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.


Studio Y Drop In

Studio Y Drop-In

Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 pm

Studio Y is a space where youth can explore art-making, self expression and meet other teen artists. Taught by experienced artist-instructors, Studio Y Workshops are designed for youth aged 13-17 and aim to offer young artists opportunities to explore their own artistic style while learning about contemporary art-making techniques. Studio Y workshops introduce projects and ideas that give the space for youth to discover their creative voice, develop their range of technical skills, and explore materials in a supportive, challenging and fun environment.


February 26

Capture: Video Installations

Visit featured artist Colin Smith’s Obscure Inversions to learn about the play between light and shadow. Work with mixed media, projection and video to create a temporary installation in the AGA’s public spaces.

March 5

Reflect: Self Portraiture

Featuring guest artist Patrick Higgins, this session explores a myriad of media and techniques to make a self-portrait. Patrick Higgins is a figurative painter and portrait artist.

March 12

Assemble: Found Object Sculpture

Metal, wire, paper, wood, and clay are traditional sculpture materials but found objects such as corks, floppy disks, and yarn can also be use to create a 3D art piece. Explore different styles of sculpture in this hands-on workshop and find inspiration to create your own!

March 19

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 26

Pull: Screen Printing

Learn the basics of stencilling and silkscreen in Pop Show!, an exhibition featuring the pioneers of the pop art movement before creating your own hand-cut stencils. Develop your images through the application and layering of multiple colours to create a work that pops!


Weekend Art Classes

Youth Weekend Art Classes

Information coming soon!

Youth Residencies

Youth Residencies

12 Week Residency Program
January 8–March 26, 2015
Cost: $144 season/$120 AGA Members

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Join us for Studio Y Residency—a 12 week studio where teens investigate the AGA in fresh and exciting ways! Studio Y Residents will have the opportunity to become part of a unique group of teen artists that have exclusive opportunities at the AGA including visits from guest artists, behind the scenes tours and ongoing access to Studio Y Workshops.

Studio Y Residencies include:

  • Access to a season of Studio Y Drop-In Classes offered each Thursday from 3:30-5:30 pm
  • A chance to learn from guest artist-teachers throughout the season
  • Rare behind the scenes tours and talks from AGA artists and staff
  • Exciting volunteer opportunities to work with AGA artists and educators
  • A personal sketchbook and drawing materials for use in and out of Studio Y
  • A season-end art show in the TD Education Gallery located in the Singhmar Centre for Art Education where youth can show their work created in Studio Y