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 Peace by Piece – Expressions in Mosaic Art

Wednesday’s November 17th, 24th, December 1st, 8th, 15th

Online, 1:00-2:30 PM

Mosaic art is a spectacular, ancient art form. During this five week course we will create a dazzling work of art using a selection of pre-designed images, and explore a variety of materials used in traditional mosaic art. From stone and porcelaine, to ceramics and clear glass, each participant will have a chance to use cutting tools to manipulate tiles and bring their image to life. We’ll cover a brief history of different techniques and traditions, and view a collection of works from around the world. The process will be exclusive, and exciting.


About the instructor: 

Elena is a mixed media mosaic artist, with a background in the healing arts. She is one of the founders of Ontario Mosaic Artists, an organization formed in 2020, to promote mosaic artists in the province and host an annual mosaic art exhibit. For almost a decade, she has worked with various communities creating mosaic art mural projects. These works live in public spaces and community centres across the GTA. Her personal studio work is ever evolving and derives from traveling and life experiences. A lover of textiles from a young age, her work in mosaic art has flourished into a love of patterns and colours set in ceramics and glass. She collects dish-ware, vintage tiles, jewelry bits, and broken glass to create unique mosaic works of art.

Register for Watercolour Wander: Flowers and their Symbolism

Friday’s November 19, 26, December 3, 10, 17

Online, 8:00 -9:30 PM

Flowers are a universal symbol for creation and beauty. Different types of flowers also hold individual symbolism. Through this five week class, participants will be introduced to 10 watercolour flowers and their symbolism while learning basic watercolour techniques. By taking this class, participants will have a beautiful collection of flower paintings to add to their portfolio. The class will be taught through demonstration, discussions and self-directed exploration.


About the instructor: 

Jenny Chen is a visual artist living in Toronto. She makes art to process information about the world around her while raising questions about existentialism and spirituality. Her work uses symbols to create mystical environments inspiring viewers to wonder about life beyond the material world. She graduated from OCAD University in 2016 with a major in Drawing and Painting and a minor in Illustration. Since then, Jenny has worked mainly in watercolour, pen and clay. Her exhibition history includes the Small Arms Inspections Building, Toronto Media Arts Centre and Living Arts Centre. She has received various grants for her work from the Ontario Arts Council.