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.
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.
Have you been painting for a while but are struggling to develop a style that is uniquely yours? The aim of this course is to help you figure out your own, personal aesthetic and integrate it into your paintings. Speed painting and simplifying will help you loosen up and you’ll learn why iterative practice can improve your painting ability quickly. In class you’ll begin creating a cohesive body of work . We’ll start you on a journey to hone your style to more accurately reflect you and to hopefully, give more creative satisfaction.
To register visit: conniegeerts.com
This 2-day workshop explores decoration and illumination techniques used in historical manuscripts for capitals. Shading, vines, split colour caps, filled caps filigree, turning leaf, diaper patterns, tooling, and the steps to construct elaborate border treatments will be set out. Lombardic and Black Letter scripts will be provided to use as the basis for decoration. This workshop is for all levels of experience although some knowledge of Lombardic and Black Letter scripts would be helpful. References will be made to the history of hand written bibles where decoration was employed for the glory of God. Presented by the Sacred Arts Guild of Alberta.
Susan will provide a supply kit for $12.00. Participants are responsible for their remaining supplies. A list of supplies list will be sent to registrants. Please note as well that Kensington Arts provides a 15% discount on all supplies purchased by class attendee’s during the workshop (some exceptions apply).
Learn how to create wonderful animal portraits! Learn how to work from photographs, mix colours, and layer paint to create a realistic painting of your furry friend. Students bring photos and work on their own projects during the workshop. All skill levels are welcome!
Supplies not included.
Explore the world of alcohol Inks with instructor Sherry Telle, in this full day workshop. Learn how to manipulate the inks through pouring, spraying, brushing and using various tools to create texture on Yupo paper. We will work on small pieces in the morning, and then a full 20” x 26” piece in the afternoon. You will learn how to control this interesting medium, and how to let it go! This class is all about how to control the inks while keeping the beautiful loose marks that you can only get with this medium, and tackling the challenge of a large piece! Great for beginners to advanced!
SUPPLIES NOT INCLUDED!
Join Melanie in this fun, action packed 1 day exploration of acrylic inks and texture. We will be building surface texture with GOLDEN Acrylic pastes, then adding colour with Inks, High Flow and Fluid Acrylics. Our subject matter will be water so please bring your own reference material. Melanie will demonstrate painting water in various stages of development.
SUPPLIES NOT INCLUDED!
Join Kerri Forster in February, and explore the endless possibilities of Neuland lettering–a fun and easy style of calligraphy, perfect for beginners! Neuland lettering is rustic, compact and dramatic. An alphabet that’s easy and stress free especially when you use a Parallel pen, which you’ll learn all about as well.
In addition to tuition, there is an additional fee of $7 for paper, to be purchased from the instructor at the class.
Unleash 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 “Winter Mountain” this February, in a fun positive environment!
ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED!
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 18th century and it was reviewed in the twentieth century largely by Jasper Johns. Today, encaustic painting is experiencing revival. Students will learn in this workshop 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 and friendly critiques will be an essential part of this workshop. “Encaustic Painting & Collage” workshop is designed for students of all levels and interests.
Absolute beginners are welcome; experience in visual art is not required.
Explore one of the hottest trends among artists today! ArtResin® offers a sleek, glossy finish for a variety of creative applications. Join Lisa Roberts for this fun 3 hour workshop, learning how to mix ArtResin® with acrylic paint to make a beautiful beach scene painting.
SUPPLIES NOT INCLUDED
Learn 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!
To Register, contact Megan.
Take a journey in acrylic painting, 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!
To register visit: conniegeerts.com
Creating a good abstract requires a good understanding of all parts of creating a good painting. This workshop will teach you about types of acrylic paints, brush stroke, colour theory and application techniques. Learn while you paint in this one day workshop as students work with acrylics to create an abstract with multiple layers of acrylic glazes, and texture.
The suggested supply list includes colours that work well together; students with different paint colours will produce a difference result. The classroom is a supportive learning environment with open discussion. Registered Students Received 15% discount at Kensington Art Supply
SUPPLIES NOT INCLUDED!
Take your paintings beyond realism in this new 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 or whatever subject matter you choose. You’ll also learn where to start when painting just from imagination. We’ll spend some time exploring with texture and collage as part of the process. Come ready to play in this fun, supportive class!
Level: All Levels
Date: Wednesdays, February 5 – 26, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cost: $180 + GST
To register, visit conniegeerts.com
Do you have a bird that holds special meaning to you? Join Terra Simieritsch as she guides you through the process of creating your own unique mixed-media musical songbird on a 6x6” birch board support with fluid acrylic paints.
Over the course of the day you will learn how to:
- Prepare a wooden surface for painting,
- Choose great sheet music to use in your mixed media projects,
- Adhere paper to birch board panels,
- Learn techniques to paint birds, and
- Incorporate paint in a way that allows the sheet music to shine through.
Beginner and intermediate adult students with some prior painting experience will enjoy creating a feathered friend to take home.
Get your whole body into it, and loosen up your method of painting by tackling two large paintings in this one day workshop. You’ll learn how to get your ideas down quickly and accurately in a large format, and how to develop a more painterly style. We’ll discuss mark making, colour choices, design and more. Stretch your body and your creative abilities in this fun, supportive class.