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10 things you need to know about… art workshops in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Tap into the province’s rich cultural heritage and learn how to create your own pot, painting, quilt or even an ugly stick.

20 August 2014

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Newfoundland and Labrador is renowned for its rich cultural heritage. From writers to visual artists, musicians to artisans, creator-instructors welcome visitors to their studios to learn their craft, while unique festivals celebrate cultural traditions and provide inspiring venues in which to take classes.

Here are 10 ideas to feed your creative soul:

1) Throughout December in St. John’s, Mummers Festival events culminate in the Mummer’s Parade. Mumming is an old-world tradition where villagers wear outlandish costumes, gather in groups and knock on neighbours’ doors, whereupon they are invited in for drinks, song and revelry. Festival workshops invite visitors to create signature tools of the Mummers’ trade, such as a hobby horse or ugly stick (a decorated “walking stick”).

2) Create a traditional Mummer figurine, island sprite, or mermaid with artist Rosemary Byrne at her studio in Avondale, near Conception Bay.

3) Visit King’s Point Pottery Newfoundland Craft Shop and Gallery and “throw your own pot” (potter’s jargon for creating a bowl using a potter’s wheel). The instructor will glaze it, fire it and mail it home to you.

4) Weave a Newfoundland memory in La Scie with Fair Haven Retreat’s master spinner and weaver via a workshop at her studio.

5) Take workshops (such as knitting, quilting, painting, sketching) at Fogo Island Inn. The artists and galleries from the town of Fogo Island are highly regarded.

6) The annual Writers at Woody Point festival in August draws musicians, poets and authors, with many giving talks and workshops on subjects ranging from creative writing to songwriting.

7) Groove to live local musicians at Galliott Studios and café in Woody Point, a popular hangout where local fare is served. The owner Jennifer Galliott, a tapestry weaver, potter and painter gives workshops.

8) Also in the historic village of Woody Point, located in Gros Morne National Park, fibre artist Molly White teaches rug hooking at Molly Made Fibre Art Studio.

9) What’s the difference between a 5-m (16-ft) Grand Banks Dory and a Fogo Island Punt? Find out when you learn to build a wooden boat at Winterton’sWooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador.

10) Pete Barrett of Mealy Mountain Gallery in Cartwright, Labrador,teaches floor-cloth painting, metal/clay work, copper tooling, embroidery and other workshops, where she features the works of local artists.

Whatever you choose, Newfoundland and Labrador offers endless inspiration.

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