Occurs on Wednesday May 17 2023

Approximate running time: 2 hours


Workman Arts
1025 Queen Street West
Toronto ON M6J 1H4


× Instructor: Rick Miller

May 17 - June 21, Wednesday, 4PM-6PM

Class Description: These six guided walks through Toronto’s renowned urban parks will introduce you to the idea of creating in nature as a therapeutic experience. Creatively exploring greenspaces offers us an opportunity to let go of the anxieties of urban living. Participants should be able to create a small portfolio of nature photography by the end of the course

Each class will be a two-hour-long guided walk in a TTC accessible park. Each walk will be a slow meandering exploration of an urban green space, with plenty of opportunity to pause and create. While the course will focus on photography, all artists are welcome. There will be an opportunity to share your work online and engage in class critiques. The instructor will be sharing educational and motivational material online as well.

Participants will need to have a moderate level of fitness and mobility, but no expertise in photography is necessary. The course is intended to allow photographers of every level to improve on their craft.

Materials: Participants are encouraged to use their own camera devices when possible. A limited number of cameras will be available to be borrowed from Workman Arts. Cameras must be picked up from the WA office at 1025 Queen Street before the photography class and returned to the WA office after the photography class. Cameras must be returned the same day they are borrowed and cannot be taken home.

About the instructor: Photographer and filmmaker Rick Miller, MFA, self identifies as a Mad Artist. Having grown up in the wilds of Québec, Rick finds that even brief exposures to nature helps him live with mental illness.

Rick was the 2016-17 Workman Arts Media Artist in Residence and has received funding from Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. He has been instructing at Workman and CAMH since 2018.

Rick’s collaborative nature photography and video project, Ancestral Mindscapes, was shown at Workman Arts, Tangled Arts, and Rendezvous With Madness. It has another showing in his home region of Gaspésie this spring.

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