Blue Heron Books is on my map. How could you fail in the book business with a name like Shelley Macbeth? She runs great events and never disappoints with hundreds in attendance. She knows each of her customers and their tastes. Shelley is that great combination of woman of letters and an entrepreneur. Her staff loves books and thrive on recommendations. —
One Day Workshops
Painting from Photos Master Class with Don Cavin
Andre Durain said “a painting made outdoors is a sacred event.” But there are obvious difficulties for some people in painting “en plein aire.” Using photographic references can help but they are only a tool; a first step in the creative process, not something to be simply copied. Join Don Cavin, as he leads a Master Class on how to impose one’s own knowledge, experience, intuition and “gut-feelings” on a photograph in order to render it useful in creating art.
Saturday June 7th, 9:30am – 4:30pm $95
Marina Endicott – Respect for Character on Sunday, February 23rd , 11am to 4pm $85
Respect for Character – Using techniques employed by actors and playwrights, gleaned from her years in theatre, Marina Endicott brings a series of exercises and techniques for creating characters that leap off the page and make us believe in their reality. Looking at point of view choices, the virtues of narrative text v. scene-work, and the principles of writing dialogue, participants will explore unexpected methods for writers to deepen their understanding of characters and bring them more fully to life. Come prepared to work on your laptop or paper and pen, whatever you’re most comfortable with.
Jennifer Murray – Marketing Basics for Writers on Sunday April 6th, 11am to 4pm $85
Marketing basics, ideas for self-promotion and what goes on in a marketing department at a publishing company. Participants will perform small group work exercises to nail down the strategy part of a marketing plan: identify target audiences, talk about their books key selling features and what sets their book apart and identify their competition.
After filling out your registration, please contact the store at (905) 852-4282 to make payment.
Learn the tricks of the trade in the art of watercolour from David Greaves and make your paintings come alive. Students will learn how to do value sketches and will be introduced to wet in wet techniques for skies, backgrounds etc. For beginner to advanced students.
6 Weeks – Thursday, February 20th to March 27th, 1pm to 3pm $150
This acrylic course taught by Tania Caryi, offers the inexperienced student the opportunity to create an individualistic painting(s) in an uninhibited and supportive environment. Learn techniques in application and methods in creating texture and volume while exploring colour appreciation and different ways of seeing. Learn, apply, create!
6 Weeks – Monday, February 24th to March 31st, 7pm to 9pm $150
A meeting of two loves – your animals and your art. Learn how to portray horses, sheep or other pets using oil or acrylic. Lynda Cunningham will guide you through the process: from planning from photos, palette suggestions, and composition. Intermediate skill level suggested.
6 Weeks – Tuesday, February 18th to March 25th, 7pm to 9pm $150
Create your own Memory Blocks, using copies of your favourite family photos, vacation pictures, meaningful art, or images that simply speak to you. Learn the techniques to create your own personal keepsake and the knowledge to continue crafting on your own at home.
1 Day Workshop – Sunday, February 9TH, 12:30pm to 4:30pm $65
*materials fee of $10
After completing the registration form, please contact the store at (905) 852-4282 to make payment.
Soul Collage is an easy, fun tool for exploration and expression of the Self. Accessible to everyone—even artistic-ability-naysayers. Under the instruction of Sue Reynolds, each participant creates their own deck of collaged cards; images that honour the journey of the individual and promote personal growth and self-acceptance.
6 Weeks – Sunday, March 9th to April 13th, 7 to 9:30pm
Cost: $180 (plus $30 material fee, payable on the first night).
(To read more about the process, and about the facilitator Sue Reynolds,
click on this link.)
Master Writing Workshop with Andrew Pyper – November 24th.
Andrew Pyper is the award-winning author of five internationally bestselling novels. Lost Girls won the Arthur Ellis Award, was selected as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 2000, and appeared on the New York Timesand Times (UK) bestseller lists. The Killing Circle was a New York Times Best Crime Novel of the Year. Three of Pyper’s novels, including The Demonologist, are in active development for feature film.
$85 – Call store to register.
Clarification: The $100 or $150 fee is for 6 of the 8 sessions offered; not per session. At time of registration participants choose which 6 sessions they would like to attend. This program is designed to offer flexibility to today’s busy families.
Know enough to make the world of your novel come alive,
whether it is Georgian Bay in the ‘50’s, Edo, Japan in 1800 or
the Labrador coast in 1830. Katherine will share her secrets on
using images, written accounts, experts, museums and the
internet to learn your way around that imagined place and time.
Then learn to let the research go and write.
Saturday, October 6th, 2013
11am – 4pm
In the Blue Heron Studio
Call the store to register (905-852-4282)
Class Cancelled. New date TBA
December Book Club
Seasonal Book Club Party - Talk books, buy books, steal books December 11th at Blue Heron Books 7:30pm
January Book Club
My Best Stories by Alice Munro Venue: Veronica's Place Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature