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.

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


Angela Walcott
Artwork by Angela Walcott

Exploring Art with Paper

Exploring Art with Paper is an in-person course happening with Workman Arts and North York Arts part of Creative Minds Programming. Registration will be open until March 18th, 2023, at which point accepted registrants will be notified. Please note there is a limit on participants.

Dates: Saturdays — March 25th; April 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd (5 classes)
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm
Location: In Person (North York, TBC)
Who is this course for: BIPoC (Black; Indigenous; People of Colour). Priority will go to residents of North York.

Instructor: Angela Walcott
Angela Walcott is a multi-disciplinary artist who focuses on integrating found objects into art. Aiming to reduce waste, she has developed creative ways to recycle, reduce and reuse in order to create upcycled pieces that promote functionality. She has taught courses in eco art through East End Arts, Toronto Public Library, Culture Days, Ontario Culture Days and Toronto Metropolitan University. Her work has appeared in the following spaces: YYZ, Propeller, Project and Show as well as Nuit Blanche installations.

Class Description:
Participants will start with a theme or word and brainstorm ideas on paper for 5 minutes and in response use art as a tool for reflection. A variety of material including watercolour, acrylic paints and markers will be used in the sessions as well as recycled items (cardboard boxes, plastic containers and bottles).

By using writing prompts and music as a guide for creating, participants will create two dimensional and three dimensional pieces using found/recycled material.

* Please note this class has a limit of 12 participants.
* All materials will be provided. Participants can bring recycled cardboard, plastic containers, etc.