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The Blue Heron Studio is an open and welcoming creative learning space for those interested in exploring the interaction between imagination and artistic expression. The studio is home to courses in writing, art, music, movement, culinary, photography, wellness (not to mention parenting, gardening, Parelli natural horsemanship, etc).  Call the store to sign up (905) 852-4282.

PLEASE NOTE:  Your spot in one of our fabulous classes is not reserved UNTIL we have received payment. Please call the store to secure your place. A $25 administration fee will be charged for any course cancellation less than 48 hours prior to the commencement of a class.

 

Fall 2017 Class Schedule
Writing Classes:

Recovering Creativity, Reclaiming Yourself

 
6 weeks of writing and other explorations to bring spontaneity, joy and self-love back into your life
 
Creativity is at the core of human existence. Your creative force comes out in a myriad of ways, from expressing yourself through your job, or through your home and personal style, to making objects for usefulness and simply for their beauty or expressiveness.
 
When we are living creatively, we feel most alive, most in touch with our sense of self and self-worth.  We know ourselves and appreciate our own value.
 
When we are shut off from our creativity, we feel more and more alienated from ourselves. In losing creativity, we lose connection with what is closest to our true identity.  This alienation can come about when our expressiveness is criticized and judged harshly;  it can also evolve from living too much at the whim of other demands in our lives – our jobs, our families, our volunteer commitments. 
 
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, if you’re living too much for others’ needs and at the whim of others’ judgements, creativity is often the first thing that gets sacrificed.
 
In this six week course, through writing, collaging and other reflective and expressive techniques, we will reconnect with our Selves, with our creativity and our joy and begin to reclaim our own lives.

Time:   9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Dates:  Thursday mornings, September 21 to October 26
Place:  Blue Heron Studio, behind Blue Heron Books, 62 Brock Street W, Uxbridge ON
Cost: $180 plus HST

 

Back to the Page


You love to write but you’re not writing.  Or maybe you have a love/hate relationship with writing, but you know you WANT to write – and you’re still not writing.

It’s September. The lazy days of summer, with all their legitimate and not-so-legitimate excuses of why this is not a good time to write, are over.

Time for Back to School and, for writers, it’s time to get Back to the Page!

This course is not organized around a particular genre of writing.  It will be organized around you and the writing you want to do.  If you have a current project, you can use the class time and the optional homework and feedback to move your novel/short story/poem collection/script/memoir/essays forward.

If you don’t have a particular project Sue will be providing inspiration, prompts and deadlines every week to help you discover your next project.

For Brand New Writers:
If your “Back to the Page” means getting back to your love of writing for the first time in many years, that’s terrific!  Sue facilitates her workshops in the AWA Method begun by Pat Schneider (Writing Alone and With Others, and How the Light Gets In) which is a perfect environment to support new writers to discover and experiment with their writing.

For Experienced Writers:
Sue has been leading writing groups, workshops and classes for 20 years, including book-length novel and memoir intensives. She leads her workshops in the AWA method, which has helped hundreds of writers find publication and awards. If what you are looking for is more targeted feedback on your long project, you’ll find it here.

Banish those summertime excuses, stretch your writing muscles and luxuriate in the pleasure of being a writer once again!

Time:   7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Dates:  Tuesday evenings, September 26 to October 31
Place:  Blue Heron Studio, behind Blue Heron Books, 62 Brock Street W, Uxbridge ON
Materials: Please bring your preferred writing materials – pen and paper or journal, or laptop

Cost: $180 plus HST

 

Art Classes:

Inspiration Station

 
A once-a-week artistic adventure to capture the hearts & minds of kids.
Every week is a different technique.


September 23rd - Painting gourds for fall with Caroline
September 30th - Watercolour still life with Daniel
October 14th - Portraits with Caroline
October 21st - Fall impressions with Melissa
October 28th - Monster drawing with Daniel
November 4th - String art with Melissa
November 11th (please note this class runs 9:00am-10:00am) - Paper mosaics with Caroline
November 18th - Relief sculpture using Plasticine with Caroline
 

Time:   9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Dates:  Saturday mornings, September 23 to November 18
(no class Thanksgiving weekend - October 7)

Place:  Blue Heron Studio, behind Blue Heron Books, 62 Brock Street W, Uxbridge ON
Ages: 6-12
Cost: $115 plus HST for all 8 classes
or
$100 plus HST for 6 classes

 

Storytime:

 
Discovering adventure and friendships through books.
Please sign-up in store or over the phone.

Time:   10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Dates:  Tuesday mornings, starting September 26
Place:  Blue Heron Books
Ages: 2-5
Cost: FREE

 

 

Parenting Classes:

Reading at Home

 
Techniques and advice to assist you in fostering a love of reading. 

Time:   6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Date:  Wednesday, October 11
Place:  Blue Heron Studio, behind Blue Heron Books, 62 Brock Street W, Uxbridge ON
Cost: $20 plus HST

 

Engaging Kids in Writing and Math

 
Using activities and games, shed a whole new light on writing and math. With the help of former teacher librarian, Cathy Baker, your kids will be loving school in no time!

Time:   6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Date:  Tuesday, October 24
Place:  Blue Heron Studio, behind Blue Heron Books, 62 Brock Street W, Uxbridge ON
Cost: $20 plus HST

 

Teacher Session: Linking Art & Literacy

 
A unique opportunity to participate in a hands-on make and take with art consultant and Crayola workshop presenter, Heather Miller. 

Time:   4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Date:  Wednesday, October 18
Place:  Blue Heron Studio, behind Blue Heron Books, 62 Brock Street W, Uxbridge ON
Cost: $20 plus HST