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.
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.
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!
Layer: Relief Found Object Sculpture
Begin in gallery with a visit to the exhibit 90 x 90: A Celebration of Art in Alberta to explore representations of place and story from Albertan artists over the past 90 years. Head to the studio to create a relief sculpture that uses found media and responds to ideas developed in gallery.
Define: Figurative Drawing
Look to the exhibit New Lines: Contemporary Drawings for various representations of line, shape, and texture in drawing. In studio, work from a live model to create a suite of sketches that study abstraction of the figure through form and balance.
Fold: Textural ‘Pop-Up” Collage
In this collage studio, learn how to create basic pop-up book folds using a variety of craft papers and textural fabrics. Explore building three dimensional, tactile compositions that challenge perceptions of space.
Cut: Woodblock Relief Printmaking
In this printmaking studio, discover the art of woodcut through traditional relief carving techniques. Play with repetition, rhythm, and layering in your marks, and take away a complete edition of prints!
En Plein Air: Cityscape Oil Painting
Pack up an oil paint kit and head to the Terrace in this outdoor painting studio. Experiment with mixing and applying oil paint on board to achieve drama and atmospheric effects cast from the city centre.
Wrap, Tie, Stitch: Fabric & Wire Sculpture
Explore the work of local artist Alma Visscher to study ideas about constructed space. In studio, use found fabrics, wire, and gel media to build your own soft sculpture artwork.
New Line: Linear Perspective Drawing
Discover techniques in unconventional mark making and linear perspective and use both to construct your own drawn composition. Experiment with drawn illusions that challenge perceptions of space and place.
Reflect: Stained-Glass Sculpture
Look to the work of artists in gallery to discover sculptural strategies and reinterpretation of material before working with wire, colored acetate, and other mixed media in studio. Explore balance and form in levels of abstraction.
Press: Monotype Printmaking
Investigate a variety of printing techniques in this studio to create a suite of monoprint studies inspired by current AGA exhibits. In the studio, create and print your own plates using unconventional materials to explore rhythm and create your own visual story!
Mix: Mood Painting with Acrylics
Using acrylic paint and ink, learn the fundamentals of color theory such as value, intensity, and complementary pairing to create a series of works on board that explore mood. Listen to a variety of mood music to get inspiration for your work!
Form: Figurative Clay Sculpture
Work from the live model to study form and balance in the round. This studio will include additive and reductive sculptural techniques using materials like clay, wire, and fabric.
Blend: Pastels à la Toulouse Lautrec
Get inspired by a visit to the new exhibition featuring original work from Toulouse Lautrec before returning to the studio to create your own pastel work incorporating stylistic cues from the belle epoch. Discover color mixing and surface blends to create atmosphere and drama in your work.
Frame: Silhouette Paper Sculpture
Look to artists in gallery to collect ideas about perspective and form. In studio, work from these ideas to assemble, with a variety of papers and found objects, a framed silhouette sculpture that sets a scene and tells a story!
Thursdays, 6-9 PM
Singhmar Centre for Art Education
$200/$180 AGA Members
Next session will be announced soon.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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
Space is limited, please register early.