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.


Intro to Oil Pastel Workshop | Beginner Friendly

Instructor: Zyanya Bárbara Juárez Arellano | Included: 3 hours of instructions and supplies

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

Workshop Description:

Oil Pastels are adored by many Artists and Hobbyists for their radiant vibrancy, accessibility and their soft velvety texture.

Pastels are perfect for creating quick sketches, full pieces of artwork and are also a wonderful medium to use in any mixed media project. Oil Pastels are truly a unique medium, and therefore can take some practice to learn how to work with them.

This workshop is a great opportunity to learn the basic skills needed to work with oil pastels - in a low pressure environment. Our studio provides a friendly and supportive atmosphere, so that people from all walks of life can experience the joy of art and creativity.

This workshop begins with covering the very basics to get your feeling comfortable using the materials. Following this you will learn some basic color theory, which leads into some fun skill building exercises, with accompanying practice sheets. These will help you learn a good range of beginner friendly techniques to pastel painting.

What you can expect to learn during this workshop:

- Techniques: Heavy pressure blending, light pressure blending, scumbling, sgraffito, stippling, color mixing and a solvent blending technique.

- Tips & tricks to working with oil pastels

During the last hour of this workshop you will focus on creating a beautiful pastel painting. A template will also be provided for those who wish to use it, to help ease the process.

With friendly guidance, Zyanya will walk you through the steps to putting the skills that you developed throughout the earlier portion of this workshop - to good use. Participants will leave with their finished artwork and have gained a solid understanding of the basic techniques to working with this beautiful medium.

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Fearless Art Workshop | Beginner Friendly

Instructor: Jennifer Miller | Includes: 2 hours of instructions & supplies

Age Group: Adults


Workshop Description:

At Sparkles n' Sawdust Studio we believe that art is for everyone! However, for many people a blank page or canvas can feel intimidating. If you are looking for an opportunity to concur your creative fears - then this workshops if for YOU! This is also the perfect chance to jump start your creativity, if you are experiencing an artistic block.

This workshop begins with a few warm-up exercises to help you ease into the creative process. With Jennifer's friendly guidance, you will learn some beginner friendly techniques to creating abstract art with the use of acrylic paint as our medium.

Abstract art is a very approachable style of art, because with a little imagination and an open mind - the possibilities are truly endless. To help ease this process, you learn how to set an intention for your art to allow your creativity to flow naturally and develop organically.

When we allow ourselves to create without the pressure of results and instead focus on the process - it opens up the door for endless fun, flexibility and self expression; that people from all walks of life can enjoy. If you are looking for a safe space to explore, create and discover your creative potential then get ready to be FEARLESS together!

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Acrylic Inkblot Workshop | Beginner Friendly

Instructor: Jennifer Miller | included: 2 hours of instruction & supplies

Age Group: Adults

Workshop Description:


Let your imagination run wild during this fun inkblot workshop! Learn all about acrylic inks and how to use them to create beautiful artwork. 


This workshop was inspired by the Rorschach test ,which is a psychological test that has been used for centuries to analyze one's personality. These mysterious images are said to draw out the workings of a person's mind. However, there is some debate over how useful or accurate these tests can be, but what is most undisputed is that there is something strikingly beautiful and almost mystical about these images. Don't worry you won't be analyzed during this class and only YOU will be able to interpret your ink blot. You might even be surprised by what your artwork can reveal.


The best part of this workshop is that you don't need to be artistic to enjoy the experience. This is an opportunity to unleash some creativity in a low pressure and supportive environment. 


Following the creative making part of this workshop, your Instructor will provide you with a few questions for you to quietly ask yourself, to see if your ink blot holds any particular meaning for you. Please keep in mind that this activity is just for fun and you won't be expected to share your feelings.


Boho Painted Tapestry Workshop | Beginner Friendly

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

Age Group: Adults (Anyone under 18 must have adult accompaniment)

Workshop Description:

Join Sparkles n' Sawdust Founder, Jacquelyn for a fun filled evening of creative bliss! Get swept away in the joy of painting, while you are gently guided through the steps to creating your own wall tapestry.

Who is this workshop for? Those who love bright colors, nature and whimsical designs!

During this workshop we will be working with acrylic paints as our medium and no painting experience is needed to participate - just the willingness to learn.

Tapestry size | Approx. 12" x 10"

You will learn how to:

  • Prime your cotton canvas fabric

  • Mix and add beautiful layers of color

  • Paint whimsical patterns & shapes to make a beautiful bohemian inspired design

  • Attach a wooden dowel and cord to your tapestry so that it is ready to hang

At the end of this workshop, participants will leave this event with their finished tapestry to proudly hang in their home. Art aprons will be provided however, please wear something that you don't mind getting paint on - just in case! Blow dryers are provided for your use, so that no-one has to leave with wet paint.

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Intro to Colour Theory for Art Workshop | Beginner Friendly

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

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

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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Pressed Flower Luminaire Workshop | Beginner Friendly
Instructor: Alan Pippy | Includes: 2 hours of instructions & 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)


Enchanted Fairy Lantern Workshop | Beginner Friendly

Instructor: Jacquelyn Miccolis | included: 2 hours of instructions & 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 step-by-step 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.