CraftED: Miniatures Workshop with Erika Dueck

Miniatures Workshop: Building Tiny Worlds with Erika Dueck


Workshop Description:

Working on miniatures is a time consuming and tedious process, but there are endless opportunities to create diverse worlds using simple, accessible, and affordable materials. Each participant will make their own miniature scene using techniques and materials that Erika Dueck regularly uses her art practice. Each participant will make a miniature cupboard with books, tin cans, jars, and boxes to fill the space. Each space will also include a mysterious “growth” that begins taking over. Although the workshop will look at the specific materials Erika uses within her artwork, participants will learn how to transform simple materials into realistic miniature objects and can use these lessons to find new materials/techniques to build their own future miniature artworks. As participants work, Erika will also show and discuss images of miniature artworks made by other contemporary artists to highlight the diversity of approaches and opportunities available in this medium. As a result, participants will come away from the workshop with hands-on experience creating miniature sculptures as well as inspiration for the limitless possibilities available when working within these ‘small worlds’.


Workshop Runs: Saturday, October 5th, 2019

12:00 – 4:00 pm


Registration: $90

  • Registration is non-refundable


Registration deadline: September 19th, 2019


Register Online:

Registration for this class has reached capacity. Please contact [email protected] for wait list options. Our apologies and thank you!



Any questions regarding this workshop? 

Contact MCC Programme Coordinator, Katrina Craig at [email protected] or (204) 615-3951.



Meet your Instructor: Erika Dueck

Erika Dueck is a Manitoba based artist living in a small rural community where she makes work that explores ideas about building, destruction, decay, and renewal. Time is an important component in Dueck’s work process as her slow, methodical approach leads to detailed and precisely made art objects. Her current sculptural work utilizes simple materials and craft techniques to create architectural miniatures that play with illusion.

She completed her MFA from the University of Guelph in 2016 and received her BFA with honours from the University of Manitoba in 2013. Her work has received several awards, including SSHRC, the National Winner of the BMO 1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition and recognition as one of eleven winners in the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights Global Art Competition. She has had the opportunity to exhibit her work across Canada in Winnipeg, Montreal, Toronto, and Nova Scotia as well as globally, from Texas, to New York and Rome.

Dueck can be found teaching sessionally at the University of Manitoba’s School of Art, finishing home renovation projects, and enjoying time with her husband and their pet dog.