Arts & Ecology Courses

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

Media Lab Orientations for Members with Dawson Hatt, Media Lab Technician

Date: Tuesday, July 16 and Thursday, July 18
Time: 11:00 am
Price: FREE for Members
Max 4 per session
Dawson Hatt, a recent graduate of UNB’s media arts program, is presenting free one hour session of tips about hands-on film/video making, including camera settings, lighting, transferring files to computer, and video editing. Dawson is working at Sunbury Shores on behalf of the Cultural Human Resources Council – Student Workplace Program. A resident of Black’s Harbour, Dawson has won numerous scholarships and prizes and participated in the Silverwave Film Festival.

Open Studios

Date: July 20, August 3 & 17
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.

Colour, Colour, Colour!! with Maggie Rose

Critically Acclaimed Artist Program

Instructor: Maggie Rose
Date: July 22 – 26, 2024
Time: Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Min/Max students: 6/13
Materials: List (to be confirmed)
Registration Deadline: July 8, 2024
Material List
Course Fee only: $695
Early Bird Course Fee: $650 until May 30, 2024
Sunbury Shores Courses + Huntsman Accommodation & Meals Package:
· $1,325 / $1,280 Early Bird before May 30 – single occupancy per person (includes 6 nights accommodations in Anderson House and 16 meals (Links Crest dining and box lunches)
· $1,205 / $1,160 Early Bird before May 30 – double occupancy per person (includes 6 nights accommodations in Anderson House and 16 meals (Links Crest dining and box lunches)

Check out the Huntsman accommodations here: https://sunburyshores.org/accommodation/

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.

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

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CAAP programs are generously supported by the Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation

Illustration: Create a Portrait of Your Home with Sophie McIlwaine

Instructor: Sophie McIlwaine
Date: July 27, 2024
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Min/Max students: 6/10
Materials: A couple of fine liner pens (not water soluble); 4 – 5 sheets of thick, preferably watercolour, paper; A basic set of watercolour paints.
Course Fee: $85
Registration Deadline: July 23, 2024
Learn the techniques required to create a beautiful, illustrated image of your house, or the home of a loved one in this one-day drawing course. An architectural artist and heritage consultant, who trained in Architecture at Cambridge University, Sophie also has a master’s degree in building history. She has worked for conservation architects and heritage agencies throughout Great Britain and is a member of the Society of Architectural Illustrators.
While Sophie is in our community, she is offering the opportunity for private commissions. Her custom artwork is a chance to capture the character and details that make your home unique. Each piece will be produced using ink on acid-free watercolor paper. Timescales range from 1-3 weeks depending on the complexity of the building and your requirements. Sizes are available from 6 x 9” to 11 x 15”, with prices starting at $150 (unframed). For more information, contact Sophie at sophiemcilwaineart@gmail.com.

Painting with Maggie Rose

Critically Acclaimed Artist Program

Instructor: Maggie Rose
Date: July 29 – August 2, 2024
Time: Monday – Friday, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Min/Max students: 6/13
Materials: Bring your own, Students may work with oil or acrylic paint
Registration Deadline: July 15, 2024
Material List
Course only fee: $695
Early Bird course fee: $650 by May 30, 2024
Sunbury Shores Courses + Huntsman Accommodation & Meals Package:
· $1,325 / $1,280 Early Bird before May 30 – single occupancy per person (includes 6 nights accommodations in Anderson House and 16 meals (Links Crest dining and box lunches)
· $1,205 / $1,160 Early Bird before May 30 – double occupancy per person (includes 6 nights accommodations in Anderson House and 16 meals (Links Crest dining and box lunches)

Check out the Huntsman accommodations here: https://sunburyshores.org/accommodation/

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.

Visit Maggie Rose’s Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/maggierosestudio/

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

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CAAP programs are generously supported by the Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation

More than just a Basket with Ralph Simpson

Instructor: Ralph Simpson
Date: August 3, 2024
Time: Saturday, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Min/Max students: 6/10
Materials: Included
Course Fee: $140
Registration Deadline: July 23, 2024
Learn the art of basket weaving with multi-award-winning fibre artist Ralph Simpson. Working from his forestry roots, Ralph has developed a highly personal style with a focus on natural vegetation textures and shapes. Join us to play with this exciting art form, bring some personally meaningful fibres to incorporate, and make a very personal vessel for holding precious objects.

Exploring Graphite & Charcoal Techniques: Methods & Materials with Stephen Hutchings

Critically Acclaimed Artist Program

Instructor: Stephen Hutchings
Date: October 5 – 6, 2024
Time: Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Min/Max students: 6/13
Meet the Artist: October 4, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Registration Deadline: July 29, 2024
Course only fee: $250
Early Bird course fee: $225 until July 15, 2024
Master drawer Stephen Hutchings uses drawing as an integral part of his daily art practice. His workshop features demonstrations, one-on-one instruction, and supportive group discussions.
On the first day, you (the participant) will use different forms of graphite—from pencils to sticks to blocks—as they explore the incredible range of marks made with graphite. The second day is devoted to charcoal and paper. Working with sticks and powders, you will be introduced to charcoals made from different woods that have different densities and tones. You will explore how paper textures can be used to create a range of effects. This workshop also features a special, hands-on exploration of the magic of erasers in all forms, shapes and sizes.
Your subject matter for both days will be in-studio still-lifes and huge nature photos; you will be working on small- and large-scale drawings. You will take home two finished drawings and multiple sketches while exploring methodologies, materials, and techniques. Sketching outdoors will be an option, weather dependent.
All of Stephen Hutchings paintings start out as fully realized charcoal drawings. He has led workshops in Calgary, Ottawa and New Brunswick, taught figure drawing at the Ottawa School of Art, and been a juror for the Canada Council, the City of Ottawa and Arts NB. Hutchings is represented by five galleries across Canada. His large-scale work has been the subject of several touring shows in major Canadian museums. He is currently working on a solo exhibition, “Theatre of Trees”, for the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in 2025.

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

CAAP programs are generously supported by the Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation

How to Register:

  • We accept credit, cash, debit, and e-transfers
  • Register Online – https://sunburyshoresorg/courses/ or https://sunburyshores.org/kids/
  • Call Florence, the Outreach Coordinator at (506) 529 3386 to register over the phone
  • E-transfers go to executivedirector@sunburyshores.org, please include contact and relevant details in the description
  • Visit us at 139 Water Street in Saint Andrews. Winter Hours, Tues – Sat, 10 am – 4 pm

*Are you a member? Contact us at outreach@sunburyshores.org or call 506 529 3386 to register using your one-time Membership discount!

Registration and Cancellation Policy

  • Pre-registration is required.
  • The registration deadline for 3 to 5-day adult courses is 14 days before the course begins.
  • A 50% minimum downpayment is required to save a spot in a course.
  • Pre-paid registrants receive a full refund if a course is cancelled by Sunbury Shores. This will occur if the required minimum number of pre-paid registrations is not met 2 weeks (14 days) before the course begins or any other comprehensive and unforeseen circumstances.
  • If a registrant cancels a course 2 weeks (14 days) 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 (14 days) deadline, this is only a 50% refund.