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

Spring Session:  
Saturdays May 2 - June 5 (no class May 16)
Course code: 7335        

Times: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Fee:  $75

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

Spring Session:
Saturdays May 2 - June 5 (no class May 16)
Course code: 7337    

Times: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Fee:   $75

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!

Afterschool classes for kids

Creator Studios for Ages 5-9

Spring Session:
Tuesdays April 7 - May 5
Course code: 7336
 

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

Spring Session:
Thursdays Spril 9 - May 7
Course code: 7340 

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

Join the Magical Creators in this hour of art and craft fun! Explore and experiment with materials and ideas - come out to make bold, colourful work!

 

Date: Friday June 5 

Crazy Cat Day! Make and take fun cat projects

Course code: 7397

Time:  10:30 - 11:30 am

Fee: $5         


Date:
Friday June 26

Comic Creations - make and take funny critters

Course code: 7398

Time: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Fee: $5         

 

March Break and Summer Camps

 March Break

Monday to Friday 1:30-4:00 pm in the GPAG studio

$22 per class or $96 for all 5 classes

 

MONDAY

Cartoon Capers - Creative Cartooning Craft

Course code: #7291

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

TUESDAY

Animal Undergrounds - Imagining their lives

Course code: #7292 

Let’s tunnel into the world of animals and imagine the habitats of our favourite digging critters!  Illustrate the imaginary world with watercolours: learn about watercolour pencils, washes, and pen detailing.

WEDNESDAY

Wearable ART - Fabric Paintings

Course code: #7293 

Create painted Art Patches for functional uses or frames. Add your finished works to back packs, canvas bags, shirts or jeans or pop into a frame.  Try your hand at painting with some fun techniques with fabric paint, markers and prints. 

THURSDAY

Monster Pets and Travel Case

Course code: #7294 

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! A little bit of sewing and lots of crafty fun with a wild touch of creativity.

FRIDAY

Rocket Launchers and a Galaxy in a Bottle

Course code: #7295 

STEAM Art: 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!

 

Want to save? Register for all 5 afternoons and save $14!
Monday to Friday, 1:30-4:00 pm
$96  Course code: #7290


Notes:

  • Materials are included.
  • Some materials may stain, so please dress appropriately.
  • This is a nut free environment, so please only pack a small nut-free snack and drink.

 

 Summer Creator Art Programs

 

Express yourself with our flexible summer sessions and partnered programs! 

Our small group setting offers a NUT FREE and friendly, supportive and creative learning environment.  Check out our 1/2 Week and Full Week camp options of creative fun.

* Materials included in all kids programs.

 

Summer Registration OPENS:

  • March 30 for Grimsby residents
  • April 13 for non-residents

Register online using our registration portal or in person at the Art Gallery or Peach King Centre


CREATIVE ZOOLOGY! 

Dates: June 29 and 30
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Age: 5-8 years
Cost: $25     

Let’s imagine the greatest beasts to walk the earth and make them out of clay, paper, craft materials and drawing media. A group creative Zoologist notebook can be created for exhibition!

 

WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD!

Dates: July 2-3
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Ages: 8-14 years    
Cost: $25     

Design your own planet and all its interesting elements. Is it upside down world, a land of candy, historical mash-ups or something alien!  Build, explore and play with art and craft.

 

ANIMAL BONANZA

Dates: July 6-10
Time: 1:30 - 4:00 pm
Ages: 8-14 years
Cost: $96

Draw, Paint & Sculpt pet parades, wild beast installations, extinct to imaginary animals will take over the studio to inspire creative makers.

 

CLIMATE CREATORS

Dates: July 13-17
Time: 9:30 am - 12 pm
Ages: 7-14 years 
Cost: $96

Science and Art offer creative reactions as students make and explore unexpected materials and learn about our big beautiful world and make art that celebrates saving the environment.

 

STOP MOTION MEMES AND FUNNY COMMERCIALS!

Dates: August 4-7
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Ages: 8-14 years 
Cost: $60     

Join the digital camera crew at GPAG with GPL. Have some fun moving objects, or designed characters to create a few funny short minute stop motion. 

PLEASE NOTE: a camera and SD card is needed for this class. Limited number of cameras are available if required.

 

LET THE GAMES BEGIN!

Dates: July 22-26
Time: 1:30 - 4:00 pm
Ages: 5-9 years       
Cost: $96

Olympics, Videos Games, Table Games, are all inspiration for a mash up of gaming icons and cool art ideas for your room and entertainment!

 

ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS!

Dates: July 27-31
Time: 1:30 - 4:00 pm
Ages: 5-12 years
Cost: $77

Crafting creatively with some unexpected project materials and fun playful ideas to make games, toys and art!

 

INSIDE-OUTSIDE SUMMER ART EXHIBITION

Dates: Aug 12-16
Time: 1:30 - 4:00 pm
Ages: 8-14 years
Cost: $96

Create a theme of your choice and work on a series of works to display inside and outside of GPAG! DRAW, PAINT, SCULPT, COLLAGE, ASSEMBLE!

 Summer Culture Camps

The Grimsby Recreation Department has once again teamed up with the GPAG for full day camps that balance culture and activity for all day fun.  Supervisors and leaders are trained by Town of Grimsby staff.   

Extended Care:  7:30 am - 6:00 pm $40/week

Location: Camps will begin at the Art Gallery will end at the Peach King Centre.  A camp supervisor will be with the group all day to ensure consistency and familiarity.

Summer Registration OPENS:

  • March 30 for Grimsby residents
  • April 13 for non-residents

Register online using our registration portal or in person at the Art Gallery or Peach King Centre

 

Down by the Bay!

Dates: July 6-10  
Time:
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Ages:
6 -13years
Cost:
$160  

Get inspired with the seaside, ocean and beach life! Sculpt, draw and paint all things beachy and under the sea! A great way to start the summer with sunny projects all week long!

 

It’s dramatic!

Dates: July 13-17    
Time:
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Ages:
6-13 years     
Cost: $ TBD

Theatre Arts Experience! Mini-Plays, Improv and set designs are part of this fun week of acting and art making.  A great way to have fun behind your mask, at your easel and during a writing session. Explore some fun ways to express ideas and learn fun skills.

 

Environmental Creators

Dates: July 20-24
Time:
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Ages:
6 -13 years
Cost:
$160

Upcycle and evolve unwanted objects, recyclable items and bits of our everyday and nature’s bounty. Create with painting, printing, mixed media, construction and drawing for loads of dynamic creations.

 

Tokyo Summer!  

Dates: July 27-31 
Time:
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Ages:
6-13 years     
Cost:
$160   

Let’s go to the Olympics and take a tour of Japan and find out what great art is connected to this ancient culture and its modern imprint on animation, design and video games and music.

 

Ancient Time Travelers

Dates: August 17-21 
Time:
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Ages:
6-13 years    
Cost:
$160 

Explore the past with this time travelling art exploration of the world. Spin the time machine and create fun works of art from different eras. Send cartoon characters back in time and making art of the ages - explore the week making architecture, paintings, prints, and sculpture.

One day workshops for adults

 Wayzgoose 101 - Linocut Workshop

Instructor: Liz Pogoda Bennett

Date: Saturday April 4 

Course code: #7286

Time: 1:30 - 4:00 pm

Fee: $45

Beginner-Intermediate  

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 how to work the tools, ink and brayers, and plan a small soft lino-cut composition. Join in and make art & cards!  All materials included.

Art classes for adults

Expressions in Watercolours
Beginner to Intermediate level

Instructor: Flora Hutterer

SPRING 1  
Tuesdays March 24, 31, April 7, 14
Course code: #7338

SPRING 2  
Tuesdays May 19, 26, June 2, 9
Course code #7341

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.

Small Works in Acrylic     

Instructor: Sandra Mercuri  

Dates: Thursdays May 7, 14, 21, 28 and June 4

Course code: 7342

Time: 6:00-8:00 pm 

Fee:  $105 

Beginner & intermediate level  

Learn how to control mixing, brushwork, play with style and stay loose. Small works are a great way to explore the process of painting. Each week tackle a little work of creativity. Keep it simple, keep it relaxing – start making.

 Abstract Thursdays

Instructor: Natasja Bischoff  

Dates: Thursdays April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Course code: 7343

Time: 6:00-8:00 pm 

Fee:  $82  

Beginner & intermediate level  

In this five week course we will experiment with combining a variety of mediums, both traditional and non-traditional while exploring the effects of colour, composition and mark making. Be prepared to open your mind and let go through this engaging art practice.

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: 6:00-8:00 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

SPRING 1 
Fridays April 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15
Course code: #7339

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

Oh Canada! A tour of Canadian Art History

Dates: Wednesdays April 29, May 6, 13, 20 & 27  (5 evenings)
Course code: 7345

Time:  7 - 8 pm    Location:  GPAG  Gallery

Fee: $35.00  

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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