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Adult Art Workshops


We believe everyone is an artist at the Creative Palette.  Our mission is to provide a safe, nuturing environment where both beginners and advanced artists can come and relax and create art using different methods and materials with an experienced artist.  Come and experience a home-based studio for smaller more specialized classes.  We will be offering "en plein aire" classes, figurative classes using live models, and different art forms including sculpture, mixed media and painting both indoors and out.  Check regularly for new workshops!  Our workshops for adults ages 16 and older are usually Tuesday mornings or Friday nights for adults!  


2 Day Watercolour Abstract Batik - Fall Study

There is no better season to learn to blend complimentary colours and layer wax and watercolours in this beginner based course in September.  Follow along step-by-step as we explore the beauty of this unique technique using simplified studies of leaves and trees.  Great class to see how colour blends and to gain an understanding of colour theory.  All supplies included and you will complete two images.

Tuesdays September 12th and 19th, 2017 from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm (NOW FULL!)

or Fridays September 22nd and 29th, 2017 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm (NOW FULL!)

Cost is $125 and includes all supplies

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Drawing Life From a Photo - Charcoal or Pencil Shading

Using a simple grid learn how to enlarge one of your favourite photos and prepare a drawing.  Day one we will learn ways to simplify the image and draw with shapes and in proportion.  Day two we will learn how to create a grayscale and shade with either pencil or charcoal.  Take just one or both classes. All supplies included.   Final drawing size is around 12 x 16"

Day 1 Drawing Skills September 26th and/or Day 2 Shading in Pencil or Charcoal Tuesday October 3rd 

Tuesdays 10:30 am to 1:00 pm

Cost is $48 per class and includes all supplies (2 classes are $95) 

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3 Day Advanced Figurative Watercolour Batik

This is a great class to take for those who have some experience in watercolour batik.  This is a great class as a follow up to the drawing life from a photo class.  Choose your own image and develop a unique piece of art of your loved one or pet.   A second image will be provided and all supplies are included (except the paper!).

Tuesdays October 17th, 24th and 31st, 2017 from 10:30 to 1:00 pm approx.


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Sculpt a Crazy Face - Pumpkin Carving 101

Now is your chance to show your neighbours how talented you are!   Great activity for parents to do with their teens (recommended for children 12 years of age or older)!  Working with newcomer Brandon Schmid and assisted by Heather Dekker participants will learn to carve a unique, crazy or scary face in a pumpkin.  Come and see what you can do in just a couple of hours!  We will make it easy to show you how to carve like a professional!  Participants should bring a medium sized pumpkin (do not hollow out).

  Available Friday Oct. 20th from 6:30 to 9:00 pm or Saturday October 21st from 1:30 to 4:00 pm

Cost is $40 per class with all necessary carving tools available (pumpkin is extra!) 

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Drawing from Life - Figurative Studies in Pencil or Charcoal

Working with a life model, participants will get the chance to learn to accurately draw in proportion a study of the human figure.  Day 1 we will learn techniques like gesture and contour drawing to improve our observational skills.  Day 2 we will focus on shading and toning a portrait or 3/4 pose of the figure.  Great class for portfolio building.  Maximum of 6 participants with one instructor.

Friday October 27th and November 3rd, 2017 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm 

Cost is $115 per 2 day session and includes all supplies

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 Create a Mandala - Pen & Ink

A mandala is a complex abstract design that is usually circular in design.  Mandalas contain both geometric and organic forms and can contain recognizable shapes and symbols.  A mandala is an echo of your soul and can be both inspirational and therapeutic to create.  This one day class will give you all you need to design your drawing in pencil and start the process of shading and colouring with ink. 

Tuesday November 7th from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm 

Cost is $48 plus HST and includes all supplies

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 3 Day Intuitive 2-D Collage with Acrylics

New this fall a great class for those who wish to come and try and create something totally unrepresentational and intuitive, something from the heart.  Limited spaces in this 3 day class where participants will have the opportunity to learn elements of design, colour and composition.  Working on a larger scale and using colours and textures inspired by you and your home we will develop a piece of art, something you will be proud to share.  Some of the supplies are included.  (Supplies like paint, brushes, and support materials).  Canvas and some materials are not included so please call for more details.

Available Fridays Nov. 10th, 17th and 24th from 6:30 to 9:00 pm

Cost is $195 per 3 day session and includes most supplies 

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3 Day Beginner - Painting Barns in Acrylics

Come and join the artist and learn to mix and apply acrylics thickly in this beginner landscape course.  Working and following the artist step-by-step participants will learn the basics of acrylics and paint a simple old building or barn in a winter setting.  All supplies including canvas 16 x 20" are included.  Great class for those who are just starting to learn or who wish to improve or build on new techniques in acrylics.

Available Tuesdays Nov. 14th, Nov. 21st and Nov. 28th from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm approx. (NOW FULL!)

or Fridays Nov. 24th, Dec. 1st & Dec. 8th from 6:30 to 9:00 pm approx.

Cost is $185 per 3 day session and includes all the supplies 

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More workshops are added frequently, so please check regularly.  A minimum of 5 participants for a class to run.  Our single day or evening workshops are designed to give adults a chance to just come out and try an art class in a relaxed, step-by-step environment.  Why not come out and see what you can do in just a few hours!  All supplies are included.  (Exception is the nuno-felting class where bubble wrap and a rolling pin is required.) 

Price Schedule

All supplies included in first workshop. Prices negotiable for continuing workshops.

Private Lesson $75 per hour
2-4 participants $35 per person per hour
5-8 participants $25 per person per hour

If you wish to participate with other creative people in a medium of your choice you are welcome to give us a call and we will do our best to put a group of people together for you!

"Art must be an expression of love or it is nothing."
-Marc Chagall

"The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable."
-Robert Henri

"When it is working, you completely go to another place, you are tapping into things that are totally universal, completely beyond your ego and your own self. That's what it is all about."
-Ketih Haring


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Shelly Melnyk

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"One word: 'Awesome!' Heather’s skills & talent as an artist combined with her warm, enthusiastic inclusive approach have afforded my daughter to grow and explore her creative passion. The variety of mediums helped her to try new things and create pieces she is truly proud to show. The technique and theory help to round out her whole learning experience. Thank you Heather!" Shelly Melnyk

Ruth Rankin

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"Our daughter has thoroughly enjoyed every class that she’s taken with Heather. So much so, that she invited friends to an art class birthday party. Lots of fun! It’s been a great balance to add a creative activity to her extra-curricular activities." Ruth Rankin

Pamela Schellling

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"She loves art. We love framing her work. We love the oil pastels and the watercolors. A beautiful smile after every class to go with a fantastic piece of art!" Pamela Schellling

Tracy Link

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"My daughter loves coming to art class with Heather. She loves it so much she has asked to join a second class per week. The pieces she has brought home are beautiful. Our favorite painting is on our fireplace mantel so we can see and enjoy it every day. Heather is very talented and works well with the children. We would recommend this class to everyone." Tracy Link


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