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Saturdays in the Studio! with Sonia Sulaiman

DATE: Saturdays in April 2023
TIME: 1pm- 4pm
LOCATION: 2nd floor, Education Studio

This March, artist Sonia Sulaiman is activating the studio and encouraging you to create your very own sketchbook! Fill the pages with your stories and share them with those around you. Experiment with art-making techniques and mediums.

To Participate:

  • Drop-in between 1-4pm on Saturdays.
  • This program is free with admission to AWE and open to all.
  • Questions? Please contact Sophie Hinch, Education and Public Programs Coordinator at

This program is generously sponsored by Anne Safranyos and family.

Develop your sketchbook practice with Sonia! Play with drawing, painting, and writing to create works of art that represent who you are. Over the course of five workshops, expriment with new art-making techniques to fill the pages of your sketchbook!



Saturday, April 1: Welcome to My Sketchbook

The first page of your sketchbook is all about introducing yourself and dedicating your sketchbook! Bring your own sketchbook or use paper folding techniques to create your own.

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Saturday, April 8: Testing, testing! 1,2,3!

Exploring different mediums through mark-making in your sketchbook. Think about lines, shapes, and colours that best describe you.

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Saturday, April 15: Practice Makes Perfect 

This week, we’re taking a look at artists that inspire us. Use the third page of your sketchbook as a style study to learn new techniques.

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Saturday, April 22: Planning a Picture 

You made it to week 4! Learn how to create mini ‘thumbnail’ sketches and notes to plan out your images. This tool will bring your stories to life!

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Saturday, April 29: Time to Show Off!

For our last sketchbook workshop, learn how to render a sketch on location; make some- thing you can be proud of! Use the gallery as inspiration and capture its artistic atmosphere.

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Meet the Artist: Sonia Sulaiman

Sonia Sulaiman writes short speculative fiction inspired by Palestinian folklore. Her work has appeared in Arab Lit Quarterly, Beladi, FIYAH Magazine, Xenocultivars: Stories of Queer Growth, Seize the Press, and Lacking- ton’s Magazine. Her stories have been nominated for a Pushcart, Lammy, and BNW awards.

Sonia is a graduate of the Windsor Centre for the Creative Arts where she studied many artistic disciplines including painting, drawing, photography, dance, drama, and music. She was a member of the Back Room Gallery Artist Co-op which became the Walkerville Artists Collective.

She has received generous support from her benefactors on Ko-fi and Patreon, as well as grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. In her free time, Sonia is a Hugo-nominated first reader at Strange Horizons.

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