QEPCCC studios and memberships

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Oakville is gradually reopening facilities and introducing modified programs.

Not all facilities or amenities are available at this time. When permitted and safe to do so, additional indoor recreation activities will resume once all restrictions can be met. Visit our Programs FAQs page for more information.

Fall programs

The Town of Oakville’s new state-of-the-art Oakville Trafalgar Community Centre (OTCC), located on the former site of Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, will open its doors on September 19, 2020 for pre-booked fitness activities and facility tours. OTCC will also offer 8-week programs* for the fall.

Our other community centres and Sixteen Mile Sports Centre reopened on Tuesday, September 8 for pre-booked single visit activities. Some of the offerings include:

Check availability and book your visit using Active Oakville.

Monthly memberships are now available for purchase. Call 905-815-2000 for details.

Registration for fall programs

*We are offering shortened 9-week fall sessions of some of our programs, scheduled to start after Thanksgiving.

The town has introduced Programs Oakville, a new web application that offers a more convenient and user-friendly program search tool for registration.

Registration for residents will open at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, September 16.

An active Senior Services membership is not required to register for September and October programs.

FREE Culture Days programs. Registration required.

During the month of October, our ceramics and painting drop-ins will be FREE for children and adults in celebration of Culture Days! Registration is required. Details are provided under the following tabs.

Looking for studio space and specialized studio equipment to work on an art project?

Please note: The Ceramic Studio and Woodshop will open September 21. The Fine Art Studio and Digital Lab are currently closed. Updates will be posted as they become available.

Studio memberships at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC) are geared towards artists working independently, with no technician on site.

Studio drop-ins are non-structured opportunities to work in an equipped space with a technician present for consultation.

Private lessons are available. Call 905-815-5979 or email qepbookafacility@oakville.ca to speak to a technician and book a session today.

QEPCCC is a unique and dynamic public space that encourages active living and inspires the cultural artistic expression of its users. Our location is also an excellent space for conferences, special events, performances, birthday parties and much more! Visit the QEPCCC Rentals page for details.

Click on the headings that follow for more information about our studios, etc.

Admission requirements

Masks must be worn in the studios and pre-registration for drop-in sessions – free or otherwise – is required.

Except for our All Ages programs, participants must be ages 18+. No visitors allowed.

Members are expected to exhibit a good understanding of the materials, tools and processes required to safely practise independently in the studios.

The successful completion of a first-time orientation to the fine arts studio and Digital Arts Lab is required (no fee), as applicable.

The successful completion of a Woodworking and Ceramic Studios Safety Test is required (fee applies) to access these studios.

Call 905-815-5979 to make an appointment with the technician to complete your orientation and/or safety test.

Members must sign in at customer service upon each visit and are responsible for cleaning the studio space after use.

During the month of October, our ceramic and painting drop-ins will be FREE for children and adults in celebration of Culture Days! Registration is required.

Regular pay-as-you-go fees

  • All Ages Ceramics is $9.10 + HST per adult and per child.
  • Admission for all other studio drop-ins is $11.50 + HST per session for non-members.
  • A non-resident fee of $10 + HST will be charged as applicable.

Memberships

Monthly Studio memberships, with a start date of September 21, are now available for just $41.25 + HST per month. A non-resident fee of $10 + HST will be charged as applicable. Call 905-815-2000 for details.

Our Studio memberships are ideal for artists seeking non-structured, creative time to make artwork in equipped studios without a technician present.

Members can use all studios but will be asked to choose a main studio (either Woodworking or Ceramics at this time) for administrative purposes. Not all amenities are currently available. Requirements for using specific studios vary and can be found under the appropriate tab.

Studio Members may access drop-in sessions free of charge.

Members receive a half-locker and open shelf where available. Additional lockers and shelves can be rented, subject to availability.

Our ceramics drop-ins are FREE for children and adults for the month of October in celebration of Culture Days!

Please note: Pre-registration for drop-in sessions – free or otherwise – is required.

NEW! We now have two drop-in sessions available:

  • All Ages Ceramics for children with a caregiver, and
  • Adult Ceramics for ages 18+ who are new to clay.

Clay purchased elsewhere is not permitted. Cone 6 clay can be purchased separately at QEPCCC per piece for $5 + HST, or per bag for $35 + HST. Clay fee includes access to all glazes and firings.

Pieces are fired by the studio technician and take up to three weeks to be completed. Participants should be able to pick them up during drop-in times three weeks after their visit.


All Ages and Adult Ceramics

Our All Ages Ceramics drop-in is perfect for anyone curious about clay, regardless of knowledge or experience level! Novice and pro alike are welcome.

Weekly projects:

  • September 26 – Flower Pot
  • October 3 – Bowl
  • October 10 – Vase
  • October 17 – Mug
  • October 24 – Lantern

There is no wheelwork during these sessions.

Admission requirements

  • Children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.
  • Maximum ratio of children per adult is 3:1.
  • Children must be at least 6 years old.
  • For safety, no infants in arms, carriers, wraps or strollers are allowed.
  • Youth 14+ can attend the All Ages drop-in without an adult.
  • Adults 18+ are also welcome without children.

Members drop-in

Please note: All members must now bring their own bucket with lid for clay wash-up and reclaim. There is no longer a communal bucket.

Spaces are limited to a maximum of five (5) members per session. First-come, first-served.

Admission requirements

Our Member Ceramics drop-ins are for experienced ceramicists who work without instruction. Individuals are expected to exhibit a good understanding of the materials, tools and processes required to safely practise independently.

The successful completion of a first-time ceramics knowledge and safety test (for an additional $22.40 + HST fee) is required to access this drop-in. Please call 905-815-5979 to make an appointment with the technician.

Drop-in sessions (approximately 15 hours per week) are offered in the woodshop and ceramics studio.

A technician will be present in woodworking and ceramics (only) for consultation. Instruction will not be provided.


What is available in the Ceramics Studio?

  • 5 wheels
  • slab roller
  • electric extruder
  • electric kilns
  • a selection of tools

Currently closed.

Updates about the Digital Arts Lab will be posted as they become available.

Admission requirements

Please note: Pre-registration for drop-in sessions – free or otherwise – is required.

The successful completion of a studio orientation is required (no fee) to use the Digital Arts Lab. Call 905-815-5979 to make an appointment with technician.

Users must be 18+. Maximum of 12 participants working at a time.

A two-hour intro to Mac computers is available if desired (private lesson fee applies).

What is available in the lab?

  • Hardware includes 13 Apple iMac 27” with Intel i5 3.1Ghz, 16GB DDR3 RAM, and a AMD HD 6970m video card.
  • Software includes Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 (Photoshop, Acrobat, Premiere Pro or After Effects, InDesign and Illustration), Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Apple Logic 9, Microsoft Office 2010, and Minecraft Education Edition.
  • 2 digital scanner stations
  • 1 HP Colour LaserJet CP3525n (printing fees may apply)
  • 1 Laser jet printer for transfer prints
  • 2 Makerbot 3D printers

Our painting drop-ins are FREE for children and adults for the month of October in celebration of Culture Days!

Please note: Pre-registration for drop-in sessions – free or otherwise – is required.

NEW! Painting Drop-in – All Ages or Adult

Join us for an introduction to drawing and painting techniques, including: composition, colour and form. Use pencil and acrylic paint on canvas to explore creativity and develop technical skill.

We have two sessions available:

  • one for children with a caregiver, and
  • a separate one for adult newcomers to painting.

You will go home with a finished piece at the end of the session.

Project themes:

  • September 26 – Flowers and Plants
  • October 4 – Landscapes
  • October 11 – Animals
  • October 25 – Still Lifes

Admission requirements

All Ages sessions:

  • Children ages 6-12 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.
  • Maximum one child per adult.
  • For safety, no infants in arms, carriers, wraps or strollers are allowed.
  • Maximum of 12 children and 12 caregivers allowed.
  • Youth 14+ may attend the All Ages session without an adult.

Adults-only sessions:

  • Participants must be 18+.
  • Maximum of 12 adults allowed.

Member drop-ins

Our fine arts studios are not currently available for Member drop-ins.

Geared toward experienced woodworkers who work without instruction. Individuals are expected to exhibit a good understanding of the materials, tools and processes required to safely practice independently in the studio.

A studio technician will be on site. Maximum of 6 members per session.

Heavy machinery is turned on during drop-in times. A list of equipment and tools available follows.

Project proposals must be submitted for review by the technician to assess appropriateness, materials, equipment and storage needs. All deliveries of materials must be coordinated with the technician.

Admission requirements

The successful completion of a first-time woodshop safety test is required ($22.40 + HST fee) to access this drop-in. Call 905-815-5979 to make an appointment with the technician.


What is available in this studio?

Stationary machines, including:

  • drill press
  • mini lathe
  • hollow chisel mortise
  • spindle sander
  • edge sander
  • mitre saw
  • scroll saw
  • router table
  • draft table

The following heavy machines are turned on during drop-in times only:

  • jointer
  • band saw
  • planer
  • chop saw
  • lathe
  • table saw