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, 5-6:30pm

Feb 1 | Tour of Survival Guide

A feature of survivalism is the transfer of knowledge from one individual or group to the next, amassed through collaboration and craft. Go on tour with AGA Educators andexplore how this accumulated and fluid transfer of knowledge enables artists to remain nimble in an ever-changing political, economic and cultural landscape.

Feb 22 | Tour of Clocks for Seeing

Participate in hands-on activities in-Gallery, while exploring our newest exhibition Clocks for Seeing. Discover how the invention of photography & its subsequent adoption has shaped our memories and our lives, both collective and personal.

Mar 15 | Tour of The Looking Glass

Take a closer look at portraiture from the AGA’s collection. What is a portrait? What characteristics must a portrait have? Examine how artists see themselves and the people around them; sketch in-Gallery and create a series of portraits to take with you.

Make & Takes, $15

These informal learning workshops focus on making connections between theory and practice in a fun and social environment. Each session features a new concept, gallery explorations and several hands-on art projects. The aim of these workshops is to provide practical, hands-on projects AND inspire ideas that can be used in the classroom. Workshop themes focus on visual art concepts that can be used for all ages and can also be applied to other areas of the Programs of Study

Jan 10 | Art & Geography

Take a closer look at how geography shapes communities through the eyes of Canadian artists from Coast to coast. Work with one of our educators to create an expressive landscape using elements such as composition and vantage point; and materials including charcoal, acrylic paint, and mixed media.

Feb 21 | Time & Motion

Work with art strategies and techniques such as mark making, gesture, pattern, and composition to create a series of works that reflect the theme of time and motion. Gather inspiration in-Gallery and discover how artists engage with these big ideas before finalizing your artworks.

Apr 11 | Alternative Images

Explore photographic works in our featured exhibitions before working with a variety of media to create a series of alternative images. Learn about image transfers, creative photo-manipulation, found-object assemblage and fibre-art in this experimental session.

4-Week Studio Intensives for Teachers
7-9 pm | $135

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.

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.

Jan 17-Feb 7 | Acrylic Landscapes

Themed around the AGA’s collection exhibition entitled Season to Season, Coast to Coast, this session considers the genre of landscape through the medium of acrylic paint. Participants create a portfolio of observational studies and paintings using acrylic paints and techniques, allowing them to explore colour and composition through experimental exercises. Each class features a visit to the Gallery spaces for discussion and sketching, where learners will have the chance to study and reference the work of Canadian artists such as Emily Carr, Tom Thompson, Dorothy Knowles and Sylvian Voyer.

Mar 7-Apr 4 | Portraiture

In this foundational drawing session, be inspired by traditional and modern approaches to portraiture in the Gallery and beyond. Experiment with materials and techniques working from live models and photographs. Learn the basics including: anatomical structure, proportion and measurement while refining your skills through drawing exercises in line, form and tone. Participate in reflective exercises and group discussion to further your study.

May 9-Jun 6 | Photography

Hone your observational skills and camera basics in this introductory session on photography. Experiment with photographic concepts such as composition, vantage point and lighting to create a series of original images; explore a variety of photographic styles and experiment with some alternative photography techniques.

The AGA has limited numbers of cameras. Please bring your own camera to practice with.

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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