Join us every Wednesday from 4-5:30pm for Studio Y, a creative hangout for youth ages 13-17.
Each week, we explore new topics and themes, experiment with art materials and develop foundational skills in a fun and informal studio format. Whether you are looking to refresh your painting game or discover a new talent, Studio Y is the place for teens to connect with like-minded peers and new friends in a warm, safe, friendly and inclusive space.
No art experience is needed, only your adventurous spirit! All Materials are included.
$5 per session, or save the hassle and get your punch card for multiple sessions:
$30 punch card (6 sessions)
$60 punch card (12 sessions)
Purchase Studio Y Punch Cards:
September 10 | Botanical Illustrations
Before photography, artists used their drawing skills to document the world around them. Explore A Link to Nature: Early Botanical Photography 1850-1950 to see how photography changed this. In the studio, experiment with watercolour techniques and pencil crayons to create a series of botanical drawings. Register here.
September 17 | Hand Building
Learn some foundational hand-building techniques before creating a sculptural clay vessel inspired by local ceramics artists. Register here.
September 24 | Book Binding
Discover why a sketchbook is an important tool for artists and designers. Learn the basics of bookbinding to construct your own sketchbook using binding techniques and recycled paper. Register here.
October 1 | Embroidery
Stitch up a drawing using a fabric, needle and thread. Vary your stitches to add texture and depth to your work. Register here.
October 8 | Self-Portraits
Artists have been taking #selfies forever and now it’s your turn! Choose a material that best represents your identity right now - will it be a pencil on paper? How about collage? Watercolour? A sculpture made from puzzle pieces? Let your personality shine through and share that brightness with the world! Register here.
October 15 | Art Stencils
Visit From Warhol to Banksy for the last time and earn the basics of stenciling and silkscreen in from the masters. Design your own hand-cut stencils and use them to create a series of artworks that pop! Register here.
October 22 | Surface Design
Get inspired by artists in Second Skin: The Stories of Disembodied Portraits and experiment with textures and surface design on paper and fabric using a variety of printmaking and drawing techniques. Register here.
October 29 | Mask Making
Need a last-minute costume for Halloween? Looking for an original submission for a costume contest? We got you! Visit current exhibitions for inspiration before creating a mixed-media mask that’s sure to get noticed. Register here.
November 5 | Relief Printing
Learn the basics of linocut including image construction, carving techniques, multi-layer printing and proper registration to create a suite of prints to take home. Register here.
November 12 | Altered Images
Investigate how images are created and assembled in current exhibitions. Working with gel medium and packing tape, learn all about image transfers and creative photo manipulation in this mixed media studio session. Register here.
November 19 | Clay Beads
Explore the art of ceramics and wearable art in current exhibitions before creating a set of hand-built beads from model magic, fimo and/or clay. Turn your beads into a piece of one-of-a-kind jewelry. Register here.
November 26 | Holiday Cards
As we approach the holiday season, take the time to celebrate the people you love by making sweet and simple watercolour holiday cards. Register here.
December 3 | Light & Shadow
Warm up with a quick sketching session in the galleries before creating a series of dramatic drawings of light and shadow using charcoal, ink and more. Register here.
December 10 | Acrylic Painting
Joins us in the studio for a quick lesson on acrylic painting techniques. Put these techniques into practice and develop an image on canvas in an ongoing painting experiment. Register here.
December 17 | Wirework Jewelry
This is our last session in 2023! Create a wearable masterpiece using simple wire. With a few clever bends and twists, customize your artwork for a one-of-a-kind statement piece. Register here.