Project Description

Join us for a week of interesting and engaging art workshops!

NISA is excited to announce a week-long Intensive Arts Education Series, focused on building skills and providing valuable tools to all seasoned and budding artists. These workshops will be held from February 2nd to 6th, 2015.

These workshops are designed to provide hands-on workshops –  making art, music, taking photos, writing and sewing –  and shorter workshops aimed at “taking your art to market,”  looking at ways to monetize your craft. All workshops will be facilitated by local artists who have been successful in their field.

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*Please note that the Starting Your Own Social Enterprise session on Thursday from 1:00-3:00pm has been cancelled due to a family emergency of the instructor.

Monday, February 2, 2015

How to Get the Most out of Your Phone Camera, 9:00-12:00pm

Want to know how to master the camera you carry in your pocket? Learn the secrets to shooting striking images – beyond the selfie. Bundle up, bring mitts, warm walking shoes, and together we will explore downtown Sudbury.

Instructor: Mary Katherine Keown. Mary Katherine is a journalist and documentary photographer specializing in human interest and social justice stories; she currently work full-time for the Sudbury Star and is a communications specialist with expereince in Egypt, Canada, Tanzania and Rwanda. She uses her work to promote community development and increased understanding in mental health, women’s rights and climate change.

Making Pictures, Making Products, 1:00-3:00pm

How to take your pictures and turn them into money. You will explore stock photography, joining memberships that raise awareness to your work, attending local markets, entering contests, and turning your pictures into framed art.

Instructor: Chuck Swinden. With more than 35 years of experience, specializing in aerial photography, corporate portraiture and marketing and advertising applications, Chuck Swinden is at ease with both film and digital photography. See his portfolio at

 Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Writing the Short Story, 1:00-3:00pm

Some people say it is much more challenging to write a short story than long fiction. Mastering the short story means you have honed your craft to precision. This workshop will introduce you, as a writer, to the genre and its elements, and you will have the chance to have your work critiqued.

Instructor: Natalie Morrill. Natalie Morrill is a graduate of UBC’s MFA program. Her recent work appeared in filling Station and CAROUSEL, and is forthcoming in Room magazine. Her first novel’s manuscript was recently shortlisted for the HarperCollins Canada/UBC Best New Fiction award. She edits the literary journal Dappled Things, and teaches at Laurentian University and Cambrian College in Sudbury.

How to Get Published, 6:00-8:00pm

Are you ready to introduce your writing to the world? In this course, you will learn the ins and outs of publishing, where to look for publishers, how to build your track record so publishers pay attention, and how to prepare your manuscript for submission. You will leave the workshop with the first draft of your own query letter in hand.

Instructor: Melanie Marttila. At the age of seven, Melanie Marttila submitted her first story to CBC’s “Pencil Box.”  Since then she has become a published poet and an award-winning short story writer.  Melanie is a member of the Sudbury Writers’ Guild, a professional member of the Canadian Authors Association, a member of SFCanada, and of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Introduction to Home Music Recording, 1:00-3:00pm

You don’t need to rent a music studio to record your music. All you need is a little know-how and you can do it at home. Learn how to record your voice, mix the sound and add effects  using free, low-cost, or industry standard recording programs – and how to even use your phone to capture your ideas quickly.

Instructor: Darrell Latimer. Darrell Latimer, a native of Sudbury Ontario, was practically born with a guitar in his hands and is an active song writer and musician. He has sung for, played in and written for various bands and produced songs across a number of genres. His natural vocal talent has been honed over the years as a singer in the country band River Road. He now performs in Northern Ontario with his current band, 132 Reasons.

How to Distribute and Share your Music, 6:00-8:00pm

No record deal? No problem. There are all kinds of opportunities to promote and share your music, and this workshop will tell you how. Learn about sharing your music online, hiring a manager or agent, copyrighting your songs, and promoting your songs to record labels and radio stations via mail, internet, in person. Get out there and make some noise!

Instructor: Darrell Latimer

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Warm Hands: Upcycling for the Everyday, 9:00-12:00pm

This session demonstrates the making of cozy and warm mittens from recycled wool sweaters and fleece material. The three easy steps include selecting the sweater, cutting the material, and sewing a few simple seams before wearing them home. Join the session and learn how to make a pair for yourself or a friend.

Instructors: Phyllis Montgomery and Sharolyn Mossey. Phyllis and Sharolyn enjoy opportunities to work alongside creative people. As nurse educators, they often become involve in working with others, students and non-students, to showcase others’ abilities. In the past five years, they have worked with various community groups in sewing and distributing mittens.

Starting Your Own Social Enterprise, 1:00-3:00pm – Cancelled

Social enterprise has a wide variety of definitions.  Which one fits your organization?  What types of social enterprise is a non-profit able to start up?  This workshop will begin with the basics of social entreprise and then will build on the basics by discussing what steps are required to move from “we want to do this” to “our doors are open”.

Instructor: Michelle Munro. Michelle has more than 10 years of experience assisting non-profit organizations with business related problems.  With her HBComm and MBA background, as well as years of business development and marketing experience she is able to assist non-profit organizations with strategic and marketing planning.  She is an Account Manager with the Business Development Bank and a Marketing Professor at Laurentian.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Introduction to Fine Art, 1:00-4:00pm

Have you always wanted to paint but aren’t sure how to get started? Interested in expressing yourself through creative art? This workshop will lead you through painting a simple landscape based on basic colour theory. Participants will focus on how to use colour to show depth and how the choice of certain colours can be used to portray a mood or feeling in a painting.

Instructor: Anita Bunt. Anita Bunt has been painting for over 20 years, focusing on landscapes in various mediums. Anita is a member of the Walden and Sudbury Art Clubs and enjoys working with others to help people get over their fears of something new. She believes once you can learn the basics, the rest is allowing your own creativity to flow, and that’s the fun part.

Take Your Art to Market, 6:00-8:00pm

Join us for a panel discussion around getting started, finding your inspiration, developing a portfolio, and navigating the art world.  On hand with their expertise are four artists with experience working in the downtown Sudbury core, and across Canada.

Panel Members: Ray Laporte, Irvin Elwood Marshall, Leesa Bringas, Deanna Nebenionquit

Ray obtained a diploma in Painting and Printmaking from Canadian College and a BA in Art Education from Nova Scotia College of Art & Design. He has been creating artwork throughout the course of his life. Over time the subject matter has shifted from representation to abstract and conceptual art and back. Relationships and connections are the central themes.

Irvin Elwood Marshall, Sudbury Native Artist,  was born and raised on the outskirts of Sudbury. He is an accomplished muralist and was commissioned  in 1997 to paint a mural for the opening of the Confederation Bridge in P.E.I. Many Sudburians will recognize his murals of today and yesterday. He has competed nationally and internationally and was the recipient of a Canada Council’s Exploration grant.

Leesa Bringas is a multi-disciplinary artist who uses a varied approach as an archivist, documenter, collector, curator, and artist and pieces together elements of personal history while interweaving them with objects of happenstance. Leesa is currently employed as a technician at Cambrian College’s Open Studio art space and teaches “Business of the Arts” in the Design & Art program at Cambrian College.

Deanna Nebenionquit is a graduate of Algonquin College’s Applied Museum Studies Program and the Canadian Museum of History’s Aboriginal Training Program in Museum Practises. Deanna returned to Sudbury in 2013 and is currently working at the Art Gallery of Sudbury / galerie d’art de Sudbury. Deanna is balancing leadership roles in the Curatorial and Collections departments at the Art Gallery of Sudbury / galerie d’art de Sudbury.