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COVID 19 Update: Classes

Some weekend workshops are taking place in July and August. Look under the “Instruction” tab for more information. Classes will be held using both studios so that we can social distance while having fun creating art.

Fur and Feathers Art Show

Fur and Feathers Art Show
Join the artists from Michael J Downs Open Studio in support of the Calgary Humane Society on Saturday, Sept 21 from 1:00 – 6:00 pm. Located at Kensington Art Supply, 120, 6999 – 11 Str SE in Calgary. Artists and furries in attendance.


With the ability to paint on over 50 different surfaces likes canvas, metal, cloth, plastic, glass, porcelain, skateboards and more, POSCA markers are all the rage. We carry the full line in a variety of colours and 7 different-sized tips!

New Holbein Soft Pastels and Oil Pastels


New Holbein Soft Pastels and oil Pastels

Open Stock
Holbein Soft Pastels and Oil Pastels have arrived. We now have the open stock display of these artist quality pastels. Each stick comes in its own plastic case to prevent breakage. Each stick is made in a square shape for working versatility. Soft pastels are priced at $3.50 per stick and the oil pastels are priced at $4.50 per stick. Sets are also available.

New Website!

Welcome to our new website! We have lots of new content with more being added every day. You now have a full listing of our current classes and workshops. Demo days will be added soon. Our products listings will be fully available when we implement our new point-of-sale system in the coming months. In the meantime, enjoy our news, new products, videos and tips & techniques sections. You can also check out our instructor .

Golden High Flow Acrylic Paint Sets

Golden High Flow Acrylic Paint Sets

This unique set allows you to go from nib to brush to marker to airbrush or you can just pour it straight out of the bottle! These paints work incredibly well in empty markers to create a wide variety of effects and, to prove this, Golden has released this set which includes 3 different sized empty felt-tip markers and a handy information booklet. The set includes five 30ml bottles of Fluorescent Pink, Iridescent Pearl (fine), Indigo (Anthraquinone), Green Gold and Transparent Dioxazine Purple.   Price: $43.00. Check out Golden’s website for more info.


Limited Edition Watercolours by Winsor & Newton

Based on the colours of deserts around the world, these handpicked watercolours contain both organic and inorganic pigments and are the first colours to be introduced to the Professional Water Colour range since 2007! The new colours are: Transparent Orange, Gold Brown, Indian Red Deep, Dark Brown, Yellow Titanate and Phthalo Sapphire. Pick up yours today.