Baxter Studio School is a new and exciting creative program from Baxter Arts Centre to provide unique workshops taught by Prince Edward County professional artists. Working in the artist’s studio in a fun and supportive atmosphere, both curious beginners and experienced artists can enjoy the best possible hands-on studio-based exploration, to create and produce a personal artwork.

A Baxter Studio School workshop is a time for you to focus on your work, become energized and inspired, learn new skills, and possibly meet new like-minded participants within an artist’s studio.

Our instructors are leaders in their field and have a passion to share their knowledge of new materials and methods. Our goal is to offer you an opportunity to hone your abilities and have a transformative art experience under the personal tutelage of an artist.


mark armstrong collage



Mark attended Sheridan College way back before cell phones were invented, learning all the centuries-old techniques to become the experienced glassblower he is today. His learning has continued by taking a variety of workshops in cool places like North Carolina, New Hampshire, and Finland.

Over the years Mark has given dozens, if not hundreds of demos to visitors and groups, and his studio is a favourite field trip for students from several area schools, not just because glass is super-cool, but also because Mark is a naturally gifted teacher. Old and young alike love to learn about glass from him, his passion for the medium is contagious.

Visit Mark’s website to see upcoming classes.

rhonda nolan collage



It is a truly liberating experience to paint outside on the studio premises of Rhonda Nolan. To allow oneself the freedom of expression and be inspired by creative spirits. Her studio in Bloomfield PEC is surrounded by a magnificent expanse where you will experience a sense of freedom and glean inspiration from nature.

Rhonda is a mixed media, contemporary artist who continuously explores and paints. She also encourages artistic expression in all forms as a method to live a happier and healthier life. 

Visit Rhonda’s website to see upcoming classes.

sparkbox collage


Printmaking // Painting // Drawing // Photoshop // Professional Practices

Chrissy Poitras and Kyle Topping run Spark Box Studio, whose mission is to offer affordable space for artists to live, research, investigate and experiment in a focused environment. They aim to encourage discovery and the development of new ideas, give career-building opportunities for artists at all stages, and to engage with the community through the arts.

They offer workshops in printmaking, painting, drawing, photoshop and professional practices. 

Check the Spark Box Studio website for upcoming dates.

vicki sharp collage


Jewellery – bead weaving // Encaustic painting

After graduating with a fine arts degree from York University and completing studies at The Banff School, Vicki began making jewellery in the late 80’s and through the years she has evolved and developed her work to its current interplay of beads, stones, metal and polymer clay. During 23 years in Muskoka, she owned The Muskoka Moose Gallery and for 17 years founded and directed The Moose Show, Festival of Fine Craft held in the Atrium of the CBC, TORONTO.

For the past 20 years Vicki has given jewellery workshops in Muskoka and led Beading Retreats in Mexico. She now lives in Prince Edward County.

Visit Vicki’s website for more information about upcoming workshops.

Please contact the instructors directly with any questions.
For inquiries about the Baxter Studio School program and how to become an instructor, please contact