Workshops

Come make art with us!  By popular demand we are continuing to offer workshops just around the corner from the beach at our brick & mortar studio in Historic Downtown Cobourg, Ontario!  The perfect opportunity to learn a new skill, or hone your talent, each workshop has an enrollment limit of 6, so you’ll get plenty of individual attention.

Don’t see what you’re looking for?  We’re also happy to offer private instruction in art & animation for $50/hour.

Our schedule for workshops is as follows:

Friday February 21st, 12-4pm: Claymation Music Video Workshop for Kids (During Teacher’s Strike)

Looking for something to occupy your kids during this Teacher’s Strike this Friday? We’re offering a four-hour stop motion animation workshop for ages 9+ where your kids will learn the basics of stop motion animation with clay, have the opportunity to design characters and create a collaborative music video using professional animation cameras, software and lights. Space is limited so don’t delay! Looking forward to making some magic this week!  ($60+hst/participant. Save $10/kid if you sign up 2+.)

Saturday February 29th & Saturday March 7th, 1-5pm: Needle Felted Hand Puppets

Create your own needle felted applique character, and learn to sew it into a soft and cuddly hand puppet.  Perfect as a portrait of a lovely one, or a new character you’re imagining!  Create a unique keepsake or gift item for a little one in your life.  This workshop is suitable for kids over the age of 10, and of course for grownups too!

Sunday March 1st, 1-5pm: Indigo Shibori Dye ($60+hst)

Learn about the history and magic of Indigo, a plant based blue dye that has been cultivated by humans for centuries.  In this afternoon workshop we will learn about various tie-dyeing techniques to create beautiful and elaborate patterns on natural fibres.  Fabric will be provided but you are welcome to bring along your cotton t-shirts or stained items to give them a new look.  Eco friendly and fun.  This workshop is suitable for all ages.

Sunday March 8th, 1-5pm: Paper Flowers ($60+hst)

In this afternoon workshop you will learn to build a poseable floral arrangement out of wire, crepe paper and gouache paints.  Make your dream bouquet that is undying as your love for the recipient (or yourself, because you deserve beautiful flowers.)  Join us for this pre-valentines workshop and learn to bring paper to life.

Saturday March 14th & Saturday March 21st, 1-5pm: Needle Felting Creatures

In this two part workshop you will design and build a woodland creature using wool and needle felting techniques. In the first session you will design your creature, build an armature and begin felting the basic shapes. In the second session you will finish your new friend and, time allowing, maybe give them some charming accessories?

Sunday March 15th & Sunday March 22nd, 1-5pm: Intro to Silkscreening ($140+hst)

In this two part workshop you will learn about the basic technique for creating a silkscreen using photo emulsion.  During the first session you will design your image and prepare the screen, and during the second session you will learn how to print using your newly minted screen.

Sunday April 5th, 1-5pm:  Eco Easter Eggs ($60+hst)

Learn to paint and decorate Easter eggs using only plant-based inks and dyes.  We’ll take a look at different techniques for making natural pigments to make your Easter weekend special, and your Easter eggs fabulous!  This workshop is suitable for all ages.

Saturday April 11th, 1-5pm: Intro to Embroidery ($60+hst)

In this afternoon workshop you will learn how to design and fabricate an embroidered image. In the first session you will lay out your design and draw it onto a piece of fabric, and begin the process of embroidering outlines for the design.

Saturday April 18th & Saturday April 25th, 1-5pm: Animation!  Intro to Stop Motion for Grown Ups ($120+hst)

Have YOU always wanted to learn to bring drawings or random objects to life?  In this two part workshop you’ll learn the basics of stop motion and about the history of the medium.  We will shoot a collaborative short film using a professional camera set up and animation software.  During the first session we will create the characters, and storyboard the animation, and in the second session bring it to life.  A fun activity for first time animators or artists that want to improve their skill set.

Sunday April 19th & Sunday April 26th, 1-5pm: Animation!  Intro to Stop Motion for Kids ($120+hst)

Have your little ones always wanted to learn to bring drawings or random objects to life?  In this two part workshop kids will learn the basics of stop motion, using a professional camera set up and animation software.  During the first session they will create the characters, and storyboard the animation, and in the second session they’ll bring it to life.  A fun activity for first time animators or kids that want to improve their skill set.  Ages 9+, children 6-8 are welcome with an accompanying guardian.

Saturday May 2nd, 1-5pm: Painting Pet Portraits ($60+hst)

Looking to expand your drawing and painting skills?  In this afternoon workshop you will bring a photo of your favourite animal friend and be guided through the process of taking it from photo to sketch to finished painting.  Learn all the tricks we use when painting pet portraits at Cardboard Reality!

Unless otherwise listed our workshops are all inter-generational, and we welcome participants of all ages.  Kids under 10 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or older sibling/friend.

Can’t make it to any of our dates?  Looking for a fun group outing?  Group rates (for 3 or more participants) and dates are available.  Just get in touch![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]