Winter Classes starting January 2017 with Twila Robar-DeCoste

Winter Classes starting January 2017

with Twila Robar-DeCoste

at Windsong Studio & Gallery

Aylesford, NS

All classes and workshops will be held at Windsong Studio & Gallery, 1331 Victoria Rd. Aylesford, NS.

Day long workshops are $60.00 per person and are held from 10 am to 3 pm.

8 week classes are $100.00 per person. See class description for class times


Acrylic Painting Tuesday afternoons 1:00pm – 3:30pm

This class will be guided exercises for the first few weeks and then your own projects for the rest of the class, with class input and encouragement. Experience an asset but not necessary.

Starting January 24, 2017

Beginning Watercolour II –

Wednesday afternoons 1:00pm – 3:30pm

A class especially designed for those wanting to learn about watercolour. Basic techniques, handouts and useful exercises will be given each week to help you understand the complexities of this wonderful medium. The saga continues from the fall session, but all are welcome.

Starting January 25, 2017


Thursday morning 9:30 am – 12:00 noon

Here we will explore various aspects of watercolour, from impressionistic to detailed pieces. Various papers and techniques will be used. This is designed for those with some experience.

Starting January 26, 2017

Botanical Painting

Thursday afternoon 1:00pm to 3:30pm

In this class we will look at classic botanical painting and develop our skills with leaves, flowers and other available specimens.

Starting January 26, 2017



Painting the winter landscape – Acrylic

In this acrylic workshop we will look at colour and light in the beautiful winter landscape. Photo references will be provided.

10:00 am – 3:00 pm $ 60.00 per person Friday, January 27, 2017


Glass etching- Something for fun! *Half-day*

A morning workshop on the basics of glass etching, materials will be provided. You will learn how to cut a stencil and create a lovely project to take home. Please specify cup or plate for your project.

$30.00 per person 9:30 am – 12:00 noon Friday, February 3, 2017

Winter landscapes in watercolour

In this watercolour workshop we will paint the winter landscape with all its subtle colour and shades. We will use 140 lb CP paper. No larger than 1/8 sheet or 7.5 x 11. Photo reference material will be provided, step-by-step demonstration.

10:00 am – 3:00 pm $ 60.00 per person Friday February 17, 2017


Drawing Workshop

This is a day-long session on developing and improving your drawing skills. We will cover the topics of shading and values, perspective and picture planning, as well as small vignettes of interesting objects and scenes. A sketchbook pencil and eraser are all you will need.

10 am – 3:00 pm Friday March 3, 2017

During the winter season weather is always a concern. My general rule is if the schools are cancelled then classes are cancelled as well. Some of you travel from a distance and I want everyone to be safe. Cancelled classes will be added at the end of the session.

Contact: 902-847-9847 to register

or by email

Happy New Year! Big things for CFAT in 2017…


In this Month’s Newsletter:

1. Your Membership Expired!
2. Introducing Crit Night
2. Closed Day


Your Membership Expired!

All CFAT memberships expired on December 31st, 2017, so it’s time to renew! Renewing your membership is one of the most powerful ways to support CFAT so that we can continue to provide quality programming, supplies and facilities to the community. You can renew by dropping into the Centre or online here!

Introducing Crit Night

New to 2017, CFAT will be holding a monthly Crit Night! We know that often studio practices can consist of working alone in an editing suite or studio space. Sometimes all it takes is a second pair of eyes to get some fresh perspective on your work.

On the third Wednesday of every month we will meet in the CFAT project room for an open critique. Artists in all stages of their careers are welcome to bring in their current work (works in progress are encouraged!) to receive feedback from the group. CFAT will provide a screen, projector, speakers and laptop. Anything else required for viewing must be brought by the artist. All time-based works must be under 10 min.

The first ever Crit Night will be held on Wednesday, January 18th from 6 – 8pm

CFAT is Closed on January 11th

We will be closed on Wednesday, January 11th for our monthly closed day (second Wednesday of every month). This time will be used for maintenance on facilities, programming and administration. We will reopen on Thursday, January 12th

Member’s News

SuddenlyLISTEN presents a “Extending Ableton Live”, a workshop by Sebastian Lexer

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Centre for Art Tapes
2238 Maitland St.
Halifax, NS

by donation

In this 3 hour workshop, Sebastian Lexer will introduce you to the Live Application Programming Interface (API). He will demonstrate some Max4Live devices to get algorithmic and external controls through OSC using Sebastian’s own iOS app Parat+ and the already popular touchOSC, as well as using Arduino via serial connections. He’ll also demonstrate some cool audio processors! Join us at the Centre for Art Tapes on Maitland St. to get some sophisticated art-making knowledge of this powerful software.

Sebastian Lexer’s musical life is focused on free improvisation and the experimental. The role of technology has become an increasingly integral part in his music best reflected in his creation of and performances with the Piano+, an electroacoustic extension to the acoustic piano. His solo CD Dazwischen and various projects with various musicians show the exciting sound-worlds explored ‘in between’ the acoustic piano and the electroacoustic modification thereof. Sebastian’s works freelance as a musician, audio engineer and producer, interactive software developer and lecturer. A regular performance schedule has included concerts and radio broadcast in Europe and the US.

Listen to Sebastian here:

See you around the Centre!




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 Cultural Campus  2017
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Figure Drawing

We are a group of artists of all levels who meet every Tuesday in a central location to draw from the nude model.
We welcome new members.
Classes run from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm with a break for lunch.
We begin with gestures moving up to longer poses. There is no instruction but members are generous with help if others want it. Participants bring their own materials (all media except oil paint) and easels. Tables are available if preferred.
Cost usually works out to $15 a session. The next series begins Tuesday January 10 and continues until February 21.
For more information or to register please call Lynn Rotin at 902.346.2018 or email

Winter Scene Acrylic Workshop and Transforming Paintings into Cards

You will go home with finished paintings and a card of one of them that can be reproduced for the season.

Sunday Dec 4th
10:00-3:30 Home Studio Dartmouth
All supplies included plus lunch, Coffee , Tea

Register or contact me at or call 902 579 7754

Block Printing with Natural Dyes and Mordants with Frances Dorsey

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is pleased to offer Block Printing with Natural Dyes and Mordants with Frances Dorsey. Dorsey is one of 29 artists in the exhibition, Terroir: a Nova Scotia survey

REGISTER NOW – online or by phone

Dec 3: Block Printing with Natural Dyes and Mordants with Frances Dorsey
Explore printing with natural dyes on silk, cotton, linen, any natural fibre. In the class participants will print with mordants and dyes, apply simple mechanical resists, and dye the fabric in local plant dyebaths as well as in natural dye extracts. Using woodblocks and found objects, participants will apply mordants or natural dye extracts to fabric and then dye it, achieving a range of lightfast and washfast colour from one dyebath.
Members, $85.50 (+ HST for all classes)
Non-members, $95 (+ HST for all classes)
Fees include all art materials, unless otherwise indicated. Participants may be asked to bring additional materials.
Purchase workshops online or in person at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s Information Desk (Halifax), or by phone with credit card payment (Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Discover) at tel: 902-424-5280 during regular Gallery hours. Registration is required. Maximum 15 participants per workshop.

For more information please contact:
Information Desk:
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Halifax
PO Box 2262
Halifax, NS B3J 3C8