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 with Guest Services the day of class (780-422-6223 ext 0) 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.


April 5 | Relief Printing
Investigate positive/negative space & the use of light and shadow to create your own linocut prints. Get inspired by the dramatic lighting and shadows found in featured photographs to create your block.

April 12 | Artist Trading Cards
Childhood stories are the inspiration for this fun studio workshop! Work in pen and ink, watercolour and drawing media to illustrate a series of artist trading cards inspired by fairy tales and classic children’s stories.

April 19 | Collagraph Portraits
Explore the art of abstraction in this print-making studio. Create a self-portrait in the style a modernist artist of your choice. Create a collagraph plate using abstract shapes, lines and colour.

April 26 | Image Transfer
Work in acrylic paint, paper collage, tape and gel transfer to create mixed-media works inspired by current AGA exhibitions.


May 3 | DIY Survival Guide

Inspired by the featured collaboration between Nickelas Johnson and Mors Kochanski in Survival Guide, create your own guide book. Learn book binding basics and build a book meant to last in tough conditions.

May 10 | Self-Portraits

Take a close look at yourself and create a series of classic selfies. Warm up in current exhibition The Looking Glass and learn the basics of proportion and shape. Dabble in acrylic paint to finalize your masterpiece.

May 17 | Urban Landscapes

Visit RBC New Gallery featured artist Blaine Campbell’s large-scale photographs for the last time. In the studio, create your own urban landscape images using ink, paint and resist techniques on fabric.

May 24 | Simple Machines

Create a cartoon blueprint based on the illustration work of Rube Goldberg, and then visit our current exhibition Fichili & Weiss: The Way Things Go. Head back into the studio and collaborate as a team to build a model machine.

May 31 | Figure Drawing

In this intro class to figurative drawing, use charcoal, inks and Conté while sketching from a live nude 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.

NB: This class begins promptly at 7pm


June 7 | Time and Motion

Visit Clocks for Seeing: Photography, Time and Motion before creating an ever-evolving work of art. Using charcoal and gesso, alternatively applying these two simple mediums in an exercise called Asser & Obliterate. At each step, the work is documented and a short video produced.

June 14 | Screen Printing

Inspired by Andy Warhol’s portrait of Gretzky in our current exhibition, create a unique multi-layered image. Experiment with composition and pattern, make and cut your own stencils and master the art of pulling a print.

June 21 | En Plein Air

En Plein Air, meaning outside, is a favorite strategy of landscape artists and enthusiasts alike. Capture Edmonton’s longest day in a series of watercolour sketches. Learn some watercolour basics before heading out into Churchill Square and along the river valley’s edge.

June 28 | Stories Through Art

In Past Imperfect: A Canadian History Project, discover highlights from Canada’s history in our permanent collection. What historical moment do you most connect to? What kind of story would you tell about it and how would you tell it? Explore various ways to tell a story using graphite, ink, and paint before creating a final colored image using print making.


July 5 | Plaster Casting

Draw inspiration from featured artist Marigold Santos in For the Time Being: The Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, learn the basics of plaster before casting your own hands.

July 12 | Poetry & Collage

In our featured exhibition Cutline, explore images and text from the Globe & Mail’s archives. In the studio, create a series of found text poems and collages cut from newspapers.

July 19 | 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 begin the process and then work your way to a final print edition.

July 26 | Creative Collaborations

Loosen & stretch your drawing muscles while letting your brain relax. Experiment with a variety of tools and work collaboratively, to create a series of unique artworks. This is a fun exercise that switches the brain off and lets your imagination explore.

Registered Classes

Adult Registered Classes

Thursdays, 6-9 pm
$220/$198 AGA Members

In-depth investigations inspired by current exhibitions.

Exploring Photography
May 4 –Jun 8, 2017
Register now

Beginning and experienced photographers! Let yourself be inspired by traditional and contemporary approaches to photography in the Gallery and beyond. Learn/review photography basics including composition, vantage point, and lighting. Use your knowledge to explore a variety of styles and approaches including composites, alternative photography processes, and more. Participate in reflective exercises and group discussion to further your study.

Please bring your own camera as the AGA has limited numbers.

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
$51 + tax
Each session runs for seven weeks
All materials included

Space is limited, please register early.

Art Express III
April 20 – June 1