Art Classes and Workshops for Youth & Adults

Last updated April 3, 2019


Six-Week Art Classes

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

Exploring Colour | Beginner Acrylics
Instructor: Lee Claremont
Dates: April 29 to June 10 (no class May 20) | Mondays, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Colour is a wonderful phenomenon that constantly surrounds us. This class is for students who wish to explore the dynamics of colour through the discoveries of colour theory and all its exciting visual components. Through a series of exercises students will achieve the confidence to create their own colourful and powerful acrylic paintings of their choice. This class is for beginners, but all levels are welcomed.

Intermediate Watercolour – SOLD OUT – please call if you wish to be added to a wait list.
Instructor: Jim Elwood
Dates: April 30 to June 4 | Tuesdays, 6 to 9 pm
This class is for artists looking to take their watercolour skills to the next level. Students will learn how to improve their colour palette, as well as how to create a better flow when blending washes. They will have the opportunity to work with the instructor on subjects of their choosing. The instructor’s experience teaching drawing will also help students to lay out their choice of imagery.

Studio Sampler for Beginners | Supplies included
Instructor: Kyle L. Poirier
Dates: April 30 to June 4 | Tuesdays, 6 to 9 pm
Cost: $160 for the 6-week series or $30 per class
Each week, this Studio Sampler for Beginners series will explore the basics of a particular medium, some fundamental techniques, and even a little art history. Participants will dabble in Impressionistic painting (week 1) and Expressionistic painting (week 2), print making (week 3), figure drawing with drawing media (week 4), still life with chalk pastels (week 5) and finally (week 6) portraiture painting. Absolutely no art experience necessary. All the supplies will be available for new artists to sample and play with unleashing their curiosity and creativity!

Advanced Skills in Acrylic Painting
Instructor: Rena Warren
Dates: May 2 to June 13 (no class May 30) | Thursdays, 6 to 9 pm
This class is a continuation of the Absolute Beginner class. Students will have the opportunity to utilize concepts and applications covered in the beginner class; 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 choice

Afterschool Art Program for Youth | Supplies included
Instructor: Jen Rempel
Dates: May 2 to June 13 (no class May 30) | Thursdays, 4 to 6 pm
This 6-week class is for the emerging young artists. Each week will explore a variety of media, such as drawing, painting, printmaking, and mixed media. This after school art program is ideal for ages 10-15. Class size is limited so that students receive one-on-one instruction in a friendly, non-competitive environment.


One-Day Workshops

Cost: see below, per workshop | Supplies included

Sketchbooks & Visual Journals: Find your own creative voice
Instructor: Susan Neilson
Date: Saturday, May 4 | 10 am to 3 pm
Cost: $105 ($90 for members)
Kickstart, revitalize, and strengthen your personal sketchbook practice. In this workshop students will explore with colourful gestural drawing, slow rhythmic drawing, creative games, visual notes, composition experiments, and more. This will be a hands-on workshop, with something to offer for any level of experience. For any students who attended the journal workshop last fall, this session will provide an effective follow-up to continue exploring ideas. Please note, students do not have to have taken the previous workshop.

Drawing Workshop – SOLD OUT – please call if you wish to be added to a wait list.
Instructor: Jane Everett
Date: Thursday, May 9 | 6 to 9 pm
Cost: $40 ($35 for members)
Join us for a drawing workshop with exhibiting artist Jane Everett. This workshop will explore various drawing techniques and materials that Everett has used to produce the work in her exhibition Understory. Participants will primarily use charcoal, with pine branches for models. This workshop is open to all levels, no experience necessary.

Japanese Applique – SOLD OUT – please call if you wish to be added to a wait list.
Instructor: Ms. Harumi Taniguchi
Date: Saturday, May 25 | 10 am to 3 pm
Cost: $15 for members and non-members
For Asian Heritage Month we are offering a special workshop with Japanese artist Ms. Harumi Taniguchi, who will be visiting from Kasugai, Japan. This workshop will focus on a quilting practice called Japanese Applique, which is a meticulous patchwork technique, that uses various fabrics to create intricate designs. This workshop will provide students with a memorable cultural exchange and a unique work of art to take home. No experience is necessary, but this workshop is suited for adult participants.

Collage with Confidence
Instructor: Rachel Mercer
Date: Saturday, June 1 | 10 am to 3 pm
Cost: $105 ($90 for members)
What is possible with only a blade, brush and glue, and magazine images? Discover ways to cut cleverly, combine pictures, and create inspired works of art. Using simple techniques, students will learn how to paste properly, design with colour, and compose a landscape on a wooden panel. No previous experience necessary.


Community Workshops

syilx/Okanagan Workshops
Date: Select Saturdays | 10 am to 12 pm
Cost per workshop: $15 ($10 for members)
Wildrose Native Traditions, members of the Westbank First Nation community, will lead various presentations and indigenous cultural competency workshops for the public. These programs are for all ages, but any children must be accompanied by an adult.
May 4 | Our Shared History: Talking Circle
May 18 | Fire and Water: syilx (Okanagan) Relationship with the Land
June 22 | Living the Seasons: The syilx (Okanagan) Calendar
June 29 | Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask

These workshops will have limited capacity. Please call 250-762-2226 to register.



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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