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 Artist and Educator, Claire Bartleman, as she leads you through an introduction to abstraction. Discuss some history of of abstraction, and learn different approaches to creating abstract paintings. The perfect course for painters with any level of experience who are looking to open up and explore colour, texture, line, shape and form.

    4 days:
    June 12 - 15 | 9:30am - 12pm

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

  • *one space remaining

    Spend your afternoons 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, May  9 – June 13 | 1:00 - 3:00pm

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

  • 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, May 16 - June 13  | 7:00 - 9:00pm

    $95 Gallery Member | $105 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 - June 26  | 1 - 3pm 

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

  • 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.