Public Programs

In Person and Online Programs

The Varley Art Gallery offers a wide variety of activities, events, art classes, camps, and workshops for the community. Scroll down to view events coming up in the next few weeks.

To fnd find out more about our exciting adult art classes, and our many creative, hands-on children's programs, browse through our Winter 2024 Public Programs Brochure

Event Calendar

December 3 Hand Lettered Holiday Cards Workshop
Sunday, December 3 | 1 to 3:00 PM |  Ages 16+

Why buy a holiday card when you can make one by hand? In this two-hour workshop, students will learn how to draw beautiful script letters and use them to create their own one-of-a-kind holiday cards and gift tags. Students will leave the workshop with their finished greeting cards as well as a set of worksheet to continue their hand lettering practice at home. No experience is needed to join this workshop. Some materials provided.

Registration required.

December 3 The Art of Printmaking: Holiday Cards and Tea Workshop
Sunday, December 3 | 1 to 3:30 PM | Ages 18+

Join this holiday-themed workshop with artist/instructor Sarka Buchl-Stephenson. Participants get hands-on to learn printmaking techniques and then create one-of-a-kind cards for their friends and families. Come with your loved ones and share an afternoon of art making and tea.

Registration Required.

December 6 Lunch and Learn with Yan Wu
Wednesday, December 6 | 12:30 to 1:30 PM | Free 

Join Markham Public Art Curator Yan Wu to learn about the curatorial vision behind the exciting and transformative public art projects both underway and planned for the City of Markham's urban landscape and shared spaces.

Join the Lunch and Learn on Zoom


Artist Workshop with Shantel Miller
Saturday, December 16 | 12 to 2:30 PM | Free 

Through colour and collage, explore aspects of perceiving our collective experiences with artist Shantel Miller. This  workshop delves into meaning-making, and symbolism reflected in A Legacy Unfolding.

Registration required

December 23 Crafty Christmas Children's Workshop
Saturday, December 23 | 1 to 2:30 PM | $27

Kids will capture the essence of Christmas in this fun and fancy winter workshop! Design decorations and make wreaths, or paper snowflake sculptures all while listening to traditional Christmas classics. All materials included.

Registration required.

December 27, 28 and 29 Winter Break Camp
December 27, 28 and 29 | 9 AM to 4 PM | |$78 per day

Up to three full days of fun and engaging Winter break activities for Kinder campers (4 to 6 years) and Junior Campers (7 to 12 years)

Registration Required.

Adult Programs

The Studio is waiting!  Art classes at the Varley are designed for all levels of artists. Whether you're picking up a paintbrush for the first time, or returning to your practice, the Varley has something for everyone. Learn from qualified and professional art instructors in a fun and supportive environment.

Children's Programs

The Varley offers a range of creative programs to inspire your child! Kids 5 to 12 are encouraged to express how they see the world around them as they walk through the gallery and get hands on in the studio using a variety media and techniques.

View Varley Programs

To browse through Varley programs click here, then follow the instructions below.

1. To view adult activities click "Art" under "Adult Programs". A list with our logo will appear.
2. To view children's classes click "Art" under "Children Programs". A list with our logo will appear.
3. To view our P. A. Days, Camps and Holidays click "PA Days & Holidays" under "Camps & Holiday Programs".
4. Then click the arrow under "Creative Arts PA Day and Holiday Programs" for the full list to appear.

Register for a Program

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