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.

Events & Workshops

Event Information:

  • Sat

    Surface and Texture

    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 or 613 257 9777