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.

Spring ArtBreak

2015 Spring ArtBreak

Monday, March 30–Thursday, April 2, 2015

Full Week Camps, 9am-4pm

Pop Art Factory
Students aged 6-8 years
$280/$252 AGA members
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Explore the work of pop artists Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein and more in this colourful art camp! Find inspiration wherever you look and experiment with paint, photography and screen printing. This art camp includes out-of-door activities and a special guest artist.

Dazzled by the Everyday
Students aged 9-12 years
$280/$252 AGA members
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Where do artists find inspiration? Like the pop artists featured in Gallery, take a look at the world around you and discover the magic of the everyday. Work, play and create with a variety of techniques including screen printing, papier maché sculpture and collage to bring your ideas to life.

Half Day Full Week Camps
Monday-Friday, 9 am–12 pm; 1 pm-4 pm

This camp has all the benefits of full-week camp with half the time commitment. Join us in the Gallery and in the studio for fun, games and tons of art making!

Art Jigsaw
Students aged 6-8 years
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Students aged 9-12 years
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$140/$126 AGA Members

What is the leading cause of death among artists? (Answer: an “art” attack!) In this hands-on studio riddled with brainteasers, experiment with art materials through a variety of themes and techniques. Visit current exhibitions to hunt for clues, gather inspiration and solve an art mystery. In the studio, work independently and as part of a team, while you put the pieces together in a final large scale collaborative puzzle.

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

 

 

Saturday Open Studio

2015 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.

February 28

Painted Projections

Project your ideas onto the wall! Play with painting and composition techniques as you contribute to a larger-than-life collaborative mural.

March 7

Stitched-up Scenes

Let fabric be your paint and a sewing needle your brush! Learn basic sewing techniques to create whimsical fiber landscapes.

March 14

Moving Pictures

Create art on the move! Get inspired by artists who use video to express themselves and learn how to put your stories in motion.

March 21

Celebrate Spring at your AGA

Celebrate the arrival of spring at your AGA! Play with clay, watercolour paint, and drawing materials to create a variety of nature-inspired studies.

March 28

Pop-up Party

Let’s talk POP! Celebrate our newest exhibition Pop Show!: Dazzled by the Everyday by creating your own unique Pop-inspired mixed media creation.