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.

January 10

Art Journals

Ring in 2015 with a handmade art journal all about you! Learn how to design and bind your journal, and start filling it with your unique new-year inspirations and sketches.

January 17

Comic Creations

Bring your stories to life in comic book form. Find inspiration for characters and setting in the Gallery, then head down to the studio and learn how to create your very own comic book.

January 24

Adventures in Photography

View the world through your camera lens and in current photography exhibitions! Play with light, shadow and elements of surprise while composing a series of captivating photographs.

January 31

Adventures in Photography

Calling all avant-garde artists! Do you love to experiment and create new things? Discover contemporary art in our exhibition Future Station: 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art then play with wire, clay and mixed-media materials to create a futuristic masterpiece.

February 7

Valentine Print Factory

We`d LOVE for you to join in our print factory fun! We`ll dribble, roll, push, and press ink to create hand-printed Valentines for our family and friends.

February 14

I Heart Alberta Art

Get inspired by local artists in this Alberta-bound class before heading downstairs to play with cardboard, paint and collage materials to create unique local landscapes.

February 21

Photo-Transfer Fun

Who says pictures need to stay on paper? See how artists create images in Gallery, then work in studio to turn existing images into something truly amazing by transferring them onto interesting objects and adding your own artistic flair.

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 One

January 10–February 14, 2015
$95/ $85 AGA Members

Saturdays, 10–11:30am

Family Studio: City Dreamers
Students aged 3-5 years
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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
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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
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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.

Saturdays, 12–1:30pm

ExplorARTeur
6 à 8 ans
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Commencez l’année d’un pied créatif, avec un cours d’art qui vous fera découvrir le monde imaginatif et stimulant du Musée des Beaux-Arts de l’Alberta. Dans ce cours qui se déroulera entièrement en français, votre enfant aura la chance d’expérimenter avec une multitude de techniques et de styles artistiques incluant la sculpture, la peinture, l’art cinématique, la sérigraphie et le dessin – tout en tirant de l’inspiration des œuvres et du processus créatif des artistes mis en vedette dans nos expositions courantes.

En plus, c’est l’opportunité idéale pour que votre enfant puisse pratiquer son français à l’extérieur de l’environnement scolaire.

Start the year on a creative foot with an art class that will open the doors to the imaginative world of the Art Gallery of Alberta. In this class, which will be entirely taught in French, your child will experiment with a variety of artistic styles and techniques like sculpture, painting, video art, printmaking and illustration while drawing inspiration from the current artworks and artistic processes currently featured in Gallery.

It is the perfect opportunity for your child to practice their French outside of the school environment.

Youth Art Classes

January 10–February 14, 2015
$135/ $121.50 AGA Members

Alternative Images
Students aged 13-17 years

Saturdays, 1–3 pm
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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.

Weekend Art Classes Session Two

February 28–April 11, 2015

Saturdays, 10–11:30am

Family Studio: Art Frontiers
Students aged 3-5 years

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

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.

Imagining the Future
Students aged 9-12 years

What will art look like in 10, 20 or 100 years? Experiment with a variety of materials and techniques, exploring the future of art and the art of the future. View artworks on display by Alberta artists in our current exhibition Future Station: 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art before heading to the studio for art making that is out of this world!

Youth Art Classes

Saturdays, 1–3 pm
$135/ $121.50 AGA Members

Installation Experiments
Students aged 13-17 years

Assemble, build, record and discover the art of installation in this experimental studio class. Use traditional art materials such as paper, fibre, wood and clay in unique ways to create a series of site-specific and temporary installations in unexpected places. Incorporate audio and visuals into your projects to tell a story or send a message. Get inspired while exploring Gallery exhibitions featuring contemporary artists and their use of multi-media installation techniques.

Winter Break

Winter Art Break: 4 Day Art Camps

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

$216/ $194.40 AGA Members
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.

Birthdays

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)