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

  • Join us as we capture the subtle details of blossoming spring. The Stratford Sketchbook Society will meet at a collection of spectacular local spots (including greenhouses, natural areas and gardens) to study changing textures, light and colour. Enjoy sketching direct observational drawing of your surroundings. Learn how to make drawing in your sketchbook a daily practice using portable artist materials such as pencils, pen, watercolour pencils, brushes and more. We'll provide the materials and sketchbooks. Stratford Sketchbook Society is an all levels educational and social opportunity to connect and create in a relaxed environment. Led by Samantha Howarth. 

    6 weeks:
    Fridays, 10am-11:30am | April 21 - May 26

    Location Details TBA 

    $85 Gallery Member $95 Non Member (plus HST)


    Spend your afternoon working on original acrylic paint compositions. Enjoy the relaxed and supported studio atmosphere as artist Diana Erb guides and inspires to further develop your artistic practice in this hands-on class. Materials included in this all levels class. 

    6 Weeks:
    Wednesdays, 1-3pm | April 5 - May 10

    $105 Gallery Members | $115 Non Members (plus HST)

  • It's true! Anyone (even YOU) can learn to draw. It simply requires patience, practice and an open-mind. Art educator, Alishia Ellis will use both a traditional and a contemporary approach to the basics of drawing. Her individualized support will also help to tackle basic drawing issues. Learn to render realistically using line and contour, shape and form, light and shadow, space and depth, proportion and perspective. Explore a wide range of drawing materials to translate ideas and perceptions onto paper. All materials are included.

    6 Weeks:
    Mondays, 7pm - 8:30pm | April 3 - May 15 (No Class on April 17/Easter)

    $85 Gallery Member | $95 Non Member (plus HST)


    Break out of the automatic setting comfort zone on your SLR camera. Understanding the camera's manual settings is fun, easy and brings photographs to new levels of brilliance. Local photographer, Terry Manzo, will lead with this creative and inspiring 6 week-long course. Participants will be inspired to capture images using creative and thoughtful methods, while formulating new ideas and visions to bring out the extraordinary in the ordinary. 

    Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 9pm | April 4 - May 9
    Gallery Members $165 | Non Members $175 (plus HST)


    Art educator, Alishia Ellis will guide you through the steps of capturing compositions using ink & watercolour paint. Combining the two mediums create both a detailed foundation (ink) and an elevated finish (watercolour). The results add an extraordinary dimension to your work. Play with textures, lines, colour and more in this exploratory, all levels class. 

    5 Weeks:
    Mondays, 7pm - 8:30pm | May 29 - June 26
    Gallery Members $85 | Non Members $95 (plus HST)

  • Join like-minded creative people in this one-of-a-kind art making class. Be inspired to tackle new projects each week and enjoy the freedom to express your artistic nature in Studio 54 (conveniently located at Gallery Stratford, 54 Romeo Street). Techniques include painting, drawing, mixed media and sculpture.  Materials included in this all levels class. Led by Melissa Quinn. This is a very popular course and sells out quickly - please note space is limited. 

    6 weeks: 
    Wednesdays, 7:30pm - 9pm | April 5 - May 10

    $85 Gallery Member $95 Non Member (plus HST)


  • Soapstone has been used as a carving medium for thousands of years because of its soft naturally occurring properties. Sculptor and awesome art educator, Dawna Robertson, will guide you and you step by step through the properties and methods of soapstone carving. Utilizing hand-rasps, files and polishing tools, participants will create and complete their own soapstone sculptural masterpiece. This is an all-levels experience! Materials included; space is limited.

    3 Weeks:
    Saturdays, 1:00pm - 4:00pm | May 27 - June 10

    Gallery Members $85 | Non Members $95 (plus hst)

  • 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.

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    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 x223) or email : Nell Crook, Curator of Exhibitions and Education.