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

SUMMER 2021 CLASSES - Children, Teens and Adults
With COVID-19 restrictions beginning to ease, we are offering a limited number of classes, both virtual and in-person, for Summer 2021!  Click here to jump to the Summer Class listings

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.  

Summer 2021 programming

Children

July 15 - Rocking the Relaxation - CANCELLED

Ages 7+  (Zoom class with Kits)

CANCELLED

Rocking the Relaxation (Zoom with Kits)

Instructor: Laura Noble

Fee: $20 per child - includes material kit                              

Date: Thursday July 15

Time:  1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Location: Zoom virtual class

Ages: 7+ with guardian assistance

Register now - class code #8375

 

CREATIVE KID TIME!  Play and learn with Laura Noble Wohlgemut of b Creative Within. Plan to make space for a little down time with some relaxing abstracted beautiful rock painting. Perfect for a colour pop in the garden or sitting on a stack of your favourite books.  Functional art! Curbside Kits will be coordinated for pick up the week of the session.  Follow along with this online Zoom art session or request the link to the video of the live segment to pick a better time to be creative.

July 14 - Wild Wonders #1  - CANCELLED

Ages 4-6  (Zoom class with Kits)

CANCELLED

Wild Wonders #1  (Zoom with Kits)

Instructor: Sandra Mercuri

Fee: $10 per child - includes material kit                                                 

Date: Wednesday July 14 

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Location: Zoom virtual class

Ages: 4-6 (guardian assistance)

Register now - class code #8378

 

Let’s draw and collage a landscape of wild things! Combining drawing skills with cut and pasting to create flexible and unique landscapes – kids will learn about composition, creative decision making and playful idea connecting. This project will create picture worth a thousand words and a jumping point to imaginative story making.  This is a fun and easy beginner session for the little hands and creative minds to follow along with Sandra as she help you build your imagination with while playing with art!

July 28 - Wild Wonders #2

Ages 4-6  (IN PERSON class)

Wild Wonders #2 - IN PERSON

Instructor: Sandra Mercuri                                                       

Fee: $10 per child - materials included

Date: Wednesday July 28

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Location: in person class - GPAG STUDIO  

Ages: 4-6 (guardian assistance)

Register now - class code #8379

 

Let’s sculpt a little critter and it’s happy habitat! This is a single session that will introduce sculpting skills and modeling techniques to use all summer long. This is a fun and easy beginner session for the little hands and creative minds to follow along with Sandra as she help you build your imagination with while playing with art!

PLEASE NOTE: In the event that COVID restrictions prevent in person sessions, curbside pick-up material kits and a virtual link will be provided.

July 16 - Imagination Station #1  - CANCELLED

Ages 7-13  (Zoom class with Kits)

CANCELLED

Imagination Station #1 (Zoom with Kits)

Instructor: Sandra Mercuri

Fee: $10 per child - includes material kit                    

Date: Friday July 16   

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 

Location: Zoom virtual class

Ages: 7-13

Register now - class code #8387

 

Let's make a scene in a box! Learn about line drawing cartoons style and stand up cutouts that create flexible compositions to photograph or display. Playful idea explorations and a bit of imagination mix to make characters come to life.

  • Materials and resources are included.
  • You will need your own scissors, glue and colouring pencils.

July 29 - Imagination Station #2

Ages 7-13  (IN PERSON class)

Imagination Station #2 - IN PERSON

Instructor: YCW instructor

Fee: $10 per child - includes material kit                     

Date: Thursday July  29  

Time: 10:00 .m. - 11:00 a.m. 

Location: in person class - GPAG STUDIO 

Ages: 7-13

Register now - class code #8388

 

Join us in the STUDIO! Let’s make an animal relief portrait party drawing! Pick your animal for this 3-D portrait and let’s design a party to remember. Creative thinking and drawing & painting skills collide in this fun hour of art making.

  • Materials and resources are included.
  • You will need your own scissors, glue and colouring pencils.

PLEASE NOTE: In the event that COVID restrictions prevent in person sessions, curbside pick-up material kits and a virtual link will be provided.

August 9-13 - It's Dramatic: Creative Theatre Arts and Craft

Ages 7-14  (IN PERSON class)

It's Dramatic: Creative Theatre Arts and Craft - IN PERSON

Instructor: Angelina Bianco

Fee: $96 per child - materials included                                          

Dates: August 9-13

Times: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location: in person class - GPAG STUDIO 

Ages: 7-14  

Register now - class code #8391

 

It’s time to create and explore a world of fun with acting games, creating characters, making masks, puppets, props and having a little performance at the end of the week. Angelina will create a fun filled week of morning sessions for our young artists and actors to enjoy in a relaxed, safe studio setting.

PLEASE NOTE: In the event that COVID restrictions prevent in person sessions, refunds will be provided.

August 16-20 - Topsy Turvy Art: Draw, Paint and Sculpt

Ages 7-14  (IN PERSON class)

Topsy Turvy Art: Draw, Paint and Sculpt - IN PERSON

Instructor: Sandra Mercuri

Fee: $96                                           

Dates: August 16-20

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  

Location: in person class - GPAG STUDIO 

Ages: 7-14

Register now - class code #8392

 

Let’s get into the play mode of art. Explore a bit of sculpting, painting, crafting and drawing a wide range of cartooning, realism, abstract and fantasy art. Projects are bursting with unusual and creative thinking options. Let’s learn and play with the possibilities of art in a safe studio environment. * Covid safety practices will be outlined in the registration confirmations.

PLEASE NOTE: In the event that COVID restrictions prevent in person sessions, refunds will be provided.

Teens

July 15 - Rocking the Relaxation  - CANCELLED

Ages 13+  (Zoom class with Kits)

CANCELLED

Rocking the Relaxation (Zoom with Kits)

Instructor: Laura Noble

Fee: $20 per person - includes material kit                               

Date: Thursday July 15, 7-8:30 pm 

Location:  Zoom virtual class

Ages: Teens 13+ and Adults 

Register now - class code #8376

 

Creative space and conversations come together with this relaxing activity.   Join Laura Noble Wohlgemut from bCreative Within for a little down time with some relaxing abstracted beautiful rock paintings. Find your flow, explore colour and breathe.  Abstract work is a wonderful way to play with creativity. Curbside Kits will be coordinated for pick up the week of the session.  Follow along with this online Zoom art session or request the link to the video of the live segment to pick a better time to be creative.

July 28 - Creative Collage boxes 

Ages 13+  (IN PERSON class)

Creative Collage boxes

Instructor: Laura Noble

Fee: $25 per person - materials included

Date: Wednesday July 28, 1-3pm

Location: In person class - GPAG STUDIO

Ages: Teens 13+ and Adults

Register now - class code #8377

 

Join Laura Noble Wohlgemut for this great creative exercise that incorporates a playful, mindful and eco-friendly activity.  We will give you techniques to tap into your playful self at the same time as learning to listen and capture your creative voice.  There are two themes you can choose from:  a memory box or a self-care box.  Once you choose your theme you will be provided with a box, modge podge glue, and some surprise collage items to start you on your creative journey.  Once you start making your first collage box you will begin to see the endless possibilities for this artistic expression!

PLEASE NOTE: In the event that COVID restrictions prevent in person sessions, curbside pick-up material kits and a virtual link will be provided.

August 17 - Abstract Painting 

Ages 12-17  (IN PERSON class)

Abstract Painting - IN PERSON

Instructor: Laura Noble

Fee: $30                            

Date: Tuesday August 17 

Time: 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Location: In person class - GPAG STUDIO

Ages: Teens 12-17 

Register now - class code #8389

 

Have you ever looked at modern art and thought, “I could do that!” - well here is your opportunity!  The concept of intuitive art making is about finding your creative voice and rediscovering the playful nature of self-expression.  In this workshop you will be provided with infectious energy, great music, painting techniques, and a non-judgmental space to explore with paint on a canvas.  Super fun and super accessible for all artistic levels.

For more information on the concept of intuitive art making check out www.bcreativewithin.ca

PLEASE NOTE: In the event that COVID restrictions prevent in person sessions, curbside pick-up material kits and a virtual link will be provided.

August 24/25/26 - 3 day Abstract Painting 

Ages 14+  (IN PERSON class)

Abstract Painting - 3 day IN PERSON class

Instructor: Laura Noble

Fee: $75 - materials included                       

Dates: August 24, 25, 26 (T,W,TH)  

Time: 6-8 pm  

Location: In person class - GPAG STUDIO 

Ages: Teen 14+ and Adults

Register now - class code #8390

 

This 3 day workshop is designed to strengthen your artistic voice as you learn various abstract painting techniques each day.  Each session builds your confidence and your skills as you groove to the rhythm of your painting voice.  You will be pleasantly surprised how a painting can be transformed through fun, supportive, and inspiring ways.  This is an empowering artistic workshop with a great playlist.  No experience necessary! Just join us for an open-minded, free-spirited creative experience!

For more information on the concept of intuitive art making check out www.bcreativewithin.ca

PLEASE NOTE: In the event that COVID restrictions prevent in person sessions, curbside pick-up material kits and a virtual link will be provided.

Adults

July 15 - Rocking the Relaxation 

(Zoom class with Kits)

Rocking the Relaxation (Zoom with Kits)

Instructor: Laura Noble

Fee: $20 per person - includes material kit                               

Date: Thursday July 15, 7-8:30 pm        

Location:  Zoom virtual class

Ages: Teens 13+ and Adults 

Register now - class code #8376

 

Creative space and conversations come together with this relaxing activity.   Join Laura Noble Wohlgemut from bCreative Within for a little down time with some relaxing abstracted beautiful rock paintings. Find your flow, explore colour and breathe.  Abstract work is a wonderful way to play with creativity. Curbside Kits will be coordinated for pick up the week of the session.  Follow along with this online Zoom art session or request the link to the video of the live segment to pick a better time to be creative.

July 28 - Creative Collage boxes 

Ages 13+  (IN PERSON class)

Creative Collage boxes

Instructor: Laura Noble

Fee: $25 per person - materials included

Date: Wednesday July 28, 1-3pm

Location: In person class - GPAG STUDIO

Ages: Teens 13+ and Adults

Register now - class code #8377

 

Join Laura Noble Wohlgemut for this great creative exercise that incorporates a playful, mindful and eco-friendly activity.  We will give you techniques to tap into your playful self at the same time as learning to listen and capture your creative voice.  There are two themes you can choose from:  a memory box or a self-care box.  Once you choose your theme you will be provided with a box, modge podge glue, and some surprise collage items to start you on your creative journey.  Once you start making your first collage box you will begin to see the endless possibilities for this artistic expression!

PLEASE NOTE: In the event that COVID restrictions prevent in person sessions, curbside pick-up material kits and a virtual link will be provided.

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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