Adult Classes and Workshops


Adult Classes & Workshops

Oil Painting — Travelling Through Subject Matter


We will paint our way through still life landscapes, figurative/portraits, and touch on abstract paintings while learning about oil painting techniques. Instructor: Daphne Côté

Thursdays, January 18–February 22

6–9 p.m.


Explore the essentials of drawing using line, proportion, depth, shadows and more. Create realistic drawings using just a pencil, eraser and various blending techniques to create form and texture. No previous drawing experience needed. Photo reference will be provided by the instructor. Instructor: Susan Casault.

Introduction to Drawing


Wednesdays: January 17–February 21

9 a.m.–12 p.m.



Watercolor with Willie Wong

Watercolor with Willie Wong Learn in a fun and relaxing environment as Willie guides you through two interesting subjects to paint. Providing his students with his tried and true watercolor techniques, he walks each student through the process from start to finish.


Wednesdays, March 7–28

7:00 p.m. – 10 p.m.


Wednesdays, April 18–May 9

7:00 p.m.–10 p.m. 


Acrylic or Watercolor Developmental Painting


Come in and paint with Cindy’s guidance which will include demos, tips on techniques and composition and individual assistance. Cindy will provide painting projects such as seasonal landscapes, mountains and florals or students can select and bring in their own reference and projects. Beginner – Intermediate levels. Instructor: Cindy Barratt

Mondays, April 9–May 7

9:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.


Mondays, May 14–June 25   (no class May 21)

1 p.m.–4 p.m.


Acrylic Basics & More

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This eight week course will provide basics for beginners and further developmental instruction and projects for those who have already taken acrylic painting classes.  Colour theory and mixing, exercises in brush strokes, acrylic techniques, composition and much more will be covered through discussion, demonstrations and hands on painting projects. Instructor: Cindy Barratt 

Thursdays, April 12–May 31

6:45–9:45 p.m. 


Introduction to Drawing: The Next Step

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You’ve learned the basics, now use them to draw a variety of subjects. Gain confidence in your ability to use lines, proportion, depth, values and perspective to create realistic drawings. The class will be taught with demonstrations and one-on-one guidance. Photo reference will be provided by the instructor. Instructor: Susan Casault. 

Wednesdays, March 7–April 11

9 a.m.–12 p.m.


Introduction to Pen & Ink

Learn the basics of creating an image using lines as well as creating textures and values using different techniques. See the beauty in a loose expressive style of sketching as well as a more detailed and precise approach. Several small drawings will be completed. Photo reference will be provided by the instructor. Instructor: Susan Casault.


Wednesdays, May 30–June 20

 9 a.m.–12 p.m.


Introduction to Watercolour Pencils


Have a set of watercolour pencils but not sure what to do with them? Bring your set to class and see the beautiful effects you can achieve with your water-soluble pencils. Photo reference will be provided by the instructor.

Wednesdays, April 18–May 23

9 a.m.–12 p.m.



Camera Basics


Students with a strong desire to learn how their camera works can take their digital photography skills to the next level. From Auto to the Great Beyond covers practical photography knowledge and camera operations. Images with Impact covers pre-visualizing the photo you want to take while in Creative Mastery students explore powerful creative tools like depth of field, aperture and shutter speed. Instructor: Al Dixon

Camera Basics: From Auto to the Great Beyond

Do you leave your camera on "Auto" and hope for the best? These workshops are designed to help you understand and comprehend the world of digital photography. Beginner, novice or experienced, it doesn't matter. Our goal is to provide you with practical knowledge on the principles of photography and camera operations in such a way that is not complicated...but makes it fun! Instructor: Al Dixon

Saturday, January 27

10 a.m. – 4p.m.

$55/student/ per class

Camera Basics: Images with Impact

Are you frustrated when your picture doesn't turn out how you envisioned it? Is it lacking that “feeling” that you had when you took it? This workshop is designed to help you “see” (pre-visualize) the shot that you want to take. Instructor: Al Dixon

Saturday, March 17

10 a.m. - 4p.m.

$55/student/ per class

Camera Basics: Creative Mastery

Whether it’s controlling depth of field via aperture or using shutter speed to control motion in your images, these can be very powerful creative tools at your disposal. These, and other creative tool, will be explored in this workshop and provide you with practical knowledge on their use. Instructor: Al Dixon

Saturday May 5

10 a.m. – 4p.m.

$55/student/ per class

Clay Building Workshop (ages 14+)


We will manipulate clay to learn some of the many qualities of pottery clay and glazes to build functional and decorative pieces of work, and to simply be creative and learn new skills.

Sunday: 1–4 p.m.

April 8 


Floral Painting Intensive


In this two day workshop use your choice of oil paint or acrylic paint to create paintings through observing floral still life. Study the technical side of painting while also learning to interpret what you see to create a great work of art.

Saturday, April 14–Sunday, April 15

10 a.m.–3 p.m.


Portrait Painting Q&A


See a live painting demonstration by Daphne Côté, an award-winning portrait artist, and hear her discuss tips, tricks and techniques on portrait painting. An afternoon of inspiration and creative interaction. Refreshments provided.

Sunday, May 13

12–3 p.m.


Portrait Painting Intensive


For Oil or Acrylics. In this weekend workshop we will cover facial anatomy and discovering the subtleties that describe a persons individuality and personality. We will also cover light and shadow, hair, skin tones and clothing. A great opportunity to do that portrait painting you’ve always wanted to do with guided help. Instructor: Daphne Cote

Saturday June 23 & Sunday June 24

10:00am – 3:00pm


Northern Lights – Watercolour Workshop


Beginner to Intermediate Levels

Capture the Northern Lights as they dance through the night sky. Learn about colour basics, brush and watercolour techniques as you paint a glorious Northern Light scene. Reference material provided or students may bring their own. Instructor: Cindy Barratt.

Sunday, April 29

10-4 p.m.


Spring Tulips or Irises – Watercolour Workshop

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Beginner to Intermediate Levels.

Capture a colourful field of tulips or close up iris or tulips. Workshop will include colour mixing, brush and watercolour techniques, demonstrations, discussion and individual assistance. References provided or students may bring their own. Beginner to intermediate.

Sunday, May 6

10 a.m.–4 p.m.


Acrylic Painting Workshops - with Tina Bourassa


These step by step workshops will help you to learn techniques for painting a mountain snow scene, floral still life, a snow leopard and a seascape. Beginner to intermediate level. Instructor: Tina Bourassa.

*new projects each workshop

Saturday, January 20




Sunday, February 25


12noon- 4 p.m.


Sunday, March 4

Old Barn

12noon- 4 p.m.


Saturday, April 7





Sunday, May 27

River Scene

12noon- 4 p.m.


Sunday, June 10


12noon- 4 p.m.



Batik Painting Workshop - Watercolour and Oriental Papers

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Use a resist for your image and paint exotic papers with watercolour to create thoughtful gifts and fine art. No experience necessary. Handouts and reference materials are available in the workshop. The supply kit includes all the supplies for the day and leftovers to take home. A few items are required from home. Supply list upon registration. Instructor: Dianna Hanna.

Saturday, June 2

10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

$60/person + $35 supply kit/person


Abstract Acrylic


Be amazed at the techniques and ways to manipulate the paints and mediums to suit your style. A fun and interesting way to paint on canvas or board. No experience necessary. Bring all your own supplies. Handouts and reference materials available in the workshop and a supply list is available at registration.

Saturday, June 16

10:30 a.m.–3:30p.m.


Instructor: Dianna Hanna

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Payment: Cash, Cheque, Debit, Visa / MC. Please make cheques payable to the Allied Arts Council. If you have any questions, please contact the Spruce Grove Art Gallery. See you this summer!

Refund Policy: No refunds will be issued 4 days prior to the start date of program, once the program is confirmed with the instructors.


Refund Policy:
No refunds will be issued for missed or partial attendance.  Refunds will not be issued 4 days prior to the start of class or later if the class is confirmed to go ahead.

Pre registration required for all workshops.