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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

Manga Comic Book Art for kids 8-13 yrs (Spring)

Learn cool manga drawing techniques through artwork and fun-filled comic book storytelling.

Blowing in the Wind 6-13 yrs (Spring)

Explore the world of artmaking and movement – imagine kites, pinwheels and unusual wind machines

Where the Wild Things Live: Grown-ups and kids 5+ yrs (Spring)

Explore the fantastical world of Emily Carr’s trees, a forest full of movement and light

Dreamy Scary Forests - all ages welcome (Spring)

Explore the fantastical world of Emily Carr’s trees, a forest full of movement and light

Caregiver and Babe Yoga and Art Field Trip - ages 3 months to pre-crawlers (Winter 2015)

Get out of the house and spend some time at the AGO with your babe. Join us for a 4 week Yoga and Gallery Tour through the AGO collections and exhibitions.

Drawing, Painting and Mixed Media 6-7 yrs (Spring)

Kids will learn about a wide variety of painting techniques and skills, and explore the concepts of colour, light, form, texture.

Drawing the Collection 8-10 yrs (Spring)

With the AGO’s amazing collections at their fingertips for inspiration, your child will visit the gallery to sketch and draw.

Life Drawing for Older Kids 11-13 yrs (Spring)

Kids are introduced to the fundamentals of drawing and will explore concepts such as line and contour, perspective and proportion, shadow and shading.

Indie Cartooning 8-13 yrs (Spring)

Old school is still cool! In this course we celebrate the old school cartooning ways

Caregiver and Tot Yoga and Art Field Trip (Spring)

Get out of the house and spend some time at the AGO with your tot. Join us for Yoga and Play in the Hands-On Centre, and an Art Field Trip through the AGO collections and exhibitions.

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