CREATIVE MINDS NORTH YORK SATELLITE

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.

Workman Arts North York Satellite is specifically looking to add programming in North York. Courses will begin in 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
jules_vodarek@workmanarts.com

OPPORTUNITIES

Out of Frame – Online

Out of Frame is an Online course happening with Workman Arts and North York Arts part of Creative Minds Programming. Registration will be open until September 1 2022, at which point accepted registrants will be contacted. Please note there is a limit on participants. 
 
Dates: Wednesdays September 7, 14, 21, 28 & October 5
Time: 2-4 PM
Location: Online, Zoom
Who is this course for: All adults, with priority for BIPOC and Queer folks living in North York. All indigenous people from Turtle Island welcome.
Instructor: Ashley T
As a young, Black Biracial, Bisexual Woman with Type II Bipolar Disorder from Toronto, Ashley T. has coined herself as the “Bi-Fecta”. She is a multidisciplinary artist who creates within the realms of abstract visual art, literary art, and performance art. She works with diverse materials spanning from acrylic paints on canvas, to ink on paper, to her voice on the mic, to her body on the stage. She uses artto ground and remind herself of the power she possesses to be a positive change in this world. Each piece she creates is a small chapter of her visual memoir.
insta: @bifusionarts
Class Description:
Out of Frame is a mixed media visual arts workshop where participants learn how to make 3D paintings. The workshop will run for 5 weeks in total over Zoom and each class will be 2 hours in length with a 15 minute break. Each class will increase in detail and complexity, giving the participants the time and space to learn new techniques and apply their knowledge. Each week will result in a differently-themed canvas and subject matter. Using a combination of canvas board, Plaster of Paris, acrylic paints, and more, participants will explore colour, shape, texture, and perspective as their creations figuratively and literally pop out of the frame! Out of Frame requires some dexterity and will include the use of scissors, hot glue, and plaster, so this course is recommended for participants 18 and older. No prior artistic experience necessary, all skill levels are welcome.
*Materials will be provided for pick up. Class limit of 10 participants.

Crochet Stiches and Beyond – In-Person Class

Crochet stitches and beyond: be calmer and happier through crocheting is an in-person course happening with Workman Arts and North York Arts part of Creative Minds Programming. Registration will be open until September 1 2022, at which point accepted registrants will be contacted. Please note there is a limit on participants. 

Dates: Saturdays September 10, 17, 24 & October, 22,29

Time: 3-4:30 PM

Location: In-Person in North York (Exact location TBD)

Who is this course for: Any adult who wants to learn basic crochet skills in a community setting, and make their own necklaces, scarfs and other accessories. living in North York. All indigenous people from Turtle Island welcome.

Instructor: Renee Xu

Renee Xu is a crochet artist, social worker and a mother. Crocheting provides her with both a creative outlet and stress relief. She enjoys creating unique stitches and patterns for bracelets, necklaces and other cuties. With limited spare time, she focuses on small and fun projects. She uses top quality T-shirt yarns to make chunky statement necklaces. All her chunky patterns are invented by herself, one of a kind. She also uses unusual yarns to generate impressive textures. Her exploration with yarn material including macramé cord, cotton rope and packaging ropes. Here is her Instagram link with hundreds of samples I made: https://www.instagram.com/yarnwonders4u/ Crocheting practice has been a channel for Renee to connect with the world. She taught crocheting classes in local community and is an active member of a healing art/craft group. She also crochet on TTC buses or subway trains on her way to work.

Class Description:

This fun course will equip participants with basic crochet techniques so that you can make you own bracelets, scrunches, necklaces and other accessories. Moreover, you can apply the stitches learned in this course to make wonderful gifts. You will also experience mindful crocheting practice, which makes you feel calmer and happier!

Materials will be provided at the first class.

Public Speaking Through Comedy – Level 2 

Public Speaking Through Comedy – Level 2 is an in-person course happening with Workman Arts and North York Arts part of Creative Minds Programming. Registration will be open until September 1 2022, at which point accepted registrants will be contacted. Please note there is a limit on participants. 

Dates: Wednesdays, September 14, 21, October 5, 12, 19, 26

Time: 6:30-9:30 PM

Location: In-Person in North York (Exact location TBD)

Who is this course for: North York Residents; Any adult (18-years or older) who wants to improve their public speaking and/or use comedy as a way to become more confident; Have participated in level 1 of Public Speaking through Comedy; All indigenous peoples from Turtle Island welcome.

Instructor: MalPensando Comedy – Stephan Dyer and Juan Cajiao

Originally from Costa Rica and Colombia, Stephan Dyer and Juan Cajiao are bilingual corporate

leadership and communication trainers, who also happen to be award-winning comedians and improv experts. Leaving their executive positions in the banking world in 2017 to pursue their professional careers in stand up comedy, they’ve successfully founded MalPensando, a bilingual (English, Spanish) comedy and public speaking school, as well as its corporate training company, the reTHINK Group, and have grown it to include clients in 16 countries including Canada, Switzerland, England, Singapore, Malaysia, Mexico, and the United States.

Their mission is simple: entertaining, teaching, and inspiring personal and professional growth through the lens of comedy, and they’ve fulfilled that mission by reaching a total of over 10K professionals worldwide and counting.

Social media: @stephandyer @juan_cajiao @malpensando

Class Description:

Master the art of Emceeing, Interacting With An Audience and Dealing with Interruptions!

The purpose of this workshop is to master the art of public speaking through stand up comedy. We will use humor as the primary tool in order to become persuasive speakers, improve stage presence, and develop self-confidence.

You will learn how to:

– Be a great Master of Ceremonies

– Interact with an Audience

– Deal with Hecklers and Interruptions

– 15 Tools of Comedy

…and more!

Materials will be provided at the first class.