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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.
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• Side by Side (4-7yrs)
Parent. Grandparents. Caregivers. Here’s the perfect way to have some uninterrupted, quality one-on-one time with your budding artist! Discover art through a playful and fun process, side by side with your child. You will be introduced to a wide range of art materials and artmaking processes through painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking and mixed media. It’s all about making connections, being together and loving art!• Toddler Arts (18mos-2yrs)
A toddler’s world of infinite discovery is all about exploring materials! Through a diverse exploration of artmaking materials and art processes, this class encourages creative self-expression, developing fine and gross motor skills and sensory awareness through age-appropriate art activities, together with an adult caregiver. We combine the arts with play, keeping the focus on process and fun.• Toddler Arts (2-3yrs)
A toddler’s world of infinite discovery is all about exploring materials! Through a diverse exploration of artmaking materials and art processes, this class encourages creative self-expression, developing fine and gross motor skills and sensory awareness through age-appropriate art activities, together with an adult caregiver. We combine the arts with play, keeping the focus on process and fun.• Cartooning (8-13yrs)
In this course we celebrate traditional ways of cartooning. Armed with pencil, pen, brush, marker, acrylic paint and scratchboard, explore this traditional/contemporary art form and tap into your inner storyteller as you create cartoons, imagery and narrative in a variety of genres.• Drawing, Painting and Mixed Media (5-7yrs)
Working from original works of art, with the AGO’s amazing collection at their fingertips as inspiration, students will learn about a wide variety of drawing and painting techniques and skills.• Life Drawing for Kids! (8-18yrs)
Working with fully clothed life models and using the AGO collections as inspiration, children are introduced to the fundamental skills and techniques of drawing.• Claymation (8-13yrs)
Using clay, model magic, bits and pieces and your imagination and creativity, you and your crew come up with a concept, create 3-D characters, design backgrounds and props and build mini-sets or dioramas. Whether you use these in your stop motion movie or not, it’s a blast just creating the scene. This class works well in combination with the Stop Motion class.• Caregiver and Babe Yoga and Field Trip
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.• Caregiver and Tot Yoga Play and Art Field Trip
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!• Kid's Yoga (6-12yrs)
Are you looking for a program that will help your child develop a strong, flexible and healthy mind, body and spirit? Yoga for children improves concentration, attention and coordination and is an opportunity for them to find tranquility and peace in their busy lives while developing a healthy self-confidence. Join us for a fun kid’s yoga class, followed by a guided art field trip through the galleries!