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Adult Art Workshops

Calgary Art Workshops for Adults & Seniors. Stay in touch!

Adults & Seniors
Beginners & Advanced
All mediums

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Drawing a Portrait in Chalk Pastels

Chalk pastel of women.

The focus of this workshop is to create a portrait (reference provided or a photo of your choosing) in chalk pastels. Join Artist Nathalie Lahey as she teaches you techniques on how to build up your portrait drawing. If you've ever wanted to create a portrait or improve on your portraiture skills, this is the class for YOU! Over the course of one day, you'll learn valuable skills that will help you create the portrait you've always been thinking about drawing of one of your family members, friends, or even yourself. 

Beginner - Advanced Welcome

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Price: $100

Saturday, June 15, 2024
10:00 - 4:00 PM

ABSTRACTS! What? Why! How? (Acrylics)

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Intrigued by abstraction but intimidated? Come find out what it is, why we make it and how to make it - all in Acrylics. It’s easier than you think.
What makes a good abstract painting when you don't know what subject you’re looking at? Good design is the key - and this is how we can get there. Colour theory, mixing, design and composition and some crazy technique stuff.

Beginners - Intermediate Welcome

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Price: $145

June 22, 9:30 - 3:30 pm
June 23, 9:30 - 3:30 pm

Abstract Painting with Watercolour, Ink

Abstract Watercolour Painting.

This is the perfect place to start your painting journey. 
This course covers the basics - colour, Design, and composition - and so much more. The emphasis here is on simplifying techniques and bringing playfulness to your painting. My step-by-step process will have you creating abstract paintings without fear or hesitation. 

Beginner - Advanced Welcome

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Price: $85

Sunday, June 23, 2024
11:30-3:30 pm

Moraine Lake Painting Workshop | With Heather Pant

Acrrylic landscape painting of a mountain.

Join Heather Pant July 6, 2024 as we create in her unique style an Abstract Impressionist Painting of a Scenic Moraine Lake. Fun, fast paced, and informative this class is limited to 12 Participants and will be held at Swinton's Art Supply in Calgary Alberta Saturday July 6,2024 from 12 pm to 4.

Beginner - Advanced Welcome

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Price: $200

July 6, 12:00 - 4:00 pm

Capturing the Rockies | With Mitch Baird

Landscape painting of a mountain.

The class will discuss the way the optics of the eye work with seeing light, form, atmosphere and space. The fundamental principles of painting – composition, drawing, value, colour, and edges will also be stressed. Each day we will begin with a demo covering the principles mentioned above. Individual attention will be a high priority as well as laughs and lots of enthusiasm!

Intermediate - Advanced Welcome

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Price: $750

July 11 - 14, 2024
9:00 - 4:00 pm daily

Metallics and Mixed Media - Wildlife - Teens & Adults Summer Workshop!

Mixed media painting of a wolf.

Join GOLDEN Artist Educator Ashley Gaboury as she takes you through the process of painting your favorite animals. Using Acrylics and Mixed Media explore ways of depicting wildlife with collage elements to create drama. Participants will develop stylized portraits that capture the “inner light” of their subjects while experimenting with Metallics and Mixed Media.

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Price:

$210

July 17 - 19
Times: 12:30 am - 4:00 pm 

Watercolors and Mixed Media - Teens & Adults Summer Workshop!

Watercolour painting of a white dog.

Join GOLDEN Artist Educator in this summer intensive workshop and dive into painting expressive animals with Watercolors and Mixed Media. We will be focusing on a variety of mark-making and color mixing techniques using QoR Modern Watercolors.

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Price:

$205

July 22 - 25
Times: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm 

Painting a Portrait in Oils | With Nahtalie Lahey

Oil portrait painting of two woman smiling.

The focus of this workshop is to create a portrait (reference provided or a photo of your choosing) in oils. Join Artist Nathalie Lahey as she teaches you techniques on how to build up your portrait painting. If you've ever wanted to create a portrait or improve on your portraiture skills, this is the class for YOU! 

Beginner - Advanced Welcome

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Price: $160

July 27, 10:00 - 4:00 pm
July 28
, 10:00 - 4:00 pm

Spirit Island Workshop | With Heather Pant | Acrylics

Acrylic painting of spirit island.

Join Heather Pant at Swinton's Art Supply in Calgary August 10, 2024 as she teaches her unique techniques and usage of colour composition whilst creating magical Moraine Lake on Canvas. All Skill levels welcome class limited to 14 students. Group and one on one Instruction. August 10, 2024 12 pm to 4 Pm

Beginner - Advanced Welcome

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Price: $200

August 10, 12:00 - 4:00 pm

Painting Nova Scotia | With Doug Swinton

Painting of Nova Scotia.

Your instructors Doug Swinton and Sue Contini will guide you through the stunning landscape of our beloved east coast. There will be five days of Exploring the region including Lunenburg, Mahone Bay, Peggys Cove Annapolis Valley, and more. There will be daily critiques, demos, and food galore!  All painting sites will be based out of the hub of Lunenburg. We will travel each day to the painting sites from there. 

Intermediate - Advanced Welcome

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Price: $585

September 2 - 7, 2024
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Soapstone Carving 2024 | With Vance Theoret

Soapstone pieces carved into diffirent animals.

A fun and light approach to working with soapstone stone. You will carve your own piece of stone while Vance guides you through the process of shaping, carving and polishing, helping solve the challenges you encounter at each phase.  Each student will come away from this workshop with a finished piece and with a better sense of how to see and execute in the 3D. No skills are required other than to be willing to have fun!

Beginner - Advanced Welcome

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Price: $285

October 26, 9:30 - 4:00 pm
October 27, 10:00 - 4:00 pm

Capturing Personality in Pastel | With Jane Romanishko

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DEMO + WORKSHOP
There is nothing more challenging and fascinating in art than drawing a human face. It presents the double problem for the artist: rendering the exterior and capturing the personality. However challenging that might be, it is simple if you KNOW HOW. Step-by-step instructions will get you to understand the basics of portrait drawing and get the mystery out of it. Whether you have never draw a portrait before, or you want to strengthen your knowledge of portrait drawing and painting, Instructor Jane Romanishko will lead you through this process.

Strong Beginner - Advanced Welcome

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Friday, Oct 4, 6:00 - 8:00 PM (Demo Night)
Saturday, Oct 5, 10:00 - 4:00 PM (Workshop Day)
Sunday, Oct 6, 10:00 - 4:00 PM (Workshop Day)

Price:
$34.95 Demo Only
$284.95 Workshop Only
$299.95 Demo + Workshop

Land, Sea and Sky | Oil or Acrylic

Collage of landscap and seascape paintings.

The focus of this workshop is on landscape composition and colour. You will create oil or acrylic (your choice) paintings of prairies, foothills, and seascapes distinguished by a harmonious play of light and colour in a bold and realistic style. Jonn Einerssen works almost exclusively in oils and layering glazes to create a translucent and harmonious play of light and colour.

Intermediate - Advanced Welcome

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Price: $225

April 22, 10:00 - 4:00 pm
April 23, 10:00 - 4:00 pm

Painting Fast And Furious | With Doug Swinton and Michelle Grant

Casa Buena Retreat

Whether you paint with laser focus high realism or you are an off-the-wall abstract artist these courses will give the building blocks and principles that relate to all forms of painting no matter what medium you paint in. 

While you're busy creating art, your friendly hosts at Casa Buena will be working hard, ensuring that your stay is a memorable one. Outstanding food, accommodations, and field trips will satisfy your desires for both comfort and adventure.

Intermediate - Advanced Welcome

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Price: $2,800

January 8 - 15, 2025
9:30 am - 4:00 pm

All inclusive Art Retreat in Mexico

The Deep Dive | With Doug Swinton and Michelle Grant

Casa Buena Retreat Part 2.

This would be a even deeper dive. Part 1 and 2 are for the most part completely different. Only the photography day would be similar. You may participate in the lesson again or if you choose you can stay behind and Doug will continue to instruct from the resort. weather you choose option 1, 2 or 3 you will learn more than your head can hold. this is Intensive learning but remember we are still on a holiday. Margaritas by the pool coronas by the ocean and the occasional stop at a taco stand will be a regular occurrence.

Intermediate - Advanced Welcome

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Price: $3,700

January 15 - 25, 2025
9:30 am - 4:00 pm

All inclusive Art Retreat in Mexico

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