Workshop Archives

Here is a sampling of previous workshops at AX, listed in reverse-chronological order.

2021

April 25 – May 16, Approaches to Abstract Painting Workshop

April 25, May 2 and May 16 from 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. 

Photo by Brock Jorgensen

Cost: $110 (inc. materials)

Location: In-person, AX Gallery

Please register by April 16.

Join local professional artist Bonny Hill as she introduces you to the art of abstract painting over the course of three Sunday afternoons at AX. You will review basic colour theory to create a custom colour palette and will also experiment with different acrylic mediums such as modelling paste and gloss gel mediums. During each session, participants will learn and practice new skills on small, sample canvases. You will then apply your new-found skills to one large canvas over the course of the three sessions.


Class 1, April 25: In the first class, you will review basic colour theory and create a custom colour palette to apply to several canvas boards using dirty pour approaches.

Class 2, May 2: In this class, you will use acrylic paints with acrylic mediums like polymer emulsion, modelling paste, and gloss gel medium to add surface interest to several small canvas boards.

Class 3, May 16: In the final class, you will continue with experimental approaches in glazing and impasto using squirt bottles, palette knives and pouring techniques.

Participants will produce:

  • Several small canvas board samples
  • 1 Large canvas painting

Participants must register before April 16. Limited spaces are available. 

If you’d like help filling out this online form, please contact us at info@axartscentre.ca or 433-8351.


Due to COVID-19 this class is offered in the AX Gallery with physically distanced workstations, as per our operational plan. Masks and physical distancing are required at all times in the AX building and during the workshop. Please refer to the current public health alert level and ensure our Zone is in the Yellow Phase before making plans to attend.

If you develop COVID-19 related symptoms leading up to the workshop, we are prepared to offer a full refund. Please email info@axartscentre.ca or call (506) 433-8351.


March 27 – April 10, Online Workshop – Shibori Silk Scarf with Natural Dyes

Date: March 27 and April 10

Time: March 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and April 10 from 10:00a.m. – 12:00p.m.

Cost: $135 (includes materials and shipping)

Please register by March 16 so you can receive your materials before the workshop start date. Contact us if you are located outside of Atlantic Canada as additional shipping charges will apply. 

Discover the ancient Japanese dyeing technique of Shibori with a modern twist from the comforts of your own home, taught online by natural dyer Renata Britez. The workshop starts with a 4-hour instructional video class, which you can access at your leisure to create your dyed silk scarf. Two weeks later, the class will gather again to share their creations and to have a question and answer period with the instructor. 

This class teaches the basics of natural dyes and three Shibori techniques of Kumo, Arashi and Itajime. Participants will create bold patterns on fabric using wooden blocks as well as binding and wrapping techniques. At the end of this course, students will have sample swatches in various sustainable fibres and finished shibori dyed scarf created by themselves. No experience is necessary.


What’s Included

  • Two live classes through Zoom plus access to recorded sessions.
  • Materials kit – includes all materials (fibres and silk scarf), shibori tools and natural dye supplies needed for sampling and final project.
  • Step-by-step procedures and recipes as well as a resource and suppliers list delivered by email prior to the first meeting.

Participants should have a notebook to take notes during the workshop.

Note: Dyeing can be messy, so dress in paint/dye appropriate clothes and shoes. Students will need to supply some of their own items, such as pots, pans, stove, etc. 


Format

The workshop will be delivered in two live Zoom sessions. The first session focuses on learning the process and participants are expected to watch, take notes and ask questions at the end of the online demonstration – the class will be recorded and shared with students. Between the first and second meeting, participants will have time to try Shibori at their own pace and bring their results and questions to the second meeting for clarification.

The meetings will be recorded and participants will have access to the content for four months following the end of the workshop. This will provide participants with the opportunity to rewatch the discussions. In addition to the videos, students will have lifetime access to private Facebook groups with exclusive pictures, extra content and a community to help and share discoveries, results, recipes and more.

March 27: Live Demo (4 hours with 30 min break)

  • Intro to safety procedures and natural dyes
  • Sourcing and fibre classification
  • Mordanting fabrics (protein and cellulose fibres)
  • Creating the dye stock (madder, marigold and lac)
  • Preparing cloth for dyeing with Shibori techniques
  • Shibori with natural dyes 3 methods
  • Washing and care
  • Q&A

April 10: Follow Up (2 hours)

  • Meeting to discuss results and findings
  • Show and tell
  • Q&A

Please Register by March 16 for the online workshop.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact us at info@axartscentre.ca or (506) 433-8351.

Thanks to the financial support of the Emergency Community Support Fund, and Community Foundations of Canada, through the nomination from Sussex Area Community Foundation, AX is able to provide participants with a reduced shipping fee of $5 for every materials kit purchased through this workshop.


March 21 – April 11, Photorealistic Acrylic Workshop

Sundays, March 21, 28 and April 11 from 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. in the AX Gallery.

$85 registration fee + $25 optional materials fee/participant.

Please register by March 18.

Join local professional artist and long-time art instructor Bonny Hill in this series of painting exercises to shift into the right-brain thinking required to achieve photographic realism. You will learn to paint using gridwork and other methods to produce photorealistic paintings based on some images provided by Bonny and some chosen by you. These three art classes will focus on black and white as well as colour painting and you will produce three paintings, one from each session.


Class 1, March 21: For your first painting project, Bonny will teach you how to use only black and white to recreate tonal values on a 9”x12” canvas. You will work from a photographic image supplied by the instructor and learn how to use a grid approach.

Class 2, March 28: For this class, you will supply your own photographic image and you’ll work on a larger 12”x16” canvas, with the option of adding colour with acrylic glazes.

Class 3, April 11: For your final class, you will paint on a large canvas and use a full colour palette, working from a colour photograph.

Participants will produce three paintings:

  • 1 black and white painting on a 9” x 12” canvas
  • 1 colour painting on a 12” x 16” canvas
  • 1 colour painting on a 12” x 16” or larger canvas

Materials needed are:

  • 1 9” x 12” canvas
  • 1 12” x 16” canvas
  • 1 12” x 16” or larger canvas
  • brushes, including some flat and liners
  • 1 30cm ruler
  • black paint
  • white paint
  • at least one blue paint (ultramarine, cobalt)
  • at least one yellow paint (cadmium, lemon)
  • 2 red paints: alizarin crimson and cadmium (raw umber is also useful)

The option to have these materials provided for a $25 fee will be available when you sign-up. If you would like only some of the materials provided, instructions to arrange for this with Bonny Hill will be in the registration form.


Due to COVID-19 this class is offered in the AX Gallery space with physically distanced workstations, as per our operational plan and Health NB Mandate. Masks and physical distancing are required at all times in the AX building and during the workshop.

If you’d like help filling out the online registration form, email info@axartscentre.ca and we’ll guide you through it.

If you develop COVID-19 related symptoms leading up to the workshop, we are prepared to offer a full refund. Please email info@axartscentre.ca or call (506) 433-8351. 


2020

December 19 – December 21, Children's Holiday Ceramics Workshop

AX is offering a new Ceramics Workshop for kids just in time for the holidays!

AX Ceramics Coordinator Matt Cripps will teach four separate ceramics decoration classes for children aged 6 to 12; he will be joined by teaching assistant Emily O’Donnell. The children will decorate two ornaments, a square tile, and a small dish. They will also learn how to underglaze, a ceramic decorating technique that creates vivid brushed colours. Their finished pieces will be fired in the kiln and available for pickup later.

The workshops are $20 per class and we are accepting 5 children maximum. They will be physically distanced, must wear masks, and be from New Brunswick Health Zone 2. If you or your child develop COVID-19 related symptoms leading up to the workshop, we are prepared to offer a full refund.

This workshop is supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and Community Foundations of Canada.

Saturday December 19, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Full)                     Saturday December 19, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Full)

Monday December 21, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  (Full)                     Monday December 21, 1:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. (Full)

All classes offer the same instruction. Enrolment is limited and pre-registration is required—visit our website for more information. If you’d like help filling out this online form, email ceramics@axartscentre.ca or call (506) 433-8351 and we’ll guide you through it.

If you or your child develop COVID-19 related symptoms leading up to the workshop, we are prepared to offer a full refund.


About Matt Cripps

Matt Cripps is a potter and ceramic artist. Born and raised in Miramichi, Matt moved to Fredericton where he completed a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art through St. Thomas University, and a Diploma in Fine Craft: Ceramics, and Certificate in Advanced Studio Practice from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. He now lives in Sussex, NB, where he works at AX as the Ceramics Centre Coordinator.

About Emily O’Donnell

Emily O’Donnell is the part time AX Administrative Assistant who is currently training to be a primary teacher at Université de Moncton. Emily lives in Sussex and helps to keep things organized at the AX Arts and Culture Centre


November 24 – December 15, Handbuilt Pottery for Beginners

Have you ever wanted to try pottery? Would you like to make your own gifts this year?

AX’s Ceramics Centre Coordinator Matt Cripps is offering a weekend class and weekend class each of Handbuilt Pottery for Beginners in November and December. These 3-day pottery workshops will guide you through the process of creating your first pieces of pottery—you don’t need to have taken earlier workshops to attend.

Due to COVID-19, however, these classes are restricted to attendees within New Brunswick Health Zone 2. The classes are offered in a large space, with physically distanced workstations, as per our operational plan and Health NB Mandate.

Weekday

November 24, December 1 and 15.

Weekend

November 28 and 29, and December 12.

Masks and physical distancing are required at all times in the AX building and during the workshop. Please register by November 22.

The includes:

  • Introduction to handbuilt pottery with examples and demonstrations.
  • Introduction to decoration techniques with underglaze and slip.
  • Return to the centre to decorate and glaze your works.
  • After the work is fired a second time, Matt will coordinate a time for you to pick up your completed projects.

Cost: $225/person, no tax. Costs includes access to AX ceramics centre materials, a tool kit, and 10kg clay. Participants get to keep their work, the remaining clay, and their tool kit after the workshop.


October 3 – October 25, Handbuilt Pottery for Beginners

Have you ever wanted to try pottery, and did you miss out on our first pottery workshop because it filled so quickly?

AX’s Ceramics Centre Coordinator, Matt Cripps, is hosting Handbuilt Pottery for Beginners, a 5-day pottery workshop that will guide you through the process of creating your first pieces of pottery – you don’t need to have taken the first workshop in order to attend. This workshop will take place at AX on October 3-4, 17-18, and 25, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Masks and physical distancing are required at all times in the AX building and during the workshop.

October 3 & 4, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Introduction to handbuilt pottery with examples and demonstrations; begin creating work with direction from Matt.

October 17 & 18, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Introduction to decoration techniques with underglaze and slip. Continue to create work with direction from Matt.

October 25, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Return to the centre to decorate and glaze your works. After the work is fired a second time, Matt will coordinate a time for you to pick up your completed projects.

Please note that participants get to keep all of the work they create, and this workshop does NOT include using a pottery wheel.

Cost: $325/person, inc. tax. Costs include all materials including a 20kg box of clay and a pottery tool kit. Participants get to keep the remaining clay and tool kit after the workshop.

About Matt Cripps

Matt Cripps is a potter and ceramic artist. Born and raised in Miramichi, Matt moved to Fredericton where he completed a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art through St. Thomas University, and a Diploma in Fine Craft: Ceramics, and Certificate in Advanced Studio Practice from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. He now lives in Sussex, NB, where he works at AX as the Ceramics Centre Coordinator.


September 12 – September 26, Handbuilt Pottery for Beginners

Have you ever wanted to try pottery? Well, now’s your chance! AX‘s new ceramics centre coordinator, Matt Cripps, is hosting Handbuilt Pottery for Beginners, a 3-day pottery workshop that will guide you through the process of creating your first pieces of pottery. This workshop will take place at AX on September 12 and 13 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and September 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Wearing a mask and following physical distancing rules are required at all times in AX and during the workshop.

Day 1, Saturday, September 12, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Introduction to handbuilt pottery with examples and demonstrations; begin creating work with direction from Matt.

Day 2, Sunday, September 13, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Add attachments to pieces made the previous day (handles, feet, etc.) explore decorating techniques, and create more work. After this class, you can take any of your remaining clay home – you’ll have one week to create additional pieces and Matt will coordinate a time for you to drop off what you’ve created to be fired in the kiln.

Day 3, Saturday, September 26, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Return to AX to decorate and glaze your works. After the work is fired a second time, Matt will coordinate a time for you to pick up your completed projects.

Please note that participants get to keep all of the work they create, and this workshop does NOT include using a pottery wheel.

Cost and registration
Cost: $200/person, inc. tax. Costs include all materials including a 10kg bag of clay and a pottery tool kit. Participants get to keep the remaining clay and tool kit after the workshop.


March 3 – August 8, Seeing the Patient Visual Learning Exercise with Bonny Hill

“Erin & Michaela” Mark Gilbert, 2018 Pastel on paper, 49.75″ x 41.75″

Step One: Description

Note the title, date, size, and medium. Describe the subject matter. Notice all of the  details you see in the work. It is important to carefully, slowly, and non-judgmentally observe the art.

Step Two: Analysis

Pay close attention to which art elements the artist used. Line, shape, colour, value (lightness or darkness), texture, and space. Look for ways the elements were used to organize the composition using principles of design: rhythm, balance, movement, proportion, variety, emphasis, contrast, and unity.

Step Three: Interpretation

List any feelings, impressions, or moods you get from the artwork – think creatively and imaginatively at this stage. Base your interpretation on what you’ve concluded in the first two steps of the critique process. Guess at the artist’s intention and motivation. If possible, research the artist at this stage and refer to information in the gallery.

Step Four: Judgment/Evaluation

Describe the ways in which the artist has successfully created a work that fulfills their intention and connects with their audience in a meaningful way.

Here’s one way to interpret this portrait based on the four steps above, courtesy of Bonny Hill.

Artist Mark Gilbert has created a large pastel study of two figures: a caregiver holding a young girl. The caregiver’s gaze is on the child’s face. The child looks outward as though in deep thought. The two sit together on the same chair in the corner of a room next to a small table. They both wear warm, comfortable clothing. The girl reaches back to feel the caregiver’s hair while the caregiver holds the child on her lap with both hands around her waist.

The artist has chosen a closely cropped composition with little negative space or background, and in doing so, describes the intimacy of the relationship. The viewer is drawn to the faces, as is always the case in figurative studies which appear to have a higher degree of ‘finish’ than other areas of the work. For the bodies and background spaces, Gilbert has used gestural marks to capture the poses quickly. The free-flowing lines add movement and contrast with the highly detailed faces. The vertical corner line adds stability as the curvy, diagonal lines of the floor mat add to the impression of dynamic motion. The artist has used a limited colour palette; neutral blacks and greys with cool undertones contrasting with the warmth of the skin tones and the vivid yellow on the floor that balance the composition. The pastels describe textures of smooth skin and soft fabrics.

Erin & Michaela clearly communicates the warm relationship between the two figures. My impression is that the child is comfortable and content but having some difficulty staying perfectly still, as evidenced by the way in which her left hand is thrusting outward. She clearly is enjoying her caregiver’s embrace and her caregiver is fully engaged in keeping the child sitting contentedly. The lack of detail and colour in the neutral clothing works to bring emphasis to the faces and to tie the two figures together so closely that it is difficult, at a glance, to discern which limbs belong to the caregiver and which to the child. This adds to the emotional impact of the work.

In his artist’s statement Dr. Gilbert writes: “As an artist and researcher, I have always aspired to create artworks that authentically illuminate the relationships we all rely on in our lives as patients and caregivers. Portraiture as an art form and qualitative methodology embraces association rather than separation. It is through the interaction between artist and sitter that access is sought and given, connections made, trust built, intimacy negotiated, stories exchanged, and knowledge constructed. Moreover it has the potential to engender intimate social connections that can empower the sitters, viewers, and artists alike”.

Dr. Mark Gilbert is Research Associate with the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University and uses arts-based research methods and narrative inquiry to illuminate the relational skills required in clinical interactions and care giving. The portraits in Seeing the Patient, specifically, rely on the interactions and richness relationships he witnessed between children and young people living with epilepsy and their families.

If the portraits in Seeing the Patient attempt to present patients with epilepsy in an authentic and compassionate manner, they truly succeed. Erin & Michaela, in particular, feels like a celebration of, or monument to, the giving and receiving of care and love. Dr. Gilbert’s impressive technical skills and genuine commitment to his profession have resulted in a wonderful, moving exhibition.


2019

September 27 and October 4 Wine and Posies with Bonny Hill

Wine & Posies ~ Bonny Hill

Join us at AX on Friday, September 27 OR Friday, October 4 at 7:00 p.m. for a sip and craft workshop, hosted by professional contemporary artist Bonny Hill.

The evening will include two hours of instruction, demonstration, and making of paper flower crafts. Each participant will go home with three flowers and the knowledge and skills to recreate them on their own. Bonny has generously offered to donate her time to put on these workshops, with all proceeds going to support AX and its arts and culture programming.

The workshop costs $35/person. Costs include all materials and a glass of wine. Please pre-register for your preferred workshop date by phone at (506) 433-8351 or in person at 12 Maple Ave.

Note there are limited spaces left for both workshops, so register soon if you’re interested.


About Bonny Hill

Bonny Hill taught visual arts in New Brunswick high schools for thirty years before her recent retirement, and has been recognized by the Canadian Society for Education Through Art as “Art Educator of the Year.” As a professional contemporary artist, Bonny was included in the Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s Studio Watch: Emerging Artists Series for 2016. Bonny sits on the AX Board of Directors and is a dedicated volunteer.


July 10 – August 21 Summer Art Workshops for Children

 Summer Art Workshops for Children Join artist and instructor Martha Hallyburton on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at AX for children’s art workshops, which offer kids a unique opportunity to explore their creativity and learn more about different methods to express themselves through art. 

April 3, 2019 Drawing Classes ~ Melanie Craig-Hansford

Drawing Classes
with Melanie Craig-Hansford

Wednesdays, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
April 3 – May 22

Join artist and instructor Melanie Craig-Hansford on Wednesday afternoons for Drawing Level 1 & 2 classes, which offer participants a unique opportunity to learn about drawing in combined classes that are tailored to their experience level.

In this combined class, which takes place over 8 weeks, Melanie will split the class into two groups: beginner Level 1 and intermediate Level 2.

Drawing Level 1 is for those with limited or no drawing experience. You’ll start with the basics of drawing, work from still-life, and practice the art of “drawing what you see.”

Drawing Level 2 is an intermediate level course suitable to students with previous drawing experience. In this class, Melanie will introduce drawing with coloured mediums such as pastel and coloured pencil.

Individual drawing assignments will be designed for each student with their input.

Drawing Level 1 & 2 is offered on Wednesday afternoons, from 1:00-3:00 p.m., April 3 to May 22. Please note that this workshop takes place in the 2nd floor AX classroom, which is only accessible by climbing a flight of stairs.

Cost: $120 instruction fee for all 8 classes, plus $25 materials fee paid to instructor on first day of class
Pre-registration and payment required by March 28, 4pm. Contact AX at (506) 433-8351 or email info@axartscentre.ca


April 2, 2019 Mixed Media

Mixed Media Classes
with Melanie Craig-Hansford

Tuesdays, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
April 2 – May 21

AX is pleased to present a new workshops series, Mixed Media, which offers participants a unique opportunity to learn about a wide range of art making materials.

Over a period of eight weeks, artist and instructor Melanie Craig-Hansford will present the history of mixed media artwork and teach you how to incorporate the elements and principals of art into a successful composition. You’ll learn the basics of watercolour and acrylic painting, and work with combinations of ink, markers, pastels, coloured pencils, collage, and many other conventional and non-conventional materials.

Mixed Media is offered on Tuesday afternoons, from 1:00-3:00 p.m., April 2 to May 21. Please note that this workshop takes place in the 2nd floor AX classroom, which is only accessible by climbing a flight of stairs.

Cost: $120 instruction fee for all 8 classes, plus $25 materials fee paid to instructor on first day of class.
Pre-registration and payment required by March 28, 4pm. Contact AX at (506) 433-8351 or email info@axartscentre.ca


2018

December 22, 2018 Kids' Holiday Art Workshop

AX is offering a new Holiday workshop for kids! 

Saturday, December 22 from 1-3 pm

$20/child, ages 6-12

Are your kids looking for something to do while you’re out running last-minute errands? Bring them to AX for an afternoon of art making!

Martha Hallyburton will lead the group through a series of winter-themed projects. Using mixed media and a variety of techniques, participants will make a “gradation” recreation of the northern lights, tape art birch trees, snowflakes collages, and more!

Enrolment is limited, so sign up now – call 433-8351 to register over the phone, or visit us at 12 Maple Ave., Sussex, NB.


October 20, 2018 Children's Workshops


Children’s Workshops 

AX is hosting Kids’ Art Workshops again this fall! Ages 6-12, cost $90 per child for four Saturdays of instruction. Workshops will run from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., October 20, 27, November 3, and 10.

Each session, an Expert Instructor (Martha Hallyburton, Rosanna Armstrong, Shaun Chown, Erin McKenna) will teach a new type of art to the children. Lessons and mediums will vary, and participants will be exposed to a wide range of arts and crafts including painting, fibre art, and music.

You can register in person at AX, 12 Maple Ave., or over the phone at (506) 433-8351. Space is limited, so register soon!


July 28, 2018 To Be a Good Writer - Gerard Collins

Do you have an interest in writing and channeling your inner creative? Join us at AX for a creative writing workshop with award-winning Newfoundland writer (and occasional AX Choice Cutshost), Dr. Gerard Collins.

Gerard’s “To Be a Good Writer” workshop will help strengthen your commitment to your own artistry and inspire great writing habits. Come take part in encouraging discussions, writing prompts, and voluntary sharing of personal works that you create on the spot.

“To Be a Good Writer” takes place on Saturday, July 28, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., for a cost of $85.

About Gerard 

Gerard Collins is an award-winning Newfoundland writer living in Southern New Brunswick. Besides teaching at MUN and at UNB, he has offered creative writing workshops and retreats in Ireland, Italy, and England, as well as throughout Atlantic Canada.

Gerard’s novel, Finton Moon, was honoured with a Dublin IMPAC international Literary Award nomination in 2014, among other accolades, while his short story collection, Moonlight Sketches, won the 2011 NL Book Award. He is working on several new projects and has been invited to facilitate workshops during Youth Week next summer at Lilydale, New York, as well as to launch a new exhibition at AX in 2019, entitled The Book that Wrote Itself.


April 21, 2018 Cyanotype Photography Workshop

Cyanotype Photography Workshop

with SilverFish photographers Karen Ruet and Denise Rowe

April 21, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $55, including materials 

Register by April 12 to use your own images. All registrations due April 17.In this workshop, you’ll recreate feathers, translucent objects, and materials from the natural world into cyan and deep navy blue images with the light of the sun.

Karen Ruet and Denise Rowe, professional photographers and participating artists in our current exhibition, will demonstrate mixing chemistry, coating paper, and show you the materials needed to get you started using this technique at home. You’ll also have the option of a short field-trip outdoors to select your own pieces of nature to work with, although it is not a requirement as the instructors will also provide materials. 

If you register by April 12, you can send your own 5×7 image to the instructor, who will prepare it for your use at the workshop. Limited spots available. Must register for the workshop no later than April 17.

Register at AX: the Arts and Culture Centre of Sussex, 12 Maple Ave, Sussex NB, or by calling us at (506) 433-8351. To guarantee your spot, please pay when you register. We can process credit card payment over the phone.