Art Gallery of Alberta

School Programs Information

There are many ways to connect to your AGA! Choose from the options below to explore exhibitions, create projects in the Singhmar Centre for Art Education or enjoy a Full Day Experience.

Exhibition Visits

Exhibition Visits

Exhibition visits offer in-depth opportunities for students to connect to artworks in a gallery setting. Each program is based on a thematic exploration of artwork and connects to multiple areas of the Programs of Study through a variety of activities and exercises.

Program Length
90 Minutes

Program Times
Offered Tuesday-Friday:
9:30-11 am; 11 am-12:30 pm; 12:30-2 pm

Weekend programs are also available upon request

Program Cost
$92 for a group up to 10 students
$138 for a group up to 20 students
$184 for a group up to 30 students

*All prices are before GST

On-going Programs

2014-2015 Program Dates: September 16, 2014–June 26, 2015

Program dates for 2014-2015 bookings are available now! Book your date today to confirm a spot. Full program selection is available in summer as well.

Program Name Age Range &
POS Connection
Description Download Information
Tiny Art Adventures Pre-School-Kingergarten
Fine Arts, Early Childhood Learning
Search, move, play and discover in this interactive Gallery visit. Tiny Art Adventures introduces young students to art and the museum through a variety of interactive, multi-sensory exercises.
Artist as Storyteller Gr. 1-6
English Language Arts, Fine Arts
Explore the art at the AGA through story in this exploratory visit. Discuss setting, characters, and narrative to learn all about the art of storytelling. This thematic visit includes brainstorming, story sequencing, and oral storytelling activities.
Learning to Look Gr. 1-12
Fine Arts, Language Arts, and Social Studies
How can we ‘read’ a work of art? Students explore the art and architecture of the AGA to practice close-looking and observation strategies while strengthening their visual literacy and visual thinking skills. This program introduces multiple ways of looking at art while focusing on how students can connect art and ideas to their own lives and experiences.
Lire L'Art Gr. 1-12
Fine Art (French Immersion), French Language Arts, French as a Second Language
Lire l’art stimule l’appréciation et la compréhension des arts visuels, et crée un forum où l’on peut échanger des idées personnelles en français. Les étudiants apprennent à interpréter les œuvres d’art en participant à des activités uniques et amusantes qui leur stimuleront l’esprit critique.
ImaginArte Gr. 1-12
Fine Art (Spanish Immersion), Spanish as a Second Language
Es Posible "Leer" una obra de arte? En esta visita, los estudiantes podrán establecer estas conexiones y muchas más "leyendo" el arte y la arquitetura de la AGA mientras practican la observación detallada y razonada, a la vez que afinan su sentido de la observacion estética fortaleciendo sus habilidades visuales y cognitivas.
The Science of Museums Gr. 3-9
Science, Fine Arts
Art and science connect in this inquiry-based program. Students investigate the science of art and the art museum through a variety of open-ended exercises, drawing, labeling, searching, questioning and hypothesizing about environments throughout the Gallery.
Art Texts Gr. 7-12
English Language Arts, Fine Arts
Investigate art as text with this exploration that focuses on developing critical viewing strategies and skills by connecting to student experiences with visual imagery. Through group discussions, creative writing exercises and visual representation games, students investigate several visual texts throughout the Gallery.

This program is also offered for English Language Learners.
Art Beyond Borders Gr. 7-12
Social Studies, Fine Arts
Students explore how artists use the visual arts to communicate cultural influences and how artists have responded to the impact of major world events through their art over time. This program explores the idea of ‘worldview’ challenging students to consider their own worldview and how it connects to those of artists from the past and present.
Shifting Perspectives: Connecting to Contemporary Art Gr. 10-12
Fine Arts
Contemporary artists often use unconventional methods, media, and messages that push the boundaries of traditional art forms. Challenge your students to investigate how contemporary artists blur the lines between opposing ideas to alter and shift perspectives in art.

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Studio Projects

Studio Projects

Studio projects in the AGA’s Singhmar Centre for Art Education offer an opportunity for students to experiment with media in order to better understand the process and concepts explored by specific artists. Projects focus on the conceptual and technical side of art-making and include a brief visit into the exhibition spaces to investigate specific artworks that relate to the studio project concepts.

Studio projects encourage students to explore new concepts, materials and strategies that can be applied towards projects in the classroom. Meaningful artworks often take a lot of time to produce. The studio art that your students will be producing is a hint at or a starting point to something much bigger. Teachers are encouraged to expand upon their Studio Project and the concepts learned at the AGA in the classroom.

Program Length
2 Hours

Program Times
Offered Tuesday-Friday:
9:30-11:30 am; noon-2 pm

Late afternoon, evening and weekend times are also available upon request

Program Cost
$160 for a group up to 15 students
$218 for a group up to 30 students

*All prices are before GST

Program Name Grade Levels Description
Art Illusions
September 15, 2015-June 24, 2016
Grades 1-6
Fine Arts, Science, Mathematics
Discover how artists create three-dimensional images on two-dimensional canvases through the use of perspective. Students will learn how perspective is used as a visual device to introduce the third dimension to a piece of work, and will be able to recognize and describe the characteristics of 3-D objects and 2-D shapes, analyzing the relationships between the two. By using art fundamentals such as shape, pattern, perspective and vantage point, students will explore the “magic tricks” of art and discover how colour, shape, light and perspective are manipulated to reveal optical illusions and alternative worlds in this wondrous optical playground.
Design Studio
September 15, 2015-April 8, 2016
Grades 7-12
Fine Arts, CTS (MDC)
Inspired by art, design and current AGA exhibitions, students will work in groups to define a design problem, ideate solutions and propose alternatives. In the studio, students will develop a prototype and work collaboratively and independently to realize, test and seek feedback for their design.
Twisted Portraits
September 15, 2015-December 18, 2015
Grades 7-12
Fine Arts, Language Arts
In this studio session, students will learn about the art of contemporary Alberta painter Chris Cran and his ongoing experimentation with traditional genres and mixed media. Drawing from Cran’s prolific career, students will explore traditional methods of art-making while juxtaposing art historical references with imagery borrowed from popular culture. Students will experiment with painting, collage and found imagery to create a succession of portraits with a twist.
Frames of Mind
October 27, 2015-February 12, 2016
Grades 1-12
Fine Arts, Drama, Language Arts
Through storytelling and movement, students will explore a wide range of emotions in art and literature in our current exhibition Living Thinking Building: Art and Expressionism. Students will sketch, generate ideas and sculpt to develop a character and corresponding mask. These activities will take place in both the gallery and in the studio. Students will then demonstrate various ways of creating and communicating emotion through dramatic improvisations of action, movement and tableau, and create a performance in situ. **Note: this is a full day program.

Full-Day

Full Day Program

Pick and choose your program to create an all-immersive day of art and fun! This program includes a choice of an Exhibition Visit and a Studio Project in the Singhmar Centre for Art Education (see above for descriptions). The program also includes an additional gallery activity connected to your Studio Project. All Full Day Programs include use of the studio lunch facilities.

Program Times
Offered Tuesday-Friday:
9:30 am-2 pm

Weekend times are also available upon request

Program Cost
$308 for a class up to 20 students
$352 for a class up to 30 students

*All prices are before GST

A Typical Full Day Program includes

9:30-11 am Exhibition Visit(with Educators)
11:00-11:30 am In-Gallery Activities
11:30 am-noon Lunch in Studios
noon-2:00: Studio project

Art Apprenticeship

Art Apprenticeship

The Art Apprenticeship Program allows students to experience an in-depth three days of art and excitement at the AGA! Taking the role of artists and curators, students experience a variety of Exhibition Visits and Studio Projects in the Singhmar Centre for Art Education that are related to a theme developed in partnership between the Education Programs Manager and the classroom teacher. For more information and further details on this program, please contact the Education Programs Manager at Dara.Armsden@youraga.ca

Program Times

Three day program offered Tuesday-Thursday or Wednesday-Friday:
9:30-2 pm daily

Program Cost

$1056 for a group up to 30 students
**All prices are before GST

Bilingual

Spanish Programs

Visitas guiadas >

Nuestras visitas guiadas ofrecen la oportunidad de explorar las obras de arte de una forma interactiva. Los programas han sido creados en base al curriculum de Alberta e incorporan una variedad de actividades y ejercicios temáticos para explorar las obras de arte de la AGA.Duración
90 MinutosHorarios
De martes a viernes
09.30 a 11.00 h; 11.00 a 12.30 h; 12.30 a 14.00 h
Programas de fin de semana son disponibles bajo petición.
Programas fuera de estos horarios son disponibles bajo petición.
Precios
$84 para un grupo de hasta 10 estudiantes
$126 para un grupo de hasta 20 estudiantes
$168 para un grupo de hasta 30 estudiantes

Visitas-taller >

Los proyectos de taller ofrecen la oportunidad de experimentar con distintos materiales para explorar los conceptos y procesos utilizados por los distintos artistas. Estas visitas se enfocaran en el aspecto conceptual y técnico de la creación artistica, e incluyen una pequeña guía por la galería para investigar obras de arte pertinente al proyecto.
Los proyectos de taller están diseñados para motivar los estudiantes a explorar distintos materiales, conceptos, y estrategias artísticas para luego aplicarlas en sus proyectos escolares. Muchas veces una obra de arte requiere bastante tiempo para ser completada. El arte creado en el taller presenta un punto de partida para crear algo mas detallado, y les recomendamos a los instructores que utilicen el proyecto de tal manera de vuelta en la clase.Duración
90 MinutosHorarios
De martes a viernes
09.30 a 11.30 h; 12.00 a 14.00 h
Programas fuera de estos horarios son disponibles bajo petición. Precios
$84 para un grupo de hasta 10 estudiantes
$126 para un grupo de hasta 20 estudiantes
$168 para un grupo de hasta 30 estudiantes

French programs

Visites Guidées >

La visite des diverses expositions au musée des beaux arts offre des possibilités en profondeur pour les étudiants de pouvoir se connecter aux œuvres d’art. Chaque programme est basé sur une exploration thématique des oeuvres d’art et se connecte à plusieurs domaines du programme d’étude à travers une variété d’activités et d’exercices intéractifs.Durée
90 MinutesHoraire
Du mardi au vendredi
09.30 à 11.00 h; 11.00 à 12.30 h; 12.30 à 14.00 h
Les programes sont aussi disponible en fin de semaine.Prix
84$ Pour un groupe de 10 élèves
126$ Pour un groupe de 20 élèves
168$ Pour un groupe de 30 élèves

Les projets en studio >

Les projets en studio offrent aux élèves l’occasion d’expérimenter avec différents médias afin de mieux comprendre le processus et concepts explorés par certains artistes. Les projets sont axés sur le côté conceptuel et technique de la création artistique et comprennent une brève visite dans les espaces d’exposition pour enquêter sur les œuvres spécifiques qui se rapportent aux concepts de projets de studio.Les projets en studio sont aussi un moyen d’encourager les élèves à explorer de nouveaux concepts, des matériaux et des stratégies qui peuvent être appliquées à des projets en classe. Les œuvres significatives prennent souvent beaucoup de temps à produire. Les réalisations de vos élèves produits en studios sont un point de départ vers quelque chose de beaucoup plus grand. Les enseignants sont invités à compléter leur projet du studio et à emmener les notions apprises lors de la visite au musée dans la salle de classe.Durée
90 MinutesHoraire
Du mardi au vendredi
09.30 à 11.00 h; 11.00 à 12.30 h; 12.30 à 14.00 h
Les programes sont aussi disponible en fin de semaine.Prix
84$ Pour un groupe de 10 élèves
126$ Pour un groupe de 20 élèves
168$ Pour un groupe de 30 élèves

Programs Available

Program Name Program Type Description Book Program
Lire L’art (FRE) Exhibition Visit Lire l’art stimule l’appréciation et la compréhension des arts visuels, et crée un forum où l’on peut échanger des idées personnelles en français. Les étudiants apprennent à interpréter les œuvres d’art en participant à des activités uniques et amusantes qui leur stimuleront l’esprit critique. Book now >
ImaginArte (ESP) Exhibition Visit Es Posible "Leer" una obra de arte? En esta visita, los estudiantes podrán establecer estas conexiones y muchas más "leyendo" el arte y la arquitetura de la AGA mientras practican la observación detallada y razonada, a la vez que afinan su sentido de la observacion estética fortaleciendo sus habilidades visuales y cognitivas. Book now >
Jeu de Couleurs (FRE) Studio Program Les élèves explorent leur monde à travers les couleurs par le biais d’exercices multi-sensorielles. À partir de l'atelier, les étudiants combinent, partagent et jouent tout en apprenant davantage sur le mélange des couleurs. Les élèves utilisent ensuite leurs cinq sens pour explorer les couleurs dans les espaces du musée des beaux-arts à travers des jeux et des activités de recherche et de mouvement. De retour en studio, les élèves travaillent en groupes pour créer une peinture murale de grande envergure inspirée par différents types de musique. Book now >
¡Jugand? con colores! (ESP) Studio Program Los estudiantes explorarán su mundo a través del color, con ejercicios multi-sensoriales y experimentales. En el estudio, los estudiantes combinan, comparten y juegan para aprender como mezclar los colores. En la galería, los estudiantes utilizan sus cinco sentidos para explorar como se manifiesta el color en las exposiciones. De vuelta en el estudio, los estudiantes trabajan en grupo para crear una pintura inspirado en diferentes tipos de música. Book now >
Mi lugar en el mundo (ESP) Studio Program Mi lugar en el mundo" es un taller que permite a los niños de 5 a 12 años familiarizarse con los conceptos de paisajismo (primer plano, segundo plano,fondo) y su puesta en pråctica. Los estudiantes exploran estos conceptos de manera lúdica y creativa, tomando como punto de partida su lugar o espacio favorito para crear una escultura de bajo relieve. Comparten ideas, cuentan historias y recorren la galería en búsqueda de inspiración ¡todo en español! El proyecto final consiste de un paisaje de técnica mixta que refleja su lugar en el mundo y los nuevos conceptos.  
Ma Place dans le monde (FRE) Studio Program C’est en racontant des histoires à travers l’art, en explorant les salles d’exposition et en créant une œuvre d’art de technique mixte, que les élèves tenteront à comprendre leur place dans le monde. Les élèves étudieront les éléments de bases qui composent un paysage ; le premier plan, le second plan et l’arrière-plan. Une visite des salles d’exposition aidera les élèves à mieux comprendre comment les artistes peuvent raconter une histoire dans un paysage et enfin, dans le studio, les élèves créeront leur propre paysage 3D avec une variété de matériaux inspiré par un endroit important dans leur propre vie.