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 on February 14 from 5-8pm our next SWARM!

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


Studio Y Drop-In


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.



Jan 12 | Print Edition: 1/1

Explore monotypes and how this unique printmaking style differs from other printmaking. This painterly method has a wide range of techniques to experiment with. Try these techniques out with different media such as ink and acrylic paint to create unique prints.

Jan 19 | Light & Shadow

Warm up with an exploration of light and shadow including media techniques in the studio and from examples in Season to Season, Coast to Coast. Then share your own experiences of Canada’s winter landscapes using watercolour and ink. Feel free to bring your own reference photo!

Jan 26 | Body Sculpture

Discover your body as building blocks! Drawing inspiration from featured artist David Altmejd, use clay to create a set of miniature body parts and then assemble them into a new whole. Just imagine what could be made out of hundreds of tiny noses!


Feb 2 | DIY: Open Studio 2D

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.

Feb 9 | Survival Guide

Break down and create the symbolism of objects using the “Survival Guide” to lead the way. Create your own survival guide for making it through the modern wilderness

Feb 16 | Your Story Right Now

Explore your thoughts about the world, and about yourself using mix media (paint, ink, charcoal, graphite, etc.). Create a piece of memorabilia from a current moment in your own life inspired by the artwork of Hannah Doerksen.

Feb 23 | Success & Failure

What’s the connection between success and failure? In life? In art? Inspired by the work of Fischill and Weiss, create new criteria for success and failure, using mix media to create moving pieces of art with a job to do. Will they be successful? You’ll have to come, see and build to find out.


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.

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.

Youth Weekend Art Class


Youth Weekend Art Classes

Registered studio classes for students aged 13-17

Youth Weekend Art Classes provide in-depth investigations into the creative practices of artists featured in our AGA exhibitions, while providing the opportunity for youth to take artistic risks in a safe and fun environment.


Registered Weekend Art Classes
Saturday Mornings: 10-11:30 am
$142/$128 AGA Members (+ GST)

Sign up now for our Session II photography class, starting in March!

Session II
Mar 11 – Apr 22, 2017 (no class Apr 15)

Alternative Photography
Ages 13+

The studio becomes a darkroom in this experimental workshop for teens. Explore photographic techniques from the past and the present through pinhole camera creations, scratch film compositions, and digital photo scavenger hunts. Get inspired by current exhibitions before working in the studio to create a variety of projects using photography and projections. Each class features experimental exercises with new media and techniques as well as time for work on an ongoing project of your choice.


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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