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

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.

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!

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.


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)

2015 Spring ArtBreak

2015 Spring ArtBreak

March 31–April 3, 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.