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Learn new talents at the Cultural Campus

Classes at the Hearth's Cultural Campus start this Saturday and run throughout January

Start the new year by exploring your sense of creativity! During the month of January, the Hearth Gallery space will be transformed into the Cultural Campus - Art School at the Hearth. Over three weeks, there will be multidisciplinary workshops offered by an amazing array of inspirational instructors.

Have you been dreaming of joining the Circus? Learn balance techniques with award winning International Circus Artist Ruby Rowat. Now an occupational therapist, Ruby brings deep body wisdom from more than 40 years as a performing circus artist, organizing tours and directing, to her coaching. This is a chance to experience the body’s felt sense of trust, simple communication, and new movement. Partner Acro is offered for youth to 40, and ages 40 to 100. We can all use a little more balance in our lives.

A Visual Artist who wants to add some new layers and techniques to their work will want to take at least one of the mixed media, drawing and painting classes. Try something new with Mixed Media Turner with Golden paints expert Sonya Iwasiuk where you will learn about the many options for layering and special painting effects.

Learn the magic of mono-printing with a gel plate with Jennifer Love. Use your unique prints and image transfers to add layers to your work and deepen your creative processes. This is a two-day workshop, perfect for taking a deep dive into something new and wonderful! Jennifer Love has been an artist and teacher for over 40 years. Jen was a founding member of Foxglove Fibre Arts Studio/Gallery on Bowen Island, and has participated in numerous exhibitions on the Sunshine Coast, Bowen Island and Vancouver.

Wanting to learn a few tunes on that ukulele that is tucked in the closet? Ukulele is one of the most accessible musical instruments to all, in fact, it is excellent for learning music. A perfect gift for that closet musician or someone just starting out. Add a workshop to that shiny new or rehomed ukulele under the tree. Ages 10 and up are welcome to sign up! Bob Doucet will be your musical guide. Kitchen parties will never be the same!

We’ve all been juggling a lot of new things over the last few years. How about learning how to juggle for real? Juggling offers many benefits. Focus, movement, both physical and mental exercise, problem solving, and meditative aspects are all involved. It can also be relaxing. Time to take on the challenge, and have some fun! Learn from the master Juggler himself, Paul Stewart, who has attended four International Jugglers Association conventions, and one European Juggling Convention. He also ran a juggling club here on Bowen for four years.

Explore movement and interaction with time, space, and others around you with Here and Now: Introduction to Performance Art with Mathilde Rohr. Back from her two-month artist residency and exhibition on Gabriola Island, Mathilde will guide you through interdisciplinary explorations. Decelerate, listen, connect, let the movements and actions of your body unfold in interaction with time, space, and others around you. This one-day workshop at the Hearth Gallery is sure to inspire deeper explorations.

Add some new steps to your party moves with East Coast Swing Dancing. Kelly and Aaron Woods will have you steppin out with confidence and style in just two sessions (and a bit of practice in the living room). Kelly and Aaron have been swing dancing together for over 25 years. They began their dancing career during the swing craze of the late 1990s, have taught throughout the Lower Mainland, and worked as special skills extras for movie and television.

There’s much more to choose from in these winter offerings at the Hearth’s Cultural Campus: Bowen Island’s Fibre Arts Guild mentors will host Improv Quilting in the Round – make a block or two to contribute to another community quilt fundraising project with mentors from the guild. Power Point Poetry with Jude Neale; Art and Journaling for Emotional Healing with Kamila Bubnikova; Figure drawing with Stuart Slind and live model; Abstraction by Design with Marlene Lowden (Sold Out); Introduction to Watercolor painting with Liz Watson (Sold Out).

Many of the offerings are booking up already! Register early to reserve your spot(s). Gift certificates for tuition are also available online. Give the gift of creativity to someone you love (that includes yourself!)

Visit the Cultural Campus page for more information on the amazing offerings coming this January! Get your ART on at the HEARTH!

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