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Children's Courses and Workshops

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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

Making Bowls (Spring 2016)

Learn how to make a free form papier-mache bowl and a magazine "roll-up" bowl, incorporating unique and simple design elements of form and function and found images and objects.

Print your own Tote Bag! (Spring 2016)

Design your very own tote bag to carry to and from class! Learn screen printing and colour mixing techniques to create a unique, one-of-a-kind bag. Suitable for students aged 6+ wih an adult caregiver.

3-D Sun Catchers (Spring 2016)

Celebrate the spring by making a 3-dimensional sun catcher! Explore colour, pattern and design. Suitable for students aged 3+ with an adult caregiver.

Nordstrom Tile Painting at the AGO

Help your kids unleash their inner artist while supporting the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) through a special event in partnership with Nordstrom!

Our Instructors

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

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