Art Gallery of Alberta

Adult Studio Classes

AGA Adult Studio Classes in the Singhmar Centre for Art Education offer adults the opportunity to improve their artistic technique in a fun and social setting. Drop-in classes are offered weekly with a new theme each time; while registered classes are available on a seasonal basis and allow participants to focus on a single topic for six weeks.

Drop-In Classes

Drop-In Classes

Open Studio: Adult Drop-In Workshops

Discover New Ideas, Processes and Art-Making Techniques Each Week
Wednesdays 7–9 pm
$18/ $16 AGA Members
Pre-register by phone the day of class (780-422-6223) or pay when you drop-in for class.

Adult Drop-In Punch Card
5 Workshop Punch Card
$78.75/ $67.50 AGA Members

  • Adult Drop-In can be pre-purchased the day of that class only, during regular Guest Services hours
  • Punch cards can be purchased anytime during regular Guest Services hours
  • Punch Cards must be redeemed in person
  • Punch Cards can be used to pre-purchase/secure a spot for that days class as per above: the day of that class only, during regular Guest Services hours
  • Adult Drop-In is a “drop-in class”, but class capacity is 20. 1st come, 1st served

Roll up your sleeves and work with new art-making techniques and materials. Each week we present a different subject in a relaxed, social atmosphere designed for learning and improving your artistic skills.

July 6 | Underneath a painting
Visit Unvarnished Truth: Exploring the Material History of Painting and then return to the studio to deconstruct and distill a portrait step-by-step to the point where only the most minimal information remains. Test out a variety of drawing and inking tools.

July 13 | Altered Landscapes
In our current Manning Hall exhibition, Sean Caulfield explores the impact of technological advancement on the environment in a large-scale mural the Flood. Be inspired by Caulfield, and manipulate cardboard and paper elements to create relief sculpture that explores your own relationship to landscape through composition, mood and form.

July 20 | En Plein Air
Some of the best light is at dusk and dawn. Begin this session with an introduction to watercolour basics before heading out to Churchill Square. Take advantage of the evening light, and document the people and the city around you in a series of watercolour sketches.

July 27 | Tonal drawings
Explore value and nuance in our new exhibition Beauty’s Awakening: Drawings from the Pre-Raphaelites and Their Contemporaries from the Lanigan Collection before heading to the studio to complete a series of tonal studies in Conté.

August 3 | Reductive Dry Wall
Explore ideas of structure and materiality in the exhibition A Parallel Excavation, and in the architecture of the AGA. Work reductively as you carve into a piece of drywall experimenting with mark-making, scale, depth and composition.

August 10 | Life drawing
In this intro class to figurative drawing, use charcoal, inks and Conté while sketching from a live model. Study drawing fundamentals such as tone, line, proportion and perspective, and work on gesture and balance to explore the anatomy of the human form.

August 17 | Textured Collagraph
Collagraphy is a type of printmaking where the plate is built from layers of collage before printing. Work with a variety of textures and collage strategies such as overlap and juxtaposition to create a tactile map of your neighborhood. Begin the process by building up textures on a collograph plate and then work your way to a final print edition.

August 24 | Clay Art-ifacts
Visit Allora & Calzadilla: From Echo to Artifact and discover the connections between material culture and ancient history. Stay for some sketching and idea generation before heading back to the studio to work up your sketches in clay.

August 31 | Art Journals
A journal serves a variety of purposes from recording, brainstorming, and testing out ideas to sketching and developing skills. Make your own journal using basic bookbinding techniques and reused materials. Personalize the cover, before binding a variety of papers for future experiments.

September 7 | Time Stamp
From Grey to Pink features the sculptures of Jason de Haan, an artist known for his explorations into the passage of time. Drawing from your own personal history and memories, create a series of inked illustrations, while playing with concepts of time such as sequencing, narrative and movement.

September 14 | Printed Patterns
Experiment with composition and pattern before silkscreening your own unique image onto fabric. Learn the basics of silkscreen including: making and cutting stencils, pulling a multi-layered image and registration. Bring extra fabric pieces to experiment on!

September 21 | Kinetic Sculpture
Rooted in early 20th century art movements of Dada and Constructivism, an exploration of kinetics resulted from an interest in movement and interactivity between art and the viewer. Work with mixed media materials, as well as balance, repetition and pattern, to create a hanging sculpture.

September 28 | Monochromatic Figures
Work across mediums while practicing your figurative drawing skills with a model. Warm up with a series of preliminary sketches; practice with paint; and finally, limit your palette to one colour and play with value, hue and mood to create a final monochromatic masterpiece.

Registered Classes

Adult Registered Classes

Thursdays, 6-9 pm
$210/$189 AGA Members

Paint, Push, Experiment
May 5–June 9, 2016
Register now

Inspired by historical and contemporary paintings, participants create a collection of abstract studies using acrylic and watercolour paints and mediums. Explore colour, composition and the materiality of paint through experimental exercises, sustained practice and a culminating painting project. Classes feature visits to the Gallery spaces for discussion and sketching and opportunities to paint en plein air.

Private Workshops

Private Studio Workshop

AGA Private Studio Workshops provide a unique experience for those looking to celebrate a special event or conduct a corporate team-building session. Private Studio Workshops are held in the Singhmar Centre for Art Education and include a fun art-making project led by Gallery Educators.

To book a Private Studio Workshop, please contact Nicole Reeves at

2 Hour Studio Workshop
Offered evenings and weekends
(Booking times dependant on studio and staff availability)

$220 / $198 AGA Members (plus GST)
Program cost includes a group of up to 15 guests
$15 / person thereafter to a maximum of 25 guests total
$60 / additional hour

This 2 hour program includes:

  • A Gallery Educator to lead your program
  • A 20-30 minute Gallery visit to AGA exhibitions connected to the studio project
  • A studio art project to take home (instructed by the Gallery Educator)
  • Time for socializing, refreshments or other related business
  • Full use of the studio spaces for 2 hours
  • Access to a fridge, laptop with online access and projector capabilities, limited storage space

Is 2 hours just not enough time? The studio space can be rented for an additional $60 / hour. Your Gallery Educator will remain with your group to assist you.

Art Express

Art Express

Art Express is a hands-on studio style approach to art education for adults with developmental challenges. Class sessions take place in seven-week intervals throughout the year and involve drawing, printmaking, painting, sculpture and mixed media art. Art Express offers class projects that are inspired by current exhibitions and focused on students expressing their personal creativity.

Thursday afternoons | 12 pm–1 pm
Singhmar Centre for Art Education
$48 + tax
All materials included

Space is limited, please register early.

Art Express will be on hiatus for the summer. The next sessions are: September 15-October 27 and November 3-December 15.