Programming information for Schools can be found at the bottom of this page.

Studio classes and workshops for all ages and all skill levels are offered year-round, with a special emphasis on children's classes during the summer and March Break, and classes for adults on weekends and evenings. Creative thinking and problem solving are crucial to success in all areas of life; the art gallery provides a pleasant, accepting location to develop and practice these skills.

Registration for all of our art classes and workshops is now online.  If you need any help registering or would like to pay in person, stop by the Gallery* or the Peach King Centre and staff would be happy to help set up an account or register you for a program.  Gallery members should contact the Gallery before paying to receive their membership discount.

* Please note: during the summer months the Gallery is unable to process debit cards; we can manually enter credit card information.  The Peach King Centre is set up for both debit and credit payments year-round.

Saturday classes for kids

Art Explorers for Ages 5-12

Fall Session:  
Saturdays October 26 - November 30    
Course code#7153  

Winter Session:  
Saturdays January 25 - March 7 (no class Feb. 15)
Course code #7154 

Times: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Fee:  $90 per session

Draw, Sculpt, Print and Paint with imagination and new skills. Discover how to build creative ideas into masterpieces. This program explores thinking, planning big ideas and making unique work. This is an excellent beginner to intermediate level program.   New projects each session.

Drawing Box Club for ages 9-14

Fall Session:
Saturdays  October 26 - November 30   
Course Code: #7155

Winter Session:
Saturdays January 25 - March 7 (no class Feb. 15) 
Course code: #7156

Times: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Fee:   $90 per session     

This is a fundamental drawing session, with each series building on new skill sets. Learn about techniques for various dry drawing media. It’s everything you wanted to know, but didn’t know to ask. Young people can expand ideas while making engaging exploratory projects.  Bring your how-to-draw wish lists!

 Comic Book Art with Keith Grachow for Ages 10+

Visual Storytelling:
From Chraracter Creation to Comic Books

Dates:  Saturdays October 5 - November 9 (no class Oct. 19)

Course code: #7157

Time:  2:30 - 4:30 p.m.       

Fee:  $88   

Take this journey of developing a character to be used in a visual storytelling medium like comic books. Over 5 weeks, students will learn the process of drawing your very own character & developing ideas for it to come alive in a 2-5 page story ready for printing! Just imagine the possibilities!

Afterschool classes for kids

Creator Studios for Ages 5-9

Fall session 1:
Tuesdays September 24 - October 22 
Course code: #7147 

Fall session 2:
Tuesdays November 5 - December 3
Course code: #7148

Winter Session:
Tuesdays January 21 - February 18  
Course code: #7149

Time:  4:00-5:30 p.m.  

Fee: $75 per session

Draw, Paint, Sculpt and Craft creator projects. These classes are fun opportunities to make and take art that will build confidence and expand curiosity and critical thinking.  Make room for the masterpieces!

Master Art Makers for Ages 9-14

Fall Session 1:
Thursdays September 26 - October 24 
Course code: #7150

Fall Session  2:  
Thursdays November 7 - December 5 
Course code: #7151

Winter Session: 
Thursdays January 23 - February 20 
Course code: #7152 

Time: 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Fee: $75

Build skills, and learn techniques in sculpting with clays or plaster and sketching with dry and wet media. Make and take something new each week!  Projects change each week and session to keep you growing as an artist.

Spark-Art Workshops and PA days for kids

PA Day Makers for Ages 5-12

Date: Friday November 15 

Course code: #7159     

Time:  10:30 - 11:30 am

Fee: $5         

Join the Magical Creators in this hour of art and craft fun!  Explore and experiment with SALT painting and mixed media YUMMY art - come out to make bold, colourful work that looks delicious!

Friday January 17  

Course code: #7160 

Time: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Fee: $5         

Join the Magical Creators in this hour of art and craft fun!  Explore and experiment optical illusions. Let’s make Cartoon monster spinners and anti-gravity alien gobblers!

Character Designing Workshop with Keith Grachow for Ages 10+

Date: Saturday September 7  

Course code: #7158  

Time:  1:30 - 4:00 p.m. 

Fee: $20

Get to the drawing board with Keith and learn the key elements of character design. Advance a character you already have made, or start from scratch and build with tips and strategies from a professional graphic artist! 

Holiday Elf Workshop for Ages 6-12

Date: Saturday December 14

Course code: #7162

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  

Fee: $20 

Time to get Holly Jolly Crafty at this make and take event that explore the magic of the holidays. Make ornaments, gifts and a 3-D card!

Drawing the Details from Animal Worlds for Ages 9-14

Date: Saturday January 18 

Course Code: #7161

Time: 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. 

Fee: $20 

Its an afternoon of exploring how to make artistic marks of illusion in your drawings- like shiny, hairy, scaly, smooth and other surfaces.  Sketch real and imagined animals using the tools and tricks artists use to build dimension, texture and style. Includes a take-home tips booklet!

FREE events for Kids

 September 13 Early Release Day for Ages 5-13

Back to School Art Attack

Date: September 13

Time:  1:30 - 3:30 p.m. 

Join in the creativity at this FREE art drop-in. Explore a small project at one of the art and craft tables in the Studio classroom. Connect and see if you want to join our Art Clubs or Spark-Art after you try your hands with the make and take. Guardians must sign in guests and stay in the building.

 Culture Days - Zen of Colouring for ALL AGES

Date:  Saturday September 28

Time: 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.

All ages are invited to explore creative colouring and relaxation with mini-break projects for calming and clearing the mind, during this free Culture Days event!

 Boo! Halloween Bash

Date: Monday October 28

Time: 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. 

Location: GPAG Studio

Boo!! Come out for Halloween fun! Wear your costume and join us for a movie, a treat and create your own Trick or Treat bag of jokes, monsters, ghosts and riddles!  Please register at the library desk.  This is a Grimsby Public Art Gallery and Library partnered program.

One day workshops for adults

 Winter Whites Landscape Painting Workshop

Instructor: Sandra Iafrate

Date: Sunday January 19th 

Course code: #7286

Time: 1:30 - 4:30 pm

Fee: $45 + $13 materials (tax included)


Sandra Iafrate is a Golden acrylics artist educator offering this new fall workshop.

Learn to acrylic paint a winter landscape and the beauty of whites in a fun and encouraging workshop. Participants will learn the basics of colour mixing, brush technique and composition while creating your small work on canvas. 
All materials included.

Art classes for adults

Expressions in Watercolours
Beginner to Intermediate level

Instructor: Flora Hutterer

Fall Session 1:
Tuesdays September 24 - October 15       
Course code: #7165

Fall Session 2:
Tuesdays October 29 - November 19
Course code: #7166

Winter Session:
Tuesdays January 21 - February 11 
Course code: #7167

Time:  6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Fee:  $82 per session

Expand your watercolour skills and technical knowledge. These guided watercolour classes are full of essential information on fundamentals to help you develop your personal style. Flora provides  personalized  instructional interaction, demos and theory to keep beginners and more advanced students practicing and expanding their skills.

Pencil & Paper - Creative Foundations 

Instructor: Sandra Mercuri  

Dates: Thursdays Jan 30, Feb 6, 13, 20 (4 classes)

Course code: #7288

Time: 6:30-8:30 pm 

Fee:  $82  

Beginner & intermediate level  

Everyone can draw! Learn easy strategies and playful practices with a range of drawing materials to take you from greyscale to full colour. Explore ideas and creativity as you build up your images and skills to develop a personal style with a tool box of artist knowledge.  Making ART is a great form of relaxation and being in the moment.

Portrait & Costume Drawing Open Studio  (for 15+ yrs)

No Instructor, Model provided

Dates: Thursdays February 27, March 5, 12 (3 classes)

Course code: #7289

Time: 6:30-8:30 pm 

Fee: $45    

Practice seeing and improve your drawing skills, or refine your style and learn from others in this open studio setting. GPAG coordinated clothed models will mix up short and long poses for gestures and portraits.   Must be 15+ yrs.   

Life Drawing Open Studio (for 18+ years)

No Instructor,  Model provided

Fall Session 1: 
Fridays September 20 - October 18    
Course code: #7170

Fall Session 2: 
Fridays November 1 - December 6
Course code: #7171

Winter Session:
Fridays January 24 - February 28 
Course code: #7172

Time: 1-3 pm

Fee: $75

The Open Studio format allows each artist/student to determine their own needs; quick studies, gestures and extended poses. The practice of life drawing stretches your style and artistic expression. Bring your own materials or contact the gallery for a suggested list. Oil paints are not allowed in the Studio. Must be 18 + yrs.

Armchair Art History with Ken Gordon, BFA, B.Ed

SAVE the DATE!  SPRING Lectures 2020

Oh Canada! A tour of Canadian Art History

Dates - Spring 2020: Wed. April 29, May 6, 13, 20 & 27  (5 evenings)

Time:  7 -8 pm    Location:  GPAG  Gallery

Fee: $35.00  

Registration Opens Feb. 3, 2020

Enjoy an art tour through time with Ken. Discover elements of Canada’s cultural development from its pre-colonization days to its contemporary expressions. Join this relaxing, no homework presentation series that will broaden your knowledge about how our unique art history has shaped our country’s identity.

Join in, sit back and relax while you learn about the evolution of art.

Free events for Adults

 ART First Aid Practice Studio

 Date:  Friday Jan 24

Time: 10 - 11 am 

Our Education Educator can Help! Stop in and ask your questions, learn about programs, tools and materials. Take an exhibition tour and sketch in the gallery!

 GPAG Open Studio Practice: Teens & Adults

Fridays 10-12  No registration required. Sign in at the gallery desk.

WINTER:  Jan. 21, 31, Feb. 7, 21, 28, March 6, 13

The Studio is open most Fridays from 10-12 for creatively inclined community.  A great time to practice   techniques and skills in drawing or painting.  This is a space to play with ideas and opportunity to connect with other like minded folks. Tour the exhibitions for inspirations; beginners can borrow a GPAG art kit during a session for a small fee. 

School Programming

Many schools are regular visitors to the gallery, coming for exhibition tours, skill-based workshops or combinations of both. We have numerous curriculum-based programs to offer and make a special effort to work with the educators in our community to adjust our programs to the needs of individual classes. Outreach programs are also available; an experienced artist instructor can teach many techniques in your classroom. Special outreach workshops that are designed to work with our Art in the Schools program of mini-exhibitions are also available.

Download a PDF version of our Elementary Education Guide or contact the Gallery if you require a copy in a different format, would like to know about Secondary Education programming options or if you would like to inquire about booking a visit.

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