Classes and Workshops

 

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

SPRING 2022 CLASSES - Children, Teens and Adults
Click here to jump to our current Class listings - including SUMMER CAMPS!

Our newsletters and studio program guide can be viewed 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 Activity

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

Download the PDF instructions to make your own Kitten or Llama weaving activity at home! 

Kitten Weaving instructions
Accessible Kitten Weaving instructions

Llama Weaving instructions
Accessible Llama Weaving instructions

 

Zentangle Style Christmas Trees

  zentangle christmas tree

Access our tutorial to learn the basics then use it to create your own masterpieces.  Try different shapes such as animals, flowers, objects and more!

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

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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.  

SPRING 2022 programming

Children

Creators Art Club - FULL

Ages 5-13  

Dates: new start date* Thursday May 5 - June 2 (5 weeks)
Time:  4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. 
Location: GPAG Studio
Fee: $75 per child - materials included  

THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL

Click here to register for Spring Creators Art Club - Spring session  

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

Dates: Tuesday May 3 - 31 (5 weeks)
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 - Spring session 

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 - FULL

Ages 5-13  

Dates: Saturday May 7 - June 4 (5 weeks)
Time:
 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: GPAG Studio
Fee: $75 per child - materials included  

THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL

Click here to register for Art Explorers - Spring session

Draw, Sculpt & Paint IN NEW FUN WAYS! Discover the World of Art! Build your imagination and skills as you learn about art techniques, famous art and gallery explorations. This multi-level program will encourage the discovery and skill building for life-learners and creatives.

SUMMER CAMPS! Summer Creator Art Programs

Express yourself with our flexible summer sessions and partnered programs.  Our small group setting offers a NUT FREE, supportive and creative learning environment. Materials are included in all kids programs. 

July 4-8: Clay, Paper, Wood - Let's Sculpt!
Ages 7-14

Dates: July 4-8 
Fee:   $96
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Ages: 7-14 yrs

Click here to register for Clay, Paper, Wood - Let's Sculpt!    

Discover your 3-D world with dynamic sculptures. Fun and creative themes for each day to make ideas real with a variety of mixed media.

July 11-15: Paints and Pens!

Ages 8-14

Date: July 11-15
Fee:   $96
Time: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Ages: 8-14              

Click here to register for Paints and Pens!

Explore the paint palettes of famous artists, play with poured paint abstracts, make watercolour postcards and ink up some modern art. Lots of new and traditional techniques to inspire young artists.

July 12-13: Big Art!
Ages 7-14

Date: July 12-13 (2 days)
Fee:  $50
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Ages: 7-14 yrs                 

Click here to register for Big Art!

Why not try going BIG! Its fun to collaborate ideas and work on a larger scale. This 2 session class will make painting an experience that is larger than life. Make your own big painting and a group mosaic installation

July 14: Crafty Time Creations!
Ages 5-8

Date: July 14 (1 day)
Fee:   $15
Time:  1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Ages: 5-8 yrs         

Click here to register for Crafty Time Creations!

Take a tour of the gallery, and make and take a fun craft while learning a bit of art in the STUDIO with the GPAG instructors. This is a great introduction to start a summer of creativity.

July 18-22: Art Attack - Mix up and Create!
Ages 8-14 

Date: July 18-22
Fee: $96
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Ages: 8-14 yrs

Click here to register for Art Attack - Mix up and Create!

Draw, paint, sculpt, print and craft this week with fun and inspiring themes for each day. Put on your smock and get ready to make in the Studio with GPAG.

July 26-28: Time Machine Art!
Ages 6-14 

Date: July 26-28 (3 days)
Fee: $60
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Ages: 6-14 yrs

Click here to register for Time Machine Art!         

Let’s go back in time to learn about the artists and bring a little bit of the future to the historically famous works. Is that how Leonardo designed a flying machine? Let’s remake history with Mixed media, technology and creativity! 

August 3-4: Tiny Art!
Ages 6-14 
Date: August 3-4 (2 days)
Fee:   $25
Time:  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Ages: 5-14 yrs

Click here to register for Tiny Art!   

Itsy Bitsy art making is fun! Learn to make a tiny sculpture and miniature paintings and drawings in this 2 day session. Tiny world themes will come to life. 

August 23-25: Stop Motion Short Films!
Ages 8-13 
Date: August 23-25 (3 days)
Fee: $60 * camera needed
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Ages: 8-13 yrs                 

Click here to register for Stop Motion Short Films! 

Join the digital camera crew at GPAG with GPL. Have some fun filming a funny plasticine mini-stop motion short. Invasion of the Blobs and other films need a director and crew! Join in the fun! * access to a camera and SD card is needed for this program. GPL and GPAG have a few available. 

 

August 17-19: FREE EVENT - Summer Games Art Mural!
All ages

Date: August 17-19
Fee: Free Event
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Ages: All ages - Youth and adult                

Stop by the gallery to help paint a big community collaborative celebration painting! The studio instructor will be outside (weather permitting) ready to assist young and old hands. Let’s make this a win for creativity and community connection! 

Teens & Adults

Watercolour Postcards Workshop

Ages 14+

Instructor: Flora Hutterer
Fee: $50 per person - materials not included   
Dates: Tuesday April 19 and 26 (2 weeks)
Times: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location:  GPAG Studio

Click here to register for Watercolour Postcards

Start the spring with some creativity! Learn about turning your vacation, stay-cation or garden beauty into shareable art. Postcards and small gesture paintings are a great way to reset for the summer practice of painting. Techniques for water control, color mixing and a loose approach to watercolor application. All levels welcome. Return students encouraged.

Photo-realism with Pencil Crayons

Ages 13+ 

Instructor: Lindsay Liboiron
Fee: $85 - Material list available from the gallery office
Dates: Saturday April 2, 9, 16, 23  (4 weeks)
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!

Colour, Compassion and Canvas - Acrylic Painting

Ages 13+ 

Instructor: Laura Noble Wohlgemut, Artist in Residence (AiR)
Fee: $45 - all materials included 
Date: Saturday June 11 
Time: 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. 
Location: GPAG STUDIO

Click here to register for Colour, Compassion and Canvas

Relax and release your inner rhythm and learn some ways to tap into your movement as you listen to your intuitive voice. You know your favourite colours- so join in this Artist in Residence culmination outreach with our community to cover a canvas with bold and intuitive movement. No experience required.

Wayzgoose 101: Linocut and Monoprint Workshop 

Ages 13+ 

Instructor: Liz Bennett Pogoda 
Fee: $70 per person - all materials included  
Dates: Thursday May 12 and 19 (2 weeks)
Times: 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location:  GPAG Studio

Click here to register for Wayzgoose 101 Workshop

Just bring your creative curiosity! 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 of art and cards. Liz will teach your how to design an image for cutting, how to work the tools, ink and brayers, and plan a small soft linocut composition. Join in and make your prints and create a group anthology accordion book to celebrate your creative community connection!

August 17-19: FREE EVENT - Summer Games Art Mural!
All ages

Date: Aug. 17-19
Fee: Free Event
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Ages: All ages - Youth and adult    

Stop by the gallery to help paint a big community collaborative celebration painting! The studio instructor will be outside (weather permitting) ready to assist young and old hands. Let’s make this a win for creativity and community connection! 

Open Studio

Costume Life Drawing

Ages 14+

Instructor: none
Location:  GPAG Studio
Fee: $75 - materials not included
Spring Dates: Fridays April 22 - May 20 (5 weeks)
Times: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Click here to register for Spring Costume 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

Open Studio Life Drawing

Ages 18+

Instructor: none
Location:  GPAG Studio
Fee: $75 - materials not included
Spring Dates: Fridays April 22 - May 20 (5 weeks)
Times: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Click here to register for Spring 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.

Lecture Series

Armchair Lecture Series: Post Modernism

Speaker: Kenneth J. Gordon, B.F.A (Hons.), Cert. Educ.
Dates: Tuesdays May 3 - 31 (5 weeks)
Time: 7-8:15pm    Fee: $60
Location:  GPAG STUDIO

Click here to register for Armchair Lecture Series

Postmodernist art advocates a new set of aesthetics characterized by a greater focus on medium and style, it emphasizes style over substance …not 'what' but 'how’ …not 'art for art's sake’, but 'style for style's sake’. It places much greater importance on the artist’s communication with the audience. As a result, some would say, authority, expertise, knowledge and recognition of achievement have become discredited.

This 5 week lecture series explores new media and new art forms, including Pop Art, Assemblage, Conceptual Art, Performance Art, Computer/Video Art, Earthworks, Installation Art, Feminist Art, Digital and Graffiti Art; to name just a few.

We’ll discuss whether or not the idea that Postmodernism (1960 to present day) reflects a widespread disillusionment with life and traditional values. And consider what is next?

Again, as always there are no tests or homework!

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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