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. 

Saturday, May 27 - Modern Markers: The Wolf and the Raven with Ashley Gaboury

The Wolf and The Raven
Discover how to create textures in markers, from fur to feathers.  This class will incorporate the mark-making of pen and ink and the blending ease or artist quality markers (Copic or Prismacolour).  Explore the unique and versatile medium of transparent, permanent markers while creating a wolf head and raven feathers.

Level:  All levels

Instructor:  Ashley Gaboury, BFA (

Date:  Saturday, May 27

Time:  1:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Fee:  $65.00

Saturday, June 10 - Alcohol Inks Full Day Sampler with Sherry Telle

Alcohol Ink Full Day Workshop June 2017
This full day sampler class on Alcohol Inks will give you plenty of opportunity to become familiar with the medium. Learn how to manipulate the inks with pouring, spraying, brushing, and using various tools.  We will explore the use of different resists, textures, and lifting agents, working on small pieces in the morning and moving bigger in the afternoon.  We will also play with the inks on ceramic tile.

Level: Beginner – Intermediate

Instructor: Sherry Telle

Date: Saturday, June 10, 2017

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Fee:  $150.00

Sunday, June 11 - Encaustic Painting and Collage with Liba Libak

Encaustics 2017
Encaustic is considered one of the most ancient painting techniques in the world.  It is a paint that is composed of beeswax, damar resin, and pigments.  The world “encaustic” comes from the Greek “encaustikos” (“to burn in”) referring to the process of using heat to fuse the layers together.  It was notably used in Favyum mummy portraits in Egypt around 100-300AD.  This technique was lost for hundreds of years.  It was re-discovered again in the 18th century and it was reviewed in the 20th century largely by Jasper Johns. Today, encaustic painting is experiencing revival.

Students in this workshop will learn how to use hot wax in combination with other materials to create a successful artwork.  Experimenting will be highly encouraged.  Students will have an opportunity to create their own artworks under Liba’s supervision or they will have an option to choose from projects that Liba will have available.  Group demonstrations will be an essential part of the workshop.  Individual attention is guaranteed.  This workshop is designed for students of all levels and interests.  Students have to be min 13 years old.

Level:  All levels

Instructor:  Liba Labik

Date:  June 11, 2017

Time:  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Fee:  $167.00 (supplies not included; some tools may be borrowed for free)


Please contact Liba at or 403.830 9822 for registration.

Visit Liba’s website!

Friday, June 23 & Saturday, June 24 - Paint Life Happy with Cindie Durnie

Paint Life Happy with Cindie Durnie June 2017
Join me for my 1 1/2 day workshop and learn how to create fun compositions in acrylic mixed media.  I will introduce you to pastes, gels, papers, and so much more to create textures in your landscape and floral designs.  You will be introduced to bristle brush techniques and palette knife work.  We will be working on multiple canvases at a time as drying time is required.  Let’s Paint Life Happy!

Level:  All levels

Instructor:  Cindie Durnie

Date:  Friday, June 23 & Saturday, June 24

Time:  Friday: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Fee:  $175.00

Tuesday, July 11 - Thursday, July 13 - Adventures in Colour & Acrylic Inks Workshop with Melanie Morstad

July 11 - 13 Adventures in Colour and Acrylic Inks Workshop
Join Melanie in this three-day exploration of the beautifully saturated colours of acrylic inks.  You will be working on a flat surface: dripping, pouring, spraying, brushing, and scratching into the surface.  We will play with texture by adding acrylic mediums, paint and collage, working on may paintings at once.  This fun process will inspire new ideas for adding zest to your paintings.  Bring several references to work from.  Melanie will be demoing florals and landscapes in various stages of development.  You will be working independently on your own subject matter throughout the 3 days, so come prepared to work on many paintings.

Level:  Beginner (with some painting experience) – Advanced

Instructor:  Melanie Morstad

Date:  Tuesday, July 11 – Thursday, July 13

Time:  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Fee:  $395.00 + GST

To register, e-mail or call 403.283.2288.