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.

Poster Contest

Studio Y Poster Contest

Calling all youth! Find our poster and win!

We are thrilled to announce an exciting new Studio Y Poster Contest. Developed in collaboration with local street artist AJA Louden, we are inviting youth ages 13–17 to search the city for our shiny new Studio Y posters. Digitally capture all three versions and you’ll be entered to win a pass for a weekend workshop on experimental illustration featuring AJA Louden, and a top secret art prize!

Contest ends October 30


Saturday, November 8, 1–3 pm
Youth 13+

Singhmar Centre for Art Education
Cost: $15
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Work alongside local street artist AJA Louden in this experimental illustration workshop. Investigate the relationship between image and text; develop basic skills in design, composition and layout while experimenting with a variety of drawing materials, surfaces and concepts.

Contest Details

Cruise the city and find all three versions of our Studio Y poster and capture them digitally on your smartphone, tablet or digital camera. Bring your images to the AGA and show them to the staff at the Members and Guest Services during regular business hours. You’ll be given a ballot to fill out with your contact information, which will be entered in a draw for the prize.

Contest closes October 30. Once all ballots have been collected, we will draw up to five names to attend a special workshop with AJA Louden for free!

If we do not draw your name, don’t worry! You can still register in the workshop.

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.

October 2

Move: Kinetic Sculptures
Combine art and movement as you build a kinetic sculpture inspired by the world around us.

October 9

Sketch: AGA at Enterprise Square Galleries
Explore our current exhibition Regions of Distinction as part of the AGA at Enterprise Square Galleries exhibition series before spending some time sketching in Gallery.

October 16

Intersect: Large-Scale Mural
Arrange a variety of images to create a large-scale city using mixed media including ink and paper.

October 23

Cover: Yarn Bombing
Discover how yarn became a guerilla art material and how it is being incorporated into everyday artifacts.

October 30

Open Studio 2D
Have any art projects you didn’t finish? Come on over to the art side and choose your own project and theme.

November 6

Imprint: Lino Cuts
Inspired by Toulouse-Lautrec’s prints and drawing style, develop small trading cards using relief printing techniques.

November 13

Felt: Fibre Arts
Featuring guest artist Dara Armsden, learn the fundamentals of felting and how textiles can be used to make a piece of art.

November 20

Thread: Embroidery
Is the needle mightier than the brush? Inspired by artist Amy Malbeuf, join us in Gallery to play with text and image before creating a work of art using embroidery practices.

November 27

Film: Mobile Story
Work to develop narrative using storyboards, flip video camera and props. Use editing strategies to keep your videos under 30 seconds.

December 4

Snap: Photography
The world is a big place, but do you know what happens in the smallest nooks and crannies of the art gallery? It’s up to you to collect photographs of characters that live in the studios and the gallery.

December 11

Capture: Camera Obscura
Using paper and light discover the early beginnings of image capture and the precursor to photography.

December 18

Open Studio
Is there a project you wanted to tackle, or some projects you wish to complete? Our doors are open for things you wanna do!

Youth Residencies

Youth Residencies

12 Week Residency Program
September 11–December 18, 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