Workman Arts invites instructors to propose accessible and inclusive online and in person courses for our 2024-2025 Education programs. Instructors will develop and teach workshops and classes for our artist membership.

Workman Arts provides professional development and multi-disciplinary art workshops for and by artists with lived experience of mental health and/or addictions issues. Workman Arts also provides member artists with community support, access to free studio space, materials, equipment, free art courses as well as professional development and presentation opportunities.

We recognize all forms of knowledge acquisition and invite instructors from all backgrounds to apply; academic experience is not necessary. We prioritize hiring members or artists with lived experience.  To learn more about our membership, click here.

Please keep in mind that programs are intended to provide participating artists with guidance and support in their own creative pursuits or the chance to contribute to a larger collaborative process (rather than be in service to an Instructor’s sole artistic vision or project). Also, please note that Workman Arts is a non-clinical arts organization and we will not prioritize applications that are situated explicitly within an art therapy and/or clinically-based framework.


This year, we are introducing 2 different course streams so please read the information below carefully before submitting your proposal to see which category your proposal falls under. 


A) Professional Arts Courses – Workshops/courses across various arts disciplines in which participants will create artwork that will be refined and polished in order to be ready for inclusion in a professional arts portfolio and/or for submission to art exhibitions, festivals, literary publications, etc,.

B) Creative Incubators for BIPOC – Safe, facilitated gatherings for BIPOC individuals to come together in order to learn new skills and create art. The goal of these gatherings/workshops is to decolonize the process of creating art. Instead of focusing on an end product, the focus will be on the creative process and on crafting space for traditionally marginalized individuals to express themselves and professionalize in accordance with their traditions and cultures. These workshops may also culminate in performances,shows,exhibitions, publications, etc., but the focus will be on ensuring that BIPOC folks are given space to freely create.


Examples of creation stream courses may include but are not limited to the following range of disciplines:

  • Literary Arts (e.g. poetry, prose, memoir, creative nonfiction, playwriting, etc,.)
  • Visual Arts (e.g. painting (oil, watercolour, acrylic), sculpture, textile art, illustration, embroidery, beading, quilling, sewing, printmaking. etc,.)
  • Theatre & Performance (e.g. acting for theatre/film, improv, comedy, etc,.)
  • Movement & Dance (e.g. traditional dance, contemporary dance, etc,.)
  • Music (e.g. singing, songwriting, music composition, etc,.)
  • Media Arts (e.g. film, podcasting, sound art, digital art, etc,.)
  • Photography (shooting techniques, accessible photography with a phone, etc,.)
  • Multidisciplinary/Interdisciplinary (book binding, zine making, text-based collage, etc,.)

Pitches for advanced/intermediate level classes are appreciated.


II- PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT STREAM: Workshops/courses in which participants can develop or enhance their skills in specific professional development areas, such as (but not limited to):

  • Literary Arts (e.g. traditional publishing, self-publishing, editing/revising, critique circles, etc,.)
  • Visual Arts (e.g. exhibition 101, art installation, crafting artist statements, etc,.)
  • Theatre/Performance/Dance (e.g. portfolio building, audition techniques, stage management, )
  • Music (e.g. music production & editing, Garage Band/Logic, etc,.)
  • Media Arts  & Photography ( open source video editing, film financing, film festival strategy, sound editing, photo editing, etc,.)
  • Arts Business & Admin (e.g. marketing, project management, intro to arts entrepreneurship, branding, legal side of business, etc,.)
  • Arts Finances ( filing taxes for artists, grant writing, funding sources for artists, drafting budgets, etc,.)
  • Multidisciplinary Professional Skills ( creating an artist CV, portfolio building, schedule management, navigating contracts/copyright laws, networking,  etc,.)


What is the Education Program Schedule?  

Fall Term: October 21st, 2024 – December 13th, 2024
Winter Term: February 3rd, 2025 – March 28th, 2025
Spring Term: May 5th, 2025 – June 27th, 2025

Please note that all courses will take place Monday-Friday between 12PM and 8PM.


How long are courses/workshops? 

Courses are 6 weeks in length and take place once per week for a duration of 2 hours.  


Where will I be teaching?

Courses may take place virtually via Zoom or in person (either on site at CAMH at 1025 Queen Steeet West or at a local arts space – locations TBD).


What is the instructor fee?

The instructor fee is $335 per workshop for a workshop that is 3 hours or less. The total instructor fee for a 6 week term will amount to $2010. This fee is all inclusive which means that it also covers the mandatory instructor orientation at the start of term, and any curriculum/lesson prep and administrative labour required for instructing the course.


How many courses can I teach? 

Instructors are assigned one course per term per the Education year (Fall 2024- Spring 2024).

*Please note that WA strives to provide all instructors with an equal opportunity to share their skills and knowledge with the membership.


How many participants are there per class?

Class sizes can range anywhere from 5 participants to 15+.  If selected to instruct, you will work with the Education Manager to determine what class size is best for your particular course.


Does Workman Arts supply materials? 

We have a modest budget for purchasing art supplies for participants who require them. Please inquire with the Education Manager if your course requires specialized equipment or art materials.


I find creating art very healing and beneficial to mental health. I’d love to share the healing benefits of art with the WA community. Can I propose an art therapy class?

No; please do not propose classes that are centred around art therapy. While creating art is inherently thereupetic, the aim of our classes is not to provide art therapy but rather to help professional artists with lived experience gain new skills and work on their career goals in a safe and supportive environment. Proposals that focus on healing/therapy or that are in clinical in nature will automatically be disqualified.

If you have any further questions about the application process, please connect with the Education Manager at  


Are you interested in learning more about the application process for course proposals? Join us for a one hour info session on April 17th at 2PM EDT.  The info session will also include a Q&A.  Please submit your questions in advance to this Jot Form

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If you have any other access needs please reach out to the Education Coordinator at

Please note that this meeting will be recorded. . To  register for the info session please click here

Hanan Hazime
416-583-4339, ext. 3
Teyama Alkamli
416-583-4339, ext. 3
  • Paid teaching opportunities at Workman Arts.
  • Free access to training and professional development opportunities.
  • Community-based support from artists who have mental health experiences.
  • Access to Zoom Pro for planning and running  online courses.
  • Access to equipment and/or gear for teaching.

Click here to apply online.

Workman Arts also invites applicants to submit their applications in the following format:

  • Paper sent by mail
  • Oral format*
  • ASL

*This includes: an interview by phone or video conferencing (Zoom, Skype, or Meet), a voice recording (MP3 or WAV), or a video recording (MP4, AVI, or MOV)

Applicants who would like to apply by mail, orally, or with ASL services can get in touch with the Education Manager by May 3rd to make arrangements. Workman staff or a peer support may be assigned to help the applicant complete the submission process.

Applications will be assessed on the content itself and not be judged based on the format of the submission.

  • Apply by the deadline (May 26th, 11:59 pm)
  • Workman Arts staff will review all applications and create a shortlist.
  • Final decisions will be made by Workman Arts staff.
  • Instructors will be confirmed and contacted by mid-August.

Please note that due to receiving a large volume of applications, we are unable to provide individual feedback at this time.

All applicants will be contacted regardless of results.

Workman Arts is an equal opportunity organization. We welcome applications from racialized people, people with disabilities, and people of any sexual orientation and gender expressions. Please indicate in your application whether you identify under any of these groups.