2017 Purple Door Art Studio Classes

The Purple Door Art Studio is unique in offering flexibility to suit everyone. Our make-up classes are available at no additional charge.

Purple Door Art Studio also offers semi-private and private lessons. Please call Anna at 403.289.3388 for more information.

The Purple Door Art Studio and the Ruberto Ostberg Gallery are creative, comfortable spaces for artists, students and anyone who enjoys good art. This bright, beautiful space is filled with natural light throughout. While you are taking a class you will be surrounded by inspirational artwork from established and emerging professional artists.


Please drop by anytime to see what’s new in the gallery, visit with the artists working onsite, or sign up for a class!

2018 Studio Classes


Beginner Drawing and Colour Mixing

The good news: yes, everyone can learn to draw and mix any colour! If you can see you can draw! Explore different techniques and simple shape recognition in a friendly and non-threatening environment. Semi private class. 6 sessions (5 drawing + 1 color mixing), supplies included.


Cost: $285 + gst

Tuesdays 7:00 - 9:00pm



Acrylic Painting for the intimidated

Acrylic is the most versatile, anxiety-free paint available today. Learn all about techniques, mediums, brush strokes and more. 8 sessions, materials not included.


Cost: $285 + gst

Thursdays 1:00 - 3:00 pm, 7:00 - 9:00pm

Fridays  9:30 - 11:30 am, Fridays 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Saturdays 2:30 - 4:30 pm


The ‘Imagined Figure’ - Sculpture Workshop with Cameron Roberts

(class size is limited to 9 artists so register early)


PLEASE REGISTER VIA email to crobertslee@gmail.com.

A deposit of $80 (non-refundable if the session runs) is required by the registration deadline of April 18th. The remainder is payable on or prior to the first day of class April 28th.


Cost:  $240 (all materials included)

Dates: April 28th and 29th 2018

Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Saturday & Sunday)


Instructor Cameron Roberts will be offering a two day workshop in clay sculpture. Working from photos and anatomy reference you will create a small scale figure ‘torso’ or maquette. Students are encouraged to bring their own ideas for poses. This workshop will enhance your knowledge of human anatomy as well as your understanding of clay construction. Post production instruction and guidance will be provided for artists to complete their sculptural works independently. Previous experience in working with the figure is recommended but all levels of ability are welcome.


I will provide tools for your use during the class.  You are welcome to bring your own tools if you have them (please be sure they are clearly marked)!


I look forward to working with you at the Ruberto Ostberg Gallery.  A beautiful space to begin or enhance your ‘Creative Life’.

Venetian Plaster Workshop Schedule 2018

April 7 & 14 –  Intro to Venetian Plaster – 2 day, 6 hours $180 (VP included)

  • Basics of working with Venetian Plaster to create texture
  • Practice techniques on a ‘sampler’ panel
  • Create several small or 1 medium sized panel ready for painting


April 28 – June 9 – Intermediate Venetian Plaster: 6 sessions - $75 each or all 6 for $375 (1 session free). Must have taken an Intro class.


April 28 –  Session 1: Painting on Venetian Plaster 1 – Materials not included.

  • Focus on painting techniques - Transparent Washes, traditional painting techniques
  • Paint on panels plastered in the Intro class
  • Finishing Techniques


May 5 –  Session 2: Imprinting and Embedding – Venetian Plaster not included.

  • Leaf Imprints
  • Embedding objects
  • Changing textures by adding other media e.g. vermiculite


May 12 –  Session 3: Metal leafing on VP – Materials not included.

  • Composite metal leafing specific to Venetian Plaster
  • Can accommodate non Venetian Plaster students, same concepts


May 26 –  Session 4: Image transfer for VP – Materials not included.

  • Transfer images onto Venetian Plaster
  • Can accommodate non Venetian Plaster students, same concepts


June 2 –  Session 5: Stenciling for VP – Materials not included.

  • Stencil application techniques
  • Can accommodate non Venetian Plaster students, same concepts


June 9 –  Session 6: Painting on Venetian Plaster 2 – Materials not included.

  • Continue painting on plastered panels from Intro class and/or Session classes
  • Negative Shape Painting
  • Reductive painting
  • Finishing techniques

To Be Determined Depending On Interest.

Giant Leaf workshop – (Advanced, must have taken Intro class) 3 day, 9 hours $225.

  • Large to giant leaves for imprinting included, limited spaces. (May be a 5 day class, $375).
  • Tentative Schedule – Saturday mornings early August

Ruberto Ostberg Gallery

2108 - 18 Street NW, Calgary, Alberta T2M 3T3 | T: 403.289.3388

Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 12:30 - 5 pm and Thursday, 12:30 - 9:00 pm.

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