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

  • Using acrylic paint, you will be led by artist and art educator, Julie Ponesse, through a series of exercises focused on colour theory and mixing. By exploring saturation, hues, contrasts, complements, and warm/cool colours, you will learn the basic skills of working with colour. You will leave this course with new skills, and a number of colour charts, that will be beneficial to your future painting.

    Wednesdays & Fridays, October 17 - 26 (October 17, 19, 24, 26) | 9am - 12pm

    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.

  • Join us for a two day workshop where artist and educator, Julie Ponesse, will guide you through the creation of an architectural painting from start to finish. Bring your own photo of your home, cottage, building you have seen on your travels, or even only in a photo. Focusing on composition and loose brushwork, you will work to capture the ‘spirit’ of the building in your painting.

    2 days:
    Wednesday, November 28 & Friday November 30 | 9:30am - 4pm *There will be a half hour break for lunch each day. You are welcome to eat your lunch in the studio if you bring your own food.

    Gallery Members $110 | Non Members $120

    *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.

  • Learn the craft of oil painting by studying the traditional techniques of the masters. Develop realism and perspective by building on an understanding of fundamentals of form, value and colour, and explore the vast range of creative opportunities using this challenging and rewarding medium. All materials are provided in this course taught by Ursula Faller.

    9 weeks:
    Saturdays, October 13 - December 8 | 10am - 12pm

    $165 Gallery Member | $175 Non Member (plus HST)

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

  • Get creative and have fun working with a wide variety of different media in this one-of-a-kind art making class. Be inspired to tackle different projects over the course of this five week course, and enjoy the freedom to express your artistic nature in Studio 54 (conveniently located at Gallery Stratford, 54 Romeo Street). Materials included in this all levels class. Led by Melissa Quinn. 

    5 weeks: 
    Wednesdays, September 26 - October 24  | 7:00 - 9:00pm

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

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

  • SOLD OUT - please email Nell at ncrook@gallerystratford.on.ca to be added to waiting list.

    Building on basic acrylic painting skills, this course is designed for new or intermediate painters who would like to develop landscape painting skills. Artist and Educator, Claire Bartleman, will cover course topics that include basic drawing accuracy, colour mixing, tonal values, and underpainting. Students will be guided through surface techniques including brushwork, texture creation, compositional decision making and colour choices, while creating their own original landscape paintings.

    5 weeks:
    Fridays, October 12 - November 9 | 6 - 8:30pm
    $115 Gallery Member | $125 Non Member (plus HST)

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

  • 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 the December 18, 2018:
    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)

  • 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 course. Through a relaxed environment, students will gain inspiration and guidance while practicing new skills in this hands-on class. Please bring your SLR camera!

    6 weeks: Wednesdays, September 12 - October 17 | 6:30pm - 9pm


    Gallery Members $165 Non Members $175 (plus HST)

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

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