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Printmaking in the André Biéler Studio.
Youth in the Studio.
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.
Printmaking in the André Biéler Studio.

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

Drawing from the Model
Thursdays, 25 January–8 March, 6–9 pm
Fee: $250, $220 members and students.
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Daniel Hughes offers a 6-week course in life drawing. Participants will use graphite pencil, ink and charcoal in exercises in gesture, contour, outline and tonal modeling, while learning basic anatomical relationships and methods of drawing the human form. Previous drawing experience is required.

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 completed a commissioned portrait of former Chancellor David Dodge in 2014. In 2017, he exhibited with Simon Andrew at Oeno Gallery in Prince Edward County and received a 2nd place honourable mention in the national Kingston Prize for portraiture. Please see

Art by Onagottay, Kingston Artist

Art with Onagottay
Saturdays, 3–24 February 3:30-5 pm
Fee: $180, $150 members and students. (includes HST) Materials included.

Class has been cancelled.

Kataroqui/Kingston artist, Onagottay shares the traditions of French-Ojibwe art making. Participants will explore various forms, using organic materials to create pigments, etching, painting and visual story-sharing through Indigenous-centred teachings. Participants from all cultural traditions are welcome in this all-levels course.

Onagottay is a Métis (Canadian and French-Ojibwe) self-taught artist, teacher, storyteller, herbalist and spiritual advisor. Early in his career, he painted and sketched under the guidance of celebrated Aboriginal Canadian artist Norval Morrisseau, who encouraged him to find his own style. Today, Onagottay enjoys sharing the traditions of Ojibwe language, legends and art making with the Kataroqui/Kingston community.


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For Youth

March Break Art Camp
12–16 March, 9 am–4 pm
Fee: $50/day or $210/week, $40/day or $180/week for members.

Register for March Break Art Camp  Bursary Application

March Break Art Camp is a space for children ages 6–12 to imagine, explore, and discover.  Daily engagement with gallery exhibitions informs and inspires participants in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and mixed-media art. For this flexible program, register for individual days or a full week of fun. The March Break Art Camp is made possible by the Rita Friendly Kaufman Fund.

The Agnes is committed to making arts programming accessible to children and youth in our communities. Our bursaries allow opportunity for participation in art classes and camps based on financial need. This program is made possible by the Iva Speers Fund for Art Education. Applications for bursary funding are open to everyone and can be filled out using the online form above.


Teens working in the Studio.

Crash Studio
Thursdays, 3 to 5 pm
5 October–7 December 2017 and 15 February–26 April 2018

Shaped by teens, Crash Studio brings forth a collision of creative minds who find common ground through art making. 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 artists, and is made possible by the generosity of our members and donors.


These mittens made of deerskin, velvet, flannelette, silk, ribbon and cotton were one of the selected Indigenous belongings that Norman Vorano presented in November to the youth as part of Storying Resilience.
Storying Resilience with the Aboriginal Youth Leadership Program
Thursdays, 25 January, 8 February, 8 March and 12 April 2018, 3–6 pm

Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre and the Agnes are offering a series of after-school, hands-on sessions for Indigenous youth to tell their stories, and explore many facets of artmaking. Four Directions’ Aboriginal Youth Leadership Program creates a culturally affirming gathering place for Indigenous youth, grades 8–12, in the Kingston area. For details, contact Elias George at Four Directions:

25 January – poetry writing with Geraldine King

8 February – artmaking with Onagottay

8 March – artmaking with Camille Usher

12 April – TBD

Listening to Our Communities: Storytelling through the Arts  has been awarded a grant from the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area consisting of the Jim & Julie Parker Fund, The Regina Rosen Fund, The Edward Ratcliffe Fund and the Larry Gibson Community Fund. 


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For Families

Photo: Tim Forbes

Log Cabin Quilt Square
Sunday 18 February 2018, 2–4 pm

Drop-in to the Andre Biéler studio for a creative project inspired by our exhibition Log Cabin: A Canadian Quilt. Families explore the rich history of log cabin quilts through colour, texture and materials while working together to create a quilt square of their own. This program is free, register online to reserve your spot. Indicate the number of family members coming in the notes section on the “Place Order” page.

This program is fully registered.

Creation Station  (Free Family Drop-In Care)

10 December 2017, 14 and 18 January, 11 February, 11 March and 8 April 2018

A free, drop-in studio program designed to give children an exploratory, art-making experience while parents enjoy quiet time to view exhibitions and attend Agnes events. Creation Station’s qualified educators will ignite creative curiosities with painting, drawing, clay and mixed-media activities.


10 December, 2–4 pm

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Sunday 14 January 2018, 2–3:30 pm

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Season Launch
Thursday 18 January 2018, 6–7:30 pm

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Sunday 11 February 2018, 2–3:30 pm

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Sunday 11 March 2018, 2–3:30 pm

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Sunday 8 April 2018, 2–3:30 pm

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