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Kids & Teens Art Classes at Artopia

Art Classes for Kids

We offer classes: Sundays,
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays

For 6 to 18 year olds


  • All Children's classes are $30 + GST per class and require a minimum of 4 classes. If you register your child for a minimum of 8 classes, we will discount from $30 per class to $25 + GST per class.
  • Supplies are not included but can be purchased at Artopia.
  • All Children's classes are targeted to beginners or students wanting to improve their artistic skills.



10 am – 12 Noon or


5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Drawing: A list of supplies the Instructor requires will be provided at registration, including but not limited to Artist quality pencils, erasers, sketch book and tracing paper. All can be purchased at Artopia. Painting: We will use acrylics and perhaps add additional mediums. There will be a specific number of colours required, along with brushes and canvas. A list of supplies will be provided and all can be purchased at Artopia. Reference Material: The Instructor will guide the student in drawing photo realism, using a reference photo. The reference photo should be easy to view and a high quality photo reference material which should be a simple photo.



5 pm to 7 pm
Age 6-12 years

The DRAWING ONLY class consists of a series of 4 classes: In the first class, students will draw a still life portrait. The class focuses on breaking down core drawing elements such as line, shape and value. Within the class, students will complete a realistic drawing, and have a better understanding and appreciation for drawing fundamentals.

The second class will focus on texture, and line variation. Using a variety of different line techniques such as cross hatching, students will be shown how to create texture and depth in their piece. The reference photo for this project will be an animal, in order to easily demonstrate texture.

The third class will focus on reduction. For this class, students will be studying eraser drawings while increasing their knowledge on light source and value.

During the fourth class, students will be given the opportunity to bring in their own reference, combining all of the skills from the previous classes into one final piece. They will also be introduced to color theory, and encouraged to use color conte.


Makenzie Haydon

Makenzie Haydon

Makenzie was born and raised in Red Deer Alberta, and later moved to Calgary to attend the Alberta College of Art and design in 2012. In 2011 she complete Art 31AP, where she submitted a portfolio to New York to be graded. Makenzie has received many scholarships in the arts, such as the Allan B Memorial Award, and has had her work displayed in a number of galleries across Alberta. Recently Makenzie has started to pursue tattooing, and she is apprenticing part time.


  • All Children's/Teen classes are $20 per class and require a minimum of 4 classes.
  • Supplies are not included but can be purchased at Artopia.
  • All Children's/Teen classes are targeted to beginners or students wanting to improve their artistic skills.



6 pm to 8 pm


10 am to 12 noon
1 pm to 3 pm
4 pm to 5 pm


Colin Dubreuil

Colin Dubreuil

Colin was born, raised, and educated in Calgary, Alberta. He completed a Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) with Distinction in 2010 from the University of Calgary. He also received a second degree in Zoology (BSc) in the same year. Colin works primarily in oil and acrylic painting, though he continues to draw, and print as well. He enjoys painting a multitude of subject matter, including landscape, wildlife, and portraiture. His experience in the fine arts program at the University of Calgary also nurtured an interest in less conventional approaches to composition, color, and texture. He continually attempts to create art that is not only technically challenging, but that attempts to challenge the conventions of style.

About Colin's classes:

Commonly, students work in pencil to start off, and quite often move into acrylic painting as they move forward. Other art mediums (pastel, water color, pencil crayon etc…) can also be done. "I tend to start students with pencil and then painting as those are my passions and of course my favourites to teach!"
Below is a list of supplies, broken into drawing and then painting and these can be purchased at Artopia.


  • Artist quality pencils (these are different than your typical HB pencils that you use at school), Specifically, I like my students to have AT LEAST one soft (dark), one medium, and one hard (light) pencil. I find a 4H, an HB and a 4B pencil are a great start.
  • A kneadable eraser
  • One white vinyl eraser
  • A sketch book. There are two important considerations here. First, the dimensions (how big a sheet of paper is) and second is the weight (how THICK is that paper). I like my students sketch books to be at least 9x12 inches (11x14 is also good) in dimension, with a paper weight between 90-110 lb. This weight of paper is great, because we can use both pencil and watercolor/water soluble pencil crayonsTracing paper. This also comes in a book (like the sketch book).


  • In my children's classes, I do not allow the use of oils, as there are issues with both fumes and overall clean up. We will use acrylic paint as a substitute.
  • I only ask my students to buy 5 bottles of paint, as we can mix any color we will need from those 5 colors:
    • - Black
    • - White
    • - Primary cyan (also known as primary Blue, pthalo blue, pthalo blue green shade, process blue, process cyan)  technically, pthalo blue is a different color, but it works quite well
    • - Primary magenta (also known as primary red, Quinacridone magenta, Quinacridone red, process red, process magenta)  technically, Quinacridone magenta and red are different colors, but they both work well
    • - Primary yellow (also known as process yellow, Hansa yellow medium)
  • IF you want to buy more colours, that's up to you. Sometimes a burnt umber (brown) can be helpful, as although we can mix brown with the paints I have recommended, it can be very tricky, especially for younger students!
  • Canvas: This can be stretched canvas or canvas board. Canvases closer to the size of your sketch book makes transferring a drawing to a canvas MUCH easier and is recommended.
  • Brushes: I like a type of brush called a filbert. I like my students to have one small (1/4inch), one medium (1/2 inch), and one larger (3/4 inch) filbert brush. Also, a one inch flat brush is great for filling in larger areas with paint.

Reference material:

  • This is a tricky one. Most working artists work from photographic reference. That is to say that they work while looking at a photograph for reference. This in itself isn't difficult. What can be tricky is finding good quality photos from which to work. A drawing/painting can be doomed from the start by a bad reference photo. We are looking for Clear photos. Also, since this is a class for children, too much going on in a photo can be very overwhelming for a student. I recommend simpler photos to start, of an animal, still life, flowers etc… There are no real rules here, just some suggestions. I am slowly amassing a collection of old calendar photos of wildlife/landscapes etc so that I can help out students who can't find good reference photos.

You can contact me (Colin) at or by phone at 1-403-990-6277

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