CJ Shelton – Dancing Moon Designs

Alton Mill Arts Centre, Studio 206
1402 Queen Street West, Village of Alton
Caledon, ON  L7K 0C3
(519) 942-2018 / (519) 216-8643

 

CJ Shelton is pleased to offer the following during Taste of the Harvest 2017.

In our Fall 2017 workshops you can spend a delightful afternoon with Alton Mill Arts Centre artist CJ Shelton in her beautiful tranquil studio as she introduces simple step-by-step techniques that have you creating your own little masterpieces in no time.

Several options are available throughout Taste of the Harvest for to try your hand at creating either fall colours landscape, a traditional still life or a leaf mandala. Newbies and more experienced both welcome. Click on the images or read details below for workshop information.

 

FALL REFLECTIONS WATERCOLOUR

DATES: Two Sessions available

Saturday September 30, 2017
Saturday October 14, 2017

TIME: 1-4 pm
COST:  $75 + HST per person
LOCATION: Studio #206, Upper Floor of the Alton Mill Arts Centre

In this watercolour basics session you will learn how to capture a classic Ontario fall landscape full of our famous brilliant red maple trees, white birch trunks and dark green pines reflected in a northern lake. Techniques such as washes, wet-in-wet, scumbling and dry brush will be reviewed to encourage you to explore both traditional and expressive watercolour effects in your final painting.

New students are welcome, even complete newbies who have never tried watercolour before! If you have taken sessions with CJ this one will build on your previous drawing or painting skills and add additional ones to your repertoire. Please bring any watercolour brushes or paints you currently have although supplies will be available for those who don’t have them. Paper and stretching boards will be supplied.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Contact CJ at 519-942-2018 or email artist@dancingmoondesigns.ca

 

 

FALL LEAVES MANDALA WORKSHOP with Watercolour and Pen & Ink

DATES: Two Sessions available

Saturday October 7, 2017
Saturday October 21, 2017

TIME:  1-4 pm
LOCATION: Studio 206, Upper Floor of the Alton Mill Arts Centre
COST:  $75 + HST per person/per session

In this fun and seasonal session you will create a beautiful mandala (a circular pattern) of vibrant fall leaves in all their multitudes of colours. This is a fabulous opportunity to play with colour and experience Mother Nature’s glorious annual “change of costume” in a whole new way. As you paint you will also discover the magic of mandala-making and its wonderful relaxing benefits.

Working from real leaves you will create your own unique circular composition and build your painting by working with form, shape and colour. This is a great session for total beginners who want to try their hand at watercolour and for those who have a little more experience. Please bring any watercolour brushes or paints you currently have although supplies will be available for those who don’t have them. Paper and stretching boards will be supplied.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Contact CJ at 519-942-2018 or email artist@dancingmoondesigns.ca

 

ALL HALLOWS EVE “WITCHES LADDER” WORKSHOP

DATE: Saturday October 28, 2017
TIME: Two Sessions available

MORNING SESSION from 10 am to 12 Noon
AFTERNOON SESSION from 1 to 3 pm

LOCATION:  Studio 206, Upper Floor of the Alton Mill Arts Centre
COST:  $55 + HST per person (includes all materials)
AGES:  Suitable for ages 12 years and up

The Celtic festival of “Samhain” (pronounced ‘sow-wen’) is the pagan origin of our modern day All Hallows Eve or Halloween. This was an important time for our ancient ancestors as it marked the beginning of the Dark Half of the Year or winter. Traditionally celebrated around the first of November, this was the time when the ‘veils between the worlds’ were thin, meaning spirits, ghosts and goblins could pass easily from the world beyond into ours. It was also a time for remembering and honouring the ancestors or appeasing restless souls.

Join artist CJ Shelton to learn more about where our Halloween customs came from as you weave your own traditional ‘Witches Ladder’ from wool, ribbon and found objects. Locally farmed alpaca wool plus twigs, berries and other organic bits and pieces gathered from the forests and meadows will also be used to make the “ladders”. You may also bring along any other meaningful small objects that you would like to incorporate into your spell weaving.

This is a wonderful way to “harvest” your dreams and set new intentions, thoughts and prayers for the winter ahead. Your finished ‘ladder’ can be hung indoors or outdoors where it can send its message out into the spirit world as it protects your home.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Contact CJ at 519-942-2018 or email artist@dancingmoondesigns.ca

 

 

 

“GATHERING THE HARVEST” Seasonal Still Life in Watercolour

DATE: Saturday November 4, 2017 from 1-4 pm
TIME:  1-4 pm
LOCATION: Studio 206, Upper Floor of the Alton Mill Arts Centre
COST:  $75 + HST per person

In this watercolour basics session you will create several studies or a small still life painting of some of the fruits and veggies found in our local fall harvest –crisp apples, chubby squashes, wheat sheaves, dried corn and more. This is a great foundational course that will provide some basic drawing tricks as well as traditional painting techniques.

If you have taken drawing or watercolour sessions with CJ this one will build on your skills and add additional ones to your repertoire but new students are welcome too, even nervous newbies who have never tried watercolour before. Please bring any watercolour brushes or paints you currently have although supplies will be available for those who don’t have them. Paper and stretching boards will be supplied.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Contact CJ at 519-942-2018 or email artist@dancingmoondesigns.ca