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Pottery (6 Weeks)

August 2-October 25, 2017

In this 6-week course, participants learn to make cups, vases and bowls on the pottery wheel and with hand-building techniques.

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Silver or Gold Ring (1 day)

August 19-October 21, 2017

In this one-day workshop, participants will learn basic jewellery techniques to complete a hand-fabricated band ring.

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Introductory Jewellery (6 Weeks)

September 12-November 1, 2017

In this 6-week course, participants learn a wide range of jewellery techniques such as piercing, soldering, filing, polishing, and surface techniques through creating samples and finished pieces.

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Glass Blowing (Weekend)

September 22, 2017-May 25, 2018

This weekend course covers solid (such as paperweights) and blown forms (such cups, bowls and plates), colour application, hot and cold techniques and use of studio equipment.

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Toronto Music Garden Tours

September 27, 2017

Our popular garden tours return for another season! Learn about the garden's unique design and history on a free, guided 45-minute tour led by a volunteer guide from Toronto Botanical Garden.

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Creative Time Summit: Of Homelands and Revolution

September 28-30, 2017

The Creative Time Summit is an annual convening for thinkers, dreamers and doers working at the intersection of art and politics.

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Make Your Own Glass Pumpkin

October 7, 2017

Join us for a fun Halloween workshop and sculpt hot glass into your very own pumpkin!

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Constructed Technologies: Communication & Cardboard presented by The Power Plant

October 7, 2017

The Power Plant partners with Akin Projects to present a pair of workshops inspired by Amalia Pica’s exhibition ears to speak of, in which Pica has reconstructed two acoustic radar units to-scale using cardboard. This event open to Power Plant Artist Members and Akin Collective only.

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Pottery (8 Weeks)

October 10-26, 2017

In this 8-week course, participants learn to make cups, vases and bowls on the pottery wheel and with hand-building techniques.

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Power Kids: Take Flight!

October 15, 2017

These FREE arts workshops for children ages 7-12 begin with a tour of the gallery and conclude with an art activity, inspired by the ideas behind the current exhibition. Tours and workshops are led by Amanda Foulds, Power Kids Family Programs Coordinator and assisted by Erica Cristobal, Power Kids Teaching Assistant. The cardboard sculptures in Amalia Pica’s exhibition are reconstructions of acoustic mirrors built nearly 100 years ago, between the First and Second World War. These mirrors were intended to detect the sound of incoming enemy aircraft. In this workshop, we will design and create our own gliding airplanes using cardboard and paint. After we construct our airplanes, we will take them outside to watch them fly!

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Book Discussion: Tram 83 by Fiston Mwanza Mujila

November 4, 2017

The Power Plant and Toronto’s African Literature Book Club jointly present a book discussion of Congolese author Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s debut novel, Tram 83. Tour Sammy Baloji's exhibition Suturing the City: Living Together in Congo’s Urban Worlds, then discuss the novel which, Mujila said, aimed “to be able to represent a form of exploitation and neocolonialism that happens throughout Africa, not just in the Congo.” From the book’s back cover: "In an unnamed African city in secession, profit-seekers of all languages and nationalities mix. They have only one desire: to make a fortune by exploiting the mineral wealth of the land. Two friends: Lucien, a writer with literary ambitions home from abroad, and his childhood friend Requiem, who dreams of taking over the seedy underworld of their hometown, gather in the most notorious nightclub in town: the Tram 83. … A daring feat of narrative imagination and linguistic creativity, Tram 83 uses the rhythms of jazz to weave a tale of human relationships in a world that has become a global village."

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Power Kids: Camera Obscura

November 5, 2017

These FREE arts workshops for children ages 7-12 begin with a tour of the gallery and conclude with an art activity, inspired by the ideas behind the current exhibition. Tours and workshops are led by Amanda Foulds, Power Kids Family Programs Coordinator and assisted by Erica Cristobal, Power Kids Teaching Assistant. The camera is an important part of Sammy Baloji and Filip De Boeck’s exhibition. It has the ability to freeze time and create stories. In this workshop, we will explore the origins of cameras – as far back as ancient Greece – by constructing our own camera obscuras! Like Amalia Pica, we will follow schematic drawing plans and build our cameras using cardboard, lenses and mirrors. Through this program we will learn about the components of a camera and the basic techniques of photography.

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