Saturday June 13th, 2015: Introduction to Game Art

Level up your art skills by learning how to create art for games! The class is ideal for artists who have some digital art knowledge, but would like to pursue game creation. Learn the basics to building art assets for games, and how art works with game design and code. We will focus on 2D art assets using Photoshop that can be used universally for different game engines (Unity, Flash, GameMaker).

Focus on 2D game art assets for indie and mobile development
How art works with design and code
Why a game art asset is different than an illustration
Basics to building game art for different game engines (Unity, Flash, GameMaker)

Space is limited to 12.
Fee: $60 

Saturday, June 13th - 1 to 4pm

156 Augusta Avenue
Kensington Market

To secure your spot in the class, contact Michael Janzen via email to arrange payment.

Michael Janzen is a digital artist working in the game industry with experience creating successful products for the Xbox 360, iOS, Android, and Facebook platforms. He has worked on different brands ranging from Dungeons and Dragons to the award winning Kim Kardashian: Hollywood app.


Storytelling Fundamentals: Sunday, June 14th 2015


New Workshop!

Storytelling Fundamentals: Sunday, June 14th 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 June 14 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