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Multimedia Experimentations: Today’s Artist (14-18yrs)

We take our initial inspiration and learning modules this season from the spanning careers of two powerhouses of abstract painting, American Joan Mitchell and Canadian Jean Paul Riopelle. With a significant exhibition of their work currently at the AGO, we will discuss two unique artists who shared both a personal and professional relationship, and which can be tracked through the blending and separation of their respective painting styles. The contrasts and comparisons will help students develop their own sense of emotion and feeling through abstraction. From there, we consider contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama’s brilliant multimedia practice, and encourage students to develop their own voices further through a selection of multimedia approaches. Students will reflect upon a career spanning artistic practice – Kusama is still working at 88 years -- that includes abstract painting, printmaking, performance art and built environments. As we move into developing our contemporary practices, we will acknowledge both the foundational value of artists that proceed us, and balance it with the artist’s impulse to create new work that reflects and socially engages with our contemporary world today.

Our youth classes are intensive studio courses with a focus on contemporary art making. Multimedia Experimentation is an ideal foundational course for anyone considering a career in the creative arts. It supports the development of a robust body of work from each student across a range of disciplines. It is also the entry point for further explorations focused on a combination of traditional and digital arts and reflecting contemporary art trends and practices. Students work with highly qualified instructors who are practicing artists. Instructors respond to the needs and skill sets of each student both individually and as a group, fostering a supportive, engaging, collaborative and experimental environment. Students will explore the freedom and blurriness amongst genres all the while discussing the many artists who express themselves through a variety of media including painting, sculpture, performance, video and digital. Materials and processes for this course might focus on or include painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed and new media, installation and 3-D construction/sculpture.

Courses are inspired by current exhibitions and other highlights from the AGO's collections.

All materials are included. This course meets in the AGO's Anne Tanenbaum Gallery School.

ATTENTION: No class Saturday May 19. 

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Saturdays, - | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (10 weeks)


Art Education Policies


Please read the following policies when you prepare your registration to AGO Education courses and camps.

  • Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and is limited to space restrictions.
  • Advance registration is recommended for all programs.
  • Registration is confirmed only upon receipt of payment.
  • All registration is subject to availability.
  • All programs, prices and instructors are subject to change without notice.
  • The AGO has the right to remove students from classes. (remove if they are disruptive).

Withdrawals and Refunds

Adult/Youth/Kids' Courses

  • Payment is due in full at time of registration.
  • Customers who withdraw more than 2 weeks prior to the start of the course will be issued a full refund, minus a $2 service fee.
  • Refunds are available in full 3 days before the start of the first class, minus a $2 service fee and a $30 administration fee.
  • For all courses a withdrawal is allowed before the start of the second class, minus a $2 service fee and an $80 administration fee.
  • Withdrawals after the start of the second class are non-refundable.
  • One day workshops are non-refundable.
  • Absence does not constitute a withdrawal.
  • Courses are not transferable.
  • Withdrawal requests must be done by telephone through the Contact Centre at 416-979-6608.


  • Payment is due in full at time of registration.
  • Customers who withdraw more than 2 weeks prior to the start date of your child’s camp program will be issued a full refund, minus the $30 administration fee.
  • Withdrawals within 2 weeks of the start date of your child’s camp program are eligible for a 50% refund minus the $30 administration fee.
  • After the start of your child’s camp program, there are no refunds for cancellations.
  • The above policy also applies to extended care and meal plan purchases.
  • Medical exceptions require a doctor’s note at the time of the request.
  • Absence does not constitute a withdrawal.
  • Withdrawal requests must be done by telephone through the Contact Centre at 416-979-6608.
  • Transfer requests will be considered up to 5 business days prior to the start of your child’s camp program.
  • Transfer requests will be considered based on availability within the desired program, and are subject to a $30 administration fee.
  • Transfer requests must be done by telephone through the Contact Centre at 416-979-6608.

Cancellation of Classes

  • To ensure that we are able to run your preferred classes, we recommend that you enroll at least two weeks prior to the commencement of the program.
  • In the event of course cancellation, registrants will be notified 3 days prior to the scheduled commencement of the course and a full refund will be given.

Weather/ Cancellation Information

  • Please call 416-979-6660 ext. 5954 to confirm classes in the event of inclement weather.
  • Students will not be contacted when the school is closed due to weather.
  • Every effort to provide make-up classes will be made but cannot be guaranteed.
  • Refunds will not be given in these rare cases.


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