Family activities at the AGA provide opportunities for families to connect to exhibitions through exploratory programs focused on play, hands-on art-making and exciting in-gallery experiences.
2016 Tours for Tots
Drop in every Wednesday morning for gallery adventures, art making, storytelling and more!
Each week features a new theme and activity related to current exhibitions and aimed at building early childhood learning skills in literacy, numeracy, community awareness and creative expression.
Drop-in explorations for families and kids ages 3-5
Wednesdays, 10-11 am
January 6–December 14
Free with Gallery admission
Please note that the Tours for Tots program is designed for children aged 3-5 accompanied by an adult. Day care and other community groups can book a School Program here.
New! During All Day Sundays your AGA’s Terrace Café is offering a special lunch deal. Buy any sandwich and turn it into a combo with a drink and chips or a cookie for only $1 more!
September 07 | Ready, Art, Action!
Discover how artists capture movement in their art. Action and motion are both part of this gallery exploration as we dance, pose, and act like what we see in the art surrounding us. Create a kinetic sculpture inspired by featured artist Damian Moppett’s installation.
September 14 | Under/Over
Visit Unvarnished Truth for the last time and look closely at how artists make changes to their work over time. Apply the same process to your own artwork by adding and subtracting layers with charcoal and paint.
September 21 | Studio Exploration
Come and explore a variety of techniques and materials in this studio-focused visit to the Gallery! Spend the hour using your imagination to make and create!
September 28 | Drawing Games
Sharpen your pencil and get ready to draw your little heart out! Discover the inspiration behind the drawings in our exhibition Beauty’s Awakening before participating in a series of drawing games. Finish off the day working together on a collaborative portrait.
October 05 | Painting with Scissors
Let Ron Moppett inspire your creativity! Use playful colours and unique shapes to cut and paste your way to creating a beautiful, modern masterpiece.
October 12 | Texture Tiles
Texture takes over! Explore BMO World of Creativity: Touch Lab, and investigate how you can transform everyday items into something that is uniquely yours.
October 19 | Avant-Garde Exploration
Think outside the box and stay one step ahead of the others. Today, you are an Avant-Garde artist! Use acetate, oil pastel, and foil in layers to swirl, smudge, and smear your way through this rule-breaking project!
October 26 | Creepy Creatures
Get dressed up and join us for a morning of Halloween fun! Warm up by working together on a large-scale collaboration. Next, take a chance and roll the dice…what kind of creature will you create?
November 02 | Delightful Drawings
People were very important to the artists of Beauty’s Awakening. Follow in their footsteps and create a series of works that celebrate the people around you! In this drawing focused session, try your hand at gesture drawing. Today you are both artist and muse!
November 09 | Linear Thinking
What can you do with a line? Can you bend it, break it, or cut it? What can you use to make a line? Forget everything you think you know about lines and get ready to experiment with ribbons, markers, paper, string and more!
November 16 | Family Collaboration
Did you know that Damian Moppett and Ron Moppett are father and son? Today, pull inspiration from their relationship and work on a beautiful collaboration with the grown up in your life!
November 23 | Casting Call
How does artist David Altmejd use the human body in his art? Get inspired by The Vessel before casting your very own sculpture using familiar, yet unexpected materials!
November 30 | Moody Masterpiece
Watch out! Moods are on the loose at the AGA! What moods can you find hiding in the gallery? How do artists use mood in their artwork? Get ready to express yourself from head to toe; today we will be trying on all sorts of moods! From mood sculptures to mark-making madness, this expressive session has got it all.
December 07 | Mobile Mania
Get inspired by Damian Moppett’s Broken Fall and create a hanging mobile of your own! Cut, twist, and twirl your way through this balance and movement filled morning!
December 14 | Mixed Media Exploration
Hannah Doerksen is an expert with mixed media… and today, so are you! Work with mixed media to trick the eye in this sculptural session.
December 21 | Shape-Shifting
Shapes are all around us… but have you seen the shapes in BMO World of Creativity: Touch Lab yet? Use tangrams in your art today as you move and rotate shapes to create something new!
December 28 | That’s a Wrap!
Come in from the cold and get ready for the fast approaching holiday! Look for inspiring shapes, lines, and colours right here at the AGA to help you make your very own, one-of-a-kind wrapping paper.
BMO All Day Sundays
Art activities for all ages
One Sunday per month | 12-4 pm
Free with Gallery Admission
BMO All Day Sundays at your AGA are afternoons packed full of engaging art activities! With exciting programs and projects that tie into current exhibitions, guests of all ages can join in and have fun.
September 18 | Patchwork & Pieces
What do scraps of paper & fabric, pieces of string and small everyday objects have in common? Find out in our current exhibition Damian Moppett + Ron Moppett (Every Story Has Two Sides). Create with markers, collage materials, stencils & paper cut outs to transform the most banal objects into dynamic works of art.
October 16 | Drawn Together
Draw with your hands, draw with your toes! Put a mark down on paper and see where it goes! Explore drawing and poetry in our current exhibition Beauty’s Awakening. Experiment with an assortment of drawing materials like graphite, coloured pencils, pastels and text to create the perfect ode to art!
November 26 | Swan Song
David Altmejd’s large-scale installations feature themes of transformation and movement. Take inspiration from the variety of materials in Altmejd’s sculpture The Vessel before working with mixed media to create your own 3D sculpture.
December 18 | Artist Innovators
Innovators try new things! View our current exhibitions and learn how artists push boundaries and discover new ways to make art. Test out new and traditional media including charcoal, ink & paint alongside unusual materials such as toothbrushes, feathers, sticks and more! Dream big and innovate new and exciting art on the cutting edge!
AGA Birthday Parties
The Art Gallery of Alberta offers birthday parties for children aged four years and up. Party bookings are available on weekends and include a Gallery exploration, exciting studio project and time for birthday fun in the Singhmar Centre for Art Education!
$180 / $162 AGA Members (plus GST)
Program cost includes a group of up to 15 children and 5 supervising adults
$12 / person thereafter
$60 / additional hour
This 2 hour program includes:
- A Gallery Educator to lead your program
- A 20-30 Minutes Gallery tour of exhibitions connected to your studio project
- A studio art project to take home (see below for project options)
- Time for birthday festivities (Gifts, snacks, cake, etc…)
- Full use of a studio space for 2 hours
- Access to a fridge and limited storage space
The AGA does not provide catering services but parties are welcome to bring their own refreshments. Up to 4 supervising adults are free with your program cost (but expected to supervise!)
Is 2 hours just not enough time? The studio space can be rented for an additional $60/hour. Your Gallery Educator will remain with your group to assist you for this time.
Still have questions? Download our Birthday Party FAQ here: Birthday Party FAQ
Choose from one of the options below for your Birthday Party program.
1. Colour Party!
Play with painting and music in this project! Explore the Gallery to find out how artists use colour to create moods, and then experiment with colour mixing to create your own abstract painting while listening to different moods in music. Together, all the paintings will create a colourful mural!
2. Play on Architecture
Explore the architecture of the AGA from the inside out with storytelling, Gallery activities and building exercises! In the studio, create a 3-D architectural sculpture from wood blocks, and then paint your creation.
3. Print and Play
Experiment with print making in this creative project! A short, interactive Gallery tour will investigate how stories are told through art. We will then create our own prints inspired by AGA exhibitions using various techniques!
4. My Place
Explore our own place in the world through storytelling, Gallery explorations and a mixed-media sculpture project! Investigate the basic elements of landscape art, and visit Gallery spaces to discover how artists tell stories about ‘places’ in their artwork! In the studio, work with a variety of materials to build a relief sculpture based on a place that is important to you.
To book a birthday party, please fill out the online booking form. Any cancellations or changes to your booking(s) must be made within one week of your party booking. Failure to do so will result in a $35 cancellation fee.
New! Printable invites from your AGA: Download invites (PDF)