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

  • This Intermediate Drawing class is designed for adults who have taken Introduction to Drawing or adults with some drawing experience wishing to develop and further refine their drawing skills. Artist Denise Nonomura will focus on the developing essential elements required for representational drawing. A review of the importance of observation, shape, value, proportion, perspective, light and shadow will be followed by more focus on sighting, focal point, composition, 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 develop the fundamental elements learned into fully rendered drawings. All materials are included.

    Thursdays March 28 - Apr 18 @ 7-9 pm

    $100 Gallery Member, $115 Non-Member (plus HST)

  • 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 - SOLD OUT

    Van Gogh inspired landscapes. Explore tools and techniques, get messy and have fun with acrylic paint on canvas. Using brushes, palette knives, forks and fingers explore colour and movement to create a Van Gogh inspired work on canvas.

    March 22nd - SOLD OUT

    Plasticine PaintingTry your hand at making art using plasticine on wood canvas. This is a very fun, hands-on style of art making.  Explore making art that has dimension and texture using a variety of tools and techniques. Each participant will create their own work and don’t worry, we will have lots of inspiration images to work from.

    April 12th - WAIT LIST

    Watercolour & Ink.  Have fun with liquid watercolours while learning about the tools and techniques to create beautiful background images. Using black inks we will then add personal elements into the foreground to create a number of smaller works - if you can doodle, you can do this!  Each participant will create a number of smaller works that can be framed, made into cards, bookmarks or combined into a larger work.

    May 17th SPACES AVAILABLE

    Mixed Media on Canvas. Explore collage techniques using textures, found materials and layering to create depth and visual interest in your one of a kind works.  Hidden messages and personal narratives take centre stage in these pieces.

    $50 + HST per couple per evening.  

    Please note: payment is necessary to reserve your spot.  Cancellations made prior to 7 days before the registered event will receive a full refund. Within 7 days are subject to a 20% administrative fee. Due to the nature of the event, any cancellations made within 24 hours of the start time will not be refunded. 

    *Please contact Melissa Quinn at mquinn@gallerystratford.on.ca or 519.271.5271 X.223 to register. We are currently unable to process payments through our website. 

  • 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 20 - March 27  | 7:00 - 9:00pm        * No class on March 13 (March Break)

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

    *Our website is currently unable to accept payments. Please contact Melissa Quinn at mquinn@gallerystratford.on.ca or 519.271.5271, x.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 Melissa Quinn at mquinn@gallerystratford.on.ca or 519.271.5271 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 Melissa Quinn at mquinn@gallerystratford.on.ca or 519.271.5271 to register.

  • Come and explore the therapeutic and varied medium that is clay, every Monday from 1-3pm, and/or Tuesday from 10am - 12pm. 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 

    Mondays, 1-3pm

    Tuesdays, 10am - 12pm

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

     


  • 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, February 14 - March 7, 1:30 - 3pm

    and/or

    Thursdays, March 21 - April 11, 1:30 - 3pm
     

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

    Our website is currently unable to process registrations. Please contact Melissa Quinn at mquinn@gallerystratford.on.ca or 519.271.5271 to register.


  • 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)

    Our website is currently unable to process registrations. Please contact Melissa Quinn at mquinn@gallerystratford.on.ca or 519.271.5271 to register.

  • 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) 

    Our website is currently unable to process registrations. Please contact Melissa Quinn at mquinn@gallerystratford.on.ca or 519.271.5271 to register.

  • 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)

    *Our website is currently unable to process registrations. Please contact Melissa Quinn at mquinn@gallerystratford.on.ca or 519.271.5271 to register.