Saturday, December 12
10:30am - 12pm
Creative Holiday Cards and Wrap
Create personalized printed and painted cards, bags, gift tags and wrapping paper for theholidays using everyday household items! Gallery staff will guide you through the steps for creating your own stamps, printing a cardor repeating pattern, and designing wintery greeting card images using wax resist.
Saturday, December 5
11am - 12pm
Holiday Card Making with Marysia
Are you excited for the holidays? Because we definitely are! Along with all those yummy hot chocolates and cozy PJs, we might as well get creative! One of the best ways to show love and spread joy is through making handmade cards. Feel welcome to invite your family and friends, collect your supplies, and let’s get crafty!
Saturday, December 12
2 - 3pm
Holiday Wrap Making with Marysia
Holidays are afoot! All those beautiful twinkling lights… cozy blankets… super yummy food… and of course trying to find those perfect gifts for everyone that we love so much! Nothing better translates that love than some personal decorative additions! In the comfort of your home and with all the required supplies, we invite you all to join us in decorating wrapping paper and creating a super fun card to accompany your gifts!
Visual Art & Craft Programs
September-long: Four weekly Zoom lessons on Tuesday evenings; four optional photography walks on Thursday evenings
7 - 8pm
Photography Workshop Mini-Series | Dawn Kawahara
During the month of September, we will explore photography fundamentals in weekly theory-based zoom sessions and weekly practice-based photo walks (participation optional). We'll also do weekly photo assignments to help participants in skill development.
This program is open to all participants ages 13 + with no previous experience in photography is required! Any camera is acceptable for use, including smart phones, tablets, or anything else you have access to.
Saturday, September 26
10 - 11am
Fantastic Watercolour Spacescapes! | Heather Langdale
This class, suitable for children of all ages, will bend the rules of how the watercolour medium can be used. By incorporating the use of your own supplies like paint, salt, food colouring, crayon and other materials, participants will create a fantastical galaxy scape and whimsical meadow scene. The sky is the limit!
Wood Photo Transfer | Carol Donald
Participants will learn how to transfer a photocopied image from their favourite photograph onto a supplied wood panel! You will adhere the photocopy to the panel and leave it to dry. Once dry, you remove the paper, leaving a mirror image of the photo created by the toner that's left behind on the panel. The panel and transfer liquid will be provided for pick-up at Big Lake Artists' Studio, but you print and choose your picture!
Sunday, September 6
2 - 4pm
Flower Beading Project | Michif Cultural Connections
With supplies offered via pick-up by Michif Cultural Connections and St. Albert Cultivates the Arts Society, there's no better time to start beading! In this interactive online Zoom workshop, you'll be given step-by-step instructions alongside cultural information on Métis beading.
Watercolour Magic For Beginners: Easy Fall Landscapes | Laura Watmough
Let’s discover the ARTIST in YOU! Watercolour is a media that encourages you to be spontaneous and creative. This online course will be divided into three easy mini-lessons that we will combine to create your very own unique fall watercolour painting!
Laura will introduce you to various skills and techniques that you can easily master so you can feel the excitement and fun of painting with watercolours.
Nintawin Online Exhibition | Niamh Dooley at the Art Gallery of St. Albert
Niamh Dooley, an Anishininew (Oji-Cree) and Irish contemporary artist based in Winnipeg and of St. Theresa Point First Nation (Mitheynigaaming/ Mariah Portage) in Treaty 5 territory of Manitoba, developed her exhibition
Nintawin, which means “my home” in Oji-Cree. It focuses on identity, family connection, inter-generational knowledge sharing, and reclaiming ancestral knowledge. Autobiographical works, painted from old family photographs, depict Dooley’s extended family and the objects of their culture, focussing on the passing down of knowledge, skills and practice through family and community.
Friday, September 25
7 - 8pm
Watercolour / Pencil Crayon Workshop: Harvest Fruit | Heather Langdale
This class will explore colour mixing and brush stroke variations with the watercolour medium as well as the use of coloured pencils to create interest and add emphasis to a composition! Participants will apply these techniques using their own supplies to create a sweet and simple artwork of pears or other harvest fruits.
Painting a Prairie Wetland | Bruce Thompson
Prairie wetlands are among the most critical components of Alberta’s ecology but much of this habitat has been lost the past century due to development and climate change. They are also filled with colour, energy and life! Participants, who can be beginners or intermediates, will produce an oil painting of a small prairie wetland typical of south-central Alberta.
Authentic Art Online Exhibition | Visual Art Studios of St. Albert
VASA's online exhibit showcases the works created in their Authentic Art classes, a program developed for individuals with developmental disabilities. During the classes students are introduced to several subjects that are relevant to their experiences. They are given drawing exercises to develop fine motor skills and introduced to a variety of techniques in water-based media. Register on Eventbrite to receive the link!
Saturday, September 12
3:30 - 4:30pm
Rhythm and Colour: Creative Ideas for Ukulele Ensemble | Gary Glewinski & Kyle Swenson
A ukulele workshop for teens and adults with previous playing experience focusing on ensemble playing. Participants will learn three arrangements of popular songs with the option of participating in an interactive online performance at a later date.
Saturday, September 5
10 - 10:45am
Preschool Sing-Along, Dance-Along! | Visionary Centre for Performing Arts
Get your child bopping and bouncing with this online program from VCPA! For ages 2 – 6 with parents, families with young children will sing and dance, exploring different instruments and performing new and familiar songs.
Saturday, September 12
2 - 3pm
Ukulele 101 | Gary Glewinski & Kyle Swenson
New to the ukulele? The ukulele has become a very popular instrument--it's easy to learn, portable, relatively inexpensive, and an enjoyable way to spend time singing and strumming by yourself or with friends. Learn how in this online workshop for ages 10+ (including adults)!
Saturday, September 26
11am - 12pm
Caxixi Rattle | Africans and African Descendants Friendship Club of St. Albert with Art Gallery of St. Albert
Music meets art in this virtual class where we will create a “Caxixi Rattle” together! These beautiful rattles are
percussion instruments found across Africa and South America. The rattles we make will be a modern, artistic interpretation utilising recycled and on-hand materials. The organisations will co-present and provide fun and informative knowledge on the uses of the caxixi! Materials are provided by the Gallery and can be ordered and collected from the Gallery in person- or through curbside pick-up.
Poetry Caching with the Poet Laureate | Julia Sorensen
*Due to the disappearance of almost all the caches within the first third of the month, this event has been cancelled*
St. Albert's 2020-2022 Poet Laureate has created and hidden five poetry boxes for you and your family / friends to find on your river walk! Find them using Julia's poetic riddles, visible on the map available on the Eventbrite page. Sign the logbook in the container, read the verses she's left for you, take them if they speak to you, and bring your own poetry (or a credited poem near to your heart) with you to add when you find it!
Thursday, September 24
7 - 9pm
Writing and Filming Reality | Conni Massing and Scot Morison at the St. Albert Public Library
Writer-in-Residence Conni Massing hosts documentary writer Scot Morison. After a screening of Scot's film, Finding Bobbi, Scot and Conni will discuss the creative process behind writing documentaries and field questions.
Dance / Snack Programs
Theatre / Film Programs
Tuesday, September 1
6:30 - 8pm
Musical Theatre Workshop (Ages 8-12) | Visionary Centre for the Performing Arts
Does your child love to sing and act? Students will be introduced to the exciting world of musical theatre as they work through some favorite pieces from Aladdin and The Lion King. Singing, acting and movement all from the comfort of your home with no experience required!
Saturday, September 19
3 - 4 pm
Livestream Theatre Improv (grades 4 - 6) | Rooney and Punyi Productions
Live-stream this Theatre Improv class with Maureen Rooney of Rooney and Punyi Productions! From the comfort of your own home you will have fun creating your own comical characters based on simple objects and have them inter-ACT with other silly characters on screen. This session will be silly, fun and full of laughs! “Rooney” has taught theatre to grades K-12 and teens-adult-seniors for over 30 years throughout Ontario and Alberta.
Wednesday - Friday, September 2 - 4
6 - 8pm
Lights, Camera, Action! (Ages 10 - 16) | Visionary Centre for Performing Arts
Online, students will dive into the exciting world of filmmaking, working as a team to bring a short film project to life. A script is created during the workshop and participants go through the process of acting, filming, directing and producing the project from start to finish. Scenes are filmed and edited by the students. At the end of the 3 day workshop they have a final project to share with their family and friends. Registration is limited!
Saturday, September 26
7 - 8:30pm
Interview History: Marie Madeleine | Rooney and Punyi Productions
This is a 2 part session:
Part 1: Watch the 30 min film at your convenience
Part 2: Attend the on-line live interview with the playwright/performer to learn about the process from being commissioned to research in France, to performing live, to filming the project.
This film tells the story of Marie Madeleine, noble woman who lived in France during the French Revolution. In an era when noble families were being led to the guillotine and when war, starvation and disease were everywhere, a woman of means made a difference for countless lives by working to alleviate poverty through education. Watch the film and register for the interview session!
Sunday, September 13
2 - 3:30pm
Musical Theatre Workshop (for Adults) | Visionary Centre for the Performing Arts
This workshop is a great opportunity to work with international actor and instructor, Ruth Alexander on music and scenes from Les Miserables! Originally from the UK, Ruth has performed the roles of Mrs. Lovett is Sweeney Todd in the touring cast in UK as well as Les Miserables and had a recurring role on Coronation Street. She works as a sessional instructor at Grant MacEwan Theatre Arts Program as well as the BFA Program at the U of A. She is also Director of the Acting and Musical Theatre One year Intensive program at VCPA. Ruth is excited to work with people of all ages who are passionate about acting and musical theatre!