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!
January 04 | Colourful Contours
Damien Moppett and Ron Moppett each feature their favourite colour in Every Story Has Two Sides. Can you guess what they are? Use complimentary colours just like these artists to make your very favourite colour stand out!
January 11 | Coast to Coast
Take a look at some of the landscapes that inspired the artists of our current exhibition, Season to Season, Coast to Coast. Become a landscape expert today! Work in layers to create your background, mid-ground, and foreground.
January 18 | Imagined Stories
What character do you see in David Altmejd’s The Vessel? What type of setting do you imagine this character in? Roll up your sleeves; let’s make our own characters and settings!
January 25 | Automatism
What is automatism? Visit our current exhibition The Edge to find out! Work with watercolours to master the art of automatic painting.
February 01 | Lasting Landscapes
What places are important to you? Preserve your special memories by creating a beautiful landscape! Look to the Canadian artists of our current exhibition, Season to Season, Coast to Coast for inspiration.
February 08 | Be Our Valentine
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Spend your Wednesday morning celebrating loved ones and making them something special.
February 15 | Mixed Media Makers
How do artist tell stories? Visit A Story We Tell Ourselves About Ourselves today, then create using found and hand-made elements, just like Hannah Doerksen.
February 22 | Tinted Textures
Rub, cut, gather and glue! Scour your AGA for textures before creating a multi-textured collage.
March 01 | Move in March!
How do artists use movement in their artwork? How can movement help us see? Visit our current exhibitions to find out! Next, get ready to move as you make your own artwork!
March 08 | Shape Shifter
Here at your AGA, we just love shapes! How many shapes can you find in the gallery? What can you do with a shape? Today, we will transform shapes to create something exciting and new!
March 15 | Still Life Extravaganza
What does the word “art” mean to you? What kinds of art can we think of together? Today you will work with organic materials to compose and capture your very own still life!
March 22 | Survival Adventure
Pack your bags… we’re going on an adventure! What kind of adventure can you find at your AGA? What will you need to bring? Investigate our featured exhibition for inspiration before creating your own survival guide!
March 29 | Colourful Collaboration
Celebrate Spring Break with us! Work collaboratively with friends to create a colourful masterpiece.
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!
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.
Jan 15 | Coast to Coast
As the second biggest country in the world, Canada has a diverse landscape. Discover how artists from across the country think about our geography and in turn how it impacts their art. Then, drawing on your own personal experiences, create a series of landscapes from paintings to prints inspired by the places you live and visit.
Feb 12 | Survival Guide
What does it mean to survive? Take a closer look at our current exhibition and find out! Create a map, play survival games and finally, design and build your own survival kit! Special guests from Karamat Wilderness Ways will be here to answer your survival questions and you can register in a workshop led by their experts!
Mar 12 | Alternative Landscapes
Get inspired by the work of local photographer Blaine Campbell and create your own series of images of altered and manufactured landscapes. Watch as your images are projected on our big screen in the atrium for everyone to see!
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.
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)