All art courses and workshops are virtual only at this time.

The Assembly Hall uses Cisco Webex Meetings for online classes and workshops. A few days before the class start date, the Webex meeting invite containing instructions on how to join the class is sent.

Material Kits will only be available by curbside pick-up. Material fees are payable by cash at the time of pick-up.

For all online workshops where material kits are to be supplied, kits will be made available for curbside pick-up at the Assembly Hall, located at 1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive. Multiple dates and times will be offered and will be confirmed in advance of each workshop date.

In this five-part course, Marjan Verstappen will explain how to prepare, and how to work with acrylic, oil, gouache, ink and colored pencils, as well as the best way to combine all these techniques in a natural way. Perfect for beginners or experienced artists looking to refresh their techniques, Marjan will tell you some of her best-kept secrets when it comes to creating and combining all these materials. Never fear the dreaded blank space – learn the perfect recipe to create gorgeous backgrounds for more complex paintings!

Get messy with paints, inks, paper, pastels, and any supplies you already have! Gritty and luminous plaster, delicate lace and fibre, beautiful encaustic wax or translucent acrylic medium. A list of required materials will be provided.

Instructor: Marjan Verstappen

Dates and times:

  • May 10, 6 – 9 p.m.
  • May 17, 6 – 9 p.m.
  • May 24, 6 – 9 p.m.
  • May 31, 6 – 9 p.m.
  • June 7, 6 – 9 p.m.

Registration: Register online at using barcode 3811294.

Fee: $100 (five-week program)

Want to try your hand at photography, but don’t know where to start? Join photographer Sharon Mendonca, as she guides you through the essential features including exposure, aperture, shutter speed and ISO, to begin capturing stunning images.

In this workshop, you will learn how to properly set these features and learn some great tips and tricks to begin taking fabulous outdoor photos. This workshop is good for beginners and is a good stepping stone to the outdoor photography workshops coming up this summer. Any DSLR, point & shoot and/or phone camera can be used for this workshop.

Instructor: Sharon Mendonca

Date and time:

  • May 22, 1 – 3:30 p.m.

Registration: Register online at using barcode 3825059

Fee: $35

Made of carefully carved bone and ceramic beads, hair bone pipe beads have been a part of Indigenous culture for thousands of years. Tubed-shaped beads, often tapered at both ends, were used as decorative elements by Indigenous people of North America. These beads were used for ceremonial dress, chokers, bracelets and chest plates.

Today, many people enjoy beautifully crafted bracelets and chokers as part of their everyday accessories. In this workshop you will discover the technique of combining hair bone pipe beads, ceramic beads and deer hide to create beautiful custom bracelets.

Instructor: Jennifer Town (Memengwaas Kwe)

Date and time:

  • May 16, 1 – 4 p.m.

Registration: Register online at using barcode 3825060

Fee: $40/family (one adult and one child), additional materials fee of $15 applies.

Porcupine quills were used by Indigenous people of the Great Lakes area as decorating materials long before the introduction of seed beads by the European traders. This seemed to be true wherever porcupines were found in the wooded areas of the northern continent.

Quills were dyed colours with natural dyes, used in their round state, or flattened and used as a platting material. In this workshop, you will learn the beautiful versatility of the quills and create beautiful custom earrings

Instructor: Jennifer Town (Memengwaas Kwe)

Date & Time:

  • June 6, 1 – 4 p.m.

Registration: Register online at using barcode 3816195

Fee: $40, additional materials fee of $10 applies.

Workshop Cancellation

  • Due to low enrolment by The Assembly Hall: 100 per cent refund or account credit.
  • Missed classes on the part of the student: make-up classes or account credits will not be provided.
  • Due to instructor emergencies/illness: make-up class provided. If a make-up class is provided, no refunds or account credits will be issued.

Please note, if a make-up class is provided, refunds or credits will not be provided.

Withdrawals, Refunds and Credits

All registration cancellations/withdrawals must be initiated in writing prior to the start of the workshop’s second class. No refunds or credits will be considered after this date. Withdrawals will be prorated based on the date of the withdrawal, not based on attendance in the program. A $12 administration fee will be deducted per person, per workshop for all refunds, withdrawals and credits.


Materials are not included in adult course fees unless stipulated in the program description. Please inquire at the Assembly Hall Office or with your instructor for supply lists.