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FALL 2023 Workshop Schedule

This fall we have something for everyone at Journey Through the Arts. If you are an educator, a teen, a child, a toddler or an adult looking for something creative be sure to check out our Fall Workshop Schedule below.

I look forward to seeing you at the cabin soon!

To register or for questions please don't hesitate to contact me at and don't forget to "LIKE" Journey Through the Arts on Facebook for updates!


Mondays from 4:45-5:45 Ages 9-12 years old

Tuesdays from 10:00-10:30 Toddler Art (ages 1.5 to 3 years)

Tuesdays from 5:00-5:45 Ages 5 to 8 years old

Fridays from 6:00-7:00pm Teen Art (ages 11-15 years)

Saturdays from 10:00-11:00am Workshops for ages 6-12 years


ADULT WORKSHOPS: Flexible scheduling booked according to your preferences!

JTTA In-the-Schools workshops (bring JTTA into your school classroom!)

All art workshops are located in our 1840s log cabin studio at 190 Hope St. N in Port Hope. Please contact us for directions.

Journey Through the Arts CABIN

Journey Through the Arts STUDIO

MONDAYs from 4:45-5:45
Ages 9 to 12 years old

September 25: Anime Sketching

October 2: Watercolour Wonder

October 16: Fall Acrylic Paintings on Canvas

October 23: Tin Embossing

October 30: Spooky Hallowe'en Cartooning

$20 plus $6 Art Kit to take home. Register for whatever workshops interest you! (Plus HST)

TUESDAYs from 10:00-10:30
Ages 1.5 to 3 years old
Toddler Art Workshops

During this series designed for our youngest artists, we will use fall and Hallowe'en to be inspired to create a different art project to take home each week! Each week will focus on a different art concept such as colour, shapes, texture, 3D fun and mask-making! Have fun creating memories with your little one.

Dates*: October 3, October 10, October 17, October 24, October 31

$100 for 5 weeks (Plus HST) (Includes all art supplies!)
*Must enrol for all 5 weeks

TUESDAYs from 5:00-5:45
Ages 5 to 8 years old

September 26: Jungle-Inspired Modelling Clay Pictures

October 3: Self-Portrait Drawings

October 10: A Trip to the Moon: Aliens and Cat Astronauts

October 17: Create your Own Scratchboard Monsters

October 24: Clay Pumpkin Pinch Pots

$20 plus $6 Art Kit to take home. (Plus HST)
Register for whatever workshops interest you!

FRIDAYs from 6:00-7:00pm
Ages 11 to 15 years old
Teen Workshops

September 22: Tin Embossing

October 6: Watercolour & Pen and Ink Mythical Quest Landscapes

October 20: Modelling Clay Anime Pictures

$20 plus $6 Art Kit to take home. (Plus HST)
Register for whatever workshops interest you!

SATURDAYs from 10:00-11:00
Ages 6 to 12 years old

September 30: Northern Lights Paintings on Canvas

October 7: Fuzzy Friends Chalk Pastel Drawings

October 21: Clay Creatures

October 28: Curious Black Cat Cartooning

$20 plus $6 Art Kit to take home. (Plus HST)
Register for whatever workshops interest you!

Friday, September 29 from 10:00-noon
Join me at the studio for 2 hours of fun this P.A. Day!

During this extended workshop kids are:

$35 (Plus HST) per child


Due to the changing nature of adults' schedules, the Adult Art Workshops can be booked according to your personal preferences and on a flexible basis (either during the day or in the evening).

Adult workshop topics include: relief printmaking, drawing & sketching, watercolour and acrylic painting.

Adult workshops are 1.5 hours in length and are $40 per person (which includes all supplies used during the workshop).

Please contact the studio for availability and to customize your fun adult art workshop. Gather a small group of friends or just come by yourself.

JTTA In-the-Schools Program

Looking for a creative experience for your students in Kindergarten to Grade 8? The Journey Through the Arts In-the-Schools Program brings amazing interactive and hands-on visual art workshops that are geared towards each grade right into your classroom! We bring all of the art supplies and guide the students step-by-step through fun and imaginative art projects. $7 per student (includes all art supplies, instruction and a 2-period-length art workshop). By the end of the workshop each student will have a piece of art to hang in the classroom or take home with them.

Email to for more information or to reserve a workshop.
(Please note: The JTTA In-the-Schools Program is open to schools only in Port Hope & Cobourg at this time)


JK/SK: Clay Pinch Pots: During this workshop students will learn all about clay, 2D shapes, 3D shapes and how to make their own clay pinch pot using self hardening clay. The pots will be left to dry in the classroom and paint will be left with the teacher so that the pots can be painted and decorated 4-5 days later once the clay is fully hardened.

Grade 1: Art in the Round: "Exploring Sand Mandalas": This workshop will focus on learning about the various types of lines, geometric and organic shapes, warm and cool colours and radial designs to create a mandala sand painting on canvas using various colours of sand.

Grade 2: Understanding Warm and Cool Colours: "That's One Cool Panda!" During this workshop students will learn how to draw a panda using geometric shapes. They will then transform their symmetrical panda drawing using warm colours on one side and cool colours on the other. This workshop will focus on how colours can be used to show emotion as well as using symmetrical shapes.

Grade 3: Painting Underwater Creatures: This workshop will teach students how to draw an underwater scene and will focus on the concepts of space (foreground, middleground and background) to create the feeling of depth and will teach the students how to create various textures (pointilism for sand, scales on fish etc) and underwater creatures including a jellyfish, seahorse and a fish to create an underwater painting.

Grade 4: Squirrel Drawings: Learning About Line and Texture: This workshop will teach students how to draw a squirrel and to use various drawing techniques such as cross-hatching, pointillism and repetition of lines to create visual rhythm and texture in their squirrels fur and the setting of their drawing.

Grade 5: Birch Tree Landscape Paintings: This workshop will focus on understanding how to compose a landscape and using shading and cast shadows that create the illusion of depth in a landscape painting.

Grade 6: Caricatures: This workshop will teach students about the rules of proportion for the human face. After understanding proportion we will break the rules and exaggerate a facial feature to create a funny caricature of ourselves.

Grade 7: Drawing Trees Inspired by Emily Carr: This workshop will teach students about how to use lines for expressive purposes while creating a landscape drawing inspired by Canadian artist Emily Carr. The workshop will also introduce students to using texture and value in their drawings of trees using chalk pastels.

Grade 8: Cubist Portrait Paintings Inspired by Picasso: This workshop will investigate Cubist portraits and how artists such as Picasso broke up and analyzed three dimensional shapes and reassembled them on the page. During this workshop we will analyze the shapes used in the human face and reassemble them to create our own Cubist self-portrait paintings.

I would also be happy to discuss the individual needs of your students and customize a lesson to suit your individualized learning goals and units.

WINNER Best Art School/Instruction

WINNER Best Local Artist: Christine Benson

For Ages 6 to 13 years old

Are you stuck for a creative and fun way to celebrate your child's birthday? Why not hold a party at the log cabin at the Journey Through the Arts studio! Parties include:

- a 1 hour art project
- 30 minutes for cake and/or presents

Birthday Party packages include:

- a customized art project based on what the birthday child would like to do (painting, cartooning, drawing, clay sculpture etc) and a customized subject matter (their favourite animal, cartoon character). Email Christine to discuss all of the art media options AND subject matter available.
- includes all art supplies
- an art-themed goodie bag for each participant

Cost: $18 plus HST per child
**Parties can be booked to suit your schedule


Book Your Own Time With Friends at the Studio!

New Year’s Resolutions are easy to break aren't they? But if you made a resolution to do something fun, to learn something new or be creative I’ve made a cozy & inviting studio space for you at the Journey Through the Arts log cabin. Come and spend a couple of hours with your friends and pick a project you have always wanted to try:

What are YOU interested in exploring? Landscapes, animals, gardens, abstract? The art supplies are ready! Feel free to contact me to reserve a customized time during the day Monday to Friday between the hours of 10:00am to 2:00pm and create a project for you! Connect with your creative side and with your friends in a fun and relaxing environment. $30 per person for a 1.5 hour private workshop (includes all art supplies). Please email the studio at for more information or to book your workshop!

I hope to see you all at the cabin studio!


Journey Through the Arts



The JTTA In-the-Schools Programme


  • Learning the Basics of Drawing
  • Relief Printmaking
  • Drawing Trees Inspired By Emily Carr
  • Caricatures
  • Pointillism
  • Portraits Inspired by Modigliani
  • Surrealism and Salvador Dali
  • Architectural Designs Inspired by Hundertwasser
  • Navajo Sandpainting and Symbolism
  • Art in the Round: Exploring Tibetan Mandalas
  • Australian Aboriginal Art
  • Drawing Our Own daVinci Flying Machines
  • Drawing Underwater Creatures
  • Egyptian Hieroglyphics

  • OwlPaintings on Canvas: Learning How to Mix Colours and Create Textures with Paint
  • Contour Leaf Drawings with Cross-hatching
  • Paintings That Make You SCREAM Inspired by
    Edvard Munch
  • Pen and Ink Owls: Learning About Lines and Textures
  • How to Draw People in Proper Proportion
  • Canadian Aboriginal Art: Petroglyphs and Storytelling
  • Understanding Colour
  • Self-Portraits Inspired by Vincent vanGogh
  • Collage with Gustav Klimt
  • Cubism Portraits Inspired by Pablo Picasso
  • Landscape Painting and the Group of Seven
  • Scratchboard Inspired by the Tree of Life

We hope to see you at the studio soon!



Journey Through the Arts, run by artist Christine Benson, and musician Mike Woods is a multi-faceted arts organization in Port Hope, Ontario which is dedicated to bringing a variety of exciting programmes to adults and children. Founded as a way to ensure "the arts" (music, art and drama) are an integeral part of children's lives JTTA offers week long summer programmes throughout July and August at a restored mill along the Ganaraska River. The summer programme, which was founded in 2002, teaches children (between the ages of 6 and 13) about the value and importance of using their creativity and imagination while they produce visual art, perform original musical compositions and perform short plays. The results are both inspiring and humbling as the children gain confidence and learn various skills throughout the week.

From its roots as a children's arts organization Journey Through the Arts (JTTA) has blossomed and grown into a place where adults and children alike can experience the limitless possibilities of the arts. JTTA now offers after school, weekend and specialty art workshops for children, private guitar lessons, a group recording facility and adult visual art workshops which are dedicated to exposing adults (with various levels of experience) to the fine arts.

In the summer of 2005 JTTA opened the doors of the The Journey Through the Arts Gallery which focuses on giving exhibition opportunities to local and regional artists and artisans. The JTTA Gallery offers visitors a glimpse into the ideas, practises, techniques and work of 15 artists. The gallery features a variety of media including painting, printmaking, jewelry and pottery. Exhibitions and artists are ever-changing with work that is sure to inspire the artist within all of us.


Arranged to suit your individual schedule, these lessons can be booked after school or in the evening. Lessons are 30 minutes ($20 per lesson) or 1 hour ($30 per lesson) plus HST.  Private lessons include all art supplies. Lessons are based on your individual interests including mosaics, jewellery, painting on canvas, watercolour, printmaking and more!!


JTTA offers a fun and creative way to celebrate your child's birthday! Your private party includes all supplies, snacks and an art project for each of your guests. Parties are one hour in length and are held at our downtown studios. Parties are suitable for children 6-13 and are $15 per child plus HST. Please visit our website or call the studio for project descriptions.




Invite JTTA to your school! Workshops are available for JK to Grade 8 in various media. All workshops are affordably priced at $6 plus HST per student, including all art supplies. Instruction is 2 periods in length and comes with an accompanying rubric that compliments the visual art curriculum.




Each 1 hour workshop focuses on a particular technique and/or art movement.  Art workshops for children are held on Saturday’s from 10:00-11:00 and are $20 per workshop plus HST (which includes all art supplies) and consist of a maximum of 10 participants. Children are not required to register for all workshops and are free to pick and choose the workshops that interest them!