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.


Nov 2 | Pastel Portraiture
View artwork in Beauty’s Awakening: Drawings by the Pre-Raphealites and Their Contemporaries from the Lanigan Collection for the last time and record what you see in a series of sketches. In the studio, work with line, colour, shapes & form to create unique portraits.

Nov 9 | Wax Sculpture
Learn about the work of Jason de Haan in Grey to Pink, and then head to the studio to create a sculptural work inspired by his 2010 artwork Salt Beard. Build an armature from wood & wire and carefully pour layers of wax to build up a form. 

Nov 16 | Watercolour Collage
Drawing inspiration from Ron Moppett in Damian Moppett + Ron Moppet (Every Story Has Two Sides), experiment with various watercolour painting techniques including washes, wet-into-wet, sgraffito and resist. Collage your experiments together to create a complete artwork.

Nov 23 | Expressive Marks
Every drawing begins and ends with a mark. Explore the expressiveness of mark-making through a series of exercises aimed at developing your unique drawing style. Work with charcoal, coloured chalk, and ink on tonal paper. 

Nov 30 | Collography
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 memories. Begin the process by building up textures on a collograph plate and then work your way to a final print edition.


Dec 7 | Paper Sculptures
Inspired by RBC artist Hannah Doerksen, cut and paste found images and mixed paper into sculptural forms. Work collaboratively to transform one of the AGA’s public spaces into a work of art. 

Dec 14 | Drawing the Figure
This intro class to figurative drawing uses charcoal, inks and conté as you sketch from a live model. Study drawing fundamentals such as tone, line, proportion and perspective and then, work on gesture and balance to explore the anatomy of the human form.
Note: This class will include a nude model and will begin promptly at 7 pm.

Dec 21 | Holidays cards & paper
Need a final gift for the holiday season? Work in a variety of materials in this fun workshop to create a variety of holiday cards. Create hand-made stamps, collage coloured papers, and use image transfer techniques in this card-making studio workshop. 

Dec 28 | Layered Drawings
For our last session in 2016, combine film and drawing in this experimental edition of Adult Drop in. Draw, document and erase successive charcoal drawings to create a stop motion animation.

Registered Classes

Adult Registered Classes

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

In-depth investigations inspired by current exhibitions

Figure Drawing I
Nov 10-Dec 15, 2016
Register now

In this introductory session, learn the fundamentals of figure drawing through a series of gallery explorations and live model sessions. Work with professional artists to investigate the technical side of drawing the figure including composition, proportion, volume and form while touching on anatomical structure. Experiment with value, perspective and a diversity of drawing materials to produce a series of works on paper.


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.

The next session is: Session V: Nov 3-Dec 15, 2016