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. 

How to Judge Good Paintings with Michael Downs

paintings banner copyDo you know what makes a great painting compared to a poor painting?

Are you intimidated to go into an art gallery? Do you know what you like in art, but want to learn more about what makes good art? Come join artist and art educator Michael Downs as he presents the key principles for thorough art assessment. Michael uses simple and straightforward language and visuals to describe the fundamentals for discovering good art. This talk is open to anybody from a novice to advanced artist or someone interested in collecting art.

Level: All Levels
Instructor: Michael Downs
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Cost: $25.00 + GST

Holbein Acrylics for the Curious Artist with Jamie-Lou Nicol

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In this exclusive Holbein Artist Materials workshop, attendees will be given the opportunity to explore the various acrylic paint and medium lines offered by Holbein. We will begin by preparing your substrate with one of Holbein’s innovative Colour Gessos! You will be guided through the attributes of each line of paint and we will discuss what makes them unique while you create your own self-directed mixed media artwork. Techniques with Acrylic Mediums and pre-made Gel and Paste skins will be explored.

All participants will receive free samples and literature to take home. 

Level: All Levels
Instructor: Jamie-Lou Nicols
Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Cost: $125.00 + GST

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Holbein Watercolours - On The Go! with Jamie-Lou Nicol

Holbein May 5 Workshop - banner copyIn this exclusive Holbein Artist Materials workshop, attendees will be given the opportunity to create their own mini Holbein watercolour palette to take home and use on the go! We will discuss what makes Holbein Watercolours the preferred choice for watercolourists around the world and what distinguishes them from other watercolour lines.  Holbein’s 6 Watercolour Mediums will be introduced and attendees will have the opportunity to experiment with them to create interesting effects on a watercolour painting. All participants will receive free samples and literature to take home. 

Presenter Bio – Jamie-Lou Nicol

HK Holbein’s Artist & Educator, Jamie-Lou Nicol was born in Kingston, Ontario and grew up in the small town of Verona located north of Kingston. Nicol graduated from Sheridan College in 2004 with a major in Advanced Glass Blowing. Over the years, she has exhibited her artwork in Ontario at numerous galleries and arts and craft shows. Jamie-Lou has a passion for abstract art and calligraphy. She has experience using various art mediums in her work such as acrylics, acrylic mediums, watercolour, pencil crayon, ink and glass. Since 2015, Nicol has been working for Holbein Artist Materials Canada where she works in sales and marketing as well as teaching Holbein demonstrations and workshops.

Level: All Levels
Instructor: Jamie-Lou Nicol
Date: Sunday, May 5, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cost: $85.00 + GST

Abstracted Realism with Connie Geerts

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Take your paintings beyond realism in this course with Connie Geerts.  Over 4 weeks you’ll learn a number of ways to approach abstracting an image.  You’ll work with reference photos to abstract landscape, people, animals or whatever subject matter you choose.  You’ll try out some mixed media techniques and also learn how to start when creating from imagination.  Come ready to play in this fun supportive class!

Level: All Levels
Instructor: Connie Geerts
Date: Wednesdays, April 10, to May 1 (4 classes)
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cost: $180 +GST

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Pouring Medium Workshop with Lisa Roberts

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Lisa will demonstrate new techniques and methods using Liquitex Pouring Medium and Pebeo acrylic paint to create an amazing and unique effect. She will share her knowledge of pouring medium and how to easily create a variety of different effects on cradleboard.  

By the end of the workshop, each student will have at least two finished artworks.


Level: Beginner
Instructor: Lisa Roberts
Date: Sunday, May 5th
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cost: $75 + GST

Acrylic Pixelation with Connie Geerts

2019 april 28 acrylic pixelation - bannerTake 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
Instructor: Connie Geerts
Date: Saturday, April 28
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: $125 +GST

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Resin Painting with Lisa Roberts

resin bannerExplore one of the hottest trends among artists today! ArtResin® offers a sleek, glossy finish for a variety of creative applications. Join Lisa this fun 3 hour workshop, learning how to mix ArtResin® with acrylic paint to make a beautiful beach scene painting.


Level: All Levels
Instructor: Lisa Roberts
Date: Thursday, May 30, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Cost: $75.00 + GST

Ruling Pen with Kerri Forster

april 2019 - ruling pen - bannerThe folded ruling pen is a contemporary tool favored by many modern lettering artists for producing dynamic gestural letter forms. Over 4 classes we’ll learn how to control and explore with this unusual pen. Previous experience with a dip pen will be an asset.

Supplies not included.

Level: All Levels
Instructor: Kerri Forster
Date: Wednesdays, April 10, 17, 24 & May 1, 2019 
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Cost: $100.00 + GST

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The Joy of Painting with Certified Bob Ross Oil Painting Instructor® Tracey Leigh Cozier

Bob Ross - May 9 2019 - banner copyUnleash your inner artist for a few hours and share the joy of painting with Tracey Leigh Crozier, a Certified Bob Ross Landscape/Seascape Oil Painting Instructor® at Kensington Art Supply! Beginners are welcome…no experience required…just the desire to paint and to have a great time! At each Bob Ross Oil Painting Class® you will be shown in a step-by-step manner how to prepare the canvas with painting medium and the use of brushes and knives with oil paints using the wet-on-wet technique as seen in The Joy Of Painting with Bob Ross®. Let’s share the joy of painting “Peaks of Majesty”  this spring, in a fun positive environment!  


Level: All Levels
Instructor: Tracey Leigh Crozier
Date: May 9, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Cost: $95 +GST

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Intro to Drawing Manga with Megan Ruhl

Manga HeaderLearn the basic techniques of Japanese Manga Illustration!

Each session will focus on style, genre, and character development.  Topics include dynamic poses, perspective and proportion, lights and special effects, and creating a storyboard.

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!

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