Arts & Ecology Courses

All year-round we offer a variety of arts and nature courses and workshops.

NEW! Open Studios

Date: February 10, February 24 (see above), March 2, March 16 (see above), April 13, April 27, May 11, and May 18
Time: Saturdays, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Price: $14 per session
Max 12 per session; must pre-register
Twice a month, Sunbury Shores offers an opportunity to engage with others in the shared space of the Main Studio. Due to popular demand, and an extension of earlier Open Studio sessions with an artist (Feb 24, Mar 16),  these new sessions are not topic driven and no artist will lead. Instead, it’s time for creation in a collaborative environment. Bring your own materials and artworks in progress and share ideas and skills. For all levels of experience. A facilitator will be present. Coffee and tea provided.

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Open Studio – Encaustic with Barbara Majchrowski

Date: Saturday, February 24
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Price: $14
An opportunity to engage with others in the shared space of the Main Studio. Bring your own materials and artworks in progress and share ideas and skills. Artist Barbara Majchrowski will talk about her work and demonstrate painting with encaustic.
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Open Studio – Oil Painting with Carla Perkins

Saturday, March 16
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Price: $14
An opportunity to engage with others in the shared space of the Main Studio (2nd floor). Bring your own materials and artworks in progress and share ideas and skills. Artist Carla Perkins (painting in oil) will talk about her work and working methods.

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Sunday Life Drawing

Date: February 18, March 17 & April 14
Time: Sundays, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Price: $20 per session
Max 10 per session; must pre-register
Note: Participants must be settled in the studio by 1:10 pm sharp to draw from the model.
Take part in monthly non-instructional classes to sketch and draw the human figure from a live model. Please bring your own drawing supplies. Tables, easels, drawing horses, and boards are available and a facilitator will be on hand. Tea and coffee will be provided.

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Family Workshop: Easter Egg Decorating with Vita Plume

Date: Friday, March 29, 2024
Time Slots: (1) 10:00 – 10:45 am; (2) 10:45 – 11:30 am; (3) 11:30 am – 12:15 pm;
(4) 12:15 – 1:00 pm
Price: $8 per individual, FREE for children*
Artist Vita Plume will show us how to dye eggs for Easter. Her family’s Latvian egg-dying tradition is based on wrapping onion skins and other natural items that leave an imprint on the eggs when boiled. Bring your own first egg (uncooked) and onion skins, as well as your favourite flowers, leaves and dyed feathers. More eggs as well as leaves, berries, etc. will be available. Once wrapped and boiled, eggs will be ready to be eaten Easter morning. *Note: Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent.

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Mend What You Cannot See with Laura Roy
An embroidery process workshop

Date: Saturday, April 6
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Ages: 12+ *$70 registration fee for ages 12 to 16
Price: $80 / $75 Early Bird before March 6
Working with Halifax-based textile artist and illustrator Laura Roy, participants will learn the artist’s process from idea to finished piece, beginning with designing a work, embroidery floss basics, colour theory, and material storage. Materials include an embroidery hoop, coloured floss, needles, etc. so art makers can continue their project on their own.

Are you a member? Contact us to use your one-time discount on this course! Click here to learn more.

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Family Workshop: Make your own Vintage Family Album
A project of Charlotte County Archives & Sunbury Shores

Date: Saturday, April 27
Time: 1:00 – 3:30 pm
$10 adults/children under 12 free
Using reproduced historical photographs from the Charlotte County Archives and your own images and photographs, create a fictional narrative for your own family album. Annotated with white ink on black paper, you can collage and mix and match contemporary images on historical backgrounds. Add written comments, small drawings, and special symbols (ie hearts, flowers, etc). Your vintage album will include covers and binding ribbon. Bring family photos, including pet photos! All other materials supplied. Children welcome!
Note: This workshop accompanies the exhibition Lisa Marie Boissoneau: Borrowed Roots at Sunbury Shores from April 5 – 27, 2024

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Jay Dampf Memorial Paint Group with Theresa MacKnight

Date: July 1-5, 2024
Time: Monday – Friday, 9:30 am – 4.30 pm
Early Bird rates and booking will be available soon
This class has been developed in honour of the late Jay Dampf, a long-time instructor at Sunbury Shores. It’s an opportunity for his previous students and others to follow his teaching methods and style, with dedicated time for their own practice and individual work, as well as time for guidance from artist and teacher Theresa MacKnight. New students will enjoy the mix of independent work and personal attention.
Students will bring their own work, either in progress, or ready to start. Shared studio time in the mornings will allow students to work on their own, with the afternoons dedicated to time with Theresa regarding questions around technique, composition, etc. as well as peer group discussion, critique and sharing of ideas.
Theresa MacKnight is a highly accomplished artist and former art teacher. She has won numerous awards and been exhibited widely across New Brunswick and elsewhere. Theresa has an extensive knowledge of working in different mediums, and teaches with patience, encouragement, and consideration of individual needs. She has spent many years involved with SSANC as instructor, student, and exhibitor. Recently retired from full time art teaching, Theresa continues to explore and expand her own art practice.

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The Abstracted Landscape with Jay Isaac

Date: Tuesday – Friday, July 9 – 12
Time: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Early Bird rates and booking will be available soon.

Material List and Outline

This 4-day acrylic painting and drawing workshop will focus on how an observed landscape can be abstracted through colour and form. Short field trips will guide participants to observe the landscape, make preliminary sketches in situ, and then develop paintings in the studio. This course is recommended for participants with experience working in acrylics or watercolours at an intermediate level or more. Upon registration, participants will receive a list of course materials. Note: This is a scent-free workshop.
A prolific artist, curator, and writer, Jay Isaac will share examples of his work, and the work of contemporary and modern artists to illustrate the use of landscape and its components as starting points for abstraction. Formerly from Saint John, Isaac was educated at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver BC, and the Cardiff School of Art and Design, Cardiff, Wales. He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Isaac has also curated several online exhibitions and published critical essays and articles about artists in Canada. His work is in many private and public collections in Canada including the Royal Bank of Canada and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

For more information about the artist, visit www.jayisaac.ca

More about Jay Isaac – ArtsNB article

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Journaling with Mary Kircher

Date: July 19, 20, 21, 2024
Time: Fri. 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Sat & Sun 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Early Bird rates and booking will be available soon.
Journaling can take many forms: sketchbook, diary, tapestry diary, and collage as you capture memories and develop ideas. Fibre artist Mary Kircher will teach how to make a unique accordion-style journal as versatile as your imagination. Mary will share her techniques for creating journals, incorporating collage, tapestry, stitching, and writing, resulting in creative displays for fibre artists, book lovers, creators, and makers. Participants are asked to bring found objects that are relatively flat including fabric, feathers, stones, paper ephemera, etc.
Mary specializes in hand weaving and custom dye techniques. With a Master’s in Art and Design from North Carolina State University, Mary has taught many workshops and exhibited her work both regionally and internationally, including at Sunbury Shores in August 2023. Mary’s work is in numerous private and public collections. Visit Mary at Woven Translations — Mary Kircher, Fiber Artist

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Colour, Colour, Colour!! with Maggie Rose

Date: July 22-26, 2024
Time: Mon – Friday, 9:30 – 4:30
Price: $675; Early Bird $635 (register before May 15, 2024)
Min 6/Max 13 students
Pre-registration required.
Suitable for the beginner to the advanced painter, this five-day intensive workshop is an information blast on all aspects of colour and colour mixing as they relate to painting.
No matter your medium of choice (oil, acrylic, gouache, water-colour, pastel…), this information is applicable to all. You will learn to mix colours swiftly and accurately; learn to achieve both dynamic and subtle colour in your work; learn to get more out of the colours you already have and to make smart choices when adding to your paint box. This class teaches you how to juggle all colour attributes – hue, value, temperature and chroma. Most importantly, it explains how to alter only one aspect of a colour without altering other elements.
You’ll learn how to reduce, maintain, or heighten chroma and learn how to keep hues consistent while they are lightened or darkened through all modelling factors. You’ll learn why an understanding of colour temperature is critical to successful work. We’ll explore a variety of palettes from the simplest to more complex. There will be many mixing demonstrations, application examples, and time for the execution of small projects and exercises to ensure that you fully understand the information.
A professional artist and much sought-after art instructor in Canada and the US, Maggie Rose received her MFA from The New York Academy of Art, graduating cum laude and was the recipient of the Forbes Foundation Travel Grant for excellence in painting. She taught at the New York Academy for over 20 years while maintaining her own studio practice. Maggie is known as a gifted and generous teacher and your week of study is sure to be action packed, loaded with information and, as class size is limited, you will receive plenty of individual attention.

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Oil Painting with Maggie Rose

Date: July 29 – August 2, 2024
Time: Mon – Friday, 9:30 – 4:30
Early Bird rates and booking will be available soon.
Min 6/Max 13 students
Pre-registration required.
This five-day intensive workshop is for artists with some painting experience, although all levels will be accommodated and will benefit. Throughout the course, a wide variety of painting techniques and approaches will be explored. Maggie will demonstrate various ways to “build” your paintings so that the results are complex and reflect and enhance the intent of your narratives. Artists will be encouraged to step out of their comfort zone and to take their work to places of new discovery and levels of excellence. There will be an emphasis on understanding the underlying abstraction of all sound work.
Subject matter is up to individual artists and working from life and/or photographs are equally encouraged. Participants are asked to arrive with a variety of possible ideas to explore. Maggie will provide prompts and suggestions for anyone interested in a more exercise-based approach. Participants will have the option to develop one piece or several pieces throughout the week. Contemporary painters and artists of historical significance and will be discussed and incorporated into all lessons, providing inspiration throughout the week.
A professional artist and much sought-after art instructor in Canada and the US, Maggie Rose received her MFA from The New York Academy of Art, graduating cum laude and was the recipient of the Forbes Foundation Travel Grant for excellence in painting. She taught at the New York Academy for over 20 years while maintaining her own studio practice. Maggie is known as a gifted and generous teacher and your week of study is sure to be action packed, loaded with information and, as class size is limited, you will receive plenty of individual attention.
Note: If you have never taken Maggie’s Colour Colour, Colour Workshop you are encouraged to do so (if possible) the week prior to the Painting Workshop.

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Registration and Cancelation Policy

  • Pre-registration for all classes is required.
  • A 50% minimum downpayment is required to save a spot in a course.
  • If a course is cancelled by Sunbury Shores, all pre-paid registrants receive a full refund.
  • If a registrant cancels a course 2 weeks before the course begins (enough time for Sunbury Shores to fill the spot with someone on the waitlist), the registrant will receive a full refund. If the registrant cancels after the 2-week deadline, this is only a 50% refund.