Classes and Workshops

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

FALL 2021 CLASSES - Children, Teens and Adults
Click here to jump to our Fall Class listings

The Fall 2021 newsletter and studio program guide is now available to view online on Issuu.

Please also try out our project prompts listed below to keep you creative and connected to the art community. 

Creative Community Projects

GPAG is working to help keep community connections alive through creativity programs and partnerships.  Well-being and caring for ourselves and others is at the core of the planned art activities available online.

Puppet Creations with Angelina

Angelina completed a virtual work term with us as part of her Teachers College experience. She will be offering a Theatre Arts & Crafts Summer Program at GPAG this coming August! Subscribe to our Newsletter to learn more about gallery events, programs, exhibition and Gallery Shop highlights.

Download our puppet making tips PDF, or the accessible version.

 Puppet Creation

Puppet Creations with Angelina

A girl wearing a facemask holding a white sock puppet with a red cape in front of a table full of craft supplies and an easel with a drawing of a sock puppet

Watch the YouTube instructional video here:  https://youtu.be/BOC1Q9F2qV0

Get some tips and ideas on how to make a sock puppet with a mouth-plate and moveable arms. Adding these structural parts will make puppetry even more fun as you bring your puppet character alive.

Want to make a sock puppet? You will need:

  • One long sock (but making a pair is even more fun!)
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks or - white glue and some patience
  • 2 wood dowels or BBQ skewers or straws (for the arm wands)
  • 2 lengths of ribbon 8" each
  • Lots of fun crafty bits to choose from like - pom poms, fabric scraps, felt, googly eyes, fun foam, pipecleaners, buttons, feathers, yarn....

Work with what you have and be creative! 

 Puppetry: Movement and Voice 

Puppetry: Movement and Voice with Angelina

A girl wearing a facemask holding a white sock puppet with a red cape in front of a table full of craft supplies

Watch the YouTube instructional video here:  https://youtu.be/a6tDg_1K8Gk

Get started with some beginner puppetry skills to bring your puppet alive with our student teacher Angelina.

Practice your lip-syncing and making your puppet move its arms, head and body to develop its character and expressive story.

 Puppet Ideas: Stages and Sets 

Puppet Ideas: Stages and Sets with Angelina

A girl wearing a facemask holding a white sock puppet with a red cape behind a white bristol board stage decorated with red and yellow starbursts and pink orange and green planets

Watch the YouTube instructional video here: https://youtu.be/K59-qNUGiD8

Join our student teacher Angelina to learn about Puppet Stages, set designs and have a little fun with your sock puppet theater.

To make a stage for your puppets - be creative and build with what you have. There is no limit to possibilities when you let yourself play with ideas! 

Llama and Kitten Weaving Kits

  carboard cutout of a cartoon llama and kitten with woven yarn blanket and sweater in bright yarn colours

Call 905-945-3246 or e-mail gpag@grimsby.ca to arrange a pick-up time for your free llama or kitten activity kit or download the PDF instructions to make your own at home! 

Kitten Weaving instructions
Accessible Kitten Weaving instructions

Llama Weaving instructions
Accessible Llama Weaving instructions

Zentangle Style Christmas Trees

  zentangle christmas tree

YouTube link:  Caring Community Cards: Zentangle Christmas Tree Tutorial
Download the PDF instructions or accessible PDF instructions to start creating today!

Please note: Accessible documents can be made available upon request gpag@grimsby.ca

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Art Classes and Workshops

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.  

FALL 2021 programming

Children

Creators Art Club

Ages 5-13  

Date: Thursday October 7-November 5
Time:  4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. 
Location: GPAG Studio
Fee: $75 per child - materials included   
Click here to register for Creators Art Club  

Afterschool art sessions at the gallery! Visit the exhibits, meet up with art friends and explore art materials with fun and creative thinking projects that let you express your ideas. Join Angelina for weekly creativity sessions. Draw, paint, print, sculpt & craft new projects each week.

Art Explorers

Ages 5-13  

Date: Saturdays October 9-November 6 
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: GPAG Studio
Fee: $75 per child - materials included  
Click here to register for Art Explorers

Build your imagination and skills as you learn about art techniques, famous art and gallery explorations. Draw, sculpt and paint in new fun ways! Discover the world of art! This multi-level program encourages the discovery and skill building for life-learners and creatives! Let's make and create together at GPAG! NEW projects every term.

P.A. DAY Art Club!

Ages 5-13

Book your art loving kids in for an hour of creative fun before heading to the gallery exhibitions for a tour and looking for books at the Library.

Fee: $6 per P.A. Day - materials included

Date: Friday November 19

Theme: Cartoon Pop-ups! Action Cards
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Location: GPAG STUDIO  
Click here to register for the P.A. Day Art Club on November 19

Date: Friday January 21
Theme: Blizzard Lizard! Winter Chameleons
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Location: GPAG STUDIO  
Registration link for the January 21 P.A. Day ** will be activated closer to the event 

Date: Friday February 18
Theme: Cartoon Pop-ups! Action Cards
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Location: GPAG STUDIO  
Registration link for the February 18 P.A. Day ** will be activated closer to the event 

Teens & Adults

New Horizons Watercolour Class

Ages 14+

Instructor: Flora Hutterer
Fee: $125 per person - materials not included                          
Date: Tuesdays October 5 - November 9 
Times: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location:  GPAG Studio
Click here to register for New Horizons Watercolour Class

After a year of restrictions, these classes will encourage freedom to experiment and create. Use your intuition with water and colour to paint a sky over western Lake Ontario, a floral and more. Techniques for water control, colour mixing and a loose approach to watercolour applications will be demonstrated. All levels are welcome. Find your expression in watercolour with Flora. 

Intuitive Abstract Acrylic Painting

Ages 13+ 

Instructor: Laura Noble Wohgemut
Fee: $50 - materials included
Date: Saturday November 20
Times: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: GPAG STUDIO
Click here to register for Intuitive Abstract Painting 

Enjoy an afternoon of creative expression! Enjoy the colour, the movement, the potential and unexpected joys of playing! Be in tune to your inner rhythm and enjoy the process of exploring, being curious and relax in an atmospheric space for creating. No experience needed, as Laura leads, encourages, and engages your intuitive voice with paint on canvas.

Wayzgoose 101 - Linocut Workshop

Ages 13+

Instructor: Liz Pogoda Bennett
Fee: $65 - materials included
Date: Saturday October 16 (full day with lunch break) 
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Location: GPAG STUDIO
Click here to register for Wayzgoose 101 Linocut Workshop

No experience required! Explore the world of printing and get into the Wayzgoose spirit! Learn the process and complete a set of your own editions. Liz will teach you how to work the tools, ink and brayers and plan a small soft linocut composition. Join in and make art & cards!

Open Studio

Costumed Life Drawing

Ages 14+

Instructor: no instructor
Date: Thursdays October 7 - November 4
Times: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location:  GPAG Studio
Fee: $75 - materials not included
Click here to register for Costumed Life Drawing

The Open Studio format is self directed without an instructor. This allows each artist/student to determine their own needs with access to professional clothed models and lighting. Get into the practice with quick studies, gestures and extended poses. Bring your own materials or contact the gallery for a suggested list. The practice of life drawing stretches your style and artistic expression with transferable art skills.

Open Studio Life Drawing

Ages 18+

Instructor: no instructor
Location:  GPAG Studio
Fee: $75 - materials not included

Session 1

Date: Fridays October 1 - 29
Times: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Click here to register for Session 1 Life Drawing

Session 2

Date: Thursdays November 5 - December 3
Times: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Click here to register for Session 2 Life Drawing

The Open Studio format is self directed without an instructor. This allows each artist/student to determine their own needs with access to professional models and lighting. Get into the practice with quick studies, gestures and extended poses. Bring your own materials or contact the gallery for a suggested list. The practice of life drawing stretches your style and artistic expression with transferable art skills.

Art Lecture Series

Oh Canada! A tour of Canadian Art History

with Kenneth Gordon

Date: Thursdays October 14 - November 11
Times: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location:  the Carnegie Building (25 Adelaide Street - next to the GPAG)
Fee: $35
Click here to register for the Canadian Art Lecture Series

To study Canadian Art perhaps we should first answer the question - What is it to be Canadian?  Canada has a diverse makeup of ethnicities and cultures as well as a constitutional protection policy that promotes multiculturalism rather than a single myth.

So....

  • Is there such a thing as "Canadian" Art- other than it being made by a Canadian?
  • Is Canadian Art holding its own on the international stage?
  • Who were and are now the most important Canadian Artists?
  • How has Indigenous Art enriched our National Heritage?
  • How have Canadian women contributed to the Canadian art scene?

Come out to the lectures and find out the answers to these questions while looking at Canadian Art.

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.

Please email the Gallery or call 905-945-3246 if you are interested in learning more about programming options for your classroom.  

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