Our programs offer opportunities for people of all ages to learn how art connects us with our daily lives. Focusing on the KAG’s current exhibitions, programs include art camps, interactive tours, activities and workshops that encourage self-expression and experimentation while learning about art techniques, basic design concepts and a variety of media.
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Ages 4 to 6
9:00 to 12:00 pm
$105 per week (members receive a discount)
Ages 7 to 12
9:00 to 3:00 pm
$193 per week (members receive a discount)
Extended care is available 8:30 to 9:00 and 3:00 to 3:30 pm.
This summer’s program is inspired by the exhibitions, Lawren Harris: Canadian Visionary, which comes to us on tour from the Vancouver Art Gallery, and AlterNation, featuring work by a variety of artists that celebrates, challenges and explores how art has been involved in the myth-making and nation-building of Canada. Throughout the summer, we will explore the history and representation of Canada and what it means to be Canadian through the work of established and emerging artists such as Rebecca Belmore, Edward Burtynsky, Lawren Harris, Farheen HaQ, Daphne Odjig, Takao Tanabe and Jin-Me Yoon.
Each day includes an interactive tour and activity in our exhibition spaces, developing the ability of your young artists to articulate their ideas about what they’re looking at. One morning a week, campers will go on a field trip to the Kamloops Library (with whom we share a building) to participate in their Summer Reading Club and read stories that explore themes relevant to the exhibitions.
Back in our studios, campers will learn the essentials of art making—such as colour theory, symmetry, perspective and unity—and experiment with how to apply these principles to paintings, drawings and sculptures. As with all of our studio programs, KAG art camp prioritizes the creative process over the outcome. We encourage young artists to experiment, test new techniques and develop their skills through self-expression.
Elaborating on the theme of collaboration, we have divided our summer camp into two thematic teams: “The Super Naturals” and “The Multifarious Medleys.” Each week, a different team will work to investigate, celebrate and ask questions about Canada’s land and people. At the end of the summer, we will present their findings in a group exhibition on our Open Gallery. We hold an opening reception for this exhibition on Saturday, August 26 at 1:00 pm.
The Super Naturals
July 4 to 7 // July 17 to 21 // July 31 to August 4 // August 14 to 18
Campers in these weeks will explore Canada’s landscape through traditional and experimental painting, drawing, printmaking and collage techniques. To aid in our exploration of the land, we will also experiment with how to use materials collected in nature to create artwork.
The Multifarious Medleys
July 10 to 14 // July 24 to 28 // August 7 to 11
Working collaboratively, campers will learn how to incorporate their personal history and identity into their artwork through such processes as relief printmaking, painting and various forms of two-dimensional mark making, and consider how they fit into our diverse community.
Please note that for the first two weeks of camp, July 4-14, our exhibition spaces will be closed for installation. During this period, we will bring artwork from our permanent collection into the classroom to explore these ideas of place and nationhood.
Space is limited, register early to reserve your place.
Summer Art Camp is generously sponsored by New Gold Inc. and Watson Engineering Ltd.
Registration is now open online and by phone: 250-377-2400
Throughout our childhood, we often develop a system of symbols that we use when drawing – almonds for eyes; triangle for the nose; oval for the face; circle on top of a vertical rectangle for a tree – and without further training, we continue to use these same symbols as adults. In these workshops, we will lead you through some exercises to help you leave your symbols behind and learn how to draw what you see.
This program has limited space. Early registration is encouraged.
Register online or by phone at 250-377-2400.
In KAG Mini Camps, young artists aged 3 to 5 go on interactive mini-tours to explore artwork on display in our exhibitions and learn through play in our studios. We value small class sizes, which means space is limited. Register early to reserve your place. Register online or phoning the Gallery 250-377-2400.
Mini Camp: Painting
Tuesdays, 10:30 to 11:30 am
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Ages 3 to 5
$41.25 // $37.50 for members (for 5 sessions)
In this five-week camp, your young artists will experiment with mixing colours, painting through dance and with dots, painting in water and painting with uncontrollable objects like bouncy balls.
Mini Camp: Sculpture
Tuesdays, 10:30 to 11:30 am
November 7, 14, 21, 28
Ages 3 to 5
$33 // $30 for members (for 4 sessions)
In this four-week camp, campers will learn how to mix their own sculpture dough and experiment with balance, gravity and wind as they build sculptures that lie down, stand up and even one that moves.
Mini Camps are generously supported by the Jann LM Bailey Legacy Fund.
Learn something new while enjoying your after-work drink. Every month offers a new topic on diverse aspects of art history presented by local artists, educators and researchers. A cash bar is available.
Fall 2017 topics will be announced in September.
Drop in to DIY Thursdays to learn new skills from talented local artists. No experience is necessary, and we'll provide all the materials are provided (and some snacks). Fall 2017 workshop topics will be announced in September.