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.
 

Summer Camps

2014 Summer ArtBreak Camps & Classes

Spend your summer break at the AGA with ArtBreak Camps and Classes and explore art-making and the exhibitions at the AGA!

July 2-August 23, 2014
3-5 day camps, 9 am-4 pm
Students aged 6-8, 9-12 and 13-15


90 Ways to Make Art
July 2–4 (3 Day Camp)

Cost: $162/$146 AGA Members
6-8 years | Register now>
9-12 years | Register now>

How many ways can an idea be expressed though art? Learn an assortment of fun and creative ways to express your ideas using one, two or three types of materials. Visit our current exhibitions including 90 Artists/ 90 years, featuring Alberta artists from the past and present. Then play with ideas and experiment with media to create a diverse portfolio of art projects that really count!

Art Zoo
July 7-11 (5 day camp)

Cost: $315/$284 AGA Members
6-8 years | Register now>
9-12 years | Register now>

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.

Horse Camp
July 14–18 (5 day camp)

Cost: $315/$284 AGA Members
Class full. Please make another selection.

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.

Media Rumble: Painting vs. Photography
July 21-25

Cost: $270/$243 AGA Members
6-8 years | Register now>
9-12 years | Register now>

Which process will come out on top? Be in the front row and discover how painting and photography are used to document the world around you. Inspired by art heavyweights Lawren Harris, AY Jackson and Bryon Harmon, make observations and record your ideas using painting and photographic techniques such as lighting, composition, perspective and colour. Walk outside to gather ideas before experimenting with collage, alternative photographic processes and painting methods. There can be only one winner (…maybe two)!

Please bring along a digital camera and a USB flash drive on which to record your work.

Artists as Storytellers
July 28–August 1

Cost: $270/$243 AGA Members
6-8 years | Register now>
9-12 years | Register now>

Discover the world of storytelling in this hands-on session dedicated to the book arts! Learn to bind your own book, alter pre-existing books, experiment with image and text, and share original stories and more! Be inspired by our newest exhibition BMO World of Creativity: World of Boo by Jason Carter before creating a narrative of your own.

Built Environments
August 5–8 (4 day camp)

Cost: $216/$195 AGA Members
6-8 years | Register now>
9-12 years | Register now>

Investigate your surroundings in this exploratory full week session. Visit the gallery and beyond to learn about the relationship between the natural and built environment through careful observations and sketching activities before heading to the studio to work with guest artists and designers to create models, landscapes and more. Play with a variety of materials and art forms including painting, sculpture, architecture, and installation.

Art Laboratory
August 11-15 (5 day camp)

Cost: $270/$243 AGA Members
6-8 years | Register now>
9-12 years | Register now>

Discover the science of art and the art of science in this investigative camp! Explore the AGA through in-gallery visits and go behind the scenes to learn about the science of museums. The studio becomes the art lab for this camp where learners will experiment with paint, investigate art technologies and problem-solve through sculpture. Projects include colour experiments, bio-art explorations, robotic drawing and video documentations and creations. Learners will also spend time at the Telus World of Science to learn how art and science connect!

Animation
August 18–22 (5 day camp)

Cost: $270/$243 AGA Members
6-8 years | Register now>
9-12 years | Register now>

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 Summer ArtBreak Camps

Monday-Friday, 9 am-4 pm
Students aged 13-17

Action/Reaction
July 7-11

Cost: $270/$243 AGA Members
Register now>

In this full week studio session, work with a variety of materials to create a lasting impression on the gallery walls and beyond. Examine both contemporary and historical art practices before responding in your own unique style. This session includes guest artists and incorporates a variety of contemporary art practices including street art techniques, photography, installation, and more! Leave your mark at the Art Gallery of Alberta!

Portfolio Prep
August 11–15

Cost: $270/$243 AGA Members
Register now>

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

2014 Weekend Art Classes

Registered studio classes for kids aged 3-12
Singhmar Centre for Art Education
May 10–June 21
No classes May 17

Saturday Morning Classes

Family Studio: 1, 2, 3 Create!
Saturdays, 10–11:30 am

Students ages 3–5 years
$95/$85 AGA Members | Register now>
Includes one adult

Inspired by our featured exhibition, 90X90: Celebrating Art in Alberta, count the ways artists have approached art making—both past and present. Add in some time in the studio to experiment with multiples, materials and techniques including printmaking, animation and alternative photography. Finish the session with a series of works that can’t be equalled!

New Perspectives
Saturdays, 10-11:30 am

Students ages 6-8 years
$95/$85 AGA Members | Register now>

Discover new point of views in Gallery through the artwork of legendary Canadian artists Lawren Harris, A.Y. Jackson and Byron Harmon. Move around, make observations and record ideas before heading to the studio to experiment with a variety of painting and photographic techniques. Create a portfolio of artworks that reflect your own unique perspective.

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.

Land Art
Saturdays, 10-11:30 am

Students ages 9-12 years
$95/$85 AGA Members | Register now>

Explore land art and landscapes found throughout the Gallery through games, stories and more! Learn how artists tell stories about the environment using drawing, photography, sculpture and installation techniques. Use these techniques to create dramatic worlds, picturesque panoramas and sculpted scenery in this eco-friendly class!

Saturday Afternoon Classes

Nature Studies
Saturdays, 12-1:30 pm

Students ages 6-8 years
$95/$85 AGA Members
No longer available. Please make another selection

Investigate the art of our natural world and learn how artists find inspiration in nature! Begin by learning about painting techniques through exploratory exercises using line, shape, colour and texture. Next, gather ideas in the Gallery and outside for your own art experiments. In this class, work with a variety of painting media including coloured inks, watercolour, tempera and acrylic paint.

Photo and Video Play
Saturdays, 12-1:30 pm

Students ages 9-12 years
$95/$85 AGA Members
No longer available. Please make another selection

Lights, camera, action! Discover the art of digital photography and video in this experimental studio class. Explore current Gallery exhibitions to get inspired by photography from the past and video installations from the present 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.

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)