Programs

Nid: 634

Family Fun Drop In

Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Join us for Family Fun Drop In this spring to have fun exploring the elements and principles of design through three unique Sunday programs!  

April 8

Try your hand at weaving during this week’s Family Fun Drop In! Learn how to make a cardboard loom to weave your very own miniature tapestries and rugs with wool!

April 15 *CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER*

Take inspiration from the famous Georges Seurat while you learn to create a mosaic of acrylic paint in our Pointillism project!

April 22

Paint your own terracotta pots and plant seeds to celebrate both Earth Day, and the opening of our Primordial Waters exhibit!

April 29

Learn about the work of the great Wassily Kandinsky as you make abstract collages! Explore how line, shape, and movement bring together a work of art!

What is Family Fun Drop In?

We invite families to stop by the museum for a Sunday afternoon art activity! Join us from 2-3pm, $5 per family covers drop-in and admission to the museum

Nid: 860

Portrait Painting with Murray van Halem

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Tuesdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22.  1-4pm

This course is a great opportunity for painters who have always wanted to paint portraits but didn’t know where to begin! Murray Van Halem – a landscape and portrait painter working throughout Ontario - will guide you in the principles of portrait painting. A visual artist for over 45 years and graduate of Montreal’s School of Modern Photography, Murray started his career as a large-format commercial photographer. He has worked as a photojournalist, portrait photographer, magazine editor, writer and real estate broker. Drawing from these experiences, Murray now paints in oils at his Victoria Harbour studio and is an active member of the North Simcoe arts community.

Registration:

Members: $100+HST Non-members: $130+HST

*Participants are responsible to provide their own materials. A materials list will be provided to those who register for the program.

Portrait Painting with Murray van Halem

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Tuesdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22.  1-4pm

This course is a great opportunity for painters who have always wanted to paint portraits but didn’t know where to begin! Murray Van Halem – a landscape and portrait painter working throughout Ontario - will guide you in the principles of portrait painting. A visual artist for over 45 years and graduate of Montreal’s School of Modern Photography, Murray started his career as a large-format commercial photographer. He has worked as a photojournalist, portrait photographer, magazine editor, writer and real estate broker. Drawing from these experiences, Murray now paints in oils at his Victoria Harbour studio and is an active member of the North Simcoe arts community.

Registration:

Members: $100+HST Non-members: $130+HST

*Participants are responsible to provide their own materials. A materials list will be provided to those who register for the program.

Nid: 858

Handbuilding with Clay with Heather Kerslake

Heather Kerslake Handbuilding with Clay

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

Wednesdays: April 18, 25 and May 2, 9, 16, 23
9:30am-12:30pm

Location: Kerslake Pottery Studio, Jarratt (Oro-Medonte) – Horseshoe Valley Road and Line 10 North (3270 Line 10 North Oro-Medonte L0L 1T0)

Spend six wonderful mornings with inspirational artist Heather Kerslake learning various techniques to build your own creative forms out of clay. Working with slabs, coils and more, students will be introduced to how different tools can be used to shape and mark clay to create patterns, textures or narratives. After firing, Heather will teach the class how to use stains and glazes to alter the surface and colour to your work. There is limited access to wheel work instruction. To see Heather’s sculptures and functional pottery, visit her website at www.kerslakepottery.com

Registration:

Member $195.00 plus tax, Non-Member $235.00 plus tax, Materials kit $40 

Registration and payment made at OMAH, except for the $40 materials fee (to be made to Heather at her studio on first day of program).  

Handbuilding with Clay with Heather Kerslake

Heather Kerslake Handbuilding with Clay

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

Wednesdays: April 18, 25 and May 2, 9, 16, 23
9:30am-12:30pm

Location: Kerslake Pottery Studio, Jarratt (Oro-Medonte) – Horseshoe Valley Road and Line 10 North (3270 Line 10 North Oro-Medonte L0L 1T0)

Spend six wonderful mornings with inspirational artist Heather Kerslake learning various techniques to build your own creative forms out of clay. Working with slabs, coils and more, students will be introduced to how different tools can be used to shape and mark clay to create patterns, textures or narratives. After firing, Heather will teach the class how to use stains and glazes to alter the surface and colour to your work. There is limited access to wheel work instruction. To see Heather’s sculptures and functional pottery, visit her website at www.kerslakepottery.com

Registration:

Member $195.00 plus tax, Non-Member $235.00 plus tax, Materials kit $40 

Registration and payment made at OMAH, except for the $40 materials fee (to be made to Heather at her studio on first day of program).  

Nid: 884

Lunch and Learn with Peter Adams: The Altered Landscape

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

May 2, 2018

12-1:30pm

 

Award winning artist Peter Adams will discuss his evolution as a painter. In particular, he will outline his interest in landscapes where human and natural worlds intersect. The Creemore artist will share some of his recent artistic projects and reflect on his residency in the Amazon Rainforest.


Peter Adams was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and has lived most of his life in Toronto. Adams has a degree in Film Studies from Queen's University but now directs all his creative energy toward painting. Since moving to a farm near Creemore Ontario in 1998, he has spent many years exploring the surrounding landscape -- and the ever-changing human relationship with landscape. Traditionally an oil painter, Adams' most recent work is marked by a transition to mixed media. Combining conte, acrylic washes, paint markers, oil sticks and oil paint, these works have opened up many new expressive possibilities for the artist.

Adams is a co-founder of the Mad and Noisy Cooperative Gallery. He is Past-President of the non-profit Creemore Artists Centre and has served on its board from 2004 to 2013. He has also served on the board of the Purple Hills Arts and Heritage Society from 2007 to 2011. His work is exhibited in many galleries in Ontario, and can be found in many private and public collections in North America and abroad.

Registration:

$15+HST for OMAH Members

$20+HST for Non-Members

Pre-registration is required to guarantee a spot in this program. Call 705-326-2159

Nid: 685

After School Art - 8 Weeks

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

March 22 - May 10 (Thursdays), 4:30pm-6pm

Ages 6-12

This program is geared for kids who love art! Participants will learn new artistic techniques and skills taught by a practicing artist in OMAH’s educational fine arts studio. Get ready to paint, draw, sculpt, and much more! 

Regsitration:

Course runs March 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10

Orillia Resident: $80

Non-Resident: $100

Registration through the City of Orillia.

Click here for SUN Registration with course code 9166

 

Nid: 841

Life Drawing - 6 weeks

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

April 5 - May 10, 7-10pm

Ages 16+

Discover the human form at OMAH’s Life Drawing program, and explore silhouette, movement, proportion and gesture. Our expert instructor will use traditional and contemporary approaches to guide participants in drawing live models, challenging them to use both technical and perceptual skills to capture the human form. This program is suitable for all skill levels – beginners welcome.

Please note that this course will feature both clothed and nude live models.


Basic drawing materials (and easels) provided.

 

Registration:

Course runs April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10 

$100 (Orillia Residents),
$125 (Non-residents)

Registration through the City of Orillia

Click here for SUN Registration with course code 9257

Nid: 887

Book Reading & Talk by Michael Hill

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Saturday, May 5, 2018   1-2:30pm

Listen to author and Mariposa Folk Festival historian, Michael Hill, discuss the history of Orillia's folk festival and read from his book "The Mariposa Folk Festival: A History".

This is a FREE event, donations are welcome.

Free Spirits: The History of the Mariposa Folk Festival in Orillia is generously sponsored by Casino Rama Resort

Nid: 873

2018 Carmichael Art History Lecture

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Wednesday May 9, 7:30pm

Renowned Group of Seven artist Franklin Carmichael was born in Orillia and is buried at St. Andrews - St. James Cemetery. An inductee into the Orillia Hall of Fame, we are proud of his contribution to Canadian art and his legacy of capturing the beauty of the local landscapes in his paintings. The Orillia Museum of Art and History (OMAH) hosts the Carmichael Art History Lecture annually to honour this legacy.

The History Committee at OMAH is pleased to announce award-winning teacher/professor, artist and author Brian Harris as this year’s guest speaker with his talk entitled “Canoe Lake and the Mystery of Tom Thomson.’’

Tom Thomson died before the Group of Seven was formed. However, he had a huge impact on the future Group of Seven painters. The story and mystique around artist Tom Thomson’s death, one hundred years after his passing, still holds fascination. The circumstances of Thomson’s death at Canoe Lake were mysterious. Was it an accident, or was he murdered? Harris immersed himself in the history of Canoe Lake and Tom Thomson’s story. He spent ten summers working at Canoe Lake and during that time he became familiar with the mystery and the lore that surrounded the death of Tom Thomson. He became friends with Canoe Lake resident artist Jack Eastaugh, who was involved with attempting to dig up the body of Tom Thomson in 1956. Harris’s book Canoe Lake, looks at the influence that Canoe Lake has had on the Group of Seven, the mystery of Tom Thomson’s death and his unexpected rise as one of Canada’s foremost painters. An artist in his own right, Harris has captured the essence of Canoe Lake in his many paintings and has internalized the beauty of the lake that drew Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven to it.


Perhaps you have heard the rumours of what happened to Tom Thomson on July 8, 1917. Now be prepared to hear from Brian Harris accounts of that fateful day that residents of Canoe Lake have passed on to their families. Please join us for a fascinating evening.


Harris’s book Canoe Lake will be available for purchase at the end of the evening. In addition, Brian Harris will have some of his own paintings on display and for sale. He will generously donate fifty percent of proceeds of any sale to OMAH.

Tickets for the Carmichael Lecture are $15.00 per person. Tickets will be on sale at the OMAH front desk effective Monday, April 2. Please call OMAH at 705-326-2159 if you have any questions.