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Register today for Spring courses at the AGO!

Whether you're new to art, or have lots of experience, the AGO offers a broad range of courses and workshops in a fun and supportive studio environment for all ages and stages. From printmaking, painting, and photography to new media and more, there is something for everyone. Register today and you'll learn from the best contemporary artists and dynamic instructors the city has to offer. Please let us know if we can assist with any accommodations.

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ADULTS

two people working on mixed media project

Mixed Media

Introduction to Everything
Monday, May 8 - June 12
(5 weeks - no classes on May 22)
10 am - 1 pm  Register
Instructor: Kelley Aitken
or
7 - 10 pm  Register
Instructor: Jamie Quail
Members $295 | Public $375

Not sure which process is right for you? Here's your chance to experiment and play in the studio! Inspired by themes in the AGO's collections and exhibitions, each week students will explore a different artmaking technique. From printmaking to painting to drawing and sculpture (and more), this is the ultimate crash course in studio sampling.

The class includes all required materials. Students may choose to purchase supplementary materials.


Introduction to Everything: Flowers
Friday, March 31 - May 5
(5 weeks - no classes on April 14)
7 - 10 pm  Register
Instructor: Claire Greenshaw
Members $295 | Public $375

Not sure which process is right for you? Here's your chance to experiment and play in the studio!

Inspired by themes in the AGO's Georgia O'Keeffe exhibition, each week students will explore a different artmaking technique. From printmaking, drawing and painting through the lens of floral motif and direct observation this is the ultimate crash course in studio sampling.

The class includes all required materials. Students may choose to purchase supplementary materials.


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person with sketchbook

Drawing

Introduction to Drawing
Monday, March 27 - June 12
(10 weeks - no classes on April 17, May 22)
10 am - 1 pm  Register
Instructor: Carol Matson
or
7 - 10 pm  Register
Instructor: Aleks Bartosik
or
Wednesday, March 29 - May 31 (10 weeks)
7 - 10 pm  Register
Instructor: Carol Matson

Members $490 | Public $570

This course introduces students to a range of media and techniques in drawing, as well as different application methods to develop an awareness of line, volume and form. Working with conte, graphite, and charcoal, this foundation-level course draws upon the AGO's collections as a platform for teaching methods and techniques, and prepares students for advanced classes at the AGO.

Materials for the first class are provided. Students will receive a list of required materials for the following classes.


Drawing Explorations: Flowers
Friday, May 12 - June 9 (5 weeks)
7 - 10 pm  Register
Instructor: Carol Matson
Members $275 | Public $355

Artists have utilized plants, including flowers, in images from as early as the depiction of religious themes in medieval times, to the 17thCentury when still life became a stand alone subject matter, and beyond to contemporary times. We will study and be inspired by a wide range of flowers in art from botanical studies to the art of Georgia O'Keeffe and Andy Warhol.

Materials for the first class are provided. Students will receive a list of required materials for the following classes.


Art of Drawing in the Galleries
Wednesday, March 29 - May 31 (10 weeks)
2 - 5 pm  Register
or
6 - 9 pm  Register
Instructor: Kelley Aitken
Members $490 | Public $570

This course combines drawing with art appreciation. Learn how to draw while in the company of master works and innovative contemporary art. Each week we'll visit an area of the AGO to work on drawing concepts and skills through exercises, observation and discussion of the art and artists on exhibition.

This is a comprehensive course that provides a grounding in drawing skills and concepts while increasing your familiarity with the gallery and appreciation for the methods and subjects of its artists. We will travel through the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions of the gallery, drawing in the Henry Moore room, African galleries, European salons, and Thomson and Canadiana galleries on the second floor. We'll respond to exciting contemporary work on the 4th and 5th floors, undertake value sketches in the photography galleries, and study perspective and depth under the dramatic vaulted windows of the Galleria Italia. Drawing lessons will cover: contour, cross contour and gesture; positive form and negative space; light and shadow; value; composition; proportion and perspective; and the basics of portraiture and landscape.

Students are asked to bring the following supplies: an 11" x 14" coil-bound sketchbook, a set of soft pencils (B through 9B, or one each of 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B), a knead-able eraser and a white vinyl eraser, a set of 24 watercolour pencils, a self-contained pencil sharpener.

Students are asked to print out a copy of their receipt and gather in the Community Gallery located in the WFLC for the start of the first class.


Life Drawing in the Galleries
Wednesday, March 29 - May 31 (10 weeks)
2 - 5 pm  Register
Instructor: Kerry Kim
or
Friday, March 31 - June 9
(10 weeks - no classes on April 14)
6 - 9 pm  Register
Instructor: Bogdan Luca
Members $490 | Public $570

Discover the human form through observation and drawing, surrounded and inspired by master works in the AGO collection. This four-week workshop focuses on an intuitive approach to life drawing through integration of perceptual and technical skills. Recognize bone, gesture, muscle, and skin. Professional life models will utilize a variety of poses. Through a combination of guided drawing practices, students will learn to draw with greater confidence and ease.

Students are responsible for the purchase of their own materials. A material list will be provided on the first day of class.

Students are asked to print out a copy of their receipt and gather in the Community Gallery located in the WFLC for the start of the first class.


Art & Ideas: Drawing. Drinks.
Friday, March 31 - May 5
(5 weeks - no classes on April 14)
6 - 8:30 pm  Register
Instructor: Carol Matson
Members $275 | Public $355

Learn to draw, and enjoy a drink doing it! Improve your drawing skills in the galleries of the AGO. Explore a variety of drawing techniques using original paintings, sculptures and installations in the AGO collections as starting points. Your artist-instructor will demonstrate techniques and concepts and lead the group through exercises geared toward deepening your understanding of works of art and the evolution of imagery.Both new and repeat students are welcome. Each class starts over drinks and conversation.Bring your own supplies: An 11" x 14" coil-bound sketchbook, a set of soft pencils (B through 9B, or one each of 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B), a kneadable eraser and a white vinyl eraser, a paper stomp, a set of 24 watercolour pencils, a self-contained pencil sharpener.

Students are asked to print out a copy of their receipt and gather in the Community Gallery located in the WFLC for the start of the first class.


Drawing from the Vaults
Thursday, March 30 - April 27 (5 weeks)
10:30 am - 1 pm  Register
Instructor: Kelley Aitken
Members $275 | Public $355

Taking the Art Gallery of Ontario's Marvin Gelber Print & Drawing Study Centre as its inspiration and class location, this drawing course gives participants the unique opportunity to view works that are rarely exhibited. Students will warm up in the collections with a few exercises then convene in the Print & Drawing Study Centre to make drawings after works in the extensive collection. Various drawing, watercolour, and printmaking techniques will be observed and studied. This course is suitable for intermediate students or those who have some drawing experience.

Students are asked to bring the following supplies: an 11" x 14" coil-bound sketchbook, a set of soft pencils (B through 9B, or one each of 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B), a knead-able eraser and a white vinyl eraser, a set of 24 watercolour pencils, a self-contained pencil sharpener.

Students are asked to print out a copy of their receipt and gather in the Community Gallery located in the WFLC for the start of the first class.


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person painting

Painting

Introduction to Painting
Monday, March 27 - June 12
(10 weeks - no classes on April 17, May 22)
10 am - 1 pm  Register
or
2 - 5 pm  Register
or
Wednesday, March 29 - May 31 (10 weeks)
7 - 10 pm  Register
Instructor: Lauren McKinley Renzetti
or
Friday, March 31 - June 9
(10 weeks - no classes on April 14)
7 - 10 pm  Register
Instructor: Aleks Bartosik
Members $490 | Public $570

This course introduces students to a variety of techniques in painting, ranging from different paint application methods to developing an awareness of volume and form. This foundation-level course draws upon the AGO's painting collections as inspiration for painting projects. Students will complete a variety of projects using acrylic paint, due to its rapid drying properties.

Materials for the first class are provided. Students will receive a list of required materials for the following classes.


Painting Explorations: Flowers
Monday, March 27 - May 1
(5 weeks - no classes on April 17)
10 am - 1 pm  Register
Instructor: Bogdan Luca
Members $275 | Public $355

Stretch your imagination and learn new approaches to capturing still life inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe. Experience it through the lens of floral motif and direct observation in this intermediate level painting course. Students will evolve and advance their painting practice leading towards the development of a personal voice and process. Students will push and pull through explorations building an experimental approach and process to image and execution, both in representation and abstraction. Students require some painting experience.

Materials for the first class are provided. Students will receive a list of required materials for the following classes.


Portrait Painting
Monday, May 8 - June 12
(5 weeks - no classes on May 22)
10 am - 1 pm  Register
or
Wednesday, March 29 - April 26 (5 weeks)
7 - 10 pm  Register
Instructor: Kerry Kim
Members $275 | Public $355

This intermediate level workshop focuses on intuitive approach to portrait painting through direct observation. Students will explore the fundamental concerns in painting such as chiaroscuro, colour relationships, paint handling, gesture and composition. Demonstrations in alla prima painting technique and visits to the galleries are the major components of this workshop.

Materials for the first class are provided. Students will receive a list of required materials for the following classes.


Colour Harmony
Monday, March 27 - May 1
(5 weeks - no classes on April 17)
10 am - 1 pm  Register
or Wednesday, May 3 - May 31 (5 weeks)
7 - 10 pm  Register
Instructor: Michael Toke
Members $275 | Public $355

In a workshop suited for painters and non-painters alike, students will explore colour theory through paint, discussion, gallery visits, and the use of coloured objects. Improve your colour appreciation and ways of seeing, resulting in practical skills that can be applied in painting and easily transferred to all other media. Students will explore the AGO collections to see ideas and principles behind colour harmony; where our eyes are guided, how mood is shifted and manipulated, cultural and political subtexts and the sheer joy of colour.

Materials for the first class are provided. Students will receive a list of required materials for the following classes.


Abstract Painting Inspired by O'Keeffe
Monday, May 8 - June 12
(5 weeks - no classes on May 22)
7 - 10 pm  Register
Instructor: Bogdan Luca
Members $275 | Public $355

This course is inspired by O'Keeffe's abstract works. Students will be exposed to motivations and methods in abstract painting. The AGO's collections will frame discussions of history and innovations in structural and compositional ideology, colour theories, the origins of abstraction and contemporary ideas for the painter. A basic knowledge of painting techniques is recommended.

Materials for the first class are provided. Students will receive a list of required materials for the following classes.


Introduction to Watercolour
Monday, March 27 - June 12
(10 weeks - no classes on April 17, May 22)
2 - 5 pm  Register
Instructor: Brian Hoxha
or
7 - 10 pm  Register
Instructor: Kelley Aitken
Members $490 | Public $570

Long associated with delicate renderings of flowers, watercolour is the preferred medium for a number of contemporary artists working in unexpected ways. In this class for beginners, learn basic techniques for painting in watercolour while discovering the unique properties of this medium.

Materials for the first class are included, and students will receive a material list at the first class.


Giant Painting
Monday, May 8 - June 12
(5 weeks - no classes on May 22)
2 - 5 pm  Register
Instructor: Michael Toke
or
Friday, March 31 - May 5
(5 weeks - no classes on April 14)
7 - 10 pm  Register
Instructor: Michael Toke
Members $275 | Public $355

Loosen up your painting style in this class where we tackle painting on oversized canvas. Inspired by the large-scale paintings in the AGO collection, students will learn to adapt their style to an expanded surface, while considering scale, technique, and materials.
Some painting experience required.

A materials list will be provided on the first day of class.


Landscape Painting
Monday, March 27 - May 1 (5 weeks - no classes on April 17)
2 - 5 pm  Register
Instructor: Aleks Bartosik
Members $275 | Public $355

Explore concepts and approaches to painting landscapes through illusion and representation. Learn to capture light, atmosphere and mood in landscape by working from photographs or examples in the AGO's collection. This workshop will explore mixing colours, choosing compositions, and editing photographic references. This workshop is suitable for students with some painting experience.

Materials for the first class are provided. Students will receive a list of required materials for the following classes.


Watercolour Explorations: Flowers
Monday, March 27 - May 1
(5 weeks - no classes on April 17)
7 - 10 pm  Register
Instructor: Kerry Kim
or
Friday, May 12 - June 9 (5 weeks)
7 - 10 pm  Register
Instructor: Kelley Aitken
Members $275 | Public $355

Expand your watercolour practice through creative techniques by observing unique floral arrangements inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe in this intermediate level course.

Practice through experimentation with a variety of application techniques while discovering the unique properties of this medium. The course will include lots of hands-on experimentation through quick exercises and the development of several more resolved pieces.

Materials for the first class are provided. Students will receive a list of required materials for the following classes.


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person sculpturing

Sculpture

Introduction to Sculpture
Monday, March 27 - May 1
(5 weeks - no classes on April 17)
2 - 5 pm  Register
or
7 - 10 pm  Register
Instructor: Claire Greenshaw
Members $295 | Public $375

Working with clay and plaster, students will learn about the various techniques and processes of traditional and contemporary sculptural practice. Designed for the beginner who wishes to work in three dimensions to complete a sculptural work, the course includes an introduction to additive and subtractive techniques.

The class includes all required materials. Students may choose to purchase supplementary materials.


Sculpture Explorations: Figurative Sculpture
Monday, May 8 - June 12
(5 weeks - no classes on May 22)
2 - 5 pm  Register
Instructor: Claire Greenshaw
Members $295 | Public $375

In this course, students will work with clay to continue their study of the human form; they will develop skills of observation and proportion, while working with a life model closely guided by instruction. Supplementing skill development, they will receive exposure to current applications of life modeling and sculpture techniques in a contemporary art context. Students will be given demonstrations and encouraged to utilize a variety of techniques when working with a life model. They will have the opportunity to develop traditional life sculpture skills within the classroom environment, while simultaneously interacting with, observing, and discussing how these techniques are practiced and applied in contemporary art.

This course is suitable for students with some sculpture experience. The class includes all required materials. Students may choose to purchase supplementary materials.


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group of students in photography class

Photography

Introduction to Photography
Monday, March 27 - May 1
(5 weeks - no classes on April 17)
2 - 5 pm  Register
or
Wednesday, March 29 - April 26 (5 weeks)
7 - 10 pm  Register
Instructor: Brian Piitz
Members $275 | Public $355

Learn to become creative with your camera. This class is an introduction to digital photography. Students can expect to learn how to make a correct exposure, shoot in challenging lighting situations and make strong compositions. This class is for beginners and those wishing to transition successfully from film to digital SLR cameras, suitable for photographers with knowledge of basic skills. Students are required to bring their own SLR cameras for each class. Students are strongly encouraged to bring their camera manuals to class for instructional assistance; course instructors are not responsible for knowing the operation of each camera.


Photography Explorations: Life Photography Inspired by Alfred Steiglitz
Monday, May 8 - June 12
(5 weeks - no classes on May 22)
2 - 5 pm  Register
or
Wednesday, May 3 - May 31 (5 weeks)
7 - 10 pm  Register
Instructor: Brian Piitz
Members $295 | Public $375

Learn the art of manipulating light in the composition of nudes by observing the works of Stieglitz, who embraced Georgia O'Keeffe as his muse and collaborator.

This is a workshop for those interested in photographing the nude using studio light, working both collaboratively and independently in directing the model and adjusting lighting. The workshop will also explore photographic abstraction and other techniques used by Stieglitz. Students will be encouraged to come to class with references from which to shoot.

This class is suitable for photographers with knowledge of basic photography skills. Students are required to bring their own cameras and tripods for each class.


NEW: Intro to Film and Video Art
Monday, May 8 - June 12
(5 weeks - no classes on May 22)
7 - 10 pm  Register
Instructor: Sharon Switzer
Members $275 | Public $355

You have the power! Learn the basics of movie-making using your own digital devices. Shoot footage on your own smartphone; edit video on your iPad or laptop. Create unique stop-motion movies from a series of your own photos. Using the Art Gallery of Ontario's collections and exhibitions as inspiration, we will explore video as an artistic medium, learn fundamental filmmaking techniques and create short films. Students can bring their own smartphones, iPads, or laptops, or use one of the AGO's iPads. The apps and programs we will explore include iMovie, Splice and Stop Motion.


Introduction to Digital Art
Wednesday, March 29 - April 26 (5 weeks)
2 - 5 pm  Register
or
Friday, May 12 - June 9 (5 weeks)
7 - 10 pm  Register
Instructor: Sharon Switzer
Members $275 | Public $355

Learn how to make art with your iPad! Using the Art Gallery of Ontario's collections and exhibitions as inspiration, explore this new artistic medium and learn techniques, such as layering, drawing, painting and collaging on the iPad. Students can bring their own iPads, stylus and power cable, or use one of the AGO's iPads. This is a fun and easy way to make art anywhere, without the need for traditional tools or materials! The programs we will explore are Art Rage (about $6), Adobe Draw (free) and Adobe Sketch (free).


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printmaking frame

Printmaking

Introduction to Printmaking
Friday, March 31 - May 5
(5 weeks - no classes on April 14)
7 - 10 pm  Register
Instructor: Brian Hoxha
Members $295 | Public $375

Create a wide range of images using traditional and contemporary printmaking techniques. We will use a large format printing press for collagraphs, dry point and abstract monoprinting. Printmaking is an excellent way to test out colour theory with the ease of merely switching colours in your ink choices. Dry point etching is an extension of drawing and through application of ink and chin colle lay techniques the mood can be manipulated. This course will also cover techniques that can be utilized in your own studio. Relief printmaking using styrofoam and softoleum, monoprints on plexiglass and silkscreen printing will be explored as well.

All inks and basic materials are included in this course. If students want to work in larger formats they are responsible for purchasing their own printing plates and papers to allow for the size increase.


Printmaking Explorations: Flowers
Wednesday, March 29 - April 26 (5 weeks
7 - 10 pm  Register )
or
Friday, May 12 - June 9
7 - 10 pm  Register
Instructor: Brian Hoxha Members $295 | Public $375

Working in the intaglio printmaking technique known as Sugar Lift or Lift Ground, students will develop a series of etchings exploring compositions inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe's work. Using a mixture of black ink, sweetened condensed milk and dish soap, students will have the opportunity to explore print mediums with a painterly approach, adding colour to the matrix using Chine-collé papers, to produce striking and unique floral compositions.

The class includes all required materials. Students may choose to purchase supplementary materials.


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people practicing yoga in gallery

Art & Ideas

Mindful Movement. Slow Looking
Thursday, May 4 - June 1 (5 weeks)
10:30 am - 12 pm  Register
or
Friday, May 12 - June 9 (5 weeks)
6 - 7:30 pm  Register
Instructor: Brendan Jensen
Members $150 | Public $185

Learn to slow down the body and mind. Be inspired by a selection of artworks in the galleries each week and respond to them with slow yoga movements, meditative techniques and sustained looking. This class will inform a new way of looking at art and centring within a unique space. Low physical effort. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Students are encouraged to check all large bags and coats at coat check.

Students are asked to print out a copy of their receipt and gather in the Community Gallery located in the WFLC for the start of the first class.


NEW - City Explorations: Traveller's Sketchbook - Botanical Gardens
Tuesday, March 28 - April 25 (5 weeks)
10 am - 1 pm  Register
Instructor: Lauren McKinley Renzetti
Members $225 | Public $290

Travel to select botanical jewels in the city for drawing instruction en plein air. Learn quick drawing and painting techniques in a range of media that will capture your favourite details. Instruction will take place in the Botanical Gardens and in the Art Gallery of Ontario for direct observation. Students are expected to bring the following supplies: a 4" x 6" or 5" x 7" hardcover, coil-bound sketchbook, a small cardboard viewfinder or slide frame, ballpoint pen/ gel pen, pencils (HB, 2B, 4B), self-contained pencil sharpener, kneadable eraser. A portable sitting stool is recommended. Students are asked to print out a copy of their receipt and gather in the Community Gallery located in the WFLC for the start of the first class.


Art-Making Inspired by Feminist Ideas
Wednesday, May 3 - May 31 (5 weeks)
7 - 10 pm  Register
Instructor: Aleks Bartosik
Members $275 | Public $355

Visit the AGO's galleries and library to discover artists whose work exemplify feminist strategies and that express ideas about gender equality from economic, social and political perspectives. Explore through various mediums ideas that are important to you today and that help inform and communicate a sense of your own identity. Materials for the first class are provided. Students will receive a list of required materials for the following classes.


NEW Public Art in the Financial District
Tuesday, April 11
10 am - 1 pm  Register
Instructor: Ilana Altman
Members $30 | Public $45

Start the morning with a hot chocolate and a survey of public art in Toronto. Bringing together 750 unique artworks under one Toronto map currently displayed in our Community Gallery in April, participants will consider how public art over the past 50 years has transformed Toronto. Then using the PATH network, visit a selection of iconic and new artworks for group discussion about our downtown core's city streets and publicly accessible private spaces (POPS).

Students are asked to print out a copy of their receipt and gather in the Community Gallery located in the WFLC for the start of the first class.


Art & Ideas: Breakfast Club
Wednesday, March 29 - April 26 (5 weeks)
10:30 am - 12:30 pm  Register
Instructor: Michael Toke
Members $275 | Public $355

This course takes the shape of a weekly social club. Using the AGO as a cultural hub, we will meet over coffee and pastries to view art and draw. Keeping a sketchbook is a fantastic way to share stories and ideas with new friends and family. Start your day off right with conversation, coffee, and sketching and drawing exercises in the AGO. Students are asked to bring a sketchbook, a set of soft pencils, a kneadable eraser and a white vinyl eraser, a paper stomp, a set of 24 watercolour pencils and a self-contained pencil sharpener.

Students are asked to print out a copy of their receipt and gather in the Community Gallery located in the WFLC for the start of the first class. Coffee/tea and scone in Galleria Italia are included.


Art & Ideas: Mindfulness
Wednesday, March 29 - April 26 (5 weeks)
10:30 am - 1:30 pm  Register
Instructor: Janieta Eyre
Members $275 | Public $355

This class is designed for anyone interested in an intuitive approach to writing and art making but is also ideal for the creative person who feels blocked or is interested in diverging into different media. This hands on introduction to art and mindfulness uses meditation and experiments in expressive writing and photography to encourage the student to relax into a more intuitive and less intellectual approach to art making. All classes will be structured around 10 minute meditations. The first three classes will involve creative writing and include exercises from Natalie Goldberg's Writing down the Bones, and the final two classes will be an introduction to contemplative photography, exercises inspired by The Practice of Contemplative Photography by Andy Karr and Michael Wood.

Materials for the first class are provided. Students will receive a list of required materials for the following classes.


NEW: Introduction to Book Art
Monday, March 27 - May 1
(5 weeks - no classes on April 17)
7 - 10 pm  Register
Instructor: Jamie Quail
Members $275 | Public $355

Inspired by artists' multiples in the AGO collections, students will design and create their own bookworks. The class will explore different kinds of content such as image-based and non-narrative art books, as well as the inclusion of text. Students will learn the basics of self-publishing, drawing from contemporary zine cultures in addition to the history of artists' multiples. Some book binding techniques will also be covered. Learn to produce your very own art books as a medium for sharing your ideas with others in an accessible format. No prior art experience required.

Materials for the first class are provided. Students will receive a list of required materials for the following classes.


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CHILDREN AND YOUTH

caregiver and baby doing yoga

3 months to 3 years

Caregiver and Babe Yoga and Field Trip
(3 months to pre-crawlers)
Wednesday, April 5 - May 3 (5 weeks)
11 am - 12:30 pm  Register
or
Wednesday, May 10 - June 7 (5 weeks)
11 am - 12:30 pm  Register
or
Thursday, April 6 - May 4 (5 weeks)
11 am - 12:30 pm  Register
or
Thursday, May 11 - June 8 (5 weeks)
11 am - 12:30 pm  Register
Instructor: TBC
Members $95 | Public $110

Get out of the house and spend some time at the AGO with your babe. Join us for a - 5 week Yoga and Art Fieldtrip through the AGO collections and exhibitions. Enjoy conversation and adult learning in a baby-friendly atmosphere as you take a yoga class with your babe and then stroll the galleries with one of our AGO ambassadors - all while your little one sleeps, feeds, and snuggles close to you in their carrier!


Caregiver and Tot Yoga and Field Trip
(crawlers to 3 years)
Tuesday, April 4 - May 2 (5 weeks)
10 - 11:30 am  Register
or
Tuesday, May 9 - June 6 (5 weeks)
10 - 11:30 am  Register
Instructor: TBC
Members $95 | Public $110

Get out of the house and spend some time at the AGO with your tot. Enjoy conversation and adult learning in a child-friendly atmosphere with instructor-led music; puppets, playtime and yoga with your tot, then explore the galleries with an age appropriate interactive tour! Coffee and tea social at the end of each class - if you want to stay!


Toddler Arts
(2-3 years with an adult)
Thursday, April 6 - May 4 (5 weeks)
10 - 11 am  Register
or
Thursday, May 11 - June 8 (5 weeks)
10 - 11 am  Register
or
Sunday, April 2 - May 7
(5 weeks - no classes on April 15)
10 - 11 am  Register
or
Sunday, May 14 - June 18
(5 weeks - no classes on May 21)
10 - 11 am  Register
Instructor: TBC
Members $185 | Public $210

A toddler's world of infinite discovery is all about exploring materials! Through a diverse exploration of art - making materials and art processes, our Toddler Arts class encourages creative self–expression, developing fine and gross motor skills and sensory awareness through age appropriate art activities, together with an adult caregiver. We combine the arts with play, keeping the focus on process and fun.


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4 to 7 years

Side By Side
Sunday, April 2 - May 7
(5 weeks - no classes on April 16)
10 - 11:30 am  Register
or
Sunday, May 14 - June 18
(5 weeks - no classes on May 21)
10 - 11:30 am  Register
Instructor: TBC
Members $185 | Public $210

We offer parents, grandparents or caregivers the chance to discover art through a playful and fun process, side by side with their young artist. Participants will be introduced to a wide range of art materials and art making processes through painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking and mixed media. Interactive gallery visits incorporate play and learning. Some projects will be individual and some will be shared…it's all about making connections, being together and loving art! Class is limited to 10 children and 10 adults.


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6 to 7 years

Drawing, Painting and Mixed Media
Sunday, April 2 - June 18
(10 weeks - no classes on April 16, May 21)
10 am – 12 pm  Register
Instructor: TBC
Members $365 | Public $415

Working with the AGO's amazing collection at their fingertips as inspiration, your child will learn a wide variety of age appropriate techniques and skills. We take concepts that children love to explore - colour, light, form, texture - and build on those interests, encouraging exploration of tools and materials. Help them discover their own expressionistic power in a course that combines painting and mixed media to create imaginative artwork. Classes visit the galleries frequently as part of the curriculum, looking at and learning from original works of art and artists. There is nothing that can compare to the gallery experience!


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8 to 13 years

Claymation & Stop Motion Animation
Saturday, April 1 - June 17
(10 weeks - no classes on April 15, May 20)
1 - 3 pm  Register
Instructor: TBC
Members $365 | Public $415

Explore the magical art of stop motion animation and Claymation! Learn the fundamentals of stop motion and make objects come to life in your fun (or funny) short films. Then dive even deeper into character development, lighting, storyboarding and create 3-D characters, design backgrounds and props and build mini-sets or dioramas. Use clay, model magic, bits and pieces and your imagination to tell stories and create your own amazing short films!


Cartooning
Saturday, April 1 - June 17
(10 weeks - no classes on April 15, May 20
10 am – 12 pm  Register
or
Sunday, April 2 - June 18
(10 weeks - no classes on April 16, May 21
10 am – 12 pm  Register

Instructor: TBC
Members $365 | Public $415

Old School is still cool! In this course we celebrate traditional ways of cartooning. Armed with pencil, pen, brush, marker, acrylic paint and scratchboard, explore this traditional/contemporary art form and tap into your inner storyteller as you create cartoons, imagery and narrative in a variety of genres. Working under the guidance of a professional cartoonist, projects may include creating storyboards, animation flip books, trading cards and collaborative comic book anthologies, as you learn the art of drawing, storyboarding and character development.


Painting and Mixed Media
Sunday, April 2 - June 18 (10 weeks)
No classes on April 16, May 21
10 am – 12 pm  Register
Instructor: TBC
Members $365 | Public $415

Working with the AGO’s amazing collection at their fingertips as inspiration, your child will learn a wide variety of age appropriate techniques and skills. We take concepts that children love to explore- colour, light, form, texture - and build on those interests, encouraging exploration of tools and materials. Help them discover their own expressionistic power in a course that combines painting and mixed media to create imaginative artwork. Classes visit the galleries frequently as part of the curriculum, looking at and learning from original works of art and artists. There is nothing that can compare to the gallery experience!


Life Drawing for Kids (ages 8 to 10)
Sunday, April 2 - June 18 (10 weeks)
1 - 3 pm  Register
No classes on April 16, May 21
Instructor: TBC
Members $390 | Public $440

Using the AGO collections as inspiration, children are introduced to the fundamental skills and techniques of drawing. Students explore concepts such as line and contour, positive and negative and space, perspective and proportion, light and shadow, shading, grey scale and tone, texture, gesture and more while experimenting with an exciting variety of artist's tools, media and contemporary techniques for expressive and imaginative mark-making. Materials may include pencil, charcoal, conte, oil and chalk pastel, and watercolour. We work with a combination of still life and fully-clothed life models, and maybe even a dog!


Life Drawing for Older Kids (Ages 11 to 13)
Sunday, April 2 - June 18 (10 weeks)
No classes on April 16, May 21
1 - 3 pm  Register
Instructor: TBC
Members $390 | Public $440

Using our collections and exhibitions as inspiration, children are introduced to the fundamental skills and techniques of drawing. Students explore concepts such as line and contour, positive and negative and space, perspective and proportion, light and shadow, shading, grey scale and tone, texture, gesture and more while experimenting with an exciting variety of artist's tools, media and contemporary techniques, as well as using experimental materials for expressive and imaginative mark-making. Students use drawing materials such as pencil, charcoal, conte, pen & ink, as well as coloured drawing materials such as conte, oil and chalk pastel, and watercolour. We work with a combination of still life and fully-clothed life models, and maybe even a dog!


Sculpture Explorations
Sunday, April 2 - June 18 (10 weeks)
No classes on April 16, May 21
10 am – 12 pm  Register
Instructor: TBC
Members $365 | Public $415

Learn about contemporary art processes and experiment with new media and materials! Using the Anthony Caro exhibition and the Henry Moore Sculpture Centre as inspiration, explore sculpture in all its forms from the miniature to the monumental. Working with a wide range of materials, students focus on design principles, repetition, contrast, rhythm, balance, and movement to create sculpture and/or installations. Sculpture projects may include assemblage with found materials, cardboard constructions, clay and other mixed media materials.


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13 to 18 years

Integrated Studio Projects
Saturday, April 1 - June 17 (10 weeks)
No classes on April 15, May 20
1 - 4 pm  Register
Instructor: TBC
Members $490 | Public $540

ISP is an intensive interdisciplinary studio course with a focus on contemporary art making. Students work both collaboratively and independently to shape an art practice through skill development and critical thought. Students are exposed to new materials, techniques and artistic practice through lectures, discourse and studio exploration, giving them the tools to begin to build a portfolio. Materials and processes might include painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed and new media, installation and 3-D construction/sculpture. Students focus on the exploration of the creative process, learning from one another in a dynamic, open-studio format. ISP is designed for youth who wish to build technical skills, explore their own creative practice and how it relates to the contemporary art world.

As in all our youth courses, there is an emphasis on sketchbooks, portfolio quality work and regular visits to the gallery. Students work with highly qualified instructors who are practicing artists. Courses are inspired by current exhibitions, which in 2017 include Georgia O'Keeffe, Anthony Caro: Sculpture Laid Bare, and other highlights from the collections.


Life Drawing for Youth
Sunday, April 2 - June 18 (10 weeks)
No classes on April 16, May 21
1 - 3 pm  Register
Instructor: TBC
Members $390 | Public $440

It's amazing learning to draw the human body from life models, observing the human figure in space. In this class students will focus on observational and drawing skills, using a variety of drawing mediums. Gestures, tone, shading, proportion, shape, line, and value are some of the techniques we cover. Working with fully clothed life models and still life objects, students will explore the technical and perceptual skills needed to confidently produce drawings. As always, student's work is inspired by AGO exhibitions and collections.


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Family Workshops

Paper Gardens
(Grown-ups and kids - ages 3+ welcome)
Sunday, April 23 - April 30 (2 weeks)
1 - 3 pm  Register
Instructor: TBC
Members $50 | Public $55
(1 Grown up and 1 child - each extra child $10)

Welcome spring in this joyful family workshop! Create your own fantastical paper garden full of colour and movement, using all kinds of paper and mixed materials incorporating paint, print and fold techniques. Fairy gardens, dinosaur gardens, secret gardens…what can you imagine?


Bones and Stones
(Grown-ups and kids - ages 3+ welcome)
Sunday, May 7 - May 14 (2 weeks)
1 - 3 pm  Register
Instructor: TBC
Members $50 | Public $55
(1 Grown up and 1 child - each extra child $10)

“When I found the beautiful white bones in the desert I picked them up and took them home too...I have used these things to say what is to me the wideness and wonder of the world as I live in it.” Georgia O'Keeffe.

In this workshop inspired by the Georgia O'Keeffe exhibition, we explore art making and sculpture using stones and bones as inspiration, visiting the exhibition of work by this amazing artist, and give you a chance to check out the skeleton we use for drawing classes.


Mala Beads
(Grown-ups and kids - ages 6+ welcome)
Sunday, May 28
1 - 3 pm  Register
Instructor: TBC
Members $20 | Public $25
(1 Grown up and 1 child - each extra child $10)

Inspired by the miniature boxwood prayer beads from the AGO's own Thomson Collection of European Art, so small they can fit in the palm of your hand, participants will each make their own Mala beads that are used in mediation and as reminders of “calmness of spirit”. Craft a bracelet and then take some time at the end of the workshop for a calming yoga session.


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