Classes & Workshops

Northern Contemporary offers a wide range of art classes and workshops. Our talented instructors are well versed in their particular art form and provide an enriching, fun and safe learning environment for all participants.  Please see below for our current workshop offerings.

Date: Friday October 14th

Time:  Friday 7:00 - 9:30PM (2.5 hours) 

Create you very own masterpiece with step-by-step guidance from your instructor, Faith Fetish. This week’s painting theme is skyline. No artistic experience is necessary, the main goal is having fun! Perfect for date nights, group outings, or a solo activity to unwind and make new friends. Each participant will take home their finished 16”x20” canvas painting.

Cost: $45 per participant (16 +)

Book your spot now! (15 person limit)

Date:  Every other Wednesday, starting October 5th

Time:  Wednesdays 6:30 - 8:30PM (2 hours) 

Whether you draw regularly or are just getting started, Sketchbook Club is a fun way to grow your own creative practice in the company of others. Your sketchbook is where you play with ideas, improve your skills, and make a mess. It can be the foundation for larger art projects or can be a fulfilling practice in and of itself. Sketchbook Club is here to support your art-making – all you need to bring is a sketchbook, and we provide the rest. Each session we will have a selection of art materials for you to try out and use, guidance on art-making techniques, and a creative prompt or challenge. After plenty of time to draw together, we will close with a show and tell, as we share our sketches with the group.

Cost: $20 per participant (16+)

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Lino with Lola

Date: Thursday October 13, 2022

Time: 6:30 - 8:30PM (2 hours)

Learn with Lola, a local queer artist and printmaker, how to design, carve, ink, and print your own linocut prints. This guided workshop is designed for participants age 16+ at any level of artistic skill. We will go over vocabulary, techniques, materials, and safety before diving into creating your own lino block stamp! You can follow one of three designs created for this class, or  design your own, making this suitable to absolute beginners as well as artists looking to try out a new medium. At the end of the two hour workshop, you will be able to take home up to 10 black and white prints of your making, as well as your custom lino block and the know-how to make many more!

Cost: $65 per participante (16+)

Book your spot now! (15 person limit)

Acrylic Painting for Beginners

Dates: July 31 - September 4 (6-weeks)

Time:  Sundays, 1:00 - 4:00PM (3 hours) 

During this 6-week intro to acrylics course, students will learn to develop their own acrylic painting from initial concept to final piece. In a small class setting, students will be introduced to a variety of painting techniques and principles instructed by a professional artist through a series of demos, tutorials, and one-on-one guidance. Direction will be given on composition, use of artist materials, and many other aspects of the artistic process. 

Students will procure their own supplies, as suggested on a supply list provided below. Securing their own materials equips students with the tools needed to continue exploring their practice at home, and expand on their projects outside of class time. 

Because of the limited space in this course, slots will fill up fast, so be sure to sign up soon to snag a spot!

Cost: $300 per participant (Adults and late teens, age 16 +)

SOLD OUT (10 person limit)

Intro to Watercolours

Date: November 13, 20 & 27, 2022 

Time: Sundays, 5:00 - 7:30PM (2.5 hours)

Want to get into watercolours but don’t know where to start? Yasir can help you do just that. In this course, he will teach you the absolute basics of watercolours to help you get started on your watercolour journey. This includes essential advice on materials, composition, tonal values, brush techniques, colour theory, and how to keep things simple, vibrant, and lively! So start on the right foot with watercolours under Yasir’s guidance and discover a path simplifying complicated scenes and turning them into beautiful watercolour landscape and cityscape paintings.

Cost: $180 per participant (16+)

SOLD OUT (10 person limit)

Kids Art Classes

Dates: September 14, 21, 28, and October 5, 12, 2022  (5-weeks)

Time:  Wednesdays, 4:00 - 6:00PM (2 hours) 

In this 5-week art workshop, students will be introduced to five different art-making styles using a variety of materials and techniques, drawn from different eras throughout art history. This class is geared towards students with a keen interest in the arts, who are looking to explore new mediums. We will try Lino-cutting, painting, sculpture, still life, with the final session in the workshop creating a collaborative art mural, which will draw upon on the students’ individual artistic styles.

*Update: These classes have started, but you can now register at the prorated amount of $240 to attend the next 4 sessions!

Cost: $240 per participant (8-10 year olds)

Book your spot now! (10 person limit)

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Life Drawing

Date: Every Tuesday

Time: 6:30 - 9:30PM (3 hours)

Drop-in Northern Contemporary for uninstructed life drawing sessions with a live model. Just bring your own drawing supplies, and we'll take care of everything else. 

Cost: $20 Drop-in fee (18+)

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