Art Classes and Workshops for Youth & Adults

Six-Week Art Classes

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

Beginner Watercolour – SOLD OUT
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 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           Dates: September 24 to October 29 | Tuesdays, 6 to 9 pm

Acrylic Painting for the Absolute Beginner – SOLD OUT 
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        Dates: September 25 to October 30 | Wednesdays, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Beginner Drawing – SOLD OUT
This class will teach the absolute beginner the basic principles of observational drawing through a series of concentrated exercises and guided practice. Students will have the opportunity to work with a variety of drawing materials and subjects.
Instructor: Rena Warren        Dates: September 26 to October 31 | Thursdays, 6 to 9 pm

Advanced Skills in Acrylic Painting
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.
Instructor: Rena Warren        Dates: November 6 to December 11 | Wednesdays, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Advanced Drawing
This class is a continuation from the beginner class. Students will have the opportunity to extend their observational drawing practice, engage mark-making exercises, and gestural studies. For the final two classes, students will be introduced to Life Drawing, working from a live undraped model.
Instructor: Rena Warren        Dates: November 7 to December 12 | Thursdays, 6 to 9 pm

Advanced Watercolour
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 also have the opportunity to work with the instructor on subjects of their choosing. Jim’s experience teaching drawing will also help students to lay out their choice of imagery.
Instructor: Jim Elwood           Dates: November 12 to December 17 | Tuesdays, 6 to 9 pm

Afterschool Youth Program – SOLD OUT
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. All supplies will be provided for this class.
Instructor: Jen Rempel           Dates: October 17 to November 21 | Thursdays, 4 to 6 pm


CONNECT is a studio art class for youth and adults with diverse abilities. Classes will be led by local artist Sarah Parsons. Each session will explore a range of artistic media and techniques. Class size is limited to ensure quality one-on-one instruction.
Sarah Parsons
Session 1 September 24 to October 29 | Tuesdays, 1:30 to 3 pm
Session 2 November 12 to December 17 | Tuesdays, 1:30 to 3 pm
Cost: $20 per session (one session is six-weeks)

Drop-in Studio Sampler Program

Want to learn how to create art? The Studio Sampler Series is the perfect place to start for absolute beginners. Each week, we will explore the basics of a particular medium, technique, and style or art movement, while throwing in a little art history for context, as well as a brief tour of the current exhibition. Every class is different, allowing you to sample drawing, painting, printmaking, and more! We bring the supplies and you bring your curiosity and creativity.
Instructor: Kyle L. Poirier

Studio Sampler Series Pt. 1 September 24 to October 29 | Tuesdays, 6 to 9 pm
Sep 24: Making an Impression: A great place to begin with Impressionist painting.
Oct 1: Love to Draw: Going well beyond the stick-figure, using graphite, charcoal and a mannequin.
Oct 8: What a Relief, Printmaking: Learn about relief printing through linocut.
Oct 15: Express Yourself: Expressionism will be the catalyst for your painting this class.
Oct 22: Drawing with Ink: Make your mark using only inks, on both small and large scale.
Oct 29: Mono-prints: Explore printmaking through a collage of materials and watercolour crayon transfer, such fun!

Please note: Our Studio Sample Series is SOLD OUT! However, it will return in January 2020.
Please call 250-762-2226 get on a wait list for the next session.

Studio Sampler Series Pt. 2 November 12 to December 17 | Tuesdays, 6 to 9 pm
Nov 12: Watercolour: An introduction to watercolour, through the landscape. – SOLD OUT
Nov 19: Let’s Sculpt It: Get your hands dirty and learn about sculpture through clay. – SOLD OUT
Nov 26: Printmaking: The screen printing technique will be explored this class. – SOLD OUT
Dec 3: Soft Still Life: A relaxed evening of still life drawing with soft pastels.– SOLD OUT
Dec 10: Portrait through Painting: Approaching painting portraits in a fun way.– SOLD OUT
Dec 17: Mixed-Media: Things may get a little wild for our last class, a free-for-all working with mixed-media.– SOLD OUT

Cost: $160 for a 6-week series or $30 per class | Supplies included

Weekend Workshops

Cost: $105 ($90 for members) | All supplies included

Beginner Acrylics
In this introductory 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                  Date: Saturday, November 2 | 10 am to 3 pm

Needle Felting and Creations of Winter
Interested in trying needle felting? This workshop is for anyone looking to make a special hand-made gift or a unique Christmas ornament, just in time for the holiday season. Judith will lead participants through the steps of using a felting needle to sculpt the wool into the shape they desire.
Instructor: Judith Mueller                  Date: Saturday, December 14 | 10 am to 3 pm

Special 2-day Workshop

Mini Moccasins for Beginners
Come and make mini moccasins! In this two-day workshop participants will learn how to create a pair of hand-sewn mini mocs. No experience necessary and all supplies will be provided.
Instructor: Pat Raphael Derrickson
Dates: Saturday, November 30 | 10 am to 3 pm and Sunday, December 1 | 12 to 4 pm
Cost: $125 ($110 for members)



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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