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Summer Camp FAQs

What can I expect from ArtBreak Camp at the AGA?

ArtBreak Camps provide a fun and accessible way to experience art inside and outside of the Gallery through hands-on, brains-on art making. ArtBreak Camps make specific connections between current Gallery exhibitions, art in the community and studio art-making. Campers take the lead in these exploratory programs to discover the world around them through art activities, exercises and projects related to specific themes as outlined in the class description.

A full week camp includes:

  • A Gallery Educator to lead the camp plus a volunteer
  • Warm up activities and games
  • Gallery explorations
  • Lunch time and snack breaks
  • Outdoor excursions
  • Studio projects and art-making in a range of mediums and styles

Where do I drop off and pick up my child?

Campers must be dropped off and picked up in AGA’s education studios, located in the Singhmar Centre for Art Education on the lower level. To access the lower level of the AGA, take the elevator from the main level down one floor.

An AGA representative will be available to assist with signing in and out of your child.

To ensure safety, all campers under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during drop off and pick up.

What is time do camps begin and end?

Camp starts promptly at 9:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm.

Can I drop my child off early?

Due to security reasons and educator prep time, drop off time begins at 8:45 am

Where can I park near the gallery?

There are multiple, free 2 hour parking zones on 102 A Ave in front of the AGA and surrounding area. (Note there is 2 hour paid parking on 99 St NW on the side of the street closes to AGA/Zinc Restaurant). In addition, there are several parkades near the Downtown Arts District: 

City Hall Parkade
1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Open 6am to 1am daily
Entrance on 99 Street
Metered parkade. Change machines on site.
*no charge on statutory holidays

Library Parkade
10165 – 100 Street
Open 24/7
Entrance on 99 Street (Citadel) & 100 Street
*no charge on statutory holidays

Canada Place Parkade
9700 Jasper Avenue
Open 6am to 10 pm
Entrance on 97 Street (north of Jasper Avenue)

Updated traffic and street closure information can be found at www.edmonton.ca/transportation.

Public Transit

The Art Gallery of Alberta (lower level) is directly accessible via the Churchill Square LRT Station. Multiple bus routes stop near Sir Winston Churchill Square. Please consult the Edmonton Transit System route planner and route schedules/maps for more information.

Where can I get more information?

One week prior to camp, we send a parent package out, along with a waiver and a photo release form. In the package you may expect:

  • Dates and times of off-site excursions (if applicable)
  • Biographies of the educators and guest artists
  • Additional information pertaining to your camp

Alternatively, you may contact Dara Armsden, Head of Education & Learning at dara.armsden@youraga.ca or 780.392.2478 for assistance.

What should my child bring/wear to camp?

Please pack a bagged lunch, snacks and water bottle for your child daily.

There are aprons and smocks provided, but these are not always fail-safe. For that reason, we advise that your child wear clothing that can get ‘arty’ and comfortable shoes. In addition, always pack weather appropriate gear (hat, sun screen, rain jacket etc.) for times when we head out-of-doors. An extra set of clothes is recommended but optional.

What do meal times entail?

We have 2 snack breaks and an hour lunch breaks during the day. Please pack a bagged lunch with snacks, which are non-microwavable and nut-free. Don’t forget a refillable water bottle.

Please note that children will not be permitted to leave the camp for lunch and are expected to eat lunch with the group. Lunch may include a visit to Churchill Square or other indoor/ outdoor areas around the Art Gallery of Alberta.

What is the child to instructor ratio for ArtBreak Camps?

While in the AGA and surrounding area, the supervision ratio is approximately 10 students to 1 adult supervisor. Some ArtBreak Camps include off-site excursions; in that case, the ratio is approximately 6 students to 1 adult supervisor.

What are excursions?

  • All camps will have some outdoor adventures. They may spend some time outside the doors of the AGA in the surrounding area.
  • Some excursions might be around the Art District (on-site), others might be to some of Edmonton’s main attractions (off-site).
  • We will travel by foot, charter bus or ETS. All transportation is already included in the camp fees.
  • All information pertaining to off-site excursions can be found in the Parent Package that is emailed out 1 week before the commencement of camp.

I received an invitation for the End of Summer Exhibition. Can you tell me more about it?

In an effort to share and celebrate the artistic achievements of our summer campers, a selection of their art work is displayed in the TD Education Gallery at the close of camp in August. A reception is scheduled on the last Thursday of the month (August) beginning at 4pm. Campers and their families are invited to view the artworks on display and celebrate the achievements of their young artists. During the reception, refreshments will be served.

For the duration of the exhibition, anyone can view the exhibition for FREE during gallery hours. 

Hours

Monday: closed
Tuesday: 11 am-8 pm
Wednesday: 11 am-8 pm
Thursday: 11 am-5 pm
Friday: 11 am-5 pm
Saturday: 10 am-5 pm
Sunday: 10 am-5 pm

Admission

Every Tues and Wed 5-8 pm - FREE

AGA members
FREE
Youth 0-17
FREE
Alberta students 18+
FREE
Out-of-province students
$8.50
General admission
$12.50
Seniors 65+
$8.50

Location

2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T5J 2C1

780.425.5379
info@youraga.ca

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