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Participants get fantastic training from artist Daniel Hughes in our Painting from the Model class. Photo: Tim Forbes
Photo: Tim Forbes

Agnes classes and workshops for youth, adults and families are sure to inspire and engage. Enjoy exploring themes in current exhibitions and learning hands-on skills in various media.

For Adults

Image: Alan Wilkinson

Alan Wilkinson

Photography: The Documentary Impulse
Wednesdays, 5 and 19 October
6–9 pm

Alan Wilkinson leads a two-night course for those interested in the documentary impulse in photography, as seen in our exhibition The Other NFB. Participants will discuss the show with respect to context, construction of narratives, selection processes, time, and research and complete a series of documentary photographs, over the two week hiatus, to display in the second session. Wilkinson is looking forward to working with and exchanging ideas with those interested in exploring the potential of documentary photography, and recommends that participants attend the lecture on the exhibition on Sunday 2 October.

An artist and educator in the Kingston area for 40 years, Wilkinson is currently a lecturer in Visual Arts Education at the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University. He works on a variety of continuing projects including found text in urban environments and the essential qualities of natural and engineered corridors. One of his current projects, Canada Then and Now, is photographic documentation of the 119 sites in Canada drawn by William Henry Bartlett in 1838 and published as steel engravings from 1840-1842.

Fee: $70, $60 members and students. Click here to download the registration form.

The Other NFB is funded in part by the Government of Canada.

Image: Tim Forbes. Spring 2015 Art Class

Image: Tim Forbes. Spring 2015 Art Class

Painting from the Model: Advanced
Thursdays, 29 September–17 November
6–9 pm

Popular instructor Daniel Hughes teaches an eight-week course in painting from the model. This is an advanced course, intended for those who have taken two of Hughes’s courses here.

Daniel Hughes is a figurative artist who has exhibited his work throughout Canada and in the United States. He has had solo exhibitions in London, UK and is a two-time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields award. He recently completed a commissioned portrait of former Chancellor David Dodge and his most recent solo exhibition was at the Ingram Gallery, Toronto. Please see:

Fees: $250, $220 members and students. Materials not included.

Click here to download the registration form.

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For Youth

Wedding Photojournalism and Unique Portraits.

ArtZone participants, fall 2016. Photo: Tim Forbes

Thursdays, 29 September–1 December
3–5 pm

Geared to teens in Grades 8–12 (ages 13–17), ArtZone is a free, drop-in program that offers a new and engaging art projects each week, led by local artists and inspired by our exhibitions.

Local artists will facilitate this program for teens who want to build their art skills.

Schedule of projects:

29 September: sketching the face
6 October: watercolour landscapes
13 October: using collage to build a sculpture
20 October: creating free-form imagery with paint, pen and ink
27 October: mandalas
3 November: acrylic painting, developing tonal values and colour
10 November: landscape painting
17 November: bubble printing
24 November: lino block printing
1 December: lino block printing

If you are having trouble getting here please call Pat at (613)533.2190 for transportation help.

Supported by the generosity of Agnes members and donors.


Photo by Tim Forbes

Nancy Douglas with  past ARTventure participants. Photo: Tim Forbes

Saturdays, 1 October–26 November
1:30–4 pm

Kingston artist Nancy Douglas brings her creative teaching skills to another session of ARTventure, geared to 8–12 year-olds. Combining engaging discussions in our exhibitions and varied projects in the studio, ARTventure offers fun and challenge.

Nancy Douglas is an artist, and experienced teacher whose enjoyable and inclusive art workshops have taken place at the Agnes, in her studio and in Kingston schools. Douglas’s love of maps, history and neighbourhoods informs her large-project teaching and her art project Neighbours about Kingston and Katarokwi, for Sydenham PS, was displayed at The Studio Gallery, Queen’s Faculty of Education. Douglas’s art work currently focuses on manufactured everyday objects and the working class neighbourhoods where they were made. Please see

Fee: $160, $130 members. Materials included. Click here for the registration form.

A limited number of bursaries are available for those in financial need. Click here for application form.

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For Families

Wedding Photojournalism and Unique Portraits.

Photo: Tim Forbes

Family Drop-ins
Sundays, 24 September–13 November
2–4 pm

Inspired by Ciara Phillips’s portrayals of hidden forms of labour and subjects in focused contemplation, we are piloting a Sunday family program that is designed to give parents quiet time to view the exhibition while their children engage in supervised experiential learning. Simple printmaking activities will be offered by two qualified Early Childhood Educators.

Image: Ciara Phillips, Workshop (2010-ongoing), The Showroom London, 2 October–30 November 2013

Ciara Phillips, Workshop (2010-ongoing), The Showroom London, 2 October–30 November 2013

Family Program: Create your own graphic tee 
Sunday 6 November
1:30–3:30 pm

Inspired by Ciara Phillips: Comrade Objects, we offer a silkscreen printmaking workshop led by Kingston artist Barb Danielewski. After a short tour of Comrade Objects, participants will design and print their own T-shirts, using stencils and several colours. Bring your own T-shirt or pay $5 for one. The program is free but space is limited. Please call 613.533.2190 to register.

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