Prepare your class for their visit to the AGA
What can I do to prepare my class for our visit at the AGA?
Make the most of your visit to the Gallery by preparing your students for what they will see and talk about. Ensure that students understand the behaviour that is expected of them.
How many chaperones are needed for our AGA visit and what will be expected of them?
As a general guideline, the AGA recommends bringing 1 adult for every 6 students in elementary school (in addition to the classroom teacher), and 1 adult for every 10 students in junior high or high school. The adult volunteers will be responsible for student supervision and ensuring that the students follow the Gallery Expectations. For Studio Programs, adult volunteers may also be asked to help with studio tasks.
What can I do to prepare the chaperones for their role at the gallery?
Ensure that all group supervisors are aware that their role is to support the students’ learning. They can do this by:
- Setting a good example and following the visitor guidelines
- Allowing Gallery staff to lead the program without interruption
- Supervising children and ensuring that the group stays together
How can I obtain Teacher Resources?
For additional content questions or specific resource inquiries, please contact Dara Armsden, Head of Education & Learning
What to expect
Will a general visit of all the current AGA exhibitions be included within our tour?
Whether you book a Gallery Visit or a Studio Project, your class will have an opportunity to visit current Gallery exhibitions. General information about the AGA and the building is included in each thematic Gallery Visit. Educators can answer any additional questions that are not focused on during the tour. Studio Projects include a brief Gallery visit to explore work that connects specifically to the Project. Teachers are welcome to explore the Gallery with their students independently if time allows.
Is there nudity in the exhibitions?
In many exhibitions, especially those with historical content, the theme of the nude may be part of the artwork. The nude is not a focus in School Programs. If there is any graphic nudity, these spaces are avoided in our School Programs. Teacher will be made aware if there is a lot of nudity in any exhibitions and all teachers are encouraged to preview the exhibitions if they have any concerns.
What to bring
What should my students bring?
Students are not required to bring any classroom supplies with them. Pencils, sketch-boards and paper are provided. All studio materials are included in the Studio Projects. Sketchbooks are always welcome but not necessary. For Full Day Experiences, students should bring a bagged lunch and a re-fillable water container. There are no water fountains at the AGA. Students should also bring an open mind and a positive attitude!
What objects are prohibited within the gallery spaces?
Large bags and backpacks, umbrellas, food and drinks, are not permitted in the Gallery spaces. Please review our visit guidelines for more information.
What kinds of services do you offer for special needs students?
The AGA facilities are equipped to welcome all guests and Educators are trained to differentiate instruction for all students. The AGA is wheelchair accessible and has wheelchairs if needed, available on a first-come, first-served basis at the main level Members & Guest Services Desk. Students in wheelchairs can enter with their class, through the main entrance using the ramp. For specific comments or questions concerning students with special needs, please let us know when booking your School Program.
Is drawing permitted in the gallery spaces?
Not only is drawing allowed in gallery spaces, it is highly encouraged. Students will be given a sketch-board for their visit to the gallery, and they will be expected to participate in sketching activities.
Can I (the teacher) give my students a guided tour?
All School Programs include Gallery admission for your groups. If you would like to remain after your program with your students, please confirm upon booking your program with the Education Business Manager. Self-guided visits are subject to capacity and can only be booked with a School Program.
Are lunch facilities available at the AGA?
The AGA has some lunch facilities that must be booked ahead for use. These facilities are located in the studios and theatre lobby and are free of charge. All Full Day Experiences and Art Apprenticeship Programs include use of the lunch facilities automatically. In addition to our lunch facilities, there are several places surrounding the AGA, including Sir Winston Churchill Square and City Hall, that can be used to eat lunch, weather permitting.
What if I want more information or would like to speak to someone about my tour?
For information about School Program objectives and content, please contact the Head of Education & Learning. For information about prices, bookings or general inquiries contact please contact the Education Business Manager.
Arriving at the gallery
How do we get to the Art Gallery of Alberta?
The AGA is located at 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, AB.
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Is there parking at the AGA? Where should the bus drop us off?
While there is no parking offered by the AGA, there are nearby parkades that are available with hourly rates, such as the City Hall parkade. Buses can stop and unload students in the loading zones located on either side of the AGA Front Entrance on 102A Avenue or 99 Street.
What entrance should school groups use?
All school groups can enter through the Front Entrance located on the corner of 102A Avenue and 99 Street (facing Sir Winston Churchill Square). Upon entering the AGA, please move your group into the Atrium to avoid blocking the doors. The lead teacher can then approach the Members & Guest Services Desk to let them know your group has arrived. A Gallery Educator will meet you and bring your group to the Singhmar Centre for Art Education.
Is there a secure place we can store our bags, cell phones, cameras, umbrellas, food or water bottles?
School Programs begin in the Singhmar Centre for Art Education located on the Lower Level of the AGA. The Centre has studio spaces and coat rooms where all personal belongings can be left. Although these spaces are secure, teachers and students are encouraged to leave all valuables at school or at home.