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Children's Courses and Workshops

Unleash your creativity - Registration begins November 25

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About Children and Family Courses and Workshops


AGO Children and Family Programs offer an environment that is creative, non-competitive and open-ended, allowing young artists the freedom to explore their own potential and nurture their self-esteem, while building a strong repertoire of techniques and skills. These courses are enriched by regular visits to the galleries and collections of the AGO, providing an exceptional opportunity for learning and creativity.


The philosophy of children’s art classes at the AGO is inquiry based and focuses on an exploration of the creative process. Our courses are driven by the imagination and curiosity of children, with a belief that children’s work is play-based and connected to things that are relevant and meaningful in their lives. We take a multi-media approach that allows for a diversity of art-making processes, techniques and materials. This may at times be a less traditional approach than you may be expecting, with skills and concepts delivered and taught through engaging, contemporary and fun projects.


Class size is limited to keep instructor to student ratios low.

Course Registration Maximums:

Ages 3 mos-6yrs 10 students
Ages 8-13 yrs 15 students

Drop-in: Yoga for Adults

Sundays, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Instructor: Eloisa Slimmon-Weber
Individual Sessions: Members $10 | Public $12
Advanced purchase discount available
Please note that the pricing of Drop-in Yoga programming will increase as of Monday, August 31.

Side by Side (Winter 2016)

Parent. Grandparents. Caregivers. Here’s the perfect way to have some uninterrupted, quality one-on-one time with your budding artist! Discover art through a playful and fun process, side by side with your child. You will be introduced to a wide range of art materials and artmaking processes through painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking and mixed media. It’s all about making connections, being together and loving art!

Toddler Arts (18 months to 2 years) (Winter 2016)

A toddler’s world of infinite discovery is all about exploring materials! Through a diverse exploration of artmaking materials and art processes, this 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.

Toddler Arts (2 to 3 years) (Winter 2016)

A toddler’s world of infinite discovery is all about exploring materials! Through a diverse exploration of artmaking materials and art processes, this 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.

Cartooning (Winter 2016)

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.

Drawing, Painting and Mixed Media (Winter 2016)

Working from original works of art, with the AGO’s amazing collection at their fingertips as inspiration, students will learn about a wide variety of drawing and painting techniques and skills.

Pop Art (Winter 2016)

Explore the fun and wacky world of pop art and pop culture inspired by the return of the beloved Floor Burther by Claes Oldenberg to the AGO. Projects will include painting, printmaking and soft sculpture.

Life Drawing for Kids! (Winter 2016)

Working with fully clothed life models and using the AGO collections as inspiration, children are introduced to the fundamental skills and techniques of drawing.

Life Drawing for Older Kids! (Winter 2016)

Working with fully clothed life models and using the AGO collections as inspiration, children are introduced to the fundamental skills and techniques of drawing.

Miniature Food Fun (Winter 2016)

Create mini-food art inspired by the return of the beloved Floor Burger by Claes Oldenberg. Bite into an engaging, sensory art making experience! Grown-ups and kids ages 3+ welcome.

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