Family Sundays

Due to efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, the AGP closed to the public on March 14, 2020. We have been working behind the scenes to reshape our programming,  and we hope that you enjoy these Educational Programs virtually.

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! 

Although we’re used to hanging out with you in person, we’re staying home instead to keep each other safe. Even though you can’t join us at the Gallery, we still wanted to connect. We hope that you enjoy this month’s Family Sunday activity.

And, as always, remember to tag us @AGPtbo_ and #AGPtbo

Happy creating!


–the AGP Staff


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January Family Sunday: Memory Boxes!

As we ring in the new year, we look back at our memories and experiences from 2020 and beyond. What has shaped your life over the last year? In a year of unique challenges, what memories, activities, or people have been a source of happiness – a bright spot in your life?

In this activity we are putting together a memory box using objects that remind us of happy memories, of the good things in life, and of our hopes for the new year.

You will need:

  • A box or small container
  • A collection of items
  • Paint, markers, collage materials, etc. to decorate your box (Optional)
  • Pencil/Pen and paper to write a little note about each object your choose (Optional)

Tip: Writing a little bit about each object lets you tell the story of what makes the things you chose so special.

This video was produced by our Education Assistant, Adam. Many of you might recognize Adam through your visits to the AGP. Adam first joined our team as a volunteer in 2013 and we were excited to have him join our team through the Young Canada Works program.

Join us in saying “Thank You!” to Adam for all his work and for sharing his memory box with us all to enjoy!

December Family Sunday: Pop Up Holiday Cards!

This month we’re making our own pop up cards for the Holiday season! Choose from two designs and follow along at home, or use these techniques to create something entirely different!

Part 1: Pop Up Tree Card

You will need:

  • 2 sheets of cardstock
  • A glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Markers

Download the PDF Pop Up Tree Card Template here and follow along!

Part 2: Santa Hat Card

You will need:

  • Cardstock (we used white, red and blue)
  • A glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Markers

Download the PDF Santa Hat Card Template here and follow along!

November Family Sunday: Smile Book!

Make your own personal smile book, and fill it with all the things that make you smile!

You will need:

  • One sheet of paper (we suggest cardstock, printer paper, or construction paper)
  • A glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Ruler (optional)

Once you have made your book you can fill it paintings, drawings, photographs, words, collage – whatever! Just remember to fill it with all the things that make you smile 🙂

We’ve included these guides to help you fold and understand the layout of your book!

  1. Folding Guide – PDF (file size: 14 KB)
  2. Page Layout Guide – PDF (file size: 54 KB)

When printing, remember to click the “Full Size” or “Default” option for scaling the image on your printer menu


In case you missed it…

activist love letters project, Syrus Marcus Ware

July Family Sunday: Activist Love Letters

Hosted by artist and activist, Syrus Marcus Ware

There are people organizing all across Turtle Island and Inuit Nunangat working to make this world more liveable for all of us. Fighting anti-Black racism, fighting climate change, rooting for disability justice and fighting for trans lives. It’s such a beautiful and complex life, to be an activist and to be working for the self determination of all people.

People who put themselves on the front lines of the struggle need support and love to keep up their hopes, to inspire them to keep going.

So let’s all show some love and support to activists in our lives! I invite you to write a love letter (or two!) to someone working for change- maybe to someone you know or maybe to someone in your community who inspires you!  Research the active campaigns happening in your neighbourhood or community (and if you can, get involved!). Pick out your favourite markers, stickers and stationary and write/draw an activist a little card or care package of love!

It feels great to be involved in change making and in supporting change makers!

Check out Syrus Marcus Ware’s Activist Love Letters Project for inspiration by clicking here!

Feel free to share with us!

Check out our other Family Sunday activities!

October Family Sunday: Lots of Leaves!

Autumn is here and fallen leaves are everywhere! Did you know that every tree has its own unique style of leaf? It’s true! Leaves can have very different shapes, sizes, textures, and colours, and these differences can inspire us in our own artwork. In this activity, inspired by the natural art of the new season, you will collect your own fallen leaves and use them to create a colourful autumn leaf collage!

Suitability: Ages 5+

You Will Need:

  • White Paper
  • Crayons and/or Pencil Crayons
  • White Glue and/or Glue Stick
  • Fallen Leaves (See Step 1 for how to find them!)

Click here to open the PDF activity sheet!

September Family Sunday: Colourful Characters!

We’re starting September with a look at our new exhibition, Offering, and its use of colour. Many different artists use colour as an important part of their artwork. While colour can seem simple, it is a very powerful tool. By changing colours and using them in different ways, artists create work that evokes different feelings, places, and emotions.

In this activity you will create colourful characters, and see how colour choice can change your art! You will also find a group activity to share this craft with friends, inspired by the Art Gallery of Peterborough’s hosting of the Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour.

Share your creations by tagging us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter: @AGPtbo and #AGPtbo.

Suitability: Ages 5+

You Will Need:

  • White Paper
  • Markers (Various Colours, Including Black)
  • A Pair of Scissors

Click here to open the PDF activity sheet! 

Take a look at a stop-motion animation, featuring our Colourful Characters!


August Family Sunday: Patterns of Home!

Lyn Carter is a drawing, textile, and sculpture artist who draws inspiration from everyday objects and uses a ‘visual language’ of colours, designs, and materials to reflect her environment and create a sense of place.

In this activity you will discover designs in your own house, and create your own visual language! You will also find a group activity to share with friends, and a look at how to transform a 2-D drawing into a 3-D design.

Suitability: Ages 5+

You Will Need:

  • White Paper (8.5’’ x 11’’)
  • Pencils, Pens, Crayons, or Markers
  • Three Household Objects (See Step 1 for how to find them!)

Click here to open the PDF activity sheet! 


June Family Sunday: Birds in Your Backyard!

This month we have three activities for you to choose from:

  1. Birdwatching Scavenger Hunt – PDF (file size: 164 KB)
  2. Colouring Sheets – PDF (file size: 297 KB)
  3. 3D Robin Sculpture – Instructions sheet – PDF (file size: 3 MB) / “Robin Pattern” template sheet – PDF (file size: 166 KB)

May Family Sunday: May Flowers!

It’s Springtime and that means May Flowers are beginning to bloom all around us! You can make your very own special May Flowers bouquet for someone special in your life, using materials you can find around your own home.


1. Gather your supplies! (for a list of supplies, see the downloadable PDF)
2. Download and follow the step-by step instructions PDF (file size: 2.28 MB)
3. Share your creations on-line with Friends, Family, and us, too!
4. Last, but most importantly, have fun! 🙂

April Family Sunday: 3D Animals!

For our April Family Sunday, with help from our incredible instructor, Laurel, we created 3-D animals out of cardboard and other materials that you can find around your home! We made a fox, a chipmunk, and even a unicorn, but you can be creative and use our templates as inspiration to create your own.

Here’s everything you need to make your own:

  1. Instructions for making 3D Animal Sculptures – PDF (file size: 646 KB)
  2. Chipmunk template: PDF (file size: 270 KB) / JPEG (file size: 204 KB) / PNG (file size: 199 KB)
  3. Fox template: PDF (file size: 284 KB)JPEG (file size: 233 KB)PNG (file size: 223 KB)
  4. Unicorn template (Note: JPEG/PNG have two separate pages): PDF (file size: 457 KB) / JPEG pg 1 (file size: 230 KB)JPEG pg 2 (file size: 239 KB) / PNG pg 1 (file size: 214 KB)PNG pg 2 (file size: 263 KB)

Thank you for joining us! See you again soon!



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