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.
2015 Tours for Tots
Drop-in Wednesday mornings for these family fun adventures with art! Visits include Gallery explorations, art-making, story-telling, and more! Each Art Adventure has a different theme related to current exhibitions and promotes early childhood learning skills such as literacy, numeracy, community awareness and creative expression.
For families and kids aged 3-5
Wednesdays, 10-11 am
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.
Let’s wrap up the summer with a special collaborative project! Work as a group to create a unique installation made of summer materials and colours. Invite your friends to view the work for the month of September in the TD Education Gallery.
Light & Shadow Prints
With magnifying glasses in hand, search the print works in Illuminations: Italian Baroque Masterworks in Canadian Collections, for a variety of marks. Look closely to discover how these marks working together to make light and shadow. Apply your discoveries in studio using printmaking techniques.
Step inside Presto Lumo and discover how art and math connect. Count, search and discover how patterns are made and then create a crazy pattern that tricks the eye!
Ultimate Colour Recipe
Investigate how artists use colour in its many forms in our newest exhibition featuring Alberta artist Chris Cran. Can you find a shade of grey! What about a tint of blue? Be inspired by what you find and then use colour and oil pastels as ingredients to develop a special colour recipe!
Search for lines in our exhibition The Double Bind. What do you notice about the lines that you find? Can lines communicate feelings? Move like your favourite line to find out and then experiment with drawing materials to capture the mood of the day!
Once Upon a Book
Discover the work of Charrette Roulette: Language artists Kathy Slade and Keith Higgins, and learn what it takes to make a book. Fold, cut, sew, and stitch to create your own journal and use your journal to collect memories from your everyday.
Alberta Texture Map
What kind of visual landscape is specific to Alberta? What do you see and how does it make you feel? Explore these questions and more while visiting our exhibition Rough Country, and discover how artists have interpreted and represented our province. Follow up and make your own texture map with plasticine.
Look, move and discover the variety of visual lines and textures within the AGA. Working with old photos, cut out your favourite lines, then fold, bend, and twist to create a surprising photo sculpture inspired by Tyler Los Jones.
Spooky Art Adventures
Let the drama of Halloween move you! Dress up in your home made costume (if you like!),and join us for games and spooky adventures at the gallery. Top off the morning by creating a fun Halloween masterpiece to take home.
Visit the portraits in the Dana Holst exhibit, and warm up your drawing skills with some sketching challenges. When you’re ready to create, look at yourself in a mirror and master the art of self-portraits!
Express Yourself! (Studio)
Search for colour and mood in our new exhibition Living Building Thinking: Art and Expressionism, then head into the studio to express your own feelings, using your body to paint with colour and movement!
Step into the BMO World of Creativity: Presto Lumo and see the world from a different angle. With paper, ruler, pencils and markers as your tools, take on a perspective challenge!
Collage by Touch
Visit Alberta artist Chris Cran’s survey exhibition, CHRIS CRAN, Sincerely Yours, and use your imagination to enter the artwork. How does the work feel? Rough? Smooth? Bumpy? Choose your favourite textures and make your own texture tableau by layering mixed media materials.
Play with Shapes
Ready, set, GO! Find as many shapes as you can in the Rough Country exhibit, then roll the dice and discover how many circles, squares, and other shapes you will have to create your masterpiece!
The Magic of Colour (Studio)
Look at the BMO World of Creativity: Presto Lumo through the colour lenses and see what happens! Learn more about colour mixing and start a hands-on painting experiment.
Explore the new works in Charrette Roulette: Exposed Collaborative Design Practices and check out how fibre is used in art. Connect shape, line, colour and texture to make a unique fiber creation.
BMO All Day Sundays
Art activities for all ages
Activities | 12-4 pm
Free with Gallery Admission
BMO All Day Sundays at your AGA feature an afternoon packed full of engaging art-making and exploration! With exciting programs and projects that tie into our current exhibitions, guests of all ages are encouraged to join in and have fun!
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!
August 23 | Shadow Theatre
Discover how artists utilize light and shadow to create dramatic artworks in our exhibition Illuminations: Italian Baroque Masterworks in Canadian Collections. In the atrium, participate in theatre games and art activities to develop a dramatic narrative on the subject of our contemporary world. Experience surprise live performances in the most unexpected locations of the gallery. Don’t miss out on the elegant fan dance by Capital City, fabulous improvisation by Dance Conspiracy and pictures coming alive with Rogue Performance. Visitors can meet in the atrium and be guided through the Gallery’s public spaces.
September 27 | Art Fête!
Join us in celebrating the arts in Alberta! With many exciting events happening in Edmonton over the Culture Days weekend, spend some time with us as we activate the public spaces of the AGA with art happenings inspired by Edmonton Nuit Blanche.
October 25 | In the Mood for Art
Investigate a range of emotions in our current exhibits, and then create your own personal statement using paint, oil pastels and more. Take inspiration from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari screening in the Ledcor theatre (cue dramatic music), play theatre games, develop storylines and create art inspired by this German Expressionist classic.
Parents, to preview a clip from the film, click here >
November 22 | Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…
Get inspired by the work of Alberta artist Chris Cran, then explore a variety of materials and techniques to develop a series of self-portraits. Experiment with colour, mixed media and appropriation to best represent you.
December 13 | Extreme Photography
Take a final look at the work A Panorama protects its view by Tyler Los Jones, and then work with the artist to create a one-of-a kind artwork. Tyler will be speaking with our curator Kristy Trinier and sharing information about the creation of his featured work and more. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the artist!
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!
$160 / $144 AGA Members (plus GST)
Program cost includes a group of up to 15 children and 4 supervising adults
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 (PDF)
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)