Surplace Media - Workshops

Practical media training

All year long, Sur Place offers workshops in several creative & media disciplines: graphic design, video editing, audio creation, podcasts, creative writing, etc. All Workshops are proposed and led by local artists who have a passion to share their craft.

Accessible, flexible, and collaborative. Our workshops are limited to 8 students, run for 5 weeks, and cost $200. Our mission is to offer affordable community-based arts training that promotes a fun & collaborative culture among students and teachers.

An emphasis on practical training. In just a few weeks, you can learn new skills to use for your projects or your job. Students are always encouraged to work on their own projects during workshops.

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Current workshops

Aug
6
Tue
Podcasting & Audio production: Summer intensive (8 sessions)
Aug 6 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Podcasting & Audio production: Summer intensive (8 sessions) @ Sur Place Media | Montréal | QC | CA

This Summer intensive combines two workshops: Podcasting on Thursdays, and Audio Production on Tuesdays. By learning both skills concurruntly, participants will accelerate the path to completing an episode of their audio-based story. Read on to learn about each workshop. Total class time is 20 hours over 8 sesions. Students will be expected to work on their projects outside of class time. 

Notes:

  • We can provide all needed equipment for the workshop at no extra cost, or give you a list of recommended & affordable gear to get your own.
  • Students are encouraged to enroll with a collaborator, as a team of two. A discount of 20% is offered to teams, contact info@surplace.co.
  • If you’d prefer to sign up for only one of the workshops, that’s possible, contact us.
  • The descriptions below will be updated with a weekly breakdown later. 

Podcasting: Telling stories in sound

Do you have an idea for a documentary storytelling podcast you’d like to produce? In this workshop, we’ll take your idea and put it through a variety of exercises that will help you find your main focus, craft your story effectively, plan your production, figure out your workflow and solve all the technical aspects in between. On top of that, throughout the weeks, we’ll be practicing the art of interviewing and narrating. So, think of it like an intensive bootcamp for you to become a better podcaster and for your project to come alive. 

Schedule

  • Thursday, 8 August 6:30-9:00pm
  • Thursday, 15 August 6:30-9:00pm
  • Thursday, 22 August 6:30-9:00pm
  • Thursday, 29 August 6:30-9:00pm

About Pascal Huỳnh

Born in Montreal to Vietnamese refugees, Pascal has always been interested in political identities. In 2017, he co-created Out of the Fog, a radio podcast where stories about family, adoption and power intertwine. Being a queer person of color, he is able to relate to adoptees’ fights to reclaim their rights and ownership of their stories. Currently working as an animation teacher, he also spends his time organizing free workshops, classes and film screenings in hopes of decentralizing access to our collective cultural DNA. Being passionate about knowledge-sharing, Pascal also gives creative workshops to youth living in group homes.

Audio Production, with Adobe Audition

In this workshop, you’ll learn the basics of audio post-production using a digital audio workstation (DAW). Over several weeks we’ll cover basics of recording, cutting and arranging clips, adding EQ and effects, mixing multitrack sessions, automating keyframes, and exporting the finished project. In this version of the workshop, we’ll be focussing on audio storytelling techniques for creating engaging podcasts or longform audio that combines scripted text, interviews and other vocal material, plus sound effects and music.  

Schedule

  • Tuesday, 6  August 6:30-9:00pm
  • Tuesday, 13 August 6:30-9:00pm
  • Tuesday, 20 August 6:30-9:00pm
  • Tuesday, 27 August 6:30-9:00pm

Dae Courtney is a Canadian artist based in Montreal where they work as a composer, sound designer, performer, and youth animator for both arts and wilderness programming. Dae’s work most often centres around combining compositional and archival work with live performance involving improvisational digital sound making. As a sound designer, composer, and performer Dae’s work has been presented in such venues as the Musée Des Beaux Arts in Montreal, and The Kitchen and Judson’s Church both in NYC. Dae completed a bachelors in communications and electroacoustic music at Concordia University. Check their Soundcloud at: https://soundcloud.com/colourshapedotlocal



Sep
3
Tue
Drawing as a way of Seeing (4 sessions)
Sep 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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
Mon
Write Like a Pro #7 (4 sessions)
Sep 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
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
Wed
Comic-Book Making (4 sessions)
Sep 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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
Thu
Introduction to Ableton Live (4 sessions)
Sep 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
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
11
Fri
A demonstration of Sur Place Media’s Production Studio
Oct 11 @ 6:30 pm – Oct 11 @ 8:30 pm
A demonstration of Sur Place Media's Production Studio @ Sur Place Media | Montréal | QC | CA
A demonstration of photo and video studio techniques for our members and potential clients.

Sur Place Media is a small workshop space and studio in the heart of Mile End where people learn media and art, and freelancers gather. The studio is equipped with lights, backgrounds, and equipment for basic video & photo production, and audio recording. It’s a convenient and affordable place to produce common media content for the web or print. Clients hire us for their productions, and Sur Place members can book the space for their projects.

In this casual Friday session, we’ll demonstrate some the following:

  • How to use backgrounds (white, green, black)and lights.
  • How to get amazing results using a teleprompter for scripted content.
  • Macro photography for products and other small objects.
  • Recording a remote online interview, e.g. via Skype.
  • Basics of green screen production.
  • Recording voices for podcasting and anything else.
  • Live streaming video to the web.

This is a great opportunity to demystify studio production, which is becoming cheaper and more accessible. Come ask questions and see how it works.

See examples of videos produced in the studio on youtube here.

About

Ted Strauss is a freelance video producer and aspiring filmmaker. He makes videos of events, performances, interviews, promotional ads, and in-studio content. Ted founded Sur Place Media in 2017 to support Montreal media freelancers and artists.

Une démonstration des techniques de studio photo et vidéo pour nos membres et clients potentiels.

Sur Place Media est un petit espace d’atelier et studio situé au cœur du Mile End, où les gens apprennent les médias et l’art et rassemblent des pigistes. Le studio est équipé de lumières, d’arrière-plans et d’équipements pour la production vidéo et photo de base et l’enregistrement audio. C’est un endroit pratique et abordable pour produire du contenu multimédia commun pour le Web ou pour l’impression. Les clients nous embauchent pour leurs productions et les membres de Sur Place peuvent réserver l’espace pour leurs projets.

Au cours de cette séance décontractée du vendredi, nous allons illustrer les points suivants:

  • Comment utiliser les arrière-plans (blanc, vert, noir) et les lumières.
  • Comment obtenir résultats étonnants en utilisant un prompteur pour le contenu scripté.
  • Macro photographie pour les produits et autres petits objets.
  • Enregistrement d’une interview en ligne à distance, par exemple par Skype.
  • Principes de base de la production sur écran vert.
  • Enregistrement de voix pour le podcasting, etc.
  • LIvestream en continu sur Internet.

C’est une excellente occasion de démystifier la production en studio, qui devient de moins en moins chère et plus accessible. Venez poser des questions et voir comment cela fonctionne. Regardez des exemples de vidéos produites en studio sur youtube ici.

À propos

Ted Strauss est un producteur vidéo indépendant et cinéaste en devenir. Il réalise des vidéos d’événements, des performances, des interviews, des publicités promotionnelles et du contenu en studio. Ted a fondé Sur Place Media en 2017 pour soutenir les pigistes et artistes des médias montréalais.

Oct
15
Tue
Introduction to Video Editing (4 sess
Oct 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
[:en]Introduction to Video Editing (4 sess[:fr]Introduction to Video Editing  (4 sessions)[:] @ Sur Place Media | Montréal | QC | CA
This workshop is geared toward video enthusiasts who want a crash course on the fundamentals of video editing in Adobe Premiere.

This workshop is geared toward video enthusiasts and media freelancers who want a crash course on the fundamentals of video editing in Adobe Premiere. This class uses a hands-on approach to learning the basic principles of video editing and overcoming challenges that inexperienced editors might face when cutting their films.

Students will learn how to import clips, add them to a timeline, editing techniques, adding effects & transformations, audio, titles, basic colour correction, finishing and exporting a video for distribution. Video editing material will be provided but students are encouraged to bring their projects. By the end of this workshop, you will have gained the knowledge and tools to create professional videos.

Note: We can provide a laptop for use in the workshop, if needed.

4 sessions of 2.5 hours. The registration fee covers all 4 sessions.

Schedule

  • Tuesday, October 15, 7:00 – 9:30pm
  • Tuesday, October 22, 7:00 – 9:30pm
  • Tuesday, October 29, 7:00 – 9:30pm
  • Two week break**
  • Tuesday, November 19, 7:00 – 9:30pm

Class outline

Week 01 (Tuesday, October 15, 7:00 – 9:30pm):

  • Starting a project
  • Intro to interface and editing tools
  • Importing and adding clips to a timeline

Week 02 (Tuesday, October 22, 7:00 – 9:30pm):

  • Video editing techniques
  • Audio editing techniques
  • Adding transitions to video and audio
  • Begin the main project

Week 03 (Tuesday, October 29, 7:00 – 9:30pm):

  • Transform and manipulate footage
  • Importing images and graphics
  • Adding effects to clips

** Two week break. During the break, students continue work on their project. The teacher and students remain in contact through Sur Place’s online platform, the Rink.

Week 04 (Tuesday, November 19, 7:00 – 9:30pm):

  • Review student projects
  • Add titles to your film
  • Intro to color grading
  • Exporting your film

About

Raymon Fong has been teaching post-production and video editing in the 3D Animation & CGI program for 9 years and is the recipient of the 2016 Teaching Excellence Award at Dawson College. He has 15 years of video production, motion graphics and multi-media experience. He is also an avid artist, songwriter & producer of small video productions.

Oct
16
Wed
Introduction to Publication Design (4 Sessions)
Oct 16 @ 6:30 pm – Oct 16 @ 9:00 pm
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
17
Thu
Behind The Camera: An Introduction To Self-produced Documentary Film (4 Sessions)
Oct 17 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
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

  • Thursday, Oct 17, 6:30-9:00pm
  • Thursday, Oct 24, 6:30-9:00pm
  • 2 week break: Independent project work.**
  • Thursday, Nov 14, 6:30-9:00pm
  • Thursday, Nov 21, 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
18
Fri
Drawing as a way of Seeing: The Human Figure
Oct 18 @ 6:30 pm – Oct 18 @ 9:00 pm
Drawing as a way of Seeing: The Human Figure @ Espace POP | 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 life drawing session is part of a course to help you become skilled at drawing & rendering, and help you design a regular practice so that it becomes a part of your professional toolkit. 

About Bronwen Moen

Originally from British Columbia, I moved to Montréal, Québec in 2006 where I completed my Masters of Fine Arts at Concordia University in 2013. My work in painting, drawing, and performance focuses on the vibrant materiality of the human form within the natural and manufactured world. As a dancer and performer I draw deeply from my physical practice that provides a map of deepening connections with others and myself; sensations and images of the clumsy chaos of collaboration and interrelatedness.  With a foundation of painting my work also extends into photography, illustration, large-scale puppets, and sets and props within TV/film and theatre productions.  This multi-disciplinary practice includes a dedicated teaching and facilitation practice and is woven together with themes of embodiment, agency and connection. bronwenmoen.com

Au cours de tous mes projets d’artiste en arts visuels / de théâtre / de cinéma, une compétence m’a aidé plus que toute autre: le dessin! L’art et la pratique de voir des relations spatiales, des textures, des proportions, une perspective, un ton et un volume m’ont aidé à rendre et à créer des réalités et des fictions rapidement et facilement.

Ces compétences ont transformé ma façon de voir et traduisent en tout ce que je fais, du graphisme à la photographie en passant par le décor pour la télévision / le film. C’est devenu un moyen de voir, de penser et de communiquer qui est un outil essentiel pour toute pratique visuelle.

Cette session de dessin de vie fait partie d’un cours qui vous aidera à acquérir des compétences en dessin et rendu, et vous aidera à concevoir une pratique régulière de sorte qu’elle fasse partie de votre boîte à outils professionnelle.

A propos de Bronwen Moen

Originaire de la Colombie-Britannique, j’ai déménagé à Montréal, au Québec, en 2006, où j’ai complété ma maîtrise en beaux-arts à l’Université Concordia en 2013. Mon travail de peinture, de dessin et de performance porte sur la matérialité vibrante de la forme humaine, à la fois naturelle et manufacturée. monde. En tant que danseur et interprète, je tire profondément de ma pratique physique une carte des relations qui approfondissent les liens avec les autres et moi-même; sensations et images du chaos maladroit de la collaboration et de l’interdépendance. Fondée sur la peinture, mon travail s’étend également à la photographie, à l’illustration, aux marionnettes à grande échelle, ainsi qu’aux décors et accessoires dans les productions télévisées / cinématographiques et théâtrales. Cette pratique multidisciplinaire comprend une pratique d’enseignement et de facilitation dédiée et s’articule autour de thèmes de réalisation, d’agence et de connexion. bronwenmoen.com

Oct
21
Mon
Introduction to Creative Writing (8 sessions)
Oct 21 @ 6:30 pm – Oct 21 @ 8:30 pm
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
25
Fri
Dream Outside The Box: Bringing Poetry to Prose.
Oct 25 @ 6:30 pm – Oct 25 @ 9:00 pm
Dream Outside The Box: Bringing Poetry to Prose. @ Sur Place Media | Montréal | QC | CA
This workshop will give you the tools to tease poetic language and imagery from your prose.

Writing dreams forces us to abandon the rules—to see the potential in the real, the magic in the mundane, the metaphorical in the literal. The world of dream is rich in symbol and myth. Dreams can inform and baffle us in equal measure. And they can also affect our writing.

In this one-off workshop, we will explore creative writing through the lens of this fantasy otherworld. We will cover exercises dealing with metaphor to encourage participants to envision everything they write as a dream sequence.

It can be scary as a writer to jump into metaphor if you’re new to it. This workshop will give you the tools to tease poetic language and imagery from your prose.

Oct
30
Wed
Introduction to Photoshop (4 Sessions)
Oct 30 @ 6:30 pm – Oct 30 @ 9:30 pm
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
Thu
Tabletop Game Design and Theory (4 sessions)
Oct 31 @ 6:30 pm – Oct 31 @ 9:00 pm
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
1
Fri
Gesto – A new game of art, strategy, and nonsense
Nov 1 @ 6:30 pm – Nov 1 @ 9:00 pm
Come play a brand new art-based card game, to help in it’s development.

Gesto is a new card-based game, where each team is producing an exhibition of art works that are based on a semi-random process involving nonsense sentences. It’s the quickest way to unlock your creative and silly sides, while the strategy turns art production into a team sport.

8 participants will play Gesto for about hour , followed by a conversation about whether or not it was fun. This is one play test session out of dozens, that go into refining the design.

Snacks will served.

Venez jouer à un nouveau jeu de cartes basé sur l’art, pour aider à son développement.

Gesto est un nouveau jeu de cartes dans lequel chaque équipe produit une exposition d’œuvres d’art basée sur un processus semi-aléatoire comprenant des phrases absurdes. C’est le moyen le plus rapide de débloquer votre créativité et votre côté idiot, tandis que la stratégie transforme la production artistique en sport d’équipe.8 Les participants joueront à Gesto pendant environ une heure, suivis d’une discussion sur le caractère amusant ou non. Il s’agit d’une session d’essai sur des douzaines de jeux qui a pour but d’affiner la conception.

Les snacks seront servis.

Nov
3
Sun
The Wonderful World of Larp and Affective Design
Nov 3 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Wonderful World of Larp and Affective Design @ Sur Place Media | Montréal | QC | CA
Larps have been designed as teaching tools, therapy, and catharsis; as well being an excuse for grownups to play in the woods in costume.

What do you think of when you hear the word Larp? If anything at all, it is probably adults running through the forest dressed as knights and wizards. And this definitely is a part of Larp, but the world is much more expansive than that.

Larps have been designed to be used as teaching tools, therapy, and catharsis. They stretch a wide range of topics, from playing during the first years of the AIDS epidemic as it hits the gay scene in New York in the early 80s to playing in a world inspired by Jane Austen novels.

This workshop runs over two Sundays, totalling about 10 hours.

  • Sunday, Nov 3, 10am – 4pm
  • Sunday, Nov 10, 10am – 4pm

Over the course of this workshop, you will:

  • Participate in a Larp set at a government retreat to find a soulmate (think of the movie The Lobster)
  • Be exposed to the many different branches and genres of Larp
  • Learn some design tricks and techniques of Larp design
  • Create (Jam-Style) a prototype for your very own micro Larp

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. https://www.allisonkcole.com/

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À quoi pensez-vous lorsque vous entendez le mot Larp? Ce sont probablement des adultes qui courent à travers la forêt, habillés en chevaliers et en magiciens. Et cela fait certainement partie du GN, mais le monde est beaucoup plus vaste que cela.

Les grands ont été conçus pour être utilisés comme outils d’enseignement, de thérapie et de catharsis. Ils couvrent un large éventail de sujets, allant du jeu pendant les premières années de l’épidémie de SIDA qui frappe la scène gay à New York au début des années 80 au jeu dans un monde inspiré par les romans de Jane Austen.

Cet atelier se déroule sur deux dimanches, totalisant environ 10 heures.

  • Dimanche 3 novembre de 10h à 16h
  • Dimanche 10 novembre de 10h à 16h

Au cours de cet atelier, vous allez:

  • Participez à un groupe de GN lors d’une retraite gouvernementale pour trouver une âme soeur (pensez au film The Lobster)
  • Exposez-vous aux multiples branches et genres du GN
  • Apprenez quelques astuces et techniques de conception de GNP
  • Créez (Jam-Style) un prototype pour votre propre micro Larp

Allison Cole – bio

Je suis artiste et concepteur de jeux à Montréal et titulaire d’une maîtrise en médias numériques interactifs de l’Université de New York. J’ai commencé à faire des jeux numériques avec Tweed Couch Games, mais je suis devenu mon véritable amour: le théâtre immersif et ludique. Chaque fois que je peux gréer un Arduino pour vous surprendre, je le ferai. Je travaille actuellement sur Anthology of Intimacy, une série de jeux de rôle sur l’intimité créés par le biais d’une conception collaborative. J’enseigne la conception de jeux au Collège Sheridan. https://www.allisonkcole.com/

Nov
5
Tue
Creative World Building: From Concept to Story to Art (4 Sessions)
Nov 5 @ 5:30 pm – Nov 5 @ 8:00 pm
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.


Nov
15
Fri
Storylympics: Games of Oral Storytelling
Nov 15 @ 5:30 pm – Nov 15 @ 8:00 pm
Storylympics: Games of Oral Storytelling @ Espace POP | Montréal | QC | CA
What is the sound of creativity and passion being unleashed? Woompa, Woompa… WOOSH!

What do stray alley cats and random thoughts have in common? They both lurk in dark places where suddenly: Woompa Woompa… BOOM!! What happened? Is it real? Is it a game? You okay?? Yes, we are all doing fine and, say, that spark of an idea became one mighty story! Amazing, huh? If this sounds fun, than join Claire on a two hour session of Games of Oral Storytelling at Sur Place Media, a unique training ground for your creative mind.

Claire thrives as creative facilitator, enabling scrum masters to renew and reflect on their practices. She is fascinated by the process through which a room full of individuals can quickly form an enlivened community and where learning is akin to a playground for new ideas, projects and questions. Storylympics is the latest of Claire’s experimentations, in parallel with a tale she is developing with her friend of a young woman, Isabelle, who finds her way through alleyways, secret societies and bullshit jobs on a search for the mysterious source of ‘peh-TING, peh-TING’.

Nov
22
Fri
Creating Captivating Characters with Eva Crocker
Nov 22 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Creating Captivating Characters with Eva Crocker @ Sur Place Media | Montréal | QC | CA
Bring complex, charismatic characters to life

Can a consistently selfless character be compelling? Can a cruel character make the reader feel empathetic? Can a young character having adult observations feel authentic? Can there be a split between narrative voice and a character’s internal thoughts and feelings?  In this workshop we’ll tackle these questions by looking at how dialogue, point of view and pacing can be used to bring complex, charismatic characters to life.

Nov
29
Fri
Writing Taboo Topics with Tracey Waddleton
Nov 29 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Writing Taboo Topics with Tracey Waddleton @ Sur Place Media | Montréal | QC | CA
Write short stories with taboo themes

Why do we shy away from difficult topics? How do we write about sex, death, politics or trauma without alienating our audience? How do we build a sense of safety when putting ourselves on the line in front of family, friends and the general public?

This workshop is for writers who are interested in examining touchy subjects but don’t know how to get started. We’ll explore privilege and the idea of a writer’s responsibility while learning techniques that can help us build confidence in working with taboo themes.

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