Art Classes and Adult Workshops

The Gallery is regularly looking to hire art class or art workshop instructors.  If you are an arts educator and interested in teaching a class or workshop please send your resume to

We are currently looking for instructors to teach summer art class instructors.

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.


Animalia Introductory Art Class    ages 5 to 6
Saturdays    Jan 20 – Mar 3            1 – 2:30 pm
This introductory art class will have you painting, drawing and sculpting your favourite animals.
7 lessons         Cost: $98        $88 Gallery Members

Animals on the Move Drawing/Painting Class      ages 7 to 8
Saturdays    Jan 20 – Mar 3            3 – 4:30 pm
Get motivated by animal art and artists! An introductory art class focusing on drawing and painting. Animal subjects in motion is our theme.
7 lessons            Cost: $98       $88 Gallery Members

How to Draw and Paint Comic Characters
Tues Jan  16 – Mar 6         6 – 7:30    age 9-12

Wed Jan  17 – Mar  7         6 – 7:30
Instructor:  Kamila Westerback
8 lessons        Cost: $105     $90 Gallery Members

MARCH BREAK ART CAMP        Mar 12-16
5 day Art Camp.  Half days

PA DAYS: throughout the year.  12:30-4:30pm


Creative Exercises to Beat the Winter Blues
Thursdays, Jan 18-Feb 8, 2-3:30 pm: Pam Cain and Vivian Wood-Alexander
This four-class series continues our goal of engaging people 55+ in
creative activities.  You’ll warm up with sketching, then move to painting,
drawing, and collage.  Four informal classes, suitable for beginners.
Cost: $40

Art Memories – Creative Journaling: Eleanor Albanese
Two Tuesdays, Jan 23rd & Jan 30, 1:30-3:30 pm
Art journaling is an artistic way to document your life within the pages of a journal.  Eleanor will guide you through word prompts and the use of
various media and collage techniques to record moments from your life in a creative art journal.

Knock Your Block Off
Printmaking with Aaron Veldstra
Sunday Jan 28, 12:30-4:30 pm

Learn the fundamentals of block printmaking with a talented professional artist.  Design, transfer of image, carving, inking and printing are all addressed.  With Aaron’s guidance, create successful prints you can take home to frame or share in a card.  All materials provided.

BIO : Aaron Veldstra MFA University of Alberta, is a multidisciplinary artist and printmaking instructor at Lakehead University. He lives a dual life as an academic/labourer and is comfortable working in both the field and the classroom. His research is primarily focused on the “myths” of the Canadian North, and is informed by experience working in the Canadian Bush.

Cost: $55  Members $45

Painting with Encaustic-like Effects    Instructor:  Pam Cain

DATES:  Two day workshop Sun Feb 4 and Sun Feb 11  TIME:   1:00 – 4 PM

Explore the encaustic technique – also known as hot wax painting – but without the fumes.  Pam introduces “faux” encaustic effects using acrylic paints, gel medium and collage on wooden boards to complete a unique painting.  Drying time between stages calls for a two-day workshop. The second session is where added layers enhance and enrich your final compositions.  Learn several techniques and complete one or two paintings.  All materials provided but personal imagery may be included.

Examples of encaustic-like effects by Pam Cain 

Your Instructor

Pam Cain
likes to engage people in creative work. She loves textural processes and recently studied encaustic-like effects in painting. A graduate of University of Manitoba in Fine Arts, she has been involved in arts and heritage in the region for over thirty years.  Currently she is re locating her studio to a newly acquired school bus.

Cost:  $70  Members $60

Stitch It: Embroidered Reverse Appliqué with Michele Coslett-Goodman
Sunday, Feb 18, 12:30-4:30 pm

Embroidery is making a creative comeback.  Michele shares the technique of reverse appliqué with embroidery, guiding you through the making of a pillow cover. The technique can transfer to many other projects. An innovative professional artist, Michele welcomes all ability levels.
Cost:  $60  Members $50

Pet Portraits: A Painting Workshop with Suzanne Plesh
Sunday, Feb 25, 12:30-4:30 pm
We love our pets.  Why not paint your pet’s portrait in acrylics?

Your Instructor

With Suzanne’s background in art and graphic design, Suzanne shares an enjoyable process for capturing your pet in a painting.  She will guide you to a finished work by day’s end.
Cost: $65  Members $55