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 June 6 from 4:30pm-8pm our next SWARM.

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.


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 | Monoprint Mania

After visiting our current exhibitions Survival Guide for the last time return to the studio for experiments in monoprinting. Create a suite of one-of-a kind prints inspired by the large-scale and colourful work of Patrick Cruz.

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.


May 4 | Self-Portraits

Explore various techniques used by artists in current exhibition, The Looking Glass. Use collage, charcoal & wire to express your identity and create your own self-portrait in original ways.

May 11| Guest Artist: Cass Williamson

Learn illustration techniques through layering and expressive mark-making with teen artist Cass Williamson. Develop your own composition and realize a final drawing using pencil crayons and watercolour.

May 18 | Spread the word!

What are you passionate about? What do you want to share with the world? Using a diverse array of drawing tools, create a zine to share your viewpoints with those around you.

May 25 | Felting &Textiles

This is a chance to experiment with innovative materials to create a 3D landscape inspired by Blaine Campbell’s work in Cyclorama on the transformation of landscape through suburbia.


Jun 1 | The Art of Buttons

Customize your style with buttons! Perfect for jean jackets and backpacks! Share your opinions with the world through meaningful design and branding.

Jun 8 | Reductive Prints

Visit current exhibition Clocks for Seeing and explore themes of time and motion, Next, warm up your art muscles with a series of drawing warm-ups and finally, make a multi-layered print by manipulating a printing plate.

Jun 15 | 2D Open Studio

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.

NB: This is our last class as we break for the summer.

Registered Classes

Youth Registered Art Classes

May 6 – June 17 (no class May 20)
Saturdays 1-3pm
$142/$128 AGA members

Print Arts

In this studio session, explore the concepts of reproduction and multiples. View our current exhibitions for clue gathering and idea generation. This class includes a variety of printmaking and photographic activities the illuminate the magic of these processes. Visit the galleries for inspiration before creating your own exciting prints in the studio. Learn about reductive monotypes, relief printing, collagraphy and how to incorporate mixed-media into a composition


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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