What is creativity?

Monday, March 19, 2018
9:30 am to 12.30 pm
Materials for drawing exercises supplied by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer

 Where does your imagination come from?

In this workshop you will have an opportunity to get your hands dirty. You will work through a series of exercises designed to remind your body and your mind how to play. You will draw and doodle (play!) your way toward story. Mess around! Stop thinking and start doing! Let’s see to which story YOUR hands take you!

“This course comprises a series of writing and drawing exercises that will open you up to the particular story each of you has ready to tell right now. Story happens as you make it happen. I want to show my students that they are endlessly creative all the time. That creativity belongs to everyone.”


KATHRYN WALSH KUITENBROUWER is the bestselling author of the novel All the Broken Things, which was nominated for Canada Reads and the Toronto Book Award. She is also the author of the novels Perfecting and The Nettle Spinner, the latter of which was a finalist for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. Her short-story collection Way Up won a Danuta Gleed Award and was a finalist for the ReLit Award. Kuitenbrouwer’s recent short fiction has been published in Granta, The Walrus, Maclean’s, Joyland, 7X7 LA, and Storyville, where it won the Sidney Prize (US). She is an award-winning instructor with the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies, Associate Faculty with the University of Guelph’s Creative Writing MFA, and a PhD Candidate in the English Department at the University of Toronto, where she works on creativity, language, and enchantment. For more information and to read some of her online work go to www.kathrynkuitenbrouwer.com

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Baxter Arts Centre, Box 163, Bloomfield, ON, K0K 1G0

Graphic Narratives: Intro to Making Comics!

Saturday, April 14, 2018
1:00 to 4:00pm
Ages 14 and up. No drawing experience necessary. Course is limited to 10 students. Please register early. Questions? Email Elizabeth Etue: writing@baxterartscentre.org
All materials supplied by the artist.

Writing with pictures for non-artists: an introduction to making comics. Learn simple methods for drawing people and the basics of sequential visual storytelling. Explore what you can say with pictures while using words selectively for counterpoint. Notice how showing your story in pictures alters the experience of both telling it and reading it.


MARTHA NEWBIGGING is a children’s book illustrator, animator, and educator. She has illustrated children’s books and textbooks for publishers including Annick Press, Owl Books and Kids Can Press. She has taught in a wide range of school and community settings, such as comics workshops in schools across Ontario, animation workshops in Toronto and Prince Edward County, a practicum in rural Nicaragua, and arts programs for an LGBTQ youth support group in Belleville. Martha was the inaugural Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence at the Toronto Public Library in 2013. Martha is also an instructor in the Illustration program at the School for Creative Arts & Animation at Seneca College.

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Baxter Arts Centre, Box 163, Bloomfield, ON, K0K 1G0


Graphic credit: “Research Ate My Brain: The Panic-Proof Guide to Surviving Homework” by Martha Newbigging, Annick Press