Art Classes and Workshops for Youth & Adults

Last updated August 30, 2018

Day & Evening Classes 

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

Beginner Drawing
Instructor: Jim Elwood
Dates: September 18 to October 23 | Tuesdays, 6 to 9 pm

Have you always wanted to draw? Did you draw years ago and need a refresher to restart? Join artist and art teacher Jim Elwood and start drawing. Jim will walk you through all the techniques of how to see shapes and render what you see: from still life to perspective, wildlife to portraits. Students will not just copy the instructor and create a “one-off masterpiece” but learn how to draw anything they want to draw.

Advanced Drawing
Jim Elwood
Dates: November 6 to December 11 | Tuesdays, 6 to 9 pm

Is it time to take your drawing skills to the next level? Join professional drawing instructor Jim Elwood and sharpen your rendering skills in all subject matters. Learn how to make your line work more expressive, how to create a composition that sets your work apart from others. Towards the end of the course the learning will be tailored to each individual student’s subject interest, media, and style. Push your art making skills further!

Basics of Watercolour Painting
Sarah Lewke
Dates: November 6 to December 11 | Tuesdays, 6 to 9 pm

Come make a splash and try painting with watercolour. Each class will include project based, technique focused lessons that will help students learn the basic skills needed to create beautiful watercolour paintings. This class is designed for both the absolute beginner or watercolour enthusiast.

Magic of Mandalas
Rena Warren
Dates: November 7 to December 12 | Wednesday, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

This class will guide students through a process of creating individualized mandalas using mixed media, acrylic paint, and gold leaf. Students will complete a full mandala ready to frame. This class is open to artists of all levels.

Exploring Colour | Beginner Acrylics
Lee Claremont
Dates: November 19 to December 17 | Mondays, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Colour can be a dynamic component to your painting skills. In this class students will explore the use of colour in its many forms. They will learn how to achieve colourful and exciting paintings. This class is designed for beginners, but is open to all levels.


Introductory Drop-in Classes

Cost: $20 per class, or take all 6 classes for $100
Supplies included. No experience necessary.
Class size is limited. Pre-registration encouraged.

Inspired by the Greats | Youth and Adults | Supplies Included
Kyle L. Poirier
Dates: September 18 to October 23 | Tuesdays, 6 to 9 pm

Join the Gallery’s graphic designer and local artist Kyle L. Poirier as he takes you on an introductory visual art journey from the 15th to 20th century. Learn about the various styles and techniques through your own creations inspired by the European masters in our feature exhibition, A Cultivating Journey: The Herman H. Levy Legacy. Each class includes a short educational tour focusing on a particular style or medium, which will cover the basics to get you started creating your own masterpiece. No art experience necessary.

Let’s Create a Masterpiece! | Ages 10-14 | Supplies Included
Sarah Parsons
Dates: September 18 to October 23 | Tuesdays, 4 to 6 pm

This afterschool art program will include art lessons inspired by some of the world’s greatest artists. Each week students will create their own painting or mixed media work inspired by a different artist. As students explore each artist, they will learn about various art techniques and historical art movements.


Saturday Workshops

10 am to 3 pm | Supplies Included
Cost: $105 (Members $90)

Finding the Abstraction in Nature
Instructor: Heidi Thompson
Date: September 22

This workshop is great for beginner or advanced artists. Students will learn 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. For students who have taken this workshop previously, Heidi will help you build on the skills you have learned.

Introduction to Life Drawing
Instructor: Rena Warren
Date: October 13

This workshop will provide students with an introduction to drawing from a live undraped and semi-draped model. Students will explore the human form using a variety of line and value studies using various wet and dry materials; with length of poses that range from fleeting to concentrated. This workshop is open to all levels of artists.

Follow the Wandering Line: Sketchbooks and Visual Journals
Instructor: Susan Burnham Neilson
Date: October 27

This workshop is intended to kickstart or revitalize a mindful and creative home sketchbook practice for personal wellness or for supporting your art practice. Regular visual journal practice and inspiration folders help us to notice connections, build a personal visual vocabulary, develop skills, abandon the inner critic, and find your own voices as artists. This workshop is open to all levels.

Introduction to Screen Printing
Instructor: Sharilyn Kuehnel
Date: November 3

In this introductory workshop, students will be guided through the process of creating a hand-drawn screen. The instructor will teach students about different inks and printing techniques before creating their own prints. Students will finish the day with not only their prints, but their screen as well for further use at home. Students are encouraged to bring their own textiles to print on.

Gouache Painting for Beginners
Instructor: Rena Warren
Date: November 17

This workshop will guide students through the history and basics of colour mixing and application of gouache, a 600-year-old water medium that’s making a comeback. Students will complete a full colour matrix derived from five colours, and resource templates illustrating a variety of techniques and experiments. This workshop is open to artists of all levels.

Meditative Painting Process: Starting with Circles, Gradations and Dancing brushes
Instructor: Susan Burnham Neilson
Date: November 24

Take a day to focus on the process of painting, starting with simple circle compositions. Set aside worries about perfection and take it as a day of mark-making to music. Explore what it means to “think like an artist” starting with motivation, experimentation, and problem solving. Students will focus on processes that are open to possibilities, building confidence for approaches that can be further developed at home. This workshop is open to all levels.

Knit Wire Jewelry
Instructor: Brenda Dureault
Date: December 15

In this workshop, students will create an elegant, hand-knit-wire necklace. Learn tips and techniques for transforming fine gauge wire and beads into an easy to knit necklace. Basic knitting skills are required, such as cast on, knit, and cast off. A selection of different semi-precious gemstones will be available for participants to personalize their necklace. Students also have the option to bring any of their own favourite jewelry pieces to repurpose.




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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