Fashioned after a maker space or fab lab, Atelier is a creation space for you to explore, experiment and problem-solve. Use analog and digital animation techniques to make simple animations, build sets and record your story.
How many times have you heard that at a museum or art gallery? Why is touching artwork not allowed? What other factors might affect the lifecycle of an artwork? Join us in a tactile investigation of these art conservation questions.
Celebrate your own uniqueness and individuality this weekend! Experiment with art materials, mirrors, projections and found objects to create a self-portrait and identity map that documents who you are right now.
View the AGA’s prized Shiva alongside a selection of historical Asian sculptures before joining us in the atrium to create your own 3D work of art. Using both additive and reductive strategies, investigate the possibilities of creating art in the round.
Be inspired by featured artist Divya Mehra and re-create a special landmark in an unexpected material. Using found materials, plasticine and folded paper, create a variety of sculpture and installation experiments, leading up to your final architectural masterpiece.
Landscape as a personal place, not as geography or vista, is a theme explored in LandMark: A New Acquisition Project. View this exhibit and make art that is about your lived experience. Using fabrics, yarns, organic objects and felting, tell your own ‘landscape’ story.
Inspired by the Sun! Li Salay, means “the sun” in Michif, the language of the Mètis in Canada. Celebrate Mètis artists by viewing this exhibition, and be inspired by the diversity of materials and methods used. Then, invent new textures and images by drawing in charcoal, and using multi-media and re-used industrial materials in a collographic print.
Are you living in art? Explore the exhibition Hubert Hohn: Edmonton Entrances and Suburban Landscapes and see Edmonton’s domestic architecture in a new way. Then, join us in drawing, painting in tempera, and creating a multimedia vision of home to take away. Creating detail, variety and pattern will be our focus.
Are there shapes in painting? What kinds of shapes? The William Townsend exhibition depicts local Edmonton and Alberta scenes in bold simple shapes and tinted colours. In his artwork, abstract shapes become recognisable scenes and vise-versa! Have fun with painting and drawing, colour mixing, and collage techniques to create ‘shapely’ scenes of your own!
Do you have a favourite word? A phrase you would love to see and hear, again and again? Explore creating text in textile! Amy Malbeuf, a Metis artist in the exhibition WordMark: A New Chapter Acquisition Project, explores words and phrases in Cree, English, and Michif using traditional crafts. Learn the traditional craft practises of stitchery, cloth, thread and felting, and make your own art/craft piece!
In Alberta, we extract and harvest resources, produce materials and use them in various ways. Artist Peter von Tiesenhausen uses re-purposed materials in his artworks. Explore this process and experiment by making and building your own artworks with unconventional materials. The landscape of Alberta has been the main source of inspiration for this artist. Drawing from your own thoughts and feelings about Alberta, make something new out of something re-purposed!
What is a home? What does it mean to you? Has your home changed due to immigration, economic or political change? Challenge your pre-conceived notions and explore Turbulent Landings: The NGC 2017 Canadian Biennial which features art from Canada and around the world. Join us in a conversation on identity, storytelling and activism and create your own mixed-media story, handmade journals and more!
Where do you belong? What places hold special meaning to you? Faye Heavyshield’s exhibition Calling Stones (Conversations) is heavily inspired by her upbringing in southern Alberta, its landscape, and its rich history. Join us in creating pieces to celebrate our own special places by learning about landscapes and relief sculptures, abstract art and emotional connections to place.
What is a culture? How do you express your beliefs, values, traditions, and heritage? Come celebrate Alberta Culture Days at the AGA! Explore current exhibitions to discover more about Alberta’s history and diverse society. Then share your own story through unique drawing, painting and multi-media techniques – create postcards, sculptures and more!
What mark do YOU want to leave? Andy Warhol was a master of the screen-printing technique. Be inspired by the exhibition Gretzky is Everywhere, which features portraits of Gretzky by this famous pop artist, and then join us in making your very own print factory. Try out different kinds of printmaking materials, make your own hand-printed zine – the possibilities are endless!
Expand your experience of Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal’s Akhop: A Blanket, as featured in for the time being: 2017 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art. Learn about the sacred medicines and family gifts Cardinal used to hand-make her paper. Guided by Cardinal, create your own paper-based art project.
Taking inspiration from maker spaces, fab labs and artist’s studios, the BMO World of Creativity: Atelier is a dedicated creation space for families to explore what Canada means to them. Explore the creative possibilities before heading back to the atrium for a pop-up maker space. Make a button, sew a badge or build a drawing machine. Experimentation is the key and the sky is the limit!
Past Imperfect: A Canadian HistoryProject examines moments in Canadian history found in our permanent collection. But something is missing…can you help us out? Add your story to our timeline while exploring a variety of storytelling formats. Record a story, illustrate it with images or just sit back and listen to a story.