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Register today for Spring courses at the AGO!

Whether you're new to art, or have lots of experience, the AGO offers a broad range of courses and workshops in a fun and supportive studio environment for all ages and stages. From printmaking, painting, and photography to new media and more, there is something for everyone. Register today and you'll learn from the best contemporary artists and dynamic instructors the city has to offer. Please let us know if we can assist with any accommodations.

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ADULTS

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Mixed Media

Introduction to Everything
Monday, May 8 - June 12
(5 weeks - no classes on May 22)
10 am - 1 pm  Register
Instructor: Bogdan Luca
or
7 - 10 pm  Register
Instructor: Jamie Quail
Members $295 | Public $375

Not sure which process is right for you? Here's your chance to experiment and play in the studio! Inspired by themes in the AGO's collections and exhibitions, each week students will explore a different artmaking technique. From printmaking to painting to drawing and sculpture (and more), this is the ultimate crash course in studio sampling.

The class includes all required materials. Students may choose to purchase supplementary materials.


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Drawing

Drawing Explorations: Flowers
Friday, May 12 - June 9 (5 weeks)
7 - 10 pm  Register
Instructor: Carol Matson
Members $275 | Public $355

Artists have utilized plants, including flowers, in images from as early as the depiction of religious themes in medieval times, to the 17thCentury when still life became a stand alone subject matter, and beyond to contemporary times. We will study and be inspired by a wide range of flowers in art from botanical studies to the art of Georgia O'Keeffe and Andy Warhol.

Materials for the first class are provided. Students will receive a list of required materials for the following classes.


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Painting

Portrait Painting
Monday, May 8 - June 12
(5 weeks - no classes on May 22)
10 am - 1 pm  Register
Instructor: Kerry Kim
Members $275 | Public $355

This intermediate level workshop focuses on intuitive approach to portrait painting through direct observation. Students will explore the fundamental concerns in painting such as chiaroscuro, colour relationships, paint handling, gesture and composition. Demonstrations in alla prima painting technique and visits to the galleries are the major components of this workshop.

Materials for the first class are provided. Students will receive a list of required materials for the following classes.


Colour Harmony
Wednesday, May 3 - May 31 (5 weeks)
7 - 10 pm  Register
Instructor: Michael Toke
Members $275 | Public $355

In a workshop suited for painters and non-painters alike, students will explore colour theory through paint, discussion, gallery visits, and the use of coloured objects. Improve your colour appreciation and ways of seeing, resulting in practical skills that can be applied in painting and easily transferred to all other media. Students will explore the AGO collections to see ideas and principles behind colour harmony; where our eyes are guided, how mood is shifted and manipulated, cultural and political subtexts and the sheer joy of colour.

Materials for the first class are provided. Students will receive a list of required materials for the following classes.


Abstract Painting Inspired by O'Keeffe
Monday, May 8 - June 12
(5 weeks - no classes on May 22)
7 - 10 pm  Register
Instructor: Bogdan Luca
Members $275 | Public $355

This course is inspired by O'Keeffe's abstract works. Students will be exposed to motivations and methods in abstract painting. The AGO's collections will frame discussions of history and innovations in structural and compositional ideology, colour theories, the origins of abstraction and contemporary ideas for the painter. A basic knowledge of painting techniques is recommended.

Materials for the first class are provided. Students will receive a list of required materials for the following classes.


Giant Painting
Monday, May 8 - June 12
(5 weeks - no classes on May 22)
2 - 5 pm  Register
Instructor: Michael Toke
Members $275 | Public $355

Loosen up your painting style in this class where we tackle painting on oversized canvas. Inspired by the large-scale paintings in the AGO collection, students will learn to adapt their style to an expanded surface, while considering scale, technique, and materials.
Some painting experience required.

A materials list will be provided on the first day of class.


Watercolour Explorations: Flowers
Friday, May 12 - June 9 (5 weeks)
7 - 10 pm  Register
Instructor: Kelley Aitken
Members $275 | Public $355

Expand your watercolour practice through creative techniques by observing unique floral arrangements inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe in this intermediate level course.

Practice through experimentation with a variety of application techniques while discovering the unique properties of this medium. The course will include lots of hands-on experimentation through quick exercises and the development of several more resolved pieces.

Materials for the first class are provided. Students will receive a list of required materials for the following classes.


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Sculpture

Sculpture Explorations: Figurative Sculpture
Monday, May 8 - June 12
(5 weeks - no classes on May 22)
2 - 5 pm  Register
Instructor: Claire Greenshaw
Members $295 | Public $375

This workshop involves a study the human form with an emphasis on developing skills of observation and proportion. Closely guided by instruction, and working with a life model, students will focus on creating two figurative sculptures in clay. This is an opportunity to develop traditional life sculpture skills within the studio environment, while discussing how these techniques are practiced and applied in contemporary art.

This course is suitable for students with some sculpture experience. The class includes all required materials. Students may choose to purchase supplementary materials.


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Photography

Photography Explorations: Life Photography Inspired by Alfred Steiglitz
Monday, May 8 - June 12
(5 weeks - no classes on May 22)
2 - 5 pm  Register
or
Wednesday, May 3 - May 31 (5 weeks)
7 - 10 pm  Register
Instructor: Brian Piitz
Members $295 | Public $375

Learn the art of manipulating light in the composition of nudes by observing the works of Stieglitz, who embraced Georgia O'Keeffe as his muse and collaborator.

This is a workshop for those interested in photographing the nude using studio light, working both collaboratively and independently in directing the model and adjusting lighting. The workshop will also explore photographic abstraction and other techniques used by Stieglitz. Students will be encouraged to come to class with references from which to shoot.

This class is suitable for photographers with knowledge of basic photography skills. Students are required to bring their own cameras and tripods for each class.


NEW: Intro to Film and Video Art
Monday, May 8 - June 12
(5 weeks - no classes on May 22)
7 - 10 pm  Register
Instructor: Sharon Switzer
Members $275 | Public $355

You have the power! Learn the basics of movie-making using your own digital devices. Shoot footage on your own smartphone; edit video on your iPad or laptop. Create unique stop-motion movies from a series of your own photos. Using the Art Gallery of Ontario's collections and exhibitions as inspiration, we will explore video as an artistic medium, learn fundamental filmmaking techniques and create short films. Students can bring their own smartphones, iPads, or laptops, or use one of the AGO's iPads. The apps and programs we will explore include iMovie, Splice and Stop Motion.


Introduction to Digital Art
Friday, May 12 - June 9 (5 weeks)
7 - 10 pm  CANCELLED
Instructor: Sharon Switzer
Members $275 | Public $355

Explore different ways of creating unique digital artworks using a range of easy but powerful apps on your iPad! With the Art Gallery of Ontario's collections and exhibitions as inspiration, students will learn techniques such as photo editing, image collaging, as well as drawing and painting on the iPad. Students can bring their own iPads, or borrow one from the AGO to use during class.


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Printmaking

Printmaking Explorations: Flowers
Friday, May 12 - June 9
7 - 10 pm  Register
Instructor: Brian Hoxha Members $295 | Public $375

Working in the intaglio printmaking technique known as Sugar Lift or Lift Ground, students will develop a series of etchings exploring compositions inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe's work. Using a mixture of black ink, sweetened condensed milk and dish soap, students will have the opportunity to explore print mediums with a painterly approach, adding colour to the matrix using Chine-collé papers, to produce striking and unique floral compositions.

The class includes all required materials. Students may choose to purchase supplementary materials.


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Art & Ideas

Mindful Movement. Slow Looking
Thursday, May 4 - June 1 (5 weeks)
10:30 am - 12 pm  Register
or
Friday, May 12 - June 9 (5 weeks)
6 - 7:30 pm  Register
Instructor: Brendan Jensen
Members $150 | Public $185

Learn to slow down the body and mind. Be inspired by a selection of artworks in the galleries each week and respond to them with slow yoga movements, meditative techniques and sustained looking. This class will inform a new way of looking at art and centring within a unique space. Low physical effort. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Students are encouraged to check all large bags and coats at coat check.

Students are asked to print out a copy of their receipt and gather in the Community Gallery located in the WFLC for the start of the first class.


Art-Making Inspired by Feminist Ideas
Wednesday, May 3 - May 31 (5 weeks)
7 - 10 pm  Register
Instructor: Aleks Bartosik
Members $275 | Public $355

Visit the AGO's galleries and library to discover artists whose work exemplify feminist strategies and that express ideas about gender equality from economic, social and political perspectives. Explore through various mediums ideas that are important to you today and that help inform and communicate a sense of your own identity. Materials for the first class are provided. Students will receive a list of required materials for the following classes.


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CHILDREN AND YOUTH

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3 months to 3 years

Caregiver and Babe Yoga and Field Trip
(3 months to pre-crawlers)
Wednesday, May 10 - June 7 (5 weeks)
11 am - 12:30 pm  Register
or
Thursday, May 11 - June 8 (5 weeks)
11 am - 12:30 pm  CANCELLED
Members $95 | Public $110

Get out of the house and spend some time at the AGO with your babe. Join us for a - 5 week Yoga and Art Fieldtrip through the AGO collections and exhibitions. Enjoy conversation and adult learning in a baby-friendly atmosphere as you take a yoga class with your babe and then stroll the galleries with one of our AGO ambassadors - all while your little one sleeps, feeds, and snuggles close to you in their carrier!


Caregiver and Tot Yoga and Field Trip
(crawlers to 3 years)
Tuesday, May 9 - June 6 (5 weeks)
10 - 11:30 am  Register
Instructor: TBC
Members $95 | Public $110

Get out of the house and spend some time at the AGO with your tot. Enjoy conversation and adult learning in a child-friendly atmosphere with instructor-led music; puppets, playtime and yoga with your tot, then explore the galleries with an age appropriate interactive tour! Coffee and tea social at the end of each class - if you want to stay!


Toddler Arts
(2-3 years with an adult)
Thursday, May 11 - June 8 (5 weeks)
10 - 11 am  Register
or
Sunday, May 14 - June 18
(5 weeks - no classes on May 21)
10 - 11 am  CANCELLED
Members $185 | Public $210

A toddler's world of infinite discovery is all about exploring materials! Through a diverse exploration of art - making materials and art processes, our Toddler Arts class encourages creative self–expression, developing fine and gross motor skills and sensory awareness through age appropriate art activities, together with an adult caregiver. We combine the arts with play, keeping the focus on process and fun.


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4 to 7 years

Side By Side
Sunday, May 14 - June 18
(5 weeks - no classes on May 21)
10 - 11:30 am  Register
Instructor: TBC
Members $185 | Public $210

We offer parents, grandparents or caregivers the chance to discover art through a playful and fun process, side by side with their young artist. Participants will be introduced to a wide range of art materials and art making processes through painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking and mixed media. Interactive gallery visits incorporate play and learning. Some projects will be individual and some will be shared…it's all about making connections, being together and loving art! Class is limited to 10 children and 10 adults.


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Family Workshops

Bones and Stones
(Grown-ups and kids - ages 3+ welcome)
Sunday, May 7 - May 14 (2 weeks)
1 - 3 pm  Register
Instructor: TBC
Members $50 | Public $55
(1 Grown up and 1 child - each extra child $10)

“When I found the beautiful white bones in the desert I picked them up and took them home too...I have used these things to say what is to me the wideness and wonder of the world as I live in it.” Georgia O'Keeffe.

In this workshop inspired by the Georgia O'Keeffe exhibition, we explore art making and sculpture using stones and bones as inspiration, visiting the exhibition of work by this amazing artist, and give you a chance to check out the skeleton we use for drawing classes.


Mala Beads
(Grown-ups and kids - ages 6+ welcome)
Sunday, May 28
1 - 3 pm  Register
Instructor: TBC
Members $20 | Public $25
(1 Grown up and 1 child - each extra child $10)

Inspired by the miniature boxwood prayer beads from the AGO's own Thomson Collection of European Art, so small they can fit in the palm of your hand, participants will each make their own Mala beads that are used in mediation and as reminders of “calmness of spirit”. Craft a bracelet and then take some time at the end of the workshop for a calming yoga session.


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