Surplace Media - Ateliers

Formations pratiques en arts médiatiques

Toute l’année, Sur Place offre des ateliers dans diverses disciplines créatives & médiatiques : design graphique, édition vidéo, création sonore, podcasts, écriture créative, etc. Tous les ateliers sont proposés et enseignés par des artistes locaux passionnés par leur pratique.

Accessibles, flexibles et collaboratifs. Nos ateliers sont limités à 8 participants, durent un maximum de 5 semaines, et sont au prix de 200$. Notre mission est d’offrir une formation artistique abordable, basée sur la communauté, et qui encourage une culture collaborative et conviviale entre élèves et enseignants.

Bien plus que de la théorie : une formation pratique. En seulement quelques semaines, vous pourrez développer de nouvelles compétences concrètes pour vos projets ou votre travail. Les participants sont toujours encouragés à travailler sur leurs propres projets au cours des ateliers.

Vous avez un atelier à proposer ?

Ateliers en cours & à venir

Sep
3
mar
Drawing as a way of Seeing (4 sessions)
Sep 3 @ 7:00 – 9:00
Drawing as a way of Seeing (4 sessions) @ Sur Place Media | Montréal | QC | CA

Throughout all my projects as a visual/theatre/film artist one skill has helped me more than any other – drawing! The art and practice of seeing spacial relationships, textures, proportions, perspective, tone and volume has helped me to render and create realities and fictions quickly and easily .

These skills have transformed how I see, and translate into everything else I do, from graphic design to photography to set design for TV/Film. It has become a way of seeing, thinking and communicating that is an essential tool for any visual practice.

This course will take you through a series of skill building workshops designed for you to become skilled at drawing & rendering as well as help you design a regular practice so that it becomes a part of your professional toolkit. We will use a variety of drawing media (wet and dry) and practice with a variety of subjects, images and references including a life drawing model.

Workshop dates

Tuesday, Sept 3, 7-9:30pm
Tuesday, Sept 107-9:30pm
Tuesday, Sept 177-9:30pm
Tuesday, Oct 87-9:30pm

Sep
9
lun
Write Like a Pro #7 (4 sessions)
Sep 9 @ 7:00 – 9:30
Write Like a Pro #7 (4 sessions) @ Sur Place Media | Montréal | QC | CA

The Write Like a Pro workshop is designed to guide participants through the stylistic and technical elements that make a great piece of writing. It draws heavily from the art and craft of narrative non-fiction, but is relevant for anyone who wants to communicate more effectively through the written word. The nut of it is: How do you make your truth compelling to others?  

 Over the course of the workshop, we’ll cover: shaping ideas; planning and organizing material; elements of storytelling; wordcraft and style; finding your voice; tough-love editing; and, finally, putting your work out there.  

 Now in its SIXTH run, this edition of Write Like a Pro will put special focus on practising techniques we learn in class through the process of developing, writing, and polishing a short (500- to 1000- word) non-fiction piece by the end of the workshop.

 Some class time will be spent writing, but participants will get more out of the workshop if they’re able to set aside an additional hour or so per week to write at home. For many past participants, making time to sit down and write has been the most rewarding part.

Schedule

  • Monday, Sept 9, 7-9:30pm
  • Monday, Sept 16, 7-9:30pm
  • Monday, Sept 30, 7-9:30pm
  • Monday, Oct 7, 7-9:30pm

About the instructor

Colleen Kimmett is a Montreal-based journalist and editor who covers issues at the intersection of food, land, and health. Colleen’s work has been published in The Walrus, The Guardian, Al Jazeera America, Bright Magazine, In These Times, StatNews, Arctic Deeply, and beyond. She was a senior editor at The Tyee and a founding editor of Discourse Media. Look her up at www.ckimmett.com.

Testimonials 

“A great class! I appreciated the focus on specific techniques + I loved learning about new authors.”

“Very informative & practical which I like very much.”

“Colleen is a solid instructor who provides useful, packaged, and directed feedback.”


Sep
11
mer
Comic-Book Making (4 sessions)
Sep 11 @ 7:00 – 9:00
Comic-Book Making (4 sessions) @ Sur Place Media | Montréal | QC | CA

This is a workshop for anyone that wants to try their hand at creating comics! Whether you are an experienced artist or are just picking up a pencil for the first time, if you want to get into comic-making, this workshop is for you!

Each person will come out of this workshop with one completed comic book of their own creation. Students will learn comic-drawing techniques and theory together as a group, but every individual comic book will be different based on what type of project each artist wants to complete!

Students will learn how to draft and complete projects, how to print and bind books, how to format panels and pages to create different moods, and many more comics-drawing skills and techniques.

In this workshop, you will have complete control over your particular comic book whether it be light-hearted gag-a-day comic strips, personal tales from your past, an adventure story, or a zine about social issues. This workshop will help you up your comics game regardless of your level of comic experience by targeting the personal comic-writing goals of each student. 

Come make some comics!

Workshop dates

Wednesday, Sept 11, 7:00-9:00pm
Wednesday, Sept 18, 7:00-9:00pm
Wednesday, Oct 2, 7:00-9:00pm
Wednesday, Oct 9, 7:00-9:00pm

Payton Surette loves comics, sailing, and eating fruit. He is currently living in Montreal to work  on graphic novels and webcomics. He has years of experience with Photoshop and other programs in the Adobe Suite, but loves using traditional cartooning methods when doing his work. His favourite drawing tool is the old fashioned dip pen and ink, but he also uses pens, pencils, and watercolours. Outside of drawing, he likes building and fixing things and hanging out on roofs.

Sep
12
jeu
Introduction to Ableton Live (4 sessions)
Sep 12 @ 7:00 – 9:30
Introduction to Ableton Live (4 sessions) @ Sur Place Media | Montréal | QC | CA

Want to start creating in Ableton Live? Join composer, producer, and sound designer Solomon Krause-Imlach in Introduction to Ableton Live. As well as learning how to get around Live’s unique interface with confidence, you’ll learn how to record and edit MIDI clips; create synth basses, leads, and pads with basic synthesis knowledge; trigger clips for on-the-fly experimentation or performance; creatively use audio effects like reverb, delay, panning, and filters; chop, warp, and manipulate samples, and build layers and sections of a song.

These building blocks will jumpstart your future creative exploration in Live and allow you to experiment with intention.

Equipment

You can use Sur Place’s workstation and gear during the workshop, or bring your own: laptop, midi controller, & headphones.

Workshop schedule

Thursday, Sept 12, 7:00-9:30pm
Thursday, Sept 19,  7:00-9:30pm
Thursday, Oct 3, 7:00-9:30pm
Thursday, Oct 10, 7:00-9:30pm

Solomon (a Live user of almost 10 years) will not only guide you through the ins and outs of the technical and creative use of Live, he’ll be there to give you instant feedback and answer any questions that may arise throughout the learning process. The group environment will give you a chance to bounce ideas around with your fellow classmates and support each other when you’re trying new things out.

If you’re ready to delve into the limitless world of Live and want to develop the know-how to and creative spark to do so, come join us for Introduction to Ableton Live.

Oct
15
mar
Behind The Camera: An Introduction To Self-produced Documentary Film (4 Sessions)
Oct 15 @ 6:30 – Oct 15 @ 9:00
Behind The Camera: An Introduction To Self-produced Documentary Film (4 Sessions) @ Sur Place Media | Montréal | QC | CA

This workshop aims at demystifying documentary practice, and will give you the confidence, knowledge and skills to enter this space and self-produce your own documentary. 

Everyone has a story to tell but, too often, commercial demands and a closed movie industry appear as impenetrable barriers to making documentary films. Simon Kessler has worked in both network television and on personal projects with limited financial and technical support. Both experiences have led him to realize that a documentary storyteller is limited only by their imagination and ingenuity. Big budgets and institutional support are nice, but lacking those resources should not be a barrier to making your movie, or just getting started in the genre.   

Schedule

  • Tuesday, Oct 15, 6:30-9:00pm
  • Tuesday, Oct 22, 6:30-9:00pm
  • Tuesday, Oct 29, 6:30-9:00pm
  • 2 week break: Independent project work.**
  • Tuesday, Nov 19, 6:30-9:00pm

** During the 2 week break, the teacher and students remain in contact through Sur Place’s online platform, the Rink.

Format

The format of the workshop will be problem-based. Each week we will address two to three problems that commonly emerge in documentary film. We will consider (1) pragmatic concerns—from camera choice to gaining site access and building rapport, (2) aesthetic concerns—from framing to exposure and shot choice, and (3) theoretical concerns—including questioning the documentary’s point of view and claims to objectivity.

These problems will be further elaborated each week through screenings of short excerpts of different kinds of documentaries. As a group, we will identify and discuss the choices filmmakers have made in order to assist each participant define and approach their own practice. There will be opportunities for feedback during the workshop. Over the course of the four weeks, you’ll be invited to produce two to five minutes of footage, implementing some of the techniques and discussions from previous weeks.  

Who should attend?

This workshop is best suited for people who are beginning to develop their documentary film practice. Participants are encouraged to come with a project idea they would like to develop over the course of the workshop. By the end of the workshop, participants can expect to come away with the tools to start their own documentary projects. 

Bio

 Simon Kessler is a French documentary filmmaker based between Montreal and Paris. He has directed and developed a number of documentaries for network television, including the  National Geographic and Planète+ channels. His documentary AF447: In Search of Flight AF447 has been featured by the Guardian, France Inter, Radio-France International and Radio-Canada. In addition to his television work, Simon has developed a number of self-produced short documentaries. His personal practice privileges intimate portraits of people, places and institutions in intersticial moments.  https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4636000/

  • Tuesday, Oct 22, 6:30-9:00pm
Oct
16
mer
Introduction to Publication Design (4 Sessions)
Oct 16 @ 6:30 – Oct 16 @ 9:00
Introduction to Publication Design (4 Sessions) @ Sur Place Media | Montréal | QC | CA

This workshop will provide students with the skills and knowledge to use Adobe InDesign through the medium of mini-publications like pamphlets, zines, or brochures. Classes will include the history and practice of graphic design, the basic tools of InDesign, and in-class feedback. Students will leave the workshop with confidence in their layout skills and their own mini-publication that they will create over the course of the workshop. 

Class 1

  • The History of Design and DIY
  • InDesign basics: Setting up your document

Class 2

  • Indesign basics continued
  • Formatting your document: layout, images, text styling, etc. 

2 week break: Finding your topic, creating the content, starting layout. During the 2 week break, the teacher and students remain in contact through Sur Place’s online platform, the Rink.

Class 3

  • In class feedback period
  • Troubleshooting technological issues

Class 4

  • Final presentation of zine
  • Next steps: Using InDesign beyond the workshop

Schedule

  • Wednesday, Oct 16, 6:30-9:00pm
  • Wednesday, Oct 23, 6:30-9:00pm
  • 2 week break: Independent project work.**
  • Wednesday, Nov 13, 6:30-9:00pm
  • Wednesday, Nov 20, 6:30-9:00pm

** During the 2 week break, the teacher and students remain in contact through Sur Place’s online platform, the Rink.

Bio

Tegan Bowers is a Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal based artist and designer working in photography, illustration, publication design, and performance. Tegan’s work is humorous, absurd, and saturated with a focus on the cacophonous/harmonious possibilities of art and design. https://www.teganbowers.com/

Oct
21
lun
Introduction to Creative Writing (8 sessions)
Oct 21 @ 6:30 – Oct 21 @ 8:30
Introduction to Creative Writing (8 sessions) @ Sur Place Media | Montréal | QC | CA

Aspiring to write but unsure where to start?

Living in a world where the written word is the primary means of communication for many, we’re all creative writers in some capacity. Even so, when it comes to starting a novel, developing a poem, or pruning back a short story, this experience can be intimidating. Getting words down can feel like being dropped in the deep end of a dark pool without knowing how to swim.

This eight-week introductory course is tailored for all creatives ready to get their feet wet. Through exercises in voice, genre, and poetics, we will flex our storytelling muscles.  Weekly readings and class discussions provide us with the foundation to turn a critical eye to our own work. The final project, a short piece of creative writing that integrates what’s been covered, will be developed during the course then polished through workshopping.

Schedule

  • Monday, Oct 21, 6:30-9:00pm
  • Monday, Oct 28, 6:30-9:00pm
  • Monday, Nov 4, 6:30-9:00pm
  • Monday, Nov 18, 6:30-9:00pm
  • Monday, Nov 25, 6:30-9:00pm
  • Monday, Dec 2, 6:30-9:00pm
  • Monday, Dec 9, 6:30-9:00pm
  • Monday, Dec 16, 6:30-9:00pm

Willow Loveday Little is a writer, poet and freelance editor from Montreal. She is currently working on the first draft of a speculative fiction manuscript, the second draft of a literary fiction manuscript, and a handful of other creative, writing-related projects. She curates “Pieces of Process,” an art series that aims to demystify creative process while providing a space for emerging artists to engage in interdisciplinary conversations with Montreal art communities. In 2019, she was a finalist for the QWF mentorship for her poetry, and joined Graphite Publications as an editor. Willow’s poetry has appeared in The Dalhousie Review, Montreal Writes, and is forthcoming with On Spec. She has articles on Medium, Westmount Mag, and Write or Die Tribe, as well as an academic essay on the significance of the gorgoneion in Ancient Greece, in McGill’s Classics journal, Hirundo.  Reach out to Willow here.

Oct
30
mer
Introduction to Photoshop (4 Sessions)
Oct 30 @ 6:30 – Oct 30 @ 9:30
Introduction to Photoshop (4 Sessions) @ Sur Place Media | Montréal | QC | CA

This workshop will provide students the skills to effectively use Adobe Photoshop for the purpose of editing photographs. We will be studying the history of photography, introductory photography theory, and the technological aspects of cameras and Photoshop software. Students will leave the workshop with a better understanding of their equipment and the software to process their images.

Class 1

  • History of Photography, Basic Theory,
  • Introduction to the photo essay format

Class 2

  • Photoshop Basics
  • Camera Basics: shooting in raw, aperture, shutter speed, white balance, etc. 

2 week break: creation and selection of images for photo essay. During the 2 week break, the teacher and students remain in contact through Sur Place’s online platform, the Rink.

Class 3

  • In class feedback period
  • Troubleshooting technological issues

Class 4

  • Final presentation of photo essay
  • Next steps: Using Photoshop beyond the workshop 

Schedule

  • Wednesday, Oct 30, 6:30-9:00pm
  • Wednesday, Nov 6, 6:30-9:00pm
  • 2 week break: Independent project work.**
  • Wednesday, Nov 27, 6:30-9:00pm
  • Wednesday, Dec 4, 6:30-9:00pm

** During the 2 week break, the teacher and students remain in contact through Sur Place’s online platform, the Rink.

Bio

Tegan Bowers is a Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal based artist and designer working in photography, illustration, publication design, and performance. Tegan’s work is humorous, absurd, and saturated with a focus on the cacophonous/harmonious possibilities of art and design. https://www.teganbowers.com/

Oct
31
jeu
Tabletop Game Design and Theory (4 sessions)
Oct 31 @ 6:30 – Oct 31 @ 9:00
Tabletop Game Design and Theory (4 sessions) @ Sur Place Media | Montréal | QC | CA

Do you play board games? Have you ever wanted to make one and wondered where to start? In this workshop, participants will study the formal foundations of game/ system/ interactive play design (economies, flow states, feedback loops). They will create and iterate on two non-digital games of different genres and learn how to integrate their own artistic practices and ideas into a quickly growing medium. 

Schedule

  • Thursday, Oct 31, 6:30-9:00pm
  • Thursday, Nov 7, 6:30-9:00pm
  • 2 week break: Independent project work.**
  • Thursday, Nov 28, 6:30-9:00pm
  • Thursday, Dec 5, 6:30-9:00pm

** During the 2 week break, the teacher and students remain in contact through Sur Place’s online platform, the Rink.

Allison Cole – bio

I’m an artist and game designer from Montreal with an MFA in Interactive Digital Media from New York University. I got my start making digital games with Tweed Couch Games, but have settled into my true love: playful immersive theatre. Anytime I can rig an Arduino to surprise you, I will. I am currently working at on Anthology of Intimacy, a series of Live Action Roleplays about intimacy created through collaborative design. I teach Game Design at Sheridan College.


Nov
5
mar
Creative World Building: From Concept to Story to Art (4 Sessions)
Nov 5 @ 5:30 – Nov 5 @ 8:00
Creative World Building: From Concept to Story to Art (4 Sessions) @ Sur Place Media | Montréal | QC | CA

Every world starts with a spark- but where does that spark come from?

In this workshop, we’ll go through the process of creating an entire world for your characters to live in. We’ll cover a variety of topics ranging from Unusual Inspiration to RNG Assistance… and by the end of this workshop, you will have built your own universe to explore in a creative capacity!

This workshop is open to all levels of artists and creatives: touching on inspiration, storytelling and character development, concept art and design, storyboarding basics, both working-in and breaking-out of genres, and even how to build pitch decks and show bibles!

Schedule

  • Tuesday, Nov 5, 6:30-9:00pm
  • Tuesday, Nov 12  6:30-9:00pm, 
  • 1 week break: Independent project work.**
  • Tuesday, Nov 26, 6:30-9:00pm
  • Tuesday, Dec 3, 6:30-9:00pm

** During the break, the teacher and students remain in contact through Sur Place’s online platform, the Rink.

Bio

Shayna Hall is a multimedia artist who attended Savannah College of Art and Design as a double major in Fashion and Sequential Art. She has worked in many artistic fields, such as film, costuming, comics and game design, and performance art… but her true passion is wizards.


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