Summer Classes for Teens/Adults


Welcome to Summer Art Classes for Teens and Adults! Your health is our priority, and classes will look a little different as we implement changes that are in line with COVID-19 distancing and sanitizing practices. These measures include:

  • Space! Each class participant will be seated alone at one six foot table, at a distance of at least six feet apart from other participants;
  • Class sizes are limited to abide by groups of ten people or less, including instructor;
  • The classroom space will be sanitized before and after the class. Hand sanitizer and wipes are available inside the classroom space for use by the participants and instructor;
  • Participants must wear masks indoors, as per the Brantford bylaw;
  • Participants must stay home if they are feeling ill. Please see our refund policy at the bottom of the page;
  • Participants are encouraged to sanitize hands throughout the day.

If you are not a current member of Glenhyrst and would like to become one to get our great Member rates, please select the membership level below and add to cart.

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Illustration and

Mixed Media 

for Teens

with Instructor Cassandra Ferguson

Dates: Wednesdays – August 5 – September 2

Time: 6 – 8 pm

Location: Coach House

Duration: 5 weeks

Fees: $120 non-members / $100 members

Ages: 12 to 16 years

Join us for our Summer Art Studio class! Students will expand their skills in a variety of mediums including drawing, painting and printmaking. In this mixed-media style course we will fuel your creativity with a variety of projects that look to art history for inspiration, and to learn new techniques, styles, and processes. This class is designed to encourage experimentation with a wide range of practices, and to inspire the artists to build upon what they already know to produce work that is meaningful to them.

All materials included.



Write, Write, Write

with Instructor Larry Brown


Dates: Thursdays – August 6 – Sept 10

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: Coach House

Duration: 6 weeks

Fees: $120 non-members / $100 members

The warmth and solitude that summer evokes is a perfect time for your thoughts to make it onto paper. Each week will focus on a different aspect of writing: short fiction & flash fiction, memoir, genre (thriller, crime, children’s, etc.), how to write dialogue, editing your writing and monologues.

Bring pen and paper or your laptop.



Plein Air Painting

with Instructor Jeanette Obbink

Dates: Monday/Tuesday – August 17/18

Time: 10 am – 4 pm each day

Location: Coach House & Gardens

Duration: 2 days

Fees: $120 non-members / $100 members

Participants to bring their own lunch.

The magic of plain air painting awaits you in this two day workshop. On day one, Jeanette will perform a demo and give a brief explanation about composition, value and colour. The class will do a few drawing and painting exercises and use the remaining time to sketch what they will want to paint the next day. Day two is dedicated to your plein air painting, with Jeanette close by for guidance and support.

Students can work in Oil, water based Oils or Acrylics.

Supplies needed (provided by student): a sketch block, pencil or charcoal, paints (the following colours are recommended as a minimum: Titanium White, Lemon Yellow, Ochre, Quinacridone Red (Or Rose Madder or Cadmium Red deep), Ultramarine Blue, Raw Umber – helpful other colours are Cadmium yellow medium or deep, Manganese or Cerulean Blue, and possibly a green). If working with oil: non smelling solvent or if working with water solubles or acrylics a water container; a variety of sizes relatively stiff brushes (hog hair or synthetic), a palette knife is optional, and as many canvases as you think you will need – no bigger than 16×20. A field easel, palette with a large flat surface for mixing colours.If you need to purchase paints – it is encouraged to NOT buy the cheapest option – paints are priced according to the amount of pigments they have. Low quality paints are difficult to work with as they do not contain enough pigment to allow for good mixing or intensity in colour. Level 2 is a good start.



with Instructor Brian Thompson

Dates: Saturday/Sunday – August 22/23

Time: 10 am – 4 pm each day

Location: Coach House & Gardens

Duration: 2 days

Fees: $120 non-members / $100 members

Participants to bring their own lunch.

Despite the myriad restrictions we’ve been under for several months, photography is a wonderful diversion to let our minds think in different ways, and get outdoors to connect with and capture the beauty of the community around us.Participants will gain an understanding of the technical elements of their camera, so they can shoot with confidence and achieve higher-quality results.

The emphasis will be on outdoor photography possibilities including landscapes, nature and architecture. You will be encouraged to constantly think about composition, creativity and lighting techniques that can be applied to any subject you decide to shoot with your newfound knowledge and skills.


Materials: Ideally one should have a DSLR that you can interchange lenses. But a bridge camera (like a DSLR, but just has one lens), or even a point & shoot will suffice, so long as there are controls for Program/Auto Mode, Shutter Priority, Aperature Priority, and Manual mode. (P-S-A-M).  That way they can get the most out of what I’m teaching, and their cameras as well.

Outdoor Photography Workshop
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All information subject to change. All adult class pricing subject to +13% HST.

Registration Information

Class size is limited, so register early to avoid disappointment. Pre-registration is required for all classes and is on a first-come, first served basis with full payment. Registrations can be made online, in person, by phone, fax or mail.Cheque, cash, debit, VISA and MasterCard payments are accepted. NOTE: 13% HST must now be added to all Adult Class Fees. A $20 charge is applied to NSF cheques.

Occasionally a class will not reach its full enrollment and must be cancelled, in which case a class refund will be issued. Otherwise, class refunds are issued for medical reasons only with presentation of a doctor’s certificate. A $10 administration fee applies.

Joining Late?
Contact the Gallery if you are interested in a class that has already started as we may have spaces available.