previous workshops: 2010

November 5th – 6th Multi-Disciplinary Arts Weekend “Unleash Your Inner Artist”  

Join artists, Gord Miller and Ron Leach, for a multi-disciplinary arts weekend, including mixed media, acrylic painting and soapstone carving workshops. Learn a variety of professional techniques, browse through amazing art pieces in the weekend exhibit and unleash your inner artist.  


6pm – Dinner, Cottages Restaurant
7pm – 9pm, Reception, Exhibition & Meet the Artists – Muskoka Room Exhibit sampling
Gord Miller will be signing his book ”Kokum’s Gift – Teachings from Ojibway and Cree Spirituality, Culture and Tradition”
Rosseau 1 & 2 – Exhibition of paintings and carvings  


8am – 9am – Breakfast, Cottage Restaurant
9:30am – 11:30am – Mixed Media Painting with Gord Miller, Rosseau 1 & 2
9:30am – 11:30am – Soapstone Carving with Ron Leach, Rosseau 1 & 2
1pm – 4pm – Mixed Media Painting with Gord Miller
1pm – 4pm – Soapstone Carving with Ron Leach
7pm – Murder Mystery Dining Experience  


8am – 10am – Exhibition of participant and artist work and breakfast, Cottages Restaurant  

Morning workshops:  $20 per person
Afternoon  workshops:  $25 per person
“Kokum’s Gift”: $20 per book
Murder Mystery Dinner:  $65 per person

Below is the details for Gord Miller and Ron Leach. Please advise if you wish to register and/or feel free to contact for further information - 705-765-1048 or

Ron Leach – Soapstone Carving Workshop

You will be provided with all the materials, tools, and instruction needed to produce and finish a soapstone carving.  You will have a choice of making either an elegant loon or a reclining seal.  You may get dusty, so are advised to wear appropriate attire.

Mixed Media and Collage with Gord Miller

Involves texture and layering. Ideal for practicing abstraction and contemporary painting. Experimenting with different mediums and methods will free you from many restrictions and bring out your personal expression and discovery.  


I have a supply of scrapers, rollers, box cutter etc.    


Fun course using printmaking techniques to transfer images from mylar on to watercolour paper.

Supplies: Watercolour paint and paper, one quarter sheet. I will supply the mylar.  

Photo Transfer: Get copies made of photos on a photocopier and then will transfer to gesso, contact paper or acrylic gel, also pictures from magazines.  If unable to get copies made I will have some to practice on.   Copies from inkjet printers don’t work,  

Those without supplies can use mine for a charge of 10 dollars for the two days and will have watercolour paper or illustration board for sale.    

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Let Artist-In-Residence Greg Hindle help you create paintings of the beautiful Muskoka landscape.

Greg has worked as a practicing professional artist and instructor for over 30 years and taught for 25 years at the Ontario College of Art & Design. His one on one instruction technique is geared to all levels of experience.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 28 through Monday August 2; AND Wednesdays & Thursdays, Aug. 4 & 5 and Aug. 11 & 12. Workshops run from 10:00 am - 12 noon & 1:00 - 3:00 pm:

WHERE: The Discovery Centre Wildlife Gallery (beside Wallace Marina)

COST: Full day workshop: $60; Half-day: $35. (Art supplies can be provided for an additional $5/day

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"NO MUD, Pure Colour"
Nola's pixillated images vibrate with pure colour, not mud.
2 day workshop with Nola McConnan - July 10-11, 2010

Sam's Golden Hour

In No Mud Pure Colour" you learn to control your colour and make it work for you. You will be guided in a method that fully utilizes your square brushes. Your pixillated images will invoke the pointillism works of the impressionist masters, in watercolour. You will learn how to create vibrant fresh images using a simple modern palette, any paper and square brushes.

No Mud! Just pure beautiful clean colour images glowing with vibrant colour.

Length: Two day workshop, 9am to 3 pm each day, totals 12 hours of instruction, demonstration and practise with personal attention

Place: The Heart of Muskoka, near Port Carling the Hub of the Lakes

Fee $150.00 + taxes, Participant receive Live instruction, individual critique plus a hard copy instruction manual for future use.

Class Size: 6 participants maximum

A suggested materials list and sources will be supplied on registration. Accommodation: Local accommodation is available for those who wish.

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Gord Miller Acrylic/Mixed media and Collage Workshop

At the Discovery Centre Wildlife Gallery at Red Leaves, Minett

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 9:30 - 4:00

Cost: $50 (cash preferred)

What to bring:

Other items you will be using - acrylic gel, modeling paste, acrylic inks, acrylic flow release, rubbing alcohol, paper towels, roller, paper for collage, other found objects and rubber gloves.

Bring a hair dryer if you have one.

Experimenting with different mediums and methods will free you from many restrictions and bring out your own personal expression and discovery.

Bring your lunch

Other materials that will be provided/explored: stencils, bubble wrap, palette knife, palm prints, fingerprints, drawing with alcohol, crumpled towels, checkerboard, scratched lines, corrugated cardboard, paraffin, wax crayons, pastels, inks, brush on paint create patterns, toilet tissue, sizing, tape, squeegee, spatula, found objects to scrap with, grout spreader, roller, scapers, newspaper, magazine for collage, plastic wrap.

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