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Winter 2016 Schedule

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DETAILS: The Saturday Morning Workshops are held from 10:00-11:00 at our downtown Port Hope Studio (27 Walton St. Second Floor) above Smith’s Creek Antiques.  Please enter through the red door on the street level. 

COST: $20 plus HST per workshop  (which includes all art supplies).  Art projects will be completed within the 1-hour workshop.   Parents do not need to register for EVERY Saturday workshop, but are invited to sign-up for the dates that work for them!

January 16: Winter Watercolour Landscapes- Embrace the beauty found in the trees, skies and snow during this workshop which teaches a variety of watercolour techniques that will inspire each student to create their own whimsical winter landscape painting.

January 30: Homemade Scratchboard Valentines- Create bold Valentines to give to your friends at school using a wax and paint combination on watercolour paper.

P.A Day SPECIAL WORKSHOP! Friday, February 5 from 10:00-11:00- CARTOON CRAZINESS! Spend a special hour at the studio learning how to draw your favourite cartoon characters and how to create your own- a great way to giggle and have fun this P.A Day!

February 13: Funky Sock Painting! Be the envy of all your friends with the funkiest and most colourful wearable art on your feet!

Family Day SPECIAL WORKSHOP! Monday, February 15 from 10:00-11:00- INK PEN & FINGERPRINT FAMILY TREE: Celebrate Family Day by creating a memorable Family Tree with your son or daughter.  This workshop will encourage you to work collaboratively with your child to create a delicate ink pen tree where the leaves on each branch are your fingerprints.  By the end of the hour you will have a beautiful framed Family Tree drawing representing the time you spent together!

February 27: Mixed Media Weaving using wool, ribbon and more! Learn about how early settlers used weaving to create both wearable and decorative pieces and create your own round weaving using an assortment of beautiful fibres.


The After School Art Club (which runs every other Tuesday from 4:30-5:30) participants will have the opportunity to learn about a specific artist and medium each week.  The workshop will start with a brief explanation about the “Artist of the Week” and we will then create work inspired by them!  Artists and projects this fall include:

January 12: Surrealist Collage Self-Portraits

January 26: Monkey Masks- Create masks to celebrate 2016 as The Year of the Monkey in Chinese Horoscope

February 9: Scratchboard Valentines

February 23: Mixed Media Sculptures

AS ALWAYS… Participants in the Tuesday After School Art Club may continue to work on other self-guided projects in a variety of media if they choose. 

DETAILS: These workshops are a fun way to learn a variety of media and customize your own art projects! These small workshops will encourage your child to develop their own unique approach to art making and will allow them to work on projects in watercolour, printmaking, acrylic painting, sculpture, chalk pastel and more… Students will be encouraged to develop their own ideas and subject matter and will be taught according to their own interests!  

COST: $20 plus HST per workshop. Parents do not need to register for EVERY Tuesday, but are invited to sign-up for the dates that work for them!


Wake up your creativity this winter!

Curious about different art medias & materials?  Not sure where to start?  These workshops are geared for ANY adult excited to try their hand at making art- whether you already have some experience with the process or this is your first time! 

WORKSHOP: Experimenting with Chalk Pastel & Charcoal Landscapes:

Wednesday, January 27 from 7:00-8:30pm Part 1: Inspiration, Sketching, How to work with charcoal (including shading, smudges and shadows)

Wednesday, February 3 from 7:00-8:30pm Part 2: Adding Colour: How to work with Chalk pastel to add colour and mood to complete your drawing.

In this 2-part Mixed Media workshop get the chance to experiment and have fun with chalk pastel & charcoal.  Chalk pastel is an incredibly beautiful, colourful and playful way to create delicate and whimsical landscapes.  Be inspired by the different seasons, textures, tree forms and shadows found in nature to create your own large landscape drawing. * By the end of this 2 Part workshop you will have a landscape drawing that will brighten up your mood and your house!

COST: $25 plus HST per evening per person. This includes all printmaking and necessary supplies. THIS WORKSHOP IS LIMITED TO six (6) PARTICIPANTS, so register early -- and tell your friends!

To register for any of the above workshops:
Email Christine at
or call (905) 885-0908.

The JTTA In-the-Schools Program


  • Learning the Basics of Drawing
  • Relief Printmaking
  • Drawing Trees Inspired By Emily Carr
  • Caricatures
  • Pointillism
  • Portraits Inspired by Modigliani
  • Surrealism and Salvador Dali
  • Architectural Designs Inspired by Hundertwasser
  • Navajo Sandpainting and Symbolism
  • Art in the Round: Exploring Tibetan Mandalas
  • Australian Aboriginal Art
  • Drawing Our Own daVinci Flying Machines
  • Drawing Underwater Creatures
  • Egyptian Hieroglyphics

  • OwlPaintings on Canvas: Learning How to Mix Colours and Create Textures with Paint
  • Contour Leaf Drawings with Cross-hatching
  • Paintings That Make You SCREAM Inspired by
    Edvard Munch
  • Pen and Ink Owls: Learning About Lines and Textures
  • How to Draw People in Proper Proportion
  • Canadian Aboriginal Art: Petroglyphs and Storytelling
  • Understanding Colour
  • Self-Portraits Inspired by Vincent vanGogh
  • Collage with Gustav Klimt
  • Cubism Portraits Inspired by Pablo Picasso
  • Landscape Painting and the Group of Seven
  • Scratchboard Inspired by the Tree of Life

We hope to see you at the studio soon!



Journey Through the Arts, run by artist Christine Benson, and musician Mike Woods is a multi-faceted arts organization in Port Hope, Ontario which is dedicated to bringing a variety of exciting programmes to adults and children. Founded as a way to ensure "the arts" (music, art and drama) are an integeral part of children's lives JTTA offers week long summer programmes throughout July and August at a restored mill along the Ganaraska River. The summer programme, which was founded in 2002, teaches children (between the ages of 6 and 13) about the value and importance of using their creativity and imagination while they produce visual art, perform original musical compositions and perform short plays. The results are both inspiring and humbling as the children gain confidence and learn various skills throughout the week.

From its roots as a children's arts organization Journey Through the Arts (JTTA) has blossomed and grown into a place where adults and children alike can experience the limitless possibilities of the arts. JTTA now offers after school, weekend and specialty art workshops for children, private guitar lessons, a group recording facility and adult visual art workshops which are dedicated to exposing adults (with various levels of experience) to the fine arts.

In the summer of 2005 JTTA opened the doors of the The Journey Through the Arts Gallery which focuses on giving exhibition opportunities to local and regional artists and artisans. The JTTA Gallery offers visitors a glimpse into the ideas, practises, techniques and work of 15 artists. The gallery features a variety of media including painting, printmaking, jewelry and pottery. Exhibitions and artists are ever-changing with work that is sure to inspire the artist within all of us.


Arranged to suit your individual schedule, these lessons can be booked after school or in the evening. Lessons are 30 minutes ($20 per lesson) or 1 hour ($30 per lesson) plus HST.  Private lessons include all art supplies. Lessons are based on your individual interests including mosaics, jewellery, painting on canvas, watercolour, printmaking and more!!


JTTA offers a fun and creative way to celebrate your child's birthday! Your private party includes all supplies, snacks and an art project for each of your guests. Parties are one hour in length and are held at our downtown studios. Parties are suitable for children 6-13 and are $15 per child plus HST. Please visit our website or call the studio for project descriptions.




Invite JTTA to your school! Workshops are available for JK to Grade 8 in various media. All workshops are affordably priced at $6 plus HST per student, including all art supplies. Instruction is 2 periods in length and comes with an accompanying rubric that compliments the visual art curriculum.




Each 1 hour workshop focuses on a particular technique and/or art movement.  Art workshops for children are held on Saturday’s from 10:00-11:00 and are $20 per workshop plus HST (which includes all art supplies) and consist of a maximum of 10 participants. Children are not required to register for all workshops and are free to pick and choose the workshops that interest them!



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