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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

students in gallery

 

Online Presentations

107 VOICES

Delving into the enduring legacy of the Group of Seven, this virtual tour engages students to reflect on what a Canadian identity is, how it has changed over time and how their unique voices contribute to a diverse landscape 100 years later. 

Border Crossing: An exploration of the 2020 Biennial of Contemporary Art

Students examine the ideas of borders & boundaries in the physical, geographical and political sense as seen through the eyes of contemporary artists featured in this year’s biennial. Students will participate in discussion, sketching and close-looking activities to explore fully the following curatorial prompts: What is a border? What does it mean to cross a border? What does it mean to have a border cross you? Why are some borders prioritized over others? What are the borders we cross every day without realizing it?

Mobile Studios

teens drawing in galleryPlay on Architecture

This program engages students in the design process through close examination of the art and architecture of the AGA. In gallery and in the studio, students compare & contrast architectural elements, identify construction methods and design features, employ design-thinking strategies and create their own 3D architectural sculpture using wood blocks.

My Place

Available in French and Spanish

Students explore the idea of ‘place’ and their own place in the world through storytelling, gallery explorations and a mixed-media sculpture project. Students investigate the basic elements of landscape art including foreground, mid-ground and background, and visit gallery spaces to discover how artists tell stories about ‘places’ in their artwork. In the studio, students work with a variety of materials to build their own 3-dimensional relief sculpture based on a place that is important to them.

Legacy Landscapes

Throughout this studio session, students explore the life and times of Canada’s most famous artists, their artistic vision of Canada and their complicated legacy 100 years after their formation. Students experiment with mixed-media materials to create a layered landscape painting inspired by their own understandings of Canadian and self-identity.  

Curating Collections

Students participate in curatorial exercises and study exhibition design in featured AGA collection exhibitions. In the studio, students identify personal artistic subject matter and themes, experiment with mixed media techniques, and finally, work within a framework to select, interpret, and then re-interpret their images as they develop a collective curatorial statement.

Exhibition Visits

Tiny Art Adventures (Pre-K-Grade 1)

Available in French and Spanish

Search, move, play and discover in this interactive & multi-sensory exploration of art and the museum. With a focus on early literacy, environmental awareness and creative expression, students investigate how artists use the elements of art (line, shape, colour and texture) to tell stories and create meaning in their work.

kids in galleryLearning to Look (Grades 2-12)

Available in French and Spanish

Students explore the art and architecture of the AGA to practice close-looking and observation strategies while strengthening their 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.

Artist as Storyteller (Grades 2-6)

Available in French and Spanish

Discover the art of storytelling and the connection between visual and written texts. This thematic visit includes multi-sensory, multi-level strategies such as brainstorming, story sequencing and oral storytelling activities to assist students in their understanding of art and to help them develop their capacity for creative narrative in response to visual imagery.

Art Beyond Borders (Grades 7-12)

Investigate how artists use the visual arts to communicate cultural influences and how artists have responded to the impact of major world events through their art over time. This program explores the idea of ‘worldview’ challenging students to consider the forces that shape their own ideas about the world, while examining multi-faceted points of view of artists from the past and present.

Art Texts (Grades 10-12)

Students explore a range of texts in current exhibitions to augment their critical viewing strategies and skills in a real world context. Through interpretation, discussion, creative writing exercises and reflection, students connect their personal experiences to concepts conveyed in featured artwork while learning how artists use codes, conventions and visual language to construct meaning in their artwork.

Studio Programs

Play on ArchitectureArtist painting

This program engages students in the design process through close examination of the art and architecture of the AGA. In gallery and in the studio, students compare & contrast architectural elements, identify construction methods and design features, employ design-thinking strategies and create their own 3D architectural sculpture using wood blocks.

Colour Play

Available in French and Spanish

Students explore their world through multi-sensory and experimental colour exercises. Starting in the studio, students combine, share and play to learn about colour mixing. Students then use their five senses to explore colour & mood in the Gallery spaces through searching games and movement activities. Back in the studio, students work in groups to create a large-scale mural inspired by different types of music.

Art Stories

Available in French and Spanish

This program highlights the connection of art and story in current exhibitions through visual literacy strategies, playful experimentation and creative expression. While considering visual storytelling elements, the role that art materials play in conveying ideas, the choices artists make in constructing a narrative, students gather inspiration for their own artistic exploration. In the studio, students produce a small watercolour and block print to illustrate their unique visual story.

My Place

Available in French and Spanish

Students explore the idea of ‘place’ and their own place in the world through storytelling, gallery explorations and a mixed-media sculpture project. Students investigate the basic elements of landscape art including foreground, mid-ground and background, and visit gallery spaces to discover how artists tell stories about ‘places’ in their artwork. In the studio, students work with a variety of materials to build their own three-dimensional relief sculpture based on a place that is important to them.

Curating Collections

Students participate in curatorial exercises and study exhibition design in featured AGA collection exhibitions. In the studio, students identify personal artistic subject matter and themes, experiment with mixed media techniques, and finally, work within a framework to select, interpret, and then re-interpret their images as they develop a collective curatorial statement.

Learning Capsules

Art & Math

This capsule contains videos, project ideas and collection works to assist teachers in planning lessons around the mathematical concepts of geometry, symmetry and patterns.

Art & Geography

This capsule contains videos, project ideas and collection connections to assist teachers in planning lessons themed on how geography shapes identity.

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Hours

Monday: closed
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: closed
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

780.425.5379
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.