Expand your creativity and register for SA Suites of Programs 2019!

Posted on December 12th, by scararts in Featured, Recent News. 1 Comment

Arts Workshops

Scarborough Arts (SA) is pleased to present our new SA Suite of Programs 2018-19, a diverse collection of creative, innovative, and accessible arts workshops, talks, and events designed and facilitated by local artists and arts educators for the Scarborough community.

SA Suites are categorized into five streams: SA Creates, SA Writes, SA Talks, SA Moves, and SA Kids. Workshops take place in various locations across Scarborough and cover different art disciplines from visual art, literary art, creative movement, music, dance, and new media. 

We invite everyone—artists or non-artists, audiences of all ages and skill levels—to expand their creativity and register to participate in these activities!

Scarborough Arts members get access to all workshops for free! Become a Scarborough Arts member today.

January – August 2019

Various locations in Scarborough

$5 for non-members
FREE for SA members





August 6, 8, and 9, 6-8 PM
Toronto Public Library - Agincourt Library

Intro to Time-Based Art provides an overview of the basic tools and techniques used to create a single or multi-channel video art and/or installation. Participants will learn about different aspects of video media, including camera movement techniques, video editing, and green screen stop-motion.

August 15, 6-8 PM
Bridlewood Mall

Learn about the many experimental techniques of India ink! The highly pigmented ink can create fabulous textures on watercolour paper that, once dry, allow for a creation of a highly personalized cosmic landscape of stars, constellations, and faraway galaxies.


Jewelry-Making 101

January 16, 6-8 PM
Bluffs Gallery at Scarborough Arts

Learn the basics of jewelry-making! Find out how to make simple and wrapped loops and how to stretch, string, size, and finish bracelets. All you need to bring is your creativity!


March 20, 6-8 PM
Scarborough Museum

Stitch-by-Stitch examines the connection between clothing, memory, and place. Through embroidery and writing activities, participants will work towards a final piece featuring their own poem outlined and decorated with embroidery stitches.

Botanical Illustrations


April 5, 6-8 PM
L'Amoureaux Community Recreation Centre

See plants in a whole new light! Learn new drawing skills, explore new mediums for drawing, or brush up on previous drawing experience. Perfect for artists, foragers, gardeners, nature enthusiasts, or people who just want to make beautiful pictures!


May 2, 6-8 PM
Bluffs Gallery at Scarborough Arts

Discover the history of henna, including its culture and materials, at 1-800-HENNABLING! Plus, learn how to use a henna cone and draw henna designs.


May 25, 2 PM – 5 PM and May 26, 2 PM – 5 PM
Birchmount Community Centre

Learn the traditional Japanese method of fish printing! Create magnificent fish prints from real (dead) fish while learning about the natural world of the Toronto waterfront. Participants will also get the chance to paint an environment for their newly printed fish.


June 5 and 19, 6-8 PM
Toronto Public Library - Scarborough Civic Centre

Try your hand at various printmaking techniques (e.g. linoleum printing, mono-printing, and collographs) possible without a printing press! Learn how to create unique visual images that can be reproduced in a series/edition of prints as well as ‘one-of-a-kind’ prints.


SA Suites of Programs - January to August 2019

July 29 to August 1, 10 AM—1 PM
McCanny Secondary School, 1051 McNicoll Ave.

Introduce kids to architecture, design, and community-building! Participants will get to design and build all types of architectural models using three-dimensional materials. My Public Art and Design is an an exercise that challenges their understanding of scale and experience through space and time.

Slime-Making Workshop


June 8 and 9, 10 AM – 12 PM
Bluffs Gallery at Scarborough Arts

Learn to create slime from simple, everyday objects! 


June 8 to 9, 1–4 PM
Bluffs Gallery at Scarborough Arts

Project Kids and Cameras is a super-fun, hands-on program where kids get to explore their voices and the world around them through photography, literacy, and visual thinking skills. Participants will go on photo scavenger hunts; make photo-action flipbooks; learn about composition, vantage points, scale and perspective; and so much more! This program is open to kids aged 9-13.


Spirit of Africa


February 7 and 21, 6-8 PM
Toronto Public Library - Malvern SPOT

Spirit of Africa is a fun, interactive workshop that uses dance movement, music, and song to tell the stories of the African people. Participants will learn a series of movements and song-and-drum rhythms from different parts of West Africa, followed by a formal instruction of a traditional dance piece. The workshop will end with a “cookup” where participants will be able to freely express themselves through dance. Participants should come ready to move and have fun!


March 6, April 11, and May 9, 6-8 PM
Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto

Travel through cultures with the Art of Dance! The workshop will focus on showcasing the history and evolution of dance focusing on influences from dancehall, afro, and hip-hop. Participants will learn unique, challenging routines and will learn to express feelings and emotions through movement.


Comedy Writing 101


June 4, 6-8 PM
Toronto Public Library - Agincourt Library

In this interactive workshop, participants will learn how to create topical headline jokes, sketches, and humour with scripted dialogue. Participants will be given writing exercises, get to see their jokes in action, and receive constructive feedback.



January 29 and March 12, 5-7 PM
East Scarborough Storefront

In Archiving Love, Care and Survival, participants will practice three means of care (food, love, and art) which have been vital to the survival of Tamil and other BIPOC communities in Scarborough. Using storytelling, unearthing lesser known local histories of community solidarity, and participating in artful archiving (using clothing, images, and other unusual items), this workshop will touch on loneliness, loss, and pain, and collectively emerge feeling soothed as a community.

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