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.

April 3

Carve: Illustrative Printmaking
Experiment with relief printmaking techniques to illustrate an excerpt from a story. Look to engraver and author Thomas Bewick for inspiration before heading to the studio. Pair your print with an excerpt using india ink and letraset.

April 10

Form: Natural Sculptures
Look to the work of Edmonton artist Lyndal Osborne to discover ideas about collecting and reinterpreting found objects from nature. In the studio, work with wire, newspaper and plaster cast to re-create an object found in the Gallery.

April 17

Construct: Book Binding
Guest artist Kathy Le demonstrates how to create your own sketchbook using binding techniques and recycled paper.

April 24

Appropriate: Photo Transfer
Reinterpret found imagery to create a new visual story using gel, tape and heat transfer techniques. Incorporate mixed media to add to your final message.

May 1

Recycle: Group Sculptures
Find inspiration in everyday objects before creating a large-scale sculptural installation. Work as a team to re-conceptualize the objects into something completely new.

May 8

Imprint: Textures in Nature
Collect textures found in the exhibit Flora and Fauna: 400 Years of Artists Inspired by Nature before creating your own gelatin monotype using natural objects.

May 15

Shape: 3D Geometric Structures
Discover how artists utilize shapes in order to convey a mood. Using cardboard and construction tips, create your own geometric structure to be put in a group installation.

May 22

Scribble: Poster Art
Explore the dream-like art of Jill Stanton, gathering inspiration from her murals and posters. See how street artists promote events through illustration and text play, and then create your own design for an imagined event.

May 29

Animate: GIF Creation
Guest artist Sandra Sarmiento demonstrates how to create an animated GIF using your own drawings and photography.

June 5

DIY: Open Studio
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.

June 12

Explore: Gallery Sketching
Find out why artists study the work of others in this Gallery exploration class. Visit our current exhibition 90 Artists / 90 Years and sketch the works that inspire you. As a class, discuss which are your favorite works and why.

June 19

Process: Pour Painting
Discover how letting go of control in an artwork can create its own results. Create a “tall” painting by continuously pouring different colors of paint onto plywood. The results will surprise you!

June 26

Document: Adventures at your AGA
See how artists document exploration in the exhibits High Adventure: Byron Harmon in the Columbia Icefield, 1924 and Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson: Jasper/ Robson, 1924. Afterwards, photograph your own explorations through the AGA building!

Youth Residencies

Youth Residencies


12 Week Residency Program
April 3–June 19, 2014
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

Summer ArtBreak Camps

Youth Summer ArtBreak Camps


Monday-Friday, 9 am-4 pm
Students aged 13-17

July 7-11

Cost: $270/$243 AGA Members
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In this full week studio session, work with a variety of materials to create a lasting impression on the gallery walls and beyond. Examine both contemporary and historical art practices before responding in your own unique style. This session includes guest artists and incorporates a variety of contemporary art practices including street art techniques, photography, installation, and more! Leave your mark at the Art Gallery of Alberta!

Portfolio Prep
August 11–15

Cost: $270/$243 AGA Members
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