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Hat Art Club

The Hat Art Club (also known as the Medicine Hat Art Club) is a non-profit organization for artists in the city. It is also known to most as “what the Cultural Centre by the Medicine Hat College is used for”. Like I stated, the club’s main residence is in the Cultural Centre’s various studios and features many programs including classes and workshops to the public.  Unfortunately I have posted this a little late in the game as most of the classes are ending this year until September but I may post an update later when they begin again.

The mandate of the club is to promote awareness of the various media of visual art and to encourage personal development and growth. The membership costs $100 a year but considering membership gets you studio space and access to things like a printing press, easels, drawing tables, etc. it’s well worth it even without doing any of the classes. Continue reading for the full list of both programs and benefits:

*Information taken verbatim from recent handout


Monday Afternoons
Assisted Studio time in various media. These are not formalized instructional sessions. The students are free to work on their own projects and can receive advice on sketching, watercolor, design, and color. Sessions run from the middle of September to the end of May. Instructor/Facilitator: Anita Schmidt.

Monday Nights
Silk Painting Guild gives members support and basic instruction on the painting progress. Classes run from the middle of September to the end of May. Instructor/facilitator: Mollie Webster.

Tuesday – Thursday Afternoon
To accommodate the increase of members the art club now offers some afternoon classes. These are 4-8 week sessions in various disciples.

Tuesday Night
Life Drawing with both draped and undraped models. There is no format instruction for these classes but there is always a leader present to assist where possible. Classes run from the middle of September to the end of June. Facilitator: Sherry Biko.

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday Night
Structured classes with instructor. These classes usually run 4-8 week segments in various disciples including drawing, pen/ink, design, watercolour, acrylic, oil, printmaking (etching, mono print), sculpture (soapstone, paper mache, 3d in various mediums). Classes run from the middle of September to the end of May. Instruction is varied and instructors are usually established artists from the community.

Weekend Workshops

Workshops are available to members and non-members. There is an extra fee to enable the club to run workshop with a quality of processional instruction. The club has been offering six to eight workshops a year. The workshops run from early September to late June.


The studio is available as work space for members. It is accessible to those members 24 hours per day, seven days per week unless the club has other activities scheduled.

Additional Information

Members have access to: a printing press, easels, drawing tables, mat cutter and lending library. The club has social events, and art aprreciation nights that are open to the public.

Located at Cultural Cente, 299 College Dr. SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta
Cultural Centre Information via the Medicine Hat College website

User Comments

6 Responses to “Hat Art Club”

  1. September 5th, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Christina says:

    Was wondering if you know where i can do a one stroke brush technique art class.

  2. October 1st, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Debbie Vass says:

    I would like to join the club. What do I need to do?

  3. October 16th, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    Lois Banasch says:

    Debbie – I am in charge of the Membership at the Hat Art Club – if you would like more info, just drop by the Cultural Centre and fill in a form (there is usually someone there during the day that can get that for you). If you need more info – call me at 403-529-0225.

    Christina – you can also come by the Club, and check out the upcoming workshops.

  4. January 5th, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    Jill Ravanello says:

    Hi. How old do you need to be to join your art club?

  5. February 14th, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Amanda Baxter says:

    This article is very old (2009) and much has changed at the Hat Art Club. If you would like more current information please go to our website or check us out on Facebook (

  6. August 12th, 2016 at 12:52 PM

    Janice Erickson says:

    does anyone in the Hat do Hypertufa courses

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