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.
2017 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 4–December 28
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!
April 05 | Plasti-scenes
What is the difference between a relief sculpture, and sculpture in the round? Learn all about it and sculpt your heart out! Today you will use plasticene to create both.
April 12 | Moody Masks
How do artists create mood in their artwork? Explore the gallery to find out before bringing moods to life with your very own moody mask and mood sculptures.
April 19 | Self Portraits
Take a look in the mirror, what do you see? Today we will create self-portraits! Experiment with contour drawings and collage as you capture your likeness.
April 26 | Beautiful Oops
Expect the unexpected! Play with colourful ink and soft pastels in this mixed media, mistake-driven project!
May 3 | Colour Explosion
Survival Guide artist Patrick Cruz has something special up his sleeve… take a page out of his book and experiment with colour today!
May 10 | Portrait-Palooza
What is a portrait? Who do we make portraits of? Visit The Looking Glass for inspiration before creating a picture perfect portrait of your own.
May 17 | Landscape
Visit the huge landscape by Alberta based artist Blaine Campbell right here at your AGA. Today we will make our own larger than life landscapes.
May 24 | Sculptural Studio Session
What is sculpture? What supports a sculpture? Build your own sculpture from the inside out in this special studio session!
May 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, before interpreting them using line and colour!
June 7 | Art Moves
Where can you find movement in the art gallery? Use Fischli and Weiss’s The Way Things Go for inspiration before creating your own causal contraption to make some movement!
June 14 | Studio Surprise
Roll up your sleeves… today’s Tours for Tots is a special studio surprise! Get ready to experiment and take some creative risks at your AGA this morning.
June 21 | Family Collaboration
Who did you bring with you to the Art Gallery today? Today we will learn all about collaboration and work with our loved ones to create something special together.
June 28 | Something Borrowed, Something New
Learn how to steal like an artist! Borrow images and ideas from things that you see and know, and transform them into something brand new using 2D materials.
July 5 | Soundscapes
What kind of sounds can you imagine in the gallery? How can artists use sound in their art? Hunt for sounds and work with your friends to create a one of a kind sound poem today.
July 12 | Printing Frenzy
Discover the beauty of working in multiples and get ready to print your little hearts out in this studio session!
July 19 | Pastel Exploration
Dig deeper and experiment with all the different ways to use one of our favourite art materials… soft pastels! Work on several surfaces and with multiple materials as you push the limits of medium!
July 26 | Special Places
What places are currently on display at your AGA? What places are important to you? Cut and tear found paper and work with a variety of 2D materials to show and share your special place.
August 2 | Crafted Creatures
Behind every great artist is a great idea! Put your imagination to work and invent your very own mystical creature. What is its story? How did it come to be? What does it look like? Let the elements of art like line, shape, colour, and texture help you create your creature!
August 9 | Paint and Peel
Create something special by using an unexpected material, and then? Paint over it! Today, you will work in steps and use a special resist technique to reveal a hidden image.
August 16 | Building Artists
Have you ever wondered who designed our beautiful building? Get up close and personal with your AGA and discover what it takes to be an architect! Today’s challenge: design and build your own museum.
August 23 | Cut Line
How do artists document the world around them? Visit our current exhibition, Cut Line, and find out. Put your observational skills to the test and begin a journal that will help you document your own time and place!
August 30 | Alberta Artists
What materials are the contemporary Alberta artists of For the Time Being using in their artwork? How do you think the art works are made? Spend some time investigating the exhibition before experimenting with materials yourself!
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.
Apr 9 | Illustrated Portraits
Hone your illustration skills with a progression of portrait drawings; begin with a couple of lines and gesture drawings and work your way up to tonal drawings. Use a variety of media like charcoal, ink & graphite, to draw people around you or try a self-portrait. Experiment with expression, mood and vantage point to complete the set.
May 28 | Creative Collaborators
This edition of the Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art placed artists & curators in the same room for a series of collaborative workshops. Inspired by this idea, Creative Collaborators encourages participants to visit our new exhibition before creating with other participants to create a series of artworks to take home. Work with paint, ink, fabric and more!!!
Jun 18 | Making History
Past Imperfect: A Canadian History Project examines moments in Canadian history found in our permanent collection. But something is missing…can you help us out? Add your story to our timeline while exploring a variety of storytelling formats. Record a story, illustrate it with images or just sit back and listen to a story.
Jul 16 | In the Atelier
Taking inspiration from maker spaces, fab labs and artist’s studios, the BMO World of Creativity: Atelier is a dedicated creation space for families to explore what Canada means to them. Explore the creative possibilities before heading back to the atrium for a pop-up maker space. Make a button, sew a badge or build a drawing machine. Experimentation is the key and the sky is the limit!
Aug 13 | Stop the Press!
Delve into the archives of the Globe & Mail in the exhibition Cutline to discover some of Canada’s defining moments. Create a series of artwork inspired by the newspaper business including image & text, collage, gel transfers among other 2D techniques.
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)