previous workshops: 2008


Muskoka Place Gallery is home to a learning community of painters and features various workshops for all ages, including watercolour and acrylic classes with Pat Fairhead and other renowned artists, photography, printmaking, twig furniture, movement and music. There are many exciting workshops scheduled for 2008 - click on "Upcoming Workshops" for more information.

Tuesdays with Greg -  July 8 - August 26, 2008 - 10:00 – 3:30

Tuesday's with Greg  Tuesday's with Greg

Whether your choice is oils, acrylics, watercolour or pastel, you will learn elements of composition, colour and perspective, while drawing inspiration from the diverse and beautiful landscape of Muskoka.
Students bring their choice of painting media and easel and should come prepared for both sun and inclement weather.
Muskoka Place Gallery or The Gazebo at Red Leaves
Cost: $60.00 per workshop

Greg Hindle is an honours graduate of the Ontario College of Art in Toronto and was awarded an assistantship for a graduate year of study in Florence, Italy. He later served as an instructor at OCA for over 25 years and has taught drawing and painting workshops for many Ontario art groups. His landscape painting programs focus on the natural environment. Through his program in the French River, he joined the Arts in The Wild alliance and served on their executive committee. His program gained media attention and was published in several magazine articles and also in a book titled “An Artist’s and Photographer’s Guide to Wild Ontario”, published by Boston Mills Press 2007. Greg’s artwork is deeply rooted in an affinity for nature and the compassionate observation of humankind. His narrative paintings are touched by ironic humour as they explore the relationship of Canadians to their environment and culture. Greg’s work is represented in corporate and private collections in Canada, the U.S. and Great Britain, and can be viewed online at

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Twig Furniture: Rustic Armchair
With Kapristo Mountain Woodcraft

Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Cost: $215 (includes GST & materials)

In this one-day workshop, participants learn the basic techniques to build an armchair in the bent-willow style. Each student will build an armchair to take home a the end of the day. Students will construct an armchair from materials and fasteners supplied by Kapristo Mountain Woodcraft. The wood will already be trimmed and pre-worked to the requiredsuppleness, with the exception of a few pieces with which students will practice wood preparation techniques. Students will build the chair frame in the morning; in the afternoon, students will wrap the chair frame with long slim branches to form the arms and back hoop, then add the seat and back bars.

Bring your own tools.

At the Muskoka Place Gallery

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Fridays with Nancy  - 9:30 – 12:30

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This is a drop-in format class with coach/artist Nancy Gray Ogle.  If you need help finishing something you have already started or are starting something new, Nancy will be your coach.  Each week she will focus on specific themes, for example: learn to 'build' a painting from value studies to full colour. 


Lesson Title



July 11

Techniques with Acrylics

Overlaying washes
‘Short Cuts’
Painting Details


July 18

Techniques with Pastels

Drawing and Shading
With Colour

Soft Pastels

July 25

Drawing and Shading
(Still Life)

Shading techniques

Soft pencil

August 1


Proportion of the Face
Features – detail
Establishing a Likeness

Soft Pastel

August 8

No class



August 15

Nature Up Close

Painting Outdoors


*Students are invited to use the medium of their choice in all workshops
Students must supply all of their own art materials.
All lessons are offered at an introductory level and are suitable for students   from age 15 and up.

Cost: $45.00 per workshop

At the Muskoka Place Gallery

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All Sorts of Painterly Prints with Linda Kristin Blix

  Linda Blix  Linda Blix    Linda Blix

Wednesday, August 13th and Thursday, August 14th, 2008
10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Painterly Printmaking: Screen Monoprints and Relief Printmaking

Screen monoprinting is a delight for both painters and printmakers, as it combines both the joy of painting with the surprise element of printmaking.

Brilliant fabric dyes are painted in a very fluid and spontaneous manner onto the mesh of a silk screen. Not being able to predict what unexpected blends, lines and surface textures will appear when the painting is transfered onto paper is what makes this technique so exciting! A traditional squeegee and wallpaper paste make this happen in a quick and simple manner.

Students will also carve reliefs prints out of an easy to carve linoleum material. It is easy to get very transfixed in the zen of carving a plate. These linear blocks will be printed with ink using a roller and a good old wooden spoon! They will then be combined with monoprints in your own unique way. Endless possibilities!!

The contrast between the fluid, transparent and painterly monoprints with the hard solid lines of the relief prints makes for a very unusual juxtaposition

To up the challenge for returning students, the lino material will be larger and different from in the past, yet still easy and fun to carve. You may choose to do a "reduction print", which will be a more advanced option.

All you need to bring is your willingness to let loose, have fun and experiment. Remembering how playful you were as a young child is helpful too!

This popular workshop always brings back artist alumni, eager to give this unconventional technique another try!

All equipment, paper, dyes, brushes, inks, screens, carving tools, linoleum and any other required materials will be included in a material fee.

Course fee: $150

Material fee: $25

Returning students may attend for one day for $60 and $ 10 material fee, if space allows.

At the Muskoka Place Gallery

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Open Art Class
with Pat Fairhead, M.Ed., M.A., R.C.A., C.S.P.W.C., O.S.A.

Drawing, Texture, Live Still Life, Mixed Media

Five Tuesdays:

9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $155 for 5 classes

This open class has been ongoing for 6 years. People come and go for series of classes, plus a core group who have been regular since the beginning. New people beginning to work in ART or with some experience will find welcome and support needed to learn basic skills, along with coaching needed to develop their own style.

The class includes drawing and painting in watercolour, oil (water soluble or citric base) and acrylic, instruction will focus on composition for this session.

In composing a picture, it is the line/space/energy and the ways that they interact and relate to each other that generates the essence of the picture.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Pat at (705) 762-4277

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Painting Muskoka
with artist Pat Fairhead , M.A., M.Ed., R.C.A., C.S.P.W.C., O.S.A.

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Pat Fairhead , a widely travelled artist, has recently made Muskoka her home. She has lectured and taught art in many Canadian universities and colleges – she’s an exciting teacher!

We will be working outside, weather permitting, or in the Muskoka Place Gallery

We will be finding ways to:

3 Days - Cost: $185

List of supplies, B&B and motel accommodations available upon registration.

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