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


    The first layer of paint applied to your canvas functions as a base for all other layers of paint, and helps to develop a plan for the placement of images, colour values, and tones for your final painting. In this acrylic painting class, taught by Art Educator Alishia Ellis, you will be guided through techniques behind the tradition of underpainting, and using these skills, you will work towards a final acrylic painting composition.

    4 Weeks:
    Mondays, January 22 – February 12 | 6:15 – 8:15pm

    Gallery Members $75| Non Members $85 (plus HST)

  • *limited spaces remaining

    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 new projects each day 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. 

    4 weeks: 
    Wednesdays, February 14 - March 7  | 7:00 - 9:00pm

    $75 Gallery Member | $85 Non Member (plus HST)

  • 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 afternoons, 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 afternoon painting drop-in.

    Tuesdays, January 9 - March 27*  | 1 - 3pm (*no drop-in on January 23 or  March 13)

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

  • Join us for a two part workshop where you are guided by Artist and Educator, Jaclyn Caughill, to create a textured landscape painting. Focusing on the thickness and three dimensionality of the paint, you will create an intimate and original work of art that is inspired by nature and the landscape.

    Monday, January 15th & Thursday, January 18th | 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Gallery Members $40 | Non Members $45 (plus HST)

  • There is a tradition of weaving that goes back for centuries. In this two part hand weaving workshop you will assist in building your own simple DIY frame loom, and then using a variety of yarns, will hand weave your own masterpiece. Artist and Educator, Jaclyn Caughill, will guide you through the steps, and show different techniques that you can use to create interesting and decorative patterns. All materials are included.

    Monday, January 22nd & Thursday, January 25th | 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Gallery Members $30
     | Non Members $35 (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.

    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.