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WORKSHOPS & CLASSES @ Judith & Norman ALIX Art Gallery

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PD Days: Mystical Nature
Friday, September 30
| 8:30am - 5:00pm
Don’t worry parents – we’ve got you covered. Your children will spend their day in a creative, fun, and inspiring environment filled with artistic activities, stories, and films. The engaging activities planned for each PD day are inspired by a different theme related to our current exhibitions. This week’s theme is Mystical Nature.
Drop off: between 8:30am – 9:00am
Pick up: between 4:30pm – 5:00pm
Cost per child: Members $50 | Non-Members $55
Please send your child with a peanut-free lunch.
To register, call 519-336-8127 ext. 3226.

Family Sunday - Magical Paper Dragons
October 2 | 1-3pm
with Tara Dimusio
Dragons are legendary mythical creatures; they can be scaly or smooth, fire breathing or aquatic. Bring your ideas to life - join us to create your very own magical paper dragon using paper plates and watercolour paints.
FREE and open to all ages!

Family Sunday - Autumn’s Palette
October 9
| 1-3pm
with Tara Dimusio
The leaves are starting to change colour! Celebrate the season’s new colours by making a beautiful fall wreath to decorate your door, inspired by autumn’s palette.
FREE and open to all ages!

TNT Fusion - The Sarnia Short (Film)
October 12 &13
| 4:00pm-6:00pm
Learn what it takes to produce and star in a motion picture. You will be mentored by Ian Alexander, one of Sarnia’s best, and learn the ins and outs of pre-production planning, filming, editing and acting. Explore the nooks and crannies of Sarnia’s downtown, while producing a short film that will be shared with the community.
Instructor: Ian Alexander
Ian Alexander is a local Renaissance man who dabbles in all art forms. Ian founded Rocketship Productions, a company that focuses on video, film and promotion. He is currently working at the Imperial Theatre while honing his comical skills in local stand-up shows.
Ages: 9-13
Cost: FREE but give what you can
Register today! Contact Ann Helps at [email protected] or 519-336-8127 ext. 3226 or Aruba Mahmud (IYEP) at [email protected] or 519-344-2062 ext. 2166 to book your spot.

Family Sunday - Star Values
October 16
| 1-3pm with Genevieve Burton
Based on Mitch Robertson’s “Star Values,” participants will choose a constellation to create a watercolour resist painting using star stickers, wax crayons, and salt.
FREE and open to all ages!

TNT Fusion – Snapshot, Run! (Photography)
October 19 & 20
| 4:00 pm-6:00 pm
Combine fitness and art in this interactive fast pace photography workshop. You will be guided by two instructors on short jogs through our community to capture unique and spontaneous moments. Come live in the moment, snap a shot and make friends… but don’t get left behind!
Instructors: Elizabeth Hunt and Jeff McCoy
Two local photographers have teamed up to offer this exciting workshop. Jeff founded Kaoss Studios and is currently working as an assistant professor with Lambton College’s SWAC dual-credit program. Elizabeth is a student of Lambton College’s Digital Photography program where she is continuing to develop her skills.
Ages: 9-13
Cost: FREE but give what you can
Register today! Contact Ann Helps at [email protected] or 519-336-8127 ext. 3226 or Aruba Mahmud (IYEP) at [email protected] or 519-344-2062 ext. 2166 to book your spot.

Family Sunday - Moon Reflectors
October 23
| 1-3pm
with Genevieve Burton
Reach for the moon! Maggie Groat, whose work is displayed in our exhibit In the Shadow of the Millennium, has several moon reflectors in her portfolio. Create your own moon reflectors this Family Sunday using tin foil and cardboard!
FREE and open to all ages!

TNT Fusion Into the Woodlands (Painting)
October 26 & 27
| 4:00pm-6:00pm
Learn about the storytelling tradition with a local First Nations artist. Moses Lunham will share his knowledge, culture and skills with participants. You will get the exclusive opportunity to come into our Permanent Collections vault to see the Norval Morrisseau painting and let your inspiration run wild on canvas.
Instructor: Moses Lunham
Moses Lunham is a local First Nations artist from the community of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation. Moses previously studied graphic arts at Fanshawe College and has worked in the field for over 10 years. Moses has exhibited his work in group and solo shows in the Sarnia and London region. He can also be found at local pow wows throughout the summer months, sharing his art.
Ages: 9-13
Cost: FREE but give what you can
Register today! Contact Ann Helps at [email protected] or 519-336-8127 ext. 3226 or Aruba Mahmud (IYEP) at [email protected] or 519-344-2062 ext. 2166 to book your spot.

PD Days: Falling for Colours
Friday, October 28
| 8:30am - 5:00pm
Don’t worry parents – we’ve got you covered. Your children will spend their day in a creative, fun, and inspiring environment filled with artistic activities, stories, and films. The engaging activities planned for each PD day are inspired by a different theme related to our current exhibitions. This week’s theme is Falling for Colours.
Drop off: between 8:30am – 9:00am
Pick up: between 4:30pm – 5:00pm
Cost per child: Members $50 | Non-Members $55
Please send your child with a peanut-free lunch.
To register, call 519-336-8127 ext. 3226 or email [email protected]

Family Sunday - Ghostface/Glacierface Masks
October 30
| 1-3pm with Genevieve Burton
Join us for Family Sunday and get in the Halloween spirit. Frighten your friends with your own paper mask craft. This activity is inspired by Katie Bethune-Leamen’s Ghostface masks in the In the Shadow of the Millennium exhibition.
FREE and open to all ages!

TNT Fusion - Make Your Mark (Henna)
November 2 & 3
| 4:00pm-6:00pm
The beautiful world of henna will be explored with the help of local henna artist, Sana Syed-Chaudhry. Sana will explain the history and cultural customs that have evolved around the practice of henna. You’ll become confident in the art form and come out decorated by your creativity.
Instructor: Sana Syed-Chaudhry
Sana Syed-Chaudhry founded the company, Rang De - Professional Henna Artistry, that provides henna services for special occasions. She has successfully expanded the business across Canada, sharing her passion for henna between Ottawa and Sarnia.
Ages: 9-13
Cost: FREE but give what you can
Register today! Contact Ann Helps at [email protected] or 519-336-8127 ext. 3226 or Aruba Mahmud (IYEP) at [email protected] or 519-344-2062 ext. 2166 to book your spot.

TNT Fusion – Make Your Mark (Henna)
November 2 & 3
| 4:00pm-6:00pm
The beautiful world of henna will be explored with the help of local henna artist, Sana Syed-Chaudhry. Sana will explain the history and cultural customs that have evolved around the practice of henna. You’ll become confident in the art form and come out decorated by your creativity.
Instructor: Sana Syed-Chaudhry
Sana Syed-Chaudhry founded the company, Rang De – Professional Henna Artistry, that provides henna services for special occasions. She has successfully expanded the business across Canada, sharing her passion for henna between Ottawa and Sarnia.
Ages: 9-13
Cost: FREE but give what you can
Register today! Contact Ann Helps at [email protected] or 519-336-8127 ext. 3226 or Aruba Mahmud (IYEP) at [email protected] or 519-344-2062 ext. 2166 to book your spot.

SWIFF Filmmaking Workshop - Short Film Producing & Documentary Filmmaking
Friday, November 4
| 1:00-4:00pm
SWIFF Filmmaking Workshop - Short Film Producing & Documentary Filmmaking
Learn what it takes to produce a short film or a documentary from leaders in the industry. Lauren Mackinlay, will share her knowledge of short film producing, and Jonathan Staav will speak to his experience with documentary filmmaking.
Lauren Mackinlay was born and raised in Sarnia, Ontario. She currently works in television as a Project Manager for Sphere Media, the production company behind Bell/Bravo’s #1 original drama series 19-2 and CBC’s new original series This Life. Lauren is also an independent producer and one of the founding partners of Women On Screen, a not-for-profit organization committed to increasing the representation of women in the entertainment industry.
Jonathan’s first feature documentary, The Singhampton Project, a film about artist Jean Paul Ganem and chef Micael Stadtlander had its European premiere at the 2016 Berlinale. Jonathan continues to make and shoot documentaries around the world. This past year, he has travelled to Sierra Leone, Kenya, Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Cambodia, Australia, Hong Kong, England, Mexico, and the USA, directing and shooting new documentary programs for VICELAND.
Cost: FREE for students under 19 | Adults $165
For more information and to apply to the workshops, visit swiff.ca/workshops.

SWIFF Filmmaking Workshop - Acting for Film & Television
Saturday, November 5 to Sunday, November 6
| 1:00-4:00pm
Acting for film and television takes a unique approach and special skill set. Learn from acclaimed actor, Kimberly Laferriere about what it takes to succeed.
Kimberly Laferriere was born and raised in Montréal, Quebec. She went on to graduate from the prestigious Neighbourhood Playhouse School of Theatre. Kimberly spent five years in New York developing her craft working in theatre, film, and television. Kimberly has had featured roles on Saving Hope, Being Human, 1000 Ways to Die, As the World Turns and The Guiding Light.
Cost: FREE for students under 19 | Adults $165
For more information and to apply to the workshops, visit swiff.ca/workshops.

Family Sunday - Framing Ideas
November 6
| 1-3pm with Jessica Butler
How does a frame affect the way artwork looks to you? After checking out the gallery exhibitions, join us in the studio to create picture frames inspired by your favourite paintings.
Create frames using popsicle sticks and paint to showcase your extraordinary artwork.
FREE and open to all ages!

TNT Fusion - Moose, Robots, and Bears… OH MY! (Painting)
November 9 & 10
| 4:00pm-6:00pm
What if the Group of Seven was formed 100 years from now? What if Canada’s landscape changed completely? Learn about environmental science and human influence while exploring these possibilities through acrylic.
Instructor: Riley Shortt
Riley Shortt is a local artist and teacher from Bright’s Grove. She prefers to paint but has experience with a variety of mediums.
Ages: 9-13
Cost: FREE but give what you can
Register today! Contact Ann Helps at [email protected] or 519-336-8127 ext. 3226 or Aruba Mahmud (IYEP) at [email protected] or 519-344-2062 ext. 2166 to book your spot.

Family Sunday - Learning Landscapes
November 13
| 1-3pm with Jessica Butler
Learn about foreground and background and how to produce beautiful landscapes with tissue paper. See how warm colours can make foreground appear closer and how cool colours in the background can make the background appear farther away.
FREE and open to all ages!

TNT Fusion - Meme Me (Multimedia)
November 16 & 17
| 4:00pm-6:00pm
Dive into the world of media literacy and pop culture. Create your very own memes that you can use with your friends and star in a satirical short film about meme education.
Instructor: Ian Alexander
Ian Alexander is a local Renaissance man who dabbles in all art forms. Ian founded Rocketship Productions, a company that focuses on video, film and promotion. He is currently working at the Imperial Theatre while honing his comical skills in local stand-up shows.
Ages: 9-13
Cost: FREE but give what you can
Register today! Contact Ann Helps at [email protected] or 519-336-8127 ext. 3226 or Aruba Mahmud (IYEP) at [email protected] or 519-344-2062 ext. 2166 to book your spot.

Artist Professional Development: Taxes for Artists
Thursday, November 17
| 7:00-8:30pm
As tax season approaches, are you beginning to stress about doing your taxes? What exactly will Canada Revenue Agency allow you to deduct as a self-employed artist? Why is it important to have an HST number? What are the tax implications of being part of a collective? Working abroad? What happens if you’re audited?
Bring your questions and concerns to our Tax Information/Presentation Session with Brian Borts. With thirty years of experience in meeting the accounting and financial needs of arts and entertainment professionals, Brian will help you navigate through this perplexing time of year.
Cost: FREE - Give What You Can
To register, call 519-336-8127 ext. 3226 or email [email protected]

Family Sunday - Fortune Telling
November 20
| 1-3pm with Jessica Butler
Design your very own origami fortune telling device. The themes of magic and mysticism play a large role the exhibition, In the Shadow of the Millennium. Inspired by these themes, we will write predictions, fold, and decorate mysteriously fun fortune-tellers. An exciting day at the Gallery is in your future.
FREE and open to all ages!

TNT Fusion - Artful Nature (Paper Making)
November 23 & 24
| 4:00pm-6:00pm
Learn about the importance of nature conservation with a special focus on the monarch butterfly with Shawn McKnight, founder of Return the Landscape. He will lead discussions on the “Habitats of Lambton County” and teach you about the five habitats found in our area. Do your part in saving the monarch butterfly population by making art from homemade butterfly milkweed seed paper that can be planted in your garden or given away as a gift.
Instructors: Tara Di Muzio with special guest Shawn McKnight
Shawn McKnight, founder of Return the Landscape, is a local artist with a passion for nature. Tara, local multimedia artist, shares Shawn’s passion for nature, which clearly shows in her art practice.
Ages: 9-13
Cost: FREE but give what you can
Register today! Contact Ann Helps at [email protected] or 519-336-8127 ext. 3226 or Aruba Mahmud (IYEP) at [email protected] or 519-344-2062 ext. 2166 to book your spot.

PD Days: 3D Art Effects
Friday, November 25
| 8:30am - 5:00pm
Don’t worry parents – we’ve got you covered. Your children will spend their day in a creative, fun, and inspiring environment filled with artistic activities, stories, and films. The engaging activities planned for each PD day are inspired by a different theme related to our current exhibitions.
This week’s theme is 3D Art Effects. It will be a fun-filled day with wire and nylon sculptures, tin foil figures in action, 3D rolled paper sculptures, and yarn and stick hanging mobiles.
Drop off: between 8:30am – 9:00am
Pick up: between 4:30pm – 5:00pm
Cost per child: Members $50 | Non-Members $55
Please send your child with a peanut-free lunch.
To register, call 519-336-8127 ext. 3226 or email [email protected]

Seasonal Family Sunday - Clay Coasters
November 27
| 1-3pm with Brittany Sitzes
Join us for a special seasonal Family Sunday. We will be making stamped air-dry clay coasters that you can mold and decorate with your own images.
FREE and open to all ages!

TNT Fusion - Origami Geometrics (Sculpture)
November 30 & December 1
| 4:00pm-6:00pm
Immerse yourself in Japanese culture and develop geometric skills while learning about modular origami. Leave your mark on the Gallery by participating and collaborating on a public art project to welcome in the new season.
Instructor: Tami Araki
Tami Araki moved to Canada two years ago from her home country, Japan. She brings with her a talent for origami that she is excited to share with her local community.
Ages: 9-13
Cost: FREE but give what you can
Register today! Contact Ann Helps at [email protected] or 519-336-8127 ext. 3226 or Aruba Mahmud (IYEP) at [email protected] or 519-344-2062 ext. 2166 to book your spot.

Seasonal Family Sunday - Snowflakes
December 4
| 1-3pm with Brittany Sitzes
Join us for a special seasonal Family Sunday! We can’t promise it will be a white Christmas this year but you can bring the snow inside with your own snowflake ornament made using pasta, paint, and glitter.
FREE and open to all ages!

TNT Fusion - Synergies (Sound & Paint)
December 7 & 8
| 4:00pm-6:00pm
Local artist and music producer, Adam Miner, is opening the doors of his music studio so we can explore the possibilities of pairing music and visual art to create an experience like no other. The first day you will be inspired by sound to create unique abstract paintings. During the second day, you will have a chance to visit a real recording studio where you will experiment with sound and pair with painting.
Instructor: Adam Miner
Local artist, Adam Miner, has shown in group shows in the Sarnia area. He also is the owner of DNA Media Productions, a local recording studio.
Ages: 9-13
Cost: FREE but give what you can
Register today! Contact Ann Helps at [email protected] or 519-336-8127 ext. 3226 or Aruba Mahmud (IYEP) at [email protected] or 519-344-2062 ext. 2166 to book your spot.

Seasonal Family Sunday - Beeswax Candles
December 11
| 1-3pm with Brittany Sitzes
Join us for a special seasonal Family Sunday. Our beeswax layered candle activity is the perfect addition to your holiday table. These candles will be able to keep the festive cheer going all season long.
FREE and open to all ages!

TNT Fusion - But First… Let Me Take a Selfie! (Photography)
December 14 & 15
| 4:00pm-6:00pm
Learn basic photography and how to take the perfect selfie. You will explore the concepts of image manipulation to demonstrate that what you see on social media is not always the truth. In this workshop, create a meaningful series to display to the public.
Instructor: Melissa Upfold
Melissa Upfold is a local photographer and multimedia artist who has participated in many shows in the Sarnia area.
Ages: 9-13
Cost: FREE but give what you can
Register today! Contact Ann Helps at [email protected] or 519-336-8127 ext. 3226 or Aruba Mahmud (IYEP) at [email protected] or 519-344-2062 ext. 2166 to book your spot.

Seasonal Family Sunday - Gift Tags
December 18
| 1-3pm
Our seasonal gift tag activity is just in time for Christmas. Create beautiful Christmas cards and gift tags using techniques such as collage and printmaking.
FREE and open to all ages!

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