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Art Classes in Montreal

The Visual Arts Centre provides numerous art classes in Montreal. Our School of Art is the largest bilingual independent non-profit art school in Canada and has been involved in the teaching of art for over 70 years. We receive almost 4000 registrations per year, from students of all ages and walks of life. Bilingual classes are available at all levels (beginner, intermediate, and advanced) on weekdays and weekends, all year round! We are also please to offer online courses to students all over the world.

Each season, there is a variety of new courses, workshops, intensives, and lectures, along with our core courses. Our most popular art classes in Montreal and online include drawing classes, painting classes, photography classes, textile classes, jewellery classes, and ceramics classes. If you’re a new student and want help designing your curriculum, don’t hesitate to call our Registrar or drop by and see us. We’d be pleased to assist you, we invite you to contact us.


Please visit the registration section of our website for procedures, cancellation policies, and important dates.

Our Philosophy and Curriculum

Our philosophy of teaching balances the development of technical skills with the encouragement of personal creativity. Admission to introductory courses is based on the interests of the student; no formal education is required. Small classes of 15 students or less allow for much individual attention. Our curriculum of approximately 325 courses annually includes most major disciplines in the visual arts, from introductory to advanced levels. Workshops by visiting artists and our faculty enhance the program throughout the year. As a cultural space, the Centre is renowned for its vibrant sense of community and engagement amongst students, artists, teachers, and staff. We offer you a warm, encouraging, and welcoming environment in which to develop and explore your personal creativity and pursue your artistic passions.

As well, our McClure Gallery shares the school’s educational mandate, offering regular lectures, artists’ talks, and conferences on ideas and issues of interest to the arts community.

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