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Workshops, Training, and Education

Guelph is such a dynamic city with so many fun and educational workshops and classes happening all year long! Individuals and organizations offer a wide variety of multidisciplinary workshops and classes for people of all ages, interests, and skill levels.

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Ed Video Media Arts 
Learn everything about media arts from the experts at Ed Video – leaders of independent media art in Canada.


Folkway Music
Lessons for a number of acoustic instruments – beginner to advanced students of all ages are welcome!

Guelph School of Music
Professional music lessons for all instruments and interests.

Guelph's portal for adventurous new sound events.


Dancetheatre David Earle
Get inspired through physical motivation – adult dance classes for all skill levels.

Guelph Dance
Guelph Dance Partners with the Guelph Youth Dance Training Program: Movement, Expression, Technique, Discipline, Rigour, Experiences, Joy, Friendship


Guelph Dance Offering Subsidies for Summer Camp

 Guelph Dance is pleased to announce that it has been awarded $2400 from the Guelph Community Foundation’s Children and Youth Summer Camp Grant program. The funds will provide 10 children with the opportunity to attend Guelph Dance’s ‘Arts Explosion’ camp from July 4-8 and July 11-15 at no cost. The popular camp takes place at the River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich Street, Guelph. A full array of dance, music, visual art, and theatre experiences will be taught by professional teaching artists for children born between 2003 and 2011. The deadline for applying for a subsidy is May 1. The simple application can be found http://www.guelphdance.ca/camp/ and clicking on the ‘CAMP SUBSIDY PROGRAM’ tab

For more information, visit www.guelphdance.ca or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 519-780-2220.

About Guelph Dance

Established in 1998, Guelph Dance—formerly the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival—is a nationally recognized leader in contemporary dance, offering a platform for professional, new-generation, and youth dance artists to share their vision, push creative boundaries, and engage community audiences.

Guelph Dance gratefully acknowledges the support of its funders: the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and the City of Guelph.

Guelph Dance Festival Announces Workshops

Guelph Dance announces several educational opportunities for the general public during its upcoming Festival, June 2-5, 2016. The workshops will be taught by visiting dance artists who are performing as part of the Festival.

On Saturday, June 4, 9:30-10:45 am, the members of Le Patin Libre, a contemporary ice dance troupe from Montreal, teach an Ice Dance Workshop at the University of Guelph Gold Ice Rink. They will teach some of the innovative moves they use in their choreography (which people can see on Friday, June 3 as part of Guelph Dance Festival Stage A performance). Students will be grouped by ability, so everyone – from novice to trained figure skater – can participate. Some skates will be available at the rink, but students are encouraged to bring their own, as well as their own helmets. The cost is $20.

On Sunday, June 5, 9:30-10:45, Toronto-based choreographer Julia Sasso (whose company performance Saturday, June 4 on Stage B) teaches a workshop in Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT). SRT is a pioneering approach to moving that evolved from the simple principle that when students let go of habitual holding patterns, they are able to move more freely, powerfully, and articulately. This class is open to people of all ages and levels of experience who are interested in experiencing improvisation, transformation, and an intuitive way of moving. The cost is $20.

Specifically for youth (2002-05) and teen (1998-2001) are two days of immersive training with visiting Festival artists. Youth Dance Day takes place on Friday, June 3, and will include learning repertory from and performing alongside Aeriosa (Vancouver) in Hanlon Creek Park. Teen Dance Day takes place on Saturday, June 4, and includes the ice dance workshop, a contemporary dance class, and a panel discussion with dance professionals. The cost of these days is $32 and $45 respectively (with options to add additional events at low cost).

Registration information for the workshops and for Youth and Teen Dance Days can be found at http://www.guelphdance.ca/festival/tickets/ or call 519-780-2220.


Wanted: Youth Participation at SPARC 2016 (Symposium for the Performing Arts in Rural Communities) October 27 – 30, 2016, Haliburton, Ontario

Are you a youth – between the age of 16 and 29? Or, do you know a young performing arts practitioner? Please pass this on and circulate widely!

When we started planning the 2014 Symposium for the Performing Arts in Rural Communities we knew that youth living in rural communities play an important role in making rural communities vibrant and resilient places where performing arts are alive. We felt that it was important for youth to have a significant presence in the event. We were delighted that 25% of our symposium delegates were youth from across the province who were engaged in the performing arts as creators, presenters, producers and community organizers.

See SPARC 2014 Youth Journey from Sticks and Stones Productions on Vimeo at


A recent funding announcement by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Heritage Canada has made it possible for us to continue our efforts to build the SPARC Network and connect rural performing arts practitioners to develop supportive Network services.

In addition, we are able to cover the costs for youth (ages 16-29) who live, and are engaged in the performing arts in Ontario and beyond, to attend the symposium.

Although every attempt will be made to assist as many youth as possible, we regret that the Scholarship Fund is limited, and we will not be able to meet all requests. We ask that you make every effort to seek outside funding support before applying to the SPARC Scholarship Fund and ask only for what you really need so that we can assist as many as possible. We reserve the right to offer partial scholarships or to propose alternative arrangements.

The SPARC Organizing Committee is committed to making the Symposium for Performing Arts in Rural Communities accessible to people from settings and communities with limited resources, including youth, volunteers and community-based creators, producers and presenters in the fields of dance, music, theatre and media arts. SPARC is eager to provide opportunities for participants to expand connections, share ideas and be inspired.

The Scholarship Application is attached. For more information visit www.sparcperformingarts.com
Please consider delivering a workshop! Check out the Call for Proposals at http://www.sparcperformingarts.com/2016/03/call-for-proposals-for-sparc-symposium-2016/

Visual Arts

The Guelph School of Art


Guelph Creative Arts Association

GCAA will offer a workshop by prominent Guelph artist Nancy Farrell on Saturday and Sunday, November 19 and 20, 2016. Maximum participants 10.  See GCAA newsletter for more information.


GCAA Play Days resume in September, October and November...first Tuesdays and third Thursdays  of each month at Unifor on Silvercreek Parkway.  Contact either This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Do you want a critique of your work?

Let GCAA know your preferences.

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Individual Artists and Instructors

Artistic Capers

Adult art workshops for relaxation and fun!

Artistic Capers is running 4 workshops at Fionn McCools on Stone Rd. Please join us.  All talent levels welcome. All workshops are 7-9:00 PM.  Supplies provided at no extra cost. $30 a person/ workshop. Please see our website www.artisticcapers.com for more information.

Wed. June 8th, 

OP Art 1

Markers and ink

Wed. June 22


pen and ink

Tues. July 12

Criss Cross

Marker, collage, pen and ink

Tues. July 26

Colour-co Cat

Watercolour, marker, pen and ink

All artwork will be framed at the end of the night. Come relax with us and have fun. See you there!

 may june workshops

Art Workshops at the Museums and Archives
A diverse selection of structured workshops and classes offered for all skill levels and interests.

Creative Spark Workshops
Learn a new skill and get lost in a creative project with Creative Spark Workshops!

Necessary Arts Company
A variety of workshops for people of all ages and interests.

Guelph School of Arts
View Fall Brochure HERE

Silver Creek Photography
See workshop schedule HERE

Canadian Embroiderers' Guild Guelph
CEGG is a teaching guild open to anyone interested in traditional and contemporary forms of embroidery.

Literary Arts

Guelph Spoken Word
Guelph Spoken Word supports the efforts of local spoken word artists and sends its poetry slam team to compete on the national stage. They offer spoken word poetry/performance workshops. New for 2015! Check it out.

Publication Studio
Publication Studio prints and binds books one at a time on-demand, creating original work with artists and writers. They occationally offer workshops pertaining to print media.

University of Guelph – Creative Writing at Guelph
Develop skills and techniques of creative writing in any genre at the University of Guelph.


Summer Programing and Events

2016 - Click here for 2016 programming


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