Fall 2021 Education Programs at the Art Gallery of Burlington


Althea Balmes, Falling/Draining

How do the things we carry—from immaterial ancestral or familial knowledge to material collections and foraged matter—serve as generative tools for understanding and creation? And how do they stem from (or serve us in the face of) adversity, or crisis?

Drawing from these ideas, the AGB’s education program this season features a series of talks and workshops facilitated by Althea Balmes, Anong Beam of Beam Paints, Nicole Clouston, Stephanie Singh, Kendra Yee, and Z’otz* Collective (Nahúm Flores, Erik Jerezano, and Ilyana Martínez). It uses the form and concept of the vessel as a departure point to explore ecological stewardship, storytelling, ritual, collectivism, health and safety, and self/community care through hands-on encounters with ceramics, comics, papermaking, drawing and painting. These workshops position learning and creativity as a means of dialogue and resilience.

Curated by Tara Bursey, this program is presented as part of the exhibition How to Read a Vessel.

For more information or to register, visit www.agb.life/learn/courses or contact Tara Bursey, Associate Educator, Art Gallery of Burlington at tara@agb.life.


Image courtesy of Z’otz* Collective


Collaborative Drawing Workshop with Z’otz* Collective
(Nahúm Flores, Erik Jerezano and Ilyana Martínez)
Saturday, October 9th, 1 – 4 pm
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, September 28th, 12 noon

Join exhibiting artists Z’otz* Collective for an afternoon of drawing that will explore multiple media and collaboration in a series of dynamic exercises. Participants will focus on the experience of the process rather than the final result. Those who take part will also spend time viewing and discussing Z’otz* Collective’s installation on view at the gallery, Eccentric Coincidence, combining collaborative, large scale drawing and ceramics. All materials will be provided. Register at this link.

Build-A-Bowl with Nicole Clouston
Fridays, October 1st, November 12th, November 26th, 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Spend an evening learning how to form a bowl on the potter’s wheel! Absolutely no experience is required for this hands-on night working with clay. The pieces you make will be fired and glazed after the workshop for you to use at home.

Friday Night Clay Date with Michelle Lynn
Fridays, October 29th and November 19th, 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Come join us for some creative time in our clay studio. In this workshop, you will learn how to shape a mug or plate out of clay and decorate it with coloured slips.

Botanical Papermaking Workshop with Stephanie Singh
Thursday, December 2nd, 6:30-9:30 pm
Registration Deadline: Friday, November 26th, 12 noon

In this workshop, participants will learn the fundamentals of making paper with botanicals to add texture with artist and designer Stephanie Singh. In this workshop, participants will view samples of Stephanie’s work with handmade paper (from decorative paper made with fruits and vegetables to 3D vessels), while learning paper-making techniques. Handmade paper created in this workshop can be used for future projects, or even saved for planting in the garden to allow new life to form through the papermaking process. Register at this link.


Microbial Sculpture Workshop and Artist’s Talk with Nicole Clouston
Saturday, October 23rd, 1 – 3 pm ET

In this hands-on workshop and artist’s talk with Nicole Clouston, participants will connect vessels and ecology through the creation of sculptures that use mud as a medium to explore the life within it. Participants will collect mud and place it into clear containers along with nutrients that support microbial growth. As sculptures are made, participants will discuss the importance of microbial life, the enmeshed nature of our existence, and the care required to live responsibly in the world together. Register at this link.


Image courtesy of Anong Beam, Beam Paints

Gathering Colour: Talk and Virtual Paint Night with Anong Beam of Beam Paints
Thursday, November 4, 6:30 – 8 pm ET

Beam Paints is the result of a multi-generational love of pigment, paint, colour, and innovation. Painter and entrepreneur Anong Beam was raised by her artist parents, Carl Beam and Ann Beam, and taught from a young age how to harvest pigment in the LaCloche mountain range near her home in M’Chigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island. Beam Paints draws on Anong’s early education in Indigenous pigment and expands it to encompass all paint traditions.

Anong will talk about her approach to producing small batch paint, and the role of health, safety, and sustainability in guiding her work as a painter and paint maker. Over the second half of this program, Anong will lead participants through a participatory painting demonstration. Register at this link.

Let It Flow: Graphic Storytelling with Althea Balmes
Saturday, November 20th, 1 – 3 pm ET

Drawing inspiration from How to Read a Vessel, this workshop for individuals 16 and up with artist and educator Althea Balmes will explore the ways comics and zines can be vessels for narrative, ritual, and imagination. Althea will go over the basics of comic making and zines and take participants into a visual storytelling process grounded in mindfulness, experimentation, and play.

Those who join the workshop will also hear from Althea about her practice as an artist and storyteller focusing on stories of migration, labour, ancestral knowledge, and the work of Filipino care workers in Canada. Register at this link.

Art Gallery of Burlington is proud to acknowledge that the land where it is located is part of the ancient Dish with One Spoon Treaty and also the Brant Tract Purchase, Treaty No. 3 3/4 of 1795, and it is grateful to the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and the Six Nations of the Grand River for sharing this territory.

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Colleagues in the media are invited to connect with:
Laura Buisman, Marketing Coordinator,
905-632-7796, ext. 304 or laura@agb.life