective is to build on basic fine motor skills such as cutting, pasting, and coloring activities, color recognition, problem solving skills, and socialization development.

Visual Art Classes Aged 6-10
These fun art classes are designed for children in Grades K-4. Focus is on fun skill & concept development through the use of various media. Objective is to include the child’s experiences, abilities, interests, imagination and problem solving skills within each art activity. Children are also introduced to new and various art vocabulary.

Visual Art Classes Ages 10-14
These visual art classes are designed for children in Grades 5-9. Focus is on exploration, experimenting and the application of skills and concepts while further developing the idea of adding meaning to art. Objective is to include the child’s experience, ability, interest, imagination and problem solving skills within each art task. Children are also introduced to new and various art vocabulary.

Behaviour Management

Behaviour, actions, and language should contribute to a positive & safe environment at all times. The Gallery reserves the right to remove any child from a program permanently, without a refund. Please inform the gallery PRIOR to registering of any concerns that should be noted and shared with the instructor. Please note, all information collected is considered confidential, and protecting your child’s privacy is paramount.

A full refund will be issued for classes cancelled by the Gallery. Instructors and course content may change without notice. There will be no refunds for classes when cancelling 10 days prior to the first day of the class. Cancellations prior to that period will be subject to a 10% administration fee. Sorry, there are no refunds for missed classes or drop-outs.

Registration and attendance are subject to the condition that the City of Kitchener, the Gallery, its Directors, 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. The student gives permission for Homer Watson House & Gallery to use photographs, video and audio of the student, taken during workshops and courses, for publicity purposes.

Registration Procedure & Policy

Registrations can be completed over the phone at 519-748-4377 or on site. Registrations will NOT be processed unless accompanied by payment in full. Homer Watson House & Gallery accepts Visa, MasterCard, cash or cheque. Cancellations normally occur one week before the first class of the course. A full refund will be issued for classes cancelled by the Gallery. Instructors and course content may change without notice.

No refunds are issued for cancellations made 10 days or less prior to the class start date. Cancellations prior to that period will be subject to a 10% administration fee. We are sorry, there are no refunds for missed classes or drop-outs. Registration and attendance are subject to the condition that the City of Kitchener, the Gallery, its Directors, 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. The student gives permission for Homer Watson House & Gallery to use photographs, video and audio of the student, taken during workshops and courses, for publicity purposes.