adult programs

Free Talk with Mark and Ben Cullen

11 December 2018

Join us for our Big Thinkers speakers series with Canada's top horticulture expert Mark Cullen and his son Ben Cullen. Sharing excerpts from his newest book, Escape to Reality, Cullen will discuss topics ranging from garden and nature as therapy to practical tips for cultivating and coexisting with your garden.

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Free Talk with Alissa York

1 November 2018

Join us for our Authors on Art series with acclaimed writer Alissa York in parallel with our fall exhibition David Hartt: in the forest. Alissa York is the award-winning author of the novels The Naturalist, Fauna, Effigy and Mercy, and the short fiction collection, Any Given Power.

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Ikebana Workshop

21 October 2018

Ikebana, the Japanese art of floral arranging, is an art form rooted in principles of abstract thinking, imagination, creativity and observation of the natural world. In this hands-on workshop with Linda Hartley, participants will draw on these tenets to experiment with floral arrangements of their own making.

  • Ages 18+
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Constructed Worlds

Saturdays, 20 October – 10 November 2018

Led by Oakville-based artist Dominique Prévost, this course will introduce participants to a variety of mixed-media approaches to artmaking, with an emphasis on documenting the world around us, both natural and built.

  • Ages 18+
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ARTbus: Exhibition Tour

23 September 2018

Ride the ARTbus and discover some of the season's best exhibitions in the GTA! We'll visit the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, the Small Arms Inspection Building and Oakville Galleries.

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City and Colour

19 August 2018, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm

In this afternoon workshop, participants will learn how to transform locally found natural materials into inks with Jason Logan and the Toronto Ink Company.

  • Ages 18+
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Trip to the Albright-Knox

Saturday 26 May 2018

Join us for the inaugural trip of Oakville Galleries' members-only travel program. In this day-long visit to Buffalo, we'll explore the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, which boasts one of North America's finest collections of modern and contemporary art.

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Seniors' Art Talk & Guided Tour

8 May 2018, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm

Join staff from the Oakville Public Library and Oakville Galleries for a lively and insightful conversation about big ideas in contemporary art, film and literature.

  • Ages 55+ (all are welcome)
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Seniors' Art Workshop

25 April 2018, 10:30 am–12:00 pm

As part of the Oakville Public Library Speaker Series, join Oakville Galleries' staff to experiment with digital photography. Discover ways to take great photographs with whatever device you have handy.

  • Ages 55+ (all are welcome)
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On Paper: The Creativity of Collage

Saturdays, 28 April – 26 May 2018

Led by Oakville-based collage artist Joanna Turlej, this course will explore the many ways paper can be used to make images. Working closely with Turlej, participants will dive into the history of collage and hone their creative expression through a series of collage-making exercises.

  • Ages 18+
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Photography Workshop: Visual Storytelling

22 April 2018, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm

Photographer David Coulson will share his expertise in the art of visual storytelling in this afternoon-long workshop, held in conjunction with Oakville Galleries' spring exhibitions.

  • Ages 18+
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Seniors Studio Connection

This season, we're pleased to launch a new series of art workshops designed especially for seniors. Whether you're a beginner or a lifelong art lover, Seniors Studio Connection offers insightful conversation alongside art-making projects in a friendly environment.

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Painting Inside Out

24 February – 17 March 2018

Working with longtime painter and art instructor Judy Mayer-Grieve, this four-week program will focus on the art of intuitive abstract painting.

  • Ages 18+
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New Ways of Seeing, Expanded

28 October – 25 November 2017

In this five-week hands-on creative workshop, instructor Sally Jackson will explore colour, texture and design, using innovative techniques with gesso, embossed paper, pastels, and free application of fixative.

  • Ages 18+
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Exploring Textiles

30 September – 21 October 2017

Under the guidance of master weaver Ixchel Suarez, this four-week course will see participants explore the art of tapestry weaving.

  • Ages 18+
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New Ways of Seeing Abstraction

Saturdays, 22 April – 13 May 2017

In this four-week hands-on workshop, instructor Sally Jackson will explore colour, texture and design, using innovative techniques with gesso, embossed paper, pastels, and free application of fixative, improvising and working abstractly.

  • Ages 18+
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Introduction to Oil Painting

24 September – 29 October 2016

With a focus on painting objects from life, this six-week course will provide participants with instruction in technique, colour theory, and other foundational strategies.

  • Ages 16+
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