Teens and Adults

Thank you for your interest in Gallery Stratford education programs.  Here are answers to frequently-asked questions: All programs, unless otherwise stated, require pre-registration and payment.  Payment may be made using online registration, by phone (with Visa, Mastercard), or in person at the Gallery (credit card, cheque, debit or cash).  The Gallery cannot hold a spot in a class without payment.  Participants are responsible for knowing the schedule of their registered class.  Access to the Gallery and the classroom will be provided 10 minutes prior to the start of each session. Class sizes are set to ensure an optimal experience for each participant.  For sold out programs, you may wish to contact the Education Officer to be added to a waiting list, or to the Gallery email list for future classes.

Teens and Adults

  • Bring your partner, spouse, significant other or best friend to our new creative Date Nights. Each Date Night will focus on a different mixed-media project.  We supply the materials, the inspiration, the tunes, and something to sip and nibble.  You just need to be ready to enjoy a fun and creative evening out. 

    Join us for a Friday Date Night at the Art Gallery on one (or more) of the following dates, from 7-9pm:

    February 15th 

    March 22nd

    April 12th

    May 24th

    $50 + HST per couple per evening

    *We are currently unable to process payments through our website. Please contact Nell Crook at ncrook@gallerystratford.on.ca or 519.271.5271 ext. 223 to register.

  • Get creative, have fun, and stretch your boundaries working with a wide variety of media in this one-of-a-kind art making class. Be inspired to tackle new projects in a supportive environment and enjoy the freedom to express your artistic nature in Studio 54. Materials included in this all levels class. Led by Melissa Quinn.

    5 weeks: Wednesdays, February 6 - March 6  | 7:00 - 9:00pm

    $95 Gallery Member | $105 Non Member (plus HST)

    *Our website is currently unable to accept payments. Please contact Nell Crook at ncrook@gallerystratford.on.ca or 519.271.5271 ext. 223 to register.

  • This course will focus on drawing different subjects with pen and inks. Participants will be introduced to various line rendering techniques and will apply understandings about effective composition and visual dynamics. Graphic novels, comic art, and historical illustration are presented as applications of pen and ink work by a range of artists. This course is taught by Art Educator, Bob Phillips.

    3 weeks:
    Mondays, February 11, 18, 25 | 7 - 9pm

    Gallery Members $60 | Non Members $65 (plus HST)

    *Our website is currently unable to process payments. Please contact Nell Crook at ncrook@gallerystratford.on.ca or 519.271.5271 ext. 223 to register.

  • SOLD OUT

    This Introduction to Drawing is designed for adults new to drawing or those wishing to develop and further refine their drawing skills. Artist Denise Nonomura will focus on the essential elements required for representational drawing and will start with topics such as observation, shape, value, proportion, perspective, focal point, composition, light and shadow, shading and texture. Participants will work through various drawing exercises using still life set ups and photos. Group instruction and individual guidance will be provided as students incorporate the fundamental elements learned into fully rendered drawings. 

    8 Weeks:
    Tuesdays, January 15 - March 5 | 7 - 9pm

    Gallery Members $150 | Non Members $160 (plus HST)

    *We are currently unable to process payments through our website. Please contact Nell Crook at ncrook@gallerystratford.on.ca or 519.271.5271 ext. 223 to register.

  • Come and explore the therapeutic and varied medium that is clay, every Monday from 1-3pm. This is an opportunity for you to ‘play with clay’ in an informal and welcoming environment. No experience is necessary. Come just to play, or learn to build small clay objects such as pinch pots and tiles.

    Designed for seniors - Everyone welcome  - Pay what you can 

    Every Monday, 1-3pm

    This program is supported by the Seniors Community Grant Program funded through the Ontario Minister of Seniors Affairs.

     

  • Join artist Phillip Yielding as he guides you through acrylic painting basics. From initial stages of drawing, you will then learn about perspective, colour mixing, shadow and light, along with other basic skills of working with acrylics. This course is open to beginner painters, or those with some experience.

    6 sessions: Mondays & Thursdays, January 14 – 31 | 5:30 – 7:30pm

    Gallery Members $110 Non Members $120 (plus HST)

    *Our website is currently unable to process payments. Please contact Nell Crook at ncrook@gallerystratford.on.ca or 519.271.5271 ext. 223 to register.

  • Specifically designed for adults with developmental disabilities, and an interest in fine arts, Art Expressions gives you the chance to explore art mediums through self-expression. This is an opportunity to develop artistic skills and take part in a positive recreational experience within an art gallery setting. Come on your own, or with a support worker.
    Join us for a four-week class where mediums such as oil pastel, paint and mixed media will be explored.

    4 weeks:

    Thursdays, January 10 - 31, 1:30 – 3pm

    and/or

    Thursday, February 7 - 28, 1:30 - 3pm

    $65 (plus HST) | Bring your support worker at no additional charge

    Our website is currently unable to process registrations. Please contact Nell Crook at Gallery Stratford to register: 519.271.5271 ext. 223  or ncrook@gallerystratford.on.ca


  • Drawing is a visual language and an immediate expressive act; they can be descriptive, narrative, analytical or emotional. This course will extend your imagination and disrupt preconceived ideas about what exactly constitutes a drawing. Participants will create drawings in a variety of mostly two-dimensional media, both traditional (graphite, inks, charcoal) and non-traditional. Examples of contemporary drawing practice and mark making—including works from Gallery Stratford's extensive collection—will also be highlighted. This course is for artists with some drawing experience. This course is taught by Art Educator, Bob Phillips.

    4 weeks: Tuesdays, March 19 - April 9  | 6:30 - 9pm

    Gallery Members $95 Non Members $105 (plus HST)

  • This course will explore the delight, possibility, ambiguity, daring, complexity, and wholeness to be found in abstract and non-objective approaches to art making. Participants will experience a variety of two dimensional media and processes, including drawing, printmaking, painting, and collage. Our foray into abstraction will pay attention to strong composition and design, visual dynamics, and expressive responses to personal and/or cultural subject matter. Participants will be inspired by works of various artists, including some from Gallery Stratford's collection. This course is taught by Art Educator, Bob Phillips.

    4 weeks: Tuesdays, April 23 - May 14 | 6:30 - 9pm

    $95 Gallery Member $105 Non Member (plus HST) 

  • This course is about hand-building approaches for earthenware clay. Participants will be introduced to pinch, coil, slab, and drape mould construction techniques in order to create both functional pottery and sculptural works. Slip, glaze, watercolour and acrylic paint decoration methods will also be presented, along with three-dimensional design fundamentals and appropriate health and safety procedures for work in ceramics.

    6 weeks: Mondays, March 4 - April 15 (*no class March 11) | 6:30 - 9pm

    $160 Gallery Member | $170 Non Member (plus HST)

    *We are currently unable to process payments through our website. Please contact Nell Crook at ncrook@gallerystratford.on.ca or 519.271.5271 ext. 223 to register.