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.
2015 Summer ArtBreak Camps
July 6-10 | Horse Camp
$335/$306 AGA Members
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.
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.
Discover the many ways that historical artists played with light and shadow to add feeling to their work in our current exhibition Illuminations: Italian Baroque Masterworks in Canadian Collections. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Students aged 13-17
$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 17-21 | 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 Session Three
May 2–June 13, 2015 (no class May 16)
Family Studio: Print, Paint, POP!
Students aged 3-5 years
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.
Students aged 6-8 years
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
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!
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
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2015 Saturday Open Studio
Drop-in classes for kids aged 6-12
Singhmar Centre for Art Education
Saturdays, 1-3 pm
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Join us on Saturday, September 12, 2015 for an all new season of Open Studio!