Art Classes and Adult Workshops

Thunder Bay Art Gallery offers a diverse array of art workshops, classes and camps for learners of all ages.  We are proud to provide quality materials and professional instructors for all of our educational programs.  If you would like to be informed about upcoming workshops and classes, email to let us know!


No refunds are issued for cancellations made less than 1 week prior to beginning of class, unless due to unmitigated circumstances. All refunds are subject to a 10% administration fee regardless of when cancellation occurs. The Thunder Bay Art Gallery reserves the right to cancel under-registered classes.
Call the Gallery at 577 6427 for more information and to register.

Adult Workshops and Art Classes

Urban Sketching
Thursdays, May 4, 11, 18        2  –  3:30 pm
Gallery Educators will host three sketching sessions at different locations. Drawing exercises and time to sketch.

Cost: $40 + hst         $30 Gallery Members +hst

Children’s Spring Art Classes 2017 

Art Waves       ages 5 to 6    Instructor: Betty Carpick
Saturdays       April 1 – May 13
1 – 2:30 pm


An art class with playful projects connected to water. Enjoy water-drop painting, watercolour, and brightly painted boats.                

7  lessons         Cost: $98        $88 Gallery Members

Great Art for Great Lakes        ages 7 to 8    Instructor: Betty Carpick

Saturdays    April 1 – May 13           3 – 4:30 pm

Discover artists inspired by water. Do painting, map making and multimedia projects to dive into the beauty of water.

7 lessons            Cost: $98                        $88 Gallery Members

COMIC Drawing Class      ages 9 to 12  Instructor: Kamila Malik
Tuesday OR Wednesday March 21/22  –  May 2/3       6 – 7:30 pm     

Kamila Photo
A popular drawing class for youth. Kamila Westerback teaches drawing techniques through cartoon history and contemporary characters.

7 lessons        Cost: $98        Gallery Members $ 88 NOTE: TUESDAY CLASSES ARE FULL. Call 577-6427 and leave your name in the event of cancellations.

Thanks to all of the grandparents!

Grandparents bring your Grandchildren….Intergenerational Art Classes with Betty Carpick


Intergenerational Art Class:  3 Art Workshops for Grandparents, (Grandothers) and children (age 6-9)

Sundays  February 5, 12 and 19                   1 – 2:30pm

$70 + hst   Members $60 + hst

Celebrating the fun of creating together, this class is especially for Grandparents, (Grandothers) and children.  Work side by side as you paint, hammer, weave and create a handmade book together.

This program is part of our Creative Aging initiative.


Drawing Workshop with Amanda Burk

Join us on SATURDAY JANUARY 14, 2017.   10am – 3pm

Cost:  $55 + hst.   Members/Students $45 + hst. Materials fee $15 – may be paid at the workshop.

Drawing out the light/Drawing into the dark

Amanda Burk at work.

Amanda Burk at work.

In conjunction with her exhibit Stories of Contentment and Other Fables, Amanda will be giving a drawing workshop that will balance technical explorations of value with a deeper discourse about drawing as a way of knowing and unknowing the world around us. Hands-on observational drawing activities will provide participants with new strategies and approaches for developing tonal values in their work, as well as helping to strengthen observational drawing skills. This workshop is approachable for beginners, but it will also suitably challenge those who consider themselves practiced drawers.

Amanda Burk is an Associate Professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Nipissing University. Her art practice is centred in drawing and her research is focused in contemporary Canadian drawing. Burk’s drawings have been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Recently, Burk received an Honourable Mention for her drawing Hushed Renewal in the 35th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition and her work will be featured in the upcoming International Drawing Annual – INDA 11, due out in early 2017.

Urban Sketching to beat the Winter Blues

Thursdays Jan 19 – Feb 9             2:00 – 3:30 pm

Gallery Art Educators, Vivian and Carol will host four sketching sessions at different locations around town. Get to know some different urban spaces through the act of drawing.  Each session will highlight different techniques.  Personal sketchbook and some supplies included. Sessions will be informal and fun.

Cost:  $40 / $30 Members/Seniors

Carol at work.

Carol at work.

Ancient Art of  Wet Felting
Sun Jan 29, 2017   12:30 – 4:30 pm
Instructor: Crystal Nielsen: Community Artist, Arts Educator
Cost: $65 +hst  Members/Seniors/Students $55 + hst

In this HANDS on workshop Crystal will introduce the art of wet felting and teach basic techniques. Create a 2D and a 3D project to cozy up your home.

Crystal worked as the Regional Manager for Ontario North doing Learning Through the Arts for 17 years

Felting by Crystal Nielsen

Felting by Crystal Nielsen

Felting by Crystal Nielsen

Felting by Crystal Nielsen

“As an Artist, I cultivate home and family living on the Superior shores of Northern Ontario.  Nature is my muse, inspired learning fleshed out through many mediums ~ metal, clay, fiber and paint.   The arts are precious and an integral gathering of time and culture, voiced through human mark making.”crystal_nielsen

Always wanted to try Painting?

Sunday Feb 26    12:30 – 4:30pm
Cost: $65 + hst  Members $55 + hst

Instructor: Crystal Nielsen

Participants will be guided through the basics of paint, brush, color, composition and technique. Take  home  a canvas, painted by you!

painting by Crystal Nielsen "Kawwperd"

painting by Crystal Nielsen ” True North”

paining by Crystal Nielsen "Kawwperd"

paining by Crystal Nielsen “Kawwperd”