Courses for Children and Youth

Spring courses on sale now! 

The AGO offers courses and workshops in a fun and supportive environment encouraging young artists (ages 2-18) the freedom to explore their potential, build confidence, and develop artmaking and critical thinking skills. Students have the unique opportunity to learn from Artist Instructors, who are dedicated educators and practicing studio artists. Our approach to art instruction is student led and focuses on traditional and contemporary artmaking techniques and concepts. This learning is supported by strong connections to artwork in the AGO Collection and special exhibitions.

Coming this Spring:

For Families
Try a Side-by-Side course in which you and your child explore and make together. 

For Children
We have painting, life drawing, drawing explorations and cartooning to deepen your child's observational and creative skills among an intimate group of peers.

For Youth 
Life Drawing is an essential technical and observational skill recommended for any foundational studio programs and for those interested in pursuing careers in the creative arts. 

Check out more of our family fun programming at the AGO.

Making Together

Painting Together: Exploring Pop Art ONLINE

Ages 6 - 10 with an Adult

Saturdays May 8th - June 5th 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Instructor: Amanda Arcuri

Members $190 / General Public $220 (5 Weeks)

This 5 week course explores the playfulness and ideas of Pop Art. Pop Art draws from all the images and ideas that we see around us, including on the internet and TV.  The artists who started the Pop Art Movement, including Claes Oldenburg, Andy Warhol, and Roy Lichtenstein, created fun artworks like giant hamburgers, stacks of soup cans and comic book style paintings. Students will create artworks that are inspired by familiar imagery or memes sourced from the internet, television and other forms.

Students to supply their own materials. 

Terms and Conditions of Participation in Online Courses.

Week 1: Introduction of the genre Pop Art through painting and printmaking: repetition of popular and common items.

Week 2: Text and food as your subject. Techniques in painting on a smooth surface with flat colours. Getting inspiration from advertisements.

Week 3: Comic Books and halftone: dots...lots of dots! Inspired by comic books, dancing and line drawing. 

Week 4: Collage and Painting with Stencils. Looking at other ways to include popular images in our paintings.

Week 5: The Pop Art Portrait: Using pattern and bright colour to create a self portrait that pops, using a photograph as our source image.

MATERIAL LIST

Mixed media paper or Bristol paper pad (something heavier weight that we can paint on, but is mostly smooth),9” x 12” or similar.

A pencil and eraser

Permanent markers

Bright coloured paints like Acrylic or Tempera paint set with pallet (not watercolours)

Smooth brushes, a few sizes of your choice and one larger brushcrayons or oil pastels

2 – 3 sheets of kids craft foam sheets or Styrofoam plates

Scissors and glue stick

Ballpoint pen. 

Q-tips

Ruler

Some sheets from magazines or printed-out images

Thin cardboard (cereal/cracker boxes work well); 3 – 6 boxes

Photograph of yourself, either on a screen or printed out for Week 5

Optional: Tissue paper and coloured paper

Note: At times the adult student and child student may work together on the same piece, but often they will work on their individual works. Please have enough paper, pencils, markers and brushes for both students. Paints can also be shared.

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Side By Side Online

Ages 4-6 with an Adult

Saturdays 10:00am - 11:00am
May 8th - June 5th (5 weeks)

Instructor: Olia Mishchenko

Members $190 / General Public $220 (5 weeks)

Have fun getting creative, learning about the AGO collection, and making art alongside your young artist. In this online course, children with an adult caregiver will explore exciting artmaking techniques and learn how to reinvent art materials while working on individual and shared projects.

This class is programmed for 1 adult and 1 child to take together. 

Terms and Conditions of Participation in Online Courses.

Classes are subject to cancellation three days before the start of the course

Students to provide their own materials

Week 1: Magical abstract drawing construction. We will turn our drawings of shapes, lines and colours, into 3D constructions, inspired by the vibrant and playful work of Joan Miró.

Week 2: Yayoi Kusama-inspired Plasticine garden. We will make a 3-D relief picture by shaping Plasticine into spheres and coils.

Week 3: Hand-print creatures and texture painted papers. Get messy this week: paint, draw, create shapes and textures, blend colours. Make room for the artworks to dry and to clean up at the end.

Week 4: Inspired collage, shapes and compositions: Use the texture papers you created and make shapes and compositions from them. Collage artwork of a insect, bird, fish or animal of your choice, inspired by the beautiful illustrations by Eric Carle and artwork by Kenojuak Ashevak. 

Week 5: Paper pop-up sculpture; 3-D park construction inspired by Alexander Calder.

We will combine drawings with 3-D constructing to create an imaginary play park.

MATERIAL LIST

Pencil HB or 2B

Large paper 12” x 18”, 1 per participant

Construction paper – variety of colours, 9” x 12”, 20 sheets or 1 pad

Stiff white paper (cardstock or similar) 8.5” x 11”, 18 sheets

Finger paint set – 6 colours

Finger paint pad (12” x18” or similar)

Paintbrushes  –  1 small and 1 large

Regular pencil 2B or HB

Plasticine – a set, or separate blocks – yellow, red, green (aprroximately a  small apple size amount of each colour for each person)

Markers set

Wax crayons set

Scissors, glue stick

Pipe cleaners – assorted colours 10

Optional – oil pastels if you already have them

Additional household items that will be useful:

Newspapers or kraft paper to use to protect areas when painting.

Cardboard rectangles or cut up cereal boxes – save and reuse.

Bubble wrap pieces, sponge pieces, popsicle sticks, Q-tips,

Wax paper sheets (or a bit of wax paper from a roll)

Plastic food wrap film – (cling wrap) for painting activities

Pen caps or small cylindrical objects, plastic or metal fork to create texture.

Some yarn

Paper plate and paper cup

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Art Education Policies

Policies

Please read the following policies when you prepare your registration to AGO Education courses and camps.

  • Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and is limited to space restrictions.
  • Advance registration is recommended for all programs.
  • Registration is confirmed only upon receipt of payment.
  • All registration is subject to availability.
  • All programs, prices and instructors are subject to change without notice.
  • The AGO has the right to remove students from classes. (remove if they are disruptive).

Withdrawals and Refunds

Courses

  • Refunds are available in full 5 days before the start of the first class, minus a $15 administration fee.
  • For all courses a withdrawal is allowed before the start of the second class, minus a $50 administration fee.
  • Withdrawals after the start of the second class are non-refundable.
  • One day workshops are non-refundable. 
  • Absence does not constitute a withdrawal.
  • Courses are not transferable.
  • Withdrawal requests must be done by email through the Contact Centre at contactus@ago.ca.

Cancellation of Classes

  • To ensure that we are able to run your preferred classes, we recommend that you enroll at least two weeks prior to the commencement of the program.
  • In the event of course cancellation, registrants will be notified 3 days prior to the scheduled commencement of the course and a full refund will be given.

Accessibility

The AGO is committed to providing a welcoming and accessible destination and workplace. We embrace the principles of dignity, independence, integration and equal opportunity to serve our visitors, staff and volunteers, and our community at large.

Read about our Commitment to Accessibility, our Customer Service Policies for visitors with disabilities, and our Multi-Year Accessibility Plan.

Please let us know how we may assist you.

Scents

In consideration of those in the Gallery School who may have allergies and chemical sensitivities, please refrain from wearing cologne, perfume or other scented products.

Photography, Motion Picture, and Video Consent

Your registration ticket constitutes acknowledgement of willingness to appear in promotional photographs, motion pictures and videos taken in public areas of the Gallery and releases the Art Gallery of Ontario from liability resulting from use of such photographs, motion pictures or videos

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