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.


ACAD has lots of fun courses just for teens ages 13 to 16. Learn from professional artists + designers who enjoy helping young people explore their creativity. 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. 

People 17 years of age are welcome to register for adult classes with permission from a parent.

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


Our Saturday 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


INSTRUCTOR Tyler Hallett

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  45038    Tues, May 9 – Jun 20, 6 - 8 p.m.

fee  $175 (14 hours)

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  45047    Sat, May 6 – Jun 17, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.    

fee  $365 (30 hours)