Current Learning Programs
Esker Foundation provides free public programming to encourage participation and to increase accessibility to contemporary art. Learning programs are created in response to, and in tandem with our current exhibitions. All are welcome to attend. Our programs are very popular, securing your spot by registering is strongly recommended. Programs often have wait lists: if you register and are unable to attend we ask that you please cancel in a timely manner. Scroll down to view all of our current and upcoming programs.
Oil painting is a centuries-old tradition and nothing compares to the luminosity that is created by mastering this media. In this workshop, Douglas Williamson will teach a classical approach to painting with oils, showing connections between historic and contemporary practice. He will demonstrate alla prima (wet into wet) painting and working with a limited colour palette to create harmonious old-world quality paintings. Participants will paint a small study of domesticated animals or wildlife. Some basic painting experience is preferred and participants must be over the age of 16. All materials will be provided.
Did you know that over 400 species of wildlife live within the City of Calgary? Do you have questions about the wildlife that we share our city with? The Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society’s expert staff will provide information on local wildlife and wildlife-human conflict and then open up the floor for your questions. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the various species in your backyard and receive answers to your wildlife related questions. A permanent resident animal from the Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society will be in attendance, but there will be no physical interaction with the animal. This is a family-friendly program; however, children must be over the age of 7 to attend.
Although the materials used in the work of Mary Anne Barkhouse and Postcommodity share little in common, how they do connect is through a commitment to challenging mainstream social, political, economic, and historical discourses by creating space for Indigenous narratives. Giving space to both human and animal perspectives, this tour will consider the various connections between immigration and migration, borders in relation to boundaries, and imperialism versus the environment.