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

Discover New Ideas, Processes and Art-Making Techniques Each Week
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 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.

January 6 | Typography

Use type, text, font and letters and discover the beauty of the written word. Design a relief sculpture using wood, nails and string and take your typographic acumen to the next level.

January 13 | Cartoon Creations

Cartoons are used to entertain and to critique. Learn the basics of this art form including mark making, facial expressions, character detail, movement and storyboarding throughout this exploratory class.

January 20 | Mixed Media Portraits

Take a final look in our exhibition Chris Cran: Sincerely Yours and be inspired by this artist’s take on self-portraiture. Play with a variety of materials including ink, paint and collage materials to create and compose a selfie of your own!

January 27 | DIY Wallpaper

See the work of Yvonne Mallock and Teng Teng Chong, and then experiment with pattern, repetition and colour to create your own personalized wallpaper on fabric. Mount your final composition on display board for easy installation at home.

February 3 | Mask Making

Explore emotion and mood in our exhibition Living, Building, Thinking: Art & Expressionism, then head to the studio to design a mask in plaster and clay. Experiment with additive and subtractive techniques before casting your final project.

February 10 | Environmental Art

View Sean Caufield’s The Flood in Manning Hall and discuss the relationship of art and ecology. Later, head to the studio for an introduction to relief printing including how to carve a lino block, ink and print layers, and edition multiple prints.

February 17 | Landscape Sketch

Get inspired by Canadian icons Tom Thompson and the Group of Seven before sketching and painting your own landscape. Experiment with watercolour, ink and gouache and a variety of techniques to create a unique impression. Feel free to bring along an image to work from or use the photographs and magazines supplied.

February 24 | Art Journals

Record, sketch, and capture the world around you in a book made by you! Learn the basics of book binding from simple stitches to assembling a block. Create your own front and back covers to complete your personalized art journal.

March 2 | Figurative Drawing

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.

March 9 | Abstract Watercolours

Look to the work of Alex Janvier in 7: Professional Native Indian Artists Inc. and create a series of experimental watercolour studies using a variety of washes, blends and resist techniques. Apply these 2D basics in new and creative ways!

March 16 | The Great Tape Scape

Work independently or collaboratively in-studio and transform the space by creating a series of large-scale installation works using only coloured tape as your drawing tools.

March 16 | Painted Portraits

“Paint Only” in this class! Use acrylic paint to create a portrait using shape and tone. Play with viscosity and application on canvas using brushes, sponges, palette knives and more!

March 23 | Conceptual Design

Get conceptual and solve a design problem! Work from a set of ‘directions’ to create a unique solution to a common design challenge. Compare your finished work with one another to see how the concept was interpreted by individual artists/designers.

March 30 | Wilderness in Relief

Take inspiration from the featured artwork in Out of the Woods: Tom Thompson and the Group of Seven before molding, modelling and sculpting a landscape in low relief.   

Registered Classes

Adult Registered Classes

Thursdays, 6-9 pm
$210/$189 AGA Members

Nature Forms
January 14-February 18, 2016
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Start a dialogue about art and ecology in this hands-on sculpture class exploring form, structures and environments. Visit current exhibitions in the gallery to begin the conversation, then experiment with mixed media, relief sculpture, installation, architectural elements and soft sculpture. Learn sculpture fundamentals and how to apply them across a wide-range of materials and techniques while thinking conceptually.

Abstract Environments
March 10-April 14, 2016
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Get inspired by our newest exhibitions Out in the Woods: Tom Thompson and the Group of Seven and 7: Professional Native Indian Artists Inc, then work-up a collection of sketches, drawings and paintings in this experimental studio class. Play with watercolours, ink, acrylic paint, and exploring application, composition, and colour theory to create a final portfolio of landscape and abstract studies. Each class features a visit to the gallery spaces for discussion and sketching, while providing an opportunity to study and reference the work of these iconic Canadian artists.

Figurative Drawing

Open Studio: Figure Drawing

Third Sunday of every month, 1–4 pm
Singhmar Centre for Art Education
$18/ $16 AGA Members

In this ongoing monthly series, work with a live model and a variety of drawing materials to refine your figure drawing skills in an informal group setting.

Please note: There is no formal instruction for this open studio session. Basic materials provided.

Dates in 2015

July 19
August 16
September 20
October 18
November 15
December 20

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)

$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

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.

Thursday afternoons | 12 pm–1 pm
Singhmar Centre for Art Education
$48 + tax
All materials included

Session I: January 14-February 25, 2016
Session II: March 3-April 14, 2016

Space is limited, please register early.