Welcome to the University of Saskatchewan's Community Arts Program. We provide skilled art instruction in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, fine craft, and digital art. Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced artist looking to learn new skills, we have a range of classes offered by experienced artists who enjoy teaching their craft and supporting students in their creative journeys. Adult classes are for anyone 16 and up.

Calendar

Weekly Classes

Classes are three hours and run for ten weeks. Most classes run the week of April 9 to the week of June 11, but there are exceptions. Please click on the individual classes for more details.

Mondays

6:30-9:30pm

6:30-9:30pm

Drawing I: Methods and Exploration

Painting I

Robin Adair

Carol Wylie

Tuesdays

1:00-4:00pm

6:30-9:30pm

6:30-9:30pm

Photography II: Intermediate

Watercolour Painting

Sculpture I: Portraits

David Mandeville

Alison Montgomery

Adrian Golban

Wednesdays

6:30-9:30pm

6:30-9:30pm

6:30-9:30pm

6:30-9:30pm

Drawing and Painting the Portrait

Painting: Beginner to Advanced

Sculpture II: The Human Body

Photography I: Introduction

Carol Wylie

Kim Ennis

Adrian Golban

David Mandeville

Weekend Workshops

Weekend workshops usually run all day Saturday and Sunday, but there are exceptions. Please click on the individual classes for more details. Where applicable, materials and toolkits are required and sold with registration.

April 7 and 14 Contemporary Digital Art Laura St. Pierre
April 14-15 and 28-29 Watercolour: Beginner to Advanced Kelly Goerzen
April 21-22 Glass Art: Introduction to Glass Fusion Elisabeth and Robert Miller
May 5-6 Silversmithing: Basic Skills for Silver Jewelry Doug Frey
May 12 Stepping Stones Lenneke Verweij
May 26-27 Art Journaling Robin Adair
May 26-27 and June 9-10 High Flow Acrylics Roger Trottier
June 2-3 Silversmithing: Advanced Skills for Silver Jewelry Doug Frey
June 9-10 Mosaics Lenneke Verweij

Summer

During the summer, our studios are taken over by children! But if you are looking for opportunities for creativity, check out the adult art courses from world-class instructors offered at forestART at Ness Creek. Community Arts certificate students: If you attend a forestART workshop, you can get Prior Learning Assessment Recognition and it will count towards your certificate. Contact us for more info.

Drawing

Drawing I: Methods and Exploration

Instructor: Robin Adair
Mondays 6:30-9:30pm
10 weeks: April 9 to June 18, no class May 21
Room 243 Williams Building
$350 supplies extra
Prerequisite: none
Supply list

Students will explore the foundational techniques, concepts, and materials of drawing two-dimensional images. Each class will focus on techniques that develop and integrate the analytical and intuitive sides of the creative brain. Students will develop heightened observational skills through still-life drawing, self-portraiture, and working from human models. They will also learn and apply some of the fundamental principles of design – rhythm, balance, positive and negative space, light and shadows, form, surface, and line – through collage techniques, chiaroscuro studies, contour drawing, gesture drawing, and pen and ink works.

Robin teaches with a great deal of engagement and through lively demonstrations. He is highly responsive to the strengths, backgrounds, and working methods of each student. This course is recommended whether you are a beginner, more experienced, or someone who is returning to drawing after a long hiatus. Robin will lead you through techniques and exercises that hone fundamental skills while fostering personal expression and the development of an individual style in a safe and empowering environment.

Painting

Painting I

Instructor: Carol Wylie
Mondays 6:30-9:30pm
10 weeks: April 9 to June 18, no class May 21
Room 118 Williams Building
$350 supplies extra
Prerequisite: none
Supply list

In this class, students will develop personal expression as they learn to paint with acrylics. We will focus on colour mixing and colour theory, explore different grounds, and incorporate application techniques that include alla prima, underpainting, glazing and scumbling, as well as palette knife application.

Drawing and Painting the Portrait

Instructor: Carol Wylie
Wednesdays 6:30-9:30pm
10 weeks: April 11 to June 13
Room 243 Williams Building
$375 supplies extra
Prerequisite: Drawing I or Painting I
The choice of drawing or painting materials is up to the student. It is recommend they bring drawing materials to the first class to get a sense of it, even if they intend to paint.

Would you like to learn to capture resemblance in portraiture? Explore ways to create successful portrait drawings and/or paintings from a model, using the medium of your choice. Learn how to describe facial forms through understanding bone and muscle structure, and paying close attention to value, colour and energy.

Painting: Beginner to Advanced

Instructor: Kim Ennis
Wednesdays 6:30-9:30pm
10 weeks: April 11 to June 13
Room 118 Williams Building
$350 supplies extra
Prerequisite: none
Supply list

An open forum for students at any level to work on diverse projects under a watchful eye. Each class will be a response to student needs with exercises custom-made to deal with difficult areas including: colour-mixing, palette design, selection of materials and tools, application techniques and creation of effective pictorial space.

Watercolour Painting

Instructor: Alison Montgomery
Tuesdays 6:30-9:30pm
10 weeks: April 17 to June 19
Room 118 Williams Building
$350 supplies extra
Prerequisite: none
Supply list

In this introduction to painting with watercolour, students will become familiar with watercolour materials and techniques while creating several paintings. Along with the rudiments of watercolour painting, colour mixing, drawing basics and fundamentals of composition will be presented. Subject matter that is easily suited to the watercolour medium will be explored including still life, landscape and the human figure. In developing skills with the watercolour medium, students will be encouraged to combine techniques and explore any personal interests in subject matter. Demonstrations and constructive critiques will be a component of every class.

Watercolour: Beginner to Advanced

Instructor: Kelly Goerzen

April 14-15 and 28-29, 9:00am-5:00pm
Room 118 Williams Building
$350 supplies extra
Prerequisite: none
Watercolour I supply list
Watercolour II supply list

Explore different watercolour processes beginning with the tradition of British painting, and move on to approaches such as dry brush and wet on wet.  Use of colours, brushes, papers and colour theory with fundamentals of composition will be covered.

High Flow Acrylics

Instructor: Roger Trottier
May 26-27 and June 9-10, 9am-5pm
Room 118 Williams Building
$350 supplies extra
Prerequisite: Painting experience is an asset.
Supply list

Explore the expressive nature of high flow acrylics and inks, learn niche techniques and apply them to exercises including landscape, abstract, poster designs, cover designs, and portraits. Add spontaneity and energy to your creative practice.

Sculpture

Sculpture I: Portraits

Instructor: Adrian Golban
Tuesdays 6:30-9:30pm
10 weeks: April 10 to June 12
Room 117 Williams Building
$350 supplies extra
Prerequisite: none
Supply list

Students will explore the principles and visual elements of sculpture through portraiture. Working in clay and using a portraiture armature, we will learn how to measure the proportions and relationships between the face elements, and the ways in which these can be altered and exaggerated to capture expressions. There will be opportunities to work from life with a model. This class is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced sculptors looking to learn new skills.

Sculpture II: The Human Body

Instructor: Adrian Golban
Wednesdays 6:30-9:30pm
10 weeks: April 11 to June 13
Room 117 Williams Building
$375 supplies extra
Prerequisite: Sculpture I
Supply list

Build on what you’ve learned in Sculpture 1 to advance your skills and composition with a variety of materials. Work toward developing your personal expressive style. In this class, we will create a 1/4 life size sculpture of the nude human body in oil-based clay. Students will start by building a wire armature as the base, and use plasticine to build first the skeleton and then the muscles and skin. During the process, students will learn about the proportions and relationships between the volumes and anatomical parts of the body, and the geometry of the human figure. We will work from reference images, a human skeleton, and a live model.

Photography

Photography I: Introduction

Instructor: David Mandeville
Wednesdays 6:30-9:30pm
10 weeks: April 11 to June 13
Room 323 Williams Building
$350 plus $25 printed materials
Prerequisite: none
Students should have a DSLR camera or similar with manual control capabilities.

Students will discover their potential by learning how to manage their camera's aperture, shutter speed, lenses, and many in camera features. Expressive and technical approaches to various projects and subject matter will be explored and basic image editing and file storage will be covered.

Photography II: Intermediate

Instructor: David Mandeville
Tuesdays 1:00-4:00pm
10 weeks: April 10 to June 12
Room 117 Williams Building
$350
Prerequisite: Photography I: Introduction
Students should have a DSLR camera or similar with manual control capabilities.

This class builds on the concepts learned in Photography I: Introduction. This is a hands-on studio class with outdoor experiences when the weather permits. Topics covered will include but not be limited to digital camera functions and their application to increase creativity, light sources and equipment for still life, glassware, macro-photography and portraiture, the use of Photoshop Elements for photographers, and urban and rural landscape photography. While prior attendance in Photography I: Introduction is preferred, this class is also open to students with good understanding of concepts such as use of appropriate aperture/shutter speed combinations, choice of ISO settings, and who are familiar with their own camera’s basic operation.

Mixed Media

Art Journaling

Instructor: Robin Adair
May 26-27, 9:00am-4:30pm
Room 118 Williams Building
$225 plus $50 materials (includes a journal)
Prerequisite: none

This two day weekend workshop will explore a range of techniques and exercises for developing a personal art book using images and language. This course is for anyone and everyone who has the desire to tap into a new creative channels without the pressure of producing finished masterpieces. You do not have to be a visual artist or creative writer to benefit from this course. You will be shown a variety of ways to kick start the creative process, including ink and watercolour techniques, recycled poetry, reflective writing, sketching, doodling, scrapbooking and collage.

The art journal is a repository for all of the insights and discoveries you glean from your everyday life. It is a place where you can experiment, work out ideas, or retreat from life stressors. For these reasons, the work you make in this workshop is for you alone. You will not be required to show or discuss the content of your journal with anyone unless you wish to do so.

Robin holds a B.F.A in visual art, and an M.A. in English literature. He is currently a PhD candidate in English at the University of Saskatchewan. Because of his anchoring in both the arts and academia, his teaching methodology is interdisciplinary at its core. He teaches through engaging dialogue and lively demonstrations, and is highly responsive to the strengths, backgrounds, and working methods of each student. Robin will lead you through techniques and exercises that introduce concrete skills while fostering personal expression in a safe and empowering environment.

Fine Craft

Glass Art: Introduction to Glass Fusion

Instructor: Elisabeth and Robert Miller from Fractured Glass
April 21-22, 9:00am-4:30pm
Room 117 Williams Building
$395 all materials included
Prerequisite: none

Work with a variety of glass materials and learn the basics of glass fusing. Gain foundational knowledge of kiln formed glass including terminology, techniques, and principles as well as an introduction to glass fusing equipment and firing schedules. Each student will complete a number of smaller one-of-a-kind pieces of art.

Silversmithing: Basic Skills for Silver Jewelry

Instructor: Doug Frey
May 5-6, 9:00am-4:30pm
Room 117 Williams Building
$235 plus $175 silversmithing toolkit and $50 silver
Prerequisite: None.

Design and create your own jewelry. Learn the basics of using traditional hand tools. This workshop covers:

  • Annealing and soldering
  • Using a jewelers saw
  • Layout, drilling holes, measuring etc.
  • Using a rolling mill
  • Texturing with hand, burs, rolling mill etc.
  • Tool care
  • Finishing and polishing
  • Design concepts with a slide show of some contemporary jewelers pieces
  • Safety in the jewelry studio

Tool kit and silver required, and is purchased at the time of registration.  You will receive the tools and silver the first day of class.

Stepping Stones

Instructor: Lenneke Verweij
May 12, 9:00am-4:30pm
Room 117 Williams Building
$100 plus $50 materials + tool
Prerequisite: none

Time to think of your summer foot paths and garden accents. Bring colour to your gardens by creating eye catching art and conversation pieces. In this class we will make a durable concrete stepping stone brilliantly decorated with stained glass for you to enjoy for years. There will be different shapes of molds and patterns to choose from or create your own pattern. No knowledge of cutting glass is needed. You will learn it all in this class including the cement work. You will be able to take your finished piece home on Monday after it has cured for 48 hours.

Silversmithing: Advanced Skills for Silversmithing

Instructor: Doug Frey
June 2-3, 9:00am-4:30pm
Room 117 Williams Building
$235 plus $50 silver
Prerequisite: Silversmithing: Basic Skills for Silver Jewelry

Design a more complex piece of one-of-a-kind silver jewelry building on skills from the beginner silversmithing class with a focus on finishing your design. Techniques for making simple settings and how to secure gemstones and pearls will be introduced. Instructor Doug Frey is a studio goldsmith and gem cutter who works in gold, platinum, and silver, as well as natural gemstone materials.

Mosaics

Instructor: Lenneke Verweij
June 9-10, 9:00am-4:30pm
Room 117 Williams Building
$225 plus $50 materials + tool
Prerequisite: none

Mosaics as decorative artwork have had a long history in many cultures. In this workshop, you can create beautiful and interesting mosaics for indoors and outside. It is an easy and fun way to express yourself, brighten up your garden or home, and they make great gifts too. We can use glass, tiles, stones or other found items. Come and see what you can create!

Digital Art

Contemporary Digital Art

Instructor: Laura St. Pierre
April 7 and 14, 9:00am-4:30pm
Thorv S320 (Spinks Addition) Lab Thorvaldson Building
Cost: $225
Prerequisite: none
Use of computer and software provided.

Learn how to create unique digital artworks in Adobe Photoshop CC. Students will explore a variety of image input and photomontage techniques, and  be inspired by examples of contemporary digital art. No Photoshop experience required.

Supplies

  • Hues Art Supply for drawing and painting supplies. Community Arts Students receive 10% off all regular priced materials. Just let them know you are a student with us.
  • Art Placement for drawing and painting supplies. Community Arts Students receive 10% off all regular priced materials. Just let them know you are a student with us.
  • T&T Tree Pottery Supply for clay sculpture supplies. Student pricing is available on clay.
  • Michaels
  • Opus
  • Amazon