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.


July 15

Camera Shy

Featuring artist Patrick Ares-Pilon, create visually stunning and unique animations by applying various artistic materials to 16mm film. Work ink, acrylic paint or try scratching into emulsion for a reductive effect. View your creations and take your film home with you.

July 22

Postmark: Mail Art

Join the slow art movement and experiment with found images, text and collage while listening to vintage French records! Create a series of small works on paper then mail them to yourself or a friend!

July 29

Clay Figures

Work with clay to layer, build and mold a figurative sculpture inspired by literature. Use additive, subtractive techniques and levels of exaggeration to render a dramatic version of a famous character.

Aug 5

Drawn Outside

Flex your art muscles and warm up in the studio with artist Sara McKarney before venturing outside to experiment with mark making and drawing materials. Take a walk, sit in the square and be inspired by the urban scenery. Create a series of drawings en plein air.

Aug 12

Relief Printing

View woodcut prints in Gallery then experiment with relief printing and elements such as line and shape to create a multi-layered print edition. Use your drawing from last week or sketch something new before heading to the studio to carve a lino block.

Aug 19

Found Texture

Reinterpret found imagery and texture to challenge your perspective and visual conception of space. Work in the studio with images to experiment with gel, tape and heat transfer techniques. Incorporate ink, cut paper and other mixed media to build an illusory transfer collage.

Aug 26

Altered Books

Dust off your old telephone book and bring it along to this session on book art. Using collage, paper folding techniques and perspective, transform your book into a stunning sculptural artwork.

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)

$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 4: September 10–October 22
Session 5: October 29–December 10

Space is limited, please register early.