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Paint Like a Musician!

 A Workshop with Charles “Chas” Burke

Sunday, June 9, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Art Gallery of Bancroft welcomes Bancroft native and multi-talented musician and artist Charles Burke to lead a workshop titled “Paint Like a Musician!”. 


Workshop Instructor

Charles Burke is active in both art and music.  As a professional clarinetist he studied with John Fetherston, Ezra Schabas, Robert Riseling, Yona Ettlinger, and finally with Avrahm Galper, who was for many years the Principal Clarinetist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.  Mr. Burke has an A.R.C.T. Diploma, and his music development has involved work on a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Toronto and a Master’s degree from the University of Western Ontario, where he was also the conductor of the University of Western Ontario Concert Band.

He has played in numerous chamber music concerts, has performed in orchestras both in Thunder Bay and in Peterborough, where as Principal Clarinetist he was also on occasion featured as soloist with the orchestra.  Currently he performs with the Durham Chamber Orchestra.

In art, he works in a variety of media and values the aesthetic and technical bonds between art and music.  In addition to studying works in Canada and the United States, he has travelled as far abroad as Israel, France, Austria, Germany and Italy.  He did classical art studies with Pauline Bradshaw –a student of John Angel who started the School of Realist Art in Toronto. He has studied Impressionism with Lois Griffel and John Kilroy at the Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Mr. Burke has participated in group exhibitions where he has won awards for Best Oil and Best in Show. He has done solo, two- and three-person exhibitions. His works are included in corporate collections.   He is represented by the following galleries:

  • Cornerstone Canadian Art and Craft - Kingston
  • Cocoa & Joe Gallery – Oshawa
  • Gallery 33 – Thunder Bay
  • Norman Felix Gallery – Toronto
  • Rose’s Art Gallery - Sault Saint Marie

and has displayed at the Winnipeg Art Gallery art rental and sales department.

His work can be viewed on his website : and he may be contacted at   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Workshop Description

At this workshop you will

  • Get a better understanding of two artistic partners-music and visual arts - as you learn how they complement each other.
  • Develop your own knowledge of both these arts and improve your own painting skills in an interactive and supportive environment.
  • Learn about such aspects as colour harmony, drawing, design, composition, materials and tools manipulation, as well as relevant historical and marketing knowledge.

Although the workshop relates specifically to the structures and progressions of J.S.Bach, methodology will be employed, so that no theoretical or practical music skills will be needed.

   “Abstract in A Flat Minor” by Charles Burke, Oil, 24” x 36”



There is no materials fee for this workshop.  Students are expected to provide their own supplies. The suggested list of supplies is provided below.


Workshop Fee and Registration

The cost of this one-day workshop is $65.00, payable by cash or cheque only to the Art Gallery at the time of registration.




A Workshop with Bonnie Steinberg

Sunday, June 23rd, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Note: A Minimum of 10 students is required for this workshop to proceed.


Workshop Instructor

Bonnie Steinberg is a graduate of York University where she received her Honours (B.F.A) Bachelor of Fine Arts. Bonnie is also an elected member of the C.S.P.W.C. (the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, the S.C.A. (the Society of Canadian Artists) and a signature member of the Toronto Watercolor Society (T.W.S). Bonnie is also a guest artist and teacher for many art groups in Canada, the United States and Europe. She has most recently taught a two-week watercolour painting workshop in Italy, including Florence, Venice and Tuscany, and a weeklong watercolour workshop in Sedona, Arizona.


Workshop Description

           The Day’s End” by Bonnie Steinberg


Come and explore how light, design and colour can put passion in composition!  Our subject matter will include a (SIMPLE) street scene, or iconic laneway, complete with landscape elements, architectural elements and other details. Ontario and its beautiful street scapes, will provide our inspiration. The figure in watercolour will also be explored so that its incorporation will complete a visual story.  Participants will explore “how” to paint great greens, deep violets and other wonderful hues.  Some new and some old and proven techniques will be taught and demonstrated to provide a purposeful aim for participants. Atmospheric perspective through colour, and linear perspective will also be explored! Participants will marvel at the result…luminous and passionate paintings!



Students will provide their own materials for the workshop.  Consequently, there is no materials fee.

Please bring:

  • Paints (Artist Quality) of choice
  • minimum palette (permanent rose, cobalt blue & aureolin yellow)
  • IF POSSIBLE 6 or more colours that equal  (2 reds, 2 yellows, 2 blues)


Suggested colours:

 Aureolin Yellow                    Raw Sienna                     Opera                       Scarlet Lake                

Burnt Sienna                            Permanent Rose             Cerulean Blue           Cobalt Blue    

Winsor Blue (red shade/and               Winsor Red                    (or green shade)

French Ultramarine Blue          Alizarin Crimson (Permanent)      New Gamboge or Indian Yellow

Viridian Green                             Quinacrodone Gold            (Optional): Prussian Blue



Suggested sizes:

2" Robert Simmons white-sable-skyflow wash(*optional)  

1" flat gold sable-clear hand, beveled end

#5 & #8 round gold sable

#3 or #4 rigger

#16 (½" x ½") flat gold sable (THIS IS A LIFTING BRUSH… (OPTIONAL ONLY))

 2" hake


  • Paper – good quality 100% rag paper

140 lb and/or 300 lb (hot) smooth and cold press board if paper is in sheets, and if not, blocks are suggested

  • Palette – (Robert E Woods or John Pike or equivalent) – scrub each paint compartment (not mixing areas) with an SOS pad to rough up the surface so that the paint will stick
  • 2 plastic containers (500 ml)
  • Eraser
  • Tissues (Kleenex) a box is great!
  • HB or 6B pencils
  • Masking tape and masking fluid
  • Small natural silk sponge (Curry’s has these or so does Shopper’s Drug mart)
  • Sketch book
  • Ruler or set square for drawing
  • OPTIONAL: Music CD



             Iconic Charlottetown” by Bonnie Steinberg


Workshop Fee and Registration

The cost of this one-day workshop is $65.00, payable to the Art Gallery by cash or cheque at the time of registration.



 “Wired Gems”

A Workshop with Michelle Bruce

Sunday, July 7th, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Art Gallery of Bancroft is delighted to present a jewellery-making workshop with Maynooth resident Michelle Bruce.  This is the first jewellery workshop in several years at the AGB, and it is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.


About the Artist

Artist Michelle Bruce can be found creating at her studio hidden in the woods 5 minutes drive from Maynooth.  Michelle started her artistic journey working in stained glass.  In 2004, she opened a gallery (Botanical Glassworks) in Barry’s Bay, showcasing her work and that of numerous other artists.

A few years later, a chance class in jewellery making changed her focus. All energies were then focused on creating beaded and wired jewellery.  In 2017, she closed her store, and is now focused full time on exploring metalwork and wirework jewellery. Michelle designs jewellery using copper, silver and semiprecious stones.

She also enjoys teaching a range of classes from wirework to metalwork, and sells beading supplies out of her studio.

Her work can be seen on her website, on the Bancroft & Area Studio Tour, at various craft shows or by appointment at her studio in Maynooth (613)334-2021.




Workshop Description

This workshop will be a total immersion in playing with wire; the result will be 3 finished projects.   The goal of class is to walk out feeling comfortable further exploring wire jewellery. 

Students will learn about different gauge wires, how to make coils, spirals, lashing, hardening, eye pins, head pins, double eye pins, clasps, etc., time permitting.

The initial hour will be an introduction to wire and making a beaded wire ring.  The second project (1 hour) will be a beaded paisley wire pendant.  The third project, lasting 3 hours) will be a woven wire cuff.       


Materials List

 I will bring various gauges, colours, types of wire as well as a variety of beads for each project. All tools will be provided and usage explained.

The material cost is $30 including a ball chain for pendant.


Workshop Fee and Registration

The cost of this one-day workshop is $65.00, payable by cash or cheque only to the Art Gallery at the time of registration plus the $30 material fee payable to Michelle on the day of the workshop.


 Our Lovely Loons”

A Workshop with Debra Bannister

Sunday, July 14th, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


The Art Gallery of Bancroft is delighted to have Debra Bannister return to instruct a watercolour workshop.  Debra led a workshop at the AGB last summer with a focus on painting portraits with watercolours.


Workshop Instructor

Debra Bannister is an award winning artist who sees the world in bold colors. Luminous light and vivid hues define her paintings. Her art is both descriptive and expressive while still being realistic and slightly abstracted.

Since 2006 she devoted herself to watercolor and water media painting. Her award winning paintings have been included in numerous juried shows, art festivals and gallery exhibitions. Her paintings hang in private and permanent collections. Debra divides her time between painting in her studio and outdoors on location.  Her most recent accomplishment are the 21 paintings she completed for a children's book called "Floofus Land Adventures”.

Debra is a member of the East Central Ontario Arts Association and the Kawartha Artists Gallery and Studio (KAGS). Her art work, prints and cards are sold at the Stratford Festival Theatre Store, online and at art festival and juried shows in and around Ontario. Her art work is found in permanent and public art collections in Canada and abroad.

Debra lives near Buckhorn, Ontario on the shores of Six Foot Bay, Buckhorn Lake. During the winter she travels south to enjoy the warm sunshine and paint.


In the Artist’s Words

I have always had a passion for drawing and expressing myself with color. So much so that when I was in grade one I got into a lot of trouble coloring in my Dick and Jane books.  In my early years as an artist, oil painting dominated my time but since 2006 watercolor has stolen my heart.  I love the unpredictable, fluid nature of this medium.  My love for medical science won out as a career, especially subjects involving chemistry and physics. I believe this is why I find watercolor so interesting because we really need to understand the chemistry and physics of painting and our subjects to be able to render something worthwhile.


Workshop Description

 Debra is an enthusiastic art instructor, who teaches painting and drawing.  In her workshop and classes she uses a step by step approach to provide a sound background in techniques and esthetics while encouraging everyone to express their own style and sensibility through their art. Having fun while learning is the goal of Debra's artistic instruction.

The call of the loon is iconic on lakes of Ontario’s Cottage Country. These beautiful birds create a sense of calm and wonder when we observe them on the water. In this 1 day workshop, artists will engage in the use of specific design, colour, value, and edge techniques to create their own lovely loon painting.  Reference materials and handouts will be provided. This workshop is intended for beginner to intermediate artists.

For more information about the artist and to see her artwork, visit




Artists are expected to bring their own supplies

  1. I encourage the use of 140 or 200 lb paper (Arches, Fabriano, Saunders Waterford are very good papers). If possible buy one large sheet of watercolour paper 30” x 22” cold press and cut it to the appropriate size at this workshop (approximately 11” x 14”). This paper is better quality than pad paper and cheaper.
  2. Bring your round/mop brushes especially a larger one (8,10 or 12) and 1” or 1 1/2 " inch flat brushes for our initial washes. Larger brushes hold more paint so you get better mixing and application of paint onto the paper.   A 4 to 8 round brush for applying fine details such as hair, nose and facial lines. Round brushes should have a good point on them so that you can make fine lines and broader brushstrokes with the same brush.
  3. Here are the typical colors I will use for this painting. These are my colors, yours may be slightly different but that is OK because sky and water reflections can be any colors you desire. We will talk about this. I am using two Quinacridone colors only because they blend well with other colours and are very luminous. I try and use colors that are in most typical palettes or tube paint sets. Be sure it is a tube set and not a pan block set. The tube paints are best for creating larger juicy pools of pigment to paint with. Note that if you don’t have the exact colors listed below, no worries, I can suggest substitutes based on paint properties.
  • Naples, Raw sienna, Burnt Sienna
  • Aureolin, Quinacridone Gold (optional)
  • Quinacridone Coral or Permanent Rose or Rose Madder Genuine
  • Cad Red Light, Scarlet Lake or Vermillion (red orange)
  • Sap Green or mix your own green with Aureolin and Cobalt Blue or Antwerp
  • Cerulean or Peacock Blue (Holbein), Magnesium Blue
  • UMB or Royal Blue (Holbein), Antwerp or Prussian Blue, Neutral Tint.
  1. Misc Supplies:  MUST HAVE - Misket (rubber compound) for saving the whites on the loons

Kleenex tissues (no lotion type), paper towel, pencil, two water containers (large yogurt/ice cream), plastic cover for the table, masking tape, board to attach watercolor paper to, palette to mix paints in (large white butchers pan or plate works, too), blow dryer


Workshop Fee and Registration

The cost of this one-day workshop is $65.00, payable to the Art Gallery by cash or cheque at the time of registration.  There is no materials fee because students must bring their own supplies.


More Information

Please contact Workshop Coordinator Ingrid Monteith at (613) 334-6965 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Or, contact the Gallery at (613) 332-1542 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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P.O. Box 398
Bancroft, Ontario
K0L 1C0

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