Programs

Free Friday Fun

Free Friday at OMAH sponsored by Madison County with Sir Sam Steele graphic and coffee cup

Friday, September 5, 2014 - 11:00am to 3:00pm

Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH) launches a new program for its visitors and guests. Free Fridays are generously sponsored by The Madison County Food and Beverage Co. The Madison County Food & Beverage Co. was founded in Orillia in 1963. Its president, Jim Dykes has played a key role in the development of the specialty coffee market and the rise of a rapidly growing, multi–dimensional Foodservice Management Company. Dykes attributes the success of The Madison County Food & Beverage Co. to the hard work of an incredible team providing exemplary service and premier products.

Free Fridays invites the community to experience art, heritage and culture. Madison County, as the sponsor of Free Fridays shares their 50 years of business success and welcomes the opportunity to give thanks to the community it calls home. OMAH is excited to partner with this vibrant local business.

OMAH plans to offer additional programming opportunities on Free Fridays. Some of the ideas brewing include an open studio on Friday afternoons. Artists, budding and experienced can work in The Dorothy Macdonald Creative Studio and be inspired by the magnificent renovated studio space while engaging other artists and sharing their work. Also brewing will be a drop-in program designed to offer youth a place to meet and be creative. Each week, participants will explore different forms of expression that are of interest to them. A community art project spearheaded by Lois Green and Leslie Fournier will feature Madison County’s specialty ... gourmet coffee!

OMAH would also like to thank the generous support of Business for the Arts through the artsVest program. artsVest is designed to stimulate innovative business sponsorship and corporate engagement in arts and heritage.For more information about the drop in programs on Free Fridays, please call Lois at OMAH at 705-326-2159.

For information, please contact: Lois Green, Education Coordinator 705 326–2159 | programs@orilliamuseum.org

Life Drawing with Liz Schamehorn: 6 week Session

Members of life drawing class drawing nude model

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Join regional artist Liz Schamehorn for instruction in drawing from the nude model with lessons in life studio practices - a valuable discipline for practicing artists and a foundational prepatory for animators through fine artists. Traditional and contemporary approaches will be utilized toward a heightened observational capacity and improved media proficiency. This program is for beginners to professional artists and those wishing to improve their drawing skills.

Six week session runs from September 11 - October 16th.

To see the eight week session, click here.

Thursday evenings, 7:00pm - 10pm.

Registration through City of Orillia 33719

Some materials included

Culture Days

Culture Days. Create, participate, celebrate. September 26, 27, & 28, 2014

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Yarnbombing

Create some collective non-permanent graffiti @OMAH! Participants will have the opportunity to create a colourful and collaborative work of art.

Make-a-Button

Create your own custom button or work with at template! Celebrate Orillia's culture and history by pressing your design into a pin-back button! DIY wearable art @OMAH!

Loon-A-See, Carve a soapstone loon

"Loon-A-See" is for you to create a soapstone loon carving and watch or "See your Loon" come to life in your hangs! It takes 3 hours to finish your carving  to take home with you, so please come at 9am so you can complete your masterpiece! All stone, tools, and finishing supplies are provided.

Come have fun getting dusty and creating your own sculpture!

Jail Cells Portraits

Visit our infamour jail cells and get booked in for a crim. Have your photo taken and crime documented and our experienced staff will photoshop it and email you your customized mug shot!

 

 

Create some collective non-permanent graffiti @OMAH! Participants will have the opportunity to create a colourful and collaborative work of art. - See more at: http://culturedays.ca/en/2014-activities/view/53f75cc3-89f4-4c34-8ec3-52...
Create some collective non-permanent graffiti @OMAH! Participants will have the opportunity to create a colourful and collaborative work of art. - See more at: http://culturedays.ca/en/2014-activities/view/53f75cc3-89f4-4c34-8ec3-52...

Coming this Fall: Family Fun Drop In

Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Returning this Fall!

Orillia families, that age old question on how to spend weekends…what do I do with the kids?

Head on over to OMAH of course! Starting September 28, drop-in to the museum Sundays at 2 pm for an hour of family art-making activities in our fabulous newly renovated education facilities. Every week we will have a different activity for families to make together, check back to see what themes are coming up!

Cost? A mere suggested donation of $5.00 per family! While you’re here, check out our museum and gallery open Sundays from 1-4pm.

Family Drop-in participants will receive Mariposa Market Dollars toward treats at the Market after the art-making! Thank-you to the Mariposa Market for your generous support!

Manga 'n' More

Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Ages 9-16

Back by popular demand! Bob Kain is back with 8 workshops for aspiring animators and cartoonists geared to improve the drawing skills of all participants from beginners to experienced. Superheroes, Manga, Anime and Graphic Novels will be just some of what is offered while participants learn to create expressive facial features and dynamic characters. Bob brings thirty years of experience as the operator of his own animation studio and is the creator of the kid's favourite "Chirp" character.

 

Workshop run Saturdays 10:00am until Noon starting October 18th.

Registration through City of Orillia, course code 33722

Fee:

Residents: $155 / Non-Residents: $193.75

All materials for this course are included.

Any questions, please contact Programs Coordinator Lois Green at programs@orilliamuseum.org

 

Life Drawing with Liz Schamehorn: 8 week Session

Members of life drawing class drawing nude model

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Join regional artist Liz Schamehorn for instruction in drawing from the nude model with lessons in life studio practices - a valuable discipline for practicing artists and a foundational prepatory for animators through fine artists. Traditional and contemporary approaches will be utilized toward a heightened observational capacity and improved media proficiency. This program is for beginners to professional artists and those wishing to improve their drawing skills.

Eight week session runs from October 23 - December 11.

To see the six week session, click here.

Thursday evenings, 7:00pm - 10pm.

Registration through City of Orillia 33914

Some materials included

Fabulous Wet Felting with Louise Gervais: Level I

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 9:30am to Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 4:30pm

Back by popular demand! This dynamic hands-on beginner level class provides infinite opportunities for creative expression. Participants will learn properties of the felting process and will create their own "Nuno" felted scarf and clutch bag. Louise Gervais is an experienced fiber artist/artisan and educator whose work has been sold in The Textile Museum of Canada and the Burlington Arts Centre. Fabulous Wet Felting I is recommended as a preparatory for Fabulous Wet Felting II.

 

October 25 & 26, 9:30am - 4:30pm

Registration available through City of Orillia, course code 33684

Level I Fee: $145 Residents/ $181.25 Non-Residents

All materials for this class are included

Fabulous Wet Felting with Louise Gervais: Level II

Wet Felted purple shawl square by Louise Gervais

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 9:30am to Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 4:30pm

This is a fun and fabulous follow-up to our first workshop with participants taking felting to the next level. In Wet Felting II you will create three dimensional wearable's and learn new skills that are transferableto other projects. Included is experimentation with silk, fine merino wool and integrating embellishments to create a one-of-a-kind wrap.

Wet Felting II

November 15 & 16 from 9:30am - 4:30pm

Registration available through City of Orillia, course code 33913

Level II Fee: $150 Residents / $187.50 Non-Residents

All materials for these classes are included