Workshops

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* Please note physical distancing measures will be in effect.
Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided* 
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Festival organizers are excited to offer 5 workshops for the 2021 festival. Each workshop will be presented by a local artisan or artist well-known for their craft and teaching skills.

 

The workshops will be presented at the beautiful Eptek Culture Centre, located at 130 Heather Moyse Drive on the waterfront. Due to COVID-19 the workshops are restricted to 10 participants. Masks must be worn until seated.

 

Participants must pre-register for the workshops by emailing wyatt.programs@city.summerside.pe.ca or by calling 902-432-1298. It will be first come, first served. The workshop registration fee covers materials needed in the workshop.

 Water Mixed Media Workshop
Instructor: Sandi Komst 

Eptek Art & Culture Centre

130 Heather Moyse Dr, Summerside

Monday, July 19th, 1 pm to 4 pm
 

Cost: $50.00 per participant to cover supplies – open to 10 participants, ages 15 and up

This will be a la prima (all in one go) water media mixed workshop for all levels.

Workshop fee covers the images plus supplies for the workshop will be provided. The canvas will be 9 x 12. Sandi invites participants to bring any favourite brushes, pallet knives or mark making tools with them.

 

To register please email wyatt.programs@city.summerside.pe.ca

or call 902-432-1298.  

Instructor Biography

It was not until 1985 that Sandi decided to pursue her lifelong ambition to paint fulltime. She is primarily self-taught, but has studied with accomplished internationally known artists. She is a sought after instructor for workshops in acrylic, oil, and watercolour. Her compositions have been shown in many juried, group, and solo exhibitions for which she has won numerous awards. Her works are held in both private, and corporate collections throughout Canada, United States, Holland, Germany, and France. 

Mi'kmaq Basket Weaving Workshop
Instructor: Noella Moore

Eptek Art & Culture Centre

130 Heather Moyse Dr, Summerside

Monday, July 19th, 6 pm to 9 pm
 

Cost: $35.00 per participant to cover supplies – open to 10 participants ages 15 and over

Join Mi’kmaq artisan and artist, Noella Moore in the making of a traditional biscuit basket. As she instructs Ms. Moore will tell the cultural history of Mi’kmaq basket weaving, an art lost to her for many years and fortunately reclaimed. 

 

To register please email wyatt.programs@city.summerside.pe.ca

or call 902-432-1298. 

Instructor Biography

Noella Moore is a multi-media artist that can’t remember a time in life where her creative side was not making itself known. Her creativity first came out as a small child through her drawings. By the age of sixteen she had created her first oil painting. The Mi’kmaq artist recovered a part of her lost heritage in 2003 when she attended a basket weaving workshop offered by Mi’kmaq Elders. When her hands made contact with the wood and she began to bend and weave in the creative process of basket weaving it felt entirely natural and healing. Her very first basket was a difficult fancy comb basket requiring a high level of skill. She was no struggling beginner. Her hands contained the knowledge.

 

Moore continued to learn from the Elders and now teaches basket weaving. Moore says about teaching, “It feels so good to see people creating because of the skills I have taught them. I want to keep the knowledge going.”

The Art of Writing
Writing Workshop with Susan Rodgers

Eptek Art & Culture Centre

130 Heather Moyse Dr, Summerside

Tuesday, July 20th, 1 pm to 4 pm
 

Cost: $30.00 per participant to cover supplies – open to participants ages 18 and over

Part 1: How to Get Started
- How to plot a story or novel
- Outlines and beat sheets
- Back stories
- Character studies and prep
- How to make your dialogue sizzle
- Tips on standard book lengths (per genre) 
- Writing sprints, and how to make them work for you

 

Part 2: Bring Your Writing to the Next Level
- Inspiration; where to find it
- Writing styles
- Exercises to help refine your writing - Get In Close / Eavesdropping
- Using the five senses to bring your pages to life

- How to develop unique character voices

- What not to do - pitfalls and habits to avoid

 

To register please email wyatt.programs@city.summerside.pe.ca

or call 902-432-1298. 

Instructor Biography

 

Susan started her working career as a museum curator; now she is an award-winning writer and filmmaker - 'If you believe it, you can achieve it!'  After she became a Finalist in the Atlantic Writing Awards (for unpublished manuscripts), she started writing novels - her Drifters Series (A Song For Josh) expanded to fifteen books, and has been optioned for television.  She is currently writing the fourth book in The Dallas White Series and is in post-production on Then Sings My Soul, a short documentary for the NFB, She has completed the first draft of two new feature screenplays, Like A Song and Kristian's Cross.

 

Susan lives with her partner, Steve, and often travels to Vancouver to visit her son Christopher and his family.

The Art of Jewellery Creation 
Instructor: Paula Finkle

Eptek Art & Culture Centre

130 Heather Moyse Dr, Summerside

Tuesday, July 20, 6 pm to 9 pm
 

Cost: $30.00 to cover supplies  - open to participants ages 15 and over

This workshop will provide an introduction to the basics of jewellery making. Paula will demonstrate techniques using beading wire, crimp beads, head pins, and beading tools. It is a workshop such as this that started Paula down her path of creating jewelry. Participants will have an opportunity to choose their beads and create a beautiful bracelet and pair of earrings.

 

There is likely to be laughter, fun, and a lot of pride over unique creations!

 

To register please email wyatt.programs@city.summerside.pe.ca or call 902-432-1298

Instructor Biography

Paula Finkle, who grew up in the nearby community of Miscouche, is a Social Worker by profession. For the past 15 years she has been beading after discovering creating jewelry and playing with beads is a wonderful outlet and form of self-care.  Paula has earned commercial success with her jewellery and loves sharing her passion and skill with interested persons. She has been a street demonstration artist in the Summerside Arts Festival for many years. There is always a crowd around her table as Paula shares her love of the art.

 

Paula and her husband, Jules, have just recently fulfilled their dream of living in a house by the sea. Her 2 beautiful daughters have provided 3 wonderful grandchildren. Life is good.

A Visit to the Animal Kingdom: Felting Workshop
Instructor Vivian Aho

Eptek Art & Culture Centre

130 Heather Moyse Dr, Summerside

Wednesday, July 21, 1 pm to 4 pm
 

Cost: $45.00  - open to participants ages 15 and over

Through the art of felting and instruction from Vivian, participants will make an animal of their choice. The only limitation will be the participant’s imagination!

 

 

 

To register please email wyatt.programs@city.summerside.pe.ca or call 902-432-1298

Instructor Biography

Vivian moved to PEI in 1972.  She holds a degree in Education from the University of Maine and is also an alumna of Holland College School of Visual Arts. She started out as a fibre artist and cycled back to the world of 3D fibre with a new found love of needle felting. One of her favourite smells in the whole wide world is wool with natural lanolin in it. Vivian’s work can currently be seen at the Eptek Gift Shop. She is an active member of the Summerside Art Club and can usually be found at Lefurgey Cultural Centre on Thursday mornings, painting with other members. Vivian feels very fortunate to live in Summerside.