Events & Classes

Storytelling Fundamentals: Sunday, May 3rd 2015


New Workshop!

Storytelling Fundamentals: Sunday, May 3rd 2015




There’s a famous adage that one picture is worth a thousand words. But are your images communicating everything you want?  Maybe you’re looking for the right words to bring your characters and creations to life but aren’t quite sure where to start.

We can help inspire and nurture your ideas in a specially-designed workshop on storytelling for illustrators.

Join us at the Nook Collective in Kensington Market on Sunday May 3rd from 1pm to 5pm, as screenwriter and novelist Jennifer Cowan explores the fundamentals of story with creative exercises and discussions.

To maximize the process, all participating artists will be encouraged to bring a recent or new illustration and up to one page describing your character and the story you’re hoping to tell.

Space is limited to 12.
Fee: $80 including hst.

156 Augusta Avenue
Kensington Market

To secure your spot in the class, contact Jennifer Cowan via email to arrange payment.


About Jennifer Cowan


Jennifer Cowan writes, mentors and consults. She has created stories for television, radio, print, interactive game apps and corporate websites. Her television work has garnered multiple awards and her first novel was a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Sharing her love of writing, Jennifer teaches media, advanced screenwriting and comedy writing at Ryerson University and comedy writing at the University of Toronto SCS. Having achieved many of her own creative goals, one of her greatest thrills is helping her colleagues, clients and students tell their stories. When she’s not wrestling with words and ideas, she’s walking the dog, kayaking, making things or relishing her status as Jeopardy champion of her living room.


And We're Back!

Spring is coming (eventually) and that has me thinking that it's time to get things revved up again!

Are you a commercial artist that wants to give a class or take a class? We've done some events at the studio that were quite popular; Botanical Drawing Class, Drawing Bones, The Subconcious Sketchbook class, Hand-lettering, the 101 of Quoting for freelancers... And I'm certain there's something new we've never tried. Or how about a little solo show?

Drop me a line and let me know!





So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good night...

The NOOK events that take place at my studio have slowed to halt... Space requirements for the studio have changed and NOOK has had to change with it. It's going to be a while before I know the direction that NOOK is going - for now it's future is unclear.

It's been fun - and I hope to continue to be able to bring you opportunities to learn and help each other grow in our professions. NOOK events down the road may appear in many different spaces, rather than one that is central.

In the meantime, we've got the entire upstairs floor available for rent at the studio! If you're interested, I've listed the information below.


Julia Breckenreid



156 Augusta Avenue


Bright and spacious open concept workspace in Kensington Market.

Centrally located second floor office on Augusta Avenue between Dundas and College.

1700 sq ft (17 x 100 feet), 11 ft ceiling. Open-concept plan can accommodate 15-20 desks + a conference table.


• Large windows -- lots of natural light
• Central air conditioning and heating
• Private entranceway and stairs
• Monitored alarm system
• Security gate on entrance
• Kitchenette (bar sink and counter)
• Private washroom

Ideal for entrepreneurs, design professionals and most small to mid-size businesses.
Possible opportunity to share the space with an existing tenant.

October 1st. $3600 + hydro.

Contact Steve Wilson, or Arv Slabosevicius to view the space.


June 20 to 22nd, 2014: Oil Painting Workshop with Sara Sniderhan

Sara Sniderhan's oil painting class was so fantastic last month, she's going to do it again!
Workshop description by Sara:

This workshop will begin with an evening demo, on Friday June 20th, from 6-9pm. Students will watch as I paint a portrait sketch from life. I encourage students to take pictures and ask questions as I work from the model.

We will work from 10am-4pm on Saturday June 21st and Sunday the 22nd. Students will work on their own portraits from life, starting from the drawing stage to blocking in, big volume modeling through to rendering the features.

The Nook Collective is at 156 Augusta Avenue, in the heart of Kensington Market. This workshop is limited to 10 students, to ensure quality one-on-one instruction. The fee is $300 if you supply your own paint or $325 if I supply the paint.

The register or inquire please email or call Sara at 416.559.6189



Art Business Workshop Dates for Spring 2014

This time, we're giving you a choice to take these classes on a Sunday or Monday, so that no one has to miss out due to other obligations! 

Kathryn Adams teaches business and entrepreneurism for visual artists at both OCADU and Sheridan College in the Illustration BAA programs. Her consulting services for freelance contracts, business plans, self promotion, entrepreneurial pursuits and fee negotiations are sought after by her peers in the illustration industry.


Cracking the Code

Whether you are a seasoned pro or an emerging freelancer, demystifying various copyright and rights terms that appear in licensing contracts is vital to your business. In the ever changing world of who owns what, it is imperative that you understand how to protect your images. Kathryn will discuss hot topics such as: stock, work for hire and moral rights. $60

Sunday April 20th, 1 to 3:30pm

- OR - 

Monday April 21st, 7:30 to 9pm

Sign up here!


Hey You !!!

Self Promotion: Content of this workshop will cover self-promotional methods, including; direct mail, group websites, individual websites, email, print directories, professional competitions, commercial mailing lists.

*This workshop does not cover social media as a method of self-promo.

Sunday May 18th, 1 to 3:30pm 

- OR - 

Monday May 19th, 7:30 to 10pm 

Sign up here!


Filthy Lucre!

For those who are new to the business side of things: Negotiation & Pricing techniques, the strengths & weaknesses of the G.A.G. price guide, fees vs royalties, and a bonus discussion of negotiating unfair contract terms.

Sunday June 15th, 1 to 3:30pm

- OR - 

Monday June 16th, 7:30 to 10pm

Sign up here!