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

Wednesdays 7–9 pm
$18/ $16 AGA Members

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 explore art-making with these fun drop-in classes. Adult Drop-In Workshops offer a relaxed, social approach to learning and improving on one’s artistic technique.  Themes vary from week to week so you can pick and choose your classes! All materials and supplies are included unless otherwise stated.

October 1

Draw: 3D Linear Mapping
In this drawing studio, use composition and line to construct unconventional drawings using string, wire, pins and board! Look to works in the gallery exhibition New Lines: Contemporary Drawings from the NGC to gather ideas on how to map out representations of space through line and placement.

October 8

Cover: Relief Painting
Using the artwork of Alberta artist Eric Cameron as inspiration, play with preparatory methods in painting that creates dramatic volume and texture. Work with gesso, paint, canvas, thread and found objects to build your artwork.

October 15

Frame: Shadow Box Sculpture
Inspired by current gallery exhibitions, participants will explore place-making through a variety of mediums and will have the opportunity to create their own mini installations representing encounters in the Alberta landscape such as hiking, horseback riding or bicycling. This studio will bring together memory and place while exploring connections with art in Alberta.

October 22

Face: Unconventional Portraiture
Look to RBC New Works Gallery artist Amy Malbeuf to explore the subject of portraiture in art. In studio, work with a variety of media like collage papers, texts, or sculpting clay to re-present ways we identify personality and story of portrait subjects.

October 29

Build: Altered Boxes
In this 3D collage studio, build and design your own box for jewelry, keepsakes, paper notes, or more using repurposed material from the studio like old books, wallpapers and old photographs.

November 5

Print: Relief Block Printmaking
Use line and shape to block out and carve a composition using lino. Explore the basics of this popular printing method including image registration, layering, editioning a suite, and using a hand-powered printing press.

November 12

Splatter: Painting like Pollock
Move to music and play with house paint, acrylic washes and tempera squeeze bottles on board in this abstract painting studio! Look to the style of Jackson Pollock and the development of abstract expressionism to get inspiration for your work. Collaborative painting is encouraged!

November 19

Redefine: Found Object Sculpture
Take inspiration from surrealist artists like Méret Oppenheim to explore juxtaposition in art using found object sculpture. Play with meaning-making through the construction of your work (e.g. covering a shoe in sewing pins, building a cup out of fur) to create humour or curiosity, and make a surrealist statement!

November 26

Photo: Instagram-it by Hand!
In this experimental collage studio, learn hand-made methods in photo manipulation that have become popular through Instagram like toaster, early bird, or rise. Mount your work to paper to create an album of manipulated imagery that has visual narrative.
*Please bring 8-10 of own photographs

December 3

Move: Kinetic Sculpture
Learn to cast plaster with wire, and found material to create a sculpture that illustrates either natural or mechanical movement. Gather ideas for your project in gallery from the exhibit 90×90: Celebrating Art in Alberta to discover various approaches to the medium of sculpture.

December 10

Melt: Image Transfer and Wax Collage
Wax, gel, and heat are the ingredients for this workshop! Collect ideas in the exhibits through in-gallery sketching before returning to the studio to explore composition through image transfer, and colour mixing through glazing melting wax. Incorporate both techniques on wood panel to illustrate a message, story, or mood.

December 17

Stamp: Card-making
Need a final gift for the holiday season? Work in a variety of materials in this fun workshop to create your own holiday cards. Create mini wood-cut prints, collage coloured papers, and use image transfer techniques in this card-making studio workshop.

Classes will not run through the holidays, on December 24 and December 31.
Classes resume on January 7, 2015.

Registered Classes

Six-Week Classes

Thursdays, 6-9 pm
Singhmar Centre for Art Education
$200/$180 AGA Members

Illustrating the City

October 2–November 6
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Investigate our city through numerous gallery and studio experiences including hands-on explorations of our current exhibitions inspired by the city. Discover the myriad ways that artists capture the urban landscape both past and present. In the studio, experiment with image, text and mixed media using illustration and printmaking techniques to capture your own reflections of the city. End the session with a portfolio of images of Edmonton, its landmarks and its people.


November 13–December 18
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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 of anatomical structure, proportion and measurement while refining your technical skills through drawing exercises in line, form and tone. Participate in reflective practices and group discussion to further your study.

New! Weekend Workshop

Saturday & Sunday, 9 am-4 pm
Singhmar Centre for Art Education
$150/ $136 AGA Members
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Explorations in Fibre

November 1 & 2
In this two-day workshop, work alongside professional artists to explore line, colour, pattern and texture through fibre art practices. Learn and experiment with a variety of processes including felting, dyeing and batik; use hand stitching techniques and sewing machines as drawing tools while working in both 2D and 3D formats. Develop and create your own projects while learning basic skills and processes.

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)

$200 / $180 AGA Members (plus GST)
Program cost includes a group of up to 15 guests
$12 / person thereafter to a maximum of 25 guests total

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 $50 / 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.

Thank you to the Edmonton Community Foundation (ECF) and the Edmonton Community Adult Learning Association (ECALA) for their generous support of this program.

Thursday afternoons | 12 pm–1 pm
Singhmar Centre for Art Education
$45 + tax
All materials included

Session 1: January 16–February 27 | Register>
Session 2: March 6–April 17 | Register>

Space is limited, please register early.