Workshops

Renato Foti
FEATURED MEMBER

Artist mainly in Fused & Bent glass for large scale installations.I also work on some new mixed media sculpture using glass & other materials.

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WORKSHOPS

Craft Ontario workshops are for craft professionals who want to strengthen their practice as creative entrepreneurs. Ranging from business skills to branding and marketing, Craft Ontario works to partner with experts in the field in order to connect members with information and guidance that helps get them to the next step.

COMING UP

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Calling all Craft Artists! Sell Your Art Online

Wednesday, September 16, 5:00 pm

Register today: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAud-6rqzgjHtTxPKJ8u6JRN27W29Nv44vu

Small businesses are the backbone of the Canadian economy, yet they’ve also been some of those hardest hit by COVID-19 shutdowns. To help independent businesses and artists, Digital Main Street and Google have teamed up to provide free ecommerce website builds for registered small businesses so they can reach new customers across the web. This webinar focuses on how craft artists can learn about and participate in the ShopHERE program in order to build a new online store, or redevelop and improve existing online sales strategies. Take advantage of one-on-one support to be more effective in selling your artwork in a digital environment!

Co-hosted by ShopHERE, the City of Toronto, Google, and Craft Ontario. To learn more about ShopHERE powered by Google, see www.digitalmainstreet.ca/shophere

Emileah Baumen leads the ShopHERE Powered by Google program at Digital Main Street, with a mission to help as many small businesses and artists get setting online as possible. She has years of marketing and sales experience while her work has always centred on empowering leaders and their teams to differentiate themselves and drive measurable results. Her work with small businesses spans a wide range of industries and is passionate about inspiring, teaching and developing their digital strategy toolkits.

As Google Canada's SMB Marketing Lead, Tristan Lee is focused on helping small and medium sized businesses embrace the power of digital and succeed within Canada and abroad. Prior to joining Google, Tristan spent six years in brand management at Procter & Gamble, working on some of P&G's most loved health care and beauty brands. With over eight years of brand building under his belt, Tristan prides himself on his capacity for empathy, entrepreneurial spirit, and track-record of innovating to drive breakthrough results.


 

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Learn How to Fund your Craft and Design Projects

Tuesday, September 29, 5-6 pm via Zoom

Register Today: https://bit.ly/3c2EGV6

Craft Ontario, DesignTO and Harbourfront Centre, with the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), present a webinar to learn how to apply to the OAC and bring your project from concept to reality!

Looking for support to develop a new prototype?
Want to take time to pursue a new idea?
Wondering how to fund a master class, residency, exhibition or conference?
Making changes to your practice to respond to the challenges of COVID-19?

Find out about the OAC’s Craft Projects grant program and learn about the new Arts Response Initiative, which addresses challenges faced by the arts community because of COVID-19.

Note: This session will be presented in English. Information will also be provided about programs for Francophone craft and design artists.

Upcoming Deadlines

  • Craft Projects: October 14, 2020
  • Arts Response Initiative: Project Grants for Individuals: October 20, 2020
  • Arts Response Initiative: Project Grants for Ad Hoc Groups, Collectives and Organizations: November 3, 2020


Accessibility: If you have any accessibility needs, please let us know no later than September 22nd by contacting:

Caroline Caire
Program Administrator
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1-800-387-0058 ext. 7440 (toll-free in Ontario)
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The OAC was established in 1963 to foster the creation and production of art for the benefit of all Ontarians.


 


PAST WORKSHOPS

LEARN HOW TO FUND YOUR CRAFT AND DESIGN PROJECTS

Monday, September 9, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Gladstone Hotel - Melody Bar
1214 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M6J 1J6

Join the Ontario Arts CouncilDesignTO, and Craft Ontario to learn how to apply to the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) to fund your craft & design project!

Looking for support to develop a new prototype? Want to take some time away from production work to pursue a new idea? Wondering how to fund your participation in a master class, residency, exhibition or conference?

DesignTO and Craft Ontario have joined forces with the OAC to bring you an evening of information to get your project from concept to reality.

Join us at the Gladstone Hotel on September 9 to find out all about the OAC’s Craft Projects grant program. Following a presentation, there will be an informal opportunity to meet and chat with past Craft Projects grant recipients and jurors.

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The Ontario Arts Council was established in 1963 to foster the creation and production of art for the benefit of all Ontarians.

Thank you to the Gladstone Hotel for their support of this event!


 

MAKING IT WORK: Defining Business Goals and Individual Success for Professional Crafts People

Presented by Gillian E. Batcher

Saturday, March 16 & Sunday, March 17 2019

Craft Ontario, 1106 Queen St. West
10:00 am - 5:00 pm 

In this informative, personalized, and productive two-day workshop you will define your business goals with achievable markers at the 1, 3 and 5 year stages. Gillian Batcher from PASH Jewellery Design will teach you strategies to move from goal to reality.

Through fun, skill building exercises, you will learn how to promote two very different yet equally important areas– yourself and your work. Come away from this workshop with a complete set of business tools – an elevator pitch, a promotional plan for your creative business, the know-how to price your work, and a clear pathway through the murky waters of social media and online promotion.

Gillian will help you strategize and manage your expectations and empower you to build your passion and skills into a viable and marketable business.

Gillian E. Batcher owns Jewel Envy, a collaborative jewellery studio located in the west end of Toronto where she designs and makes jewellery marketed under the label PASH Jewellery Design. Her studio is multi-purpose with a retail front, workspace for trained goldsmiths, and teaching facilities for the public. The space has a focus on creating community with a supportive infrastructure of mentorship and business guidance. She has written business curriculum and taught at OCAD University and George Brown College.


MERCHANDISING AND VISUAL MARKETING

Thursday April 27
6-9pm
Free for Craft Ontario Members

 

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Join us for a 2-hour merchandising and visual marketing intensive led by Danielle Suppa, Owner and Creative Director of Souvenir Studios. Since opening her store in 2015, Danielle has received countless accolades for her fresh and unique take on the creative direction of her retail-gallery space in Toronto's west-end.

Merchandising is an essential skill when selling your work, whether your marketing through your website, social media, a lookbook, or a tradebooth.  If you're interested in an introduction to merchandising, looking for guidance, or simply seeking fresh ideas and inspiration to display your work, Danielle is here to help. Over the course of this workshop, she will share helpful tips, strategies, and insights into thinking about merchandising and visual marketing to help your work stand-out, reach your target customer, and sell your product.

The evening will include hands-on activities, collaborative group discussion, and an informative presentation. 

 

Who We Are

Formerly the Ontario Crafts Council, Craft Ontario is a not-for-profit service organization that works to have craft recognized as a valuable part of life. We promote and celebrate professional craft through providing member opportunities, and advocate for craft practice by educating and empowering diverse audiences.