Teen courses

Hey teens! Here's your chance to experiment, express yourself, and showcase your ideas in a variety of classes designed just for you.

Register for a Continuing Education Course

Kickstart your creative side - find out how to register for a Continuing Education course.


Continuing Education courses are for teens aged 13 to 16, and are taught by successful, practicing artists who are passionate about bringing out each student's unique artistic voice. We provide an open and supportive environment for you to try new creative activities, explore your own unique ideas, and learn through hands-on techniques. Young people 17 year of age are welcome to register in adult classes with permission from a parent.

PARENTS, PLEASE NOTE: The breadth of activities and images generated by art production at a post-secondary art institution may challenge societal conventions.

Teens – Ages 13-16 

ACAD has lots of fun courses just for teens. Learn from professional artists + designers who enjoy helping young people explore their creativity. 

Winter and spring classes are listed below. If you are looking for summer classes, check out our Summer Art Programs, Teen Studios 13-16 yrs.


winter courses


INSTRUCTOR Jennifer Bassett

Create a regular studio practice in this challenging art school experience, and push your creative output further than you ever have before. You will develop your skills and understanding as you study and practice new techniques while working with a variety of media, and participate in weekly critiques. Keep up your practice outside of class as you complete homework assignments. Please see your course supply list online. Be sure to come prepared for the first class.

crn  35065    Sat, Jan 21 – Apr 1, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.    
fee  $345  (30 hours)


INSTRUCTOR Stacey Watson

Learn how to use your digital camera (dslr or point-n-shoot) to take better pictures! Your instructor will discuss things to consider when shooting; framing, placement of subject matter, depth of field, and shutter speeds as you work through capturing digital images to complete your projects. You will also learn about file conversion and do some introductory manipulation in Photoshop to clean up your images. Please see your course supply list online. Be sure to come prepared for the first class.

crn  35066    Sat, Feb 4 – Apr 1, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.    
fee  $275  (24 hours)


Focus on improving your drawing skills while you experiment with different types of drawing media including graphite, charcoal, and conte crayons. You will continue to improve your understanding of the art elements and principles as you focus on composition and a variety of drawing techniques. Think about what you are communicating with your drawings and develop your ability to speak about your work during critique session each class. Please see your course supply list online. Be sure to come prepared for the first class.

crn  35067    Wed, Feb 8 – Mar 22, 6 - 8 p.m.   INSTRUCTOR Ryan Von Hagen
crn  35068    Thu,  Feb 16 – Mar 30, 6 - 8 p.m.   INSTRUCTOR Tyler Hallett
crn  45038    Tues, May 9 – Jun 20, 6 - 8 p.m.   INSTRUCTOR Tyler Hallett

fee  $175 (14 hours)


Our Saurday Sampler Series for teens will give you a taste of learning, ACAD style.  This is an ideal way to have a nibble before biting into a longer course.  You'll be amazed how much you can make in just a few hours. Supplies and materials are included!

INSTRUCTOR Jackie Bagley

Learn proper proportions of the figure, and how to work three dimensionally. You will develop your understanding of both additive and subtractive processes as you work from a live model and sculpt a figure. Materials and tools are provided.

crn  45026  Sat, May 6, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
fee  $75

INSTRUCTOR Lauren Walker

Start and finish a painting in three hours or less! Learn how to properly mix paints to get the colours you want (not something that’s close) and how to use a palette knife to create rich impasto surfaces. Materials and tools are provided.

crn  45027  Sat, May 6, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.   
fee  $70


Make a ring from a flat piece of metal in no time. Learn how to take proper measurements, cut, file, and shape metal with simple tools. You will also get introduced to using a torch to solder it together. Materials and tools are provided.

crn  45024  Sat, May 13  27, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
fee  $85

INSTRUCTOR Stacey Watson

You don’t need a digital camera to create interesting photographs; all you really need is a light tight box and some light sensitive paper. Learn how to make your own pinhole camera and the basics of camera operations and exposure. You’ll get into the darkroom to process your photographs and learn some darkroom processes.

crn  45028  Sat, May 13, 10 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.   
fee  $85

INSTRUCTOR Jennifer Bassett

Learn the basic elements of architecture through the process of art making while you gain an understanding of how design principles are used in both areas. You will be introduced to various representations in architecture; including architectural plans, sections, and elevations, as you work in a repetitive process, creating an abstract drawing of an object. Tools are provided.

crn  45048  Sat, May 27, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
fee  $70

INSTRUCTOR Jackie Bagley

Learn a variety of mark making techniques, as you use an assortment of art materials that will get you drawing like the masters. You will work from pictures and life as you practice techniques and complete a drawing. Materials and tools are provided.

crn  45025  Sat, May 27, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
fee  $70

portfolio prep classes – Ages 15-18

Need some help with preparing your portfolio? Our College prep courses are for young adults who are not quite ready to jump into a degree program but thinking about it.


Work hard to strengthen and build your portfolio in this intensive portfolio prep course. The focus will be on creating five works strong enough for portfolio submission for acceptance into ACAD, with an emphasis on observational drawing. Subject matter will include still life, landscape, the human figure, and portraiture. Get  your creative juices flowing and your hands moving! Please see your course supply list online. Be sure to come prepared for the first class.

crn  35069    Sat, Feb 25 – Apr 1, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.    INSTRUCTOR Meneka Thirukkumaran
crn  45047    Sat, May 6 – Jun 17, 10 a.m. – 3:30pm    INSTRUCTOR Brita Thomas

fee  $365 (30 hours)