Art Classes

Last updated: January 23, 2017 – links to instructor bios and more info coming soon!

Classes and Workshops for Youth and Adults, January to April 2017

Register by January 8 and receive a 10% discount!



Six-Week-Long Day & Evening Classes
Cost: $160 ($130 for members)
NEW Cost for students: $100

Advanced Drawing

If you would like to take your drawing skills to the next level, join artist/illustrator/drawing instructor Jim Elwood for this “must take” class. Go beyond the basics of blocking in shapes and making drawings look good, and learn how to depict light, depth, and texture. We will use conté, oil pastel, chalk pastel, and graphite.
Instructor: Jim Elwood
Dates: Tuesdays, Jan 10 to Feb 14 | Time: 6:00 to 9:00 pm

P0P!@rt with Acrylics

Are you a fan of Warhol, Lichtenstein, or Banksy? Come and explore your personal connection to pop culture using acrylic on canvas. This class is open to all levels.
Instructor: April Snowe
Dates: Tuesdays, Jan 10 to Feb 14 | Time: 6:00 to 9:00 pm

Acrylic Painting for the Absolute Beginner

This class will teach the absolute beginner painter 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 session end.
Instructor: Rena Warren
Dates: Wednesdays, Jan 11 to Feb 15 | Time: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Special One Night Workshop: Drawing from Life

Sage Sidley is one of the artists in the group exhibition Drawing from Life. This workshop will be a fun opportunity for all levels of artists to drop-in and learn some of the skills and techniques in drawing portraiture. To get your creative juices flowing, the workshop will begin with a guided tour of Drawing from Life.
Instructor: Sage Sidley
Date: Thursday January 12, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm
This workshop is a $5 drop-in, with all supplies included.

Watercolour Made Easy – Beginners

This class will focus on the techniques and skills needed to develop a foundation of watercolour basics. Through demonstrations and practice we’ll take the intimidation out of watercolour and make painting easy and fun. Learn how to produce clear washes, textures, reflections in water, waterfalls, northern lights, and more.
Instructor: Kendra Dixson
Dates: Thursdays, Jan 19 to Feb 23 | Time: 6:00 to 9:00 pm

Drawing and Illustrations for Beginners

We will explore shading, composition, line work, and gesture using charcoal, graphite, pencil crayons, pastels, and some watercolour.
Instructor: Liz Ranney
Dates: Mondays, Feb 27 to April 3 | Time: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

From Canvas to Computer to Consumer

Ever thought of selling your art from your own website but don’t know where to start? This course will teach you how to create your own website and market your art online, on a shoe-string budget. Step-by-step instruction will get you ready to share your art with the world. Please note: Participants will need to bring their own laptop to class. 
Instructor: Kyle L. Poirier
Dates: Tuesdays, Feb 28 to April 4 | Time: 6:00 to 9:00 pm

My Kid Could Paint That

Baffled by modern art? Discover the hidden depths of Abstract Expressionism with your own masterpiece! This class will be using acrylic and canvas, and is open to all levels.
Instructor: April Snowe
Dates: Tuesdays, Feb 28 to April 4 | Time: 6:00 to 9:00 pm

Advanced Skills in Acrylic Painting

This class is a continuation of the Absolute Beginner course. Students will learn process colours, and techniques for glazing and impasto. Students will finish with a completed portrait or landscape.
Instructor: Rena Warren
Dates: Wednesdays, Feb 22 – April 12 | Time: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
(no classes March 22 or 29 due to March break)

Make Your Watercolours Dance – Intermediate

This class is perfect for those who have dabbled in watercolour and would like to work on their technique and learn some more tricks and tips.  We will use elements of composition, colour, and light to help bring your watercolours to life.
Instructor: Kendra Dixson
Dates: Thursdays, March 16 to April 27 | Times: 6:00 to 9:00 pm
(no class March 30)



Saturdays, from 10 am to 4 pm and Sundays, from 1 to 4 pm
Cost: $105 ($90 for members)
NEW Cost for students: $80
** Limited Spots Available **

Drawing Workshop: Make Your Mark!

Join drawing and installation artist Tia-Maria Soroskie and allow yourself to discover/rediscover the act of mark-making. We will explore the kinds of marks made with different tools and artistic media. Non-traditional techniques, tools, and ways of seeing will be explored.
Instructor: Tia-Maria Soroskie
Dates: Saturday, Jan 14 and Sunday, Jan 15

Watercolour Workshop on Water

If you have ever wanted to try depicting a rippling stream, waves, or water reflections, this course is for you. We will explore wet on wet and dry paper. All levels are welcome to register.
Instructor: Linda Lovisa
Dates: Saturday, Feb 18 and Sunday, Feb 19

Mixed-Media Fabrications

We will explore mixed-media techniques and tools using acrylic paint, acrylic media, decorative papers, found objects, and drawing materials. Participants will create one beautiful mixed-media piece to take home.
Instructor: Liz Ranney
Dates: Saturday, Feb 25 and Sunday, Feb 26

Sculpture Exploration

We will explore three-dimensional conceptualization and creative problem solving. Participants will create a mixed-media assemblage as an armature (framework) for a sculpture, and then take it to completion, using plaster, clay, and mâché.
Instructor: Dylan Ranney
Dates: Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12

Acrylic #Selfie

Express your essence with a self-portrait! We will work with acrylic paint. This workshop is open to all levels.
Instructor: April Snowe
Dates: Saturday, April 8 and Sunday April 9

Basic Linocut Printmaking: Making a Good Impression

Start creating one-of-a-kind gifts, stamps, prints, and patterns with the versatile skill of block printing! Students will learn how to use a few simple tools to create an impressive variety of handmade items from gallery quality prints to beautiful cards and gifts.
Instructor: Michelle Wiebe
Dates: Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2

Watercolour Workshop on Trees

We will explore depicting different types of trees and bark textures. This class is for all levels.
Instructor: Linda Lovisa
Dates: Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30



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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