$66 +Tax/hour

Painting Classes

Folk Art Painting Workshop | LVL: 1 - Beginner friendly

During this workshop participants will dive in the enchanting world of folk art, with a touch of whimsy. This style of art has become well known locally, because of Nova Scotia's beloved artist, Maud Lewis. Her colorful and cheerful folk artwork has become a cherished staple of our province. If you are interested in learning more about her work, there is a beautiful exhibit that can be viewed at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Folk art is a fun and playful style of art that is typically inspired by nature, culture, animals, folklore, mythology and consists of vibrant colors and whimsical patterns. Unlike other styles of art there are no rules of requirements when creating and therefore this is a great choice for beginners looking to get started in painting.

We will explore various styles of folk art and patterns, while touching briefly upon the history of this unique style of art. Participants will use a wooden panel to paint on, using acrylics to create their own masterpiece.

Moon Goddess Watercolor Workshop | LVL 1 - Beginning friendly

Instructor: Jacquelyn Miccolis | Included: 2 hrs of instruction & supplies


The moon is associated with divine feminine energy in many tribal societies. During this workshop, embrace your inner moon goddess, while creating beautiful artwork. Learn how to create various moon phases using watercolors and experiment with different salts to create a beautiful surface-of-the-moon effect.

Palette Knife Painting - LVL 1 : Beginner friendly

Instructor: Jacquelyn Miccolis | Included: 2.5 hrs of instruction & supplies


During this workshop you will learn how to paint a beautiful design, using acrylic painta and a palette knife.

A great way to add impact to a painting is to use a palette knife, to create layers of textured color. With a palette knife you can create effects that aren't possible with a paint brush. During this workshop you will be guided through the steps, one at a time and create your own mesmerizing masterpiece to take home with you.

Learn how to:

  • Use a palette knife

  • Create thin lines using the edge

  • Scraping Method

  • Dragging/Blending Technique

  • Multicolored Palette Paint Strokes

Botanical Watercolor & Doodle Workshop | LVL I - Beginner 
Instructor: Jacquelyn Miccolis | Includes: 2 hours of instruction & supplies

During this class, we will create a beautiful combination of simple doodles & loose watercolor washes to create gorgeous botanical & floral illustrations.

Dive into the beautiful world of botanical watercolor painting in this beginner workshop. Learn some basic techniques for painting in watercolor, while discovering the unique properties of this medium. 

Create a beautiful botanical painting through guided step by step instruction. Participants will leave with their completed painting to proudly display in their home. 

Painting with Botanical Inks | LVL 1 - Beginner friendly

Instructor: Alan Pippy | Included: 2 hrs of instruction & supplies

Years before synthetic dyes and pigments were available, simple but efficient inks were used in paintings from prehistoric civilizations. These natural colors could be mineral in origin or from plant extracts.

The process of turning plants into print can help you reconnect with nature, find a creative outlet and develop a mindful sense of presence. It also promotes an awareness of sustainable practices and how to reduce our impact on the planet.

During this workshop you will learn about the beauty of creating natural dyes using botanicals. This knowledge can be applied to create your own dyes in the comfort of your own kitchen (instruction sheet included in this workshop).

This workshop focuses primarily on painting, with already made botanical inks. Enjoy the magic of experiment with different inks, with guided instruction in this fun hands-on (zero contact) workshop

DIY Gold Leaf Agate Painting | LVL 1: Beginner friendly
Instructor: Jacquelyn Miccolis | 1.5 hr of instruction & supplies


During this workshop we will creative a beautiful agate painting using watercolors and adding some definition by applying gold leaf. Enjoy an evening of fun & relaxation, while you enjoy the therapeutic benefits of art and creativity! Create a beautiful painting to take home with you and display in your home!

Learn how to:

Prepare a canvas for watercolor painting

Paint with watercolors using various techniques

Apply gold leaf properly to add detailing to your painting

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Hours of operation

Open during scheduled workshops & private events

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Sparkles n' Sawdust Studio

1574 Argyle Street, Suite 4 

Halifax, NS B3J 2B3

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