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.
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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.

December 3

Move: Kinetic Sculpture
Learn to cast plaster with wire, and found material to create a sculpture that illustrates either natural or mechanical movement. Gather ideas for your project in gallery from the exhibit 90×90: Celebrating Art in Alberta to discover various approaches to the medium of sculpture.

December 10

Melt: Image Transfer and Wax Collage
Wax, gel, and heat are the ingredients for this workshop! Collect ideas in the exhibits through in-gallery sketching before returning to the studio to explore composition through image transfer, and colour mixing through glazing melting wax. Incorporate both techniques on wood panel to illustrate a message, story, or mood.

December 17

Stamp: Card-making
Need a final gift for the holiday season? Work in a variety of materials in this fun workshop to create your own holiday cards. Create mini wood-cut prints, collage coloured papers, and use image transfer techniques in this card-making studio workshop.

Classes will not run through the holidays, on December 24 and December 31.
Classes resume on January 7, 2015.

2015

January 7

Print: Paper Lithography

Begin the evening with a visit to the exhibit 90 x 90: Celebrating Art in Alberta Part 2 and view work by local printmakers. In studio, work with a simplified lithograph process using toner copies and oil-based ink to create your own edition of prints!

January 14

Form: Figurative Charcoal Drawing

Using charcoal, inks and conté, sketch from a live model to study drawing fundamentals such as tone, form and perspective. Work on gesture and balance to explore the anatomy of the human form with line and tone.

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

January 21

Paint: Introduction to Oils

Inspired by current AGA exhibitions, work in studio with water-soluble oil paint to explore painting fundamentals in colour theory, tone, intensity and atmosphere. Work from a still life arrangement to build your skills in representing space, form and texture.

January 28

Construct: Marionette Kinetic Sculpture

Work with a variety of found objects around the studio to create a puppet of your choosing. Inspired by the exhibition World of Boo, develop your character from the story presented in the exhibition, or from your own favourite childhood tale.

February 4

Collage: Photo Manipulation and Image Transfer

Work with gel, heat and tape transfer to create a photo-manipulated composition of various media. Visit the current photography exhibitions to gather inspiration from both the past and present.

February 11

Poem: Image and Word Card Making

Explore the relationship between image and word in this ode to Valentine’s Day. In Gallery, develop ideas and visual representations of poetry before heading to the studio and work with text transfer and watercolour techniques. Finish with a series of cards for someone you love.

February 18

Build: Book Binding 101

Learn to bind own journal by hand in this experimental studio! Using traditional book binding materials and methods, explore using found papers and drawings and other collage materials to personalize your work.

(Note: this process can take longer than the studio time allotted, please consider this workshop an introduction only to methods in book binding)

February 25

Paint: Watercolour Layering

Inspired by Christian Marclay’s The Clock, experiment with watercolour painting methods using various techniques. In studio, combine each technique in sequence to create a card-sized series of work that shows layers over time. Trade and share among the class to take home a mini collection of original art!

March 4

Sculpt: Plaster Mask-making

In this sculpture studio, work with traditional sculpture materials including plaster and clay to create a mask that best represents your own identity, alter-ego or favourite character. Paint your mask for an added element of drama!

March 11

Print: Woodcut

Learn the basics of relief printing and experiment with line and shape to create a multi-layered print edition. Gather inspiration and sketch out ideas in Gallery before heading to the studio to carve a reductive wood block.

March 18

Thread: Felt Paintings

Investigate the intersection of art and craft and experiment with fibre art. Explore line, colour, pattern and texture through the practice of needle felting. Use hand stitching techniques & sewing machines as mark making tools to finish your project.

March 25

Print: Silkscreen

Draw inspiration from themes from the Pop Art movement in the exhibition POP SHOW! In the studio, experiment with elements of the silkscreen print process to create bold and playful imagery that speaks to the movement.

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

Registered Classes

Six-Week Classes

Adult Registered Classes allow participants unique access points to experience exhibitions through the conceptual and technical side of art-making. All adult registered classes are designed to connect viewers to artwork in meaningful ways and aim to provide art opportunities for a wide range of audiences.

The Art of Photography

February 3–March 10, 2015
Tuesdays,  6–9 pm
Cost: $210/ $189 Members

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Explore the history of photography, from its humble beginnings in the 19th century to the digital revolution of today. Consider lighting, framing and composition before working with alternative processes and techniques. Visit our current exhibitions for an in-depth look at past processes; then experiment with a variety of photographic concepts in the studio, creating works of art that incorporate old and new technologies.

Students are advised to bring their own digital camera to each class. All other materials are supplied by the AGA.

The Future of Art

February 3–March 10, 2015
Tuesdays,  6–9 pm
Cost: $210/ $189 Members

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In this explorative class, learn about contemporary artistic practices while working with a variety of media. Gather inspiration in our current exhibition The Alberta Biennial: Future Station then develop a number of strategies to assist with idea generation, sketchbook maintenance, observational drawing and more. Apply what you have learned to larger mixed media projects in novel ways.

Figure Drawing

February 5–March 12, 2015
Thursdays,  6–9 pm
Cost: $210/ $189 Members

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In this introductory session, learn the fundamentals of figure drawing through a series of gallery explorations and live model sessions. Work with professional artists to investigate the technical side of drawing the figure including composition, proportion, volume and form while touching on anatomical structure. Experiment with value, perspective and a diversity of drawing materials to produce a series of works on paper.

Adult Weekend Workshops

Adult Workshops are weekend intensives aimed at investigating a range of artistic practices. Led by professional artists, these sessions build foundational knowledge and skills on a topic while delving into a sustained examination of ideas, materials and the creative processes of artists.

Saturday & Sunday,  9 am–4 pm
Singhmar Centre for Art Education
Cost: $160/ $145 Members

Drawing Basics

February 21 & 22

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Perfect for a beginner or artist looking to hone their skills, this workshop explores the basics of drawing from mark making to tonal studies. Over the course of the weekend, learn easy exercises and warm ups, experiment with a wide range of materials, and create a series of sustained drawings inspired by the world around you.

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 nicole.reeves@youraga.ca

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>

Space is limited, please register early.