Workshops & Events

Our Creative Space plays host to a variety of awesome community events & workshops. Since opening in 2016 we have hosted more than 200 workshops including, calligraphy, weaving, screen printing, hand lettering,  embroidery, macrame, seaglass art & lino-stamping. New projects are added often, and every effort is made to keep listings up to date. If an event you are interested in has sold out, contact the instructor and ask to be kept informed on the next date or follow us on social media @trainyardstore for updates!

Please note: All workshop registrations & payments happen directly with the workshop instructors- details vary and are included in the listings below.  Please read each workshop instructors terms & conditions before registering and contact them with any questions.

Interested In Renting Our Space?

We offer the space for workshops, meetings & community events; Contact us trainyardevents@gmail.com for details.

*Please note we don’t offer our space for kids birthday parties at this time*

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May 2018

Seaglass Fish Scene Workshop With Apricity Designs

27 May 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
The Trainyard General Store, 53 Portland Street
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2Y1H1 Canada
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$37.20

Heidi of Apricity Designs is back & excited to host a few seaglass workshops during the month of May! In this seaglass art workshop we'll be making these sweet fish scenes using genuine seaglass, sand, stones and shells. I’ll teach you the techniques of seaglass art and guide you through the creation of your own unique picture. Whether you are brand new to seaglass art or have some prior experience, this project will be lots of fun. All materials are…

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June 2018

Lunenburg Makery Needle Felted Sloth

9 June 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Trainyard General Store, 53 Portland Street
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2Y1H1 Canada
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$50

Join The Lunenburg Makery for another great needle felting workshop! -- People just cannot get enough of our needle felted sloth! Not that we can blame you, it's our number one selling kit. 🙂 If you're a total beginner felter don't let all the limbs intimidate you - our sloth comes together with easy shapes to help ensure success. You won't want to miss this class! All materials will be provided, no experience necessary.  Register In Shop: 230 Lincoln Street, Old Town…

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Hand Lettering Basics With Janelle Letters

16 June 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Trainyard General Store, 53 Portland Street
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2Y1H1 Canada
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$55

Make a chalkboard sign with Janelle Letters! Want to learn how to make fun hand lettered quotes like the ones you see on Instagram? Come and join us for Hand Lettering Basics where we will go through every step to creating a chalkboard sign you get to take home! This workshop is for complete beginners - no experience needed. YOU'LL LEARN: - the anatomy of a letter - creative exercises to warm up - different lettering styles (including "faux calligraphy")…

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Introduction to Embroidery

16 June 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Trainyard General Store, 53 Portland Street
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2Y1H1 Canada
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$60

Have you always wanted to create beautify embroidered goods? Come and learn the 10 most basic and beautiful embroidery stitches and leave with a fun sampler project to complete at home. No previous experience necessary, ages 16 to 116 welcome! Please email linnetbirddesigns@gmail.com to register!

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October 2018

Nocturne 2018

13 October 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 14 October 2018 @ 12:00 am
The Trainyard General Store, 53 Portland Street
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2Y1H1 Canada
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Nocturne is our favourite night of the year and we are excited to be welcoming The Lunenburg Makery back for another year! We're also partnering with The Dart Gallery, as part of an extension of their Dart Night live painting nights! More details will be coming soon, and the full Nocturne schedule will be posted on the event website in early October. It's a great night to get out and explore on both sides of the harbour.

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Watercolour Potted Plant with Coffee Cream Designs

20 October 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
The Trainyard General Store, 53 Portland Street
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2Y1H1 Canada
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$40

Join Lyndsay from Coffee Cream Designs for a workshop covering the basics of watercolours. Learn how to properly mix colours, techniques for holding your brush, how to mix water and paint to produce desired effects, and get a chance to have all your questions answered in a fun and friendly environment. Finally use your new found skills to paint a potted plant! To register or for more information please email Lyndsay at coffeecreamdesigns@gmail.com $40.00 (supplies included)

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City Harvest

20 October 2018 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Trainyard General Store, 53 Portland Street
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2Y1H1 Canada
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King & North Chocolates will be joining us as part of the I Love Local Halifax City Harvest event! Learn more about King & North's awesome small batch chocolates on their instagram page. Get out and explore the awesome small businesses on both sides of the Harbour! More information and full schedule can be found on the I Love Local Halifax website, or via the Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission.  

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Pop Art Pets Painting Workshop with Sarah Jane Gilks

20 October 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
The Trainyard General Store, 53 Portland Street
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2Y1H1 Canada
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$55

I am so excited to present you with this painting class. Together we will be painting your furry (or scaley or feathery!) friends and learning helpful painting skills along the way. And of course it's will be super fun! To register please email me and send me a picture of your pet as I will pencil in an outline for you in preparation for the class! Space is limited and sign up  EARLY  to guarantee a spot!

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November 2018

Watercolour Christmas Cards With Sarah Jane Gilks

10 November 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
The Trainyard General Store, 53 Portland Street
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2Y1H1 Canada
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$45

Learn watercolour techniques to create your own holiday cards, a great project for beginners or those experienced in using watercolours. Follow Sarah Jane Art on Instagram for updates! Space is limited, email Sarah Jane to reserve your spot!

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February 2019

A Heartwarming Night in Downtown Dartmouth

9 February @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Trainyard General Store, 53 Portland Street
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2Y1H1 Canada
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FREE

As part of the Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission's Heartwarming Night Ice Festival the Trainyard will be donating 10% of all sales to the United Way of Halifax on Saturday February 9 (10am-Close). Honey & Butter will be in store hosting a pop up of delicious treats from 2PM-5Pm or sell out whichever happens first! Around Portland Street & King's Wharf there will be ice sculptures, live music & more as part of the event- details can be found via the…

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