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School News

Check out our Upcoming Workshops

Check out our many diverse workshops available for all ages and disciplines. One or Two day workshops are a great way to try out something new. We have included material costs to all workshops so [...]

Winter Term Starts January 21st, 2019

Winter Term Art Classes start January 21st, 2019 and run for 10 weeks. Programming available for all ages in a variety of disciplines. Sign up now, while there is still space! We have classes in [...]

Energy Exchange Program

Have you heard about our energy exchange program before?
The Energy Exchange Program is open to students 16 years of age and older who would like to trade their time for a course.

Celebrating our 25th Anniversary

25 years ago the idea of an Art School was formulated out of a conversation in Lakefield. Driven by numerous creative individuals and headed by Richard Hayman, they laid down the foundations for the school. [...]

School Events

Save the Date! 23rd Annual Art Auction: April 13th, 2019

Save the Date! April 13th, 2019. You are invited to join us at our 23rd Annual Art Auction: Festa Carnevale. Live and Silent Auction, Mini Sales, Cash Bar, Local Hors d'oeuvres with Entertainment by Peterborough Academy of Circus Arts. You don't want to miss this night out! Its a great evening out while supporting our not for profit organization. Tickets are available at the door for $20, $15 in advance and $10 for members. [...]

9th Annual Artathon: June 1, 2019

9th Annual Artathon: June 1, 2019, 11 pm - 5 pm. Help us Fundraise! Artists and students from all disciplines work at the Art School for 6 hours straight during the Taste of Downtown. If you’d like to participate, contact the Art School to register and get a pledge form - get friends, family and others to sponsor your six-hour art marathon, and raise funds for the Art School.

Winter Term Open House: Sunday, January 13, 12-3 pm

We have expanded our studios to 174A Charlotte Street. Check out our space, meet our instructors, learn about our programs, and experience hands-on demonstrations. You will receive 10% off an individual or family membership at the Open House (Members receive 10% off courses and workshops, and access to drawing/painting studio space on Fridays.)

Call for Artwork: Celebration Art Show

Launch Shop & Gallery and The Art School of Peterborough are looking for artists to submit to our Celebration Art Show.  We welcome artists to visually define celebration as we acknowledge our 25th Anniversary. Individuals can submit artwork January 8-29. Opening Reception February 1,  6-9 p.m. along side First Friday PTBO

The Art School of Peterborough

Founded in 1993 by Richard Hayman, The Art School of Peterborough provides excellent art instruction to the people of Peterborough and the surrounding communities. The Art School of Peterborough is dedicated to providing a professional level of instruction in a wide variety of studio media to both adults and children. No prior art training is necessary and there are no entrance requirements or examinations.
We offer year-round classes for adults and youths/teens. The Art School of Peterborough is a not-for-profit organization with charitable status.
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Interested in being involved with the local arts community?

We are currently looking for volunteers who are wishing to help with special art events, assist our instructors during art classes, office assistants and so much more!
Contact us today to hear about these worthwhile opportunities at or by giving us a call at 705-742-3221


Members will receive 10% off all courses and workshops. Discounted entrance into our Annual Art Auction, Drawing and painting studio access on Fridays during the terms. You will also have the opportunity to exhibit in the Art School of Peterboroughʼs membership art show. Have an effect on policies and the organization of the Art School with voting privileges at the Annual General Meeting.

Individual membership: $50 /yr
Family membership: $75 / yr


Bring the gang to the Art School to have your party. We provide the art supplies, fantastic instructors and the space for your group to have a blast. Best of all, we clean up the mess. Drawing, painting, manga, cartooning or mixed media projects available.
Parties are 2.5 hours: 1 1/2 hours of instruction, with the final hour to wrap up your party with cake and gifts (not included).
Ages 6 – 12
$225 for up to ten children; each additional child $20

We also offer pottery birthday parties for up to ten children for $240.


2018/19 school year

There's no better way to spend a PA day! Young artists will enjoy participating in an exciting day of creativity. Activities include drawing and painting, and multi-media projects. Bring your own lunch and snacks, (no nut products please).
Spaces are limited so early registration is recommended.

Before and Aftercare hours from 8:00am – 5:15pm, additional $10 per child.

Ages: 5 - 12
Hours: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Cost: $45 per camp

Dates: April 5May 10, June 7