Try This: Adult Drop in Art Classes at Art Gallery of Alberta @YourAGA

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.

Classes are Wednesdays between 7 and 9 pm and are $18/drop in ($16 members). It’s an easy under twenty dollar date night to give you the chance to try something new.

Open Studio: Adult Drop-In Workshops

January 6 | Typography

Use type, text, font and letters and discover the beauty of the written word. Design a relief sculpture using wood, nails and string and take your typographic acumen to the next level.

January 13 | Cartoon Creations

Cartoons are used to entertain and to critique. Learn the basics of this art form including mark making, facial expressions, character detail, movement and storyboarding throughout this exploratory class.

January 20 | Mixed Media Portraits

Take a final look in our exhibition Chris Cran: Sincerely Yours and be inspired by this artist’s take on self-portraiture. Play with a variety of materials including ink, paint and collage materials to create and compose a selfie of your own!

January 27 | DIY Wallpaper

See the work of Yvonne Mallock and Teng Teng Chong, and then experiment with pattern, repetition and colour to create your own personalized wallpaper on fabric. Mount your final composition on display board for easy installation at home.

February 3 | Mask Making

Explore emotion and mood in our exhibition Living, Building, Thinking: Art & Expressionism, then head to the studio to design a mask in plaster and clay. Experiment with additive and subtractive techniques before casting your final project.

February 10 | Environmental Art

View Sean Caufield’s The Flood in Manning Hall and discuss the relationship of art and ecology. Later, head to the studio for an introduction to relief printing including how to carve a lino block, ink and print layers, and edition multiple prints.

February 17 | 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.

February 24 | Art Journals

Record, sketch, and capture the world around you in a book made by you! Learn the basics of book binding from simple stitches to assembling a block. Create your own front and back covers to complete your personalized art journal.

March 2 | Figurative Drawing

This intro class to figurative drawing uses charcoal, inks and conté as you sketch from a live model. Study drawing fundamentals such as tone, line, proportion and perspective and then, work on gesture and balance to explore the anatomy of the human form.

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

March 9 | Abstract Watercolours

Look to the work of Alex Janvier in 7: Professional Native Indian Artists Inc. and create a series of experimental watercolour studies using a variety of washes, blends and resist techniques. Apply these 2D basics in new and creative ways!

March 16 | 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.

March 16 | Painted Portraits

“Paint Only” in this class! Use acrylic paint to create a portrait using shape and tone. Play with viscosity and application on canvas using brushes, sponges, palette knives and more!

March 23 | Conceptual Design

Get conceptual and solve a design problem! Work from a set of ‘directions’ to create a unique solution to a common design challenge. Compare your finished work with one another to see how the concept was interpreted by individual artists/designers.

March 30 | Wilderness in Relief

Take inspiration from the featured artwork in Out of the Woods: Tom Thompson and the Group of Seven before molding, modelling and sculpting a landscape in low relief.   

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