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.
January 06 | Pastel Portraits
Have you ever used oil pastels before? Let the Alberta artists of Rough Country show you the ropes and prepare you for today’s project, pastel portraits!
January 13 | Panorama-mania
Get inspired by the work of Tyler Los-Jones. Create your own two-dimensional panoramic image and watch it transform into a three-dimensional sculpture!
January 20 | Artists and Authors
Can you tell a story without using words? Visit Living Building Thinking: Art and Expressionism and see what kind of visual stories you can find. What kind of visual stories can you create?
January 27 | Special Places
Visit Rough Country on its closing weekend and investigate the personal landscapes of the artwork. Can you think of any places that are special to you? Share your stories and brainstorm in the gallery, and then…master the art of expressive landscapes!
February 03 | Artist Trading Cards (Orange Studio)
Take print making to another level! In this fun studio session, we will dabble in the art of block printing to create our very own artist cards. How many friends will you trade with?
February 10 | Be my Valentine?
Dabble in the art of mixed media to make a one-of-a-kind creation for your one-of-a-kind Valentine! Visit Charrette Roulette FABRIC and think about how you can incorporate textiles into your special message.
February 17 | Animal Mad-Libs
What happens when you cross a lion with a fish? Can a fish sprout legs and walk? Enter into a world of illusions! Visit Presto Lumo and play “I spy” to warm up, because today, you will face a special animal mad-libs challenge!
February 24 | Beautiful Oops
Expect the unexpected! Play with colourful ink and soft pastels in this mixed media, mistake-driven project.
March 02 | Light and Dark
Can you imagine art without colour? This week, experiment with charcoal and erasers to create bold and powerful artwork.
March 09 | Still Life Extravaganza
What does the word “art” mean to you? What kinds of art can we think of together? Work with organic materials to compose and capture your very own still life!
March 16 | Zen-Tangled
Let’s get tangled up with patterns. Learn about repetition and create your very own beautiful design. Anything is possible!
March 23 | Collaged Colour Wheel
Colours are taking over at the AGA! Tear, cut, paste, and colour as you master your primary and secondary colours.
March 30 | Passionate Projections
Think big! Create a small-scale project and use a projector to enlarge it! Take a lesson from the artists of Charrette Roulette: FABRIC in building off of someone else’s ideas…and be prepared for a twist!
April 06 | Plasti-Scene
Pull out a magnifying glass and get up close and personal with artists from the Group of Seven. Hone in on an extreme close-up and work with Plasticine to create a low relief nature scene!
April 13 | Animation Illusion
Trick your eyes! Warm up with a visit to BMO World of Creativity: Presto Lumo, where you will learn about optical illusions and brainstorm ideas for your special animation project–today, you will create a thaumatrope!
April 20 | Monotype Mania (Orange Studio)
Painting and printing become one! Create a series of one-of-a-kind prints using monotype techniques.
April 27 | Ravishing Resists
Create whimsical designs based on the work of 7: Professional Native Indian Artists Inc. Bring your ideas back to the atrium and then transform them into a special mixed-media resist 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.
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!
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!
January 24 | Colliding Worlds
Visit our current exhibition The Blur In Between to discover how artists and designers from around the world are re-imagining how they create. Play with typography and paper folding techniques, solve a design problem and create a series of artworks that showcase what art and design mean to you. Local designers from Oliver Apt. will be on-hand to present a workshop.
February 21 | Wayfinding at your AGA
Meander through our newest exhibition featuring iconic artists Tom Thompson and the Group of Seven before settling in to create a collection of artworks inspired by the Canadian wilderness. Learn about wayfinding and cartography (map making), then experiment with acrylic paint, ink, colour, composition and scale to design and record your own surroundings.
March 13 | Frontrunners
Get acquainted with the artists of 7: Professional Native Indian Artists Inc. in the Gallery, and find out about the motivations that brought this group of seven together. Share stories through art mediums including paint, paper marbling and more! Get inspired by this innovative collective to create unique works of art.
April 10 | Art Environments
Meet local printmaker Sean Caufield this Sunday! The artist will be here to chat with our curator Kristy Trinier about his large scale artwork The Flood. Stay for his linocut workshop and learn the basics of relief printing from a pro. We will be finding out about the concepts behind his work, including the impact of technology on our environment and what a sustainable future might look like.
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
$65 / 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)