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

  • Mon
    16
    Apr
    2018
    Mon
    30
    Apr
    2018
    Santin Gallery 169 Preston Street, Ottawa
  • Sat
    05
    May
    2018
    10:00 am - 4:00 pmmary pfaff studio, 15 Bridge Street, Almonte, Ontario

    FULL - Waitlist only

    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

    www.marypfaff.ca

  • Sat
    26
    May
    2018
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PMHello Studios, 1735 Courtwood Crescent, Ottawa, ON K2C 3J2, Canada

    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.

    Hello Studios, 1735 Courtwood Crescent, Ottawa, ON K2C 3J2, Canada

    Registration is done through the Hello Studios website.  Once you are on the site you will be able to select the  Abstract Painting with Mary Pfaff class.

    REGISTER HERE

    Class information
    May 26th, 10am-4pm
    Hello Studios, 1732 Courtwood Crescent, Ottawa
    $165 per person

  • Sat
    02
    Jun
    2018
    Sun
    03
    Jun
    2018
    10:00 am - 4:00 pmmary pfaff studio - 15 Bridge Street, Almonte Ontario

    This workshop has a few spaces still available.

    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

  • Sat
    22
    Sep
    2018
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm15 Bridge Street, Almonte

    Learn to use colour with confidence.

    Become familiar with the key properties; hue, saturation/intensity, value and temperature. Explore contrast, complements, glazing and staining. Learn about the history of colour and explore some of the colour palettes of masters. Paint with the colours you love and try using the ones you avoid and be surprised by what you discover.

    If you want to be more comfortable with colour in any art form this workshop is for you.

    $165.00  supplies included

    Location: mary pfaff studio,15 Bridge Street, Almonte

    TO REGISTER: marypfaffartist@gmail.com  |  613.257.9777

  • Sat
    13
    Oct
    2018
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm15 Bridge Street, Almonte

    If you have you always wanted to draw boldly and freely but were afraid you couldn’t this workshop is for you.

    Improvise by exploring different approaches and non-traditional techniques to expand your visual vocabulary.

    This extensive, fun filled workshop will employ basic elements - line, colour, shape, tone and texture - in fresh unusual ways. You will be able to create drawings and paintings that access and enrich your unique expression.

    All levels welcome.

    $165.00  supplies included

    Location: mary pfaff studio,15 Bridge Street, Almonte

    TO REGISTER: marypfaffartist@gmail.com  |  613.257.9777

  • Tue
    23
    Oct
    2018
    Sun
    02
    Dec
    2018
  • Sat
    17
    Nov
    2018
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm15 Bridge Street, Almonte

    Go 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 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

    To register marypfaffartist@gmail.com or 613 257 9777

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