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.
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.
My Dream House
Explore stimulating spaces and look at artwork of interesting places. Consider what makes them fantastic. Then become an architect and design your very own dream house in the studio. What will it look like, where will it be and what will it need to be special?
What is Texture?
What is texture? What does it look like and feel like? How can we create it? Take inspiration from the beautiful textured works of Amy Malbeuf in kayâs-ago before creating a fantastic textured work of your own!
Inspired by Toulouse-Lautrec
Learn more about Toulouse-Lautrec and his unusual life. Discover his unique use of line and create a work of your own that emphasizes line and colour just like the artist himself.
Travel into Strange Dream, a mural by Jill Stanton and imagine the many adventures you might have. Let your subconscious mind guide the creation of your very own art work.
Masquerade at the Art Gallery
Explore current exhibitions in search of people, characters and more. Discover their stories and imagine the places they have been and will go. Create a wearable mask of your favourite character or one of your own imagining.
Explore art in the Gallery and discover how artists use movement to tell a story. Before you are done, create an artwork inspired by movement using projection and light.
In our last visit to Amy Malbeuf’s kayâs-ago, examine how the artist has used fibre in her work. How do other artists use fibre? Play with different fibre art materials and create a texture art piece of your own.
During a Gallery visit discover some of the things that art and science have in common. Then head to the studios to create your own artistic experiments.
Explore illustration, and how artists in the Gallery combine reality with the world of imagination. Let your imagination run wild and create a world full of surprises.
Become a detective! Move and play as you search for the elements of design in the Art Gallery! Investigate the properties of each element and artfully record them in your log book.
A Photographer’s Eye
With a photographer’s eye, visit the photographic works in current exhibitions and discover the subject matter and interests of artists on display. Gather inspiration to create your own altered photograph art works.
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!
Wonder, Weaving, Words
Examine complex histories through image and text by Amy Malbeuf in our new exhibition kayâs-ago. Experiment with typography, weave a tactile work of art, then work with a special guest artist and learn how to tuft using caribou hair.
A Beautiful Age
Play with composition, layering and illustration techniques inspired by Toulouse-Lautrec and his contemporaries in this ode to the Belle Epoque. Create a series of posters, prints and buttons to share a message with your family and friends.
Visit our exhibition 90 x 90: Celebrating Art in Alberta and discover the Edmonton print scene. Experiment with several types of printmaking including lino cut, monoprints and collograph to create a reusable matrix and a suite of images.
Join in a workshop with artist Colin Smith and explore photographic and animation techniques from the past. Play with light and shadow, movement and perspective to create a series of contemporary artworks inspired by old camera technology.
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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