Hands-On Centre

At The Dr. Mariano Elia Hands-On Centre, you'll find art-making and creative play activities for the whole family, from our youngest learner on up! There's lots to do in the Hands-On Centre: from art-making and constructing to storytelling and costume play. You might even make a new friend! Explore and create with a variety of art-making materials and projects. Our exhibition and collections based programs change frequently, and our team of Facilitators is here to support creative family learning time together.

This Summer, art-making projects are inspired by Brian Jungen: Friendship Centre. Using athletic gear, Jungen's works bridge the gap between indigenous and mass cultures, exploring issues of consumerism, pop culture and the history of Western art, while bringing attention to the way professional sports fill a need for ceremony within the world. Visitors will be making their own pair of shoes! Each person wears shoes that are very individual to their own tastes - for kids, they are an essential part of what they wear; expressive and fun! Visitors can create either a 3-D pair of shoes, or a 2-D pair of shoes that are collaged or coloured and hang them on the telephone wire window display.

Our Dr. Mariano Elia Hands-On Centre also includes an art installation, Doors in the Deep, by Labspace Studio. The installation showcases animals seen in artwork throughout the AGO that you can find using our new Arty Animals family self-guided tour (find it at the Art Carts or the Dr. Mariano Elia Hands-On Centre).

Located on the concourse level of the Gallery in the Weston Family Learning Centre.

Admission to the Hands-On Centre is included in your General Admission ticket, or free unlimited admission with your family membership. *Please note that adult supervision of children in the centre is required at all times.

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