FRequently asked questions

Below you’ll find answers to commonly asked questions at Forum Art Centre. If you still can’t find the answer you’re looking for feel free to contact us!

How do I register?

You can register online, by phone (204-235-1069) or in-person (120 Eugenie Street). We also process registrations by email, but it is not the recommended method for high demand classes (for example, children’s classes and clay classes).

When can I register?

Registration begins about a month before classes start each session and is announced in our newsletter, on Facebook and on Instagram.

How much do classes cost?

Youth classes are $175 for each ten-week session.

The base price for adult classes is $195 for each ten-week session. Class prices vary due to associated services (firing and glaze fees for clay classes, model fees, material fees, etc.).

Prices for each class are listed on their dedicated page during registration.

How do I pay?

Payment can be made by e-transfer, credit card, cash or cheque and online through the website’s secure payment system. A $5 convenience fee is charged when paying online or by credit card. 

Please send e-transfer payments to register@forumartcentre.com. Make sure to note your name, class title, class time and day in your message.

Do you offer any classes for children?

Yes! We offer classes in a variety of mediums for children. Please check our schedule during registration for details.

All supplies for youth programming are provided by Forum Art Centre. Students should wear clothing that won’t suffer when artmaking gets messy!

My child is six years old, can they register?

If their seventh birthday falls before the last day of the year, they are welcome to join our fall session of Children’s Art classes. If you have any concerns about whether your child is ready for a class, please feel free to reach out.

Is there a difference between the Children’s Art Classes?

All our children’s art classes work on fundamental areas for young artists (drawing, painting, and mixed media), while building their skills in a fun and engaging environment. Each instructor brings their own creativity to class by offering different projects, specialities and instructing styles.

What do the skill levels mean?

All Skill Levels – From beginners to advanced artists, this class can be taken by adults at all levels. 

Beginner – For those who have never worked in that medium or taken an art class before.
Example: Have not picked up a paint brush in a long time or at all.

Beginner+ – For those who have a grasp on the general knowledge of the medium. This class is best for those who are still learning the concepts and building skills.
Example: Understand or have faint knowledge of light/contrast or colour mixing but need more practice to be able to apply it.

Intermediate – For those with more detailed knowledge on the medium and some experience working in it. This class is best for those looking to gain more confidence and put their knowledge into practice.
Example: Knowledgeable in colour mixing but would like more practice expanding their palette and applying it to their works.

Advanced – For those who understand the techniques of a medium and are distinguishing their own style. Most classes at this level are student-led, with the instructor offering critique and individual support.
Example: Experienced in the medium and want structure and an environment where they will work with fellow artists and receive constructive critique.

I‘m a Beginner, where do I start?

We offer beginner classes in a variety of mediums. Look through our available beginner classes during registration to see what interests you. Still don’t know where to start? Give us a call and we’ll help you find a class.

You have a number of classes in the same medium (ie. Acrylic), which one do I choose?

Several classes are offered in the same medium, but for different skill levels. Pick a class in the medium of your choice, that best suits your skill level and schedule.

If you are unsure about where you fit, refer to the descriptions above that detail each skill level. Still not sure what to choose? Give us a call and we’ll help you find a class.

What supplies should I bring? What if I don’t have everything?

Class description pages include a supply list of what instructors expect students will need to bring for the duration of the class. You may ask for clarification from your instructor during the first class to ensure you have only what you need.

I can’t afford all these supplies! What can I do?

There is no need to go outside of your budget with premium quality supplies. Clarify with your instructor the minimum amount of supplies you will need to successfully participate in the class. Many household items can be repurposed to avoid purchasing brand new supplies.

You will also receive a discount for students of 10-20% off supplies at the Artists Emporium. These are usually handed out in the first class. However, we are happy to provide them at request, before the class starts!

A 10-week commitment of classes doesn’t work with my schedule. What else do you offer?

We offer workshops that allow you to discover a medium or work on a specific technique, in a smaller amount of time. We announce all new workshops in our newsletter, on Facebook and on Instagram.

I want to volunteer! What can I do? Who do I talk to?

Thank you for your interest in volunteering! There are a variety of tasks throughout the year at Forum Art Centre that require the help of volunteers to complete.  

Please reach out to us to state your interests.

I have this easel / painting / art book / kiln / etc. Do you want it?

Thank you for your offer to donate art supplies! We will make use of most donated materials. We are not currently accepting books as the library is full!

I still have more questions, who do I contact?

Call us at (204) 235-1069 or send us an email to register@forumartcentre.com.

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