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.
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.
Oct 5 | Relief Printing
Take your drawing to the next level using relief printing techniques. Carve your drawing onto a lino matrix, and then ink & print an edition of images inspired by current exhibitions.
Oct 12 | Large-Scale Installation
Be inspired by Canadian artist David Altmejd, and learn the art of casting. Visit the Gallery to view The Vessel and then cast an arm or a foot using packing tape. Work in collaboration with other participants to create a large-scale installation.
Oct 19 | Avant Garde Painting
Visit the exhibition The Edge: The Abstract and Avant-Garde in Canada to gather ideas for your own painting back in studio. Experiment with mixing a palette based on exercises in color mixing, color temperature, value, intensity and more before creating your own abstract expressionist artwork.
Oct 26 | Alternative Images
Use a variety of image manipulation and transfer techniques to create an image that references contemporary culture. Experiment with image transfer, photo manipulation, and collage techniques to combine found and drawn images. Bring your own photographs or use supplied images.
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.
Adult Registered Classes
Thursdays, 6-9 pm
$210/$189 AGA Members
In-depth investigations inspired by current exhibitions
Sept 8-Oct 13, 2016
Perfect for a beginner or artist looking to hone their skills, this session explores the basics of drawing from mark making to tonal studies. Over the course of 6 weeks, work with artists and learn easy exercises and sketchbook warm ups, visit current exhibitions, experiment with a wide range of materials, and watch your progress as you create a series of sustained drawings inspired by the world around you.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
Session IV: Sep 15-Oct 27, 2016
Session V: Nov 3-Dec 15, 2016