Classes and Workshops

Children & Teens

10 week fall session

Child and teen classes are structured to accommodate the abilities of different age levels. These fun-filled classes develop skills in various media, fostering creativity and imagination. Artist instructors are paired with classes based on experience and area of specialization. Fall, Winter, and Spring sessions each consist of 10 classes on Saturdays or weekdays in the early evening.

(Ages 5-6) Drawing and Painting 1

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This course gives an introduction to basic techniques and fundamental concepts that artists use to create succcessful drawings and paintings. Students will develop observational skills, use their imaginations, and visit WAG exhibitions.

Members $105 / Non-members $120

Sat 12-1pm Sep 26 - Dec 5
F5C-D1–S1 Instructor: Lyndsay Ladobruk
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(Ages 5-6) Mixed Media 1

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Students will work with a variety of material that may include drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, or printmaking. Encouraging creativity, projects may be layered, mixed, and occasionally take more than one class to complete.

Members $105 / Non-members $120

Sat 2:30-3:30pm Sep 26 - Dec 5
F5C-M1-S2 Instructor: Marianne Jonasson
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Sat 12:30-1:30pm Sep 26 - Dec 5
F5C-M1-S1 Instructor: Rose Montgomery-Whicher
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(Ages 7-9) Clayworks 2

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Students will work on a series of functional and sculptural projects, using a variety of techniques to develop clay hand-building skills. Clay and related firing costs are included in the class fee.

Members $135 / Non-members $160

Wed 6-7:30pm Sep 23 - Dec 2
F5C-C2–S1 Instructor: Colleen Leduc
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(Ages 7-9) Drawing and Painting 2

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This course gives an introduction to basic techniques and fundamental concepts that artists use to create succcessful drawings and paintings. Students will develop observational skills, use their imaginations, and visit WAG exhibitions.

Members $135 / Non-members $160

Sat 12-1:30pm Sep 26 - Dec 5
F5C-D2–S1 Instructor: Valerie Dewson
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Sat 12-1:30pm Sep 26 - Dec 5
F5C-D2–S2 Instructor: Bree Bergen class full

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(Ages 7-9) Mixed Media 2

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Students will work with a variety of material that may include drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, or printmaking. Encouraging creativity, projects may be layered, mixed, and occasionally take more than one class to complete.

Members $135 / Non-members $160

Sat 2:30-4pm Sep 26 - Dec 5
F5C-M2–S2 Instructor: Michelle Wilson
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Sat 12:30-2pm Sep 26 - Dec 5
F5C-M2–S1 Instructor: Michelle Wilson
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Tues 6-7:30pm Sep 22 - Nov 24
F5C-M2–T1 Instructor: Valerie Dewson
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(Ages 10-13) Animation

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This course provides a general understanding of animation process and techniques. Students will discover different styles of animation such as drawing, cell animation, cut out, and claymation, while developing their own stories, characters, and designs. A DVD of completed projects will be provided at the end of the session.

Members $135 / Non-members $160

Sat 2-3:30pm Sep 26 - Dec 5
F5C-A3–S1 Instructor: Chris Angus
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(Ages 10-13) Drawing 3

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With a focus on basic drawing techniques and concepts, this course enhances observation and imagination skills, explores a variety of drawing materials, and includes visits to Gallery exibitions.
 

Members $135 / Non-members $160

Sat 2-3:30pm Sep 26 - Dec 5
F5C-D3-S1 Instructor: Lyndsay Ladobruk
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(Ages 10-13) Mixed Media 3

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Students will work with a variety of material that may include drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, or printmaking. Encouraging creativity, projects may be layered, mixed, and occasionally take more than one class to complete.

Members $135 / Non-members $160

Sat 2-3:30pm Sep 26 - Dec 5
F5C-M3–S1 Instructor: Rose Montgomery-Whicher
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(Ages 10-13) Painting 3

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This course explores the exciting world of colour through paint. Projects focus on colour choice, while enhancing imagination and perception by using both traditional and new techniques.

Members $135 / Non-members $160

Sat 2-3:30pm Sep 26 - Dec 5
F5C-P3–S1 Instructor: Valerie Dewson
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(Ages 10-13) Cartoon Art

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Using a variety of drawing materials and clay, students will take a closer look at cartooning.

Members $135 / Non-members $160

Sat 12:30-2pm Sep 26 - Dec 5
F5C-T3–S1 Instructor: Marianne Jonasson
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(Ages 10-13) Clayworks 3

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Students will work on a series of functional and sculptural projects, using a variety of techniques to develop clay hand-building skills. Clay and related firing costs are included in the class fee.

Please call or email the studio to request to be added to the waiting list.

Members $135 / Non-members $160

Sat 12-1:30pm Sep 26 - Dec 5
F5C-C3–S1 Instructor: Colleen Leduc class full

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(Ages 14-17) NEW! Clayworks 4

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In this course, students will enhance their previous skills in functional and sculptural projects, further explore hand-building techniques, and be introduced to throwing on a potter’s wheel. Clay and related firing costs are included in the class fee.

Members $160 / Non-members $185

Sat 2-4pm Sep 26 - Dec 5
F5C–C4 –S1 Instructor: Colleen Leduc
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(Ages 14-17) Drawing 4

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With a focus on basic drawing techniques and concepts, this course enhances observation and imagination skills, explores a variety of drawing materials, and includes visits to Gallery exibitions.

Members $160 / Non-members $185

Sat 2-4pm Sep 26 - Dec 5
F5C-D4 –S1 Instructor: Megan Krause
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(Ages 14-17) Mixed Media 4

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Students will work with a variety of material that may include drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, or printmaking. Encouraging creativity, projects may be layered, mixed, and occasionally take more than one class to complete.

Members $160 / Non-members $185

Thurs 7-9pm Sep 24 - Nov 26
F5C-M4 –H1 Instructor: Jayne Cormack
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(Ages 14-17) Painting 4

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This course explores the exciting world of colour through paint. Projects focus on colour choice, while enhancing imagination and perception by using both traditional and new techniques.

Members $160 / Non-members $185

Mon 7-9pm Sep 21 - Nov 30
F5C-P4 –M1 Instructor: Valerie Dewson
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Adult Beginner

10 week fall session

Adults provide their own tools and supplies for classes unless otherwise indicated. Basic drawing and painting materials are provided for the first class, at which time supply lists are distributed.  For special workshops, pottery, and sculpture, supplies are generally included in the class cost. Students must provide their own tools for clay classes.

Drawing Basics

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Retrain your brain! For students with little or no drawing experience, this introduction to the fundamental techniques and concepts of drawing will sharpen observational skills and build confidence. You will learn to translate what you see into what you want to draw. Work with a variety of subjects, including still life studies and the human form.

Members $184 / Non-members $210

Wed 7-9:30pm Sep 23 - Dec 2
F5A-DB–W1 Instructor: Racheal Tycoles
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Tues 1-3:30pm Sep 22 - Nov 24
F5A-DB–T1 Instructor: Doug Smith
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NEW! Drawing on Mount Olympus

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Come face to face with the gods and goddesses of Olympus:The Greco-Roman Collections of Berlin. Take in the serenity of the galleries while you learn to draw the idealized human forms in this exhibition of ancient statuary. Learn how to analyze the human figure, determine proportions, and draw a convincing three-dimensional form. Interpretive and experimental approaches to observational drawing will also be explored. Whether you are a novice or seasoned artist, you will improve your drawing skills, and deepen your appreciation of Greek and Roman sculpture in an encouraging and focused atmosphere.

Members $200 / Non-members $225

Mon 7-9:30pm Sep 21 - Nov 30
F5A-DB–M1 Instructor: Rose Montgomery-Whicher
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Traditional Drawing (20 weeks)

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Sept 21-Nov 30 & Jan 11-March 21

Immerse yourself in the fundamentals of drawing and build skills that transfer to other art practices. Academic drawing remains an incredibly valuable method for developing dexterity and sensitivity with materials such as pencil and charcoal. The media and subjects of this class are basic, but its highly disciplined approach will reward you with a depth of skill that is acquired through time and practice.

Members $360 / Non-members $395

Mon 7-9:30pm Sep 21 - Mar 21
F5A–DT-M1 Instructor: Vitaliy Yatsevych
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NEW! Molding & Casting

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Inspired by current sculptural techniques practiced by professional artists, this course guides students through the process of mold making and casting. Beginning with a tour of the NGC@WAG: Ron Mueck exhibition, students will research and sketch plans for their own self-directed sculptural works. Over this 10-week course, these concept drawings will come alive through model making, latex and plaster mould construction, and finally casting in wax and clay. A material supply kit will be available for purchase through WAG Studio. Clay and firing costs included.

Members $245 / Non-members $271

Mon 7-9:30pm Sep 21 - Nov 30
F5A-SB–M1 Instructor: Michelle Wilson
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Sculpture

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Learn the basics of sculpture by hand-building with clay: modelling, coil, and slab work. Begin with representational and expressive clay figure work, then move onto individualized projects. Some clay finishes will be introduced. A tour of Olympus: The Greco-Roman Collections of Berlin with a focus on classical sculpture will be available. Clay and firing costs included.

Members $245 / Non-members $271

Tues 7-9:30pm Sep 22 - Nov 24
F5A-SB–T1 Instructor: Nancy Litchfield Hutchison
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Pottery

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Discover hand building, which includes slab building, slump molded forms, and throwing on the potter’s wheel. From basic thrown or hand-built forms you will produce mugs, bowls, and platters. You will also learn glazing and decorating techniques to finish your work and develop your own ideas related to functional and non-functional forms.

Members $245 / Non-members $271

Wed 7-9:30pm Sep 23 - Dec 2
F5A-OB-W2 Instructor: Colleen Chamberlin
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Wed 1-3:30pm Sep 23 - Dec 2
F5A-OB-W1 Instructor: Crystal Nykoluk
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Tues 7-9:30pm Sep 22 - Nov 24
F5A-OB–T1 Instructor: Barbara Balfour
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Mon 7-9:30pm Sep 21 - Nov 30
F5A-OB–M1 Instructor: Alan Lacovetsky
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Beginning Wheel

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Starting at the very beginning, you will learn to centre, throw, and finish a potter piece produced on an electric wheel. Learn various shaping, glazing, and decorative techniques used by potters when throwing.

Members $245 / Non-members $271

Thurs 7-9:30pm Sep 24 - Nov 26
F5A-OW–H1 Instructor: Dave Krindle
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NEW! Traditional and Contemporary Art Teachings

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Explore the roots of Indigenous art in an inclusive and welcoming environment.Develop your artistic vision, and create art with meaning and purpose. Anishinabe artist Sharon Hall employs her traditionally-based curriculum, Art Teachings of the Four Elements and The Birth of Art, as the basis for her practice and instruction. Through discussion and hands-on art making, you will develop a body of visual art, and acquire creative skills and knowledge useful to professional artists and educators.

Members $184 / Non-members $210

Wed 7-9:30pm Sep 23 - Dec 2
F5A-FN-H1 Instructor: Sharon Hall
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Handmade Narrative Books

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Develop accordion-style books to capture your ideas, dreams, memories, and stories. Structural elements of the book are simple: a base made from heavyweight paper folded into an accordion shape, augmented by collage, cut paper work, drawing, handwriting, or hand lettering.

Members $179 / Non-members $205

Wed 7-9:30pm Sep 23 - Dec 2
F5A-HB-H1 Instructor: Doug Melnyk
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Mixed Media

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Combine disparate materials, employ a variety of techniques, and use your creativity to develop images and ideas. Enjoy the creative process while learning effective techniques such as paper craft, painting, drawing, printmaking, and 3D assemblage. You will complete a final project on a theme that interests you.

Members $184 / Non-members $210

Mon 7-9:30pm Sep 21 - Nov 30
F5A-MM-M1 Instructor: Marianne Jonasson
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Adult Intermediate

10 week fall session

Adults provide their own tools and supplies for classes unless otherwise indicated. Basic drawing and painting materials are provided for the first class, at which time supply lists are distributed. Intermediate Studio students should bring their own selection of supplies to the first class. For special workshops, pottery, and sculpture, supplies are generally included in the class cost. Students must provide their own tools for clay classes.

Drawing with Colour

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Prerequisite: Drawing Basics or equivalent experience

Develop your understanding of colour and its expressive potential for a variety of subjects: abstract and experimental drawing, still life, portraits, and landscapes. Learn fascinating facts about the history of pigments and the meanings of colours, as you acquire new observational skills and familiarize yourself with various drawing media. Because you will use wet as well as dry media, this class serves as a transition from drawing to painting.

Members $184 / Non-members $210

Thurs 7-9:30pm Sep 24 - Nov 26
F5A-DC-H2 Instructor: Rose Montgomery-Whicher
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Mon 1-3:30pm Sep 21 - Nov 30
F5A-DC-M2 Instructor: Doug Smith
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Figure in Art

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Prerequisite: Drawing Basics or equivalent experience

Using a variety of drawing materials, you will work from a model and learn about proportion, foreshortening, and other fundamental techniques for drawing people.

Members $195 / Non-members $220

Tues 7-9:30pm Sep 22 - Nov 24
F5A-FA–T2 Instructor: Derek Brueckner
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Pen and Ink Illustration

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Prerequisite: Drawing Basics or equivalent experience

Are you inspired by stories and daydreams? From William Blake to Maurice Sendak, pen and ink has a rich history and continues to be popular with illustrators today. Learn the basics of this versatile and expressive medium while improving your drawing skills. Tell your story in pictures, develop and design your own characters, create textures, and depict gestures. The end result is self-produced picture book.

Members $184 / Non-members $210

Thurs 7-9:30pm Sep 24 - Nov 26
F5A-PI-H2 Instructor: Neda Kianmehr
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Acrylic Painting

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Prerequisite: Drawing Basics or equivalent experience

This course focuses on basic colour theory and particularities of painting with acrylics.

Members $184 / Non-members $210

Wed 1-3:30pm Sep 23 - Dec 2
F5A-AP–W2 Instructor: Doug Smith
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Painting Basics

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Prerequisite: Drawing Basics or equivalent experience

Through your choice of acrylic or oil paint, you will be introduced to basic colour theory, and learn to use various brushes and media, such as thinners and thickeners. Painting from still life, enhance your composition, decision making, and editing skills. As you progress through the course,your confidence as a painter will grow.

Members $184 / Non-members $210

Thurs 7-9:30pm Sep 24 - Nov 26
F5A-PA–H2 Instructor: Racheal Tycoles
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Life Drawing: Open Studio

Life Drawing: Open Studio

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This drop-in program provides an independent study of life drawing. Although no instruction is provided, you will have the opportunity to work from models in whatever materials you like. No advance registration is required; payment is collected each week at the WAG Studio front desk. Bring your own supplies.
 

Members $7 / Non-members $7

Wed 7-9:30pm Sep 23 - Nov 25
F5A-OS-W1 Instructor: Don Nowicki

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Sunday Workshops

Workshops are short, intensified courses offered alongside special exhibitions or to present media and techniques not usually covered in our regular classes. A supply list will be e-mailed prior to the start of the workshop. Please make sure you have all necessary materials on the first day of the workshop. Running for two Sundays, workshops take place from 10am-4pm with one hour off  for lunch (noon – 1pm).

Moccasin Making

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Make your own pair of moccasins with Gloria Beckman (Niska), traditional craftswoman extraordinaire. As the Niska/geese get ready to fly to warmer climates, this one stays behind to teach how we can keep our feet warm in the cold! Design a customized pattern and cut and sew the leather for your one-of-a-kind footwear. Share stories and learn about the Cree language and culture. Gloria will also introduce beading during the first class. Students will have one week between classes to work on their moccasins at home.
This workshop will be held Sept 20 & Oct 4

Members $137 / Non-members $152

Sun 10am-4pm Sep 20 - Oct 4
F5A-GB-S1 Instructor: Gloria Beckman
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We are currently taking registrations for:

  • Fall art classes (10 week session)

Download the class booklet.
 

WAG Studio office hours:
Monday-Thursday: 12-4pm

contact:
P: 204.789.1766
F: 204.772.6841

 

 

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