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Even though you can’t join us in the AGP Studio, we still want to connect with you and help keep your creativity flourishing. Here you will find a collection of fun and engaging, self-guided art activities, as well as other educational resources for you and your whole family to enjoy!

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Nature Collage Drawings

Inspired by artist Jim Reid

This activity is inspired by the work of Jim Reid, an artist who looks at the forms, structures, and sentiments present in nature. Taking inspiration from local geological features such as the Niagara Escarpment and the Canadian Shield, Reid created a series of artwork that used a mix of materials and techniques to reflect the natural world. In his 1994 work Ancient Silence, he applied layers of paint, metal, glass, and fabric, along with natural materials, to reflect a natural location. This layering of different materials, Reid said, was “both a metaphor for natural processes and a tactile equivalent of the site.”

In this activity, you will reflect on your own natural place: how it looks, sounds, and feels, and what makes it special to you. Then, using carefully-collected pieces of nature, you will create a nature collage drawing. Give it a try!

Suitability: Ages 5+

What you will need:

  • White Paper (8.5’’ x 11’’)
  • Pencils, Pens, Crayons, or Markers
  • White Glue, Glue Stick, or Tape
  • Things From Nature (See Step 1 for how to find them!)

Click here to download the Nature Collage Drawings PDF instructions.

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Optical Illusion Spinners

OpticalIllusionSpinnersPhotoSometimes, art is designed to deceive. How much of what we believe is based on what we perceive? Optical illusions are designs that fool the eye into seeing something different than what is actually there. In artwork, tricks of geometry, materials, and technique can combine to deceive the eye – even when the audience is in on the trick!

In this craft, you create your own optical illusion. You know the trick, but your eye sees differently.

Suitability: Ages 6+

What you will need:

  • White Paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Pencils, Pens, or Markers

Click here to download the Optical Illusions Spinners PDF instructions.

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pARTy Monsters!

This is a fun drawing game that can be played by two people, but you can easily play with your whole family as well! Click on the downloadable pARTy Monsters PDF to read the full instructions.

Suitability: Ages 5+
Players: 2-8

What you will need:

  • A friend or two
  • Something to draw with, like crayons, pencils, or markers
  • One sheet of 8.5 x 11 paper for each person
  • Stop watch or Clock (optional) to set a time limit for each section of your drawing

CREATE wild and wacky “pARTy Monsters!” together by drawing different parts of a Monster, but without knowing what the other person drew.

At the end, you will reveal your “pARTy Monster” creations! It is always sure to be a fun and big surprise!

Remember: It’s okay to laugh at how silly they look. That’s the whole point!

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Looking Closer: Viewfinder Activity

We’ve all been spending a lot of time in our homes and looking at the same stuff all the time can start to feel a little boring. Many artists throughout history have felt the same way, but they used this as inspiration to look at people, objects, and places in new and interesting ways.

One tool that they used to help them was a Viewfinder. A viewfinder is an easy-to-make tool that helps artists look closely at small details and create compositions, by allowing them to focus on only one part of the world around them (kind of like looking through a small window!).

The following activity let’s us look closer, build our Visual Literacy skills, and practice our ability to appreciate Art!

Suitability: 3+ (Note: some use of scissors or a sharp blade is needed to cut cardboard)


  1. Follow the picture instructions below, or click here for the downloadable Make Your Own Viewfinder PDF Guide on how to make your own Viewfinder.
  2. Once you have your viewfinder, download the “Looking Closer: Viewfinder Activity” PDF
  3. Use your viewfinder and follow the instructions on the activity sheet


  • How to make: Adjustable Viewfinder


Here are some pictures from the AGP team of what they saw with their viewfinders!


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Thinking About Colour: Window Butterflies

Just in time for Spring, we’re making Window Butterflies to bring happiness, colour and joy!

Suitability: 3+ (Note: some use of scissors or a sharp blade is needed to cut cardboard)

What you’ll need:

  • scissors
  • paper
  • something to colour with (markers, paint, crayons)
  • clear tape
  • a printer (optional)


  1. Follow the picture instructions below, or click here for the downloadable Window Butterfly PDF Guide on how to make your own window butterfly.
  2. Download and print (or trace using a marker) the Left Wing of the Butterfly and then the Right Wing of the Butterfly.
  3. When you’re ready to assemble, download and print (or trace using a marker) the Body of the Butterfly.
  4. Hang in your window and let the light shine through!


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Be the Curator!

Have you ever wanted to be a Curator and create your very own exhibition on our Ramps?

Taking inspiration from Patrick Moore’s 2016 exhibition “song of the cataract” we thought it would be fun for everyone to try!

Suitability: All ages

You will need:

Happy creating, and we look forward to seeing your exhibition creations!

For more information on Patrick Moore’s 2016 exhibition, please click here.

Bookshelf Exhibition

Practice your curatorial skills by curating, installing, and touring your very own Bookshelf Exhibition

Suitability: All ages

What you’ll need:

  • A bookshelf or suitable space to create an exhibition
  • Objects from around your home (try to find interesting, colourful or unique objects – but make sure you ask permission before using them)
  • Your creative mind and curator’s eye


  1. Find a suitable space and carefully clear the space so you can install your own exhibition
  2. Gather objects from around your home and think about how they work together
  3. Install your exhibition
  4. Give a tour of your exhibition
  • Art Gallery of Peterborough: Bookshelf Exhibition

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Learn to Observe like an Artist

Now is a great time to get outside and practice our observational skills!

Suitability: 7+

What you will need:

  • A pencil or pen
  • A notebook or some paper
  • Your viewfinder (optional)
  • Learn to Observe like an Artist

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Our Heroes!”

At the AGP, we have many heroes, but we wanted to especially thank those who have been working tirelessly to keep us safe and healthy! To all of our first responders, medical professional, City services, and all the citizens of Peterborough who work to keep our shelves stocked and our community running – Thank you!

In March, we asked children and families in our area to make and share artwork to thank our heroes! We received dozens of artworks, from all different ages, giving thanks to the incredible people in our community working in essential services. We want to thank everyone who reached out and submitted their artwork. All of you make Peterborough a wonderful community to live in!

Feature: CBC Radio Morning! (Please note: The interview begins at 28:40)
You can check out the full interview from March 30th here

Click here for more information:

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Family Sunday

On the first Sunday of every month, the AGP team delivers a FREE drop-in art experience for the entire family. This typically includes a studio project, as well as exhibition tours and activities. However, starting in April we have temporarily moved Family Sunday online! 

Join us on Sunday, August 2, 2020 for our online Family Sunday!

For more information click here:

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