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 ONLINE REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE UNTIL THURSDAY JULY 16TH, 2015.  
We will resume registration onsite on Saturday July 18th at 10am.

We feature over 35 workshops for the public over the course of the Festival.  These are offered by our attending artists and run 2-8 hours in length.  They cover a variety of subjects, styles and artforms and range from formal visual arts to literary and traditional performing arts.

Workshops are extremely popular and are a strong drawing point for both local and travelling visitors to the Festival.  
Workshops are available for online registration; but book early, as many fill up quickly. 

Please note that GST is included workshop fees.

2015 Public Artist Workshops

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6/30/2015 - 10/29/2015

Jul18 Stone Carving Workshop with Curtis Taylor
7/18/2015 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Carving in stone can be a very relaxing and rewarding experience. In this workshop Curtis will take people through the soapstone carving process step by step. At the end of the session, participants w...
Jul18 Create Your Own Wall-Hanging with Mary Okheena
7/18/2015 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Participants are going to learn to make a fabric wall hanging using the same techniques that Mary uses herself to make the pieces you see in the gallery.
Jul18 Seal Skin Bracelets for kids with Lena White
7/18/2015 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Kids will be given pre-cut pieces of seal skin to add charms, jewels and bobbles to make their very own one of a kind bracelet that they can just slip on.
Jul18 Knit Your Own Polar Bear with Joanna MacMann
7/18/2015 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Take home a northern pet! Learn some knitting techniques while making Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne's polar bear from their book "Knit Your Own Zoo," a follow up to their popular "Knit Your Own ...
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Learn how to do couched bead-work to make yourself a pair of beaded uppers for moccasins. Hand-drawn patterns on wool stroud are provided. 
Jul18 Intro to the Drop Spindle with Jen Lam
7/18/2015 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Learn how to make your own yarn! This workshop is an introduction to the ancient craft of drop spindling and yarn making. Participants will learn the basics for how to choose wo...
Jul18 Silver and Gemstone Jewellery with Shelley MacDonald
7/18/2015 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Join Shelley Macdonald for a hands-on workshop designed to introduce participants to beginner Silversmithing. During the workshop you will be working with sterling silver and gemstones. This workshop,...
Jul19 Sew Your Own Long Mitts (3/4 arm) with Gerri Sharpe
7/19/2015 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Make a pair of gorgeous seal skin mitts with Gerri, she will provide the material and pattern. New to sewing? No problem for beginners Gerri will pre-cut the pattern on the material. Enjoy ...
Jul19 Gourd Ocean Drum Workshop with Elizabeth Gordon
7/19/2015 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
This popular class fills up fast! An Ocean Drum is a shallow canteen gourd. The open side is covered with goat hide and filled with a handful of pellets. When held with the hide side down and tilte...
Jul19 Build an Ulu with George Roberts
7/19/2015 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
George Roberts is one of Canada's premier knife makers and in this workshop you will make your own Ulu. Working from raw materials, you will cut and shape your own unique handle and learn how to ...
Jul19 Baleen Jewellery Workshop with Dan Wade
7/19/2015 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Come and create a great pair of Baleen Earrings. Definitely a unique item to add to your jewellery collection or to use as gifts.  
Jul19 Copper Earrings with Lavinia Van Heuvlan
7/19/2015 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Design, cut out and finish a pair of copper earrings with silver hooks. Participants can make more than one set depending on time.
Jul20 Japanese Book Binding with Joanna MacMann
7/20/2015 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Learn some non-adhesive book structures that will culminate in the simple, elegant Japanese side-stitch binding. This binding structure has a long history in Japan where it was used for ledgers. Parti...
Jul20 Harvesting Qiviut from Hide with Patricia Donnelly
7/20/2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Watch a demonstration of how to remove qiviut fibres from an intact hide and then de-hair the harvested fibres. Interested participants can try it themselves. This workshop is offered multiple times a...
Jul20 Enviro Jewellery with Martin Goodlife
7/20/2015 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Learn to make your own kimberlitic inlaid pendant from caribou, moose and muskox antler. In this workshop Martin will teach you how to combine these organic materials with metals. Materials used in th...
Jul20 Intro to Painting with Jessica McVicker
7/20/2015 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
This is an introductory painting class which starts at the very basics of acrylic painting. We will be looking at how to care for our brushes, coloured grounds, colour theory, mixing pai...
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Gallery (map)
Patricia will demonstrate using a drop spindle and spinning wheel to spin the raw qiviut fibre into yarn. Interested participants can try it for themselves. Using the newly spun yarn there will be kni...
Jul20 Painting for Kids with Diane Boudreau
7/20/2015 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Each child will choose a picture of birds, fish or berries and paint onto cardboard.
Jul20 Mask Making with Pauline Williah
7/20/2015 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Pauline will teach you to mould a face mask and decorate it using a combination of paints and decorative materials.
Jul20 Create a Silver Band Ring with Shelley MacDonald
7/20/2015 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Join instructor Shelley MacDonald for a hands-on workshop designed to introduce beginners to the fundamentals of Silversmithing. During this workshop you will make a s...
Jul21 Riveted Pendant with Lavinia Van Heuvelen
7/21/2015 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Design, cut out and rivet together a 3-D pendant.
Jul21 Sewing Parka Melton Mitts with Sarah McHugh
7/21/2015 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Create you own pair of mitts to keep you warm all winter long! Price has GST included.
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Learn to make yourself a beautiful pair of custom-fitted moccasins using commercial moosehide leather, with a plain upper, trimmed with natural beaver fur and stroud. All supplie...
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Join instructor Shelley MacDonald for a fun and creative workshop designed to introduce the fundamentals of jewellery making using Fimo polymer clay. You will be taught differe...
Jul21 Harvesting Qiviut From Hide with Patricia Donnelly
7/21/2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Gallery (map)
Watch a demonstration of how to remove qiviut fibres from an intact hide and then de-hair the harvested fibres. Interested participants can try it themselves. This workshop is offered multiple times a...
Jul21 Stone Carving Workshop with Ryan Taylor
7/21/2015 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Carving in stone can be a very relaxing and rewarding experience. In this workshop Ryan will take people through the soapstone carving process step by step. At the end of the session, participants wil...
Jul21 Beaded Quill Loop Earrings with Caroline Blechert
7/21/2015 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
In this workshop learn to incorporate porcupine quills into your jewelry. Enjoy your afternoon with Caroline who will take your through the steps of making a set of distinct...
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Gallery (map)
Patricia will demonstrate using a drop spindle and spinning wheel to spin the raw qiviut fibre into yarn. Interested participants can try it for themselves. Using the newly spun yarn there will be kni...
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Is your style simple yet stunning? Join me to create a beautiful and striking Bison Horn Teardrop shaped Necklace and Earrings set. You will learn the basics of cutting, shaping and finishing bison ho...
Jul21 Woven Wall Hangings with Brigitte Genois
7/21/2015 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Wall hangings are a great way to sharpen your weaving skills and add instant charm to your space.
Jul21 Mixed Media on Canvas with Elizabeth Gordon
7/21/2015 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Make collage art by gluing colourful papers and using acrylic paints. Add an inspirational quote or your own message.
Jul21 Gwich'in Dentalium Shells with Tania Larsson
7/21/2015 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
In this workshop you will learn how to use dentalium shells and glass beads to make earrings. Dentalium shells have been used by Gwich'in people as embellishment.
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Join instructor Shelley MacDonald who will teach you how to give new life to old t-shirts. Turn an old t-shirt into a new and stylish scarf to wear with one of your favourite o...
Jul22 Decorating Mukuks with Beading with Edith Haogak
7/22/2015 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Edith provides her hand crafted mukluks with blank space on the front. Participants will learn how to decorate the front of their mukluks using beading. The final product will be a beautiful pair of m...
Jul22 Harvesting Qiviut From Hide with Patricia Donnelly
7/22/2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Gallery (map)
Watch a demonstration of how to remove qiviut fibres from an intact hide and then de-hair the harvested fibres. Interested participants can try it themselves. This workshop is offered multiple times a...
Jul22 Silver Pendant Workshop with Robert Buckle
7/22/2015 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Work with expert Robert Buckle to construct a pendant of your own design.
Jul22 Tiny Teddy Bears with Sarah McHugh
7/22/2015 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Craft your own tiny teddy bear, made with beautifully coloured seal furs - there will be many colours to choose from. These bears are fully articulating (legs, arms and head move) and average t...
Jul22 Print Making for Kids with Louie Nigiyok
7/22/2015 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Kids get to create their own print using pencils, stencils and brushes!
Jul22 Beaded Medallion with Tania Larson
7/22/2015 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Craft your beaded medallion complete with leather strap with Tania.
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Gallery (map)
Patricia will demonstrate using a drop spindle and spinning wheel to spin the raw qiviut fibre into yarn. Interested participants can try it for themselves. Using the newly spun yarn there will be kni...
Jul22 Illustrate Your Story with Antoine Mountain
7/22/2015 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Draw or paint your story with Antoine Mountain
Jul22 Painting Plywood Vegetables with Diane Boudreau
7/22/2015 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Have your turn at painting on pre-cut shapes of vegetables. This is great decoration for anyone’s kitchen or garden!
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Create beautiful bracelets using metal stamps. In this course you will learn how to produce raised or sunken designs and reliefs in sheet metal, then attach it to silver chain or leather to have a bea...
Jul23 Wall Hangings with Embroidery with Helen Iguptak
7/23/2015 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Embroidery is a type of decoration found on many pieces of traditional art. Follow Helen as she shares her techniques and helps your create a wall hanging. This piece is a great addition to...
Jul23 Build Your Own Chef's Knife with George Roberts
7/23/2015 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
George Roberts is one of Canada's Premier knife makers and in this workshop you will make your own Chef's Knife. Working from raw materials, you will cut and shape your own unique handle and ...
Jul23 Stone Carving Workshop with Ryan Taylor
7/23/2015 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Carving in stone can be a very relaxing and rewarding experience. In this workshop Ryan will take people through the soapstone carving process step by step. At the end of the session, participants wil...
Jul23 Harvesting Qiviut From Hide with Patricia Donnelly
7/23/2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Gallery (map)
Watch a demonstration of how to remove qiviut fibres from an intact hide and then de-hair the harvested fibres. Interested participants can try it themselves. This workshop is offered multiple times a...
Jul23 Decorating Mukuks with Embroidery with Edith Haogak
7/23/2015 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Edith provides her hand crafted mukluks with blank space on the front. Participants will learn how to decorate the front of their mukluks using beading. The final product will be a beautiful pair of m...
Jul23 Print Making for Kids with Louie Nigiyok
7/23/2015 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Kids get to create their own print using pencils, stencils and brushes!
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Working with both leather and fur, this course will enable you to design and create your own unique piece of jewellery. To start with, you will be guided through the basic principles of jewellery...
Jul23 Block Printing with Jessica McVicker
7/23/2015 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
All Skill levels are welcome to this introductory Block Printing Class so come and delve into this ancient art. In this workshop you will learn how to carve simple designs or illust...
Jul23 Muskox Horn Large Oval Earrings with Jamie Look
7/23/2015 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Love big & bold jewellery? Then this workshop is for you! Join Jamie to create a large scale pair of Muskox Horn earrings that will showcase the free form, natural interior of the horns. You will ...
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Gallery (map)
Patricia will demonstrate using a drop spindle and spinning wheel to spin the raw qiviut fibre into yarn. Interested participants can try it for themselves. Using the newly spun yarn there will be kni...
Jul23 Woven Pendant/Art witih Brigitte Genois
7/23/2015 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Use various ribbons, yarns and cords to create your woven masterpiece. Brigitte will be sharing her expertise in this afternoon session; this is your chance to take advantage!
Jul23 Mini Mukluks with Lena White
7/23/2015 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Learn to bead, buckle, embroider and sew with fur and leather. You’ll learn several different First Nations techniques to put together these adorable mini mukluks for your C...
Jul23 Kumihimo Braiding with Jen Lam
7/23/2015 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Kumihimo is the traditional Japanese braiding technique using multiple strands of cord or ribbon to make a wide range of intricate and decorative jewelry. This workshop will provi...
Jul24 Stone Carving Workshop with Ryan Taylor
7/24/2015 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Carving in stone can be a very relaxing and rewarding experience. In this workshop Ryan will take people through the soapstone carving process step by step. At the end of the session, participants wil...
Jul24 Harvesting Qiviut From Hide with Patricia Donnelly
7/24/2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Gallery (map)
Watch a demonstration of how to remove qiviut fibres from an intact hide and then de-hair the harvested fibres. Interested participants can try it themselves. This workshop is offered multiple times a...
Jul24 Boxer Mitts with Gerri Sharpe
7/24/2015 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Make a pair of gorgeous seal skin mitts with Gerri, she will provide the material and pattern. New to sewing? No problem for beginners Gerri will pre-cut the pattern on the mate...
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Gallery (map)
Watch a demonstration of how to remove qiviut fibres from an intact hide and then de-hair the harvested fibres. Interested participants can try it themselves. This workshop is offered multiple times a...
Jul24 Enviro Jewellery with Martin Goodlife
7/24/2015 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Learn to make your own kimberlitic inlaid pendant from caribou, moose and muskox antler. In this workshop Martin will teach you how to combine these organic materials with metals. Materials used in th...
Jul24 Gourd Gnome Home with Elizabeth Gordon
7/24/2015 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
This gnome home is an adorable decoration for someone’s garden or kitchen. Using paints, wood burners and natural materials you will decorate your gourd to look like a p...
Jul24 Sewing Baby Moccasins with Pauline Williah
7/24/2015 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Learn to make a pair of baby slippers out of moose hide with expert seamstress Pauline Williah. You will learn the basics of cutting and sewing with hide and the techniques ne...
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Starting with a mixed bag of porcupine quills, you will learn how to process the quills for use in jewelry, which means cleaning, sorting and clipping them.From there, you will use your quills to make...
Jul24 Printmaking with Louie Nigiyok
7/24/2015 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Participants will use pencils, stencils, brushes and paper to create their own colourful drawings. Create a piece of art you can take home, frame and enjoy. A wonderful way ...
Jul25 Harvesting Qiviut From Hide with Patricia Donnelly
7/25/2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Gallery (map)
Watch a demonstration of how to remove qiviut fibres from an intact hide and then de-hair the harvested fibres. Interested participants can try it themselves. This workshop is offered multiple times a...
Jul25 Inuit Face Earrings with Lena White
7/25/2015 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Bone carved faced will be inlayed into cut pieces of seal skin, which you will bead upon. A leather backing and earring hook will be added to complete your one of a kind...
Jul25 Silver Rings Workshop with Robert Buckle
7/25/2015 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Make a simple silver band ring. You will cut a silver band, solder it together and polish.
Jul25 How To Spin Qiviut with Lena Wolki
7/25/2015 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Learn to spin qiviut with Lena Wolki of Sachs Harbour. Lena is often called the "Queen of Qiviut". Qiviut is the downy undercoat of the muskox, and the warmest, softest fibre on earth.
Jul25 Mixed Media on Canvas for Kids with Elizabeth Gordon
7/25/2015 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Let’s get creative! Create collage art by gluing colourful papers onto a canvas board. Decorate by painting, stamping and stencilling.
Jul25 Teaching Techniques for Painting with James Wedzin
7/25/2015 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
James, an accomplished artist himself, will be demonstrating teaching techniques for acrylic on canvas.
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Patricia will demonstrate using a drop spindle and spinning wheel to spin the raw qiviut fibre into yarn. Interested participants can try it for themselves. Using the newly spun yarn there will be kni...
Jul25 Pualuk (Mitt) Making with Victoria Kakuktinniq
7/25/2015 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Midnight Sun Recreation Complex Arena (map)
Each participant will be hand sewing their own seal skin mitts. We will be cutting them out along with the lining. First of all, sewing the lining together, then the seal skin and closing th...
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Take the chance to practice you beading! Heather will be working with you to add beaded flowers to your headband.

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