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.
2015 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.
Shape Your World
Be inspired by local artist Sergio Serrano in Future Station: 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art and discover how artists transform simple shapes in their artwork. Play with geometric and organic shapes to create your own tangram figure.
Bend, twist, stand on one foot, reach up high… move your body and walk like the curious creatures from DaveandJenn’s exhibition No End. Discover how an armature works to create form and structure within a sculpture before building your own hybrid animal!
One of a Kind
Visit our current exhibition POP SHOW! Dazzled by the Everyday and discover the art of printmaking. Record your observations through close looking and sketching before heading to the studio to create your own series of pop art monoprints!
Fly like a bird then become a tiny ant crouched on the floor. What do you notice? Use your senses to explore a multitude of viewpoints in Hamptons by artist collective Arbour Lake Sghool, then play with scale and perspective while working on a cool projection project.
Celebrate Mother Nature
Be inspired by Mother Nature and create a series of patterns using the elements of art. From bunnies hopping to long blades of grass, find familiar lines and shapes then make a special piece for Mother’s day!
High and low, black and white, small and big… What other opposites do you know? Brainstorm ideas while exploring our newest exhibition The Double Bind: Conversations between Modernism and Postmodernism. Choose your favorite pairing and create a surprising visual effect!
Andy Warhol`s Factory (Studio)
View some of Andy Warhol’s best-known works of art in POP SHOW! Dazzled by the Everyday and discover what he liked to eat for lunch. In the studio, experiment with printmaking to create artwork in multiples.
Explore our exhibition Charrette Roulette then work together as a team to solve a series of design challenges and create a temporary installation in the Atrium.
What colour makes you happy? What colour makes you mad? Take inspiration from the paintings of Jack Bush and explore colour and mood in art. Use acetate, coloured paper, scissor and glue to record a range of emotions.
Texture Tiles (Studio)
Play with a variety of textures and discuss as a group how each one feels. Consider how artists create texture in their artwork before jumping into a hands-on sculpting project.
Ready, set, abstract! In this experimental art session, dance, move and drip paint on a large-scale collaborative painting
Enter the World of Boo one last time and discover how artists use lines to tell a story. Using found materials (string, wire, paper, rope, and pipe cleaners) to create your own. How many different stories will you invent and share?
BMO All Day Sundays
Art activities for all ages
Activities | 12-4 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!
January 25 | Imagining the Future
What does the future look like? Imagine the possibilities through the exhibition Future Station: 2015 Alberta Biennial featuring work by 42 contemporary artists from Alberta. Work with variety of mixed media and found objects to create a series of futuristic art works. January’s All Day Sunday also features a talk with Alberta Biennial curator Kristy Trinier, two short films and a performance by Scott Rogers.
February 15 | Time Savers
Are you always rushed? Do you have a bad reputation for not getting to places on time? Get inspired by Christian Marclay’s The Clock, and up your organizing prowess as the AGA gets practical with the day-to-day realities of time. Work with video, sequencing and pattern, and then make a calendar with local artist and designer Vikki Wiercinski.
March 22 | Pop Art Factory
“Pop” into our new exhibition POP SHOW! and discover the art of the everyday. Take inspiration from artists that pioneered the pop art movement and create Warhol-esque stencil-art, construct pop art plasticine sculptures a là Oldenburg, and craft dot paintings inspired by Lichtenstein.
April 12 | Experimental Drawing
Discover the genius of drawing through novel mark-making techniques and participate in a series of drawing experiments. Play with traditional sketching materials in innovative ways to create a series of unexpected artworks.
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)