1 DAY Winter Adventure
This 1 Day Adventure will take place at the Alton Mill Arts Centre in Caledon.
We'll start our day with a welcome – having a coffee and getting to know your fellow Adventurers as we do a few creativity exercises. You'll meet other cool people during guided creative workshops throughout out day where you’ll be encouraged to break out of your comfort zone and build creative skills such as colour theory and composition.
At the end of day celebrate your creative achievements with a glass of wine, good food and new friends. Take home your new masterpieces and treasured memories.
Alton Mill Arts Centre
Alton Mill Art Centre
1402 Queen St. West
Village of Alton
Canada, L7K 0C3
Room: the Bridge
The Alton Mill Arts Centre is the perfect place to absorb creative vibes! The Centre is built on the banks of Shaw's Creek, this national-award-winning heritage building is now "a jewel in the crown of the GTA's arts scene". The Alton Mill is home to some 25 studio artists, galleries, a heritage museum, café and unique shops.
Agenda Saturday, May 2
8:45am Arrival and Welcome
Enjoy a Mimosa and light snack, get settled and meet other adventures
9:10am Painting Warm-up Exercises
10:00am Photo Encaustic (Group A)
or Silk Scarf Making (Group B)
1:00pm Lunch & free time to Tour Artist Studios
2:00pm Photo Encaustic (Group B)
or Silk Scarf Making (Group A)
5:30pm Celebration Cocktails @ Noodle Gallery
Enjoy cocktails and light appetizers as we celebrate our creative achievements together. You are encouraged to bring your cheque book - there is some amazing art here!
7:30pm Event Ends
Make your way home with your own custom masterpieces or extend your stay enjoying dinner or local activities on your own. We highly recommend Millcroft Inn & Spa
Give Yourself the Day
Before heading to your adventure, we encourage you to give yourself the day – we will not force you to pocket your cell phones (you will need them to take photos); however, one of the best ways to get the most from your adventure is to immerse yourself in the day. Try not to take phone calls.
For the Encaustic class, we encourage you to use a photo you have taken yourself that you can play with. This can be an old sepia-tone of your parents wedding or a landscape at the local park. Think about your positive and negative space and begin by choosing a photo that has about 75 percent light versus dark colors, as light-colored photos have a much better success rate. This workshops process allows us to paint below and on top of the photograph so keep that in mind when choosing your photo.
More details will be provided closer to the day!
What to Wear
Please wear old comfortable clothing and dress in layers as some parts of the building can feel crafty at times. You are welcome to bring slippers if you do not want to work in shoes all day. We do have aprons available.
PAINTING WARM UP
One of the best ways to stay creative is to draw, scribble or write every day. These exercises are designed to loosen up your creativity and get you started for the day! No experience required: you will learn a bit about colour theory and some techniques as you play with the materials.
Encaustic painting involves using hot beeswax, coloured with pigments to create a unique work of art. Not only does it smell amazing, it is very forgiving so you will create something you can hang in your home!
Working with 100% Habatai silk, we will walk you through the process to create something beautiful. You will have the option of either creating a pattern and tracing it or trying your hand at free-flow flowers or patters.
A FEW COCTAILS
We believe that starting your day with a Mimosa* can help put you in the right frame of mind and conducive to the creative experience. Each Adventure will close off with a celebratory evening event.
*non alcoholic cocktails available
ARTIST STUDIO TOUR
Absorb the creative vibe and get inspired visiting and meeting artists in some of the 25 art studios at Alton Mills Art Centre.
What is an event without great food! All adventures will include tasty treats and meals throughout the day. The focus will be on supporting local farmers.
NOODLE GALLERY RECEPTION
Close your Adventure with private tour in the amazing Noodle Gallery. Receive your official Adventurer Creativity Certificate. Bring your cheque book - there is some amazing art here!
EXTEND YOUR STAY
We recommend staying at the Millcroft Inn and Spa if you are extending your stay. Enjoy the spa and local area taking further inspiration from the scenery to continue your creative exploration.