Visual arts at Smeltzer House
Virtual visual arts programs
Join your favorite Strathcona County art instructors online for a creative art experience that you’ll enjoy in the comfort of your own home. Creative activities are fun, engaging, stress-relieving and boost mental health.
- Find the full course listing and register with Recreation Online: virtual visual arts – family art discovery (single classes)
- All classes are held live, virtually through Microsoft Teams. You will be emailed a link to join the class a minimum of one hour before the class begins.
- Our instructors will demonstrate the steps in creating each project, and are happy to take questions during the class.
- See course descriptions for supplies needed. Instructors will offer ideas for optional or substitute materials/supplies where applicable.
Registered programs update - January 8
All indoor, in person, registered programs continue to be on hold due to the provincial restrictions currently in place. All affected registered participants will be contacted directly and receive an automatic pro-rated refund.
Programs that are still running include:
- Virtual programs – register today!
- Cross country skiing lessons at the Strathcona Wilderness Centre
- Outdoor pop-up preschool programs – register today!
In person programs are currently on hold due to the provincial restrictions in place. Check back for updates.
The Smeltzer House Visual Arts Centre offers a variety of art and craft classes for all ages, ability levels, and aspirations. Programs are designed to introduce students to new disciplines or hone existing skills in a wide range of disciplines including drawing, painting, mixed media, pottery, fussed glass and more.
The safety of our participants and staff is our top priority. All programs have been created to meet Alberta Health Services guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
- Art - Explore painting, drawing, printmaking, and much more in our many classes and workshops. Draw inspiration from stories, history, and imagination while developing skills and expressing yourself in a fun, supportive and creative environment.
- Pottery - Ranked as one of the best pottery studios in the province, the Clay Hut has been home to Strathcona County's iconic pottery program since 1978. Our programs are designed to introduce students to various techniques and methods of working with clay, or hone their existing skills.
- Glass - Explore your creativity by fusing layers of glass to create unique pieces of art at Studio One, located on site at Smeltzer House. Please note: Glass pieces will be available for pick up after firing is complete. Studio One is not wheelchair accessible. To ensure the safety of all, participants must be able to work independently and follow Studio One's glass and tool handing procedures.
- Homeschool - Begin your morning with discovering new materials, techniques and concepts to create a unique piece of art each week. A great addition to your home studies.
Procedures and guidelines
The safety of our staff and participants is our top priority. Please make note of the new procedures and guidelines in place for our programs to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
- Class sizes have been reduced, determined by physical distancing requirements and space capacity.
- Please arrive at the program site a maximum of 10 minutes before your program start time and depart shortly after.
- Each participant will be asked a series of COVID-19 pre-screening upon arrival.
- Stay home if you are sick or displaying any symptoms of COVID-19.
- All participants 3 years of age and up must wear a non-medical mask.
- Maintain a physical distance of 2 meters (6 feet) from individuals outside of your household or cohort.
- Avoid touching commonly touched surfaces.
- Tools and equipment will be sanitized between each session.
- Supplies are carefully prepped ahead of time and set out for participants, and no items are shared between participants during class.
Additional procedures and guidelines for Clay Hut
- Please bring your own apron, hand towel and wear comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting clay on. For safety reasons, please wear closed-toe shoes and avoid loose clothing.
- Beginner and Teen Pottery program fees include clay, glaze, firing and tool kit. Students are required to return their tool kit on a day of their last class.
- Intermediate Pottery program fees include clay, glaze and firing. Students are required to bring their own tools.
Additional procedures and guidelines for Studio One
- Glass programs are available only for one cohort per class.
- Maximum cohort size for each class is six participants.
Frequently asked questions
1. Are there any programs available for cohorts?Permanent link to Are there any programs available for cohorts?
We have glass fusing classes available at Studio One that are designed for cohorts / families. Please call our Visual Arts Programmer at 780-464-2023 for more information or to inquire about additional cohort programming opportunities.
2. Will there be any additional programs over the next months?Permanent link to Will there be any additional programs over the next months?
Strathcona County is taking a phased approach to re-opening facilities and programs. We are continuously working to introduce additional programs throughout the session.
Check Recreation Online for the most up to date program schedule.