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Watercolour with Gabriele Craig, Spring Edition!
Wednesdays April 8 to June 10 | 10am – 12pm
450 Broadview Avenue, St. Matthew’s Clubhouse
$300 for 10 weeks; first time drop-ins are FREE
Register in person at our Clubhouse

Come have fun with watercolour painting under the guidance of experienced Watercolour artist & instructor, Gabriele Craig! Presented in collaboration with East End Arts, join us to learn watercolours in a fun and supportive environment. No experience necessary, and all levels are welcomed! Please note that class size is limited, and two free spots are available via an Energy Exchange (more information on this below).


If you want to register for Watercolour with Gabriele Craig, running from 10am to 12pm, please come to the first class on April 8th with a form of payment. Payment can be made in person by cheque, cash, e-transfer or credit card.


To ensure that the cost of this workshop series does not serve as a barrier to participation, two interested participants will have the opportunity to participate in this 10-week watercolour course for free via Energy Exchange! An Energy Exchange is a way for you to pay for an East End Arts program or partnered program with your energy and time, as opposed to with money. Energy Exchange roles can include anything from helping with set-up and take-down, assisting the instructor throughout the class, or volunteering in additional ways to be discussed. If you are interested in an Energy Exchange position for Watercolour with Gabriele Craig, please email our Programming Coordinator, Adam Barrett at adam [at] eastendarts [dot] ca, expressing your interest and the reason for your interest.


Week 1 – Drawing a subject using watercolour pencils;
Week 2 – Learning how to use the brushes by adding water to the created drawing;
Week 3 – Introduction to and experimenting with working on wet paper;
Week 4 – Learning about and applying washes;
Week 5 – Bringing a subject of your choosing, & applying what has been learned in week 1 to 4;
Week 6 – Learning to work with washes wet on dry;
Week 7 – Learning to work with washes wet on wet;
Week 8 – Applying learned techniques on a subject of your choice.

“As an absolute beginner with no drawing or painting experience, I found Gabriele’s philosophy of “no mistakes – no judgement” to be highly liberating. Now, after some years of her classes, I can appreciate how this approach not only grounds her students in good technique, but also keeps the process fun!” – Diane MacDonald, Mar 13, 2017


Supplies required are as follows:

  • Watercolour Pencils of 24; look for soft (better quality);
  • Watercolour brushes, which have to be natural hair (brown colour), and purchased as a package of 10;
  • Pad of Watercolour paper 140 lbs (no less)

Please note: You may bring any materials you have. For any questions on specific supplies, feel free to contact Gabriele directly who can guide you. Midoco Art & Office Supplies offers the best price for pencils, while Michaels is the best price for brushes only.

Materials will be included for any free drop-in classes.


Gabriele Craig, grew up in Germany, coming to Canada in the ‘Centennial’ year. Her background as Artist includes teaching at the International Academy of Design, the Art Institute of Toronto, and George Brown College. Today, Gabriele lives, paints and teaches in Toronto. As Watercolourist and Art Instructor with 20 yrs of teaching experience, she has a way of “demystifying” the art of watercolour painting in her unique approach to painting and teaching. You may be experienced and/or have some experience in the medium. Groups are deliberately small to allow for individual attention to each participant. The goal is to come away from painting with satisfaction and enjoyment.

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Art has always been an incredible vehicle for social change. Toronto artist Gabriele Craig is raising much needed funds to support vulnerable women and children living with war. 50% of all painting sales from her upcoming Art Auction will be donated to War Child! Join her on March 28th for a live auction at St. Matthew’s Clubhouse, or you can also buy Gabriele’s art online as well. Times will be posted shortly! Pop by, buy some art and support a good cause.

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