Get School’d is a weekly educational workshop series held at the Gladstone Hotel. Each week we team up with a local artist or creator to provide an accessible space where you become the artist! Everyone loves to learn new things, right? We aim to provide an environment for workshops that connect you with like-minded learners, fascinating instructors and unique ideas. Plus, you can drink while you learn!
The Flying Books School of Reading and Writing holds small-format classes on criticism, journalism, fiction, memoir, writing for the internet, and more — all taught by experienced writers and instructors, including Carl Wilson, Desmond Cole, Lynn Crosbie, Russell Smith, and more. All classes meet at the Gladstone Hotel on Tuesday evenings from 7-9 PM.
Get School’d: Grant Writing: Music Edition
Tuesday October 17th | 6:30-8:30pm | Free
Christy DiFelice, the Music Officer from the Toronto Arts Council will lead an information session and discussion about the different Music Grants available at the TAC as well as best practices for writing an application. The two hour workshop will address the application process, DO’s and DONT’S for writing, knowing your audience, articulating your artistic project and providing effective support material and documentation with a focus on MUSIC specific projects and grants.
Get School’d: Get School’d: Cross Stitching Halloween Edition
Tuesday October 24th | 7:00-9:00pm | $25
Learn how to create your very own spooky Halloween-themed piece using simple cross-stitch techniques! We will have patterns of Frankenstein, Jack Skellington, a Death Head moth, and others to choose from. This class is perfect for beginners, and is an excellent way to keep busy on transit, in a coffee shop, or while watching TV. Located in the Gladstone Hotel’s Melody Bar, this workshop is a casual, fun opportunity to learn to stitch while having a drink. Come join us and get crafty!
Get School’d: Macrame Plant Hanger Workshop
We spend so much time staring at our screens, sitting at our desks and moving through the motions of our busy lives. Taking a break to master macrame is energizing, fun and relaxing. Through guided step-by-step instruction from Jenny Morris of plantbaby studio, you will learn how to translate beginner macrame knots into chic plant hangers that you will be proud to hang in your home. In under two hours, you’ll go from thinking “I don’t think so, plantbaby” to “I am a macrame Qween!” Rope and gold ring included in the ticket price. Plant and pot not included.
Get School’d: DIY Clothing Repair
Wear a hole through your knee of your jeans? Or the seat of your pants? Don’t worry, we can fix it! Rather than sending your clothing to a landfill, add character and meaning to your garments by mending them! Join us for a workshop on October 5th and learn how to fix your favourite piece of clothing. This workshop will cover how to patch garments, incorporating sashiko stitching techniques. What to bring: Please bring a piece of clothing that you want to mend. You are welcome to bring specific patches or thread for mending however all other materials will be provided.
Back to School: Explore Your Astrological Chart
The focus of this workshop will be your natal chart—where the planets were at the time of your birth—which shapes your personality, according to astrology. In this workshop you will learn about what each planet represents in your chart, and a basic idea (in other words, stereotypes) of each of the astrological signs. As you’ll find, astrology doesn’t define your life—but it can give you insights into feelings and thoughts you may have already had about yourself! During the workshop, you’ll look up your natal chart, identify the different aspects between the planets, and learn some basic ways to work with those ideas—whether you want to tease out innate talents or you want to deal with difficult tensions. This is a great class for newbies or intermediate students, as there will be time for questions, observations, and discussion.
Back to School: Cement Planter Workshop
Cement Planters are all the rage, but they’re easier to make than one might guess! Attendees will have the opportunity to create their own, unique cement planter under the direction of crafter and lifestyle blogger, Victoria Stacey. With her guidance and tips, attendees will learn how to create a cement planter, paint their planters, and pot their cactus or succulent plant.
Back to School: Cross Stitching Gets Botanical
Learn how to create your very own cactus or leafy green plant-themed piece using simple cross-stitch techniques! This class is perfect for beginners, and is an excellent way to keep busy on transit, in a coffee shop, or while watching TV. Located in the Gladstone Hotel’s Melody Bar, this workshop is a casual, fun opportunity to learn to stitch while having a drink. Come join us and get crafty!
Back to School: Grant Writing 101
Rupal Shah from Toronto Arts Council will lead an information session and informal discussion covering best practices for writing a grant application, the general application process, DOs and DON’Ts for writing, knowing your audience, articulating your artistic project and providing effective support material and documentation as well as the different grants available at TAC.
Get School’d: Experimental Drawing Workshop
Drawing is a beautiful way of connecting to the world around us! But sometimes we can become too focused on technique and the idea of making a ‘good’ drawing. Need to loosen up your drawing practice and let go?
Get School’d: DIY Natural Skin Care
Make your own face products with the nourishing and healing properties of plants! Using all-natural ingredients, learn about and make a herbal steam, a face mask/scrub and a face oil—all the products needed for a complete facial.
Get School’d: Social Media for Small Business and Entrepreneurs
Are you #HASHTAGHOPELESS when it comes to social media? This workshop is designed for beginners, small businesses and entrepreneurs looking to build or improve their social media presence.
Get School’d: Ceramic Painting Workshop
The workshop covered different techniques for ceramic painting, including painting two pieces! Using alcohol ink to create a watercolour technique and ceramic paint to create the vision of your dreams! Each attendee left with two original ceramic pieces in two different styles.
Get School’d: Zine Making
Come join for a night of fun with a zine party at the Gladstone Hotel. This D.I.Y. night will be filled with scissors, multicoloured papers, collage images and plenty of pens with the hopes of making some fantastic one-off zines or multiples. Learn about the history of zine-culture and the importance of spreading information through self-published works. Different zine building techniques will be discussed, including methods on building you own: poster zine, saddle stitch, double-edged, Japanese binding and book covers. Trade booklets or learn about secret photocopying techniques and the best printing shops in the city. There are an endless amount of possibilities, so it’s time to experiment and build an amazing publication!
Get School’d: Himalayan Salt Watercolour Workshop
Feel the tropical vibes of the summer! In this beginner’s workshop, you will learn how to use concentrated watercolours, masking fluid, as well as a variety of salts, drips, and splashes to create a vibrant monstera fern painting!
You’ll end the day with a beautiful painting you can take home, as well as a good filling of watercolour knowledge you can use to experiment and play with your newly mastered medium!
Located in the Gladstone Hotel’s Melody Bar, this workshop is perfect for newbies and people looking for a refresher on watercolour techniques, and anyone who likes to get a little creative while having a drink (or two!)
Watercolour is a wild and unpredictable medium, but don’t be shy, come pick up a brush and try it out!
Get School’d: WellPreserved Fermenting 101
Learn the basic principles of fermenting food at home. Remove any fear, learn how easy it can be and begin to see the world of possible new flavors ranging from homemade pickles to mead and fruit wines!
This will be a high energy session which will walk through the basics of home fermenting. We’ll demo how to pickle carrots (and other vegetables), homemade hot sauce, sauerkraut and talk through the basics of fermenting your own alcohol! Participants will make a small jar of carrots which they can take home and ferment over the following days! We will leave lots of time for questions and answers and arm participants with the knowledge and confidence to go home and start experimenting right away!
Mending: How To Bring Your Clothing Back To Life
Wear a hole through the knee of your jeans? Or the seat of your pants?
Don’t worry, we can fix it! Rather than sending your clothing to a landfill, add character and meaning to your garments by mending them! Join us for a workshop on June 20th and learn how to fix your favourite pants or shirt.
This workshop will cover how to patch garments, incorporating sashiko stitching techniques.
Florals in a Teacup + Ceramic Painting Workshop
The workshop will cover different techniques for ceramic painting, including painting two pieces, one being a ceramic teacup which you will then be able to plant a succulent in to take home! Each attendee will leave with two original ceramic pieces in two different styles.
Yoga for Beginners with Katharine Odlum
Every Wednesday in 2017 | 7:30-8:30am | $5 drop in classes | Pay at the door.
Yoga session 7:30-8:30am
Start your New Year off right to a path of relaxation and health wellness. Every Wednesday morning, join our beginner’s yoga drop-in class in our airy second floor Gallery.