A Space to Create

Project Spotlight: Renovated WAG Studios provide new spaces for learning through art.

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A parent and child sit at a table in the WAG’s studio facilities.

One special feature of the WAG’s transformation with the opening of Qaumajuq is the fully renovated WAG Studio. New and experienced artists alike can now explore artmaking in ultramodern new studios, which are outfitted with professional tools and experienced educators. 

A parent and child sit at a table in the WAG’s studio facilities.

Designed by Michael Maltzan Architecture, in collaboration with Cibinel Architecture Inc., WAG Studio has moved up to the penthouse level of the building, where children, teens and adults can learn pottery, painting, drawing, mixed media, digital media and more. With rows of windows and seasonal access to the rooftop, students are inspired by the relaxing surroundings to create something truly spectacular.

“We are so pleased to continue to provide a space for learning and fun through art, which is needed now more than ever,” says Rachel Baerg, WAG Head of Learning & Programs. “The new WAG Studio offers more space to create safely, a digital media studio where students can embrace technology and an array of classes. WAG Studio elevates the gallery experience and invites everyone in the community to join in the art-making.”

A pottery studio at the WAG, featuring several stools and pottery wheels, with large windows on the far wall providing a view into a snowy courtyard.

Five indoor studios include a digital media studio designed in collaboration with students and faculty at Winnipeg’s Sisler High School, plus an expansive retrofitted clay studio, with views out to the Rooftop Sculpture Garden. The larger and more versatile WAG Studio gives students and teachers a space to find inspiration and get creative. Students at every age and any level can join in the fun with beginner and intermediate courses in a variety of media. 

WAG Studio programs are taught by practicing artists who share their enthusiasm, insight, and skills in a fun, friendly setting. Since the inauguration of WAG Studio nearly 85 years ago, artists like Tony Tascona, Jordan Van Sewell, and many more have brought the joys of art to Winnipeggers.

Credit: This video was originally published by The Winnipeg Art Gallery, November 16, 2021. COURTESY WINNIPEG ART GALLERY-QAUMAJUQ.

This story is part of the Qaumajuq Partner Spotlight. View more content from the Spotlight here.