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.

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. 

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

Upcoming Workshop Dates:

August 5 –  1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

September 23 –  1:00 p.m.

October 14 –  1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

November 15 –  6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

December 6 –  6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Monday, July 24 - Friday, July 28 - Developing Your Personal Artistic Style Workshop with Nancy-lynne Hughes

What is your personal artistic style? 

Do you want to gain confidence in your personal painting style? Do you feel like ‘jack of all, master of none?’ Do you with to broaden your vocabulary and understanding of the basics of design? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this course is for you.

In this one-week intensive workshop we will discuss the elements and principles of design and look at your preferences and dominant tendencies in their use in your artwork. Exercises, demonstration, examples, and discussions will lead you to understand and fine tune your personal artistic painting style. This course requires some commitment and may nudge you outside your comfort zone. It may take you a big step forward in our personal artistic journey. Warning: this course could include personal breakthroughs, fun, and serious laughter.

Instructor:  Nancy-lynne Hughes

Date: Monday, July 24 – Friday, July 28

Time:  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily

Fee:  $750.00 + GST, includes workbook. Supplies not included.

A deposit of $100.00 is required at the time of registration.  Note:  This deposit is no-refundable after July 15, 2017.  Balance is due in full by July 15, 2017.  Arrangements may be made for installment payments.

To register, contact Nancy-lynne Hughes at 403.863.4261 or at

Thursday, July 27 - Art Journaling for the Wall

July 27 2017 Art Journalling for the Wall
In this one day class, students will create one 24” x 24” Birch Panel by using Golden Acrylic Paint, Gel Transfers and Ranger Ink Embossing Powder. These pieces will be the perfect addition to your home décor and are of your own design.

Students will be supplied with Golden Acrylic Paint, and Ranger Ink Embossing Powder and Embossing Guns for use during the class.

Students are asked to bring three 8” x 10” Laser Photocopies of images that resonate with them, and some words that speak to the images.  Students must also bring a 24” x 24” Birch panel support.

Level:  All levels

Instructor:  Samantha Williams-Chapelsky

Date:  Thursday, July 27, 2017

Time:  10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Fee:  $150.00

Tuesday, August 8 - Friday, August 11 - 4-Day Mixed Media Workshop with Mary-Leigh Doyle

In this workshop we will explore eight separate approaches to mixed media.  Participants will prepare papers for collaging using tissue and acrylic inks as well as printmaking techniques.  Altered surfaces will be prepared and various isolation coats will be discussed and employed.  We will look at various mixed media works and analyze how they may have been done using Mary-Leigh’s “plausible fairy tale” approach to explaining potential approaches to mixed media.  After establishing eight sample boards, the final two days will each be dedicated to seeing one completed work through.

Level:  All levels

Instructor:  Mary-Leigh Doyle

Date:  Tuesday, August 8, to Friday, August 11

Time:  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day

Fee:  $435.00 + GST (price includes a $40 supply fee, but there is a supply list for each student to bring to the classes)

Monday, August 28 - Friday, September 1 - Ancient Art Techniques with Liba Labik

Ancient Art Techniques Labik

Ancient techniques in art are in our modern world almost forgotten. Silverpoint (metal point) drawing, egg tempera and encaustic painting will be introduced and practiced in this workshop. Students will learn how to use silver point drawing and egg tempera painting on already specifically prepared supports for both techniques. How to use formulas and how to prepare surfaces for the metal point drawing and egg tempera will be included. Students will also learn about use of beeswax in art and about techniques in encaustic painting.

Students will be informed about the studio safety, how to make own encaustic medium, how to create mono prints & photo transfers and how to use hot wax in combination with other materials to create mixed media artwork. Experimenting will be highly encouraged. Students will have an opportunity to create their own artwork under Liba’s supervision or they will have an option to choose from projects that Liba will have available. Group demonstrations as well as demos adjusted for each student individually will be included. Friendly critiques will be an essential part of this workshop. This workshop is designed for students of all levels and experience. Students have to be min. 13 years old.

Level:  All levels (Ages 13+)

Instructor:  Liba Labik

Date:  Monday, August 28 – Friday, September 1, 2017

Time:  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Fee:  Early bird pricing $495.00 until July 17; $550.00 after this date.

Maximum of 12 students can be registered. Register quickly to ensure your spot.