Art Classes and Workshops for Youth & Adults

Last updated: February 20, 2018




Six-week-long classes | Supplies not included
Cost: $160 (Members $130)

Intermediate Drawing
This class is a continuation from the beginner class. For each class, students will apply drawing techniques such as negative space, linear perspective, expression of line, and tonal values to create fully rendered portrait and still life drawings with ink, pencil crayon, pastel, charcoal and mixed medium.
Instructor: Sage Sidley
Jan 16 to Feb 27 (no class Feb 6) | Tuesdays, 6 to 9 pm

Collage with Confidence
In this class, participants of all levels will make a series of collages while exploring new techniques, surfaces, and mediums. The focus will be on colour, composition, confidence, and experimentation. The last two sessions will be devoted to a final project under the guidance of the instructor.
Instructor: Rachel Mercer
Jan 16 to Feb 27 (no class Feb 6) | Tuesdays, 6 to 9 pm

Acrylic Painting for the Absolute Beginner SOLD OUT
This class will teach absolute beginners the basic principles of acrylic painting by way of colour theory, a variety of application exercises, and guided practice. Students will create a completed painting by the end of class.
Instructor: Rena Warren
Jan 31 to Mar 14 (no class Feb 7) | Wednesdays, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Advanced Drawing
This class is for students who are seeking time and structure to dedicate to their drawing practice. Each class will present a new drawing medium based on advanced still life and live portraiture.
Instructor: Sage Sidley
Mar 13 to Apr 24 (no class Apr 10) | Tuesdays, 6 to 9 pm

Mixed Media
This class will teach techniques, for combining various dry and wet media with other materials such as textured paper, magazine clippings, and small found objects. Each class will explore a different technique, using paper, canvas, and wood surfaces.
Instructor: Liz Ranney
Mar 13 to Apr 24 (no class Apr 10) | Tuesdays, 6 to 9 pm

Spinning a Tale in Line and Wash
Illustrator Emily Miles will introduce students to traditional ink and watercolour approaches to give shape to their stories. Students will explore pens and brushes to create rich textures, expressive line, and strong compositions. We will balance technical processes with the development of our personal styles of illustration to communicate in our unique voices.
Instructor: Emily Miles
Mar 15 to Apr 19 | Thursdays, 6 to 9 pm

Advanced Skills in Acrylic Painting
This class is a continuation of the Absolute Beginner course. Students will have the opportunity to utilize concepts and applications covered in the beginner course and, in addition, will learn the basics of process colours, glazing techniques and creating impastos. Students will finish with a completed portrait or landscape of their choice.
Instructor: Rena Warren
Apr 4 to May 9 | Wednesdays, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm



Saturdays | 10 am to 3 pm | Supplies included
Cost: $90 ($75 for members)

Drawing the strange, still Life of objects
In this workshop, students will collaboratively design a still life from house hold objects before being guided through a series of drawing exercises from quick to careful, abstract to more realistic, playing with media such as graphite and pastel.
Instructor: Amy Modahl
Date: Feb 3

Playing with Layers
In this mixed media collage workshop, students will experiment with a variety of techniques that will incorporate personal items such as photos, mementos, and found objects. Using one’s imagination and a sense of playfulness, students will create a unique and textured art piece.
Instructor: Angelika Jaeger
Date: Feb 17

Finding the Abstraction in Nature
This workshop, for beginner and advanced artists, will teach you how to identify abstract elements in nature and translate them into light, line, shape, space, and colour. This painterly technique has been used by artists including Van Gogh and Monet. Constructing a painting using the painterly way creates beautiful, realistic looking images.
Instructor: Heidi Thompson
Date: Mar 10

Mixed Media Printmaking
In this workshop, students will learn a number of approaches one can take with mixed media printing. Class time will cover basic carving on soft blocks, inking, and printing skills, as well as how to use them with other art materials.
Instructor: Sharilyn Kuehnel
Date: Apr 7

Introduction to Modern Calligraphy
This workshop is designed to develop hand-lettering and calligraphy skills from a non-traditional approach. In this class, students will learn techniques to help with basic letter and word formation, spacing and connecting letters, and even some illustrative concepts. We will be using a combination of materials, including brush pens, fine liner markers, and traditional calligraphy pens.
Instructor: Nicole Young
Date: Apr 21

Imaginative Illustration for Beginners
In this drawing workshop, students will learn the foundational steps for planning and executing an illustration, starting with an imaginative idea or sketch. The instructor will teach basic concepting, composition, and final line techniques.
Instructor: Augusto Kapronczai
Date: Apr 28



Please call the Gallery at 250-762-2226 or email




Ever wondered what it is like to take an art class at the Kelowna Art Gallery?

The Kelowna Art Gallery invited local writers Lori-Anne Poirier and Jennifer Smith to take a six-week art class and chronicle their experience. You can read about their adventures in art on our guest writers section.

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