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 ArtBreak

July-August
2015 Summer ArtBreak Camps

Students ages 6-12

July 6-10 | Horse Camp
Early bird $315/$286 AGA Members
After May 31 $335/$306 AGA Members
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Draw, paint and sculpt horses in the studio before heading to the stables to ride in this perennial favourite ArtBreak Camp! Learn about landscape painting and develop drawing and illustration skills before heading outdoors to create en plein air surrounded by the great outdoors and horses, of course! This ArtBreak Camp includes two days at Pegasus Stables for horse riding and outdoor activities.

Jul 13–17 | Zoo Camp
Early bird $315/$286 AGA Members
After May 31 $335/$306 AGA Members
Ages 6-8. Register now >
Ages 9-12. Register now >

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Work both in the studio and on site at the Edmonton Valley Zoo to discover the art of animals. Work in 2-D and 3-D to learn drawing, painting and sculpting techniques while learning more about the animal world. This ArtBreak Camp includes two days of art-making, explorations and games at the Edmonton Valley Zoo.

Jul 20–24 | Illuminated Illusions
Early Bird Pricing $260/$250 AGA Members
After May 31 $280/$270 AGA Members
Ages 6-8. Register now >
Ages 9-12. Register now >

Discover the many ways that historical artists played with light and shadow to add feeling to their work in our current exhibition Illuminations: Masterpieces of Baroque Art. Taking inspiration from the theatre, this art camp will experiment with painting, photography and performance to create dramatic artworks and optical illusions exploring a range of emotions.

Jul 27-Aug 1 | Green Camp
Early bird $315/$286 AGA Members
After May 31 $335/$306 AGA Members
Ages 6-8. Register now >
Ages 9-12. Register now >

Explore the Four R’s- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and aRRRRRt! Investigate the environment around us through Gallery explorations of art inspired by the natural world, nature walks in the river valley, recycled-material art projects and a visit to the Devonian Botanic Gardens for sketching and painting activities.
There is an additional charge for this class.

Aug 4-8 | Abstract Adventures 4 day camp
Early bird $216/$196 AGA Members
After May 31 $236/$216 AGA Members
Ages 6-8. Register now >
Ages 9-12. Register now >

What is abstract art anyway? Find out in this super cool painting studio session! Discover the art of Canadian artist Jack Bush through exhibition visits in search of colour, line, shape and texture. Return to the studio to play with paint, build with clay and dance around the canvas pushing the limits of form and paint.

Aug 10–14 | Everyday Design
Early Bird Pricing $260/$250 AGA Members
After May 31 $280/$270 AGA Members
Ages 6-8. Register now >
Ages 9-12. Register now >

Take a closer look at the design of the everyday and be inspired to plan, design and build a series of conceptual prototypes that make life easier. Experiment with hand building, paint and drawing techniques. Then check out the Poole Design Lab before working alongside artists and designers to make your dream design a reality.

Aug 10–14 | Art & Music
Early bird $315
After May 31 $335
Ages 6-8. Register now >
Ages 9-12. Register now > 

The AGA and Winspear Centre have paired up to present a special art camp. Throughout the week, campers will divide their time between the two organizations, learning to create and respond to stories with visual and musical art. Experience a variety of expressive arts such as music, creative writing, movement, painting and sketching. Spend time in the Art Gallery of Alberta learning from artists about the techniques and the journey of creating art. At the Winspear Centre, work with professional musicians and be immersed in music through creation, movement and experimentation.

2014-10-29 ESO Winspear BK

Aug 17-22 | Animation Camp
Early Bird Pricing $260/$250 AGA Members
After May 31 $280/$270 AGA Members
Ages 6-8. Register now >
Ages 9-12. 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 Camps

Students aged 13-17

Early bird $315/$286 AGA Members
After May 31 $335/$306 AGA Members

Jul 13-17 | Acrylic Painting
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Push the boundaries of painting! Get out of your comfort zone! Develop mad skills while working closely with professional artists. Using this versatile medium, experiment with paint application, colour theory, lighting and more to create a suite of works in your own unique style.

Aug 18-22 | Portfolio Prep
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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!

 

Weekend Art Classes

Weekend Art Classes Session Two

February 28–April 11, 2015
$95/ $85 AGA Members

Saturdays, 10–11:30am

Family Studio: Art Frontiers
Students aged 3-5 years
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In this dynamic studio, there is a lot to see and do! Learn how artists stretch their creativity & flex their art muscles while developing new approaches to art-making! Visit current exhibitions to activate your senses through novel art games, sketching activities and more! Head to the studio to innovate and experiment with mixed media, paint and clay to create works of art never seen before!

Cityscapes
Students aged 6-8 years
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Discover how design shapes our lives through engaging gallery explorations and fun in the studio! View ways that artists have recorded the changing city, both in the past and in the present in current exhibitions. Then, play with pattern, scale and repetition in both 2D & 3D formats, while working on architectural and urban design-inspired projects in the studio.

Weekend Art Classes Session Three

May 2–June 13, 2015 (no class May 16)

Saturdays, 10–11:30am

Family Studio: Print, Paint, POP!
Students aged 3-5 years
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Explore the work of iconic artists featured in POP SHOW! Dazzled by the Everyday. Print, paint, collage, stencil and photograph to learn about lines, shapes and colours. This family studio includes visits in the Gallery and outside to investigate the art found in the everyday. Kids and their grown-ups will experiment with painting, photography and silk screening in this fun studio workshop.

Art-iculate
Students aged 6-8 years
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Everyone has a voice in this exciting studio about expression! Explore a variety of ways to make your own personal statement though storytelling and art making. Walk through the Gallery exhibitions to find ideas, and work with familiar materials in new ways!

POP Art Factory
Students aged 9-12 years
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Make work that pops in this experimental studio class! Explore a variety of Pop Art techniques including silk screening, papier maché sculpture, optical illusion drawing and colourful stenciling. Plan, develop and implement ideas that push the boundaries of how we think of “ high art” while taking your art-making skills to the next level!

Saturdays, 1–1:30pm

Saturday Open Studio
Students aged 6-12 years

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
Cost: $15

Saturday Open Studio

2015 Saturday Open Studio

No classes on Saturday, April 4

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.

April 11

Crazy Creatures

Have a wild imagination? Explore the curious world of DaveandJenn: No End before heading down to the studio to sculpt your own fantastical beast!

April 18

Painted Portraits

Look in the mirror, what do you see? Take a good look at yourself in this class as we learn how to paint our likenesses. Gather inspiration from various artists before trying your hand at your own self-portrait.

April 25

Stencils, Silkscreen, Squeegees, Oh My!

Play with stencils, screen printing and squeegees in this experimental class. We’ll look for inspiration in POP SHOW! Dazzled by the Everyday before heading to the studio to pull our own series of colourful silkscreen prints.

May 2

Marvelous Mobiles

Don’t miss this dynamic class! Gather ideas in Future Station: 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art then play with wire, cardboard, and wood to create your own futuristic mobile.

May 9

Illustrate Your Story

What’s your story? Use your imagination to develop a unique narrative while experimenting with ink and watercolour paint to illustrate your very own visual adventure.

May 16

Modern Masterpieces

How are you feeling today? Find some moody inspiration in the gallery and express yourself in paint as we mix, dribble, drag, and splatter in this colourful class.

May 23

Sculpture Garden

How are you feeling today? Find some moody inspiration in the gallery and express yourself in paint as we mix, dribble, drag, and splatter in this colourful class.

May 30

One with Nature

Let’s look outside! Play with various printmaking techniques and natural materials to create your very own outdoorsy artworks.

June 6

Layered Landscapes

Join us as we take a last look inside the world of DaveandJenn: No End. Once we’re inspired, we’ll head down to the studio to play with paint, ink, and acetate as we create our own whimsical 3D worlds.

June 13

Adventures in Technicolour

Let’s talk colour. Explore the gallery and learn from beloved Canadian painter Jack Bush. We’ll explore the magic of colour mixing before heading downstairs to compose and create our own amazing abstract paintings.

June 20

Puppet Party

Meet some new friends in The World of Boo and join us as we dream up and build unique puppets to play with at home. Who will you add to your cast of characters?

June 27

Shadow Play

Get inspired by the masters in Illuminations: Italian Baroque Masterworks in Canadian Collections before experimenting with dramatic light and shadow in the studio. We will play with photography, pastels, and charcoal to create our own illuminated masterpieces.