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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

Photo: Tim Forbes

Intro to Drypoint Printmaking
Thursdays 4–25 October 2018, 6–8:45 pm
Fee: $130, $100 members and students.

Register for Intro to Drypoint Printmaking

Drypoint is the most basic and immediate of the intaglio printmaking techniques. This introductory course offers hands-on experience with printing plates, ink and the etching press. Led by artist Rebecca Cowan, students will be encouraged to hone their printing skills and newly learned techniques in order to complete a signed and numbered limited edition. Materials provided.

Drypoint Printmaking: Next Level
Thursdays 1 and 8 November, 6–8:45 pm
Fee: $60, $50 members and students

Register for Drypoint Printmaking: Next Level

Artist Rebecca Cowan builds on the basic drypoint skills learned in the previous class. Students will have an opportunity to enhance their prints using multiple plate images. Previous printmaking experience is required. Materials provided

Rebecca Cowan is an award-winning printmaker and book artist living in Kingston. Over the last twenty-five years her work has been exhibited extensively in Canada, as well as internationally. In addition to the prizes she has been awarded from the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Organization of Kingston Women Artists, and the Kingston Arts Council, she has also received grants from Open Studio, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council. In Kingston, Ms Cowan is represented by Studio 22.


Drawing from the Model
Thursdays 15 November–20 December, 6–8:45 pm
Fee: $180, $150 members and students

Register for Drawing from the Model

Artist Daniel Hughes offers a 6-week course in life drawing. Participants will use graphite pencil, ink and charcoal in exercises of gesture, contour, outline and tonal modeling, while learning basic anatomical relationships and methods of drawing the human form. Previous drawing experience is required. Some materials provided.

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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. For more about the artist, see:


Acrylic Painting Studio:  Abstract and Figural Expression
Saturdays 24 November–8 December, 1:30–4 pm
Fee: $90, $75 members and students

Register for Acrylic Painting Studio

Led by artist Maureen Sheridan, participants will look at the work of groundbreaking artists in the exhibition In the Present: The Zacks Gift of 1962 and use that as a springboard for work in the studio.  Enjoy a balance of both instructional and individual time using a variety of techniques. Materials provided.

Maureen Sheridan is a perceptual realist based in Kingston, Ontario. Since graduating from the Queen’s University Bachelor of Fine Art program in 1989 Sheridan has been exhibiting in solo and group exhibitions. Her work has won various awards, including a “Best Painting in Show” award at Toronto’s Outdoor Art Exhibition. Her works are included in private and corporate collections in Canada, the U.S.A. and Europe.

Screenprinting in the Studio

Screenprinting in the Studio

The Studio
Sundays, 23 September, 21 October and 18 November, 1:30–3:30 pm

Following on the success of the spring series of studio workshops, The Studio returns with a fresh offering of skills-building and creative experimentation. Led by artists in the community this program is pay-what you-can, a suggested $5 at the door.

23 September   Candle Making

Register for Candle making

This popular and fun exploration of an ancient craft will encourage you to consider texture, smell and colours in a new way. Plus you get to bring home your very own scented (or non-scented) hand-made candle!

21 October       Macramé

Register for Macramé

Yes, macramé is back! Dive into knot tying and three dimensional artmaking with an eye on décor. Relax into this fun and meditative activity, you could discover a new hobby.

18 November  Protest Art

Register for Protest Art

Look into the history of protest art, from the 60’s to The Guerilla Girls, Banksy and beyond. Informed by history, participants will develop a message and create protest signs or posters. Whether you’ve marched with dozens of signs or are wondering how to make your first, this workshop is for you.

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For Children and Youth

Children in the Studio

P.A. Day Art Camps
Fridays 28 September, 26 October and 30 November, 9–4 pm
(before and aftercare is included 8:30–9 am and 4–4:30  pm)
Fee/day: $55, $45 members

Enjoy a day off school making art in the Studio. Children ages 6–12 will explore our exhibitions as inspiration for learning techniques in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and mixed-media art.

An alumni of the Queen’s Bachelor of Fine Art program, Bonnie Crook has had the wonderful opportunity to teach art to thousands of children from Thailand, the Muskokas, Toronto and Kingston for fifteen years. Well versed in all media and child centered learning, she believes once her students grasp the fundamental techniques of the medium, the sky is the limit.

Friday 28 September 2018, 9–4 pm
Controlled Chaos of Colour

Don your paint smock but leave the paint brushes in the jar. This day is going to be action packed fun with paint, masking and colour! Inspired by the abstract expressionist art from the exhibition In the Present: The Zacks Gift of 1962, young artists will create 2-d works that showcase the amazing effects of layered complimentary colours.

Register for 28 September

Friday 26 October 2018, 9–4 pm
Time Capsule Self-Sculptures

Young artists who enjoy playing with fabric, fur and found materials and are skillful at cutting, wrapping, and stuffing will love this workshop. Inspired by the mixed-media, found object installations in Tau Lewis: when last you found me here, children will create child-sized lifeforms that reflect their own personal identity. This eclectic sculpture will include a plaster mask of the child’s face and casts of their hands or feet with secret objects placed inside.

Register for 26 October

Friday 30 November 2018, 9–4 pm
Follow the Path: Exploring Feelings and Movement Through Line

Line is a fundamental element of art that carries so much meaning. In this PA day workshop young artists will learn how a line’s direction, thickness and colour can convey feelings and energy. Using line alone they will respond to various types of music, express a feeling, and tell a story using a variety of media. Inspired by the concept of migration seen in The hold: movements in the contemporary collection, children will create a 3-D bee mobile and get messy making unusual pathways with clay.

Register for 30 November


Teens working in the Studio.

Crash Studio
Thursdays  4 October–6 December 2018, 3–5 pm

Grades 8–12 (ages 13–17)

Shaped by teens, Crash Studio conjures a collision of creative minds who find common ground through artmaking. Responding to the visual culture in the galleries and to social issues faced by teens, Crash Studio is a platform for self-expression across art media. This free, drop-in program is facilitated by local artist Danielle Folkerts, and is made possible by the generosity of our members and donors.

Danielle Folkerts is a contemporary visual artist and art educator. Her formal education includes a Visual Arts Diploma from Red Deer College, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with Distinction, from the Alberta College of Art + Design, majoring in Painting. When she’s not in her studio painting or buried under a pile of wool, you can find her coordinating and instructing modern and innovative workshops and programs in a wide range of mediums.

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For Families

Photo: Tim Forbes

Creation Station  
(Free Family Drop-In Care)

Creation Station is a free, drop-in studio program designed to give children ages 2 and up an exploratory artmaking experience while their parents or caregivers enjoy quiet time to view exhibitions and attend Agnes events. Here, educators ignite curiosity through painting, drawing, clay and mixed-media activities.

Sunday 9 September 2018,  2–3:30 pm

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Thursday 20 September 2018, 6–7:30 pm

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Sunday 14 October 2018, 2–3:30 pm

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Sunday 11 November 2018, 2–3:30 pm

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Sunday 9 December 2018, 2–3:30 pm

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Cancellation Policy and Collection of Information

Cancellation Policy:
Two weeks prior to start of class: full refund less $25.00 administration fee. Less than 14 days: 50% of fee. After the class has started: 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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