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 project.  We supply the materials, the inspiration, the encouragement 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, doors open at 6:50pm:


    September 20th -  Mixed Media on Paper

    Have fun creating 1 larger piece, or series of smaller works using oil pastels, acrylic paint, and collage materials... come armed with an idea or just let the materials take you where you need to go.

    October 18th - Acrylic Painting

    Inspired by the spooky Halloween season, or the glorius colours of fall, explore the versality of acrylic paint on canvas!  Aprons are available to protect your clothes!

    November 15th - String Art

    Using simple designs, hammers, nails, wood and string, you'll both create a cool piece of art to take home.  (Beware, this project can be highly addictive and could cause a severe case of DIY just in time for the holidays.) 

    December 13th - Holiday Printmaking

    Carve your own unique design (we'll have lots of examples) to create unique art cards and tags. You will have time to make a full set and you'll be the talk of the Holidays!  

    $55 + 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. 

  • Come join popular Instructor Julie Ponesse in exploring drawing techniques for painters!

    Adding colour to canvas with loose, lively brushstrokes is the stuff of painters’ dreams. But, before we get to that, we need to have a strong foundation on which to build the final piece. This workshop is for those who would like to strengthen their drawing and sketching skills, the foundation of a strong painting. We will focus on composition, perspective, relative size, and how to include just enough information (but not too much) at the sketching stage so you can then have fun applying paint!

    2 days: Wednesday, September 4th & Friday September 6th | 9:30am – 4pm (there will be a half hour break for lunch each day)

    Gallery Members $135 | Non Members $140 (plus HST)

    Please contact Melissa Quinn at mquinn@gallerystratford.on.ca or 519.271.5271 ext.223 to register, *our website is currently unable to process registrations. 

  • Enjoy the freedom to express your artistic nature in Studio 54 - get creative, have fun and stretch your boundaries working with a wide variety of media in this one-of-a-kind art making class!  Be inspired to tackle three new projects each session, in a supportive, group environment.    All materials are included in this all levels class. Led by Melissa Quinn.

    5 weeks: Wednesdays, September 18th - October 16th | 7:00 - 9:00pm      

    $100 Gallery Member | $110 Non Member (plus HST)

    *Please contact Melissa Quinn at mquinn@gallerystratford.on.ca or 519.271.5271, x.223 to register as our website is currently unable to accept payments. 

  • 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!


  • 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.

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

    NOTE: there will be no drop-in August 12th or 19th

    $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.

    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