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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June 2 // The Psychic Weight of the Domestic
Roland Barthes, Mythologies, "The Nautilus and the Drunken Boat"
June 7 // Mapping Space
Anna Guilo, "Border Art and Borders of Art: an Extradisciplinary Approach," Antiatlas Journal
June 21 // The Poetics of Space
Lecture and Discussion with Special Guest, Dr. Bruce Baugh
A complete list of supplementary readings with links to download PDFs is available here.
For our final date, June 21, we are joined by local philosopher and educator Bruce Baugh for a discussion about spaces. Gaston Bachelard’s "Poetics of Space" (1958) used poetry to explore the qualities of spaces: open, closed, intimate, vast, sheltered, exposed. In this talk, Baugh will use philosophy to explore different kinds of space: bodily, lived, public, private, interior, domestic, outdoor, wild, geometrical and pictorial.
June 21 // Shadow Prints: Exploring the Cyanotype Process
July 26 // Landscape Drawing
Meet us at the KAG studios to grab a sketch kit and then embark on a short walk to Riverside Park to enjoy the evening air and sketch the landscape. This workshop involves a 15-minute walk on flat and hilly terrain, and may include sitting on the grass or standing for prolonged periods. Participants are encouraged to bring their own assistive devices, chairs or portable easels if desired.
August 16 // Up Close in the Gallery
Spend a couple of hours contemplating, talking about and sketching art works from our permanent collection on display in the exhibition Through the Memory Atlas: 40 Years of Collecting. Discover how the artworks change through close and extended observation and learn new ways to draw what you see.
October 25 // Accordion Books
Make your own journal, diary, sketchbook or ledger using a simple and clever accordion book technique that allows you to add more pages as the book fills up.
November 15 // Block Printing on Fabric
Create beautiful fabric through simple, geometric block printing techniques. Some fabric will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring their own if they have something special in mind.
December 13 // E-Textiles
Learn how to sew with conductive thread, and incorporate LEDs, batteries, switches and microcontrollers to create a soft sculpture that lights up! This workshop only has space for 12 participants.
We will also be celebrating the launch of our new summer internship program, The Lab, where participants will learn from local artists, curate an exhibition, design our fall youth programming—and get paid to do it!
This workshop is offered through our youth program, After School Special and is generously sponsored by the Edwina and Paul Heller Memorial Fund.
will lead a short workshop exploring a particular technique and look at the work of contemporary and historical female artists to inspire your own artwork.
All materials are provided. No experience is necessary. No registration is required.
Generously sponsored by Wilson M. Beck Insurance Services.
explore a new topic – come to them all, or only those that interest you.
No experience is necessary. All materials are provided (and some snacks). Each workshop has space for 12 participants. No registration is required.
June // Exhibition Practices 101
Everything you need to know about installing a show. Learn practical skills such as how to select, frame and hang artwork and how to design and print a catalogue.
This program is generously sponsored by the Edwina and Paul Heller Memorial Fund.
This program is generously sponsored by Forward Law LLP.
June 28 // Introduction to Embroidery
$60 // $54 for members
Kit includes a 6" wooden hoop, monk's cloth, two embroidery needles and a selection of cotton thread.
No experience necessary. Each workshop has space for 10 participants.
Register ONLINE or by calling the Gallery at 250-377-2400.
Please advise at time of registration if you have any wool or lanolin sensitivities and an acrylic option will be provided.
We will have weekly themes inspired by the exhibition, Through the Memory Atlas: Forty Years of Collecting, which features over 200 art works drawn solely from our permanent collection made by local, national and international artists.
Each day, we will go into the Gallery for an interactive tour and activity. Then it’s back to the studios for art making and experimenting!
Participants will learn about the essentials of art making and will be encouraged to apply their knowledge to traditional art materials, like painting, drawing and sculpting. They will also be encouraged to experiment with non-traditional materials in new and exciting ways!
Each week, the older campers (aged 7+) will get to go on a variety of mini adventures to the Kamloops Library, the Kamloops Museum and Archives and Riverside Park.
At the end of the summer, we celebrate all the talented young artists who participated in our summer art camps with an exhibition on our Open Gallery. We will hold an opening reception for this exhibition on Saturday, August 25 at 12:00pm.
Ages 4 to 6
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
$105 // $83 for members
Ages 7 to 12
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
$193 // $160 for members
Extended care is available for all camps. Call the Gallery at 250-377-2400 to enquire.
This course incorporates sketching in the landscape at locations such as Cooney Bay, Riverside Park, Barnhartvale and Six Mile Point and may include sitting on the ground or standing for prolonged periods. Most of the walking will be on level terrain, but may include some low to moderate hills. Participants are encouraged to bring their own assistive devices, chairs or portable easels if desired.
This course comes with a complete travel sketch kit including a sketchbook, pens, pencils and more for you to keep.
No experience is necessary.
This course has space for 12 participants. Registration fee is for all 4 classes and includes supplies.
July 21, 28 // August 4, 11, 18
November 3, 10, 17 // December 1, 8
We are delighted to announce the KAG is now offering introductory ceramics courses in our studios. Participants will learn the basics of hand building and wheel throwing to create small vessels and a mug. All materials are provided. No experience is necessary.
Each course has space for 10 participants.
Generously supported by Thompson Rivers University Department of Visual and Performing Arts.
All materials are provided (and some popcorn). No experience is necessary. No registration is required.
July 25 // Teenagers from Outer Space
August 15 // Night of the Living Dead
August 29 // Plan 9 from Outer Space
October 24 // The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
November 28 // Babes in Toyland
December 19 // 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Generously supported by the Jann LM Bailey Legacy Fund.
We thank parents for staying with their children throughout tours and art-making activities.
No experience is necessary. All materials are provided. No registration is required. Exhibition admission is included.
Donald Lawrence teaches in the Visual Arts program at TRU. Perspective drawing is a regular part of his practice, including in elaborate travel journals, and his current research is about the history of perspective in relation to visual perception.
This course incorporates sketching in the landscape and may include sitting on the ground or standing for prolonged periods. Most of the walking will be on level terrain, but may include some low to moderate hills. Participants are encouraged to bring their own assistive devices, chairs or portable easels if desired.
This course comes with a complete travel sketch kit for you to keep.
No experience is necessary.
This course has space for 10 participants. Registration fee is for all 3 classes and includes supplies
All materials provided (and some snacks). No experience is necessary. No registration is required.
Extended care is available.