We are proud to present a roster of summer workshops available !
Please peruse and choose the path for you !
All ages drop-in
3rd Wed of every month, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Harvesting the image from the recycling bin and collected ephemera, we'll recombine signifiers, colours and textures into new landscapes of design. This evening is great for anyone wanting to stretch their creative muscles and play. All materials are provided, all you need to bring is a sense of fun and a desire to make. Both Emilie and Billy will be present.
$10 drop in
Mixed Media & Craft for Girls
7 – 11 yrs
Thursdays 1:30 – 3:00 pm
This weekly course with Emilie is a fun, mixed-media art class that will introduce girls to the work of some unique contemporary female artists, while engaging in assemblage, sculpture and picture-making projects. Students will learn skills such as sewing, embroidery, composition, and collage, with finished projects to bring home.
Participants must pre-register for 2-week blocks, with a new project beginning every 2nd week.
Zine workshop for Girls
7 – 11 yrs (young teens welcome)
Wednesdays 10:30 – 12:00
With many examples at hand, Emilie and the group will explore the satisfying art of do-it-yourself story-telling and book-making. Class projects will include learning unique ways to make pictures, words, and narrative. Girls will be encouraged to bring ideas and work in the way they like best. During the four weeks, the group will make books together and individually, all of which will be for taking home and sharing.
Participants must pre-register for 4-week blocks.
Teens & Adults
2nd & 4th Wed of the month, 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Learn the basic stitches of embroidery in this informal class with Emilie. Create something fun and unexpected with the aid of instruction and provided materials. This class encourages the use of embroidery for both traditional and unconventional means…make a special gift or something just for yourself.
Creative Collaborative Roundtable
Adults & Teens drop-in
Thursdays 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Work with Billy Mavreas in a collaborative round table process of art creation in this one evening course. Mavreas will guide a small group of adults through a journey that will investigate the accidental, and explore and challenge concepts that art is only for artists. Each session will involve a few hours drawing, looking and re-looking using the most basic of materials. With Mavreas as a creative, engaging and accessible guide and facilitator, find yourself opening up to the possibilities of your own inner creative talents. Non-artists and those who have given up on making stuff (but always secretly loved doing so) especially encouraged to sign up.
$10 drop in
Guided Drawing for Kids
Sundays 10:30 - noon
In this workshop, young drawers get to work with and learn from Billy M. Students will hone their skills, expand their boundaries and draw together in a collaborative round table format as art techniques and theories are discussed.
Fun, informative and a chance to work side by side with a lighthearted art professional.
Parent & Child Creative Play Session
age 5+ and adults of all ages
During this 1 ½ hour session, artist and teacher Billy
Mavreas will guide one child and one parent or
guardian through a creative journey of shared
drawing that will investigate happy accidents and
encourage art making for everyone, children and
Each session will involve drawing, collage, playing with colours and basic mark-making. Connect with your child by learning an intuitive and non-judgemental process of art making together. Children are naturals and parents can relearn how to play! Everyone can play! Materials provided.
Pricing and Misc. info:
Cost per person per session $20
Drop-in classes $10
Private Parent & Child $60
*Classes hold Max. 5 people per session.
Workshops are 1½ hours unless noted Participants must pre-register one week ahead
Supplies provided unless otherwise noted
Private sessions also available
Courses can be tailored to individual needs
$50 for an hour and a half long session
$120 for 3 sessions
A little about us :
Instructor Billy Mavreas is king of collecting and making cool stuff from scraps. He loves drawing, making books and is most known for his abstract and silent comics. He is co-founder of Expozine, Montreal’s zine and small press fair, and is the Proprietor and resident-at-large of Monastiraki.
Instructor Emilie O’Brien is an artist who uses textiles, scraps and words as a large part of her practice. She is also an art restorer, and a partner-in-crime at Monastiraki. She has taught art to children and adults in several venues, and as a big sister, has had lots of experience with hanging out and making things.