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Courses + Learning


Idea Exchange offers a wide range of studio programs and courses for children, teens and adults at five locations throughout the City of Cambridge. All of our instructors are practising professional artists. Come make art with us!


How to Register

  • In person with credit, debit, cash or cheque.
  • By phone with Visa or Mastercard. Call 519.621.0460.
  • Online with Visa or Mastercard. An email address is required for online registration.

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School Tours

Ontario Curriculum Half Day Workshops

Teachers, bring your class to your closest Idea Exchange location for an exceptional educational opportunity! Our library and gallery work together to offer you half day workshops for grades 1 to 6 that support your curriculum objectives.

All workshops include a one hour make-and-take art activity with a professional art instructor, and an interactive library tour and activities. Cost is $5 per student and a minimum of 15 students are required for these workshops.

Your class can travel free! Grand River Transit (GRT) is offering Waterloo Region teachers and their students from Kindergarten through grade eight a free ride on a regularly scheduled bus routes. Access the GRT Class Pass link for full details.

Circuit Circuit (grades 4 to 6)

Circuit Circuit
Classes in Cambridge are invited for a circuit and card making workshop... read more
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Celebrate Canada

Celebrate Canada
Classes in Cambridge are invited for a heritage workshop and art activity that honours children from around the world... read more
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Early Societies

Early Societies
Classes in Cambridge are invited for an early society tour of the library and a clay pot workshop... read more
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Eagle Eye

Eagle Eye
Classes in Cambridge are invited for a half day workshop and art activity focusing on Canadian First Nations peoples... read more
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Exhibition Tours

Tours are offered for all of our exhibitions. School groups, organizations, and corporate groups are welcome. Tours can be designed to suit your needs. Please book ahead by calling 519.621.0460 or emailing info [at]

Arts & Soul

Since 2003 Arts & Soul has operated in collaboration with Idea Exchange and supportive local artists to provide free monthly arts experiences for those who are facing challenges to their sense of well-being.

Creativity is innately therapeutic, building a skill base that is transferable; helping people face their daily challenges.

Our motto is "let your creative spirit soar". We facilitate this with activities that focus on the process rather than the final product. There is no right or wrong and challenges are viewed as learning opportunities.

Arts & Soul workshops are offered on the first Wednesday of each month from 1:00-3:00pm.  Workshops are suitable for all skill levels and take place at Idea Exchange, 1 North Square and in the Design at Riverside Printmaking Studio, 7 Melville St. Arts & Soul does not run during the summer months (July and August).

All are welcome to come out and “let your creative spirit soar”!

For more information please contact:

Robert Thody, Education Officer
Idea Exchange
T. 519.621.0460 x 128
E. rthody [at]
or: artsandsoul1 [at]