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
$15 / $12 AGA Members
Adult Drop-In Punch Card
5 Workshop Punch Card
$60/ $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.
Press: Collograph Printing
Create your own organic prints inspired by nature. Use sandpaper, string, cut card, cardboard and other found objects to create your own collograph plate.
Splash: Experimental Painting
Work with acrylic and ink to explore various mark-making techniques through the use of unconventional painting methods with marbling, stretching, string, paper and resist.
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 lino-cut prints, collage-coloured papers and use image transfer techniques in this card-making studio workshop.
December 25 & January 1, 2014
HOLIDAYS NO CLASS
Construct: Improvised Installations
Begin in the Gallery with a visit to the exhibition The Intellection of Lady Spider House. Weave through the labyrinth one last time to gather ideas about form and space, while considering representations of place and story. Head to the studio to create an installation that uses found media and responds to ideas developed in the Gallery.
Glaze: Layer Painting
Visit the exhibition Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums for in-gallery sketching and a close-up look at painting from the masters! In studio, experiment with layering colour using acrylic paint and mixed media on wood. Use a variety of experimental techniques to build up the surface.
Transform: Silkscreen & Block Print
Be inspired by themes of transformation in the exhibition Angakkuq: Between Two Worlds; Spiritual and Mythological Figures in Inuit and Inuvialuit Art. In the studio, experiment with both silkscreen and block printing to create multi-media prints that represent your own mythical story!
Film: Stop-Motion Paper Sculpture
Explore the art of stop-motion animation through your own experimental paper sculptures. Look to contemporary artist Yuki Ariga for inspiration on ways to use this medium. Please bring a camera to this workshop in order to keep your images.
Draw: Figurative Sketching
Look to the exhibition Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Year of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums to study various representations of the human form in art history. In studio, work from a live model to create a suite of sketches that study the form, balance and gesture of the figure.
Compose: Card Making
Visit CHAGALL: Daphnis & Chloé to gather ideas about ways artists visually represent poetry. In the studio, explore the relationship between image and word to create a series of greeting cards through text transfer and watercolour techniques.
Collect: Organic Sculpture
Look to the work of Edmonton artist Lyndal Osborne to discover ideas in art around collecting and reinterpreting found objects from nature. In studio, work with papier mache, wood blocks, organic material, multi media and paint. Explore balance and form in levels of abstraction
Illusions: Scale Collage
Reinterpret found imagery 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, paper collage and other mixed media to build an illusory transfer collage.
Blend: Pastel Portraiture
Get inspired by our last visit to the exhibition Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums before returning to the studio to create your own pastel painting that plays with depth and ways of seeing. Discover colour mixing and surface blends to create atmosphere and drama in your work.
Carve: Illustrative Printmaking
Experiment with relief-block printmaking to illustrate an excerpt from a story. Look to engraver and author Thomas Bewick to reference illustrative storytelling. In the studio, carve out your illustration using lino-block tools, then print to paper and pair your print with an excerpt using both India ink and Letraset.
Project: Scale Drawing
Look to RBC New Works artist Brenda Draney to explore scale through a variety of panoramic drawing techniques. Discover how visual presentation and perspective can change the way we interpret ideas.
Build: 3-D Drawing
Using wire, plaster, metal and wood, redefine the boundaries of drawing through the exploration of 3-D line and mark making.
Wednesdays, 6-9 PM
Singhmar Centre for Art Education
$200/$180 AGA Members
Fluid Impressions: Watercolour Painting
November 6–December 11
Discover the versatility of watercolour painting, from traditional techniques to contemporary uses in this experimental studio class. Drawing inspiration from the exhibition Water Into Art: British Watercolours from the V&A, 1750-1950, explore the art of watercolour in the Gallery before returning to the studio to experiment with various painting techniques such as: making washes, painting wet-into-wet and using resist processes. This studio session also covers the fundamentals of composition and perspective working with a variety of subject matter including still-life, landscape, portraits and subjects of your choice. Once you have covered the basics, learn how to incorporate additional media to your watercolour paintings including charcoal, inks, collage, pastels and linocut.
All materials are supplied by the AGA.
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 email@example.com
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
$42 + tax
All materials included
Space is limited, please register early.