Thanks to a $1 million investment over four years from the Slaight Family Foundation, Workman Arts is expanding its art training programs throughout the GTA by partnering with Scarborough Arts, Urban Arts, North York Arts, East End Arts, Arts Etobicoke and Lakeshore Arts. The expanded program tackles the prevalence of social isolation in individuals with mental health issues and the lack of opportunities to build lasting social connections through meaningful engagement outside of the mainstream mental health system. Workman Arts’ art training programs are unique in the mental health sector because they do not treat the art class as secondary to the mental health benefits. High-quality art classes across all disciplines are facilitated by instructors with lived experience of mental health and/or addiction issues.

With Arts Etobicoke we are specifically looking to add programming in North Etobicoke this includes the area bound by Hwy 427 to the west, Steeles Avenue to the north, the Humber river to the east and Dixon Road to the south.  Courses will begin in November 2021,  January 2022 and Feb. 2022 running 5 weeks in length online*.

Have questions?
Jules Vodarek Hunter
Art Training Program Manager
416-583-4339 Ext.8


Register for Art of Forgiveness: Silencing Your Inner Critic

Online 10am-12pm

Tuesdays Jan. 25th, Feb. 1st 8th, 15th, 22nd

Through mindful activities and without self-judgment, participants will apply layers of marks, including written words, doodles and prints on squares of Japanese paper. They will then tear through them (whether they like them or not), rearrange them, share some of them with other participants and stitch them back together as something new. The process is a metaphor for letting go of the past, good, bad or shameful and using the fragments to connect with each other and build something new, joyful and full of forgiveness. By the end of the course, participants will have created small paper tapestry of their torn and stitched squares.

About the instructor: 

Loretta Faveri is a Toronto based visual artist/maker. After graduating from OCAD University’s Material Art and Design program in 2012, she spent several years exploring wearable sensors that generate sound through movement. Recently, she returned to her craft practice, creating torn and stitched prints as well as 3D monotype prints.

Loretta has abstained from alcohol for more than three years and credits the recovery group at St. Joseph’s health Centre in Toronto for helping her maintain her sobriety. She recently completed a community art project funded by the Ontario Arts Council that brought art and mindfulness to members of the recovery community at St. Joes.

Register for Introduction to the Zentangle Method

Online 10am-12pm
Saturdays Feb 12th, 19th, 26th March 5th, & 12th

Zentangle™is a method of drawing patterns to create beautiful images.

It is the process of simple lines, drawn repetitively, one stroke at a time, without a planned outcome, without expectations, quietly enjoying the pen marking the paper mindfully focussing on just that action.

This 5 week class will teach you simple and effective ways to draw intricate pieces of abstract art. Each week 3-4 new tangles (patterns) will be taught along with techniques to enhance the drawing using a graphite pencil, white chalk pencil and tortillion. You will complete 10 small drawings and have a resource library of future ideas to implement your tangling into other art forms and mediums.

About the instructor: 

Yvonne was instilled with a love of patterns and colour from a very early age. She never really put away her crayons and graduated with a B.A in Visual Art from the University of Guelph ’95 and became a Certified Zentangle Teacher in 2013 in Rhode Island, USA. She has spent the last 3 decades practicing and playing with line and colour in her home studio, in school programs, corporate retreats, private events and hotel desks around the world as she is also a Flight Attendant. Her inspirations come from the places and people she meets both on the ground and in the air. Yvonne is passionate about the creative process and Zentangle allows her to create anytime and anywhere with just a pen and paper.

In 2017 Yvonne suffered a brain injury that changed her perspective on life, time management, self-care and mental health. She spent 14 months with a Neuro-optometrist re-gaining her visual processing functions. Throughout her recovery, it became apparent that making art was integral to her brain finding space to rest and re-generate. Yvonne’s experience re-enforced her passion for the creative process to not only express oneself but also to take care of oneself.

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