Since 1986 the ArtSpace program has provided arts instruction to both young and old in the North Peace region. Starting in the basement of a downtown business, the line to register for classes stretched a city block on our very first day.  With the growth of the City of Fort St. John since then there has continued to be a strong desire to explore the arts in all formats including visual arts (drawing, painting, sculpture, photography), performing arts (dance, theatre, standup comedy), language arts (poetry, art journaling, second languages), and culinary arts (cooking, cake decorating, chocolate making).  We hope you will enjoy the classes we have to offer.  Please let us know if there is a subject that you would like to learn.  Or maybe you would like to share your art with others.

art classes

Mar 3 & 10 – Intro to Hand Weaving – Cheryl Peebles

Mar 3 & 10 – Intro to Hand Weaving – Cheryl Peebles

Using a simple Rigid Heddle loom the participant will learn how to select the right yarns/threads for a project, calculate the length, make the warp and dress the loom. Participants can expect to complete at least 1 cozy woolly scarf. Time permitting a second project could be completed. No Experience needed. Equipment will be available for use during this course and materials will be provided for the 1st scarf project.

Mar 17 & 18 – Acrylic Painting with Glazes, Sandy Troudt

Mar 17 & 18 – Acrylic Painting with Glazes, Sandy Troudt

This is an introduction to using layers of transparent glazes and veils to create a luminous painting over a textured surface. The texture is built up with a variety of gel mediums and is the dominant element of this approach to painting.

Saturday, Mar 24 – Ukrainian Easter Eggs for Beginners, Nicole Bell

Saturday, Mar 24 – Ukrainian Easter Eggs for Beginners, Nicole Bell

Come learn the beautiful and intricate art of pysanky. This beginner class will focus on the completion of two decorated eggs. By the end, you can expect to have a basic understanding of the tools and techniques to make traditional Ukrainian Easter eggs.

Saturday, April 7 – Intro to Pastels, Frances Obie

Saturday, April 7 – Intro to Pastels, Frances Obie

This full day workshop will be an exploration of soft pastels as a versatile and exciting art medium. We will cover application techniques with various types of pastels and substrates and methods of using wet media in advance of dry pastel application.

Saturday, May 12 – Encaustic Painting with Wax, Irene Gut

Saturday, May 12 – Encaustic Painting with Wax, Irene Gut

This class will be an introduction to using pigmented wax, encaustic paper and the iron. Students will learn how to paint an abstract/fantasy card, a basic landscape and how to incorporate stamps into the work. No experience required.

Saturday, May 26 – Zentangle® Workshop

Saturday, May 26 – Zentangle® Workshop

Introduction to the Zentangle® Method class is an approximately three-hour class (all materials included) where we will talk about the history of Zentangle®, discuss the elements of a tile, play with a few tangle patterns, shade a bit and then appreciate our art.