Information and Instructors

Professionals sharing their knowledge

The Allied Arts Council holds a number of art classes for children and adults throughout the year. We provide professional instruction of many mediums to those who are either beginners holding a paintbrush for the first time or an advanced learner who would like an environment to share creative development.

We are now taking registration for Winter & Spring 2017 classes. There is a limited amount of space and some classes fill up very quickly! 

* Pre registration required for all workshops *

* Please bring a bag lunch and refreshments for workshops *


Read on to learn about our knowledgable Instructors or select the links to see either our Adult Classes or Children's Classes.

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Tina Bourassa

Since graduating from the Alberta College of Art in Calgary Tina has been teaching art fundamentals to both children and adults for over 20 years. She is an instructor for the paint company Grumbacher, and she also teaches for the Allied Arts Council in Spruce Grove. After experimenting with many different kinds of mediums she has grown to love acrylic. She loves manipulating this medium to produce many different textures. She continues to pursue her personal practice while fostering the creative growth others.

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Cindy barratt

Cindy has been teaching art classes and workshops for children, teens and adults since 1993. Cindy is very active in the arts community and is a longstanding member of the Allied Arts Council of Spruce Grove and juried member of the Alberta Society of Artists. She currently teaches classes and workshops at Metro Continuing Education in Edmonton, the AAC in Spruce Grove, and various communities in Alberta. She is represented by The Art Gallery of Alberta, Candler Art Gallery, Leighton Art Centre, and The Spruce Grove Art Gallery.


Susan Casault

Susan has been teaching art in Edmonton and the surrounding area for more than 8 years. She is an alberta College of Art and Design graduate and she has been working as a professional artist, creating and showing her work in galleries and exhibitions for over 20 years. Susan teaches drawing classes that include beginner to advanced drawing, beginner to advanced coloured pencil, watercolour pencil and pen and ink. In addition to being a member of the Allied Arts Council, Susan belongs to the St. Albert Painters’ Guild and the Colored Pencil Association of America.

Gail Seemann

The painting process is meditative for me, even as it is creative and stimulating. Working with pigments and varied mediums lets me play with colour and light, capturing moods from peaceful to dramatic. Scenes may be a precious moment in time, an idealized landscape, or an imagined fantasy. Oil paints are my preferred medium, giving me the chance to create the soft blends that show the flow and ebb of intensity when developing paintings such as my Aurora Borealis series. They also allow me to play with texture and varied edges in landscapes, still life’s or portraits. I also enjoy acrylics paints, which allow me immediacy and textural experimentation.


Uta Preuss

In 1974 Uta decided to sign up for a pottery class at the YWCA. After a successful beginning, Uta purchased her own pottery wheel and set up a home studio in Edmonton. After moving to Stony Plain, Uta again set up her studio to its current space at the front of the house. Over the years she continued to take numerous courses and teach, and she pursued her arts education through the Red Deer College. Uta continues to teach and sell her pottery through the Allied Arts Council of Spruce Grove and other venues. You can find her artwork at the Spruce Grove Art Gallery.

Shona Holzer

Shona teaches adult and children’s art classes at the Allied Arts Council and at her personal studio The Dragonfly Studio. She has studied various mediums and techniques of making and teaching art. Her education includes: Certified Instructors Course at the Meadowbrook Studio in PEI, Business of Crafts at Holland College in PEI, Master Class at Dutch Hill Gallery in Spencerville ON, Master Class at Orangewire Art in Chilliwack BC, and more recently has learned the art of basketry.


Val Enders

I’m primarily a self taught artist but I have also taken some classes in various different mediums.In 2012 I became interested in the Zentangle® meditative method of teaching and creating miniature artworks by using repetitive patterns. It became my primary focus so in 2014 I travelled to Rhode Island, USA, to enroll in the Certified Zentangle Teaching Program. I completed the qualifications and was Certified to teach. Since then I have given workshops, and taught many classes from my home studio. I’m a member of the Allied Arts Council and have taught at the gallery as well as a workshop on Zentangle during the Alberta Culture Days. I began teaching Zentangle at the North Edmonton Seniors Association in 2015. It was well received and I was asked to return for several more extended classes, each running for a period of nine weeks.

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Al Dixon

Fine art landscape photographer based in Stony Plain, AB.
Contact to purchase prints or license images.
Photography workshops and individual instruction.


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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.