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The Art Gallery of Alberta respectfully acknowledges that we are located in Treaty 6 Territory, the traditional land of diverse Indigenous Peoples including the Plains Cree, Woodland Cree, Beaver Cree, Nitsitapi/Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Anishinaabe/Saulteaux/Ojibwe and Dene Peoples. We also acknowledge the many Indigenous, Inuit and Métis people who make Alberta their home today.

Adult Drop-in Classes

Thursdays, 7-9pm

September-December 2022

$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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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! 

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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!

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Dec 28 | No Classes

Hours

Monday: closed
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 11am-5pm
Thursday: 11am-7pm
Friday: 11am-5pm
Saturday: 11am-5pm
Sunday: 11am-5pm

Admission

AGA members
FREE
Youth 0-17
FREE
Alberta students 18+
FREE
Out-of-province students
$10
General admission
$14
Seniors 65+
$10

Location

2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T5J 2C1

780.422.6223
info@youraga.ca

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The Art Gallery of Alberta respectfully acknowledges that we are located in Treaty 6 Territory, the traditional land of diverse Indigenous Peoples including the Plains Cree, Woodland Cree, Beaver Cree, Nitsitapi/Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Anishinaabe/Saulteaux/Ojibwe and Dene Peoples. We also acknowledge the many Indigenous, Inuit and Métis people who make Alberta their home today.