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 by phone (with Visa, Mastercard), or in person at the Gallery (credit card, cheque, debit or cash) or by e-transfer.  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 Curator to be added to a waiting list, or to the Gallery email list to hear about future classes.

Teens and Adults

  • This four-session, 10-hour class will investigate the possibilities of imagination and imagery to be discovered through watercolour painting. From quick sketches to fully realized works, participants will come to understand watercolour’s fluid qualities and seemingly chance, yet vivid sensations. Each individual’s varied, personal approach to subjects—whether landscape, still life, portrait or the human figure—will be encouraged and augmented by particular techniques and tips, including examples from Gallery Stratford’s permanent collection.  This class is taught by Art Educator Bob Phillips and all materials are included in the course fee.

    4 weeks:  Wednesdays, 6:30-9pm

    July 10th - 31st   

    $95 Gallery Member, $105 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:

    NEXT DATE NIGHT - check back to see when our next Date Night will be held!

    $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. 

  • Starting in September

    $12/drop in Members, $15/drop-in Non-Members

    The Clay Drop-in program will shift towards supporting both emerging and seasoned clay artists in their practice. These sessions will be supported by a facilitator but will not offer instruction.  This is for motivated clay artists who have taken our introductory level clay course "Pinch Me" or its equivalent.  Firing times will be set on a regular schedule and more than one drop-in will be required to complete works.  The drop-in fee covers the cost of the facilitator, portioned clay and the use of our equipment including, all tools, slip, glazes and underglazes, slab roller, bead rack and regularly scheduled kiln firings.

    Currently, there are varied times you might be able to drop-in, please contact our Curator of Education to see if they would work for you.  Melissa Quinn, mquinn@gallerystratford.on.ca

    *For those interested in producing works at a high volume, additional boxes of clay can be purchased. Talk to the facilitator to see if this is right for you!


  • This 15-hour course is an opportunity to learn about hand-building approaches to 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.  Each participant will have the opportunity to create a number of fired works. Please Note: Completion of this class (or its equivalent) will be required to access our clay drop-in programs after the current supported drop-in ends in April.

    6 weeks: Thursdays, May 9 - June 13 | 6:30 - 9pm

    $280 Gallery Member | $300 Non Member (plus HST)

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

  • Enjoy the relaxed and supportive studio atmosphere, and gather with others to work on your own original acrylic painting compositions. There will be no instruction offered on these mornings, but paint, brushes, easels and a selection of small canvases will be provided for you to use. Bring your friends and fellow artists to inspire each other in this self-guided morning painting drop-in.

    Weekly until June 2019:
    Mondays  | 9:30 - 11:30am *drop-in will not take place on holidays or long weekends.

    Tuesdays | 1 - 3pm

    $5 Drop-in fee per session (pay upon arrival)

  • This four-session course will provide an introduction to the "painterly" printmaking methods known as monotypes. Instruction will include essential techniques, lots of examples and hands-on demonstrations.  Art Educator Bob Phillips will encourage participants to explore drawing with fluid media to create additive light-field and dark-field prints, hand rubbed transfers, ghost transfers, watercolour mono-types, chine colle and much more!  Participants should expect to gain both an understanding of and a comfort level with printmaking.  Interactive critiques and individual consultation will further develop imagery and technical competence for each participant, with stress on non-toxic printmaking materials and methods.   

    4 weeks, Mondays, 6:30-9pm
    May 27th - June 17th
    $95, Gallery Member, $105 Non-Member (plus HST)

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


  • Open Studio Life Drawing

    Drawing from a model each week, we will have a series of short poses in the first hour, two medium length poses in the second and a single long pose in hour three. As always, you are welcome to attend for whatever combination of times suits your schedule. Open Studio was started by the Gallery's first Director Robert Ihrig, the current program is hosted by Stratford artist Ken Nutt. Please bring your own drawing supplies.

    To Subscribe to our Open Studio E-Newsletter please click HERE

    Wednesdays, Ongoing | 7:00pm to 10:00pm

    $10 for Two Hours | $15 for Three Hours 

    Student Discount: $5 for Two Hours | $10 for Three Hours 

    Participants may also drop in and pay.

  • Customized sessions are arranged to provide individuals with specialized instruction in painting (acrylic and/or watercolour) or drawing (pencil, ink, charcoal or conte crayon) outside of our standard classes. This is a wonderful opportunity to grow your creative levels or to build your portfolio (especially for secondary students wishing to apply to post-secondary art schools).

    $50/hr (min. 2hrs). All materials included.

    For more information, please call 519.271.5271 or email Melissa Quinn at mquinn@gallerystratford.on.ca