Art Classes and Workshops for Youth & Adults

Last updated January 11, 2019



Cost: $160 (Members $130) | Supplies not included

Beginner Watercolour – SOLD OUT! (waitlist available)
Watercolour is a unique art medium that requires an equally unique learning process. In this class, students will learn how to mix colours, along with step-by-step wash and painting techniques. Jim Elwood is also an accomplished drawing instructor, which will help to guide students in creating well designed imagery from perspective to creative compositions.
Instructor: Jim Elwood
                  January 29 to March 5 | Tuesdays, 6 to 9 pm

Acrylic Painting for the Absolute Beginner – SOLD OUT! (waitlist available)
This class will teach the absolute beginner painter the basic principles of acrylic painting with an introduction to materials, in-depth colour theory, four methods for application and guided practice. Students will create a finished painting by the end of the six weeks.
Instructor: Rena Warren              January 31 to March 7 | Thursdays, 6 to 9 pm



Cost: $30 (Members $25) | Supplies included

Studio Sampler for Beginners | Youth and Adults
Interested in dabbling in art but don’t know which discipline to try? Art supplies too pricey to experiment with? This Studio Sampler for Beginners series is for you! Each week we will focus on a particular media and art movement. You will get an introduction to art and some art history, while trying out some the styles and techniques used by the masters. We’ll experiment with Impressionistic and Expressionistic painting, figurative drawing, print making, chalk pastel still life and portraiture. No art experience necessary… We will include the supplies, you bring your own style and creativity.

Pre-registration for this series is encouraged as weekly class size is limited. No prior experience is necessary.
Instructor: Kyle L. Poirier             January 29 to March 5 | Tuesdays, 6 to 9 pm



Cost: $105 (Members $90) | Supplies included 

Acrylics – SOLD OUT! (waitlist available)
In this workshop, students will dive headfirst into the world of acrylic painting. Students will learn about types of paints, brushes and techniques while also getting to practice colour mixing, surface preparation, and the basic fundamentals of painting with acrylics. No previous experience is necessary, all levels are encouraged to come out for a day of fun and exploration to get those creative juices flowing.
Instructor: Aryn Robidoux                           Saturday, February 9 | 10 am to 3 pm

Leather Pouches
In this workshop students will learn how to make a hand stitched leather pouch trimmed with a beaded edge. Students will be able to add their own flare by uniquely fashioning their own pouch. Each student will hand-sew a single pouch to take home or give as a gift.
Instructor: Pat Raphael Derrickson          Saturday, February 16 | 10 am to 3 pm

This workshop will show students how to achieve surprising texture and unexpected results by painting with watercolour on Masa paper. With just the right amount of water you can make your brush strokes hold the shape you want while letting the paint settle in the folds of the paper at the same time. Students will also learn how to mount their Masa paper on cradled panels.
Instructor: Michelle Droettboom              Saturday, February 23 | 10 am to 3 pm

This workshop will provide an introduction to basic principles of drawing using a variety of materials. Students will explore line and value by way of various observational drawing exercises. No prior experience necessary.
Instructor: Rena Warren                               Saturday, March 9 | 10 am to 3 pm

Block Printing
Whether it be for greeting cards, scrapbooking or limited editions of original art, learn the joy of making multiple images with lino-cut printmaking. In this workshop students will create a negative image, transfer it to a block of linoleum, carve away the negative space and print to their heart’s content. For the more adventurous artists, there will be an opportunity to create multi-coloured prints.
Instructor: Darryl Funk                                  Saturday, April 6 | 10 am to 3 pm

Alcohol Inks
This 3-hour evening workshop will introduce students to the abstract fluidity of alcohol ink. Come and enjoy the movement and endless ways that alcohol inks challenge the imagination. Students will learn how the inks flow and mix to too create their own landscape tile and beautiful floral pictures.
Instructor: Patricia Ryan                               Thursday, April 11 | 6 to 9 pm

Basics of Papermaking
Explore the satisfying world of hand papermaking. Participants will learn basic principles of papermaking using recycled and natural materials resulting in beautifully textured papers. Prepare to get a little wet. No prior experience required.
Instructor: Rena Warren                               Saturday, April 27 | 10 am to 3 pm



Cost: $20 per session (six-week sessions) | Supplies included 

Connect is a studio art class for youth and adults with diverse abilities. Each session will explore a range of artistic media and techniques. Class size is limited to ensure quality one-on-one instruction.
Instructor: Sarah Parsons
Tuesdays, February 5 to March 12 | 1:30 to 3 pm
Tuesdays, April 23 to May 28 | 1:30 to 3 pm

If you have questions about this particular program, please contact




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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