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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

Please note: All orders must be paid in full at the time of booking. A $2 service fee per order applies to all classes, courses, lectures and talks. Children and youth courses must be booked online and may not be booked over the phone.

Drop-in: Yoga for Adults

This class uses traditional Hatha Yoga postures in a sequence of movements that flow naturally from one to the next. This eclectic class will explore variations of sun salutations, standing and seated poses along with body balancing.

Side by Side 4-7 yrs (Fall 2016)

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

Tie Dye Fun Family Workshop (Fall 2016)

Practice making samples exploring patterns and techniques, and then create your own beautiful tie dyed t-shirt. *participants must bring a pre-washed white cotton t- shirt for the second week of the workshop.

Cartooning (Fall 2016)

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

Mala Beads Family Workshop (Fall 2016)

Inspired by the Small Wonders: Gothic Boxwood Miniatures exhibition, 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.

Big and Small Landscape Painting Family Workshop (Fall 2016)

Painting fun for the family! Each participant creates a small landscape that becomes part of a BIG landscape mural. Learn what a landscape is, explore simple painting techniques, materials and colours, and visit the Mystical Landscapes exhibition for painterly inspiration.

Twirlers, Whirlers and Swirlers (Fall 2016)

Make all kinds of things that move, whirly gigs and twirlers, mobiles and pinwheels, swirly objects that dance and spin. It's dizzy fun!

DIY Projects (Fall 2016)

Use your imagination and explore your creative side with fun DIY craft projects using all kinds of materials, processes and techniques. Projects include working with fibre and textiles, construction materials and more.

Super Stars (Fall 2016)

Explore the night skies, constellations and stars! Inspired by the Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and more exhibition, projects might include simple sky viewers, constellation books of the fall skies and lots of other sparkly night sky fun!

Claymation (Fall 2016)

Using clay is cool! In this course we celebrate traditional ways of Claymation.

Underground Toronto (Fall 2016)

They’re cool, dark and mysterious - the underground worlds of the city. Take an imaginary journey through the human pathways, animal tunnels, subway, sewers and alleyways of Toronto we walk over and go into every day. Make maps and mazes; create real or imaginary creatures that live there, their shelters and their tools for living. It’s a weird and otherworldly journey.

Stop Motion (Fall 2016)

Stop Motion is cool! In this course we celebrate traditional ways of Stop Motion.

Drawing, Painting and Mixed Media (Fall 2016)

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.

Drawing, Painting and Mixed Media (Fall 2016)

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.

Life Drawing for Kids! (Fall 2016)

Using the AGO collections as inspiration, children are introduced to the fundamental skills and techniques of drawing.

Life Drawing for Older Kids! (Fall 2016)

Using our collections and exhibitions as inspiration, children are introduced to the fundamental skills and techniques of drawing.

Caregiver and Babe Yoga and Field Trip (Fall 2016)

Get out of the house and spend some time at the AGO with your babe. Join us for a - 4 week Yoga and Art Fieldtrip through the AGO collections and exhibitions. Enjoy conversation and adult learning in a baby-friendly atmosphere as you do 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 Babe Yoga and Field Trip (Summer 2016)

Get out of the house and spend some time at the AGO with your babe. Join us for a - 4 week Yoga and Art Fieldtrip through the AGO collections and exhibitions. Enjoy conversation and adult learning in a baby-friendly atmosphere as you do 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 Play and Art Field Trip (Fall 2016)

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!

Kids Yoga (Fall 2016)

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!

Our Instructors

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

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