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.

October 7

Wax Drawings

Wax and heat are the ingredients for this workshop. Explore mark-making and colour mixing to create your own impression of an abstracted place from your memory.

October 14

Figure Drawing

Using charcoal, inks and conté, sketch from a live model and study drawing fundamentals such as tone, line and perspective. 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. Doors will be closed at 7:05 pm

October 21

Fleeting Moments

Gather inspiration from our collection exhibition Rough Country and use video and sound to explore movement, time and fleeting emotions in this fun multi-media studio.

October 28


Combine collage and printmaking to create a series of prints inspired by our exhibition CHRIS CRAN, Sincerely Yours. Use sandpaper, string, cut card, cardboard and other found objects to construct your own collagraph plate.  Learn to edition your images to complete your suite.

November 4

Tape: Large Scale Drawing

Use coloured tape and paper to ‘draw’ on the gallery walls in this experimental studio! Get inspired by the work of street artists before creating your own large scale group drawings in the TD Education Gallery.

November 11

Watercolour Illustrations

Drip, blot, wipe and play in a series of watercolour investigations that include colour, texture and resist techniques. Create a series of sketches inspired by our show, Living, Building, Thinking: Art and Expressionism.

November 18

Figurative Clay

Work from a live model to practice sketching the figure before creating your own sculpture using clay, wire and mixed-media. Work on gesture and balance to explore how motion is represented through sculpture.

Note: This class will include a nude model and will begin promptly at 7 pm. Doors will be closed at 7:05 pm

November 25

Drawing Experiments

Incorporate graphite, charcoal and ink in this drawing workshop to create unique compositions inspired by Expressionist artists. Work with tone and shadow to explore mood and story in images.

December 2

Surrealist Games

Games are for artists too! Work in this studio on games projects related to Surrealism. Combine images to create an exquisite corpse, develop automatic drawings, and create a ‘Cubomania’ collage!

December 9

Packing Tape Casting

Learn the basics of casting using an everyday material, packing tape! Come prepared to cast your hand or your foot in this unique studio class.

December 16

Illustrative Self-Portraits

Examine the portraits in CHRIS CRAN, Sincerely Yours, then work in the studio to create a self-portrait using ink and watercolour washes. Experiment with illustration techniques to make your own unique masterpiece.

December 23

No Class

We are taking a break this week. Happy Holidays!

December 30

No class

We are taking a break this week. Join us in 2016!

Registered Classes

Evening Classes

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

November 5-December 10, 2015
Thursdays, 6-9 pm
$200/$180 AGA Members
Register now

In this foundation drawing session, be inspired by traditional and modern approaches to portraiture in the gallery and beyond. Experiment with materials and techniques working from live models and photographs. Learn the basics including: anatomical structure, proportion, and measurement while refining your skills through drawing exercises in line, form and tone. Participate in reflective exercises and group discussion to further your study.

Weekend Workshops

Saturday & Sunday, 10 am-3 pm
$135/$125 AGA Members

October 31-Nov 1 | Introduction to Book Binding
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Working with local artists and bookmakers, learn the basics of book-binding in the studio and in the gallery. Develop your skills in stitching, folding, paper marbling and more. Make a selection of book prototypes to take home and use what you have learned to create a final work of art.

Charrette Roulette: LANGUAGE is organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta as a part of the Poole Centre of Design and presented with the support of PCL.


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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.