Specialty Workshops

All workshops are for adults & beginner friendly unless otherwise indicated.
Please note that our workshop schedule changes both monthly and seasonally.
To view our calendar, click here.
 

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Intro to Colour Theory for Art Workshop | Beginner Friendly

Instructor: Erika Stonehouse | Includes: 2 hours of instruction & supplies

Age Group: Adults

Workshop Description:

Dive into the amazing world of colour with Nova Scotia Artist, Erika Stonehouse during a fun skill building workshop.

In art and design, colour allows us to create our own individuality and flare. Accurately combining colors, using the colour wheel, and understanding how colors relate to each other are critical skills for artists, designers and marketers.

During this workshop, participants will learn about light and colour and their definitions and relationship to each other. While working with Gouache paint, we will practice basic colour mixing and colour combinations. No experience is needed - just the willingness to learn!

In addition to this, Erika will walk you through the steps with ease to creating a basic color wheel. A professional artist colour wheel is provided for reference (in-studio use only).

You can expect to gain a deeper understanding about colour harmony and complimentary colors, so that you are able to see colours differently and understand how they work with respect to your art.

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Palette Knife Cupcake Decorating Workshop | Beginner Friendly
Instructor: Jacquelyn Miccolis | Includes: 2 hours of instruction & supplies

Age Group: Adults (anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult)

Workshop Description:
 

Join us for a unique cupcake decorating workshop at Sparkles n' Sawdust Studio - with an artistic twist! During this fun and deliciously workshop, Jacquelyn will provide friendly instructions, as you begin to build some beginner palette knife painting skills.

Following this you will learn how to create a beautiful customized color palette, using buttercream icing. Think of the cupcakes as your "canvas," as you learn how to create beautiful texture, designs and layers using a palette knife.
 

Never palette knife painted before? No sweat! Jacquelyn has taught countless newbies over the years and enjoys sharing her passion with others!
 

This beautiful painting technique is not only great for artists and hobbyists to learn, but it is also an excellent opportunity for bakers or cake decorators to level up their skills! This workshop was especially designed for beginners and is a great starting point to mastering this technique.
 

Participants will learn 3 different designs as they decorate three vanilla funfetti cupcakes. Funfetti is a buttery vanilla cupcake with sprinkles throughout the batter. Allergy warning: made with eggs. A pretty carrying box is provided to safely hold your cupcakes for on your way home.

What do you need to bring with you? Just your fabulous self! Cupcakes, aprons and supplies is all provided. However, we suggest wearing clothing that you don't mind getting messy!

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Pressed Flower Luminaire Workshop | Beginner Friendly
Instructor: Alan Pippy | Includes: 2 hours of instruction & supplies
Aged Group: Adults (anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult)


Workshop Description:

During this fun craft workshop, participants will learn how to make a pretty paper lantern using pressed flowers and leaves. This beautiful lantern can be easily hung or can sit it on a table - to add a lovely touch of bohemian style to your home.

Alan's peaceful personality will help you feel relaxed as he gently guides you through the steps to creating your very own lantern.  This whimsical décor piece will come to life by adding just a simple tea light, to create a enchanting and luminous glow. (battery operated tealight included)

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Charming Fairy Lantern Workshop | Beginner Friendly

Instructor: Jacquelyn Miccolis | included: 2 hours of instruction & supplies

Age Group: Adults (anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult)

Workshop Description:

Folklore faeries are spirits of nature - they embody the wild, mysterious and spiritual forces to be found in nature.

During this whimsical workshop, you will get swept away in the magic of creativity while, making a beautiful bamboo glass jar lantern. This is not a kids craft, as we have turned this child-like décor into an elegant and charming  conversation piece, that will add a dash of enchantment to your home!

Participants will be provided with everything that they need to make this beautiful craft, while receiving friendly guided instructions.

 

Supplies included, but not limited to: fairy silhouette, pearls, genuine quartz crystal, real dried flowers, faux berries, leaf garland, real dried moss and more! An LED Battery operated tealight is also provided.

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Gold Leaf Coaster Workshop | Beginner Friendly

Instructor: Jacquelyn Miccolis | Includes: 2 hours of instructions and supplies

Age Group: Adults (anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult)

Workshop Description:

Learn how to make your very own free-form gold leaf slate coaster set through friendly step-by-step instruction. Jacquelyn's warm personality will help you feel instantly relaxed, as you learn the ancient and contemporary craft of gold leafing!

 

This workshop is beginner friendly and therefore, no art or craft skills are required. Once you've learned this neat gilding process, you can continue to make endless décor pieces to gift or to display in your home.

Participants will complete a set of 4 coasters with a stylish gold leaf design. At the end of this workshop you will leave with your finished set to use and enjoy!

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This workshop is held once a year during April

Seed Balls & Garden Markers Workshop | Beginner Friendly
Instructor: Alan Pippy | Includes: 2 hours of instruction and supplies
Age Group: Adults (anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult)
 
Workshop Description:

Garden season is upon us and we want to help get you ready during this fun crafting workshop. Whether you a seasoned gardener or newbie it doesn't matter! Eco crafter Alan, will provide you with friendly instruction while he guides you through the steps to making your very own seed balls and garden marker set to take home.

During this workshop participants will make five different seed balls: 2 vegetables, 2 herbs and 1 wild flower. Following this you will make five beautiful glass gemstone garden markers that will be sealed to make them water proof. Each garden marker will accompany a corresponding seed ball.

Please note: We are not a licensed venue however, we have non-alcoholic beverages and local gourmet chocolate bars available for purchasing upon arrival. Also, we have a little gift boutique located within our studio, which is open exclusively during scheduled events.