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 the AGA for a special night designed for you! Teen nights are a 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!!
December 8 | Cut and Paste: A Montage
5-8 pm, FREE for teens 13-17
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Studio Y Drop-In
Thursdays, 4-6 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.
November 5 | Experiment: Encaustic Methods
In this Studio Y session you will learn a variety of encaustic methods after exploring Dana Holst’s oil and encaustic art in the exhibition She’s All That. Experiment with a couple of these unusual techniques to create smaller scale artwork. Encaustic is a great medium to add to your artistic repertoire!
November 12 | Spill: Coffee Stain Drawings
Many people look into the sky watch as images form with the moving clouds. The same can happen when coffee is spilt over paper. Allow your imagination to guide your drawing eye as images and ideas appear with each unique coffee stain.
November 19 | Carve – Expressionism Linocut Prints
Take a walk through the current exhibition Living Building Thinking: Art and Expressionism. Discuss how art can be used to comment on social issues. Back in the studio, brainstorm a list of current social issues. Next learn linocut techniques to create an art piece that comments on a chosen social issue.
November 26 | DIY: 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.
December 3 | Shake it Up: Wet Felting
Learn a new felting technique…one that is quite the physical workout to accomplish. Talk about unusual landscapes and how they could be presented using different colours and textures of felt, and then create an abstract piece using the technique you just learned.
December 10 | Repeat: Testing out Tessellations
Explore the history of tessellations. Discover how artists like M.C. Escher modernized this method of creating pattern for art. Create your own tessellation templates using scratch foam and ink, and then then experiment with the repetition of your shapes and images.
December 17 | Pull: Silk Screening
Reflect on the history of silk-screening, from its use in commercialization and as a new art form. After a lesson in stenciling, create your own stencil to be used on different surfaces, such as paper bags, boxes, and even fabric.
AGA Youth Council
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.