Workshops are designed to give students more in depth information on specific topics. The workshop program generally consists of a variety of one to five day intensive courses taught by professional, working artists. Typically, workshop hours are 9 AM to 4 PM with a one hour break for lunch. Workshops are offered for different skill levels. Most require a certain level of experience, unless otherwise noted, so please read all course descriptions carefully. Supplies are not included (unless otherwise noted). Deposits are required to register and cancellation fees apply.

We require 7 days' notice before the date of the class or workshop you are registered in for you to receive a full refund.  There is no refund available with less than 7 days' notice, with the sole exception being if Kensington Art Supply or one of our instructors must cancel the class or workshop.  In this instance, the full fee will be refunded, or you may have the fees applied to another class or workshop.  If you must miss a class or workshop, you may find another person to take your place and you are responsible to receive payment from them.  In this case, please let us know their name and email in case they need to be notified about supplies required or other information pertaining to their class or workshop.

Skill Levels

Beginner:  You feel lost and uncomfortable in an art store but you are enthusiastic and willing to learn the basics.
Novice:  You have basic drawing skills and some familiarity with a medium or mediums.
Intermediate:  You can draw well and you are very comfortable with your medium.   You understand the basic elements and principals of design (composition, value, and color).
Advanced:  You have excellent drawing skills and you are confident with your medium(s).
Professional:  You are a working artist
Please note – you will get the most out of art classes and workshops that are appropriate to your skill level. 

May Calligraphy Classes

Blackletter Sample
This upright alphabet is often also known as “Old English”, with straight lower case letters and elegant curvy capital letters. We will use edged tools to create the proper thick and thin strokes (for example parallel pen, markers or nibs and ink.)

Level:  All Levels

Dates and Times: Wednesday May 9, 16, 23 and 30 – 6:30 – 8:30pm

Fee:  $100.00

Intro to Drawing Manga - A Monthly Workshop Series


Learn the basic techniques of Japanese manga illustration!

Each session will focus on style, genre, and character development. Topics include dynamic poses, perspective & proportion, lighting & special effects, and creating a story board.

Students will have access to lots of reference material and receive one-on-one instruction, as they come away with designs for their own original manga series!

Instructor:  Megan Ruhl

Fee:  $65.00 per session + GST  To register, visit!

Upcoming Workshop Dates:

May 13:  1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

June 24:  1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

July 7:  1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

May 25-27 - Adventures in Colour, Texture, and Acrylic Inks with Melanie Morstad

May 2018 Adventures in Acrylic
Join Melanie in this fun, action-packed exploration of Acrylic paints, gels, and pastes.  Friday night kicks off with a social while we prep surfaces using GOLDEN texture and colour.  The next two days, you will continue to build surface texture with GOLDEN acrylic pastes and gels, then add colour with Inks, High Flow, Fluid, and Heavy Body Acrylics.  Out subject matter be textured trees, florals, and a subject of your choice, so please bring your own reference material.  Melanie will demo a variety of subjects in various stages of development. 

Supplies not included, but some GOLDEN samples will be available to try throughout the weekend.

Level:  All Levels

Dates and Times:

Friday, May 25 – 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 26 – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 27 – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Fee:  $340.00

Saturday, May 26 - Pouring Medium Workshop with Lisa Roberts

Lisa will demonstrate new techniques and methods using Liquitex Pouring Medium and Pebeo acrylic paint to create an amazing unique effect. She will teach you all about pouring medium and how to create a variety of different effects on canvas and cradleboard.  When the workshop is finished you will have at least two finished artworks.


Level: Beginner

Instructor:  Lisa Roberts

Date:  Saturday, May 26

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Fee:  $65.00 + GST

May 27, Acrylic Pixelation with Connie Geerts

Image May 27
Take a journey through the landscape in this one day class with Connie Geerts. She will take you with her step by step through her style of acrylic painting and you will go home with a completed painting you will be pleased to hang. Topics covered will include design shortcuts, brush choices, layering, creating personal style, mark making and more.

Bring an apron and camera or notebook to record what you are learning, but especially bring yourself.

All Art Supplies are Included!

Just show up and get creative!


Level: All Levels

Date: Sunday, May 27

Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $125 +GST


To register, visit

Saturday, June 3 - The Magic of Painting for Kids, with Mina Tahmouresie

Teaching kids the skills for using acrylic paint and how to have fun with it in a safe and creative environment. They will learn the basic foundational rules to painting which will help them become successful in the future with acrylic painting. The class will be set up as a paint along, so students will be given a reference where we, all together, learn to paint it! 

Level: Beginner (Age 6-12)

Instructor:  Mina Tahmouresie 

Date:  Saturday, June 3, 2018

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Fee:  $45.00 + GST 

Upon signing up for the class please send me an email at, as I need to get some information before I can enroll your kids into the class. Thanks so much! 

Supplies to bring before class: 

-Basic acrylic paint set

-Paintbrushes (basic set)

-Paper towels

-Smocks, or something appropriate to wear for painting  

June Calligraphy Classes

Fun & Funky-002

Three styles of casual letters are offered in these three evenings. Both “chisel-edged” tools (e.g. Parallel Pen, nib or calligraphic marker) and “round-tipped” pens (any regular marker or round nib) will be used to give your letters distinctive fun looks. 

All levels are welcome. 

Level:  All Levels

Dates and Times: Wednesday June 13, 20, and 27 - 6:30 – 8:30pm

Fee:  $75.00

June 8-10 - Experiments in Mixed Media with Carol Nelson

You will learn about a variety of materials and techniques, such as use and preparation of Tyvek, metals and metal foils, embossed foils, combusted origami foil, rusted iron paint, making your own special collage papers, making unique focal medallions using air dry clay, inexpensive substitutes for pricey art materials, and much more.
You will learn my “sandwich technique” which takes the fear out of facing the great white void (your canvas).  You will see how using a “sandwich” will suddenly make abstract composition easy and almost effortless.  We will also discuss abstract composition and color theory, various kinds of supports, how to attach various collage elements, and presentation options for a finished piece.
Level: All Levels
Instructor: Carol Nelson
Date and Time:
Friday, June 8, 2018 – 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday, June 9, 2018 – 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday, June 10, 2018 – 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: $475 +GST

July 10-12 - Adventures in Colour, Texture, and Acrylic Inks with Melanie Morstad

July 2018 Adventures in Acrylic
Kick off summer with a fun creative workshop! Join Melanie in this fun action packed 3 day exploration of Acrylic paints, gels and pastes. We will be building surface texture with GOLDEN Acrylic pastes, gels, stencils and collage, then adding colour with Inks, High Flow, FLUID and Heavy Body Acrylics. Each day we will build
on new skills and techniques working on many supports at once. Our subject matter will be textured trees, florals, night scenes and a subject of your choice so please bring your own reference material. Melanie will demo a variety of subjects in various stages of development. Supplies not included but some GOLDEN samples will be available to try throughout the weekend.

Supply list available after registration.

Level:  All Levels

Dates:  Tuesday, July 10 – Thursday, July 12

Time:  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Fee:  $395.00

Tuesday, July 17 - Landscape Pandemonium

Samantha Williams-Chapelsky has created a course that will have you painting 8 pieces of art in 5 hours!This intensive and fun course will talk you thought Golden mediums, Gels and Pastes to create fast and effortless landscapes that explore colour and mediums in the best way possible.
Be prepared to simplify, create structure, use colour and light to make a simplistic form of a landscape painting using a variety of Golden Acrylics and some Golden Gels and Pastes!
Get ready to have fun, get messy, and make art!
Level: Everyone Welcome
Instructor: Samantha Williams-Chapelsky
Date and Time: May 12, 2018 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Cost: $125 +GST

July 24-27 - Beginners Mixed Media with Mary-Leigh Doyle

Beginners Mixed Media Photo

In this workshop we will explore eight separate and distinct approaches to mixed media. We will generate our own collage papers, create altered surfaces, and combine various water media and water media compatible products.

Artists may expect to develop two of the eight experimental pieces of their choice to completion or near completion. This is a high energy workshop and participants should esxpect to work hard and learn a lot.

Basic working knowledge and painting skills are definitely an asset.


Instructor: Mary-Leigh Doyle

Date and Time: July 24 – 27 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $435 +GST