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Quentin VerCetty’s Future Memories workshop in the André Biéler Studio begins, part of a conversation around The Arts Against PostRacialism. Photo: Garrett Elliott
Youth in the Studio. Photo: Tim Forbes
Printmaking in the André Biéler Studio. Photo: Tim Forbes
Life Drawing with artist Brendan Fernandes in the André Biéler Studio
Participants get fantastic training from artist Daniel Hughes in our Painting from the Model class. 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

Intro to Drypoint Printmaking. Photo: Tim Forbes

The Studio
Sundays  28 April, 26 May and 9 June, 1:30–4 pm
Fee: $10/class

Get into the Studio for these artist-led workshops. All materials provided.

28 April, 1:30–4 pm
Subversive Stitching: Embroidering with Meaning, with Hannah Taalman


This workshop will introduce participants to the skills and techniques of embroidery while also touching on the historical role that embroidery has played in the feminist movement and the female life. Included will be a visit to the exhibition Stepping Out: Clothes for a Gallery Goer.

26 May, 1:30–4 pm
The Album of Your Life: Visioning Collage and Collaborative Songwriting, with Krista Muir


If you had a record reflect/represent a chapter in your life (past, present, future) what would it look like? What would it sound like?

Music is a powerful medium – a living and breathing art form that accompanies us throughout our lives. In this playful workshop, participants will first create a collage representing a chapter in their life “album” – and from these covers we’ll randomly select and write songs inspired by the stories that emerge. Simple, complex, metaphorical, literal, whimsical, comical – the unique group of participants will shape the content and flow.

Please note, no musical experience or equipment is necessary, only a desire to participate and enjoy exploring these mediums.

Krista Muir is a composer, performer, producer and multi-disciplinary artist whose music has taken her around the world.

9 June, 1:30–4 pm
The Politics and Poetics of Animated Collage, with Emily Pelstring
Free! This workshop is in partnership with The Kingston Frontenac Public Library.

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Building on ideas developed through her past curatorial and film projects, artist Emily Pelstring will teach a workshop on 2D, mixed-media, stop-motion animation. This workshop takes inspiration from the long tradition of artists who have remediated and re-contextualized found images from popular culture and news media, and used collage as a tool for political critique. Participants will create short (10-30 second) animations using the format of the PSA that address topics of personal and political concern, with an orientation toward human rights and ecological responsibility. We will use the iStopmotion app, borrowed iPads, and a cardboard animation rig that is easy to build at home. Materials will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring small objects and print media that they would like to work with. This workshop is in partnership with The Kingston Frontenac Public Library


Thursdays 9 May–13 June, 4–6 pm
Free; Materials are provided.

Artmaking is innately therapeutic. Drop-in for art and wellness and watch your worries drop away as you re-charge in the Studio. Art Hive is free; materials are provided and no prior art experience is necessary. If you are looking for guidance, our art therapist/facilitator offers weekly projects and visits to our current exhibitions.


What a Relief print class
Thursdays 9, 16, 23 May 6:30–8:45 pm
Fee: $90, $75 members
Materials are provided.


This three-part class led by Brian Hoad incorporates multiple strategies for creating fine art prints at home and in the studio with a focus on relief printing.

The class will review printing basics, carve two linoleum blocks, also called “linocuts,” and print them on greeting cards, t-shirts, and paper. Participants will draw directly on linoleum blocks (a synthetic, soft material that is easily cut) or  transfer computerized images with ease. A variety of other inkable materials will be available for the class to layer with their carvings. Beginners are welcome. Come out and discover the magic of printmaking.

Brian Hoad (b.1992) is a visual artist originally from Port Hope, ON. He received his Bachelor of Fine Art Honours, Visual Art in 2015 from Queen’s University and Master of Fine Art, Visual Art in 2017 from the University of Regina. He maintains a studio practice at Dead On Collective in Kingston, ON, where he works as the Technician Supervisor and Painting & Drawing Technician for the Fine Art (Visual Art) Program at Queen’s University. Recent exhibitions include lim∙i∙nal, An exhibition of North American Printmaking (2019 Hague Gallery, Regina SK), Remixing Environments (2018 Blizzmax, Picton ON), and me you & a few of our friends, featuring works by printmakers from the US, Canada, and the UK (2018 The Galleries at Georgetown College, Georgetown KY USA).


Rendering Fabric: Form and Flow
Thursdays 6, 13, 20 June, 6:30–8:45 pm
Fee: $90, $75 members
Materials are not provided.


Increase your art powers! Gaetanne Lavoie provides instruction on realistically rendering fabric in any medium. The exhibition Stepping Out: Clothes for a Gallery Goer will inspire class exercises.

Gaetanne Lavoie was raised in a family that celebrated individuality and following your bliss. She received her BFA from York University in Toronto, an MFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and a second MFA from the New York Academy of Art in New York City. Lavoie recently moved back to Canada and has exhibited her paintings nationally and internationally.

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For Children and Youth

P.A. Day Art Camp

P.A. Day Art Camp

Looking for Summer Camps? Find out more about Agnes Art Academy and Agnes Art Camp


A limited number of bursaries are available for Children and Youth. Apply today.

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Painting an Imaginary Universe
Saturdays 11, 18, 25 May 2019, 1:30–3:30pm
Fee: $60, $50 members


Are you 7–12 years old and dreaming of vibrant pink clouds made of cotton candy? Or a city of giants who live under the sea? Create your own characters and landscapes by using canvas, paints and ink and make your imagination come to life through art.

Holly was raised in rural Ontario, where a lot of her ideas and imagination stem from. She graduated Sheridan College in 2004 and spent the next 10 years creating illustrations and working in design in Toronto. She now resides in Kingston working on paintings and ideas for upcoming exhibitions. You can see her work on Instagram at @beautifulpancakelove.


P.A. Day Art Camps
Fridays 5 April, 17 May and 28 June 2019, 9–4 pm
Before and aftercare is included, 8:30–9 am and 4­­–4:30 pm
Fee: $55, $45 members

Spend your day off school exploring paint, print, sculpture and pattern. Children ages 6–12 use our exhibitions as inspiration as they learn artmaking techniques under the themes Making Ancient HistoryPlaying with the Rainbow and Textures and Towers.

Friday 5 April 2019
Making Ancient History


Inspired by the exhibition, Rome, Capital of Painting, campers will explore the allure of antique Roman vases, drawing their own with a surprising twist. As new discoveries in history bring colorful new ideas to light, students will use “resist” and “block-out” methods to draw, paint, and chip away at the surface of their creations to reveal beautiful colors and patterns beneath, with artist and educator Natasha Jabre.

Natasha Jabre is a representational painter whose work highlights the strangeness of everyday situations using symbolism and surreal lighting. She received her BFA from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada and her MFA from The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts. Her artwork has recently been exhibited in Canada and the United States, as well as internationally in Berlin, Italy, Lebanon, and Spain.

Friday 17 May 2019
Playing with the Rainbow


During this fun filled and colourful PA day get ready to encounter all the hues… reds, blues and yellows too! Explore paint, print and pattern with artist and educator Ella Gonzales.

Ella Gonzales is an artist, educator, and arts administrator currently based in Kingston, ON. She is a BFA graduate with a minor in Art History and Criticism from Western University. She is currently the Curatorial Assistant, Contemporary Art, at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre and has over five years of experience working across arts organizations, including: McIntosh Gallery, Western University; Station Gallery, Whitby; and H’art Centre, Kingston.

Friday 28 June 2019
Textures and Towers


Do you like to build things? We do! Create extraordinary sculptures using all sorts of stuff. From fabric, sticks and paper to marshmallows and mylar. Who knows what you will envision, because with sculpture, the sky’s the limit!

Julia Hegmann is a passionate art educator and artist, with experiences ranging from Program Assistant at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre to Education Intern at the National Gallery of Canada. She received a BAH in Art History and Mathematics from Queen’s University and will be graduating with her B.Ed from Queen’s University to teach Visual Art and Mathematics in the High School level.


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For Families

André Biéler StudioAndré Biéler Studio

Sundays 14 April, 12 May, and 16 June, 2–3:30 pm

This popular free family studio program is led by art educators to give children ages 2 and up a positive studio experience while their caregivers view the exhibitions, attend Agnes events or spend time making art together.

Sunday 14 April 2019, 2–3:30 pm

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Sunday 12 May, 2–3:30 pm

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Sunday 16 June, 2–3:30 pm

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Cancellation Policy and Collection of Information

Cancellation Policy:

Up to two weeks prior to start of the course or camp: full refund less $75.00 administration fee. Less than 14 days prior to start of the course or camp: 50% of fee. Less than 48 hours prior to start of the course or camp: no refund.

Collection of Information:
This information provided in the registration forms will be handled confidentially, and is collected solely for the purpose of providing a safe course for you.

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