Visual Arts classes for all ages in a wide variety of mediums, including drawing and painting as well as fibre arts and ceramic arts, run during the fall, winter and spring sessions. Students are encouraged to take more than one session, as each session introduces new ideas, techniques and materials.
Register online, by phone at 604.664.1636 or in person at Place des Arts.
View and download our complete 2019/2020 Annual Program Guide
(Please note: Our Program Guide is accurate at the time of printing. Changes sometimes occur over the season; therefore, for the most up-to-date information, please refer to the class descriptions on the website.)
Do you want to try your hand at drawing, painting or mixed media? Or are you an experienced artist looking to hone your skills? With our wide variety of fine art classes offered by experienced and talented teachers, you’re sure to find something to fit your skill level and interests.
Our fibre arts classes for children introduce them to a new world of crafts by exploring weaving, felting and other fibre arts. Kids can create their own one-of-a-kind treasures and gain hands-on experience while developing fine motor skills, colour sense and an understanding of how textiles are created.
In our adult fibre arts classes, students develop skills in tapestry, weaving, and spinning & dyeing while creating beautiful projects. Our well-equipped, dedicated fibre studio, featuring a variety of table and floor looms, as well as spinning wheels, provides the ultimate learning environment.
The studio is available to registered students for practice sessions free of charge. Weaving students are also able to take home small table looms for practice between classes.
Students who borrow equipment that will be taken out of the building will be required to sign a contract and pay a refundable deposit of $50 on small equipment and $100 on large equipment. A non-refundable fee of $5 will be charged per session to help cover the cost of repairs and maintenance of loaned equipment.
Kids love getting their hands in the mud in our Clay Play handbulding classes, and teens and adults can develop and hone skills in handbuilding or wheelthrowing.
Place des Arts is equipped with a mid-fire stoneware facility consisting of three spaces: the manufacturing area, the glazing area and the kiln room. The manufacturing area has ten pottery wheels and space for handbuilding. Available glazes are displayed in the glazing room with a reference library. Three electric kilns of varying sizes and one gas kiln offer the option of both oxidation and reduction firing.
Clay must be purchased from Place des Arts, and a supply list is available at the registration desk. Open studio time is included for students registered in pottery classes.
Online Visual Arts Series: Abstract Art with Marlene Lowden
New! Series of online videos
Explore the mysterious world of abstract art in Place des Arts’ first online visual arts series! View five videos by artist and educator Marlene Lowden to discover how artists use the elements of design to express themselves while experimenting with materials you have at home. Through a series of fun activities in each video, you will be introduced to each element of design and learn how to interpret these elements when looking at abstract art. This video series is suitable for all ages and ability levels, gather your household or tune in with friends virtually and begin creating!
To access these videos, you will be prompted during registration to enter a Gmail email address. You cannot register without one! Once registered, you will receive an email from YouTube every Thursday by 12:00 pm (noon) with the link to the latest video. If you register after April 30, you can expect to receive the link(s) to each available video the Thursday following registration. Registration includes the following videos:
Marlene recommends between 20-30 minutes to complete each activity, and each video contains 2 activities. Playback options include the ability to pause, go forward or backward as well as closed captioning.
You will need some basic art supplies to complete the exercises. View the complete list of supplies and video resources here.
Fees for our online visual arts series are non-refundable.
Online Visual Arts Series: Abstract Art
Marlene Lowden is a painter, facilitator and yoga teacher. She co-hosts an annual art and yoga retreat in Spain and connects to her community as an instructor in schools and at art festivals. She is a proud alumni member of Thrive Art Studios, an international collective of female artists. Marlene is honoured to have her artwork in private and public collections in Canada and internationally.