Learn new skills in the Applied Arts, Literary Arts, Media Arts, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Professional Development and more. This program promotes artisan workshops for locals and visitors, in studios and community venues throughout Salt Spring Island.
April 2013–April 2014 Workshops
The current brochure is available at the Tourist Information Centre, local Bed & Breakfasts and on BC Ferries.
Workshops on the Rock is a continuous education program. Each brochure only includes workshops submitted by publication date. See below for full workshop listings, details and facilitator bios.
Sculptural Potential of Basketry Techniques
Explore the sculptural potential of basketry with a focus on stake and strand weaving and random weaving.
Small Scale Basketry Techniques
Explore twining, looping and knotting, three basketry techniques well suited to small scale work.
Basketry Using Natural Materials of the Pacific Northwest
Learn about the natural materials of the Pacific Northwest using a wide variety of weaving patterns and techniques.
Clay Exploration: Form & Surface Decoration
Creative Wheel and hand-building skills coupled with altering and surface decoration.
Introduction to Glass Bead Making and Lampworking
Learn the ancient arts of hot glass sculpture and bead making!
Ring or Chain Making
Gain a basic understanding of construction and fabrication techniques in gold and silver jewellery.
Introductory Fibre Arts Classes:
Learn how to make quilts.
Learn how to spin—from fleece to yarn.
Learn how to weave—from yarn to placemats or shawl.
Learn cable or lace knitting.
Dyeing for Textile Arts: An Introduction
Learn how to dye fabrics and fibres using acid and natural dyes.
Introduction to Appliqué
Introduction to Irish Chain Quilting
Adventures with Colour and Fibre: SAORI Freestyle Weaving Discover the SAORI weaving philosophy and techniques. Try some of the endless possibilities of this approach to weaving.
3-D Nuno Felted Scarf
Create a one-of-a-kind work of wearable art with 3-dimensional texture using soft merino wool, silk fabric and yarns.
Hand-paint a Nuno Watercolour
Add another dimension of beauty to your nuno felted piece by hand-painting with dyes.
A Well Suited Purse by Rumah Kampung Village House
Learn to make a wristlet purse by upcycling a jacket sleeve cuff and a necktie.
Enchanting Nuno Felt Wraps
Explore colour, texture and design in Nuno felting by creating an enchanting scarf/shawl in merino wool and silk chiffon.
Nuno Felted One Piece Vest
Take your felt making enthusiasm to the next level and create your own unique vest.
Felt Hats: Whimsical and Practical
Have fun creating a unique, warm and whimsical hat with a flat resist felt technique.
Stitches Fibre Art Supplies
Art Quilting & Knitting Retreats
Learn new techniques with the highest level of instruction from our internationally recognized teachers.
Editing Workshop… For Writers Too
Explore the publishing process from manuscript to publication. Learn to become a professional or self-editor, or work with one.
Wendy Judith Cutler
Women Writing Memoir: Writing Our Lives
Experience writing through memoir, storytelling and personal narrative.
Women Writing Memoir: For Wise Women
Experience writing through memoir, storytelling and personal narrative.
A Day of Women Writing Together
An afternoon of writing, listening and sharing stories.
Journaling & Journeying Through Transitions
Journaling for women in the midst of change.
Journaling for Self-Care
Explore journaling and life-coaching for self-care, strengthening inner resources.
Circles of Discovery: Writing with the Labyrinth
Walk the labyrinth at St Mary’s Lake and discover gateways into deeper creativity and well-being.
Creativity, Play & Possibilities: An Inspiring Weekend Retreat for Women
Awaken your spontaneity and discover your power to create with words in a two-day retreat.
A Year to Love: A Journey of Creative Discovery for Women
Take a 12-month transformational journey and discover your power to create.
Costume Design for the Stage
Learn how to create costume designs, collaborate with a director and develop your ideas through drawing and painting.
Telling Your own Story: The Illustrated Journal
Learn how to combine pictures and words to tell stories from your own life.
Creative By Nature Art Boost
Gain confidence in drawing and water-media painting, deepen your engagement with nature and renew your creative energy.
Art Happens! Art Camps
Art from Recycled and Found Objects
Creative fun with used materials for kids aged 9–12.
Silk Screen Printing on T–Shirts
Create and print your own designs. For kids aged 9–12.
Draw, Paint, Collage & Sketchbook
Fun with pastels, paints and collage. For kids aged 9–12.
Journeys to Abstraction
Discover the real meaning of abstraction and learn how to venture beyond appearance to express the essence.
Creating with Colour
Learn all about colour, what it is and how to use it in composition–without mixing mud!
Composition & Critique
Learn the elements and princiles of composition and gain the skills you need to recognize and resolve compositional problems.
Embark on an iconic journey–through the sacred, profane and personal—to an artful end in a group exhibition.
Visual Arts–Painting & Drawing
8 Week Drawing Class
Learn to draw the still life, landscape and human form using a variety of techniques and media.
3 Day Painting Workshop
Develop your skills and vision in oil or acrylic paint, incorporating found materials.
Drawing Studies in Charcoal
Working from life and photographic reference, learn the fundamentals of drawing and mark-making.
Explore mark-making using a wide variety of media and discover your unique signature.
Painting Outside the Lines: Exploring Techniques of Abstract Painting
Experiment with unusual tools for acrylic paint application and wet & dry techniques on a variety of surfaces.
Oil Painting 101 – Bootcamp!
A beginner’s guide to working with the materials and fundamentals of oil painting.
Basic Photographic Composition
Learn how focal length, aperture and shutter speeds are used to create the images you want to make.
Extending your Photographic Vision
Explore your camera’s capabilities, natural and artificial lighting, and the use of Photoshop to enhance your creative vision.
The Composite Eye
Explore how your perceptions define your interactions with the camera and thus the images you make.
Beyond the Photograph: Alternative Techniques Workshops
Take your photographs one step further, or follow them into the world of alternative techniques.
Portfolio Review for Theatre Designers
For designers and students who would like to improve the quality and presentation of their work.
Documenting Your Art: For Artists
Learn how to document your 2 dimensional work for websites, portfolios, and other promotional material.
How to Photograph Your Art
Learn how to use light sources and backgrounds, and control exposure and contrast for a variety of end uses.
Embark on a creative journey to business prosperity in harmony with your self, your community and nature.
The Art of Relaxation
Learn techniques to decrease stress and increase the innate relaxation response for improved health.
Bones for Life®
Learn safe, effective movement strategies to build strong, resilient bones and healthy joints.
Walk for Life®
Learn a dynamic, lively, pleasurable, healthy walk resulting in improved fluidity of movement.
Sounder Sleep System®
Learn gentle effective movement and breathing techniques to relax your body, calm your mind, and lull yourself to sleep.
Heart Space Healing: Reiki Levels 1 & 2
Immerse yourself in the amazing world of energy healing using the Usui Reiki System of Natural Healing.
Jacqueline Sutton & Leslie Ross
Window to the Soul: A Personal Encounter with Yourself Through Connection to Horses: for Women
Come and experience a deeper connection to yourself through gentle exercises with horses.
Debby Wetmore & Nancy Wood
Evolving the Art of Being
Do you sense a world of creative potential not available to you? Dive into your centre and release your vital energy.
Savita Leah Young
Natural Wellness with Ayurveda: An Introductory Class
Discover natural ways to find physical, emotional and mental balance through application of this ancient system.
Healing the Healer: An Intimate Retreat for Body Workers
Immerse yourslf in a five-day retreat of yoga and cleansing, including education and healing with ayurveda therapies.
Cooking with Ayurveda
Explore the dietary facet of the ancient science of Ayurveda, preparing and sharing an Ayurvedic meal.
Share Your Skills
Are you a visual, literary, performing, media artist or artisan? Have you got skills to share? Join the Workshops on the Rock program as an Instructor and the Arts Council will help you promote your workshop! For more information, or to apply, download the files at the top of this page.