January - February 2023
$25 or $22.50 for AGA Members (price include all materials)
Jan 12 | New Year! New Materials!
Start the New Year off on a creative note! Discover and experiment with our bevy of art supplies in the studio: pick up a piece of vine charcoal, try an oil stick, or craft your own pen tool. The aim is to get out of your comfort zone and experiment with drawing materials that are new to you. Register
Jan 19 | Carve, Print, Repeat
Explore current exhibitions before heading down to the studio for a brief introduction to relief printing. Using a reductive method, carve into your lino block and print your first layer. Watch as subsequent carving and printing layers transform your composition into a suite of limited-edition prints. Register
Jan 26 | Winter Watercolours
Have you ever noticed the subtle beauty of light in a winter landscape? Join us in the studio as we attempt to capture that elusive quality using classic watercolour painting techniques. Snap a photo before you come to the studio to work from or be inspired by one of ours. Register
Feb 2 | Figure Drawing I
Using charcoal, conté and inks, sketch from a live model. Begin the session with expressive and loose renderings and finish with a longer, more sustained study, focusing on the fundamentals of tone, form and perspective. Register
NB: This class features a nude model.
Feb 9 | Heart-Shaped Cards
Join us in the studio for a card-making extravaganza! With our vast assortment of art supplies, create a unique design that tell your friends and family “I love you”. Already have your card picked out, but forgot to nab a gift? Work at a larger scale to craft a lovely hand-made surprise your special someone will remember. Register
$25 Materials included
Adult Open Studio classes are casual, social drop-in art workshops offered weekly, featuring a new project and theme connected to current exhibitions. These workshops explore the technical and conceptual side of art-making and give participants opportunities to experiment and explore new ideas and materials in the studio.
Sep 1 | Self-Portraits
Inspired by our featured exhibition Conjured Images: Spirt Photography from the turn of the 20th century, create a layered mixed media self-portrait. Experiment with a range of materials to bring out your unique personality or alter-ego.
Sep 8 | Studio Moods
View the studio-inspired artworks by featured artist Damian Moppet in our new exhibition BEHOLD | EN and create a contrasting diptych using paint, canvas, lights and still life items from our studios.
Sep 15 | Graphic Fiction
If you love comic books and graphic novels, you love this creative exploration of our current exhibition Comic Sans. Make your own zine & simple animations while experimenting with composition, scale, image and text.
Sep 22 | Arts & Crafts
Inspired by the Arts & Crafts movement, try your hand at embroidery. Experiment with line, shape, composition, applique and a few hand stitching techniques to create a layered landscape from bits of fibre and thread.
Sep 29 | Figure Drawing I
Using charcoal, conté and inks, sketch from a live model. Begin the session with expressive and loose renderings and finish with a longer, more sustained study, focusing on the fundamentals of tone, form and perspective.
NB: This class features a nude model.
Oct 6 | | Inktober
Artists engage in all sorts of exercises to keep or build their skill set; Inktober is one strategy. Join us this week & for the rest of the month as we experiment and explore unconventional drawing methods and mark-making techniques. Employ inks, brushes, pens as well as marbling, resists and more as you work through the daily prompts.
Oct 13 | Screen-printing
Learn the basics of stenciling and silkscreen before creating your own hand-cut stencils. Develop your images through the application and layering of multiple colours to create a suite of prints that pop!
Oct 20 | Constructed Landscapes
Inspired by Tiffany Shaw’s Edmonton River Valley, experiment with cardboard and glue to construct a topographical landscape that incorporates man-made and natural elements. Use paint, collage and found materials to give life to your landscape.
Oct 27 | Plaster Masks
Taking a cue from upcoming Halloween celebrations, create a personalized mask from plaster bandages. Learn basic sculpting techniques while investigating the varied purposes of masks & how they came to be use on October 31. Once dry, paint your mask to create a spooky or playful effect!
Nov 3 | Mail Art
View artwork in our new exhibition Road Trip and create a series of postcard-size works of art. Experiment with found images, text, collage and more! Then mail them to yourself or a friend!
Nov 10 | Figure Drawing II
Begin this live model session with quick sketching exercises and then translate your drawings into 3D with wire, metal, wood and clay. Build up volume & form around your armature while exploring a range of shapes and postures
NB: This class features a nude model
Nov 17| The Great Tape Scape
Work independently or collaboratively in studio and transform the space by creating a series of large-scale installation works using only coloured tape as your drawing tools.
Nov 24 | Relief Printing
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.
Dec 1 | Clay Sculpture
Learn the basics of clay sculpture including instructions to build an armature and additive & reductive techniques. Study shape and form in our current exhibitions before putting it all together to create a sculptural object.
Dec 8 | Landscape Sketch
Get inspired by Canadian icons Tom Thompson and the Group of Seven before sketching and painting your own landscape. Experiment with watercolour, ink and gouache and a variety of techniques to create a unique impression. Feel free to bring along an image to work from or use the photographs and magazines supplied.
Dec 15 | DIY Weaving
In this class, you will learn how to make a simple weaving using a picture frame and other unconventional materials. Explore colour, shape and composition while practicing your technique. Make your grandma proud!
Dec 22 | Last Minute Gifts
Join us for our last class of the year and create a series of themed cards, gift wrap or small masterpieces to give away or keep to yourself!
Dec 28 | No Classes