Art Gallery of Alberta

Kids Camps & Classes

AGA Art Classes and ArtBreak Camps are offered throughout the year and provide students the opportunity to engage with the art at the AGA through hands-on, brains-on art projects! Art Classes and Camps are led by professional artists and art educators in the Singhmar Centre for Art Education. These classes provide an opportunity for students to experiment, take chances and participate in an open dialogue about art in a fun and low-pressure environment.

Summer Camps

2014 Summer ArtBreak Camps & Classes

Spend your summer break at the AGA with ArtBreak Camps and Classes and explore art-making and the exhibitions at the AGA!

July 2-August 23, 2014
3-5 day camps, 9 am-4 pm
Students aged 6-8, 9-12 and 13-15

Media Rumble: Painting vs. Photography
July 21-25

Cost: $270/$243 AGA Members
6-8 years | Register now>
9-12 years | Register now>

Which process will come out on top? Be in the front row and discover how painting and photography are used to document the world around you. Inspired by art heavyweights Lawren Harris, AY Jackson and Bryon Harmon, make observations and record your ideas using painting and photographic techniques such as lighting, composition, perspective and colour. Walk outside to gather ideas before experimenting with collage, alternative photographic processes and painting methods. There can be only one winner (…maybe two)!

Please bring along a digital camera and a USB flash drive on which to record your work.

Artists as Storytellers
July 28–August 1

Cost: $270/$243 AGA Members
6-8 years | Register now>
9-12 years | Register now>

Discover the world of storytelling in this hands-on session dedicated to the book arts! Learn to bind your own book, alter pre-existing books, experiment with image and text, and share original stories and more! Be inspired by our newest exhibition BMO World of Creativity: World of Boo by Jason Carter before creating a narrative of your own.

Built Environments
August 5–8 (4 day camp)

Cost: $216/$195 AGA Members
6-8 years | Register now>
9-12 years | Register now>

Investigate your surroundings in this exploratory full week session. Visit the gallery and beyond to learn about the relationship between the natural and built environment through careful observations and sketching activities before heading to the studio to work with guest artists and designers to create models, landscapes and more. Play with a variety of materials and art forms including painting, sculpture, architecture, and installation.

Art Laboratory
August 11-15 (5 day camp)

Cost: $270/$243 AGA Members
6-8 years | Register now>
9-12 years | Register now>

Discover the science of art and the art of science in this investigative camp! Explore the AGA through in-gallery visits and go behind the scenes to learn about the science of museums. The studio becomes the art lab for this camp where learners will experiment with paint, investigate art technologies and problem-solve through sculpture. Projects include colour experiments, bio-art explorations, robotic drawing and video documentations and creations. Learners will also spend time at the Telus World of Science to learn how art and science connect!

August 18–22 (5 day camp)

Cost: $270/$243 AGA Members
6-8 years | Register now>
9-12 years | Register now>

Learn the ins and outs of animation in this dynamic ArtBreak Camp. Meet with guest artists and professional illustrators to create a series of animated projects that explore art in motion. Start with animation basics including setting, character and story development. Explore the gallery to gather ideas, and then work in 2-D and 3-D using a variety of techniques, both traditional and digital, to bring your animations to life!

Youth Summer ArtBreak Camps

Monday-Friday, 9 am-4 pm
Students aged 13-17

July 7-11

Cost: $270/$243 AGA Members
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In this full week studio session, work with a variety of materials to create a lasting impression on the gallery walls and beyond. Examine both contemporary and historical art practices before responding in your own unique style. This session includes guest artists and incorporates a variety of contemporary art practices including street art techniques, photography, installation, and more! Leave your mark at the Art Gallery of Alberta!

Portfolio Prep
August 11–15

Cost: $270/$243 AGA Members
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Ever dreamed of being an artist? We can help! Not only do we know a lot of artists but we know what it takes to be one. Learn what art schools and galleries are looking for in a portfolio and work on projects guaranteed to stand out!

Saturday Open Studio

2014 Saturday Open Studio

Drop-in classes for kids aged 6-12
Singhmar Centre for Art Education
Saturdays, 1-3 pm
Cost: $15

Paint, sculpt, draw and design! Each Saturday, explore art-making and inspiring ideas in these fun drop-in sessions. Through play and creative experiments, Saturday Open Studio offers opportunities to get your hands messy and create in a relaxed, informal environment.

  • All materials and supplies are included
  • Spots can only be purchased on the day-of, in person or over the phone, during regular Guest Services hours.
  • Saturday Open Studio is a “drop-in class”, but class capacity is limited. First come, first served.

September 13

New Ways in Paint

Take one last look at paintings by Chris Millar and Eric Cameron in part one of our exhibition 90X90: Celebrating Art in Alberta before experimenting with paint. Layer, play with consistency and apply the medium in new ways.

September 20

Parisian Poster Designs

Discover Paris at the end of the 19th century with Toulouse-Lautrec and his friends. Work with printmaking and illustration techniques to create a poster that grabs the attention of the world!

September 27

Draw on the Walls!

Yes! We will be drawing on the walls! Visit our exhibition, New Lines: Contemporary Drawings before picking up your favourite drawing material and working as a team to create a large-scale mural on the studio wall.

October 4

Puppets, Marionettes and More!

Learn the basics of puppet making before creating your own marionette. Brainstorm a variety of story ideas then bring your character to life in a performance for all of your friends!

October 11

No Class

Happy Thanksgiving! We are taking a break this week, but join us again next weekend!

October 18

Art of Fibre

Using wool, thread and fabric, experiment with felting and other fibre techniques. Explore traditional and contemporary uses for this art form.

October 25

Moving Pictures

View video art in the Gallery then create your own moving image. Using post its, plasticine and wood blocks, develop a sequence to photograph before uploading the images to movie editing software.

November 1


Create a one of a kind print using a variety of drawing & printing methods, papers and ink. This is one experience that cannot be duplicated!

November 8

Wintery Watercolours

Inspired by our city and our weather, learn a variety of watercolour techniques before painting a panoramic winter landscape.

November 15

Illustrating Dream Worlds

Have you ever had a dream that was hard to explain? Use illustration and drawing methods to create a large scale drawing mapping out the storyline.

November 22

Design Your Own Museum

Using the AGA and Randall Stout’s concept as inspiration, become an architect and design a blue print and maquette showcasing your own ideas for an ultra-cool museum.

November 29

Clay Play

Roll up your sleeves and play with clay! Learn basic hand building techniques before moulding a sculptural work.

December 6

Pop Prints!

Inspired by past and present exhibitions, explore 60’s pop art and silkscreen practices before creating your own stencil and a series of colourful prints.

December 13

Animal Portraits

Gather inspiration in our current exhibition World of Boo and explore colour-mixing and acrylic-painting techniques before creating a portrait of your favourite animal.

December 20

Mail Art

Look for inspiration in your mailbox and learn more about correspondence art. Create a series of cards and envelopes, add postage, then wait for the mail to arrive!


AGA Birthday Parties!

The Art Gallery of Alberta offers birthday parties for children aged four years and up. Party bookings are available on weekends and include a Gallery exploration, exciting studio project and time for birthday fun in the Singhmar Centre for Art Education!

Program Cost

$160 / $144 AGA Members (plus GST)
Program cost includes a group of up to 15 children and 4 supervising adults
$9/person thereafter

This 2 hour program includes:

  • A Gallery Educator to lead your program
  • A 20-30 Minutes Gallery tour of exhibitions connected to your studio project
  • A studio art project to take home (see below for project options)
  • Time for birthday festivities (Gifts, snacks, cake, etc…)
  • Full use of a studio space for 2 hours
  • Access to a fridge and limited storage space

The AGA does not provide catering services but parties are welcome to bring their own refreshments. Up to 4 supervising adults are free with your program cost (but expected to supervise!)

Is 2 hours just not enough time? The studio space can be rented for an additional $60/hour. Your Gallery Educator will remain with your group to assist you for this time.

Still have questions? Download our Birthday Party FAQ here: Birthday Party FAQ (PDF)

Project Options

Choose from one of the options below for your Birthday Party program.

1. Colour Party!

Ages 4+

Play with painting and music in this project! Explore the Gallery to find out how artists use colour to create moods, and then experiment with colour mixing to create your own abstract painting while listening to different moods in music. Together, all the paintings will create a colourful mural!

2. Play on Architecture

Ages 4+

Explore the architecture of the AGA from the inside out with storytelling, Gallery activities and building exercises! In the studio, create a 3-D architectural sculpture from wood blocks, and then paint your creation.

3. Print and Play

Ages 6+

Experiment with print making in this creative project! A short, interactive Gallery tour will investigate how stories are told through art. We will then create our own prints inspired by AGA exhibitions using various techniques!

4. My Place

Ages 6+

Explore our own place in the world through storytelling, Gallery explorations and a mixed-media sculpture project! Investigate the basic elements of landscape art, and visit Gallery spaces to discover how artists tell stories about ‘places’ in their artwork! In the studio, work with a variety of materials to build a relief sculpture based on a place that is important to you.

Program Booking

To book a birthday party, please fill out the online booking form. Any cancellations or changes to your booking(s) must be made within one week of your party booking. Failure to do so will result in a $35 cancellation fee.

New! Printable invites from your AGA: Download invites (PDF)