Art Gallery of Alberta


AGA Youth programs offer exciting opportunities for youth to experiment with art and ideas in the studio and in the Gallery. Led by local artists in the Singhmar Centre for Art Education and designed especially for teens aged 13-17, AGA Youth Programs give teens the space to explore their own style while learning about art fundamentals and contemporary art-making techniques.



SWARM: Teens Take Over your AGA!

Free for teens 13-17

Join us and a hundred of your new friends at your AGA for a special night designed just for you! SWARM is the perfect opportunity to see what’s happening at the AGA, make friends with similar interests, and be creative.

Stay late, eat snacks, meet an artist and make some art!

Upcoming events:

Join us April 4 from 4:30pm-8pm our next SWARM: It’s Raining Art!

SWARM is developed and presented by the AGA Youth Council with support from Maclab Enterprises.


Studio Y


Studio Y Drop-In Workshops

Thursdays, 4-6 pm
$25, 5-workshop punch card
Pre-register by phone the day of class (780-422-6223) or pay when you drop-in for class.

Studio Y workshops are offered weekly on Thursdays, and provide teens with opportunities to drop by the Gallery with friends to hang out and make art. A different topic is presented each week.

Exciting opportunities for youth aged 13–17 to experiment with art and the creative process.


March 2 | Botanical Garden

It might be cold but spring is ever closer, underneath all that snow are seeds waiting to erupt! Borrowing from the British Botanical Print style, bring the plant of your choice from ground to sky. Start with observational sketches and move into water color pencils and paints. Display works together and create a garden oasis!

March 9 | Time & Space

Manipulate and remake “time” to highlight what history forgot and what you think is important. Explore the themes of time, decay and repetition in our exhibition Clocks for Seeing: Photography, Time & Motion and in the studio to make a new clock – what will it measure, that’s for you to decide.

March 16 | Portraits

What the difference between making a portrait and a drawing of a face? Find out in our newest exhibition The Looking Glass. In the studio, explore under-drawing techniques and measurements that will help you capture the person behind the face.

March 23 | DIY: Open Studio 3D

Have a project idea? Want to finish what you started? Open Studio is for you! In this special edition Studio Y, you choose your own project and theme.

March 30 | Altered Images

Investigate how images are created and assembled in current photography exhibitions. Working with gel medium and packing tape, learn all about image transfers and creative photo-manipulation in this mixed media studio session.


April 6 | Layered Landscapes

What makes a landscape natural? How can you tell if it’s been altered? Play with the subtle and extreme as we remake downtown. Using acetate sheets and magazines and the windows of the gallery, we will create layered compositions that will be photographed when completed.

April 13 | Tone it up!

Tonal value can be created in many different ways and from a range of mediums. Using existing & created stencils with watercolour splatter techniques and make as many tonal values as possible. Want to see if you’ve been successful? Take a photo of your finished work in black and white!

April 20 | Guest Artist: Moira Ritchie

Make a statement! Work alongside artist Moira Ritchie to brainstorm, draw and create a series of patches reflective of contemporary society in this fiber-based session.

April 27 | Print & Repeat

Use relief printing techniques to explore the easy repetition of photographic images that changed the art world. Warming up with in-gallery sketching and activities focused on composition, value and texture, dive deeper into the decisions behind the 19th Century Photographs in Clocks for Seeing: Photography, Time & Motion.

Art Contest

Art Contest

Explore your creativity | Youth 13-17

Submit up to three artworks that explore the theme: Home

Drop off your pieces at your AGA during gallery hours (11am – 5pm Tues-Sun).

TD Education Gallery Exhibition will take place April 10-28, 2017 for all contest entries. An opening reception will take place on April 27.

Prizes will be given to those artworks that best represent the theme and show dedication.

All contest submissions must include name of artist and contact information (phone and email), as well as artwork title and medium.


Submission Deadline: April 2, 2017

Youth Studio


NEW! Youth Studio

We supply the space, you create the art!

Youth aged 13–17
Sundays, 1–4 pm
May & June
$5 per session

You have a date in the studio! Bring your project ideas, your favorite art supplies, and drop in for this open format session to work on new or current projects in the comfort of a studio setting.

Technician present but no instruction. Materials are not included.


The Hive

The Hive: AGA Youth Council

The Hive is a group of dedicated teen volunteers committed to developing teen audiences at the Art Gallery of Alberta.

Are you between the ages of 13–17? Are you interested in the arts and contributing to your community? Join The Hive!

As member of The Hive you will gain exclusive access to the inner workings of the gallery as well as unique opportunities to collaborate with local artists and creative professionals. Work alongside museum staff to design and develop programming initiatives meaningful to yourself and your peers.


AGA Youth Council is a new initiative to develop programming at the AGA for youth by youth. Watch here for upcoming program developments like TEEN Night.

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