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.
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.
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.
Jan 8 | Art Stories
How many ways can you tell a story? Visit Every story has two sides by Damian Moppett and Ron Moppett and then discover ways these artists tell and share stories. In the studio, use a variety of mediums including watercolour and acrylic paints, drawing materials like charcoal and finally, give relief printing a try.
Jan 4 | Packing Tape Casting
Look closely at the large scale sculpture the Vessel by David Altmejd and make note of the range of everyday materials he incorporates into his work. In the studio, use packing tape and other objects to create a unique sculpture.
Jan 11 | Automatic Drawing
Featured artists JWG MacDonald and Marion Nicoll both incorporated automatic drawing (a type of stream of consciousness mark making) into their art practices. Experiment with paint, charcoal, watercolour and ink to create a series of abstract sketches.
Jan 18 | What A Relief!
Inspired by our current exhibition Season to Season, Coast to Coast, challenge your notions of what a landscape can be. Create a low-relief sculpture from cardboard and experiment with composition, texture and pattern.
Jan 25 | Break it down
Try sketching in our current exhibition The Edge: Abstract and the Avant–Garde in Canada, and learn how to break down images into their basic elements. Next, apply these elements in different ways to create a unique series and then, choose one of your sketches to paint back in the studio.
Feb 1 | Survival Guide
Our newest exhibition of the same name highlights the transfer of art knowledge from person to person, community to community as a way for artists to stay nimble in an ever-changing landscape. Work conceptually from a set of instructions to create a large scale drawing using charcoal, chalk pastel and gesso.
Feb. 8 | Assemblage
Artist Hannah Doerksen manipulates magazines and found objects to create spaces that convey emptiness or loneliness. Work with similar materials in the studio to create a collaborative installation.
Feb 15 | Sketching Scenery
Follow in the footsteps of hundreds of art students and sketch your favorite landscapes in Season to Season, Coast to Coast. Use what you’ve learned to paint a landscape of your own.
Feb 22 | Storyboarding
Animators use storyboarding to explore possibilities and develop a plan for their work. Begin this session by sketching out a storyboard of your own, and then visit the AGA’s public spaces and take a series of photos that best represent your ideas. Back in the studio, create a multi-layered collaborative piece.
Mar 1 | Figure Drawing
Learn the fundamentals of figure drawing including proportion, tone and value with a live model. Use pencil, charcoal and watercolours to create a series of short and long sketches
Mar 8 | Art in Motion
Inspired by the exhibition, The Way Things Go, collaborate, sketch and print a “moving” piece of work that will be a connecting “blueprint “of how it will function.
March 15 | Painted Portraits
Create portraiture à la Warhol in this painting studio workshop. Explore colour theory and experiment with using a limited colour palette to create an acrylic painted portrait.
March 22 | Altered Landscapes
View the work of Blaine Campbell and consider the impact that humans have on our environment. In the studio, use your reflection to create a new view of landscape and experiment with alternative photographic techniques.
March 29 | Survival by Design
Using only a few everyday materials, channel your best MacGyver and design a prototype to get you out of the most unlikely situations.
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.
Adult Registered Classes
Thursdays, 6-9 pm
$220/$198 AGA Members
In-depth investigations inspired by current exhibitions
Figure Drawing I
Nov 10-Dec 15, 2016
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.
Painted Places: Watercolour Fundamentals
Jan 19-Feb 23, 2017
Inspired by the exhibition Season to Season, Coast to Coast, explore watercolour painting techniques and mixed media to create a portfolio of landscape images. Visit our current exhibition and examine the work of artists such as Emily Carr, Dorothy Knowles, and Sylvain Voyer; discover what landscape means to you and sketch in the Gallery. Head to the studio to expand your knowledge of this classic medium and hone your skill set. Experiment with various painting techniques including washes, painting wet-into-wet and using resist processes. This workshop also covers the fundamentals of composition and perspective as well as how to incorporate other media into your painting such as gouache, charcoal, inks, collage, pastels, and linocut.
Mar 9-Apr 13, 2017
In this foundational drawing session, be inspired by traditional and modern approaches to portraiture in Gallery and beyond. Experiment with materials and techniques working from live models and photographs. Learn the basics including: anatomical structure, proportion and measurement while refining your skills through drawing exercises in line, form and tone. Participate in reflective exercises and group discussion to further your study.
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 email@example.com
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 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
Each session runs for seven weeks
All materials included
Space is limited, please register early.
Art Express I
January 12 – February 23
Art Express II
March 2 – April 13
Art Express III
April 20 – June 1