Benefits of learning to draw
Learning to draw will help you sharpen your observation skills and appreciate the smallest details.
Drawing trains your brain and eye to recognize outlines, light, shadow, and the shape of an object. It's also a good foundation for learning how to paint.
Whether you draw from your imagination or from a real object, it can quiet a busy mind and put you in a relaxed state.
Winter registration dates
You can now register for winter programs, classes and day camps.
Registration will open:
- 6 a.m. — Online (virtual waiting room opens at 5:30 a.m.)
- 8:30 a.m. — By calling the Customer Service Centre at 403-268-3800 (option 1).
- During business hours — At any City-operated Aquatic & Recreation or Arts facility.
Types of drawing classes
You can register online, in person at our Recreation facilities, or by calling
Cartoons & Comics – Kids
Explore visual storytelling and develop your own unique illustrative style. Create interesting cartoons through character development, expression, exaggeration and lettering styles. It's a drawing class that encourages you to tap into your vivid imagination.
Age: 6 - 12 years
Create Together – Drawing & Painting
You'll both explore proportion, shading and perspective through innovative and inspiring projects. Experiment with artist materials including acrylic and tempera paint, pastel, wax-resist, charcoal and more. It's fun for the whole family!
Ages: 6 - 12 years + Adult
Drawing for the Completely Intimidated - Adult
Are you a beginner or looking to refresh your skills? Exercises with pencil, charcoal, conte and ink will allow you to approach drawing from a variety of perspectives. Open your mind, let your creativity flow, and learn about yourself in the process.
Age: 18 - 99 years
Take your drawing skills to the next level. Learn intermediate drawing fundamentals in a supportive environment with an instructor who's there to provide guidance and encouragement. We have drawing tables, easels and great light, but please bring your own drawing supplies.
Age: 18+ years
Drawing & Painting – Adults
Thinking of taking art classes, but don't know which medium is for you? Try this introduction to a variety of drawing and painting media. Get grounded in the fundamentals of drawing concepts, then move on to the basics of acrylics and watercolour. All supplies are included.
Ages: 18 - 99 years
About our art instructors
Our instructors are practicing artists that have formal art training and teaching experience. They offer their expertise in a variety of disciplines and enjoy working with people of all ages and abilities.
Our instructors ensure that classes are always fresh and challenging for new and returning participants. They adapt to students' needs and encourage them to try new ideas and methods.
What are classes like?
Students will learn to work with mediums such as pencil, graphite, and charcoal. Our studio is equipped with easels, tables and chairs so you can work comfortably seated or standing. We have studio storage for artworks in progress.
Classes usually begin with a topic discussion and technique demonstrations. Much of the class time will be practicing skills and applying what’s been learned. Class length is determined by age group:
- All adult classes are two and a half-hour long
- School age children are 90 minutes long
- Preschool 60 minutes long
- Pad of paper or sketchbook
- Any drawing pencils, charcoal, graphite you may already have (adult classes)
- Clothing that you can get messy
- Closed toed shoes
- Water bottle
Unless otherwise stated in a particular adult class, supplies are extra and a shopping list of materials will be discussed during the first class. All tools and supplies for kids classes are included.