About the Weston Family Learning Centre
The Weston Family Learning Centre allows visitors to experience the power of art to transform how we understand our world and ourselves. The facility, which opened in October 2011, comprises approximately 35,000 square feet of renovated and new space, and increases the AGO’s ability to provide stellar art education in dedicated spaces for instruction and workshops.
This hub for community creativity and learning – a gathering place for hands-on and online exploration of the creative process – sets a standard for museums around the world, with fully integrated technology that includes broadcast and videoconferencing capabilities, and meeting spaces for educational and private functions.
Activities in the Weston Family Learning Centre
Re-imagined courses, workshops, lectures and symposia that bring art to life. Art classes at all levels — taught by practicing artists in Toronto’s most beautiful teaching studios. Explore art and ideas with experts in the galleries, in front of works of art. Connect with artists, curators and art historians through online podcasts, symposia and courses. For complete details, visit http://www.ago.net/adults
FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
The Dr. Mariano Elia Hands-On Centre for our youngest visitors and their adult friends is open 10:30 am – 2 pm, Tuesday through Friday and 10:30 am – 4 pm, Saturday and Sunday. The space is also available to members for private play dates on weekday afternoons.
Thinking of visiting during the holidays? Click here to see our holiday schedule.
Check out the program of weekend art courses and workshops for children of all ages. (Parents may join in too!) Find out more at http://www.ago.net/children
Join us in the Youth Centre to make art, meet new friends, and take part in group projects and special events. Hang out with friends, work on a homework project, and find out how to get involved in the AGO.
Best of all? Check out some great art in the galleries! The AGO is FREE for Ontario high-school students with valid ID, Tuesday to Friday after 3pm. There’s lots more at http://www.ago.net/youth
- Three seminar rooms;
- A community gallery;
- A hands-on centre for young children and parents;
- An educations commons to welcome school groups and host events;
- A youth centre for young adults;
- 6,000 square feet of studio space;
- An artist-in-residence studio;
- A new entrance on Dundas Street West at Beverley; and
- A staircase leading directly to the AGO’s European galleries.
Hariri Pontarini Architects
Funding for this visionary project was made possible by two key partners: the Government of Canada’s Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, and a landmark donation from the W. Garfield Weston Foundation, which committed the largest single gift in support of art education in the Gallery’s 111-year history.
First and foremost was the desire to create a beautiful and welcoming space for schools and the community. Core principles of the vision: functionality (durability for large groups); flexibility (maximizing spaces and program opportunities); accessibility (providing a feeling of welcome); integration (offering direct connection to the galleries above); and transparency (a window into the creative process).
The Weston Family Learning Centre offers a full roster of programs for all ages, and is a resource and destination for educators, students, children and families, youth and adults. Programs include free youth drop-in centre and programs; school programs; teacher workshops: art workshops and courses for all ages; symposia; family programs; tours; birthday parties; corporate workshops and events; and much more.
Information and Bookings
The AGO offers a variety of packages for private bookings and gallery visits (including studio and curriculum-based programming). For more information, visit Booking School Programs, or:
Education programs generously supported by smART women
smART women, co-chaired by Diana Billes and Leslie Gales, brings together a group of remarkable women to support the AGO’s arts education programs. Collectively, they make a significant difference to what the AGO is able to achieve with the 2014-15 program.
- Diana Billes, co-chair
- Leslie Gales, co-chair
- Ricky Cohen
- Susan Crocker
- Kiki Delaney
- Lynn Factor
- Andrea Federer
- Heather Gotlieb
- Maxine Granovsky Gluskin
- Susan Harris
- Barbara Hennick
- Anne Kaye
- Gale Kelly
- June Kenner
- Debbie Kimel
- Joan Lozinski
- Nancy MacKellar
- Margaret McCain
- Valerie Melman
- Louise Morwick
- Nancy Pencer
- Sandra Pitblado
- Frances Price
- Jill Reitman
- Honey Sherman
- Jane Shevlen
- Sally Wright