Wall Art Learning Series: Behind the Scenes



From February to May 2017, Mural Routes will be offering at least one workshop per month focusing on the behind-the-scenes aspects of mural-making. 

These workshops are perfect for mural artists or project managers looking to build their skills and knowledge during the lead-up to mural season.

Attend all 5 sessions or pick and choose the most relevant topics for your practice. Sign up below to take part in the full series ($20 savings), or to be informed when individual registration becomes available for each workshop. Most workshops are $30 for non-members or $25 for Mural Routes or Scarborough Arts members, and include refreshments.

Workshops will all be held at the Bluffs Gallery (1859 Kingston Rd, Toronto), in partnership with Scarborough Arts.

Looking to get your hands dirty? Keep an eye out for our WALS: Hands-On series, to be held in the spring/summer, focusing on artistic techniques and hands-on lessons.

The Behind-the-Scenes Series includes:

Photoshop for Mural Artists: An Introduction
February 9, 2, and 23*, 6:00-8:30pm
Karen Roberts, Artist and Graphic Designer
This three-part workshop series will provide an introduction to Photoshop for visual artists. Learn basic skills such as menus, tools, palettes, and layers from an experienced graphic designer and mural artist. Walk away with new skills to support your artistic practice, and the ability to present your design on a wall for your next mural proposal. –  Register now

 Painting Utility Boxes
March 23, 6:00-8:30pm
 Panel Discussion: Lillie Zendel (StreetARToronto), Michael Cavanaugh (Bell  Box Mural Project),  Margaret Cresswell and Robin Hesse (mural artists)
 Do you want to liven up the streets with a utility box mural? Not sure  where to start? This session will introduce the StART Outside the Box  and Bell Box Murals programs, review application processes, and discuss  effective design and painting strategies for utility boxes.
                                                 Register now

Project Management Essentials for Murals
April 20, 6:00-8:30pm
Karin Eaton, Executive and Artistic Director, Mural Routes
Managing a mural project from idea to unveiling is no easy feat. In this workshop, veteran mural manager Karin Eaton will walk participants through each component in the management process, including budgeting, role management, scheduling, and more.
Registration coming soon

Health and Safety for Murals
May 13, 10:00am-1:00pm
Michael Brown, Artist and Educator
An overview of health and safety information for mural artists, including hazards to be aware of, safety on site, and proper use of ladders and scaffolding.
Registration coming soon


Murals: The Fine Print
May 17, 6:00-8:30pm
Vandana Taxali (B.A.Sc., J.D., LL.B), Digital Media Lawyer
Learn how to navigate the legal aspects of mural making with this overview of contracts, copyright, and legal rights for mural artists.
Registration coming soon


*Note: Photoshop for Mural Artists has been moved from its originally-announced dates and will now be held on Feb 9, 16, & 23

These workshops are being held in partnership with Scarborough Arts.

The Wall Art Learning Series is part of the Mural Art Learning Institute (MURALI), a continuum of training programs in all aspects of mural-making. MURALI is generously supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.