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.
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.
1,2,3, Count with me!
Discover numbers in art and learn how math and art connect. Investigate art and architecture through counting, patterns and ordering while learning the art of numbers.
Hike through our current exhibition Jasper/Robson 1924, and explore how artists Lawren Harris, and A.Y. Jackson captured and were inspired by the Albertan landscape. Use chalk pastels to play with lines and shapes before creating your own abstract landscape.
In & out, up and down, this session explores texture in the work of local artist Alma Visscher. Using yarn and other fibre art materials, try your hand at the art of weaving. The results are sure to please!
Patterns in Nature
Join us in the studio! In this special session, discover Mother Nature’s patterns in Gallery then work with paint and repetition to create and experiment with organic patterns found in the natural world!
Travel to the past and back to the present to discover how art has changed throughout time. Imagine what art will be like in the future then create an artist’s time capsule to be opened at a later date.
Fluxus your art muscles, and learn about this unique art form! Visit our exhibition 90 x 90: Celebrating Art in Alberta to gather ideas before experimenting with a variety of materials to create the perfect mailable art piece that no one would return to sender!
Take inspiration from current works in the Gallery and create an artwork from fabric and thread. Learn a few basic hand stitching techniques to use as you complete your project.
Design a Gallery
Become an architect after exploring the AGA and anticipate what a gallery needs! Using the following questions: what would it hold, what would it need, and what would it look like to design your very own art gallery.
A Painting Experiment!
Today we are in the Studio! Discover new ways of painting as you experiment with different methods that artists use to apply paint.
Listen to the story of the AGA and discover the various ways that artists share stories in the Gallery. Create a collaborative back drop and setting for a new story of your own making.
Lines, Lines, Lines
Today is all about lines! Explore the Gallery and discover thin lines, curvy lines, heavy lines, hairy lines and more! What can a line be? Where can a line take us?
Meet Toulouse Lautrec and Friends!
View the world through the eyes of artists from La Belle Epoche. Be inspired by the dancers and performers on display to move and play in the gallery before creating a poster announcing an exciting event in your world.
Discover elements of storytelling in Gallery before creating your own unique character and setting. Use light and shadow to develop a mood and bring your story to life!
What is a drawing? Put your knowledge to the test in our current exhibition New Lines: Contemporary Drawing from the NGC. Experiment with mark making and non-traditional drawing materials as you discover and re-discover what a drawing can be.
BMO All Day Sundays
Art activities for all ages
Activities | 12-4 pm
Family Fun Tour | 2 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!
Rocky Mountain Adventures
What does it mean to document something? Take a closer look at different ways artists from the past have captured our environment and our home in Jasper/Robson, featuring Lawren Harris and AY Jackson, and High Adventure: Byron Harmon in the Columbia Icefield, 1924. Then draw, paint and create your own unique point of view.
One may be the loneliest number but 90 is not! Visit our exhibition 90 X 90: Celebrating Art in Alberta, and discover art made by Alberta artists from the past and the present. Inspired by time, experiment with materials as you map out your own timeline using mixed media, construct a time capsule and create a stop-motion video just for fun!
Art in the Clouds
Explore expansive spaces, billowing forms and soft edges inspired by the RBC New Work Gallery’s feature artist Alma Louise Visscher. Play with fabric to create a soft sculpture, wrap yarn around everyday objects to create a collaborative installation and paint with watercolour to create a muted image.
The World of Boo
Take a trip through the prairie landscape with Boo as your guide. Make up stories to share with your friends, create your own zine and alter a book. For this very special All Day Sunday, the AGA celebrates the opening the brand new exhibition in the BMO World of Creativity¬—The World of Boo—designed by Jason Carter and Bridget Ryan.
You’re Invited to a Party…
A birthday party! Join us as we celebrate our 90th birthday with cupcakes, balloons and more! Take part in some of your favourite party games, play with art materials and leave a special message for your AGA!
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)
Dentons Canada LLP presents Canada Day at your AGA!
Tuesday, July 1, 11 am-5 pm
Free Gallery admission
Last admission at 4:30 pm
Celebrate Canada Day at your AGA with free Gallery admission, thanks to the support of Dentons Canada LLP. Bring the whole family for art activities and a chance to view our exciting exhibitions.
“We are honoured to once again partner with the AGA on this terrific event for Edmontonians. The AGA is a remarkable landmark for this province, and one that should be explored. Canada Day at the AGA provides Edmontonians with the opportunity to celebrate in style, explore this amazing structure and gather together to celebrate not only Canadian pride but Edmontonian pride as well.”
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