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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

Toddler Arts (Fall 2015)

A toddler’s world of infinite discovery is all about exploring materials!

Caregiver and Tot Yoga Play and Art Field Trip (Fall 2015)

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.

Life Drawing for Kids! 8-10 yrs (Fall 2015)

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! 11-13 yrs (Fall 2015)

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

Drawing, Painting & Mixed Media 6-7 yrs (Fall 2015)

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

The Colours of the Rainbow 6-7 yrs (Fall 2015)

Explore the weird and wonderful world of colour.

What about Watercolour? 8-10 yrs (Fall 2015)

Working from original works of art in the J.M.W. Turner, Painting Set Free exhibition and the AGO’s amazing collections at their fingertips for inspiration, your child will learn the basics of watercolour painting- from traditional to contemporary approaches like salt resist.

The World of Henry Moore 8-10 yrs (Fall 2015)

Inspired by the sculptures of Henry Moore in the AGO collection, use pebbles, plasticene, clay and other sculpture and drawing materials to learn about form, figure, abstraction and space.

Workshop for Adult and Child: Into the Woods (ages 3 +) (Fall 2015)

Join us for a trip into the woods as we explore the solitude, wonder and beauty of the wilderness the way it might have looked to Tom Thomson.

Workshop for Adult and Child: Abstract Painting (ages 6+) (Fall 2015)

Play with paint and colour! Inspired by works in the AGO contemporary collections and the J.M.W.Turner: Painting Set Free exhibition, try painting with and without a brush, collage paintings and more.

Workshop for Adult and Child: Shadow Puppets (ages 3+) (Fall 2015)

Be mesmerized by this ageless art of puppetry.

Workshop for Adult and Child: Felting (ages 6+) (Fall 2015)

Explore this fun and easy process, learning how to make felted balls that can be turned into wacky bugs or a simple bracelet.

Integrated Studio Projects 13-18 yrs (Fall 2015)

ISP is an intensive interdisciplinary studio course with a focus on contemporary art making.

Side by Side 4-7 yrs (Fall 2015)

We offer parents, grandparents or caregivers the chance to discover art through a playful and fun process, side by side with their young artist.

Cartooning 8-13 yrs (Fall 2015

Old School is still cool! In this course we celebrate traditional ways of cartooning.

Drop-in: Yoga for Adults

Sundays, 10:15 am – 11:15 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.

Workshop for Adult and Child: Family Yoga (ages 3+) (Fall 2015)

Take time out as a family to cherish and nurture your mind, body and spirit while exploring the joys of yoga set in the galleries at the AGO.

Our Instructors

Meet the AGO's experienced and talented team of Instructors for Children and Youth courses!

Caregiver and Babe Yoga and Field Trip (Fall 2015)

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.

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