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Youth Earth Art Series: Basic Knife Skills

with Andrea Merredew

May 8, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Price: $69

Learn basic knife carving skills in the first installment of our Earth Art Series!

Discover the art of whittling! Participants can expect to learn how to safely use a wood carving knife and develop some whittling skills. The things you can make in the forest with a sharp knife are endless! We’ll use willow branches to practice our knife skills and complete a number of projects, including beads, flowers, artist tools and stick sculptures. Whittling is an essential skill for anyone interested in earth art!

This workshop is part of our Earth Art Series – come for one or come for them all!

Audience: This workshop is suitable for youth (ages 10 and up) who are interested in discovering the creative possibilities of nature-based art! All levels of experience are welcome.

Weather: In case of rain, activities will be performed inside the museum or one of the art studios of the Leighton Art Centre. Extremely poor weather may result in cancellation. For our cancellation & refund policy, please see below.

Supplies: Please bring the following supplies to the workshop.

  • Fixed Blade Carving Knife (Morakniv suggested) – Getting a feel for carving on your own knife is an essential part of the learning process!
  • A water bottle and any snacks you would like for the afternoon
  • Weather appropriate clothing and good footwear
  • Please bring a face mask – they are required when inside the studios and the museum.
  • Optionally, you may want to bring a foldable, portable lawn chair to sit on!

Registration cost:   $69.00 plus GST & Eventbrite Fees* 

* Or register by phone: 403-931-3633, Mon-Fri, 10 am – 4 pm to avoid Eventbrite fees 

Did you know that Members of the Leighton Art Centre get 10% off the registration cost of all workshops and kids’ summer camps? Please visit  https://leightoncentre.org/join-us/become-a-member/.

All participants must sign our Covid-19 Liability waiver prior to their participation in a workshop. You can view our Covid-19 liability waiver here: https://leightoncentre.org/workshop-covid-19-liability-release-waiver/

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Please note there is a NO REFUND policy on all Leighton Art Centre workshops. A refund will be only be issued to participants if the workshop is canceled by the workshop coordinator due to insufficient enrollment, extreme weather conditions, or Covid-19 restrictions. Workshops may be canceled prior to the start date and participants will be notified via email and/or phone, and a full refund will be processed.

Withdrawal from workshops for medical reasons must be accompanied by a doctor’s medical note and must be received by the Leighton workshop coordinator prior to the workshop start date to be qualified for a full refund.

Artist Biography

Andrea is inspired by the changing seasons and the colours and textures of the natural world. When she’s not wandering around the forest making Land Art, she’s in her studio making wooden jewelry and mixed media art. She feels lucky to have grown up surrounded by people who made beautiful things. As a child, she spent a lot of time exploring different art forms and started making wooden jewelry when she was a teenager. She spent the next decade going to University, working to protect the environment, and making Earth Art.

It wasn’t until she became a mom and moved to Calgary that she was able to focus on her art full time. For the past 12 years, she’s been selling her jewelry and mixed media art at local galleries, art markets, and online. She also regularly offers Earth Art workshops for adults, youth, and children at her home studio and in the forest.

You can find her Earth Jewelry collection at The Leighton Art Centre and on her website. You can find her mixed media art on her website or follow her daily practice on Instagram @andreamerredew

To learn more about Andrea and her art, please visit her website:



May 8, 2021
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Leighton Art Centre
282027 144 Street West
Foothills, Alberta T1S 0Y4 Canada
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