QEPCCC studios and memberships

Looking for studio time? Need space to work on your project? Want access to specialized studio equipment? The Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC) Studio Membership program is geared towards artists who are able to work without instruction.

Open the Studio Programs flyer (PDF) for studio details and descriptions. Studio Members can access the facilities during designated drop-in times and when amenities are available. Some restrictions do apply. Studio schedules and facility availability can be checked online.

Browse the current Parks, Recreation and Culture program guide or search for "workshop" in our online registration system for more program options.

QEPCCC is a unique and dynamic public space that encourages active living, and inspires the cultural artistic expression of its users. Our location is an excellent space for conferences, special events, performances, birthday parties and much more! Visit the QEPCCC Rentals page for more information.

Community rates are available for non-profit groups. QEPCCC Cultural Group CORE memberships are open to volunteer-based non-profit Oakville cultural organizations. Benefits include preferred cultural room rental and storage rates. Visit the CORE page for details.

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Are you looking for studio time? Need space to work on your project? Want access to specialized studio equipment? The Studio drop-in programs are non-structured, creative time to make artwork. They are not a formal class. There is no instructor.

Drop-in opportunities are offered approximately 12 hours per week in each studio: woodworking, ceramic, fine arts and digital arts. Studio technicians will be on site in the woodworking and ceramic studios.

Participants must be ages 18+, however there are also All Ages Family drop-in times available as noted. Studio Members may access studio drop-in times, however 50 per cent of the spaces will be reserved for drop-in participants.

Three drop-in studio options are available:

  • $10 drop-in fee plus additional $5 for materials if needed.
  • A Family Rate is $8 per participant for All Ages Family drop-in times.
  • A 10-visit pass is $90 +HST.

A non-resident fee of $10 +HST will be charged as applicable.


Ceramics

All-Ages Ceramics

Check out the clay studio and muck around for fun! Whether you are a novice or a pro, or just curious about clay!

Children must be accompanied/supervised by an adult at all times. Maximum number of children to adult is 3:1. Must be minimum 3 years old; for safety, no infants in arms, carriers, wraps or strollers. Youth 14+ can attend without an adult.

First come, first served. Spaces are limited. Fee includes admission only. Clay is purchased separately for $5 per piece/$35 per bag. Clay fee includes access to all glazes and firings. Kilns will be fired by the studio technician. No wheel work during this session. Clay pieces take up to 3 weeks to be fired; projects will not be available to go home until a later date.

Adult Ceramics

Geared toward artists who are able to work without instruction. Individuals are expected to exhibit a good understanding of the materials, tools and processes required to safely practice independently in the studio. The successful completion of a ceramics questionnaire is required to access this drop-in for the first time.

The ceramic technician will be on site. Cone 6 studio clay must be used for all work and can be purchased from the technician for $35 per bag/$5 per piece during drop-in studio hours. Clay fee includes access to all glazes and firings. A selection of studio glazes is available for use. Kilns will be fired by the studio technician.

Equipment includes: wheels, slab roller and electric kilns. Maximum 10 participants.


Digital Arts Lab

Geared toward artists who are able to work without instruction. Individuals are expected to exhibit a good understanding of the MacIntosh computer equipment and software to work independently in the studio.

A total of 13 computer stations with Apple iMac 27" Intel i5 3.1 GHZ, 16G RAM, AMD HD 6970m video card are available with access to digital scanner stations and HP colour LaserJet printer. Software includes: Adobe Creative Suite, Lightroom 5, Final Cut Pro X, Logic 9, Microsoft Office 2010.

Maximum 13 participants.


Fine Art

Geared toward artists who are able to work without instruction. Individuals are expected to exhibit a good understanding of the materials, tools and processes required to safely practice independently in the studio. Studio accommodates drawing, painting and sculptural activities such as watercolour, acrylic and waterbased oils only. Includes access to tables, chairs, stools, easels, drawing donkeys, slop sink and Wi-Fi.

Maximum 12 participants.


Textile Arts

Geared toward artists who are able to work without instruction. Individuals are expected to exhibit a good understanding of the materials, tools and processes required to safely practice independently in the studio. A clean open space that accommodates fibre-based activities such as sewing, quilting, knitting, weaving.

This is a dry studio, there are no wet materials permitted in this space. Access is September through June only.

Maximum 12 participants.


Woodworking

Geared toward artists who are able to work without instruction. Individuals are expected to exhibit a good understanding of the materials, tools and processes required to safely practice independently in the studio. The successful completion of a woodshop safety test is required (additional fee) to access this drop-in.

The woodshop technician will be on site. Heavy machinery is available including: tablesaw, bandsaw, drill press, lathe, mini lathe, hollow chisel mortiser, spindle sander, edge sander, mitre saw, scroll saw, router table and down draft table.

Project proposals will be reviewed by the technician to assess appropriateness, materials, equipment needs, and storage needs. All deliveries of materials must be coordinated with the technician. Maximum 10 participants.

For more information, contact the Cultural Coordinator at dianne.pearce@oakville.ca or 905-845-6601, ext. 4697.

Members are expected to exhibit a good understanding of the materials, tools and processes required to safely practice independently in our specialized studios.

Individual/Artist memberships are available for $35 +HST, for one month. A non-resident fee of $10 +HST will be charged as applicable. Please note there are no discounts available on this membership.

QEPCCC Guild members may purchase a monthly membership for $25 +HST. A non resident fee of $10 +HST will be charged as applicable.

  • Members get access to the QEPCCC Wood Working Studio, Pottery Studio, Fine Arts Studio and Digital Arts Lab during studio drop-in times and can use the studios Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. on Fridays 8 a.m.-9 p.m. on weekends 8 a.m.-7 p.m. when there are no programmed classes or bookings. Some restrictions do apply. Studio schedules and facility availability can be checked online.
  • Members must be 18 years+.
  • Members must sign-in at customer service.
  • Members must show demonstrated ability and complete prerequisite courses for access to specialized studio equipment (i.e. wood shop, pottery wheels). Details are provided in the studio descriptions below.
  • Members are responsible for cleaning the studio space after use.
  • Members receive half of a locker and an open storage shelf.
  • Additional locker rental is available for members on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Full locker: $15 per month.
  • Additional storage shelves (open) in the wood shop, ceramic studio and fine art studio can be purchased for $10 per month, per shelf.

Each studio has a set of rules and procedures which will be reviewed with and given to every user. This information is also available at customer service.

Ceramic Studio (maximum 10 participants)

  • A two-hour ceramics studio safety workshop with the technician is required (additional fee applies). Please call QEPCCC to schedule an appointment.
  • Cone 6 studio clay must be used for all work and can be purchased from the technician for $35 per bag or $5 per lump during drop-in studio hours. Clay fee includes access to all glazes and firings.
  • A selection of studio glazes is available for use.
  • A selection of studio tools is available for use.
  • Kilns will be fired by the studio technician.
  • Equipment includes: kick wheel, 15 wheels, slab roller, and electric kilns.

Digital Arts Lab (maximum 13 participants)

  • A 2 hour pre-registered intro to Mac Computers is available (additional fee)
  • A total of 13 computer stations with Apple iMac 27” Intel i5 3.1Ghz, 16GB DDR3 RAM, AMD HD 6970m video card.
  • Technician in the building.
  • One hour pre-registered intro to Mac computers workshop with the technician is available.
  • Access to digital scanner stations.
  • Software includes: Adobe Creative Suite 5.5, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Apple Logic 9, Microsoft Office 2010.
  • HP Colour LaserJet CP3525n available. Printing fees may apply.

Fine Arts Studio (maximum 12 participants)

  • Accommodates drawing and painting activities such as watercolour, acrylic and water based oils only.
  • Access to tables, chairs, stools, easels, drawing donkeys, drying rack, slop sink and Wi-Fi.
  • Material fees extra.

Textile Studio (maximum 12 participants) September through June

  • A clean open studio space that accommodates fibre based activities such as sewing. knitting, weaving.
  • Access to tables, chair and Wi-Fi.

Woodworking Studio (maximum 10 participants)

  • A two-hour wood shop safety program with the technician (additional fee applies) and the successful completion of a wood shop safety test is required. Please call QEPCCC to schedule an appointment.
  • Project proposals will be reviewed by technician to assess appropriateness, materials, equipment needs, storage needs.
  • All deliveries of materials must be coordinated with the studio technician.
  • Heavy machinery is only available during drop-in studio times.
  • Stationary machines include: table saw, band saw, drill press, lathe, mini lathe, hollow chisel mortiser, spindle sander, edge sander, mitre saw, scroll saw, router table, and down draft table.
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