Creative Escapes

Creative Escapes

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Deb Dalziel
Tourism & Destination Coordinator
10 East Mill Street, Elora, ON
N0B 1S0
Phone: 519.846.9691 x380
Email: Click to send email

​Get Creative! Whether it's the joy of a tranquil afternoon learning to paint, the hot metal and mayhem of a blacksmithing workshop, glass blowing first dates, family art days, gourmet cooking or kiln fired pottery, the artists and artisans of Elora and Fergus offer an inspired range of classes and one-of-a-kind experiences.

Test your creative genius with one of the following studios:

Rio Bravo Ironworks

A traditional blacksmith studio located in downtown Elora offering handmade creations  for sale in addition to a selection of inspirational Metal Art Workshops.

Blown Away Glass Studio

Famous for their "One Hot Date" workshops, this glass studio located in Elora, offers a variety of hands-on glass blowing workshops. Their gallery space filled with exquisite glass creations is a must-see.

Wellington County Museum and Archives

Wellington County Museum and Archives' summer workshops offer a diverse selection of media and skill levels, all taught by the area's top art instructors. Whether you want to brush-up existing abilities or discover new ones, there is sure to be a course that will inspire you.

Elora Centre for the Arts

From monthly family art days to photography, theatre groups to dance troupes, sewing clubs to summer camps, Elora Centre for the Arts truly is the house where art lives. Courses of all kinds are offered year-round in this vibrant and historic building.

Silver Creek Photography

Take your photos from good to great with popular local photography instructor, Sylvia Galbraith. Sylvia offers a wide variety of fun photography classes and workshops for all ages and abilities. She also hosts a monthly Sunday afternoon lecture series with guest speakers, field trips and more.


A creative, soul inspiring retreat experience in the heart of Elora. Explore workshops that allow you to focus on your goals and aspirations doing pottery and various art workshops. Mouth-watering cuisine and picturesque scenery fill your senses helping you create a personal road map to achieve your future goals and aspirations in a beautiful environment.

Elora Gourmet Weekends at The Drew House

Nothing tastes better than food you've made yourself! Take a gourmet cooking class at the Drew House Bed & Breakfast with celebrated local chef Roger Dufau.

Barry McCarthy

Renowned Elora artist Barry McCarthy offers a variety of painting workshops from beginner to advanced levels. Let Barry gently guide you through his step-by-step process. Beginner workshops are one weekend in the Spring and Fall. Learn new skills, make new friends and create a masterpiece.


Anything is possible…one stroke at a time. Join the Zentangle phenomenon and enjoy the meditative and restorative qualities of this unique art form. Certified Zentangle teacher and Elora resident, Brenda Shaver offers a variety of fun, inspirational classes and workshops.

Supria Karmakar

​Encaustic art is about using molten wax as a creative medium and then applied to a surface – usually prepared wood and other materials and then fused.  The finished art is uniquely beautiful!  Supria offers workshops at various levels in her Elora Studio.  Custom workshops for special occasions can also be arranged.