Art Gallery of Alberta

Teacher Programs and Resources

This page connects Teachers to Educator Resources and Programs offered at the AGA. The AGA offers a variety of resources and Teacher professional development opportunities that connect ideas, art and educators.


Teacher Programs

Free Guided Tours

Join us for exclusive tours and discussions designed for teachers. Each tour features one exhibition including: key exhibition themes and ideas, connections to the Alberta Program of Studies, applicable visual literacy strategies and suggestions for classrooms. Teachers are encouraged to participate in discussion and art activities related to content material.
Wednesdays, 6-7:30pm

Oct 12 | Tour of the Edge: Avant Garde in Canada
From the AGA Collection, curator Laura Ritchie pulls together a range of work highlighting artist-innovators across Canada beginning in the post-impressionist period and culminating with work by the Automatistes. This tour led by gallery educators will focus on innovation and experimentation in art and in the classroom

Teacher Appreciation Night

Oct 27 | Teacher Appreciation Night, 5-8pm
Join us for our Annual Teacher Night! Tour current exhibitions, make art, drink wine, and see what’s new in Education at the AGA. Includes a special preview of upcoming 2017 exhibitions!

4-week Studio Intensives for Teachers

Learn about studio art practices and ways of creating from qualified artists. Each session will cover the essentials of art-making including experiments with new and traditional materials, idea generation, strategies for bringing more art into your classroom and resources to take home.

Future intensives TBA.

Professional Development

Customized Professional Development

Looking for a dynamic program for your next professional development day? The AGA offers Customized Professional Development sessions that are designed specifically for your group. Programs include Gallery explorations and your choice of studio projects in the Singhmar Centre for Art Education with all materials included.

Half Day Program
9:30 am-12:30 pm
$25/person with a minimum of 10 people

Full Day Program
9:30 am-2:30 pm
$45/person with a minimum of 10 people
Lunch catering provided at an additional cost

Studio Rental (independently-led program)

The Singhmar Centre for Art Education features three spacious classroom-studios that can be rented by the hour for events, conferences and PD sessions. Please contact for more information on renting a studio space.

Cost $60/hour

Classroom Resources

Connect to your AGA with resources that can be used in the classroom prior to your program or on their own. These classroom resources provide jumping off points for discussions and projects that can be used with multiple age levels and several areas of the Programs of Study.

Classroom Resources

Resource Description Learn More:
Meet the AGA This PowerPoint provides an introduction to the AGA. Download >
Interacting with Art Using the FRAMES Use the FRAMES as a critical framework for interacting with art with your students. This resource includes several activities for students of all ages. Download >
Project: Alberta Stories Use this project outline to explore the concept of storytelling with your students. This resource can be used in conjunction with the ATB Young Artists Competition. For more information click here > Download >
Project: Changing Landscapes Use this project outline to explore the concept of ‘landscape’ with your students. This resource includes lesson sequencing ideas, activity descriptions and images ideas. Download >

Program Specific Resources

Use these resources prior to attending your program at the AGA. Each resource offers ideas for reflection questions, in-class activities and more information on connections to the Programs of Study.

Art Beyond Borders >
Artist as Storyteller >
Art Texts >
ImaginArte (Spanish Program) >
Learning to Look >
Lire l’Art (French Program) >
Science of Museums >
Shifting Perspectives >
Tiny Art Adventures >

Architecture Olympics >
Colour Play >
Play on Architecture > 

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