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Clay Insect Sculptures
Love them or leave them - insects are all around us! Check out our newest insect-inspired art activity. Using paper clay, wire and a few wooden pieces, you can create your own swarm or nest (group) of brilliant bugs!
Courtesy of Helen Zhang
Mother's Day Card
Send a unique greeting to someone special this Mother’s Day! In a few easy & creative steps, your mom will be delighted to receive a digital postcard designed by you! Get started here.
Inspired by the life and work of landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, we invite you to explore the art of gardening and the endless inspiration that comes from the growing season. Start with a DIY greenhouse and end with a carefully designed garden to observe, create and draw from. Start your garden here.
Gather some oil pastels or crayons, watercolour paper, watercolour paints, a brush, rinse water, scissors and glue to create an artwork inspired by a Ukrainian Easter tradition. Pysanka are richly decorated eggs inscribed using a wax resist technique and hold a special meaning of hope, new life & prosperity. Our activity pays homage to this tradition by exploring the wax resist technique on paper and then, we cut and paste our decorated sheets to create a collage:
- Using your oil pastels or crayons, fill your watercolour paper with lines, shapes and textures
- Mix up your favourite colours and paint all over the oil pastel. Watch as the oil resists the paint like magic! Repeat steps one and two until you have a few sheets
- Allow to dry and then cut your decorated paper into shapes (eggs, bunnies, flower petals, whatever the season inspires!)
- Play with composition (the placement of your shapes) before gluing everything down to complete your artwork
The Northern Lights
The Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, inspired AGA architect Randall Stout in his design of the building. Can you guess which element that was? Create your own Northern Lights-inspired artwork using black or dark blue construction paper, chalk pastel, card stock, scissors and an old toothbrush.
- Cut a wavy line through your cardstock with scissors; this is your stencil
- Colour the stencil with chalk pastel and place it on your construction paper
- Use the toothbrush to transfer the chalk from the stencil to the paper in sweeping strokes
- Repeat and layer with different colours, making more than one image to create the illusion of movement
- Use a stop motion app to create your own video and share it with us using #AGAcreate!
Photo by H. Zhang
Photo by H. Zhang
Photo by H. Zhang
Design your day with a bullet journal! Bullet journaling is an artful way to organize your daily activities, thoughts and habits. Starting out as blank pages, bullet journals offer endless creative possibilities and personal customizations depending on your chosen theme and passions. It’s also a great way to use up scraps and doodles from your previous art-making ventures! Grab a notebook and some markers and experiment with a range of mediums and materials to add different textures and colours to your journal. Rip up some scrap paper, add colorful tape and stickers, cut out illustrations, put your old markers to use, practice hand lettering—the sky is the limit! Try it out and tag us with #AGAcreate.
Edmonton Entrances colouring pages
In 1974, Hubert Hohn undertook a comprehensive project entitled Edmonton Entrances, in which he photographed the decorated doorways of the 1940s and 1950s fieldstone and stucco bungalows that popped up around Edmonton. Here you will find six images inspired by his photographs that you can print and colour at home:
Hubert Hohn: Edmonton Entrances and Suburban Landscapes was organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta and presented by PCL Construction as a part of the Poole Centre of Design in 2018.
Melted crayon creations
FOR KIDS (& their helpers): While colouring with crayons can give your art a unique look and texture, melting them is another fun way to create a masterpiece.
You’re going to need: a couple peeled crayons, a sharpener, a piece of cardstock or paper, wax paper, an old rag or cloth, an optional tool (ex. toothpick, paper clip, pencil), and something to cover the table with since things can get messy when working with melted crayons. You’ll also need an iron so make sure to ask a grownup for permission and help.
Before you begin, plug in your iron so it's ready when you are.
- Take your peeled crayons and sharpen them. Take the crayon flakes/shavings and set them aside.
- On your piece of cardstock/paper, place your crayon shavings where you would like.
- Using a piece of wax paper, cover your cardstock and crayon shavings. Place your old rag on top of the wax paper.
- With the help of a grownup, gently place your iron over top of the old rag. Be careful! The iron is hot!
- Remove the old rag and wax paper to unveil your beautiful piece of art!
- Optional Step: Using your tool, make scratches in the warm wax before it cools down too much! Make lines and circles and different shapes and form. This can help you make cool textures in your piece.
Show us your melted crayon creations by tagging us @youraga and using the hashtag #AGAcreate!
"Animal Architects" exhibition installation time-lapse
Ever wondered how an exhibition comes together? Watch this #ThrowbackThursday video as artist Jonathan Luckhurst and the AGA prep team work together to install our exhibition “Animal Architects” in the BMO World of Creativity. Animal Architects is inspired by the designed structures of insects, mammals and birds from around the world, and the evolution of these structures over time and space. While our Children’s Gallery is currently closed due to COVID-19, we hope to announce it’s re-opening soon! Thanks for your support. . . #youraga #artinstallation #exhibitioninstallation #agakids #agaeducation #animalarchitects @jonathanluckhurst