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 October 4 for 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.

Studio Y resumes on September 8, 2016



Oct 6 | Open Studio: 2D

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

Oct 13 | Watercolour Painting

Get inspired by some of Alberta’s well-known watercolourists before returning to the studio to paint. Learn a number of techniques and awesome effects to make your painting the best in the west.

Oct 20 | Carving into Wood

Explore texture in our exhibition Touch Lab and head out-of-doors to capture your own using an art technique called frottage. Combine textures in the studio and map out a composition to carve into a wood block. Pull a suite of prints from the resulting matrix.

Oct 27 | Poster Manifesto

Art…what is it good for? A LOT! Create a poster that features your ideas about art. Experiment with found text, drawing materials & chance before combining, layering and perfecting your statement. Photocopy your artwork and share copies with the world at large!


Nov 3 | Guest Artist: TBC

Nov 10 | Art Moves

View Damian Moppet’s Manning Hall installation, and then combine art and movement through a series of quick gesture drawings and inky experiments. Build a kinetic sculpture inspired by one of your sketches.

Nov 17 | Canadian Avant Garde

Explore innovation and experimentation in the Edge: Avant Garde in Canada before heading to the studio for a lesson on acrylic painting techniques. Use what you have learned to develop an image on canvas in an on-going painting experiment.

Nov 24 | Art Journals

Discover why journaling is an important tool for artists and designers, and then explore the history of bookbinding and its evolution. Learn the basics of book binding to construct your own sketchbook using binding techniques and recycled paper.


Dec 1 | Plaster Casting

In this studio, explore plaster casting, inspired by David Altemejd’s large scale installation The Vessel. Using plaster bandages, we’ll cast our hands in a variety of positions and stage the results in a collaborative installation.

Dec 8 | Open Studio: 3D

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

Dec 15 | Sketching the Masters

Look closely at the technique and practices of Dutch & Flemish artists in our exhibition Masterstrokes through a series of observation & sketching activities. Head to the studio and create a large-scale drawing with a contemporary twist.

Dec 22 | Exploring Assemblage

Take one last look at Ron Moppet + Damian Moppet: Every Story Has Two Sides and then transform everyday objects into works of art through collage and painting techniques.

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 Studio will return in fall 2016.

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.

Saturdays, 1-3pm
$135/121.50 AGA Members
Sep 10-Oct 22, 2016 (no class Oct 11)

Draw ‘til you drop                               Register

Hone your drawing skills in this marathon drawing class. Each session will challenge you to move beyond your current level; encourage you to experiment with new and traditional materials such as graphite, ink, acrylic paint and mixed media; and push your ideas conceptually. Each week, classes begin with simple line drawings moving towards more complex tonal treatments.


Saturdays, 1-3pm
$135/121.50 AGA Members
Nov 12-Dec 17, 2016

Avant Garde                                       Register

‘Avant Garde’ is a French term for Advance Guard and refers to artist innovators. Explore the cutting edge of contemporary art while giving a nod to the avant garde artists of the past. This class explores traditional materials like paint, ink and clay and newer materials such as video and installation. Work with professional artists and peers to create a collection of innovative and original artworks.


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.

We are looking for new members for the 2016–17 school year. 

AGA Youth Council Application

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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