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Land Acknowledgement

We want to acknowledge the Traditional Territory of the Anishinabek Nation: The People of the Three Fires known as Ojibway, Odawa, and Pottawatomie Nations, and of the Métis Nation, and we further give thanks to the Chippewas of Saugeen, and the Chippewas of Nawash, now known as the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, as the Traditional Keepers of this Land.

Our History

Southampton Arts is the current iteration of two longstanding programs supporting cultural expression on the shores of Lake Huron, in Southampton, Ontario.

The Southampton Art School was founded in 1957 by Bert Henderson while a co-operative Gallery was founded by Carol Cleary and Tanya Weichel in 1999. Together, the School and the Gallery have provided artist-led learning opportunities and a venue for local artists to present their work for decades.

Today, Southampton Arts is proud to continue a legacy that included an advisory panel comprised of members of the Group of Seven while continuously seeking ways to serve as a catalyst for cultural expression and appreciation in Bruce County.

Our Commitment to Diversity

Southampton Arts is committed to a framework for change toward diversity and inclusion. We will continuously improve through an ongoing process of evaluation and change, based on research and self-reflection. An inclusive approach will be thoroughly integrated into the ongoing activities, operations and relationships of the organization. Southampton Arts will make every effort to identify and remove barriers to inclusion. Southampton Arts is committed to employment diversity with respect to all aspects of employment. Southampton Arts will endeavour to ensure that the workplace, all policies, procedures and practices, are free of deliberate or unintentional (systemic) barriers so that no one is disadvantaged.

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Working with Acrylics with Bill Colley

Today's Featured Class

Working with Acrylics with Bill Colley

July 11 - 13th,   9AM - 4PM

Material List Available

Skill Level: Beginner

Cost: $279


This course is designed for budding artists interested in learning about the use of acrylics. In this introductory course, you will learn the essential parts of the process: panel/canvas preparation, the use of a double primary palette, painting techniques, and finishing techniques.  Throughout the course, you will follow along with directed activities each day; technique workshops (composition, colour choices and use, the process of creating a painting in acrylics, techniques- alla prima- glazing,  - colour challenges) each morning.  In the afternoons you will create a piece using the methods/ topics covered in the morning and culminate with producing a painting of your own choice or follow along with a demo with support from Bill.

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