2024 Art 101

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Back again by popular demand, OMAH is once again hosting ART 101, your chance to learn the basic elements of art and principles of design through drawing, watercolour painting, printmaking, sculpting and fibre art.  Each Tuesday evening throughout the month of April, from 6-8 pm, your instructor will guide you through simple hands-on art projects perfect for first timers or artists who want to practise their skills.
This is a 5 week course.

Cost: $140/general, $120/members


Week 1: Introduction to Drawing 

Tuesday April 2 from 6 – 8 pm with Kathryn Kaiser


Kathryn is a figurative artist who attended The University of Lethbridge AB studying Fine Arts, Psychology and Aboriginal Studies.  She was also awarded scholarships to The Alberta College of Art and the Banff School of Fine Arts.  In this class, Kathryn will teach participants portrait drawing techniques such as cross hatching, pointillism, and shading. From a live model, participants will learn blind contours, timed gestural sketches, the basic human form and facial proportions. 

Week 3: Introduction to Clay Sculpting 

Tuesday April 16 from 6 – 8 pm with Meg Leslie

Meg Leslie is a local artist, ceramic and tile artist and is also the owner of Atherly Arts, her own handmade tile company which she started in 2020 after returning to Orillia from Kitchener.  She has exhibited her work multiple times at OMAH and other galleries around Orillia, and organised the Clay Selfies project that is currently installed at OMAH’s front stairwell.  In this workshop, participants will gain inspiration from a sculptural piece in OMAH’s permanent collection and create their own low-relief side-profile bust using terra cotta clay.  

Week 2: Introduction to Printmaking

Tuesday April 9 from 6 – 8 pm with Gillian Lowry


Gillian Lowry is a multidisciplinary artist, working in illustration, printmaking, painting and writing. She studied Studio Art and Geography at The University of Guelph and graduated on the Dean’s List with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), receiving the Printmaking Award.  In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of linocut printmaking, such as carving and inking the plate as well as pressing the plate to paper to achieve the finished result.

Week 4: Introduction to Watercolour Painting

Tuesday April 23 from 6 – 8 pm with Juliana Hawke

Juliana Hawke is an accomplished artist who is best known for working in watercolour, pen and ink and printmaking.  Not just an artist, she has been instrumental in organising the annual International Women’s Day Art Show at OMAH,  and has been an art educator for over 20 years.  In this introduction to watercolour class, Juliana will teach participants about different techniques such as wet on dry, wet on wet, wash techniques and wax and oil pastel resists. 

Week 5: Fibre Art 

Tuesday April 30 from 6 – 8 pm with Louise Gervais

Louise Gervais has enjoyed a life-long passion for everything textile. Born into a family of award winning seamstresses and artisans, Louise soon learned to sew, embroider crochet and knit as well as quilt, dye and felt.  In this workshop, under Louise’s Guidance, participants will create a small fibre collage wall hanging, featuring yarns and ribbons over a silk background.