Courses for Children and Youth

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.

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

Every season, we offer projects inspired by artworks in the AGO Collection, including new acquisitions as well as special exhibitions where indicated. Instructors also develop personalized approaches to their teaching techniques focused on student interests and needs. Students are encouraged to discuss their learning goals with their instructor.

 


Making Together

Side By Side ONLINE

Ages 4-6 with an Adult

Saturdays 10 - 11 am
October 16 - November 6

Instructor: Olia Mishchenko

Members $175 / General Public $205 (4 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 art-making techniques and learn how to reinvent art materials while working on individual and shared projects.

WEEKLY OUTLINE

Week 1: Scene in Red and Blue. Inspired by the modern art works in the AGO collections and by some colourful characters, we will draw and work on a small 3-D scene, learning some plasticine/clay construction basics along the way.
Week 2: On My Head. In preparation for Fall and Winter holidays, we will learn sculptural paper techniques and will make a whimsical head dress to wear or to share. For inspiration we will discover some incredible Inuit artists in the AGO collection.
Week 3: Colourful Moods. This week we will do some basic printmaking with markers and will create a character whose moods and colours change.
Week 4: Pocket Universe. Today we will be making fun cards about lines and dots, exploring shapes and textures, and will make fun cards with surprising 3D effects.

STUDENT MATERIAL LIST

3D Materials and Adhesives

  • Plasticine (modelling clay): red, and blue, 1 block/1lbs/apple size piece of each. And, white, ½ block/lbs/apple size piece to share.
  • Pipe cleaner/chenille sticks: red and blue, several of each colour
  • Toothpicks, several
  • A plastic fork
  • Tape, masking tape
  • Glue stick
  • Bowl of water and small piece of sponge
  • Optional: rolling pin, hole punch

Mark-making and Planning Materials

  • Wax crayons
  • Oil pastels
  • Marker set: thick, thin or both, red and blue plus other colours
  • Ballpoint pen
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

Surfaces and Paper Materials

  • Colour cardstock (65-75lbs) of various colours 8.5 x 11 inch, approximately 50 sheets to share between adult and child. For example: office supply store: 80 sheets or 75 sheets, or discount craft store heavy construction paper (for example 48 sheets).
  • A piece of corrugated cardboard each, 9 x 9 inches
  • 5 sheets each Watercolour paper,  9 x 12 inch or similar
  • A Styrofoam sheet or flat Styrofoam piece at least 4 x 6 inches. Product name:Scratch-foam board (Or cut out of the flat part of a grocery, take-out, tray, or plate)

These are the recommended materials for this course. All sizes are approximate. On your first day of class, your instructor may recommend additional optional materials. Our Instructor’s will do their best to accommodate alternative materials whenever possible. 

Some suggested retailers for purchasing your art materials:
Aboveground Art Supplies (discount code: AGOSTUDENT10), Curry’s, DeSerres, Gwartzman’s, Michaels, or any other art supply or discount craft store.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, delays are very possible.

Please review the Terms and Conditions of Participation for course experience optimization.

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Painting Together: Exploring Blue ONLINE

Ages 6-10 with an Adult

Saturdays  3:30 - 5 pm
October 16 - November 6

Instructor: Amanda Arcuri

Members $175 / General Public $205 (4 weeks)

How many different ideas can we dive into with one colour? Inspired by Picasso: Painting the Blue Period, and Matthew Wong: Blue View, we consider the paintings of these two artists and their use of cool colours, with a focus on the colour blue. Exploring colour theory, light, and various shades and tones of blue, we will create paintings that reflect a range of moods and feelings. Create collaborative artworks or work alongside each other to learn new techniques together.

WEEKLY OUTLINE

Week 1: Have You Ever Had it Blue: Exploring shades, tones, and colour mixing inspired by Picasso.
Week 2: Orange Crush: Thinking of complimentary colours we create a still life through collage and drawing from observation.
Week 3: At the Feet of the Moon: Inspired by Matthew Wong’s art we think of moonlight and create a mysterious night scene using pastel resists.
Week 4: November Rain: Thinking about water and reflections we create an outdoor scene that captures the wonder of water.

STUDENT MATERIAL LIST

Ideally each child and adult would have a set of their own materials to work side by side:

●    Paint set: Tempera or acrylic: blue, red, yellow, white, black, 60 ml or similar
●    Brushes: At least one for tempera and one for the watercolours (that makes a nice point)

●    Palettes: A foam or plastic plate or tray, white is ideal. (Alternative - any flat stiff surface covered with wax paper or aluminum foil)
●    Watercolour paint set
●    Container for rinsing brushes
●    Painting rags or paper towel
●    10 sheets of mixed media paper each, 9 x 12 inch or similar (Alternative: watercolour paper, anything that will hold paint)
●    Oil pastel set, for example Mungyo, white is needed. (Alternative: crayons)
●    Black permanent marker
●    Scissors
●    Glue
●    Tape
●    Pencil and eraser
●    Suitable place to work and place wet paintings

Optional: Scrap patterned fabric, pencil crayons, markers, coloured papers.

These are the recommended materials for this course. All sizes are approximate. On your first day of class, your instructor may recommend additional optional materials. Our Instructor’s will do their best to accommodate alternative materials whenever possible. 

Some suggested retailers for purchasing your art materials:
Aboveground Art Supplies (discount code: AGOSTUDENT10), Curry’s, DeSerres, Gwartzman’s, Michaels, or any other art supply or discount craft store.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, delays are very possible.

Please review the Terms and Conditions of Participation for course experience optimization.

REGISTER NOW

 

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Art Education Policies - courses

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.

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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.

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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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