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.
May 4| Move, Improvise and Create!
Today we will search for inspiration from the art in Duane Linklater and Tanya Lukin Linklater’s exhibition. Next, play with movement and performance in the art gallery’s very own theatre!
May 11 | Artful Stories
Oral tradition meets visual tradition! Let the artists of 7:PNIAI show you the ropes as you engage in the art of visual story telling. “Read” the work in the gallery before sharing your own story through art.
May 18 | Irresistible Resists (Orange Studio)
Create a special image with masking tape and get swept away in a world of colour, creativity, and wonderful surprises! Paint your way through this studio session- just be sure you’re ready for the big reveal at the end!
May 25 | Story-telling through Symbolism
Let the symbols at play in 7: PNIAI inspire your work! After exploring in the gallery, make up your own symbols. Represent and share your own personal story!
June 01 | Hidden Images
Everything is not as it seems in Presto Lumo. Use coloured filters and search for hidden images. Learn the tricks of the trade in the gallery space before disguising an image of your own!
June 08 | Material Investigations
Do the materials we use influence the art we make? Visit The Unvarnished Truth and investigate the master works before experimenting with a variety of media yourself!
June 15 | Monotype Mania (Orange Studio)
Experiment in the studio with this fun printmaking method! Mix your very own colours as your create a series of unique monotypes.
June 22 | Larger than Life
Check out Sean Caulfield’s large-scale mural, The Flood. Today is your chance to create a large-scale image!
June 29 | Shape-scape
Today is our last opportunity to visit 7: PNIAI before the exhibition closes. Get inspired by artists like Norval Morrisseau and experiment with bold colours and overlapping shapes to create something that is uniquely yours.
July 06 | Photomontage Mash-up
Feel free to bring your own pictures from home today or use ours! Today’s mixed media project will incorporate photography.
July 13 | Sensory Abstraction
Sights, sounds, and smells… oh my! Can you imagine what it feels like to enter a work of art and explore it from inside? What do you see, hear, and smell? Today we will use our senses to explore the gallery before translating our sensory experiences into something visual!
July 20 | Sublime Nature
How do artists use nature in their work? Can we find any traces of nature in the art gallery? Take note in your artist’s logbook before creating your very own nature scene!
July 27 | Building Artists
Artists make all kinds of art including buildings! What kinds of buildings do you know? Investigate the AGA and learn all about the elements of architecture before designing your very own building.
August 03 | Art Experiments
Today is all about exploring, taking risks, and experimenting! What kinds of risks do artists take? What kinds of risks can we take in our own art? How many different ways can you create?
August 10 | Sculptural Shapes
What is the difference between shapes and forms? Hunt for sculptures in the gallery and navigate between two and three dimensions. Today, use forms to create your own sculptures!
August 17 | Creative Collages
Use your imagination to re-create a scene as you would have it. Take something old and make it new again… today, we re-figure found images!
August 24 | Preservation Experimentation
How do artists protect their work? Our current exhibition, The Unvarnished Truth, considers preservation techniques. Let’s do the same! Test out all sorts of different ways to preserve your own art… do they help or ruin it?
August 31 | Moody Masterpieces
Explore the gallery and discover how artists use mood in their artwork. Warm up by trying on a few different moods yourself. Next, we will interpret moods using lines and colour!
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.
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!
May 15 | Ready, Set, Build
Sculpture and installation are the inspirations for this exciting BMO All Day Sunday. Investigate the ins-and-outs of the AGA’s unique architecture and walk onto our terrace to view Hunting Blind by Robin Arsenault & Paul Jackson. Create your own 3-D art with gallery educators using found materials, plasticine and paper in a variety of sculpture and installation experiments.
Jun 26 | Secrets & Stories
In celebration of Aboriginal arts and culture during National Aboriginal History month, we take our inspiration from featured artists Brittney Bear Hat and Richelle Bear Hat. Learn more about how these sisters approach memory, experience and cultural history and then paint, create, and share stories through art. Special guests from the Amiskwaciy History Series will be here to facilitate an activity.
Jul 24 | Don’t Touch the Art
How many times have you heard that at a museum or art gallery? Discover what a simple touch can do to artwork over time and much more in our newest exhibition Touch Lab: Leave Your Mark in the BMO World of Creativity. This Sunday features a special opening reception and a chance to meet a conservator.
Aug 21 | These Old Dinosaur Bones
Meander through our current exhibition by artists Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla and uncover how and why these artists use artifacts in their contemporary installations. Experiment with texture, scale, paint and clay to create a series of sculptures and add to our community installation. Our friends from the Royal Alberta Museum will be on site with objects from their collection.
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 (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)