Authentic Art Program

Art Education for All Abilities

The Authentic Art program has been offered to individuals with developmental disabilities by VASA in the Hemmingway Centre in St. Albert for nine years. The art projects are based on themes chosen from the interests that students express during the classes. Principles of design are emphasized through examples created especially for the classes and from reviewing the current exhibition in the VASA gallery. Colour theory is introduced each week and discussed with each student individually 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. It is the process of creating and the development of the student’s techniques that is important. 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.

2024 Fall Session Registration Now Open!

The Fall sessions will be starting on Wednesday, September 18 and Thursday, September 19. The sessions are for eight classes. Students may register for a once-a-week class in either the Wednesday OR Thursday group. The cost per student is $100 for an eight-week session.

Wednesday: 3:30 – 5:00pm, September 18 – November 20, 2024 (please note there will be no classes on October 16 and 23)

Thursday: 3:30 – 5:00pm, September 19 – November 21, 2024 (please note there will be no classes on October 17 and 24)

If you would like further information or have any questions, please feel free to contact us at!

Fall Session

Start Date:     September 18, 2024

End Date:      November 21, 2024

Registration:   $100 per student (8-week session)

The Fall Session is now OPEN for registrations!!!