(250) 563 2880 or (250) 562-4526
  
2820 15th Ave. Prince George, BC

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The Studio 2880 arts complex is home to a wide range of creative arts classes and workshops.

Please check back frequently for updates on programs and availability. You may also refer to our events calendar, or call 250-563-2880 and one of our staff members would be pleased to suggest classes to suit your interests. To register for the following classes, please visit the Studio 2880 Ticket Centre Tuesday thru Saturday, 11 am - 5 pm.

The Business of Art Workshops 2018

The Community Arts Council of Prince George & District is pleased to announce its 2018 professional development series entitled The Business of Art Workshops.  These six workshops are open to the entire community and are held at Studio 2880 (upstairs above the Artisan Gift Shop). The workshops are free of charge. We do ask that participants register in advance by emailing arts@studio2880.com.

Session #1: Taxes and the Self-Employed Artist

Facilitator: Matt Hutcheon

Date Time: Tuesday, February 6th, 6 pm

Description: This workshop guides artists through what can be one of the most trying components of being self-employed or running a small business – planning for and preparing an annual tax return. This workshop teaches participants how to document their finances throughout the year in preparation for tax season, as well as reviewing the CRA guidelines for self-employed individuals. 

Session #2: So You Think Can Write. (But Can You Get Published?)

Facilitator: Al Rempel

Date Time: Tuesday, February 20th, 6 pm

Description: This workshop will explore ways of sharpening your creative writing skills, especially as applied to poetry. It will also offer strategies and resources for getting published in the Canadian market.

Session #3: Commercial & Liability Insurance: Managing Risk

Facilitator: Sean Friend (Brownridge Insurance)

Date Time: Thursday, March 8th, 6 pm

Description:  This workshop explores the insurance needs of artisan small business owners and will help you understand the nature of risk management.

Session #4: Artisan Business Planning

Facilitators: Elmer Gunderson, Melanie Desjardines, Christine Watts and Keith Kerrigan

Date Time: Tuesday, April 17th, 6 pm

Description: If you’ve decided that art is your preferred profession, then what? This panel discussion will share insights and lessons learned on business planning, effective branding and an understanding that art is a small business that comes with challenges, rewards and risks.

Session #5: Media Relations 101

Facilitators: Frank Peebles (Prince George Citizen) & Elisha Brown (Digital Umbrella Creative)

Date Time: Tuesday, May 15th, 6 pm

Description:  This workshop will assist artisans in understanding how to connect and communicate with traditional media outlets, as well as how to leverage digital content across a wider range of communications channels. Topics will include crafting news releases, preparing for interviews, photo opportunities, and digital content development.

Session #6: Getting to the Marketplace

Facilitators: Keith Kerrigan & Gwen Arrowsmith

Date Time: Tuesday, June 19th, 6 pm

Description:  This workshop is designed for visual artists who are interested in developing a business plan for traveling artisan exhibitions. Emphasis will be directed towards getting though a jury process, low cost travel expenses, pricing, technology needs, and effective and secure booth design.

Federation of Canadian Artists’ Workshop

And as an added bonus, the CAC is delighted to be hosting The Federation of Canadian Artists and their two-day workshop entitled “Composition & Design” with Lalita Hamill, AFCA. In a painting, composition generally refers to how the parts of the image relate to each other to create a whole. The way in which a painting is composed and the way in which the painting’s elements work together to form a coherent whole is key to the success of a work of art in conveying its message and visually ‘hanging together’. Few beginning artists use the elements and principles of design to their full advantage. In this informative class, you will develop a deeper and broader understanding of what the various terms mean, why these concepts are important, and how you can apply them to improve the quality of your work. The evening before the workshop will include a free optional critique session of up to two paintings per participant as well as the opportunity to be juried in for Active status with the FCA. Registration for the workshop is not necessary to attend the Friday evening session. To see and learn more about Lalita Hamill please visit her website: www.lalitahamill.com

Dates: March 10-11, 2018

Pricing: Members $120 / Non-Members $170

This workshop is suitable for beginner and intermediate artists. To register, please visit https://artists.ca/courses/view/id/1988

 

POTTERY

Beginner Wheel Class

with Anne Christensen
January 18 to February 22, 2018 - Thursdays - 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Course fee: $265

Fee includes: 
• 6 evenings of instruction, plus one month of studio time following classes 
• clay and tools 
• glazing and firing during classes
 

Overview

This is an introductory course on clay and the potters' wheel. Students learn basic clay preparation, throwing and glazing techniques used to make pots from start to finish. One week is set aside to explore handbuilding techniques using the slabroller and the extruder. Students are encouraged to use the studio for practice during their six weeks of instruction and four weeks of studio time. Typical throwing projects include cylinders (mugs, jugs, vases, etc) and bowls.

Beginner Handbuilding Class

with Ayla Davidson
January 17 to February 21, 2018 - Wednesdays - 6:30 to 9:30 pm 
Course fee: $265

Fee includes: 
• 6 evenings of instruction, plus one month of studio time following classes 
• clay and tools 
• glazing and firing during classes
 

Overview

Functional pottery made without the use of the wheel. The focus will be on slab forms with extruded attachments, but we will also touch on pinching and coiling techniques. Students are encouraged to use the studio for practice during their six weeks of instruction and four weeks of studio time. Typical handbuilding projects include platters with feet, rims and handles, bowls, vases, planters and more.

 

FIBRE ARTS

Making Lumps, Bumps and Textures with Abandon with Master Spinner Mary Lessman ~ February 24th & 25th

Boucle’, beehives, core spun with curls, slubs and eyelashes are all types of novelty yarns. Come and learn how to make these and more, the yarns that make your knitting and weaving unique. Novelty yarns can be fine or bulky, designed as a singles or in the ply. Set your creative muse free and go home with a new appreciation for what you can do with fiber.

Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm - bring a lunch, beverages supplied.

Place: Prince George Fibre Arts Guild Room, upstairs at 2880 – 15th Avenue

Fee: $300 members or $325 non-members - includes materials

To register or for more information please contact Birthe at 250-964-6454 or birthe_miller@telus.net. Deposit of $50 by the January 16th, balance at the workshop. Billeting may be available for out of town students.

Looking at Twills Workshop with Laura Fry ~ April 7th & 8th

This round robin workshop (weavers will move from loom to loom to try the different threadings/warps) will take a close look at the weave structure we call 'twill'.  Participants will dress their loom (or get assistance to get it dressed) prior to the workshop.

Laura will accept 'new' weavers if they have at least taken Janet Dawson's on-line Craftsy class to familiarize themselves with some of the language of weaving.  Local 'new' weavers should attend several drop ins prior to the workshop to get hints and tips and try their hand at the demo loom(s) in the guild room.  This is not a 'beginning' to weave class but will be geared towards helping those who know at least a little bit about weaving to move on to the next steps.

Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm - bring a lunch, beverages supplied.

Place: Prince George Fibre Arts Guild Room, upstairs at 2880 – 15th Avenue

Fee: $200 members or $250 non-members (includes Guild membership) - materials supplied

To register or for more information please contact Birthe at 250-964-6454 or birthe_miller@telus.net. Deposit of $50 by the February 20th, balance at the workshop. Billeting may be available for out of town students.

2019 Association of Northwest Weavers’ Guilds Conference ~ June 11th to 16th, 2019

Hosted by the Prince George Fibre Arts Guild