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.

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!

Weekend Classes

Weekend Art Classes

September 13–October 25, 2014
$95/ $85 AGA Members
No class October 11

Saturdays, 10–11:30am

Doodles, Drawing and More!
Students aged 6–8 years

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Explore our exhibition New Lines: Contemporary Drawings and examine different ways that artists create drawings, and then re-interpret what a drawing can be in our studio. Learn drawing basics like shading and line weight with traditional media, then experiment with paint, mixed media and other unusual materials sure to make you scratch your head!

Comic Creations
Students aged 9-12 years

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Fine art goes graphic in this fun drawing class! Check out current exhibitions before creating your own comic creations in 2 and 3 dimensions. Work with storyboarding & character development, illustration techniques and typography in order to create your own series of comic-inspired works of art.

Saturdays, 12–1:30pm

Atelier d’art
Etudiants 6-10 ans

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Pas besoin d’acheter un billet d’avion ou même de machine à voyager le temps! Vous pouvez devenir artiste de Paris durant la Belle Époque! En explorant l’exposition Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910 vous aurez la chance de d’expérimenter avec les techniques artistiques que pratiquaient Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec et ses amis comme; l’illustration d’affiches, la gravure, la peinture, la sculpture, le théâtre, la fabrication de marionnettes et beaucoup plus!

Veulliez noter: le cours se passera tout en Français.

No need to buy a plane ticket or even a time machine! You can become a Parisian artist during the Belle Époque! While exploring the Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910 exhibition, you will be able to experiment with the artistic techniques that Henri de Toulous-Lautrec and his friends practiced, including poster illustration, printmaking, painting, sculpture, theatre, puppet-making and so much more!

Please note: this class will be held entirely in French.


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)