Art Classes and Workshops for Youth & Adults

Last updated: July 21, 2017

Register by September 4 and receive a 10% discount!


Six-week-long classes | Supplies not included
Cost: $160 (Members $130) | Students $100

Acrylics for Beginners
In this class, students will learn about colour mixing, acrylic techniques, acrylic mediums, and how to build up a painting layer by layer. Over the 6 classes, students will complete 2 paintings and come away with a solid understanding of the properties of acrylic paint.
Instructor: Liz Ranney
September 12 to October 17 | Tuesdays, 6 to 9 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 class will teach you how to create your own website and market your art online—all 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
September 12 to October 17 | Tuesdays, 6 to 9 pm

Drawing for the Absolute Beginner
This class will teach the absolute beginner the basic principles of observational drawing through a series of exercises and guided practice. Students will have the opportunity to work with a variety of drawing materials and subjects.
Instructor: Rena Warren
September 13 to October 18 | Wednesdays, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Learning to Draw
This class will help beginners develop their drawing skills. During each class, students will learn different drawing techniques, such as portraiture, figure drawing, still life, and perspective.
Instructor: Sage Sidley
September 28 to November 2 | Thursdays, 6 to 9 pm

Advanced Acrylics
This is the perfect class for the artist who wants to dive deeper into colour theory, detail, and overall development in the areas of composition, depth, and paint body richness. Participants will complete 3 paintings over the 6 weeks, each exploring a different theme or subject matter.
Instructor: Liz Ranney
November 7 to December 12 | Tuesdays, 6 to 9 pm

Go Figure: Basics in Observing, Constructing, and Illustrating the Human Form
A lot of artists work with the human form: in portraiture, sculpture, comics, animation, and so forth. This is an introductory class for artists who want to accurately and convincingly depict the human form. This class will include life drawing.
Instructor: Asher J. Klassen
November 7 to December 12 | Tuesdays, 6 to 9 pm

Intermediate Drawing
This class is a continuation of the beginner drawing class. Students will have the opportunity to expand on their observational drawing practice and engage in mark-making exercises and gestural studies. For the final two classes, students will be introduced to life drawing, working from a live nude model.
Instructor: Rena Warren
October 25 to December 13 (No Class on November 15 and 22) Wednesdays, 9:30 am to 12:30 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
November 9 to December 14 | Thursdays, 6 to 9 pm



Cost: $20 (Members $15) | Supplies included

Sculpture Workshop and Exhibition Tour of Refuge
Join us for a special exhibition tour and sculpture workshop led by exhibiting artist Dylan Ranney. The workshop is open to participants of all levels.
Instructor: Dylan Ranney
Thursday, September 28, 6 to 9 pm

Painting Workshop with Elder Artist Lee Claremont
Storytelling is an art. Stories are told through many forms, whether it be music, dance, word, etc. In this workshop, students will tell their stories with paint and brush. The workshop is open to participants of all levels.
Instructor: Lee Claremont
Thursday, October 5, 6 to 9 pm



Saturdays | 10 am to 3 pm | Supplies included
Cost: $105 (Members $90) | Students $80

Finding the Abstraction in Nature
This workshop for beginner and advanced artists will teach students how to identify abstract elements in a 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 | September 16

Plein Air Painting
During this workshop, students will take a short walk (not too far from the gallery) to set up their easel with a small canvas and acrylic paint provided by the Gallery. Participants should come prepared to paint outdoors for the duration of the workshop.
Instructor: Liz Ranney | September 23

Introduction to Watercolours
This workshop will teach students about the types of paints and paper they can use, how to prepare their materials, and the variety of stunning effects possible with watercolours. Whether experienced in other forms of art making or trying it for the first time, this class will give students what they need to start creating watercolour masterpieces on their own!
Instructor: Michelle Wiebe | October 14

Mixed Media Madness
Open up your creative practice and take it to another level in this fun mixed-media workshop. As a group, students will collaborate with other artists to develop ideas for making art that will allow them to take away some small collaborative masterpieces from this session.
Instructor: Tia-Maria Soroskie | October 21

Screen Printing
This introductory screen printing workshop will focus on how to draw a unique stencil by hand and pull prints on fabric and paper. Students are encouraged to bring any textiles, such as t-shirts, that they might also want to print on!
Instructor: Sharilyn Kuehnel | Date: October 28

Modern Calligraphy for Beginners
This workshop is designed to develop hand-lettering skills. In this class, students will discover some tips and tricks to help with basic word formation, connecting letters, and even some illustrative concepts.
Instructor: Nicole Young | November 4

Self Connection through Intuitive Abstracts
Whether you are a beginner or established artist, this rewarding painting experience will not only bring life and vibrancy to your creative practice, but also positively impact your well being. Through discussion, demonstration and lots of guided painting time, artist Fiona Neal will introduce students to this unique way of connecting with their subconscious as they move toward developing their own painting style.
Instructor: Fiona Neal | November 18

Drawing workshop: Make Your Mark!
Join drawing and installation artist Tia-Maria Soroski and discover/rediscover the act of mark-making. Students will explore the kinds of marks made with different tools and using a variety of media. Non-traditional techniques, tools, and ways of seeing will be explored.
Instructor: Tia-Maria Soroskie | November 25

Art of Block Printing
This one-day workshop will guide students through the basics of block printing using simple single-colour printing and colour blend techniques. Students will take home their own set of block printed gift cards with envelopes, along with the carved block for further printings.
Instructor: Rena Warren | December 9

Knit-Wire Bracelet Making
In this workshop, students will create an elegant, hand-knit-wire bracelet. Learn tips and techniques for transforming fine gauge wire and beads into an easy to knit bracelet. 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 bracelet.
Instructor: Brenda Dureault | December 16



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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