Playing in the studio

My paintings are displayed in solo and group exhibitions and are represented in the City of Ottawa public art collection and in private collections nationally and internationally. Click my CV for details.

Along side of working in the studio the other part of my creative journey is about teaching fine arts, creativity mentoring and coaching.  

I have had a rewarding time designing and leading workshops since 1978, through the City of Ottawa, The Ottawa School of Art, Algonquin College (Creative Arts program), Halliburton Summer School of the Arts (Expressive Arts Program), Mississippi Mills School of the Arts and in the greater Ottawa community with Artswell, an arts and health charity organization for 10 years. 

Currently, I teach a variety of workshops in expressive drawing and abstract painting for small groups from my studio situated in the heart of Almonte Ontario. Occasionally, I’m part of unique collaborative workshops designed for students for example Glass and Drawing with Jennifer Kelly, Music and Painting with Jennifer Noxon, and Seasonal Yoga and Drawing retreats with Amelia Ah You. 

I also offer 1:1 coaching/mentoring. Contact me if you would like to customize a class or art party.

It’s a joy to help people connect deeply through art and creativity. It is important to me to provide my students with an uplifting, inspiring experience in a friendly bright environment where they can discover and explore techniques, materials and share ideas. 

Gift Certificates for workshops are available.

All workshops are located at 15 Bridge Street in Almonte

outside studio

 
Thanks for your wisdom, grace and inspiring vision, Alan.

We are fortunate to have your memory in our hearts in the studio you loved to visit.

We’ll miss you Alan Mirabelli.

Events & Workshops

  • Sat
    03
    Mar
    2018
    Sun
    04
    Mar
    2018

    10:00 am - 4:00 pmmary pfaff studio - 15 Bridge Street, Almonte Ontario

    Engage   Collaborate   Create   Discover

    Our November workshop was such so much fun - we’re offering it again! Share two fabulous days exploring the connection between visual arts and music. This inspiring workshop encompasses expressive collage, finding music in words, painting to music, exploring sound and colour. All you need is curiosity and a sense of fun. Everyone is welcome. 

    $330 includes all materials

    When she’s not leading Rhythm & Song community choir, Almonte-based visual artist/musician/teacher Jennifer Noxon is in her studio furthering her art practice. www.jennifernoxon.com    

    Rhythm & Song Community Choir www.jennifernoxon.com/choir

    Mary Pfaff is an Almonte-based painter/teacher/creativity coach and arts and health consultant has extensive experience designing and facilitating programs and workshops www.marypfaff.ca

    To register contact marypfaffartist@gmail.com or call 613 257 9777

    Jennifer and Mary both believe that engagement in the arts and the creative process leads to a greater sense of well-being for individuals and communities in which they live.

  • Sat
    07
    Apr
    2018

    10:00 am - 4:00 pmmary pfaff studio - 15 Bridge Street, Almonte Ontario

    get the big picture - a workshopGo BIG! This experiential abstract painting workshop is for all levels of creators. If you have even wanted to let loose and paint with passion this is your chance.

    After a series of warm ups which will relax and invigorate we’ll move into expressive painting using acrylics in large-scale format.

    In just the one day you will complete your masterpiece.

    $165.00

    *Bring large format canvas or substrate of your choice, all other supplies will be provided.

    Location: mary pfaff studio 15 Bridge Street, Almonte, Ontario

    To register marypfaffartist@gmail.com or 613 257 9777

  • Sat
    05
    May
    2018

    10:00 am - 4:00 pmmary pfaff studio - 15 Bridge Street, Almonte Ontario

    Enter a world of intuition, imagination and excitement to achieve results as unique as you are. The day will cover basic information relating to picture elements, composition, theme and design together with an exploration of the meaning of abstract painting, and its importance as a means of self-expression and creativity.

    We will touch on the history of abstract painting, its methods, techniques and materials. Study inspiring examples of abstract work by 20th century and contemporary masters.

    You'll learn to explore the use of color and the importance of underpainting, layering and glazing to bring structure and depth to your art.

    Treat yourself to a spirited, adventurous time filled with innovative techniques, inventive approaches and breakthrough results.

    $165.00 (includes supplies)

    Location: mary pfaff studio 15 Bridge Street, Almonte Ontario

    To register marypfaffartist@gmail.com or 613 257 9777

     

  • Sat
    02
    Jun
    2018
    Sun
    03
    Jun
    2018

    10:00 am - 4:00 pmmary pfaff studio - 15 Bridge Street, Almonte Ontario

    This 2-day tactile laboratory workshop is designed for those interested in exploring a wide variety of innovative and experimental techniques that can add striking visual power to your creations.

    Be inspired by the work of a wide variety of cutting edge, mixed-media artists and experimental painters.

    Through a series of mark-making expeditions and the production of numerous textural swatches or samples employing a wide variety of procedures, you will have the opportunity to analyze the process of creation step by step.

    What you discover will be a source of reference for other types of artwork. Examine how to actively collect and record what you observe and how you feel as you explore. The exciting new applications you learn will add depth and enrich the surface quality of your art.

    $330.00 including supplies and reference list

    * Workshop outline provided to registrants prior to class

    Location: mary pfaff studio 15 Bridge Street, Almonte Ontario

    To register marypfaffartist@gmail.com or 613 257 9777

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