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The Ottawa School of Art – Downtown Campus is pleased to offer an exciting selection of intensive workshops for adults this summer with the theme “Try something different!!” The workshops focus on providing students with new and unique approaches to familiar media that will expand their horizons of self-expression and creativity. The courses range from a Creature Workshop to traditional Japanese woodcut techniques (Mokuhanga) with a variety of other courses in between. Each workshop is taught by artists who are active practitioners of these techniques and students will have a rare opportunity to work with these artists to gain a better understanding of them as well as beginning to master the techniques involved. Please check out this dynamic selection of courses and try something new and different this summer!

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S17DAA1 | Creature Workshop: Prosthetic Special Effects
Special effects prosthetic appliance creation is an exciting and extremely creative workshop. The methods taught in this course are the same as those currently used in the movie industry. In this course the students will make a silicone Body Double face mold or part body mold, which will become the basic mold for their prosthetic FX. Students can then cast a plaster master and sculpt any creation they want on their personal face or body cast master. From the sculpted artwork we will then make a second mold and then create full colour durable silicone FX prosthetic appliances.

Instructor: Dave Clendining
Fee: $450.00
Monday to Friday, 9 H – 16 H
July 10 to 14

S17DAA2 | Electric Etching Workshop
The health and safety hazards of traditional etching techniques have posed problems for artists for many years. Etching metal with water and electricity offers a new and exciting way to work copper plates. Electro-etching is not only exciting and effective it is safe and environmentally responsible.

The workshop will offer students an overview of the electro-etching process as well as a step-by-step, hands on experience with the technique. Basic equipment, materials and safety issues will also be discussed. Students will develop and print a small etching plate using this exciting new and safe technique!

Instructor: Karen Cornelius
Fee: $240.00
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9 H – 16 H
July 14, 15 & 16

S17DAA3 | Intro to Mokuhanga
At the onset of this 3-day mokuhanga workshop, participants will make a two-color print from prepared blocks using; water-based pigments, kento registration, and pressing with a baren – all hallmarks of this Japanese woodblock printmaking process dating back to the 17th century. We will then move into designing, carving and printing our own designs with thorough demonstrations of each step along the way.

Instructor: Mary Brodbeck
Fee: $310.00
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9 H – 16 H
August 11, 12 & 13


S17DAA4: Plastic Plate Lithography (Polyester Plate Lithography Workshop)
Polyester plates have made it possible to make lithographic images without the use of stones or even a press. Polyester plate images can be created with a wide variety of materials and techniques, from pencils, ballpoint pens, Sharpies, china markers and India ink to laser toner and photographic images, using 4 colour separation, and are extremely inexpensive. We will explore a range of techniques using polyester plates, from drawn and painted images, multiple plate images and photo lithography. Images will also be printed using both presses and hand-burnishing. This workshop is designed from students who have an intermediate or advanced knowledge of printmaking.

Instructor: Villia Jefremovas
Fee: $270.00
Monday to Friday, 9 H – 16 H
August 21 to 25

S17DAA5: Chemigrams: Experimental Photography
Imagine creating strikingly bold silver gelatin prints without the use of a camera and without an enlarger. In this two-day workshop, you will use a combination of painting, photography and alchemy to create one of a kind pieces of art. This unique process involves the use of resists on photographic paper which holds back the chemical effects of developer and fixer on black and white silver gelatin paper.

Instructor: Angelina McCormick
Fee: $160.00
Saturday and Sunday, 9 H – 16 H
July 22 & 23

S17D6: Anthotypes: Making Photographs using plants
An Anthotype is an environmentally friendly process of making photographic prints using nothing other than natures’ own colour pigments from flower petals, berries, plants, vegetables and even spices. Participant will learn create their own emulsion using a mortar and pestle.

Instructor: Angelina McCormick
Fee: $175
Saturday & Sunday, 8 h – 17 h
August 19 & 20

S17DAA7: Creating Photo Artwork on the Watershed
Join Harry Nowell as he leads a photo/art adventure following in the footsteps of his “Watershed” project following Chelsea Creek through Gatineau Park and Chelsea.

On the first evening Harry will briefly discuss his long-term project including inspiration, process, and equipment used. Harry follows a learner led teaching style and will allow students to help set the direction of discussion. Harry will introduce students to different areas of the Watershed project and guide participants to stretch their artistic practice, whether artistically or technically.

Instructor: Harry Nowell
Fee: $300.00
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
August 11, 12, & 13


S17DAA8 | Making a Tintype – Wetplate Collodion Photography
In this hands-on workshop you will learn how to make “direct positive” tintypes from start to finish, each plate is a one-of-a-kind positive image exposed directly in camera on blackened metal. These timeless photographs use silver and light to develop a superior image with a surreal quality that will literally last for generations.

You will learn the chemistry and techniques to pour, expose, develop and varnish your own plates. Each student can expect to shoot 3-4 of your own tintypes using converted vintage cameras.

Instructor: Paul Elter
Fee: $400
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
July 13, 14, 15 & 16

To register please visit:

Membership Fee ($30.00 + HST) is waived for out of town registrations

Ottawa School of Art
35, rue George Street
ByWard Market
Ottawa, ON K1N 8W5

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