Home Studio


Create, engage, share! You can follow our step-by-step videos to create your own at-home masterpieces!

Young artists will stretch their thinking and develop skills while having a blast at Home Studio, a special space for developing young, creative minds. Make your own art studio at home - a cozy corner, a sunny window seat or a comfortable table and chair. Erica's weekly Home Studio art classes will be the highlight of any young artist's week!

Share what you've made using the hashtag #OGHomeStudio or send a picture to community@oakvillegalleries.com. We'd love to show off your work and bring colour and inspiration to all!

Oakville Galleries Home Studio is delivered in partnership with the Oakville Community Foundation and generously supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

  • Ages 6 to 12

Nature Rubbings

  • 12 June 2020, 3:00pm

With spring in the air and flowers in full bloom, collecting natural materials on our walks outside will become even more exciting after learning how to create beautiful artworks with them! This activity will show how to capture the shape and texture of blooms and leaves on paper through rubbings, and add colour with our paints. Not to worry if you don’t have watercolours on hand, some water and food colouring work perfectly as well. Let’s celebrate spring together through art making!

This activity is wonderful for all ages as it is a great way to introduce the concepts of texture and line. The hunt for natural material before hand is also a wonderful way to introduce these new terms.

Rainbow Chalk Bubbles

  • 29 May 2020, 3:00pm

As the weather gets warmer and the sun shines brighter, our Home Studio activities are taking inspiration from some of our favourite summer activities; chalk drawings and … BUBBLES! This week's art activity uses sidewalk chalk or chalk pastels to create rainbow coloured bubbles that look like they are floating through the air. Your little ones will learn how to very easily blend and shade colour creating a 3D effect.

Rainbow Chalk Bubbles: step-by-step PDF. download

Optical Illusion Drawings

  • 22 May 2020, 3:00pm

Join us as we create our own own optical illusion artwork! This activity will explore how lines and colour can work together to bring your artwork to life and look as if it is 3D and coming off the page! Once you learn this technique you can transform any artwork into a tricky image.

This style of drawing shows how contrasting straight lines and curved lines can affect the perspective of the object in a drawing. By alternating colours within the lines as well, it adds to the illusion and creates patterns to further deceive the eye and create a perception that in reality, does not match the true image.

Optical Illusion Drawings: step-by-step PDF. download

Twinkling Night Sky Painting

  • 15 May 2020, 3:00pm

Did you know there are about one billion trillion stars in the observable universe? Join us as we use skills we learned in our past Home Studio sessions and show you tips and tricks to capture the magnificence of the night sky through painting. Don't worry if you don't have paint, pencil crayons and toothpaste (yes, toothpaste!) will do.

Twinkling Night Sky Painting: step-by-step PDF. download

Zentangle Patterns

  • 8 May 2020, 3:00pm

This week in our Home Studio, we're putting our doodling skills to the test! Join us as we take a break and make art that helps us relax. This workshop will teach the basics of Zentangle as we turn patterns and doodles into a wonderful masterpiece. Although this activity only uses paper, pencil and a marker, it will create a big impact and an artwork that is completely unique to you.

Zentangle Patterns: step-by-step PDF. download

Fundamentals of Landscape Painting

  • 1 May 2020, 3:00pm

Foreground, middle ground, background, oh my! This workshop will playfully introduce the concept of perspective and how to create a complete composition for a landscape drawing or painting. Together, we will explore our favourite places, real or imaginary and create beautiful landscape artworks.

Fundamentals of Landscape Painting: step-by-step PDF. download

Paper Weaving

  • 24 April 2020, 3:00pm

Taking inspiration from artworks by Louise Noguchi in the Oakville Galleries permanent collection, this art workshop will teach the technique of weaving and encourage the use of recycled paper to make interesting patterns and abstracted images. Weaving is one of the most ancient forms of creativity and design, and this activity will allow young artists to transform that craft into their very own masterpieces!

Paper Weaving: step-by-step PDF. download

Delaunay Circles

  • 17 April 2020, 3:00pm

The work of modernist painter and designer Sonia Delaunay has inspired artists for decades. This workshop will introduce the concept of abstract art and explore the use of shapes and patterns in design as well as new ways of incorporating colour. Young artists of all ages will create a piece exploding with colour and discover a new favourite artist!

Delaunay Circles: step-by-step PDF. download

Rainbow Scratch Paintings

  • 10 April 2020, 3:00pm

Explore colour and learn new techniques with Scratch Painting! Creating layers of colour using different materials, this artwork will investigate the effects of different mediums reacting to one another. Your little ones can easily scratch rainbow colours and your older ones can investigate more detailed patterns and images. This is a great activity that encourages creativity and imagination!

Rainbow Scratch Paintings: step-by-step PDF. download



Fridays at 3:00 pm, 10 April–12 June 2020