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.

April 9

Excavate: Plaster Sculpture
Working with plaster and found objects, create a layered sculpture that incorporates visual elements inspired by urban excavations and digs.

April 19

Portray: Sublime Landscapes
Explore drama and vast composition in the work of Alberta photographer Byron Harmon in the exhibition High Adventure: Byron Harmon on the Columbia Icefields, before creating your own landscape images. Translate your photographs into a sublime drawing using wet and dry media in the studio.

*The AGA has limited number of cameras. To keep and edit your images, please bring your own camera.

April 23

Build: Clay Sculpture
Learn the basics of clay sculpture including instructions to build an armature and additive and reductive techniques. Study shape and form in our current exhibitions before putting it all together to create a sculptural object.

April 30

Alter: Book Collage
Spend time in our exhibition THOMAS BEWICK: Imagination Field Guide exploring elements of visual storytelling before sketching in Gallery. Back in the studio, transform an old book into a new story using a variety of collage and carving techniques inspired by your sketches.

May 7

Animate: Stop-Motion Drawing
Using various drawing media, create an animated drawing inspired by Edmonton artist and illustrator Jill Stanton’s Manning Hall installation, Strange Dream. Play with texture, contrast and composition before recording the changes. Use editing software to put your images together in a short film.

*The AGA has limited number of cameras. To keep and edit your images, please bring your own camera.

May 14

Print: Collography
View nature-inspired patterns and motifs in our exhibition Flora and Fauna: 400 Years of Artists Inspired by Nature, and then create your own intaglio prints in studio. Using sandpaper, string, cut card, cardboard and other found objects, build up the surface of your matrix before printing a small edition.

May 21

Bind: Mini Books
Making observations and recording ideas is a part of the process of making art. Learn the basics of book binding to create a journal for your sketches using found paper, old drawings and other collage materials.

May 28

Design: Architectural Outlines
Discover the architecture and design of the AGA through sketching and photography. In studio, use line and perspective as a framework for your composition, then add mixed media elements to interpret the Gallery in a new way.

June 4

Stencil: Creative Contours
Gather sketches in gallery before generating a series of nature-inspired stencils. Experiment with placement and composition to create dynamic contours using paint and ink in the studio.

June 11

Capture: Watercolour Sketches
Work en plein air (weather permitting) and capture the world outside in Churchill Square in a series of watercolour experiments. Return to the studio to create a composite cityscape from your sketches.

June 18

Print: Silkscreen Experiments
Discover the magic of silkscreen as you test out your ideas through layering, colour and stencil work. Create a bold series of prints inspired by the world around you.

June 25

Layer: Thick Painting
Be inspired by Group of Seven artists A.Y. Jackson and Lawren Harris to create an abstracted acrylic painting representing the Canadian landscape. Build up layers of paint on a wood surface using bold, thick and playful marks!

Registered Classes

Registered Classes

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

Next session will be announced soon.

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.