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.

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 Classes Jan/Feb 2015

January 10–February 14, 2015
$95/ $85 AGA Members
Registration coming soon!

Saturdays, 10–11:30am

Family Studio: City Dreamers
Students aged 3-5 years

Inspired by our changing cityscape, learn how neighbourhoods in Edmonton have transformed over time and how communities are created, re-created and developed through sculptural, installation and architectural means in this engaging and explorative art class. Map, design, build and play with a wide range of 2D & 3D materials to create the city of your dreams.

Future Station
Students aged 6-8 years

Climb abroad and join us on a futuristic art journey highlighting some of Alberta local artistic talent. Explore a variety of creative practices with visits to our new exhibition Future Station: 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art before heading to the studio to experiment with a variety of materials and mixed media, refine your artistic skills and create a vision for the future all before lunch!

Re-imagined Landscapes
Students aged 9-12 years

Investigate how artists re-imagine and re-invent their environment through art! Visit current exhibitions to discover the differences and similarities of man-made and natural landscapes through art-making and close observation. In studio, build with new & reusable materials, work with composition & scale and expand your artistic abilities around the landscape theme.

Youth Art Classes

Alternative Images
Students aged 13-17 years

Saturdays, 1–3 pm

Explore photographic works in our featured exhibitions before working with a variety of media to create a series of alternative images. Learn all about image transfers, creative photo-manipulation, found-object assemblage and fibre-art in this experimental studio.

Winter Break

Winter Art Break: 4 Day Art Camps

December 29, 2014–January 2, 2015 (no class January 1)
9 am–4 pm

Singhmar Centre for Art Education

Put Your Stamp On It!

Students aged 6–8 years
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Explore a variety of ways to create your own personal statement through printmaking techniques, mark-making experiments and mixed-media materials. Visit current exhibitions to gather ideas and inspiration, then work in the studio to express your unique point of view.

Photo and Video Play

Students aged 9–12 years
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Lights, camera, action! Discover the art of digital photography and video in this experimental studio class. Explore current Gallery exhibitions, where photography from the past and video installations from the present will inspire you to learn the basics of lighting, composition and camera angles. In the studio, combine photography and video with other media to create narrative works and conceptual explorations.

The AGA has a limited supply of digital cameras. Students are required to bring a USB key (or their own cameras if they like) in order to keep and edit work.


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)