Learning Resources for Everyone

Discover art making and learning activities that are inspired by artworks in our collection. Find the activity that suits your style and interest. Some are fun to do together or on one's own; others offer a means to slow down and enjoy colour and mark making at one's own speed and skill level; and others will provide new insights into familiar and less familiar work. Enjoy and share your work with us in the gallery below! Also check out Learning Resources for Teachers and Families.


Here is a selection of line drawing interpretations of artworks in the AGO collection. Use your imagination to reinterpret these works with new colours of your own.

Sharing a Bowl of Soup

Draw or colour your favourite meal!

This artwork is part of the exhibition Pablo Picasso: Painting the Blue Period (on view until January 16, 2022). While sketching is not permitted in the exhibition, please enjoy this activity card before or after you visit.

Dress Up!

We invite you to explore a drawing card inspired by the painting, Lady with the Orange Blossom.


AGO Makes: Inspired by the AGO Collection

Messages Everywhere

Let’s find letters, numbers, symbols and words repeating around us and shape them into a positive message using a collage technique!
(1 hour, 7 min video)

Paper Goes Pop

Using pop-up card tricks and other 3D paper-making secret recipes, let's create sculptures of soup cans, fruit, candy and cakes! Part of the Summer Pop! Week 1: Volume series.
(1 hour video)

Herschel Homework

Check out Herschel’s weekly art challenge for a chance to win great prizes. Grab and go on a camouflage art adventure!
(5 minute video)
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Camouflage like animals do!

Calling all cape-loving friends: join AGO art instructor Amanda Arcuri on an art-making mission to hide in plain view using nature-inspired colours.
(3 minute video)

Semi-transparent collage

Inspired by Sandra Brewster’s Blur wall work, AGO artist/instructor Amanda Arcuri invites you to create your own composition using a simple layering technique with see-through components.
(6 minute video)

Composition of Shoes

Inspired by Valérie Blass’s sculptural artwork, follow AGO artist/instructor Jim Hake and create your own composition using an array of shoes.
(7 minute video)

Boxes, Boxes, Boxes!

Watch illustrator Kim Smith bring characters to life as she reads from her book, Boxitects, and shows us how boxes of all shapes and sizes can lead to many creative adventures.
(49 minute video)

Folding Mobile Art

Inspired by Haegue Yang’s installation, Woven Currents – Confluence of Parallels (2020) at the AGO, artist-instructor Amanda Arcuri shows us how to create a hanging mobile that fills any room with movement, colour, pizazz, and a great conversation about art in intimate rooms or spaces.
(4 minute video)

3D Landscape

Watch AGO artist/instructor Melissa Pauw create a 3D landscape, inspired by Shuvinai Ashoona’s artwork called Composition (Cube). Grab a box, container, white gesso or paint, and your pencil crayons to make your own sculptural landscape.
(5 minute video)

Drawing Larger Than Life

Watch AGO Artist Instructor Amanda Arcuri create a drawing inspired by Annie Pootoogooks drawing Composition (Drawing of My Grandmother's Glasses). Find an object at home, grab a BIG sheet of paper and try drawing larger than life!
(5 minute video)

Watercolour Masks

Watch AGO Artist Instructor Amanda Arcuri create masks inspired by Beatrix Potter's stunning watercolour study of a bat. Grab some oil pastels or crayons, watercolour paints, get creative and transform yourself!
(6 minute video)

Tiny Floating Worlds

Watch AGO Artist Instructor Melissa Pauw create teeny tiny floating worlds using nothing but a plate, dry erase markers and some water. Create your own tiny drawings and watch them come to life!
(6 minute video)

Land Art

Get outside and use the land around you to create an awesome work of art! Sticks, rocks and fallen leaves become your materials and the land is your canvas. Watch AGO Artist Instructor Amanda Arcuri make land art in a park and at the beach. Where will you make your land art?
(6 minute video)

Hanging Flower Garden

Watch AGO Artist Instructor Melissa Pauw use strips of paper to create a beautiful hanging garden. Make loops, teardrops, swirls and zigzags. You can keep it simple, or go WILD and fill your home with flowers!
(4 minute video)

Body Sculpture

Get moving and turn your body into a living sculpture! Watch AGO Artist Instructor Amanda Arcuri use household objects to create sculptures that only exist while you get creative and strike a pose.
(5 minute video)

Play with Printmaking

Who likes stamps? We do! And we bet you'll love playing with printmaking too. Watch AGO Artist Instructor Melissa Pauw use household objects to create your very own art prints with your family and friends.
(9 minute video)

Stream-of-Consciousness Writing

Inspired by Paul Klee's Hard and Soft drawing, Paola Poetto, Director of Engagement & Learning takes a moment to relax her mind with a simple writing exercise using pencil on paper. 
(2 minute video)

Shadow Puppets

Watch Tiana Roebuck, AGO Associate Curator, Learning & Studio Programs, make paper-cut shadow puppets using recycled materials found at home.
(19 minute video)

Soft Sculpture

Watch Tiana Roebuck, AGO Associate Curator, Learning & Studio Programs, make her own soft sculpture inspired by Claes Oldenburg's Floor Burger.
(13 minute video)

Tonal Painting

Watch AGO Manager of Strategic Projects Deborah Nolan make her own tonal painting inside a grid, using the colours blue and red inspired by Agnes Martin's The Rose.
(2 minute video)


These activities inspire us to dance, strike a pose, draw, paint, make and reimagine our landscapes and urbanscapes through direct observation.

Food as Art

Join Madelyne Beckles, the AGO Curatorial Assistant, Youth & Engagement, and artist Meech Boakye for a conversation about food as art in celebration of the launch of Meech's recipe for great New Year's Eve Nanaimo bars! 

Drawing Larger Than Life

Learn more about Annie Pootoogook and get inspired to draw BIG and make all kinds of meta art, which is artwork that features you - the artist!

Like a Bat!

Let’s get inspired by Beatrix Potter’s striking watercolour Study of the head of a bat, full face and learn how to make watercolour mask and a hanging wire sculpture!


Learn how to play with printmaking, challenge yourself with a “spot the difference” game, stretch yourself like artist Evan Penny, make Surrealist Artist Trading Cards, transform a cardboard box, build your own playground and so much more!


Look around you and get inspired by what you find! These awesome activities are all about transforming things that may not seem like art materials...but add a bit of creativity and wow! Use your body to make a sculpture (strike a pose!), build structures big and small using unconventional materials and more!


Go beyond the traditional and invent new ways of seeing the land around us. Capture sidewalk shadows, make maps of smells and sounds, create paper flowers, collage, make art using land as your canvas and so much more!


When opposites combine you get a burst of new and exciting ideas! Let's make art that's fast and slow, big and small, light and dark, inside and outside!


This series invites us to consider artworks through current themes and ideas, unique materials or ground-breaking art techniques and artists.

Close Looking: Kathleen Munn

Join Georgiana Uhlyarik, Fredrik S. Eaton Curator of Canadian Art and author of Kathleen Munn: Life and Work, with Stephanie Barnes, 2018/2019 Koerner Conservation Fellow, for a close look at recent acquisition Untitled (Portrait of a Seated Woman) by Kathleen Munn (1887-1974).

Close Looking: Slow Looking

As part of the AGO’s ongoing Close Looking series, join us for a slow looking experience. We will explore Clarence Alphonse Gagnon's Study of a Hare in Winter, 1922.

Close Looking: Canadian Wild Flowers

Amy Furness, Rosamond Ivey Special Collections Archivist and Head, Library & Archives, discusses the AGO’s early editions of Catharine Parr Traill’s Canadian Wild Flowers (1868 and following).

Close Looking: Flora Danica

Alexa Greist, Associate Curator and R. Fraser Elliot Chair, Prints & Drawings, explores nine hand-coloured engravings of flowers, fungi and lichens that were gifted to the AGO in 2019.

Close Looking: Gustave Caillebotte

Take a close look at French Impressionist painter Gustave Caillebotte's painting Blue Irises, Garden at Petit Gennevilliers, and explore what he and fellow artist Claude Monet saw as the interconnectedness of art, life, and gardening. 

Close Looking: Microscope Monday

Conservators use microscopes to improve their understanding of how artworks were made and the extent of any damages or deterioration that have occurred over time. Join Meaghan Monaghan, Conservator of Paintings, as she closely examines several paintings from the Indigenous and Canadian Collection under the microscope.

Close Looking: Mary Hiester Reid and Helen McNicoll

Join author Molly Peacock and curator Renée van der Avoird as they discuss historical Canadian artists Mary Hiester Reid and Helen McNicoll.  Two of the first women to achieve success as professional artists in Canada, Hiester Reid and McNicoll radically broadened traditional concepts of femininity, domesticity and the potential for women to pursue careers as artists.

Close Looking: Salty Language

Slush fund, fudge the numbers, and son of a gun: we often use words and phrases in everyday conversations and may not realize their origin. Gillian McIntyre, Interpretive Planner and Sherry Phillips, Conservator, will engage in a conversation about language inspired by the Thomson Collection of Ship Models at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Close Looking: Pietro Testa's Allegory of Autumn

Join Alexa Greist, Associate Curator and R.. Fraser Elliott Chair, Prints & Drawings as she discusses a large 17th century etching by the Italian artist Pietro Testa. This newly acquired print, "An Allegory of Autumn" (ca. 1642-44) is part of a rare series of 4 etchings that are some of the most ambitious prints made by this enigmatic artist. 

Close Looking: Learning about Peter Brathwaite's Black Portraiture

AGO Curator Adam Levine meets Peter Brathwaite, a British opera singer who has spent much of his quarantine researching and recreating historical depictions of Black people in art. Adam and Peter discuss the celebrated project and the power of such paintings, including our own Portrait of a Lady Holding an Orange Blossom.

Close Looking: Franz Kline's Cupola

Chris Luginbuhl, Multisensory Designer, and Melissa Smith, AGO's Assistant Curator of Community Programs, discuss their co-creative process of translating an abstract artwork by Franz Kline, entitled Cupola, into a multimodal object that is intended to create a more embodied and inclusive gallery experience for blind and vision impaired visitors to the Gallery.

Close Looking: Harris and Houle

Renee Van der Avoird, Assistant Curator of Canadian Art and Nadia Abraham, Assistant Interpretive Planner. discuss Lawren Harris’ Algoma Country and Robert Houle’s Premises for Self-Rule: Constitution Act, 1982.

Virtual Seniors Social

AGO launches Virtual Seniors Social, connecting with older adults through videos showcasing art, conversation, and artmaking.

Line Drawings

In this program, we discuss Bertram Charles Binning's nautical world, looking at his representations of riggings and lines on sailing ships. Binning's artistic practice was inspired by his everyday encounters. Known as an excellent draughtsman, he recorded his experiences in intricate line drawings.

Painting with tones

In this program, we will explore artwork by Mary Wrinch. Wrinch was a prominent figure in the early Toronto art scene and was among the first women in the city to make a living from her art.

Drawing a still life with Shadows

In this program we will explore cultivated gardens, picked flowers and two of the first women to achieve success as professional artists in Canada, Mary Hiester Reid and Helen Galloway McNicoll.


A Pride Book List

This curated selection of books may provide an appreciation and social consciousness about LGBTQ2+ members of your communities.PDF

How to Talk About Anti-Black Racism: Part 2

Part two of a round table discussion on how to talk about anti-black racism. This conversation will question what happens after the solidarity statement and how do we ensure wellness during these times of ground breaking change?


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