When our Spring 2020 season was being planned in February, we did not anticipate finding ourselves indoors, tasked with keeping ourselves and our community safe from spreading COVID-19. Getting to this exact moment of launching our first series of online classes for Spring/Summer 2020 has taken so much love and consideration, time and efforts from many.

Thank you to the membership for participating in the survey and staying engaged on the Facebook Group, social media, and on the phone. It takes trust and some creative leaps of faith to re-imagine our programming in new ways. We’re so glad you stuck with us.

Thank you to our incredible Arts Instructors who continue to go above and beyond to bring their craft and care to our community. It’s truly heartening to witness how many instructors have committed to innovate with us and continue to support their fellow artists living with mental illness/substance use in Niagara.

And thank you to our partners at Workman Arts in Toronto, our friends in North Bay and Thunder Bay, and our board of directors for providing direction, collaboration, and many phone calls and meetings to help set our sails in this new direction.

It really does take a village to keep this organization alive, and I am so grateful for each and everyone involved.

With much love and in good health,
Shauna MacLeod
Founder/Director and Fellow Member Artist


Painting & Design – American Avant Garde

Instructor: Robin Nisbet

Dates: May 5 – June 15

Class Format:
– Video lessons delivered via email on Tuesdays (6 total)
– Zoom check-in with Instructor and Fellow Member Artists on Fridays 1-2 PM (optional, recommended)
– Critique via email Mondays (optional and recommended)

Using acrylic paint, we will explore the elements of design: value, colour, shape and form, rhythm and movement, unity and balance, contrast and emphasis. Throughout the six week session, we will explore artists and principles that were active in the late 1800s through to the mid 1900s like: Georgia Okeefe (Principles of Japanese Art), Picasso, Lawren Harris, Monet, Matisse (Fauvism), VanGogh, Marcel Duchamp (Nude Descending Staircase), John Singer Sergeant (White Ships), Gustav Klimt, Sonia Delaunay (Cubism and Orphism), and Surrealism.

Spoken Word – Can You Hear Me? Virtually Speaking

Instructor: Curtis Tye

Dates: Tuesdays May 5- June 9, 1-3 PM

Class Format: 6 Zoom sessions with Instructor and fellow Member Artists

These interactive online sessions are designed to invite Member Artists to develop their voice in telling a story of themselves or others. Individuals will participate in various online play-based activities intended to experiment with ideas of joy, friendship, and location by constructing spoken poetry. The class will engage in virtual ways to write spoken word, identify means to share ideas through poetry, and explore performance techniques using music and other multi-modal approaches as devices.

Mixed-Media Sculptures – Atom, Acorn, Oak

Instructor: Katherine Sunita

Dates: May 7 – June 14

Class Format:
– Video lessons delivered via email on Thursdays (6 total)
– Zoom check-in with Instructor and Fellow Member Artists on Sundays 7-8 PM (optional, recommended)

This course explores emergence: how a single node of experience can incrementally expand to a powerful driving force of existence. We will be creating three sculptural works in varied media, practicing additive techniques in salt dough, paper, and found materials. This will be a fun, hands-on, exploration of various sculpting techniques with materials found in your homes or in nature.


Ongoing project open to all Member Artists

Deadline to Submit: July 31, 2020

Hearing Voices: Chatter from the Willow is a seasonal, collaborative zine that acknowledges the perspectives and topics relevant to artists living with mental illness/substance use in Niagara. We aim to capture the heartbeat of the Willow, and share it with the wider community to inspire, educate, reduce stigma, and highlight the talents and points of view of our Member Artists.

Project Details: Member Artists are invited to digitally submit up to 5 original visual arts (drawings, paintings, collages), creative writing pieces (short stories, poetry), articles of interest (conduct interviews, research something relevant), and other forms of self-expression. 

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How to Sign-up for Classes

Call: 905-328-9277
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Please let us know the following:
1st & 2nd choice of classes

There are 50 spots available for the 1st Session of classes
(not including the zine project)

More classes will be announced soon
(photography, drawing, songwriting etc.)

Priority will be given to our registered Member Artists. If we have room, we will take on new memberships. Please reach out to inquire.

Once registration is closed, we will email you with specific details about materials, how and when to join the Zoom meetings etc.

We appreciate your patience and willingness to learn alongside with us.

Please continue to use the private Facebook Group if you have any questions. It is a great, supportive space to figure this out together.

Art Supplies & Materials for Classes

During our regular programming, Willow Arts Community provides access to basic art supplies and materials. However, during the COVID-19 quarantine we will not be able to provide art supplies. When you reach out to sign-up for classes, we will let you know the list of suggested materials needed for each class.

Please note: the sculpture, spoken word, and ongoing zine project all use materials you already have at home

Program Delivery & Technology

During our regular programming, we meet in person at the beautiful Rodman Hall Art Centre. However, during the COVID-19 quarantine we will be using new ways to connect and create. Each class offers unique ways to participate.

All classes will use the program Zoom. We will be hosting Zoom info sessions Monday, April 27th and Friday, May 1st 1-2 PM to get folks comfortable with the new technology. Check out the private Facebook group or email us at for more details.

Zoom is free and user friendly.