Personal interest

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Unleash the artist within you with a studio-based art course on our campus in Calgary, Alberta.

Earn a Certification of Achievement by taking multiple courses in your desired discipline.

Get out of your comfort zone and into the studio! Continuing Education offers endless studio-based art classes across numerous disciplines, all year long.

Personal Interest courses are taught by professional artists in the same well-equipped facilities that support our degree students. Whether you’re new to art or have been practicing for years, we strive to unleash the creative in everyone. Join hundreds of like minded-people and register now!

Our team can provide assisted enrollment up to 1-week after the first class meeting, by reaching out to coned@auarts.ca. Subject to capacity.
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Teen Courses

Evening art courses for young artists ages 12 - 16. 

Course Name

Start & End Dates

Day & Time

Price

Instructor

Drawing Studio Closed

February 5 - March 25

Mondays: 6:00 - 8:30pm

$275 + GST

Marcia Harris

Focus on improving your drawing skills while you experiment with different types of drawing media including graphite, charcoal, and conte crayons. Focus on composition and a variety of drawing techniques as you improve your understanding of art principles. Think about what you are communicating with your drawings and develop your ability to speak about your work during critique session each class.

Adult Courses by Discipline

Ceramics

Learn hand building and wheel throwing techniques to create functional and sculptural pottery.   

Course Name

Start & End Dates

Day & Time

Price

Instructor

Ceramics Basics FULL

February 7 - March 27

Wednesdays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$540 + GST

Amy Bouchard

Learn foundational skills of wheel throwing through hands on instruction, and practice. Create one-of-a-kind pieces as you work on simple assignments and get comfortable at the wheel. Finish your projects by glazing and firing them as the final step in the process.
not available this term

Ceramics: Handbuilding

not available this term

Weeknight: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$540 + GST

Amy Bouchard

Learn technical and aesthetic aspects of hand building sculptural and functional forms. Learn good practices and approaches while being introduced to different surface treatments, including decoration with slip and glazes, and firing. Work through a set of projects designed to give you foundational skill-building practice.

Ceramics: Wheel Throwing

not available this term

Weeknight: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$540 + GST

Amy Bouchard

Learn foundational skills of wheel throwing through hands on instruction, and practice. Create one-of-a-kind pieces as you work on simple assignments and get comfortable at the wheel. Finish your projects by glazing and firing them as the final step in the process.

Design & Digital Media Arts

Transform ideas into visual concepts using colour, text, and images.  

Course Name

Start & End Dates

Day & Time

Price

Instructor

Colour Fundamentals Closed

February 7 - March 27

Wednesdays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Shawn Chamberlain

Learn the fundamentals of colour theory and more. Colour is a key component in art, design, and illustration, setting the tone of what you are communicating. You will select colours to work for you, through a series of projects that will deepen your understanding of how colour is essential to your work’s effectiveness and success

Graphic Design: Branding

February 6 - March 26

Tuesdays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Lyndsay Wasko

Note: This course emphasizes hand skills; work is not done on a computer. Learn the elements of branding, whether for a person, a product, or a company, and how to create something easily recognizable by consumers. You will discuss what a brand can accomplish and identify the best questions to ask to help define a brand identity and determine brand objectives. While taking a look at good, and bad, examples as you begin a brand strategy for yourself. 

Illustration

February 8 - March 28

Thursdays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Samantha Haslam

Note: Art experience is recommended, this is not a beginner course. Increase your ability to communicate ideas visually as you learn about the different markets where illustration is commonly used. Discuss how to take an idea and explore it visually, in order to expand on it, and create a finished piece. Look at examples to help your understanding as you work on weekly illustrations.

Typography

February 8 - March 28

Thursdays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Chelsey Dyer

Typography is the art of arranging letter forms into words and sentences and is an important element of design communication. Learn the principles of typography and typeface design and gain an understanding of how to improve your viewer’s experience. Work with known typefaces and create your own.
not available this term

Children's Book Illustration

not available this term

Weeknight: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Lyndsay Wasko

Note: Art experience is recommended, this is not a beginner course. Find out how the professionals illustrate children’s books, from character development, beginning thumbnail storyboards, to final illustrations. This course will not teach you how to draw but will show you how to take the drawing skills you have and apply them to children’s book illustration. In addition to learning the process and creating your own illustrations, you will also learn about marketing your work and portfolio preparation. 

Comic Book Basics

not available this term

Weeknight: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Jarret Hartnell

Create unique comic characters through a series of thumbnail sketches that you develop into final drawings for a comic book or graphic novel. Develop a personal style that becomes identifiable with you as you hone your drawing and communication skills. Use a variety of media including pen and ink, marker, pencil, and water-based colour to complete your comics.

NEW: Digital Illustration

not available this term

Weeknight: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Samantha Haslam

Take your illustration skills to the next level and learn how to work in a digital environment. Using your own laptop or tablet with a stylus, you will be led through projects that will help you develop a personal style and increase your creativity as you learn useful techniques along the way, whether you are interested in illustrations geared for editorial or book illustrations. Your instructor will give you lots of time to work, tips on your chosen program and valuable feedback throughout.

Graphic Design Fundamentals

not available this term

Weeknight: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

N/A

Gain an understanding of visual communication design and the role of a graphic designer. Learn to problem solve and generate ideas through sketching and drawing, to further develop your skills. Emphasis will be on using the elements and principles of design effectively while you work on projects that push your creativity.

Intro to Adobe Creative Suite

not available this term

Weeknight: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Samantha Haslam

Note: A clear understanding of design fundamentals is recommended, this is not a beginner course. Learn the basics of the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of applications including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, and go beyond simply studying the software, to integrating good design. Work through a series of projects where you focus on how to properly capture, transfer, manipulate, and output images in a clear, concise manner while you apply your knowledge of design fundamentals for clean visual communication. As you work through the projects, you will figure out a digital workflow that makes sense for you and become more comfortable working in multiple programs at once

Drawing

Create artwork with traditional drawing materials such as graphite, charcoal, and conte. 

If you are new to art or drawing, we recommend that you start with Drawing Fundamentals. 

Course Name

Start & End Dates

Day & Time

Price

Instructor

Botanical Drawing Closed

January 29 - March 25

No Class: February 19

Mondays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Samantha Charette

Drawing botanical and fruit forms from life takes careful perception and good hand eye coordination. You will develop keen observational drawing skills through a number of studio-based assignments, and be introduced to colour theory and how to successfully use colour pencils to get rich, vibrant colours.

NEW: Collage Closed

February 7 - March 27

Wednesdays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Samantha Charette

Work with different media and combine them to create unexpected works of art. Grow your understanding of collaging and layering, using a variety of media, techniques and materials, as you layer, build up and scratch away your surface creating pieces that are totally unique. Learn about historical and contemporary artists who have used collaging techniques. Participate in group discussions and critiques to fuel your own practice.

NEW: Design for Artists Closed

February 7 - March 27

Wednesdays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Nick Rooney

Get (re)introduced to and study the elements and principles of design thoroughly as you consider how you use them in your art practice to communicate clearly and concisely. Through a series of drawing exercises focused on creating mood, directing the viewers eye, evoking emotion, and using composition purposefully you will more fully develop your visual communication skills to create intentionally.  

Drawing Fundamentals Closed

January 29 - March 25

No Class: February 19

Mondays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Nick Rooney

Gain confidence and fundamental skills in drawing as you work through projects aimed at increasing your perceptive abilities and eye-hand coordination. Focus on the elements of drawing, observation, and composition as you explore a variety of drawing media and techniques. 

Drawing Fundamentals

February 8 - March 28

Thursdays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

TBD

Gain confidence and fundamental skills in drawing as you work through projects aimed at increasing your perceptive abilities and eye-hand coordination. Focus on the elements of drawing, observation, and composition as you explore a variety of drawing media and techniques. 

Figure Drawing

February 8 - March 28

Thursdays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$400 + GST

Aaron Sidorenko

Note: Previous drawing experience recommended. The human figure is a fascinating subject for both beginners and experienced artists. Working with a live model, use a variety of media, and gain studio experience in gesture and analytical figure drawing, modeling of form and space through light and shadow, perspective, proportion, and different drawing techniques and methods. 

Observational Drawing Closed

February 6 - March 26

Tuesdays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Samantha Charette

Work from life and draw what is in front of you as you increase your observational drawing skills. Learn to look thoughtfully and carefully understand spatial positions, angles, light and shadow, textures, and tones. Understand what is important to include and what to simplify to capture the spirit of your subject.

Perspective Drawing Closed

February 6 - March 26

Tuesdays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Shawn Chamberlain

Learn the foundations of linear perspective as you draw environments using one, two, and multi-point perspectives. Draw interior spaces and three-dimensional objects with ease and great success.

Portrait Drawing

February 6 - March 26

Tuesdays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Aaron Sidorenko

Note: Previous drawing experience recommended. Develop your ability to capture the likeness of an individual’s face. Gain a strong understanding of proper proportioning of the facial structure and learn how to accurately measure and transfer that onto paper. You will work from both live models and photographs as you experiment with different types of drawing media and techniques.
not available this term

Abstract Drawing

not available this term

Weeknight: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Sarah van Sloten

Note: Previous drawing experience is recommended. Abstraction can be challenging... start with some basics in drawing to learn some ways to get there. Start with observational drawings that you break down by sectioning, enlarging, and distorting. Practice different drawing methods with a variety of drawing media. Discuss the approach of various abstract artist. Discovering the power of their works as you explore where images and ideas come from. Individual and group critiques will provide artistic growth through greater understanding of abstraction. 

Classical Drawing Techniques

not available this term

Weeknight: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Shawn Chamberlain

Using the same methods Renaissance artists used, improve your representational drawing skills, and learn how to capture on paper what your eye sees, not what your mind thinks it sees. You will focus on how to visually analyze your subject matter, create steps for greater accuracy, better proportions, mass and values in your drawings.

Drawing II

not available this term

Weeknight: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Samantha Charette

Note: Drawing Fundamentals or previous drawing experience recommended. Build on the drawing skills you acquired in Drawing I as you work through a series of projects aimed at increasing your hand-eye coordination and perspective drawing skills. In addition to exploring a variety of mark-making media, you will also be supported in developing a personal vision for your practice. View historical and contemporary art to inform your own work. Participation in group discussion and class critiques will help build your confidence and awareness.

Landscape Drawing

not available this term

Weeknight: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Shawn Chamberlain

Draw landscapes with confidence from observation and location sketches. Landscapes can be complex subjects and understanding where to start, what to include, and what leave out can be overwhelming. You will learn how to simplify your composition, isolate subject matter, and create atmospheric perspective in your drawings. Experiment with different drawing media to illustrate different parts of the landscape: grass, trees, rocks, foliage, and a variety of different skies.

Portfolio Prep

not available this term

Weeknight: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Nick Rooney

Focus on building a strong set of drawings to include in your portfolio for submission to AUArts or any other visual arts institution, through a series of drawings including: still life, landscape, the human figure, self-portraiture, and collage - all aimed at increasing your observational drawing skills.

NEW: Tattoo Drawing

not available this term

Weeknight: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

N/A

Tattoos and tattoo culture are widely embraced today and having strong drawing skills is essential in this competitive industry. Get in the studio with other like-minded individuals and focus on improving your drawing skills while gaining an understanding of line, balance, composition, and human anatomy. Begin generating concepts for flash sets and working with image references. Study different tattoo artists’ work as you start to develop your personal drawing style, and gain an appreciation for the time and dedication tattoo artists put into their craft.

Fibre Arts

Make wearable art using natural or synthetic fibre, materials and dyes. 

Course Name

Start & End Dates

Day & Time

Price

Instructor

Silk Screening on Fabric

February 10 - March 16

No Class: February 17

Saturdays: 9:00am - 2:00pm

$400 + GST

Sky Weir

Imagine your own images on fabric! Print your own designs on yardage, clothing, or accessories using pigments and hand-cut stencils to create unique, one-of-a-kind pieces. Learn how to cut stencils for your screens, mix your own colours, and print multiple layers using water-based printing medium on natural fibres.

NEW: Upcycle Your Clothes

February 8 - March 28

Thursdays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Jocelyn McHugh

Reconsider your clothing's role in your life and redefine its value through care and attention. Through different upcycling techniques, explore the boundaries of your garments and create custom pieces that become meaningful to you. Bring your old shirts, jackets, pants, skirts, and more; and give them new life by deconstructing, reconstructing, and embellishing. Come away with simple design tips and tricks from your instructor that will allow you to make your clothes unique, stylish, and fit better.

Glassblowing

Blow hot glass into beautiful objects and forms. 

Course Name

Start & End Dates

Day & Time

Price

Instructor

Glassblowing Basics FULL

February 6 - March 26

Tuesdays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$610 + GST

Robert Lewis

Glassblowing Basics FULL

February 7 - March 27

Wednesdays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$610 + GST

Robert Lewis

Learn the basic processes of hot glasswork, with a focus on solid and simple blow forms, in a studio environment limited to eight students; in order to give you optimum access to all equipment and instructor. 

Glassblowing Beyond Basics FULL

February 10 - March 23

No Class: February 17

Saturdays: 9:00am - 1:00pm

$610 + GST

Robert Lewis

Expand your knowledge of hot glasswork as you develop your skills further in a small class setting with lots of individualized instruction. Challenge yourself and try creating different forms and working with colour. The last class meeting will provide cold working time to complete your pieces.

Jewellery & Metals

Design and fabricate jewellery. 

Course Name

Start & End Dates

Day & Time

Price

Instructor

Jewellery Fundamentals: Cold Connections FULL

January 29 - March 25

No Class: February 19

Mondays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$540 + GST

Kelsey Merkeley

You will be amazed at the jewellery you can make from flat pieces of metal. Learn basic metalworking skills (sawing, piercing, filing, shaping, stamping, surface texturing, and finishing) and how to use simple hand tools in a fully outfitted jewellery making studio. Get ample studio working time and support from your instructor throughout as you learn fabrication processes.

Jewellery Fundamentals: Soldering Skills Closed

February 7 - March 27

Wednesdays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$540 + GST

Kelsey Merkeley

Note: Jewellery Fundamentals: Cold Connections must be completed before registering into Soldering Skills. Soldering opens up a world of creative possibilities in jewellery making. In this technical class, you'll learn essential techniques for joining metal components together through soldering, including butt-joint soldering, sweat-joint soldering, using resists/heat sinks, when and how to use different types of solder, and much more! 

Open Jewellery Studio Closed

February 10 - March 23

No Class: February 17

Saturdays: 9:00am - 1:00pm

$540 + GST

Kelsey Merkeley

Prerequisite: Jewellery Fundamentals: Soldering Skills, or previous metal fabrication experience. Note: Foundational skills in sawing, piercing, filing, sanding, and soldering are recommended. Students should also have the ability to work independently. Here’s your chance to complete past projects in a jewellery studio week after week. You will have access to a professional jeweller for technical advice, guidance, and critical feedback, but should be able to work independently and have a strong jewellery and metals foundation. 
not available this term

Jewellery: Ring Basics

not available this term

Weeknight: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$540 + GST

Kelsey Merkeley

This is a beginner friendly course that teaches students the basic techniques of ring making including measuring, piercing, texturing, filing, soldering, shaping, and finishing. Students can expect to create original designs and walk away with two or more rings.

Jewellery: Chains & Clasps

not available this term

Weeknight: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$540 + GST

Kelsey Merkeley

Really hone your sawing, shaping, and soldering skills as you construct chains and clasps from metal wire. Your instructor will present different chain styles and simple clasps—s-hook, toggle, and keyhole with cap for you to practice and perfect.

Gem Setting: Heavy Bezel

not available this term

Weeknight: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$540 + GST

Kelsey Merkeley

Note: A high level of silver soldering ability is required. Take your jewellery making skills to the next level and learn a basic (and oldest) stone setting technique — bezel. A bezel setting surrounds your gemstone and creates a unique look and a very secure set. Heavy bezel setting is the perfect next step after mastering traditional fine silver wire bezel setting. Watch detailed demonstrations and get ample time to practice with different shaped stones under the guidance of your instructor.

Gem Setting: Prong

not available this term

Weeknight: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$540 + GST

Kelsey Merkeley

Note: Foundational skills in sawing, piercing, filing, sanding, and soldering are recommended. Learn a variety of technical stone settings used in jewellery making through detailed demonstrations and ample practice under the guidance of your instructor. Focus on prong setting in addition to channel setting and some theory. 

Painting

Learn a variety of painting techniques across acrylic, watercolour and oils.

Course Name

Start & End Dates

Day & Time

Price

Instructor

Abstract Painting Week

February 20 - 24

Tuesday - Saturday

10:00am - 4:00pm

$445 + GST

Malcolm Mooney

Get cozy in the studio and take your abstract painting practice to the next level with an uninterrupted week in the studio! Work alongside other abstract painters and build community under the guidance of your instructor as you push yourself in the studio developing your practice or producing brand new work, and participating in individual and group critiques throughout the week

Abstract Painting

February 7 - March 27

Wednesdays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Sarah van Sloten

Prerequisite: Acrylic Painting Basics. Break free from representational painting! Let go and create abstract and non-objective paintings based on your interests. Get introduced to historical and contemporary examples and approaches to abstraction with an emphasis on the materials used, the process, and the impact of the relationship between form and content. 

Acrylic Painting Basics Closed

January 29 - March 25

Mondays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Lori Lukasewich

Acrylic paints are so versatile and perfect for those who are new to painting. Learn the basics of colour theory, paint mixing, application techniques, and composition while developing your skills AND confidence in your creative potential. 

NEW: Acrylic Painting II

February 8 - March 28

Thursdays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Lori Lukasewich

Prerequisite: Acrylic Painting Basics. You have a solid grasp of the fundamentals of painting; now continue working with acrylic paints as you focus on painting subject matter that you choose. Your instructor will work with you to help develop your own style, as you broaden your knowledge of composition and art fundamentals.

Figure Painting

February 6 - March 26

Tuesdays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$400 + GST

Marcia Harris

Note: Previous experience with acrylic or oil painting recommended. The human figure has provided artists of all disciplines and skill levels with endless possibilities. Now you can concentrate on the figure as you paint from a live, nude model in the studio each week. You will discuss proportions of the figure while you also focus on tone, colour, form and the relationships of space within your surface. You will look at examples from art history and discuss how to add expression and emotion into your work. The use of oil or acrylic paints is optional and individual technical guidance will be provided for both mediums.

Oil Painting Basics

February 6 - March 26

Tuesdays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Nick Rooney

Discover the materials and techniques of oil painting through still life, landscape, and portrait assignments structured to introduce you to its language and practice. Explore the formal principles that enable effective design with the aim of developing your personal vision. 

Oil Painting Techniques Closed

February 8 - March 28

Thursdays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Nick Rooney

The very nature of oil paints allows for artists to work and re-work their paintings to create a wide range of textures from smooth, subtle, glowing finishes achieved by slowly building up thin layers of glaze; to rough, energetic, thick applications of paint that build up quickly and heavily on a canvas. Your instructor will lead you through a sequence of in class exercises that introduce you to a number of different techniques and how to achieve them. 

Landscape Painting

February 8 - March 28

Thursdays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Marcia Harris

Note: Previous painting experience is recommended. From a craggy Italian hilltop to a golden Alberta prairie, landscape painting captures the spirit of a location. This course will give you a basic understanding of the challenges of painting the landscape through an analytical approach to perspective, composition, relationships between colour and tone, and manipulation of media. 
not available this term

NEW: Oil Painting II

not available this term

Weeknight: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Nick Rooney

 Prerequisite: Oil Painting Basics. You have a good understanding of the fundamentals of painting; now deepen your knowledge of painting techniques and art principles while focusing on subject matter that you are really interested in. With support from your instructor, work towards developing your personal style. There will be weekly critiques individual and group.

Portrait Painting

not available this term

Weeknight: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Aaron Sidorenko

Prerequisite: Acrylic Painting Basics or Oil Painting Basics. With an emphasis on how drawing and painting work hand-in-hand, you will learn to paint with a sculptural understanding of the human form gaining confidence and an ability to quickly capture the human form and face. 

Watercolour Painting Basics

not available this term

Weeknight: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Lori Lukasewich

Watercolours can be challenging to work with, especially if you are new to painting, but understanding some basic watercolour handling and techniques will guarantee success. Learn how to stretch paper, proper brush handling, how to work wet-on-wet or drybrush along with some tricks of the trade and gain skills as you work through projects. 

Photography

Capture and create lasting images using your camera. 

Course Name

Start & End Dates

Day & Time

Price

Instructor

Digital Photography Basics Closed

February 7 - March 27

Wednesdays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$440 + GST

Raeann Cheung

Note: DSLR or Mirrorless only. Discover how to work your digital camera so you can get out of auto mode and take your picture taking skills to the next level. Learn basic camera operations and how to use your camera's settings, including exposure, aperture, and shutter speed, while you experiment with composition, lighting, and different lens to see how they affect your images. Work through shooting images, file conversion, and digital image management under the guidance of your instructor and get good feedback throughout the course.  
not available this term

NEW: Analog Photography

not available this term

Weeknight: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$375 + GST

Kyle Whitehead

Learn to let go of instant gratification in photography by appreciating the trial and error process of analog photography. Learn what cameras, settings, and types of films to use in different situations as you work through a variety of shooting scenarios before learning to develop your own photographs.

Portrait Photography

not available this term

Weeknight: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$440 + GST

N/A

NoteBasic understanding of camera operations is recommended. DSLR or Mirrorless only.Take better pictures of your family and friends with ease and assurance that you are getting the shot. Portraiture is no doubt one of the most popular forms of photography, yet many times these pictures are the hardest to take. You will learn how to improve your portrait photography skills, how to take advantage of available light, how to compose interesting shots, and how to effectively direct your subject to achieve the desired look. On location, hands-on demonstrations and in class shooting sessions will benefit students greatly. There will be a brief review of camera operations as well as an introduction to post-processing and design fundamentals. 

Print Media

Produce and transfer your ideas onto a variety of surfaces.

Course Name

Start & End Dates

Day & Time

Price

Instructor

NEW: Linocut I

February 8 - March 28

Thursdays: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Samantha Charette

Explore the possibilities of relief printmaking through linocut, as you work in a fully equipped studio. Learn how to safely carve your linocut, print with a single colour as you work up to reduction cutting and printing with multiple colours. You will print with a press and by hand, making it easy to continue your practice after the course.
not available this term

NEW: Drypoint

not available this term

Weeknight: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Samantha Charette

Explore the possibilities of intaglio printmaking through drypoint, as you work in a fully equipped studio space. Learn how to carve your drypoint plate, print in a single colour, and print in multiple colours through the technique, 'A La Poupee.' You will learn how to prepare your paper for printing and print a small edition using a printing press.

 Writing

Use your imagination to create new worlds, characters and stories.

Course Name

Start & End Dates

Day & Time

Price

Instructor

not available this term

World Building for Writers

not available this term

Weeknight: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Tawny Stokes

Whether you’re writing a novel, a script, or even a game, world building is an integral part to creating a setting that readers will want to submerse themselves into for years to come. Where would the hobbits be without Middle Earth, or Jon Snow without Westeros? Use mythologies from around the world as a starting point to determine what kind of world you want to create. From there you will establish its rules and laws, describe the environment, determine its culture, history and language, and create characters to populate it, setting the stage to write your own epic story. Note: This is an online course hosted via Microsoft Teams.

Scriptwriting for Beginners

not available this term

Weeknight: 6:30 - 9:30pm

$355 + GST

Tawny Stokes

Learn the foundations of a screenplay, including 3 Act structure, and what makes for a good book to script adaptation. Dive deep into the elements of writing a solid first draft; including developing character arcs, goals, stakes, themes, and perfecting the opening scene. As you will be deconstructing an adapted script, this course is perfect for authors looking to adapt their own work or anyone looking to begin screen or scriptwriting. Note: This is an online course hosted via Microsoft Teams. 

Please note: Courses appearing in red are currently available for registration.

For more information please contact the Continuing Education office by email

Weeklong Summer Courses

Get into the studio for five full days of creative productivity, away from your usual interruptions.  

Weeklong courses are intended for dedicated artists looking to work in a studio environment. You will participate in group discussions and critiques that will deepen your understanding of your work and how others interpret it.   

All skill levels are welcome.

Course Name

Start & End Dates

Day & Time

Price

Instructor

100 Drawings in a Week

coming soon

Monday - Friday

10:00am - 4:00pm

$505 + GST

Mark Vazquez Mackay

Get really creative and push yourself to complete 100 drawing in a week. You’ll improve your drawing skills through your sustained drawing practice as your instructor helps you move from concentrating on mostly formal issues to more conceptual ones. Be introduced to past and current artists who have strong drawing practices and participate in individual and group critiques which will aide in your artist growth. 

Abstract Painting Week

coming soon

Monday - Friday

10:00am - 4:00pm

$505 + GST

Malcolm Mooney

Take your abstract painting practice to the next level and spend an uninterrupted week in the studio! Work alongside other abstract painters and build community under the guidance of your instructor as you produce new work or explore a new technique or approach to what you’ve been doing. You will participate in individual and group critiques throughout the week. Acrylic paint will be the medium used as it is flexible and dries quickly.

NEW: Figure for the Week 

coming soon

Tuesday - Friday

10:00am - 4:00pm

$505 + GST

Mark Vazquez Mackay

Learn a classical approach to drawing and painting the figure as you spend a full week in the studio working from a live model. All artists are supported by the instructor to work on honing their figure drawing and/or painting skills. You will participate in discussions about both the historical and contemporary figures in drawing and painting as well as addressing formal and technical issues. Both individual and group critiques play an important role in the workshop and serve as a valuable learning tool for all artists involved. All levels welcome.

NEW: Mixed Media & Collage Week

coming soon

Monday - Friday

10:00am - 4:00pm

$505 + GST

Mark Vazquez Mackay

Working with mixed media can be daunting but it can also be very exciting and freeing. Grow your understanding of working with different materials and techniques as you collage and layer, building up and scratching away your surface to create pieces that are totally unique. Learn about historical and contemporary artists who have used mixed media and the impact of their work within an art context, as well as participate in group discussions and critiques to stimulate your own practice. All levels welcome.

Open Jewellery Studio Week

coming soon

Monday - Friday

10:00am - 4:00pm

$675 + GST

Kelsey Morgan Merkeley

Here’s your chance to complete past projects in a jewellery studio, while having access to a professional jeweler for advanced instruction and guidance. Be prepared to generate your own projects. Your instructor will provide technical advice, critical feedback, and new skills demonstrations on request. Please Note: Previous metal fabrication, soldering, and jewellery skills and the ability to work independently is required.

NEW:Sketchbook Drawing Week

coming soon

Monday - Friday

10:00am - 4:00pm

$505 + GST

Lori Lukasewich

Your sketchbook is your passport to explore new ideas, sharpen your drawing skills, and capture the beauty of the world around you. With daily challenges designed to push your boundaries, you'll discover new techniques and approaches to drawing that will take your skills to the next level. Your instructor will guide you through the process of maintaining a daily sketchbook practice that will turbocharge your creativity and boost your artistic output. You'll learn how to overcome creative blocks, stay motivated, and find inspiration in unexpected places. Head out into Calgary with your classmates and develop your ability to sketch and capture our vibrant city on location. 

NEW: Urban Sketching Week

coming soon 

Monday - Friday

10:00am - 4:00pm

$505 + GST

Mark Vazquez Mackay

Capture the bustling energy of a busy street corner or the quietness of a single person on a bench, as you explore the downtown Calgary. Meet in a different location each day and draw from observation in your sketchbook. Please see your course supply list online. All levels welcome.

Watch and learn!

Please note: Courses are subject to cancellation based on minimum enrolment levels.

 

 

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