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courses 2023
The Sunbury Shores Newsletter
12 exciting arts and ecology courses
*SSANC Memberships can apply - Call (506) 529-3386 to register

Studio Social Sundays
$20 per day or $55 for 3 Sundays
April 16, 23, & 30, 2023 | 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Whether it’s all-new, or you have experience, Social Sundays’ open studios give you time to work on your own projects or learn from experienced instructors who can advise, encourage, and assist.


Speaking Up for Nature with the Fundy Bay Writers
April 22 and May 6, 2023 | 9:30 – 12:30 pm | Free

Are you a writer – beginner or experienced? Let’s raise our voices in concern for the preservation of our natural world. We’ll write together with the work of visual artists in response to their images.


Flowering Food Forever (Growing & Saving Open Pollinated Seeds), with Lorna McMaster
Saturday, April 15, 2023 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Concerned about the future of food? In this workshop, you will learn th importance developing a taste for growing open-pollinated food in your garden, while simultaneously creating habitat for wild pollinators.


Understanding Contemporary Art with Kate Giles
$75.00 or $20/day
May 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2023 | Thursdays, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

This lecture series will cover famous artworks and their lesser-known counterparts to define the art movements from the 1900s that have influenced the work we see now. By providing an overview of the last century of Western art and connect current art trends into context and develop your ability to speak about art as a whole.


Going Wild: Contemporary Handhooking with Lucie Quintal
$400 — EARLY BIRD $375
May 12, 13 & 14, 2023 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (May 14 until 3:00 pm)
Meet the Artist Thursday 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Lucie will teach you her aproach to hand hooking while you create your own original design. You will explore colour, innovation, and spontaneity and learn to use different textiles and materials, and backed on burlap or linen.


Pastel Painting with Anne Johnston
$375 — EARLY BIRD $350
June 9, 10 & 11, 2023 | 9:30 – 4:30 pm

This beginner course will teach you how to work with soft pastels. Through demonstrations of technique, drawing and painting, this introductory course will take you through basic techniques, from under painting to the last stroke of colour.


Jay Dampf Memorial Paint Class, with Theresa MacKnight
$400 — EARLY BIRD $375
July 3 – 7, 2023 | 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

In honour of artist Jay Dampf, a long-time instructor at Sunbury Shores, this class is an opportunity for his students to meet as they so often have, to share dedicated time for their practice, and to receive individual guidance and assistance from artist and teacher, Theresa MacKnight.


Intermediate Jewellery with Brigitte Clavette
$400 — EARLY BIRD $375
June 30, July 1, 2, 3 & 4, 2023 | 9:00 – 4:30 pm

For makers who already have soldering skills and basic knowledge of benchwork techniques, this five-day course with award-winning contemporary metalsmith Brigitte Clavette will be packed with exploration of texture and form to develop jewellery-making skills.


Drawing from Life with Geordie Millar
$600 -- EARLY BIRD $575
July 17 – 21, 2023 | 9:30 – 4:30 pm
Meet the Artist: July 16, 5:00 pm -7:00 pm

A comprehensive approach to figure drawing, this course is for artists of all levels who would like to further their skills. Working from life with a dynamic model, concepts of anatomy and technique will be explored and personal drawing goals will be the starting point for individualized game-plans, all aimed at improving your observational drawing and artistic voice. Instructor Geordie Millar’s enthusiasm, sure-handed draftsmanship and tested teaching methods all promise to make this a very fun workshop.


In-Process Creative Studio with Brigitte Clavette
$400 — EARLY BIRD $375
July 28, 29 & 30, 2023 | 9:30 – 4:00 pm

Led by acclaimed artist and teacher Brigitte Clavette, this 3 day workshop is designed for metal artists with an active metals practice in functional or sculptural works. The course is structured as an intensive, collaborative weekend of idea sharing, mentorship, peer critique, and critical dialogue.


Colour, Colour, Colour!! with Maggie Rose
$475 — EARLY BIRD $450
August 8-11, 2023 | 9:30 – 4:30 pm
Meet the artist: August 7, 5:00 pm -7:00 pm

This 4-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.


Painting with Maggie Rose
$600 — EARLY BIRD $575
August 14-18, 2023, 9:30 am -4:30 pm
Meet the artist: August 13, 5:00 pm -7:00 pm

A 5-day intensive workshop painting in oil is for artists with at least some painting experience although all levels will be accommodated and will benefit. 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.


$2000 raised at the Pet Portrait Painting Party!
On Thursday, March 23, we had a great evening of painting beloved pets and favourite animals, sparkling wine and delicious homemade luxury cheesecake made by volunteer pastry chef Sara Brinkhurst. 

We encouraged a whole room of creative people with Theresa MacKnight's guidance and instruction. Some people picked up a brush for the first time in years and others came to find inspiration.

We want to say thank you so much to those who attended. Your support is vital to us. 

Stay tuned and don't miss more entertaining events like this one by checking in on our website at https://sunburyshores.org/events/
Young talent from the CLASS program
During our CLASS Program with Theresa MacKnight, the grades 11 & 12 learned how to paint their favourite animals. Many of the students spent extra hours applying texture and detail in the work expressing real interest in accurately capturing the animals' qualities. This class of students is now continuing their art studies in Art History with artist and instructor, Kate Giles. Enjoy the students' art at the CLASS 2023 pop-up exhibition in June - more details coming soon. Keep up the great work students!
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