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


Acts of Care- Online

Acts of Care is an online course happening with Workman Arts and Arts Etobicoke. Registration will be open until November 8, 2022, at which point accepted registrants will be contacted. Please note there is a limit on participants. 

Dates: Tuesdays, November 15, 22, 29, and December 6, 13

Time:8:00 – 9:30pm EST

Location: Online, Zoom

Who is this course for: North Etobicoke/Etobicoke Residents who are; caregivers. All indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island welcome.

Instructor: Julia Hune Brown

Julia Hune-Brown (she/her) is a mother, caregiver, theatre artist, educator and occasional audio doc maker. She works with diverse communities directing and facilitating theatre projects in her hometown of Toronto and across Canada. Julia has been a lead artist with The Amy Project — Artist Mentoring Youth and Jumblies Theatre. She is the 2020 recipient of the JAYU Arts For Human Rights Award for Established Artist.

Julia recently finished creating a radio doc for CBC’s The Doc Project about her grandmother’s, Gar Yin Hune, immigration story. She is currently working on a book for young readers about her grandmother and Cantonese opera in Canada.

Class Description:

Open to anyone who identifies as a caregiver and is interested in writing and telling stories about acts of care.

This workshop series will use creative writing, found writing, performance, gentle movement and storytelling to explore themes of caregiving in a supportive, relaxed environment. Carving out space for ourselves as caregivers to use performance art to acknowledge what we do to care for others, our community, and ourselves. These roles of caregivers are often invisible ( particularly during the pandemic). I want participants to have the opportunity to acknowledge, celebrate,  process and give witness to acts of care through art-making.  As individuals and as a collective, we will be supported with guided writing and gentle performance to tell our own stories.  All levels of experience are very welcome.

Nature: The Magic Within- Online

Nature: The Magic Within is an online course happening with Workman Arts and Arts Etobicoke. Registration will be open until November 10, 2022, at which point accepted registrants will be contacted. Please note there is a limit on participants. 

Dates: November 17th, 24th, and December 1st, 6th, 8th

Time: 6:00-8:00 PM

Location: Online, Zoom

Who is this course for: North Etobicoke/Etobicoke Residents who are;looking to deepen their connection with nature and gain inspiration from it. All indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island welcome.

Instructor: Carlin Dixon

Carlin Dixon (She/Her) is a Canadian Hungarian multidisciplinary artist who splits her time between Toronto, Canada and her found home of Liverpool, United Kingdom. She has been creating since birth and hasn’t stopped, never having met an artistic medium she didn’t fancy or want to try at least once. Carlin attended Haliburton School of The Arts for a Visual and Creative Arts Diploma but ultimately found it quite stuffy and decided to do her own thing (and she’s quite happy she did.) Passionate about justice, the environment, and inclusivity. Her work focuses largely on nature, our connection to it, and spirituality, often working with the earth’s gifts and imagery while always accessorizing with a dash of glitter and magic. Carlin see’s art as a way of spreading beauty, truth and love while making the world a better place, bringing people together and making them smile while simultaneously pondering the cosmos.

Class Description:

Start your journey with nature crafting, and all the magic and limitless possibilities it holds with this 5 week online course. Participants will learn about the different elements of nature & how to harness them for their artistic practice. We will also discuss crystals, symbolism, different mindfulness techniques, journalling, and much more throughout our class time. Let earth, air, fire and water fuel you to create with a refreshed mindset helping to inspire you and shape your tools for creation. Each week, we will discuss an element of nature, engage in a mindfulness exercise and let our newfound knowledge fuel us in a unique art piece inspired by nature and its teachings. In our final class together we will create using all four elements and take the teachings forward with new skills for experiencing nature and finding inspiration within it. All ages, sexualities, genders, abilities, and other marginalized identities are welcome in this course just as nature welcomes us with open arms and without hesitation.

Voice of Colours- In-Person

Voice of Colours is an in-person course happening with Workman Arts and Arts Etobicoke. Registration will be open until November 5th, 2022, at which point accepted registrants will be contacted. Please note there is a limit on participants. 

Dates: Saturdays — November 12, 19, 26, and December 3, 10, 17

Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm EST

Location: In-Person — Rexdale Community Hub (21 Panorama Ct.)

Who is this course for:North Etobicoke/Etobicoke Residents who are;Not exclusively limited, but preferably for BIPOC folks, youth 15+, and seniors. All ages and all skill levels welcome. All indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island welcome.

Instructor: Hemangi Shroff

Hemangi Shroff is a multidisciplinary self-taught visual artist. She is passionate about activism through the arts and devotes her practice to exploring socio-cultural issues like representation, feminism, decolonization, and diversity and equity.

Her current works include a series of ‘cultural abstraction’ acrylic paintings. She uses her visual vocabulary to convey complex layering of stories focused on culture, gender, fabrics, and jewellery through the lens of a contemporary Indian woman. Colors, patterns, embroideries, and weaving in Indian textiles inspires her work.

Since 2017, she has been an Artist Educator at Blank Canvases. In 2018, she also took the role of Education Coordinator and is currently a Member of the Blank Canvases Studio Collective.

She has acquired Continuing Education certificates in Fine Arts Foundation and Cartooning and Illustration from George Brown College. Since moving to Canada in 2016, she has participated in group exhibits, community art projects, pop-up market, virtual residency, and produced various mural projects.

Class Description:

The Voice of Colours program is designed for individuals of all skill levels who want to express themselves creatively. The concept of colour is both universal and culturally specific. Participants will learn how color impacts mental and emotional wellbeing, shared experiences, and shared stories.

A variety of hands-on and conversational exercises will lead participants to explore their relationship with various colors. In addition, practicing these exercises will help them deal with the stress of everyday life in a simple and effective manner.

It will also give them a sense of accomplishment and pride to create a piece of art with the techniques they learn. An association to their ancestral histories of making crafts in various forms incorporating intuitive colour relationships will also enhance the overall experience.