Adult Classes and Workshops


Adult Classes & Workshops

Coloured pencils can be used to render delicate detail or a soft painterly effect. Explore the versatile medium of coloured pencil through demonstrations and one-on-one guidance. You will learn different mark-making and blending techniques and how to layer colours to create depth and richness in your drawings.  You will work on a series of small drawings using a step-by-step approach. Photo reference will be provided by the instructor.

Introduction to Coloured Pencil


Wednesdays, September 20 - October 25

9 a.m. – 12 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 October 2 - 30 (no class on October 9th)

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.


Mondays, November 6 - 27

1 p.m. – 4 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 November 8 - 29

7:00 p.m. – 10p.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. 

Thursdays, October 5 – November 23

 6:45 – 9:45 p.m.


Instructor: Cindy Barratt


Still Life Painting



Create your own beautiful still life paintings: Learn about choosing objects and backgrounds for successful still life paintings, placing them in attractive arrangements, with lighting and backgrounds. Create your personal still life using oils or acrylics. Instructor: Gail Seemann

Mondays, November 6- November 27

9 am - 12 noon


Figure Drawing with Daphne Cote

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This course will cover drawing accurate proportions, light and shadow, and creating interesting and dynamic figure drawings in charcoal. We will explore how to capture a persons’ likeness, personality, and spirit. We will spend two classes working on technical aspects of figure drawing and four classes working from live models in an energetic, positive, and encouraging environment that sparks inspiration, creativity, and confidence. Open to all skill levels.

Mondays, November 13 – December 18

6pm – 9pm

$165 + 20 model fee/student

Coloured Pencil Portraits and Figures

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In this six week session you will gain confidence in your ability to draw realistic portraits and figures using the versatile medium of coloured pencil. Experiment with various pencil techniques and use the fundamentals of blending and layering to create accurate drawings of adults and children. Instruction will include demonstrations as well as individual guidance. Previous experience with coloured pencils is recommended. Photo reference will be provided by the instructor, however students are also welcome to bring their own reference material. Instructor: Susan Casault

Wednesdays, November 1 - December 6

9 am - 12 noon





Photography 101

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 September 16

10 a.m. – 4p.m.

$55/student/ per class

Photography 201

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 October 21

10 a.m. - 4p.m.

$55/student/ per class

Photography 301

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 November 18

10 a.m. – 4p.m.

$55/student/ per class

Portrait Painting Intensive

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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 September 23 & Sunday September 24

9:30am – 2:30pm


This two day workshop is packed full of drawing exercises designed to help you to see and learn valuable techniques for drawing the world around you. You will explore, line, light and shadow, perspective, texture, and composition while drawing a variety of subjects. The aim of this workshop is to improve your drawing skills so you can draw anything. Instructor: Daphne Cote

Beginners Sketchbook Drawing Intensive


Sunday October 22 & Sunday October 29



Watercolour Workshop - Sensational Sunflowers

Beginner to Intermediate Levels

Think bright, bold, sensational sunflowers!  Learn how to compose and capture a striking sunflower in watercolour.  The workshop will include colour mixing, painting exercises, demonstration, discussion and individual assistance.  There will be photos and designs for reference or students may bring their own sunflower photos. Instructor: Cindy Barratt

Sunday November 5

10-4 p.m.



Abstract Pastel Workshop

Beginners class for those students who would like to try a new medium. Class project will be an abstract theme. Instructor: Susan Tomsics

Sunday November 26

1pm – 3:30pm


Snow-scapes - Acrylic Workshop

Beginner to Intermediate Levels

Capture a picturesque winter’s day, as Cindy leads you through the basics of acrylic painting.   Along with colour usage and mixing and brush stroke/techniques exercises, you will learn how to capture a sparkling winter scene. Instructor: Cindy Barratt  

Saturday December 2



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

Sun. September 17


12noon - 4pm


Sun. October 15


12noon- 4 p.m.


Sat. November 25




Sat. January 20




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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.