Place des Arts offers a wide variety of visual arts classes for adults of all abilities, from the absolute beginner to the experienced artist. It’s never too late to learn something new or to practice your technique in our warm and friendly environment. Adult visual arts classes run in the fall, winter and spring sessions. Click here to go directly to class lists.

Register online, by phone at 604.664.1636 or in person at Place des Arts for visual arts classes for adults.

Drawing, Painting & Mixed Media

Do you want to try your hand at drawing, painting or mixed media? Or are you an experienced artist looking to hone your skills? With our wide variety of fine art classes offered by experienced and talented teachers, you’re sure to find something to fit your skill level and interests.

Fibre Arts

Develop your skills in knitting, weaving and spinning & dyeing while creating beautiful projects. Our talented teachers and well-equipped facility provide the ultimate learning environment. Our fibre studio features a variety of table and floor looms, as well as spinning wheels, and is available to registered students for practice sessions free of charge. Weaving students are also able to take home small table looms for practice between classes.

Fibre art equipment loan policy

Students who borrow equipment that will be taken out of the building will be required to sign a contract and pay a refundable deposit of $50 on small equipment and $100 on large equipment. A non-refundable fee of $5 will be charged per session to help cover the cost of repairs and maintenance of loaned equipment.

Pottery & Sculpture

Place des Arts is equipped with a mid-fire stoneware facility consisting of three spaces: the manufacturing area, the glazing area and the kiln room. The manufacturing area has ten pottery wheels and space for handbuilding. Available glazes are displayed in the glazing room with a reference library. Three electric kilns of varying sizes and one gas kiln offer the option of both oxidation and reduction firing. Clay must be purchased from Place des Arts, and a supply list is available at the registration desk. Open studio time is included for students registered in pottery & sculpture classes.

Adult Fine Arts Classes

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  • Basic Acrylics (18+ years • Six-week mini session)

  • Basic Mixed Media (18+ years • Four-week mini session)

  • Creating Comics (18+ years)

  • Drawing 102 (18+ years)

  • Drawing 103 (18+ years)

  • Dynamic Composition: Painting in Mixed Media (18+ years • One-day class)

  • Exploring Drawing (18+ years)

  • Exploring Watercolours (18+ years)

  • Intro to Portraiture (18+ years • One-day class)

  • Oil Painting 101 (18+ years • Six-week mini session)

  • Outdoor Painting: Impressions in the Park (18+ years • One-day class)

  • Painting 102 (18+ years)

  • Painting 103 (18+ years)

  • The Joy of Travel Sketching (18+ years • One-day class)

  • Yoga & Painting: Enhanced Creativity (18+ years • One-day class)

  • Zen Drawing (18+ years • 6-week mini session)

  • Private Visual Arts Lessons (18+ years)

Adult Fibre Arts Classes

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  • Basketry: Garlic and Herb Basket (18+ years • One-day class)

  • Dyeing: Beyond the Basics (18+ years • Four-week mini session)

  • Intro to Felting (18+ years • One-day class)

  • Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving (18+ years • Six-week mini session)

  • Spinning and Dyeing (18+ years)

  • Table and Floor Loom Weaving (18+ years)

  • Private Fibre Arts Lessons (18+ years)

Adult Pottery Classes

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  • Intro to Handbuilding (18+ years • Four-week mini session)

  • Skill Building Pottery Weekend (18+ years • Three-day class)

  • Wheel Throwing & Handbuilding (18+ years)

  • Wheel Throwing & Handbuilding: Intermediate 2017/18 (18+ years)

  • Private Pottery Lessons (18+ years)

  • A student says . . .

    " I was able to learn a lot in the 10-session class. This was a good confidence booster, and I feel that I got good value for my money."

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