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Art, Music & Dance

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Your portal to creativity

Music, art and dance lessons are your portal to creative outputs for the world (but mostly you) to enjoy. Arts & Culture programs at Dovercourt are available for children, adults and families.

Every one of us has the ability to contribute to the arts and culture that surround us. We all have the ability to create works of art that will inspire others, make them smile, tap their toe, make them go “hmmm”. Sometimes we need encouragement, sometimes we need to be taught a new skill to convey our emotions that just can’t be explained. Sometimes we just need a hand with the technical aspects of our craft. 

“Our instructor was phenomenal. He made the class fun and really motivated them to do their best. He challenged them so that they could meet their potential. A great experience!”

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The Arts

Visual Arts classes

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Dovercourt Dance School

Dance in a fun & pressure-free environment

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Pottery

Knead some inspiration? We have pottery for all ages

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Adult dance

Get your groove on!

Visual Arts

Our visual arts classes are your weekly creative outlet. Stimulate your brain and release the creativity inside while developing the skill set to present your ideas, in just the way you want for others to take in. Whether with a brush, a pencil a crayon or with paper maché, everyone can be taught to create a visual representation their thoughts, emotions and psyche. Side effect: even your doodling will improve!

Classes include adult art classes, watercolour, exploring visual arts, family art, afterschool art club, cartooning and more.

Online Art Classes

These classes have been very popular since they began in our first summer sessions of online classes. Follow along on Zoom to learn techniques and create sketches, guided by Beverley or Maya. Recordings are sent out after each class in case you missed it or want to repeat the lesson.

October 2021 classes:

Classes with Beverley Payne:

Watercolour Basics – Exploring Fall Colours
October- 7, 14, 21, 28; 11:00am-12pm
This introductory class is suitable for anyone who would like to have some fun playing with watercolour.  Step by step demonstrations will prove the opportunity to explore the medium of watercolour. Basic wash skills, colour mixing and brush handling techniques will be taught. The purpose of the class is to enjoy putting marks on paper with watercolour. Each week a new image will be demonstrated. 

Watercolour– Celebrating Autumn
October- 7, 14, 21, 28; 9:00 – 10:30am
Learn to create atmospheric, impressionistic landscapes, florals and still life using the vibrant fall colours. This class will help you recognize shapes and tonal values as well as further develop your painting techniques. The step by step demonstrations will provide the opportunity to have fun putting marks on paper.  Each week a new image will be demonstrated. 

 

Examples of watercolour images

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Maya Hum will be offering several classes starting in October.

Chinese Brush painting for Beginners,  Adult

This course serves as a gentle and enjoyable introduction to the basics of Chinese brush painting in watercolours. Students will learn mindful painting exercises and step-by-step demonstrations on bamboo, orchids, plum tree, flower blossoms, and more! For supply list visit: https://mayahum.files.wordpress.com/2021/09/mayahum-chinese-brush-painting_materials.pdf

Tuesdays, October 5-26, 1-3 pm

Exploring Drawing and Watercolour

Express your creativity in this introductory visual art course. Each week we explore and learn a different material and/or technique by completing a finished artwork! Each time this course runs, the projects are different. Supplies: Pencils and paper for the first day and watercolours introduced afterwards.

Wednesdays, October 6 – 27th, 2-4 pm

Register below (click on Visual Arts in Select an Activity). 

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Music Instructors

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Daron is a Canadian guitarist and composer who recently completed his M.A. in composition at York University where he also did his undergraduate degree in jazz performance. An experienced performer, he has worked in many different musical settings, from jazz duo performances to pop and Motown groups, as well as work in musical theatre, performing in pit bands for musicals such as Footloose, The Spitfire Grill and The Boyfriend.

Daron has performed in and around Toronto and Muskoka at events such as Concerts on the Dock, the Huntsville Festival of The Arts, The Toronto Undergraduate Jazz Festival, Kensington Market Jazz Festival, The Barrie Jazz Festival and the York University Jazz Festival. He has played in venues such as The Rex, The Algonquin Theater, Rene Caisse Theater, The Emmet Ray, Deerhurst Resort and The Jazz Bistro.

Recently he has also been making a name for himself as a music teacher. He enjoys inspiring the next generation of musicians by focusing on developing musicianship. Daron is comfortable teaching a variety of styles of music including rock, jazz, funk, blues, folk and classical. He also enjoys teaching students other skills in music, from theory and composition, to stage presence and performance. Daron is a gentle, inspiring and creative teacher who will help you achieve your musical goals and aspirations!

Daron is available on Monday & Saturday.

Find out more about Daron at www.daronmccoll.com

albert kaprielian- piano instructor

Albert Kaprielian is a pianist/singer originally from Toronto.  Albert attended St. Michael’s Choir School, a school noted for its excellent music program, weekly choir duties, and annual Christmas concerts at Massey Hall.  After high school Albert continued his musical studies at the University of Western Ontario, studying piano with Peter Simon, who later became the President of the Royal Conservatory of Music.

In addition to his classical music background, Albert has developed a strong repertoire in other genres of music including jazz, blues, R&B, classic rock, musical theatre, country, Celtic, holiday, and more.  Since making Ottawa his home in 2004, Albert has performed, as a solo act, or with groups from duos to sextets, at many of Ottawa’s hotels, museums, banquet halls, restaurants, retirement homes, golf courses, and other venues.   His trio can often be found performing for private events at the National Arts Centre.

Albert has taught piano and music theory in the past and enjoys the excitement of sharing his experience with others.

Albert is available for piano lessons on Mondays at BSOMA.

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