Art Gallery of Alberta

Kids Classes

AGA Art Classes 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.

Weekend Art Classes

Weekend Art Classes Session Five

November 7–December 12, 2015

Saturdays, 10–11:30am

Family Studio: 1, 2, 3 Print!
Students aged 3-5 years
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Explore multiples in art through a variety of printmaking and photographic activities that illuminate the magic of these processes. Visit the galleries for inspiration before creating your own exciting prints in the studio. Learn about monotypes, relief printing, collography and more!

Express yourself!
Students aged 6-8 years
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Explore a range of emotions in our current exhibitions and discover how artists use materials to express how they feel! Working with paint, printmaking techniques, and performance, create stories and expressive works of art including portraiture, sculpture and installation.

Students aged 9-12 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.

Weekend Art Classes Session I

Registered studio classes for students aged 3-12
Saturdays, 10-11:30 am
January 9–February 20, 2016 (no class Feb 13)

$95/$85 AGA Members

Choose from a variety of classes featuring Gallery visits, studio projects and experiments inspired by current exhibitions.

Family Studio: Fibre Frenzy
Students aged 3-5

See the way the world of art and design merge in our featured exhibitions and then head to the studio for a frenzy of fun hands-on art projects inspired by the fabric works of Yvonne Mullock and Teng Teng Chong. Experiment with weaving, wet felting, resist dyeing, printmaking on fabric and more!

Everyday Design
Students aged 6-8

Have you ever walked into a door because it needs to be pulled when you pushed it? Or hung up the phone on your mom? Discover how the design of everyday things can make our lives really easy or really difficult in this design focussed art class. Work with paper, wood, cardboard and everyday materials to solve some of our most annoying design problems. Dream up and build sculptures and prototypes of your own.

Graphic Fiction
Students aged 9-12

Discover, through our current exhibitions, how artists and designers play with composition, images and text to communicate ideas, and then experiment with illustration and drawing techniques, mixed media collage, and silkscreen to create a collection of well-designed artworks such as zines, graphic novels, posters and more!

Presented by the Poole Centre of Design


Weekend Art Classes Session II

Registered studio classes for students aged 3-12
Saturdays, 10-11:30 am
March 5-April 23, 2016 (no classes March 25 & April 2)
$95/$85 AGA Members

Family Studio: Nature Studies
Students aged 3-5

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 and inspiration from works of art in the Gallery for your own art experiments. In this class, work with a variety of painting media including coloured inks, watercolour, tempera and acrylic paint.

Landmarks & Landscapes
Students aged 6-8

Inspired by the Studio Building (LINK>, a creative hub where the Group of Seven painters gathered and worked, this hands-on session explores creative spaces, architecture, nature and landscape through art mediums, art experiments in both 2D & 3D, and collaboration among artists. Explore the work of Canada’s most famous historical artists and then experiment with paint, building materials and design thinking in the studio.

Re-imagined Worlds
Students aged 9-12

Link elements of gaming, map-making and art while drawing inspiration from imaginary worlds featured in literature, film and video games, and then view the paintings of iconic artists Tom Thompson and the Group of Seven to discover how the artists interpreted their surroundings. In the studio, learn about cartography (map-making) and use acrylic paint, ink, and cardboard as well as colour, composition and scale to design your own unique 2D & 3D environments.

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, get inspired and make some art in these fun drop-in sessions. Through play and creative experiments, Saturday Open Studio offers opportunities to get your hands messy 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.

December 5

Moody Masterpieces

How are you feeling today? Find some moody inspiration in the gallery and express yourself in paint as we mix, combine, drag, and create in this colourful class.

December 12


Look for patterns and repetition in Gallery before heading to the studio to make your own tessellations (patterns that fit perfectly together without any spaces). Carve a stamp, ink it with your favourite colour and carefully place on a piece of paper to transfer your design. Repeat until your masterpiece is complete!

December 19

Comic Creations

Bring your stories to life in comic book form. In Gallery sketching will help you find inspiration for characters, setting, action and more. In the studio, further develop your story using markers, ink and paint to create your very own comic book.

December 26

No Class

Happy Holidays! We are taking a break this week. Please join us in the New Year for doodles and oodles more!