Classes and Workshops

 

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

WINTER 2022 CLASSES - Children, Teens and Adults
Click here to jump to our Winter Class listings - including MARCH BREAK!

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.  

WINTER 2022 programming

Children

Creators Art Club

Ages 5-13  

POSTPONED - NEW DATES: Thursday March 3 - 31 

(Previously scheduled for January 20 - February 3)

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  

Draw, Paint, Sculpt & Craft! Learn some interesting and useful skills while playing with creative thinking and explorative art process.

Sketchbook Art Club

Ages 9-14

POSTPONED - NEW DATES: Tuesday March 1 - 29

(Previously scheduled for January 18 - February 15)
Time:  4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. 
Location: GPAG Studio
Fee: $75 per child - materials included   
Click here to register for Sketchbook Art Club 

Hang out, share and learn some art techniques that will make creating fun, expressive and relaxing. Join with a friend, make new friends while you fill your GPAG sketchbook and build your community creative connections.  

Art Explorers

Ages 5-13  

POSTPONED - NEW DATES: Saturday February 26 - March 26 

(Previously scheduled for February 12 - March 12)
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 

 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
 Friday January 21 - CANCELLED

Please note this session has been cancelled 

Theme: Blizzard Lizard! Winter Chameleons
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Location: GPAG STUDIO
Blizzard Lizard Art! Patterns, resists and creativity will be explored in this fun multi-media art session.
Click here to register for the P.A. Day Art Club on January 21

 Friday February 18
Theme: Furry Family Friends
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Location: GPAG STUDIO  
Click here to register for the P.A. Day Art Club on February 18

 

March Art Breaks!

Ages 5-13

Monday March 14 to Friday March 18 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Join in the fun every afternoon at GPAG for a creative March Break experience. 

Register for all 5 afternoons and save!

5 day pack $96 or Single day $22

*Covid Safety procedures will be followed according to the current requirements.  Masks will be worn indoors.  Updates will be posted in the kind reminders sent before the program begins. 

 Monday March 14 - Cartoon Capers

Capture your cartoon characters on sketch film with these crafty cartoon cameras. Draw a cartoon character & create a comic book cell insert for GPAG’s student gallery story Cartoon Escape!

Click here to register for Monday March 14

or click here to register for the full week and save!

 Tuesday March 15 - Animal Undergrounds

Lets tunnel into the world of animals and imagine the habitats of our favourite digging critters!  Illustrate your fabulous imaginary world with watercolour pencils, washes, and pen detailing.

Click here to register for Monday March 15

or click here to register for the full week and save!

 Wednesday March 16 - My Art Show! 

Paint, Sculpt and Draw your favourite things in this mini art show. Pick your theme, play with the materials, and set up your solo art show! Lots of fun, creativity and self-expression!

Click here to register for Monday March 16

or click here to register for the full week and save!

 Thursday March 17 - Alien Pets and Stories

Make a fun squishy pal for your backpack to keep close as a lucky charm friend. Great for travel, pics, sensory soothing or a gift for a best friend! Lots of crafty fun with a wild touch of creativity. Alien Travel Passport colouring booklet included!

Click here to register for Monday March 17

or click here to register for the full week and save!

 Friday March 18 - STEAM Art: Rocket Launchers and a Galaxy in a Bottle!  

Glow in the dark materials make this galaxy bottle come to life after dark! Rocket Launchers are designed by GPAG Nasa-student designers in our studio. Launch time counts down at the end of class!

Click here to register for Monday March 18

or click here to register for the full week and save!

  

Teens & Adults

New Horizons Watercolour Class

Ages 14+

Instructor: Flora Hutterer
Fee: $125 per person - materials not included   

POSTPONED - NEW DATES: Tuesdays March 1 - April 12

Previously scheduled for: January 11 - February 22  
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. 

Photo-realism with Pencil Crayons

Ages 13+ 

Instructor: Lindsay Liboiron
Fee: $85 - Material list available from the gallery office

POSTPONED - NEW DATES: Saturday April 2 - 23

Previously scheduled for: January 15 - February 5
Times: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: GPAG STUDIO
Click here to register for Photo-realism Pencil Crayons

Learn the basics needed to start photo realism drawing. Small studies will help build blending and sight skills in this laid back 4 afternoon session that will get you started confidently towards bringing real life onto your page!

Landscape Impressions - Acrylic painting for beginners

Instructor: Sandra Mercuri
Fee: $85 - material list available from the gallery office

POSTPONED - NEW DATES:  Thursday March 3 - 31

Previously scheduled for: February 17 - March 10  
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 
Location: GPAG STUDIO
Click here to register for Landscape Impressions Acrylics for beginners

Small works allow for quick studies to learn the foundations of playing with acrylic paint. Learn about basic colour theory and brush work  that push and pull space with contrast , explanations about dynamic composition and managing the edges. Create some time and space to play with the paint and discover your style. 

Open Studio

Costumed Life Drawing - CANCELLED

Ages 14+

Please note this class has been cancelled 

Instructor: no instructor
Date: Thursdays January 6 - February 3
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

Please note that SESSION 1 has been CANCELLED
Previously scheduled for : Fridays January 14 - February 11

Session 2

Date: Fridays February 25 – April 1 (no class on March 18)
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.

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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