Authentic Art

The Authentic Art Program

The Authentic Art program has been offered to individuals with developmental disabilities by VASA in the Hemmingway Centre for the past five years. The Art projects are based on themes chosen from the interests that students express during the classes. Activities in the community are very important to them. The classes are introduced to design theory through the design elements of line, space, shape and texture. Principles of design are emphasized through examples created especially for the classes, reviewing the current exhibition in the VASA gallery and samples from art history. Colour theory is introduced each week and discussed with each student individually by the instructor and the volunteers in regard to the student’s work as their project develops.

Samples are created, displayed and discussed as a starting point for ideas, demonstrations of how to handle the media are given but students are encouraged to develop their way of creating that is comfortable to them and matches their abilities. There is no ‘right’ way, every approach is made to work. It is the process of creating and the development of the student’s techniques that is important not the result.

The success of the program may be measured by the sense of community that results among the students. They are proud of what they have created and they encourage each other. As a group, they love to tease their classmates, the instructor and the volunteers.

An exhibition of the student’s work is held every two years in conjunction of St. Albert’s StArts Fest., as part of Alberta’s Culture Days. Viewers will be invited to vote on their favorite art piece to be added to the program’s permanent collection.  The next exhibition is in 2018.


  • Tuesday Afternoons: 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday Afternoon: 3:30 p.m to 5 p.m.

Fall Session

Start Date:   Oct 17, 2017

End Date:   Dec 6, 2017

Registration: Oct 10, 2016  1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

    at VASA

Winter Session 

Start Date:    Feb 6, 2018

End Date:    March 28, 2018

Registration:  Jan 30, 2018  1 p.m. - 4 p.m

   at VASA

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