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.

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

November 8-December 13, 2014
$95/ $85 AGA Members
No class October 11

Saturdays, 10–11:30am

Family Studio: Ready, Set, Play!
Students aged 3-5 years
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Let the games begin! In this session of Family Studio, try out a variety of materials in 2D and 3D forms, participate in some of our favorite art games and build your art skills though play and experimentation.

Print & Play
Students aged 6–8 years
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Inspired by local printmakers, learn the basics of monotype, relief printing and silkscreen techniques while experimenting with unusual materials. Draw back into your prints or create a sculpture as you push the boundaries of the printmaking medium.

Art Journaling
Students aged 9-12 years
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Experiment with mixed media and turn an ordinary book into a work of art. Visit the Gallery for inspiration and document what you see, record the world around you or capture your thoughts on a page. Play with image and text, story development and various artistic techniques to tell your stories.

Saturdays, 12–1:30pm

Students aged 6-8 years
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Gather inspiration and ideas in the Gallery before working with analog and digital animation techniques in this class that never quits. Work with storyboarding, illustration techniques and computer technology in order to create your own series of animation-inspired works of art.

Moving Pictures
Students aged 9–12 years
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Discover art in motion in this session dedicated to video art. Explore the history of the medium before experimenting with animation, video and photographic techniques. Complete a series of artworks to take home and attend a special screening the last day of class.

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)