Willow Springs works with a very talented group of professional and emerging artists who deliver creative expression and personal development opportunities via art. We offer programming and workshops for all ages and abilities throughout the year. Below are some on-going program offerings. Contact us for more information and watch our social media channels for program updates!
“Art is a celebration of life and the world around us. Even in troubled times, and under less than ideal circumstances, art making can lift the spirit, communicate ideas and emotions, and offer new opportunities to grow and learn.”
Willow Springs is ecstatic to announce our new 2 year art project entitled DONNING Nature! The project is funded by the Ontario Arts Council. Project lead, Julia Tribe, an artist with over 30 years experience in theatre costume and set design along with extensive work in community arts, will be accompanied by fibre artist,Tuija Hansen, felting and textile artist, Julie Rosenthal and willow artisan, Judi Vinni. This project will bring together local artisans who create with natural materials; wool, metal, twigs, reeds, roots, bark, clay, leaves, hides, water, stones, cotton, linen and more. We will learn to forage for materials, share skills and knowledge with each other and collaborate on a collection of amazing wearable art. We will invite all to the finale of the project, an interactive, stunning Fashion Show and Art Show in late summer of 2024. Want to be part of this intriguing project? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Watch for project updates on our social media sites.
Custom Art Programs
Everyone is an artist! Willow Springs offers excellent quality, adaptive art instruction for a wide range of people and abilities. We have a number of offerings for seniors in long-term care, those with developmental or intellectual disabilities (including Passport-eligible options) for people living in group homes, those dealing with addictions or trauma, children and youth with Autism.
We offer art programming through various Community Centres and the 55 Plus Centre. Check out the City of Thunder Bay’s ‘The Key’ to register for classes Willow Springs is offering.
We love working with organizations and individuals to customize our programming to fit their needs.
Lazy Dames of Summer
For the past 20 years Willow Springs has offered our Lazy Dames of Summer adult art series. Join us each Wednesday evening from June 29th to August 30th for an evening of art making, laughter and a delicious dessert. All supplies, tools and equipment supplied. A wonderful collection of talented artists will lead the classes. A different decadent dessert and beverage served each Wednesday. $40/class + HST
Check our social media for updates on class availability or contact us.
Old Roots, New Seeds Community Dye Garden
Willow Springs is thrilled to be partnering with Tuija Hansen, Fibre Artist, on her Old Roots, New Seeds Community Dye Garden art project funded by the Ontario Arts Council. Willow Springs’ garden crew and summer staff has been planting and tending dye plants throughout our 2 acres and then learning from Tuija how to use them to make dyes for natural fabrics like cotton, silk and linen. We have been hosting a series of beautiful workshops throughout the growing season, facilitated by different local artists, for community members to experience natural dyeing, the potential of plants and the wonder of nature.
Passport Art Program
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Children’s Summer Art Camp
Each summer we offer a week long Art Day Camp set to a different theme. This summer’s camp theme is Wearable Art. We will be dyeing fabric with natural plant dyes, making stone & copper amulets, weaving bullrush skirts, sculpting masks, tie dyeing, and more! Art Camp runs from Monday, August 22nd to Friday, August 26th from 9am to 4pm each day. Open to children 5 to 13 years of age. To access the registration form please click here.
Adult Cabin Fever Winter Art Series
Seniors Art Programming
Community Centre Art Programming
Art Programming for Groups & Organizations
At Willow Springs we embrace the winter and love to play in the snow. We offer an annual Introduction to Snow Sculpting Workshop to help encourage more sculptors to participate in the Snow Days Snow Sculpting Competition. We also offer snow sculpting and snow art programming to groups, schools and organizations at Willow Springs or at your location. We are regular participants in the annual snow sculpting competition at Prince Arthur’s Landing and in 2019 we won the juried event.
Holiday Market Making Sessions
Each November we host a few collective making sessions to create items to sell at our Holiday Market. People stop in throughout the afternoon and evening and work together to create ornaments, and other items. This is a volunteer venture with all sales going to help support Willow Springs art programs. All supplies and tools supplied along with refreshments and snacks.
Join us in December (Thursdays to Sundays, Dec 1 to Dec 18th, 2022 from noon to 5pm) as we host a unique artisans’ Holiday Market at Willow Springs. Come find handcrafted items for everyone on your list from upcycled woolen mittens, to beautiful pottery, to jewelry, paintings and much, much more.