Artists In Residence

Muskoka Chautauqua offers daily, hands-on workshops with professional artists for kids & adults at Clevelands House resort and The ‘New’ Baldwins Resort on the shores of Lake Rosseau.

Summer 2019 Artists in Residence Program

This summer, Muskoka Chautauqua is offering Artists in Residence programs at two local resorts, Clevelands House in Minett and The ‘New’ Baldwins Resort in Windermere.

Art Workshops run daily, Monday to Friday, from 1:00 pm–3:00 pm. They are free for resort guests, and by donation for the general public. Thursdays are FREE for local students. Weekly Art Parties take place from 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Wednesdays at Cleves and Fridays at the Baldwins. Tickets are donation and can be purchased via Eventbrite.

Clevelands House Schedule

Week 1: July 1–5

Artist: Brittany Johnston

Bio:

Brittany Johnston is a 22 year old graphic design student, photographer, and artist from Hillsdale, Ontario. She started her artistic journey with the well known Canadian landscape artist, A.W. Bruce Sherman of the Paint Box Gallery. He taught her in oil paints but over the years she has developed her skills more towards watercolor painting and graphics.

She will be leading watercolour painting workshops at Clevelands House from July 1- July 5.

Workshop description:

Monday: Leaf pressing with Watercolours – This workshop is perfect for getting in touch with the nature of Muskoka. Brittany will be giving a short demonstration on basic wet on wet watercolour techniques that will be used in the lesson, as well as a demonstration on how to use watercolour resistant. Afterwards participants will be going for a short walk to collect their own leaves from outside to be used in their painting. At the end of the lesson, everyone should have a one of a kind nature inspired watercolour painting!

Tuesday: Safari Sunset Silhouette Painting – In this workshop Brittany will have participants follow along with me to create a sunset watercolour painting with various safari animal silhouettes.

Wednesday (Art Party) : Shaving Cream Marbled Paper & Origami Butterflies – Create your own marbled paper using liquid watercolours and shaving cream! This hands on craft is perfect for all ages that love to get a little messy when creating their art. Once you create the paper, you can keep it as is, turn it into a greeting card, or create a beautiful origami butterfly to hang and enjoy.

Thursday: Customized Bookmarks – This workshop will be covering how to make your own watercolour painted bookmarks.

Friday: Monster Trading Cards – Fridays workshop will be all about freedom of creativity and a wild imagination. Participants will be creating their own monster trading cards to keep or share. This will include a lesson on basic watercolour techniques that can be used, as well as decorations (googly eyes and glitter).

Week 2: July 8–12

Artist: Sabina Rock

Bio: 

Sabina Rock is a young up-and coming artist who has recently completed a BFA.  Classically trained, she works with various media to depict monern nature scenes filtered through a surrealist lens, described as ‘only just askew’.  She combines various elements to heighten the sensory experience of her works, drawing the viewer down into the rabbit hole she creates.  

Much of her time is spent teaching painting to beginners of all ages and abilities.  Partnered with R.I.S.E she holds a monthly nonprofit painting class which raises funds for the organization.

Workshop description: Visual & Fibre Arts

 

Week 3: July 15–19

Artist: Christine Hume

Bio:

Christine Hume took art courses during University and has a diploma in Commercial Art & Advertising from Algonquin College. After more than 30 years in a marketing and advertising career, she is now enjoying doing mosaic art and exploring what else “life after work” has to offer.

Christine’s creative journey with glass started in the 1980’s – taking a stained-glass course with her Mom. A small glass mandala created by her Mom is a reminder of this medium that comes to life when the light shines through!

In 2013 in Montreal, Christine stumbled upon Mosaikashop at the Italian Festival.  She has since taken several mosaic courses in Montreal, Brockville, Almonte and has travelled to Ravenna, Italy to take a workshop in the traditional mosaic method. In particular she loves to create grouted glass on glass mosaics, and also creates tile mosaics, mosaics on stone and mosaic ornaments. Her studio is in Almonte, Ontario.

Some of her mosaic work can be seen on Instagram @christinehumemosaics

Workshop description: Yellow Mosaic Arrow

Based on the Camino Arrows in northern Spain, Christine’s 2-hour workshop introduces participants to some basic mosaic art techniques. Participants will create their own yellow mosaic arrow on a prepared base using vitreous glass tiles (pre-cut) and selected elements from found mosaic materials (e.g. vintage jewellery; keys; buttons; beads; coins and many other bits and pieces). Participants are welcome to bring their own yellow bits and pieces to add to their mosaic arrow.

Week 4: July 22–27

Artist: Sue & Greg Hindle

Bio: 

Greg and Susan Hindle are back for their 12th year as artists in residence.

They are visual artists and graduates of the Ontario College of Art. Greg & Susan met during a year of off-campus study in Florence, Italy in 1976-77, which included drawing classes at the Accademia di Belle Arti and Renaissance art history at the British Institute of Florence. Greg has taught drawing and painting extensively, including over 25 years at OCAD. Together, they have led community mural projects and plein air workshops in Tuscany, the French River region of Ontario, and New York’s Hudson River Valley, and also with Muskoka Chautauqua for over 10 years!

Workshop description: Landscape Painting

Join Greg and Susan Hindle in capturing the beauty of the Muskoka landscape around the grounds of Cleveland’s House. Connect with nature as you interpret the landscape using materials provided. With individual guidance, beginning painters will be taken through a step-by-step process to create their own acrylic painting and more experienced painters may learn techniques to improve their painting skills in the outdoors.

Week 5: July 29–August 2

Artist: Sean-William Dawson

Bio: 

An educator, performer, painter, drawer, sculptor and overall keen observer of the world and its culture Sean-William Dawson is a brave soul who knows no boundary to his art. Sean lives and works between Beeton and Barrie, Ontario, and through his artwork has extensively spread his prowess far and wide across this great land. He has successfully made art a living by teaching, curating, and producing art in his own community and abroad. Sean has a travelling printing press and is returning for a fifth summer as an Artist in Residence.

Workshop description: 

Come experience silk screening with nationally exhibited artist Sean William Dawson. Get to know the ins and outs of one of the most internationally used print mediums. Art Party: silk screen your own custom t-shirt

Week 6: August 5–9

Artists: Melanie Siegel & Sabina Rock

Bio: 

Melanie Siegel is a three time Ontario Arts Council Grant recipient, and educator of over 700 students a year in the York Region District school board, private schools and guilds. She has exhibited her work internationally, and been published in art journals. 

Melanie’s artwork in textiles is formed by many elements, such as love of colour, texture, and the attractions of structures for containment, as vessels. The Canadian Landscape is also a primary focus. Colour is combined as preparations for tapestry weaving, the blending of many different strands of threads, wool, silk, rayon, and metallic threads. Free motion embroidery in metallic threads combine to add light and movement to her work. Examples of her personal and student work may be found here.

Workshop description: The Canadian Landscape in Felt Making

The Canadian Landscape is translated into a magical textile creation workshop. Participants will engage and produce a textile visual painting in wet felt making. Further Exploration in Embroidery will be provided as time permits. Visuals of the Group of Seven will be provided for inspiration.

Art Party – Participants will engage in a rolling felt method to create a friendship bracelet with colourful sheep’s wool and embroidery threats. 

The creation of felt making method that Melanie provides is non traditional, experimental, and fun. We explore what is possible in this fabulous medium. It is truly magical as there is no room for error. Everything always works out, and participants will be delighted with the outcome within a two hour time frame.

Week 7: August 12–16

Artists: Dianne Sonnenburg

Bio: 

Dianne Sonnenberg is an internationally recognized mosaic artist and experienced instructor based in Austin, Texas. She has been a part of the global mosaic community for over 13 years, and is a member of the Austin Mosaic Guild, The Society of American Mosaic Artists, Texas Society of Sculptors, and Associazione Culturale Clauiano Mosaics. Dianne is passionate about mosaic art, and loves teaching students of all levels. Her mosaics and sculptural works have won numerous awards, including Best Architectural Mosaic at the 2010 Mosaic Arts International Exhibit in Chicago, IL. Dianne is Artistic Director at The Austin School of Mosaic Art, a member of the faculty at The Contemporary Austin Art School, and is a sought-after instructor across the US and Canada.  Her warm and encouraging teaching style makes it easy for anyone to create beautiful works of mosaic art in her classes.

Examples of her work can be seen on her website, Facebook, and Instagram pages.

Workshop description: Sparkling Mosaic Suncatcher Art

Learn from international mosaic artist Dianne Sonnenberg in this fun and engaging Artist in Residence Session! Create a beautiful mosaic sun catcher to take home with you!

Dianne will teach you mosaic art techniques as you create a beautiful framed glass on glass mosaic. She will guide you through the entire process from start to finish. You will be amazed at how easy it can be to create a beautiful colourful work of art to enjoy for years to come. All materials are provided.

Be sure to stop by during the week to watch Dianne create a larger work of glass on glass mosaic art that will find a new home in the Muskoka region after it is completed.

For those who prefer to create something a little different, Dianne will offer the option to create lovely unique mosaic pendants or key rings. Materials and instruction will be available for an additional fee.

Week 8: August 19–23

Artists: Jennifer Murphy

Bio: 

Jennifer Murphy has successfully shown work in Brazil, Canada, and the US; recently she placed first in the Lloyd Gibson Juried Exhibition at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts, Sarnia, Ontario. Her landscapes are based on observation and memory, with a focus on mountains, water, and sky. She acknowledges the well-known Canadian musician, artist, poet, and author, Kenneth G. Mills, as the source of her inspiration. His statement, “An artist is usually a handyman in the service of Inspiration” is the foundation of her practice. Under his guidance she always includes a bird in her work.

Her training comes from six years of private study with artist and teacher, Greg Hindle. She has taken classes at The Art Students League, Toronto School of Art, and the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery. She has taught children and adults for over 20 years and is certified as a Professional Artist-Educator by The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She also holds a Master of Business Administration from Pace University.

Workshop description: 

Observation, color, design, discovery, expression, and play – these will be the focus of the workshops that artist in residence Jennifer Murphy will offer. Each day guests can choose to participate in a guided activity using paint or drawing media, or, for those who prefer to work independently, a variety of paint, drawing and collage materials will be provided. Each daily guided activity can be taken as a one-time experience. For guests who would like a more in-depth art experience, the activities will build progressively toward doing a ‘plein air’ painting at the end of the week. The activities are geared to children and adults. Families are encouraged to participate together; art making is a fun family activity!

Jennifer will also offer lessons to those who wish them. Contact her to schedule a time.   Please also speak to Jennifer if you are interested in seeing examples of her art.

Week 9: August 26–30

Artists: Sarah Locke

Bio:

Sarah Locke is a 26 year old artist, originating from Oakville, Ontario. From an early age, Sarah quickly identified herself through the arts, having grown up with both parents in the art art industry as trained sign writers. She attended Sheridan college for visual arts and illustration but as her father had, Sarah decided to follow her creativity into the film industry, working as a scenic artist and sign writer for film and television. Sarah has always associated the intrigue and beauty of nature into her own drawings, incorporating realism and abstract patterns through ink and acrylic painting. Sarah has also developed a love for calligraphy and sign lettering, that shes uses with her various pieces. She enjoys spending as much time as she can in nature, looking to see where it leads her next.

Workshop description: 

Being a nature lover, Sarah believes that we all should explore the beauty of being outdoors. She feels as though we are all talented artists, who need to be able to express ourselves and our own styles. In her workshops she will be incorporating her love of nature, bringing wood pieces, while teaching sign painting and gold leafing. Sarah looks forward to meeting you all and sharing her love of art with you all.

The New Baldwin’s Schedule

Week 2: July 8–12

Artist: Barbara Klunder

Bio:

Barbara Klunder has many years of teaching drawing, from the AGO to all art schools in Toronto and private lessons. She has won numerous awards and prizes for illustration and graphics, as well as exhibiting her work in galleries and museums across Canada.

Her work may be viewed in the ROM, the AGO, and the Textile Museum. Many other galleries and private collectors showcase Barbara Klunder’s works as well

Workshop description: Paper Cuts

Once you understand the dynamic of positive and negative spaces, you are on your way to creating your own paper-cuts. Starting with that simple exercise, we will be cutting out your designs on all kinds of paper, including the amazing Washi Japanese papers. Once you have this skill, you can build up papercuts with different layers and colours.

Bring different papers to experiment on. Also bring a sketchbook to work out a design, before you start on the better papers.

I will emphasize good design elements which will improve any one of your designs. Please feel free to look at my paper-cuts on Facebook, my website….barbaraklunder.com…..and Google. We will probably produce three to five papercuts in the week of the workshop.

Writers/Musicians: Ellen Denny (Playwright), Colleen Dauncey (Composer), & Akiva Romer-Segal (Lyricist)

Bio:

Colleen Dauncey & Akiva Romer-segel are a Toronto based songwriting team that has penned scores to many notable musicals. Ellen Denney is a writer and performer with two plays in development.

Workshop description: Join this trio of a playwright, a composer, and a lyricist for a week of various presentations and sharing sessions.

Week 3 & 4: July 15–28

Artist: Audrey Mah

Bio: 

Audrey Mah is a contemporary ceramist. She graduated from the University of Waterloo where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts. She continued her studies in ceramic design at the Ontario College of Art where she received a scholarship.

Her work has been sold in Canada, USA, and Mexico, and has been exhibited at the George Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art. Audrey has received numerous awards from the Ontario Arts Council, and has taught the sculpture program at the Art Gallery of Ontario, as well as the children and adult pottery classes at the Royal Ontario Museum. Currently, she instructs and develops programs at the Gardiner Museum and workshops at various Toronto District schools.

Audrey works regularly with children to create murals through VIBE Arts. She has also been teaching adult and children classes at the Avenue Road Arts School since 2005.

Workshop description: Ceramics

Over the two weeks, we will be creating a clay tile mural. 60” x 44 “.  The Mural will represent a map of the Village of Windermere.

Writers/Musicians (July 15-21): Fatuma Adar (Playwright & Composer) & Adam Sakiyama (Music Director)

Bio:

Fatuma Adar is a Somali-Canadian writer based in Toronto and is currently working on a musical called “Dixon Road”. Adam Sakiyama is a composer-music director specializing in new musical theatre development.

Workshop description: Join this duo of a playwright/composer, and a music director for a week of various presentations and sharing sessions.

Writers/Musicians (July 26-28): Barb Johnston (Composer) & Nick Green (Playwright)

Bio: 

Barb Johnston is a Dora nominated writer, director, and choreographer. Her newest full length musical co-written with Suzy Wilde (be kind, rewind) will be featured at this years Fringe Festival.

Nick Green is a Dora and Sterling Award winning playwright in Toronto. He is currently developing new work with the Stratford Festival through their seed program.

Workshop description: Join this duo of a playwright, and a writer/director/choreographer for a week of various presentations and sharing sessions.

Week 5: July 29–August 2

Artist: Sarah Ward

Bio: 

Nestled in the joys of her present moments, Sarah gives credit to her past for where she is today. Holding an upbringing in a small town in Ontario, as well as a life-long battle with Lyme disease under her belt, she accepts perspective from her experiences and is now able to allow herself to appreciate the ephemeral and transitory.  

She discovered a love for art, culture, and the world at a young age, which sparked a need to document the moments most important. Her interests in theatre, music and other forms of arts, have informed her love for visual and creative arts, for this purpose. 

Workshop description:

Every Bit of the Brush

This workshop will work on using a single paintbrush to explore technique and expression to create abstract, dreamy versions of movement in reality. 

Real World to Dream World

This workshop will walk the participant through pulling shapes and colours from real life moments to create abstract paintings to capture moments otherwise perhaps “uncapturable”.

Week 6: August 5–9

Artist: Sean William Dawson

Bio: 

An educator, performer, painter, drawer, sculptor and overall keen observer of the world and its culture Sean-William Dawson is a brave soul who knows no boundary to his art. Sean lives and works between Beeton and Barrie, Ontario, and through his artwork has extensively spread his prowess far and wide across this great land. He has successfully made art a living by teaching, curating, and producing art in his own community and abroad. Sean has a travelling printing press and is returning for a fifth summer as an Artist in Residence.

Workshop description: 

Come experience silk screening with nationally exhibited artist Sean William Dawson. Get to know the ins and outs of one of the most internationally used print mediums. Art Party: silk screen your own custom t-shirt

Week 7: August 12–16

Artist: Greg & Susan Hindle

Bio: 

Greg and Susan Hindle are back for their 12th year and second time this summer as artists in residence.

They are visual artists and graduates of the Ontario College of Art. Greg & Susan met during a year of off-campus study in Florence, Italy in 1976-77, which included drawing classes at the Accademia di Belle Arti and Renaissance art history at the British Institute of Florence. Greg has taught drawing and painting extensively, including over 25 years at OCAD. Together, they have led community mural projects and plein air workshops in Tuscany, the French River region of Ontario, and New York’s Hudson River Valley, and also with Muskoka Chautauqua for over 10 years!

Workshop description: Landscape Painting

Join Greg and Susan Hindle in capturing the beauty of the Muskoka landscape around the grounds of Cleveland’s House. Connect with nature as you interpret the landscape using materials provided. With individual guidance, beginning painters will be taken through a step-by-step process to create their own acrylic painting and more experienced painters may learn techniques to improve their painting skills in the outdoors. 

Writers/Musicians (August 10-17): Kevin Wong (Composer and Lyricist) & Ali Joy Richardson (Playwright)

Bio: 

Kevin Wong is a Toronto-based composer-lyricist, singer/musician, and dramaturg. Kevin is an Artistic Associate at the Musical Stage Company. His musical for teens, Drama 101 (with book writer and co-lyricist Steven Gallagher) is coming to Toronto Fringe 2019.

Ali Joy Richardson is a playwright, director, and producer. Ali’s recent work includes book-writing and directing One Deep Breath (Education Arts Canada), a trilogy of touring musicals about mental health for ages 9-12. She has co-created and produced four shows for the Toronto Fringe, including the interactive Andy Warhol Presents: Valerie and The Dinner Table (a series of theatrical dinner parties with live storytelling). Ali is originally from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. 

Workshop description: Join this duo of a composer/lyricist/musician and a playwright/director/producer for a week of various presentations and sharing sessions

Week 8: August 19–23

Artist: Sabina Rock

Bio: 

Sabina Rock is a young up-and coming artist who has recently completed a BFA.  Classically trained, she works with various media to depict monern nature scenes filtered through a surrealist lens, described as ‘only just askew’.  She combines various elements to heighten the sensory experience of her works, drawing the viewer down into the rabbit hole she creates.  

Much of her time is spent teaching painting to beginners of all ages and abilities.  Partnered with R.I.S.E she holds a monthly nonprofit painting class which raises funds for the organization.

Workshop description: Visual & Fibre Arts

 

Musicians (August 17-19): Toronto City Opera

Bio:

Toronto City Opera is passionately committed to opera for everyone. We give young professionals a chance to perform principal roles with coaching in musicianship and stagecraft. We give our amateur choristers inspiration and skills, so that they too can perform in a fully staged opera. And for our community we provide affordable access to this grand synthesis of music, drama, dance, and design to raise up the human spirit of everyone it touches.

 

Musicians (23): Mississauga Symphony Youth Orchestra

Bio: 

The Mississauga Symphony Youth Orchestra is an exciting division of the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra that offers music education and performance opportunities to young classical musicians in the G.T.A. 

Led by Music Director and Conductor, Maestro Denis Mastromonaco, the MSYO has quickly established itself as Mississauga’s foremost youth orchestra. The MSYO is divided into three ensembles: the Sinfonietta, an all-strings ensemble designed for musicians aged 8-11; the Philharmonic, an intermediate orchestra designed for musicians 12-17; and a full Symphony Orchestra designed for highly skilled young adults.

Week 9: August 26-30

Artist: N/A Baldwins Unavailable