Painting and Arts Combo

Painting, Sculpting & Mixed Media

Go beyond drawing. Painting, journaling and mixed media and/or sculpting are the natural next step after drawing.  Our unique and systematic teaching process provides students with “take-home” knowledge and skills that inspire and promote independence.

We offer introductory classes in watercolour, acrylic painting & arts combo (sculpting and gem journals) for both children/teens.  Intermediate students are welcome to join led- projects or bring in their own projects to work alongside other students and receive mentorship from our artist instructor. 

Acrylic Painting (the Basics & Beyond)

Learning to paint is a natural next step after learning to draw. This class is the perfect opportunity for tweens/teens to explore the basics of acrylic painting through hands-on learning while creating finished paintings. We begin the journey by exploring techniques that involve applying paint, mixing the right colours and tones, layering and other creative procedures that lead to the finished acrylic painting. Students are led through a sequence of lessons filled with theory, step by step demonstration, and guided practice. Students leave each class feeling accomplished and confident to paint on their own.   

Prerequisite:  Students must have prior drawing experience with a strong knowledge of vocabulary

Beginners and returning students are welcome. This class will be a combination of teens and adults.  Drop-In Available: Adults & teens with painting experience may bring in their own projects or request specific subject/project ideas. 

NEW!! Discover Watercolour painting for Tweens and Teens

Come discover the true magic of watercolour. Enjoy adding colour to your drawings? Spend time playing with watercolour &  brushes? Tweens and teens are excited and ready for more complex techniques & materials so we love to challenge them as they grow in the creative process. Students are encouraged to trust their instincts, value their individuality, and think critically about their art choices. 

In this 16-week class, students explore and experience the properties of watercolour through the hands-on practice of techniques such as colour mixing, layering, lifting, wet on wet, wet on dry, dry brushing, and masking. All lessons are led by a professional artist through discussion of theory, plenty of demonstration of techniques and one-to-one mentoring.  The finished artwork is truly inspiring!  

NEXT SEMESTER:  The fun and learning moves into mixed media art projects where students embark on advanced techniques in drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, stencilling using traditional materials as well as non-traditional objects.  We strive to expose students to the elements of art (line, space, colour, balance, etc.) while letting them run a little wild with their own imagination.

Beginners are welcome; drawing experience beneficial.

Ages: 9 – 15 year olds 

ARTS COMBO: Gem Journaling and Sculpting

This class is a unique combination of drawing and mixed media art in the context of gem journals (2-dimensional art) AND sculpting (3-dimensional art). Young artists will learn and practice drawing exercises that facilitate relaxation and the experience of working “on the right side of the brain.”

We are very excited to be offering Art Journaling in combination with sculpting projects. So what is the difference between a journal and a gem journal? Journals become gem journals when you add depth, colour, and creativity through illustrations (such as photographs and embellishments of any kind) to your journal. Using Aliki’s Seven-Step system for composing a journal page, budding artists will begin to explore, play, create and listen as they express themselves. Art journaling is a wonderful process of drawing, collaging, writing and mixed media. Skills used in this class are easily transferable to school work and projects.  Studies show that studying via a combination of drawing and writing helps students retain concepts better.

Students will also be exposed to the process of sculpting as a means of extending their drawing skills to new art disciplines.  Students will complete a variety of sculpting projects such as building their own Alberto Giacometti-Inspired armature, creating a relief tile from Zentangle patterns and more!  All sculptures are built from basic materials (nothing is premade!) using the same techniques and methodology as professional artists.  Students will be proud to display their artwork and say “I Can Sculpt!”

This class is designed for current and past students of Aliki’s Art House who have completed at least one year of drawing classes. Minimum of 5 students required to offer this class.  Please call Diana at 403-667-7020 to inquire about on-going registration. 

Each session will have a variety of projects and may vary from sample photos. 

Age: 8 – 12 years

A deposit is required at the time of registration which includes the September and May tuition plus registration fee for new students. The materials fee are prorated over the course of the year.  

Teen/Adult classes

Beyond the Basics: The next steps for tweens/teens

This class is geared towards students who have taken our Arts Combo classes or Camps.  Students will continue to develop their technical drawing skills using a wide range of media in a safe environment where they will be challenged to think outside the box and take charge of their learning in a unique and exciting way.      

We can also integrate new students.

Art journaling projects will begin with students creating their personal journal from scratch using reconditioned books or self-bound paper.  Several mediums (i.e., dry, wet and textured material and everyday materials) and art disciplines (i.e., painting, drawing, printmaking, stencilling, etc) will be incorporated within a single project.  Both representational (such as portraits, still life or landscapes) and non-representational (art journaling) subjects will be explored. Art supplies/materials provided; some personal items may be requested.

Sculpting projects will expand on the sculpting processes learned at the introductory level to create figure armatures, free form sculptures with multiple armatures, relief sculptures or constructivist sculptures. 

Register with a friend or family member—everyone has more fun and saves 10% each!  You’ll look forward to this creative opportunity to bond and learn together. This is just the right class for teens and parents together!  Teachers and educators are also welcome to experience the process of art journaling as a learning tool.   

Ages: 13  years and older  

Dates: Sept 9 to Dec 9 (12 classes)

Day and Time: Mondays at 6:30 – 8:30 pm  

Cost (inclding GST):  $450 Instructional fee including materials; $25 New Student Registration Fee 

Mixed Media & Abstract Acrylic Painting

Mixed media art is a term used to describe the bringing together of a multitude (“mix”) of different elements (“media”) in a variety of different ways. There are so many different art techniques and forms covered by this title.   There is also a wide range of media: paints, papers, cardboards, pencils, images, glues, crayons and glitter, to name a few. Then there are the more obscure media, like washers and other hardware items, buttons, fibres, beeswax, pages from an old book and the list goes on. When you begin to look around you, everything becomes a potential target for adding into your mixed media art. This class is the perfect opportunity for children and teens who enjoy hands-on learning and self-expression.  We take concepts that children love to explore — colour, light, form, texture — and build on those interests while encouraging exploration of material and personal creative expression.  

Beginners are welcome, drawing experience beneficial.  Past students of Aliki’s Art House are welcome to return and build on their painting skills with new projects.  Minimum of 5 students required to offer the class.   

Ages: 10 – 16 years

Teen Drawing & More

(12 years & older)

Mini Masters

(5 to 7 years)

Drawing Fundamentals

(7 years & older)

Arts Combo ~ Gem Journals & Sculpting

(8 years & older)

Private Art Lessons

(All ages)

Drawing Workshops

(7 years & older)

Homeschooler Programs

(5 years & older)

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