Pygmalion School of Fine Art

                   Bringing Art To Life


Pygmalion is now taking registration for fall and winter art classes. Some classes are full so check the days and times to book classes. 

Students will be required to wear a mask while in the studio, use hand sanitizer upon entry and practice social distancing.  High traffic areas and supplies used will be cleaned and sanitized after each class. Classes will be small with a maximum of 6 students per class in the main studio area. 

What Sets Pygmalion Apart?

Pygmalion offers a wide range of art classes for kids, teens and adults from Kindergarten to Grade 12 and above. The art instruction is designed for all skill levels from beginner to portfolio preparation. The visual art educators, Dixie Orriss and Gerry Rasmussen are practicing artists who have lived, taught and “breathed” art for over 25 years. Their approach to teaching art has been to keep students engaged and entertained by creating a balance between acquiring art skills, using a variety of mediums and art forms, and by learning art history and art fundamentals.

Not everyone learns the same way and they have developed a system to work individually with each student. This approach has led to students progressing with their art at a faster rate as they express themselves and increase their powers of observation, imagination and invention.

The inspiration and knowledge that students gain at Pygmalion have allowed them to make a career with their art.  Some have become 2-D and 3-D animators, illustrators, graphic artists, visual art educators and working artists. Others have used their skills for hobbies and art therapy for relaxation.

cartooning classes for art students of all ages

Involvement in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skill. Arts learning can also improve motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork.

Fran Smith

The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Art Classes and Cartooning Classes for All Ages

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Meet the Educators at Pygmalion

Dixie Orriss

Dixie Orriss


Dixie has been operating the Pygmalion School of Fine Art since 1992.  In 2014, she received the Award for Excellence in Arts Teaching at the Mayors Celebration of the Arts for St. Albert, Alberta. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, the United States, France and Italy as well as corporate and private collections.

Gerry Rasmussen

Gerry Rasmussen

Cartooning Instructor

Gerry is a well-known Edmonton area cartoonist who draws the daily comic strip Betty. He has illustrated several books, including an autobiography by the ex-hockey player and advertising giant, Terry O’Malley, and Crazy About Soccer with Loris Lesynski.