Open Studio: Adult Drop-In Workshops
Wednesdays 7–9 pm
$15 / $12 AGA Members
Adult Drop-In Punch Card
5 Workshop Punch Card
$60/ $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.
Layer: Image Transfer and the Gesture Sketch
Work in acrylic paint, paper collage, tape and gel transfer media to create mixed-media textural works inspired by the current AGA exhibition Dutch Landscapes from Rembrandt to Van Gogh. Collect ideas about gestural sketching, line and dramatic tone in this multi-media studio!
Scape: Watercolour Experiments
Look to local artist David Janzen to explore representation of place in Alberta. Explore various techniques in watercolour, from resist mark making to ink impressions and more! Create a series of works experimenting with these ideas and techniques.
Push: Relief Clay Sculpture
Get inspired by current AGA exhibitions featuring Canadian landscape works to create a relief sculpture in clay that explores depth and atmosphere. Represent background, mid-ground and foreground by breaking up space and varied mark making.
Frame: Acrylic Landscape Painting
Discover various techniques in working with acrylics over a large surface. In the Gallery, visit the exhibition A Story of Canadian Art: As told by the Hart House Art Collection to explore expression through colour and mark marking. In studio work on paper and board to mix, splash, press and create layers in your work!
Card: Inter-Media Drawing and Screen Print
Send a message, tell your story! Using mixed media such as screen printing, collage and ink resist techniques to create a series of art trading cards that explore an idea, send a message or tell a story.
Surface: Marbling Experiments
Experiment with automatic mark making through surfactin techniques using ink, pastel and watercolours. Look to surrealist ideas and image mapping to make your mark!
Pattern: Textile Collage
Work with a variety of textiles and patterned surfaces to assemble your own stitched image inspired by artists in the Gallery. Explore using texture to create the illusion of atmosphere and show dramatic effect.
Carve: Wood-Block Prints
Experiment with line and shape to create a relief printing wood block. Study images from local printmakers to explore this medium, and discover how to create layers and produce a printed edition.
Distort: New Perspectives in Drawing
Visit the new exhibition 19th Century British Photographs from the National Gallery of Canada for in-gallery sketching and photo reference before returning to the studio to create your own abstracted drawing series. Discover various tonal techniques to evoke dramatic and mysterious effects in you work!
Construct: Urban Sculpture
Look to the city in this sculpture studio! Using wood, wire and nylon create an abstracted sculpture that explores line and shape within urban spaces. Choose an Edmonton architectural landmark to be the focus of your creation.
Splash: Large-Scale Rhythm Painting
Using acrylic paint, ink and various mark-making tools, play with repetition and rhythm to create a series of large-scale works that explore elements in landscape painting.
Figure: Figurative Sketching & Sculpture
Work from a live model to practice sketching the figure before creating your own figurative sculpture using wire, clay and fabrics. Work on gesture and balance to explore how motion is represented through sculpture.
Splash: Ink and Watercolour Cards
Look to the new exhibition Water Into Art: British Watercolours from the V&A, 1750-1950 to sketch and view techniques in watercolour. In studio, combine a variety of drawing media, coloured inks and watercolor techniques to create a card-sized series of automatic paintings and prints. Trade and share among the class to take home a mini collection of original art!
Texture: Organic Painting
Using materials like seed, sand and salt, create an acrylic painting on board that incorporates elements from nature and explores a variety of textures and marks.
Move: Light Sculpture
Create moving sculptures based on light and shadow. Inspired by photography from the 19th century, we will use still-life props and our bodies to experiment with and capture movement and tone.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own cameras to document and keep their work. There are also a limited number of cameras available for use at the AGA.
Recycle: Found-Object Sculpture
Look to artists in the Gallery to collect ideas about perspective, volume and various mark-making. In studio, we will work from these ideas to assemble, with found objects, a sculpture that explores dimension and form.
Blend: Pastel Prints
Using multi-media mono printing techniques, experiment with both oil and soft pastels to explore colour, texture and mark making. Use these techniques to create atmosphere and drama in your work!
Cultivating the Contemporary
Wednesdays, 6-9 PM
March 13-April 17, 2013
$200/$180 AGA Members
The contemplation and reflection of the development of painting and landscape continues to inspire and inform artists in many ways. Themed around the AGA exhibitions A Story of Canadian Art and Dutch Landscapes from Rembrandt to Van Gogh, this studio workshop considers the development of the contemporary landscape, from the en plein aire of the Impressionists and their contemporaries, to a look at Canadian art—past and present. Using hands-on art making, including painting, printmaking and multi-media projects, follow the past processes and thought in art that lead us to today.
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)
$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.