Art Gallery of Alberta

Your AGA goes back to school with new season of Education Programs

AGA’s Singhmar Centre for Art Education offers classes for all ages and skill levels

For Immediate Release
September 1, 2011

EDMONTON, AB – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is excited to launch a new season of programs in the Singhmar Centre for Art Education. Inspired by upcoming AGA exhibitions, this line-up of camps, classes and workshops for kids, youth and adults will kick off throughout the month of September.

The AGA is expanding its youth programs. In addition to weekly Studio Y Drop-in Workshops which take place Thursdays from 3:30-5:30 pm, the AGA will launch a Studio Y Residency program. This 12-week program provides participants access to the weekly drop-in workshops as well as numerous other benefits including behind the scenes tours, special talks by AGA artists and staff, exciting volunteer opportunities and more!

This season’s Saturday Art Classes are available to students ages 3-17 and run in two six-week sessions from September 17-October 29 and November 5-December 10. Saturday Art Classes are diverse in focus ranging from drawing and painting to photography, video, sound and projections. Gallery visits to current AGA exhibitions for inspiration will be included.

Taking place on Wednesday mornings at 11 am, the popular Tours for Tots program will continue throughout the fall. This dynamic program allows parents and children ages 3-5 to explore the Gallery in a fun, interactive and kid-friendly way. Exciting exhibition tours led by AGA educators will be accompanied by story telling, art projects, scavenger hunts and other fun and educational activities.

Open Studio: Adult Drop-In Workshops occur Thursday evenings from 7–9 pm. These fun and relaxed Drop-In sessions provide the opportunity to learn about various artistic techniques and mediums. A new project will be offered each week with all materials provided.

Painted Places: Acrylic Painting Workshop will take place 6-9 pm on Tuesdays from October 18-November 22. Inspired by the AGA exhibition A PASSION FOR NATURE: Landscape Painting from 19th Century France, this six-week session lead by local artist Jennifer Poburan will focus on acrylic painting explorations including work with colour theory, light and shadow and compositions.

The AGA will also host Winter ArtBreak kids’ camps and classes during the holiday break from January 2-6, 2012. This programming is available as full-week camps for 6-12 year olds and one-day camps for 6-10 year olds. More information will be available at youraga.ca.

AGA Education Programs provide a fun and accessible way for students of all ages to explore art techniques and ideas in connection with current AGA exhibitions. For detailed information about AGA education programs, please visit youraga.ca.

The Singhmar Centre for Art Education provides the opportunity for students of all ages to engage with a variety of art education programs. Made possible by a generous and visionary donation by Edmonton’s Prem and Saroj Singhmar, the Centre features three state-of-the-art studios and the TD Education Gallery where work by community groups, schools and AGA art class students are presented.

ABOUT THE ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA
The Art Gallery of Alberta is a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada, connecting people, art and ideas. The AGA is focused on the development and presentation of original exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from Alberta, Canada and around the world. The AGA also offers a full-range of art education and public programs. Founded in 1924, the Art Gallery of Alberta maintains a collection of more than 6,000 objects and is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta and the only museum in the province solely dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture. The AGA recently underwent a major re-building project. Designed by Los Angeles architect Randall Stout, the 85,000 sq foot (7,900 sq metres) new AGA opened to the public on January 31, 2010. The new Gallery features three floors of premiere exhibition space; the City of Edmonton Terrace; the Singhmar Centre for Art Education; Zinc Restaurant; Shop AGA; Ledcor Theatre and an Art Rental and Sales Gallery.

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For additional information, please contact:

Alison Bulloch, Media Relations and Communications Coordinator
T: 780.392.2468 E: alison.bulloch@youraga.ca

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a not-for-profit organization that relies on the support of its Members, donors, sponsors and government. The AGA is grateful for the generous support of the many public and private donors and sponsors who have made the AGA’s New Vision possible, as well as the ongoing support of the City of Edmonton, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts and our Members.