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The Art Gallery of Alberta respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 Territory, the traditional land of diverse Indigenous peoples including the Cree, Nitsitapi/Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway/Saulteaux/Anishinaabe. We also acknowledge all of the Indigenous, Inuit and Métis peoples who make Alberta their home today.

Program descriptions

In-Person Tours

Join us in-Gallery for close looking and thoughtful reflections. Each tour is 90-minutes in length.

Tiny Art Adventures (K-Gr.1)

This interactive visit introduces young students to art and the museum through age-appropriate multi-sensory investigations and art activities. Students examine how artists use the elements of art (a visual vocabulary or alphabet) to create meaning in their work.

Artist as Storyteller (Gr. 2-6)

Through multi-sensory discovery and play, students explore the connection between visual and written texts, including strategies for interacting with art, and the development of creative narratives in response to visual imagery. This thematic visit includes brainstorming, story sequencing and oral storytelling activities.

Learning to Look (Gr. 2-12)

Students explore the art and architecture of the AGA to practice close-looking and observation strategies while strengthening their visual literacy and visual thinking skills. This program introduces multiple ways of looking at art while focusing on how students can connect art and ideas to their own lives and experiences.

Edmonton Art Club (Gr. 1-6)

Delve into the history of the Edmonton Art Club, their significance in the city, and in the province, and the benefits of community connection. This program introduces students to strategies for analysing landscapes, both formally and conceptually as well as the way landscape art contributes to a sense of community and identity, and begins to relate ideas of identity and topography together.

Science of Museums (Gr. 4-6)

Art and science connect in this inquiry-based program. Students investigate art and the art museum using artistic innovation, curatorial design, architecture and art conservation. In a variety of open-ended exercises, students will better understand the relationship between these two disciplines.

Art Beyond Borders (Gr. 7-12)

Students explore art through a variety of contextual lenses including historical, geographical and cultural to identify how art and images change across cultures and throughout time. This program explores the concept of ‘worldview’ challenging students to consider their personal worldview, the worldview of the artist or curator and how artwork can both influence or be influenced by worldview.

NEW! ROYGBIV (Gr. 7-12)

This program examines colour as a design tool, used to influence our choices within different aspects of infrastructure & architecture; the way that colour can be used to manipulate behaviour; and the ethics of those choices. Students will consider how our unconscious environments have been manipulated to promote certain acceptable behaviour without our knowing and how these design strategies might instead be used to create more inclusive community focused spaces.

Art Texts (Gr. 10-12)

Students will investigate a range of texts within current exhibitions including written, visual and multi-media to develop and practice critical viewing strategies and skills. Through group discussion and creative writing exercises, students will connect their personal experiences to concepts present in the artwork while learning and expanding upon alternative viewpoints and contributions.

Virtual Conversations

These 30-min artful conversations are facilitated online through Google Meet or Microsoft TEAMS.

Art & Music (Kinders)

Investigate BIG IDEAS through colour, music, mood and imagination. In this session for Kinders, students use their senses and body expression to examine how artists share their thoughts about the world around them.

NEW! Art Collection Adventure (K-3)

The AGA has over 6,000 objects in our collection. In this session, students get a behind-the-scene look at how we store ALL of that art while uncovering a few gems hidden in our vaults.

Art in My Neighbourhood (Gr. 1-3)

A celebration of public art in the city and local artists in the AGA collection. Students explore how landscape and geography inform the type of art that is made and how it holds meaning for a community.

Indigenous Artists in the Collection (Gr. 4-6)

Shining a light on Indigenous artists in the AGA Collection, students investigate the art practices of celebrated icons Jane Ash Poitras, Alex Janvier, Brian Jungen and Dana Claxton.

Creative Homesteads (Gr. 4-6)

What features make up a home? What is the difference between a home and a house? How will we define the home in the future? Join us for an exploration of the Alberta homestead both past and present in current exhibitions and in our collection. 

Art & Identity (Gr. 7-9)

Students investigate personal expression, what factors contribute to our identities and how artists from the past and present grapple with concepts of identity, likeness and otherness in individual and collective contexts.

Through the Lens (Gr. 7-9)

Students examine the photographs of artists Edward Burtynsky and Tanya Harnett to discover how each artist/photographer relates to the land and environment through their unique perspective.

New Acquisitions (gr. 10-12)

As a collecting museum, the AGA has a holding of over 6,000 art objects. In this session, students learn about how artworks are obtained, how they are conserved and get a first look at our newest acquisitions.

Virtual Studios

These 60-minute online sessions include discussions and art-making activities. These programs are facilitated on Google Meet or Microsoft TEAMS

Layered Landscapes (Gr. 1-3)

Landscapes have long captivated artists and viewers alike. This session introduces students to the basics of landscape composition and invites them to create a one-of-a-kind layered painting.

Artists for a Better World (Gr. 4-6)

Artists are in a unique position to understand the injustices of the world and use their art as a platform to speak out for the ideas they believe in. Students will look at artist/activists in the AGA collection before creating a poster or zine about a social justice topic they feel strongly about.

Barn Skull (Gr. 7-9)

Students are introduced to artist Jude Griebel through Barn Skull, a large-scale anthropomorphic barn that playfully contemplates the past and future of rural communities. Students will create their own anthropomorphic portrait inspired by their own experiences of our vastly changing world.

Sketchbook Retreat (Gr. 10-12)

These sessions begin with a look at two contemporary artists from current exhibitions and/or from the AGA Collection. Students are invited to participate in fun and informal conversations about the art while drawing in their sketchbooks.

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Hours

Monday: closed
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 11am-5pm
Thursday: 11am-7pm
Friday: 11am-5pm
Saturday: 11am-5pm
Sunday: 11am-5pm

Admission

AGA members
FREE
Youth 0-17
FREE
Alberta students 18+
FREE
Out-of-province students
$10
General admission
$14
Seniors 65+
$10

Location

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

780.422.6223
info@youraga.ca

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The Art Gallery of Alberta respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 Territory, the traditional land of diverse Indigenous peoples including the Cree, Nitsitapi/Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway/Saulteaux/Anishinaabe. We also acknowledge all of the Indigenous, Inuit and Métis peoples who make Alberta their home today.