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 1

Simple Yet Effective

How do painters decide what to edit out? How does an artist boil it down to the essentials? In this class you’ll learn how to simplify an image to the essentials and create a painting that pops.

April 8

Pop Products

Make your own Pop sculpture using a combination of found objects, papier mache and paint. Create a sculpture inspired by POP SHOW! Dazzled by the Everyday that references popular culture and would make Andy Warhol would flip his wig!

April 15

Printed Patterns

Create your own custom pattern using linocut printing techniques. Choose your colours and print your pattern on paper, fabric or anything else you can imagine!

April 22

Powerful Portraits

Learn how to draw a portrait in charcoal using basic drawing techniques and practice exercises. Proportion, scale and character will be discussed while developing your drawing.

April 29

Zine Making

If Kanye West can make one so can you!  Learn how to make and bind zines using a variety of methods. Incorporate storytelling into your zines or artist books while discovering the diversity of mixed media.

May 6

Time Piece

Think about time and change in this unique printing project. Part comic strip, part animation, develop a series of prints that illustrate the passage of time.

May 13

That’s so Surreal!

Collaborate and participate in these sometimes wacky and often intriguing surrealist activities. Tap into your unconscious with automatic drawing, exquisite corpse and other wonderful exercises.

May 20

Figuratively Speaking

Get a brief introduction on how to approach drawing a model, then start drawing! Use graphite and charcoal to create line and shape. Work on form, proportion and gesture in this exciting and challenging class.

May 27

Experimental Embroidery

Get inspired by the exhibition DaveandJenn: No End and develop your own myth. Learn some basic embroidery techniques and make a portrait of your own mythical character using thread and fabric.

June 3

Constructed Landscapes

Experiment with cardboard and glue to construct a topographical landscape that incorporates man-made and natural elements. Use paint, collage and found materials to give life to your landscape.

June 10 

Water Works

This class is a quick introduction to water soluble media: India ink and coloured inks, watercolour and acrylic paint. Experiment with each media on paper, cross-pollinate techniques and see what happens. 

June 17

DIY Weaving

In this class you will learn how to make a simple weaving using a picture frame and other unconventional materials. Explore colour, shape and composition while practicing your technique. Make your Grandma proud!

June 24

Small Figures

Consider proportion and anatomy while working from a live model in this beginner class. Experiment with a variety of tools and techniques to create small clay sculptures with big personalities.

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

January 18
February 15
March 15
April 19
May 17
June 21
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)

$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
$48 + tax
All materials included

Session 1: January 15–February 26 | Register>
Session 2: March 5–April 16 | Register>
Session 3: April 23-June 5

Space is limited, please register early.