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The City Arts Centre is excited to offer your class creative experiences at our facilities or in your very own classroom! Our workshops, based on the arts curriculum for kindergarten to grade 9, allow students to explore and express themselves through hands-on activities. All workshops are taught by professionals in the field.

We offer 1.5 to 2 hour workshops:

  • Visual Arts
  • Dance
  • Visual Arts
  • Pottery

Group Size and Adult Supervision 

Group size is program specific and is noted in the program descriptions below. Adults are required to remain with their group and supervise students during the program. Additional students and adults may not be able to participate in the programs due to supply or space limits. Adult supervisors are admitted free of charge based on the following ratios: 

  • Grades K-6: 1 adult per 5 students
  • Grades 7- 9: 1 adult per 10 students

Book Your School Program

(2020/21 School Year)

In Your Classroom

Our program instructors will come to you with supplies and activities!

Cooking

Snack Smart! (Kindergarten - Grade 3)

Healthy snacking habits start here! Students will learn about basic hygiene and safety in the kitchen and what makes a healthy snack. We will explore the vocabulary of the kitchen, play some simple kitchen math games, as well as make healthy cake pops that students can take home to eat.

This is a nut-free program. Please inform us of any dietary restrictions at the time of booking.

Program Length: 2 hours
Maximum Group Size: 30 students
Fees: $400

Kitchen Basics (Grades 4-6)

What kinds of foods make up a "healthy lifestyle"? And how can we incorporate those foods into our lives? During this delicious program, students will learn more about choosing nutritious foods, make a healthy rice bowl that can be prepared in any kitchen and create their own Recipe Book that can be added to over time. Students will discuss how rice is used in many traditional cultural dishes across Canada as well as discuss weights and measures and perform some simple kitchen math activities.

This is a nut-free program. Please inform us of any dietary restrictions at the time of booking.

Program Length: 2 hours
Maximum Group Size: 30 students
Fees: $400

Japanese Sushi Rolls (Grades 5-8)

While sushi is culturally connected with modern-day Japan, it originated in China in the 3rd century B.C. as a way of preserving fish using rice. During this fascinating and delicious program, we will talk about the cultural connections of sushi in Asia, expand our vocabulary with Japanese words for different types of sushi and finally make vegetarian sushi rolls for the class to share.

This is a nut-free program. Please inform us of any dietary restrictions at the time of booking.

Program Length: 2 hours
Maximum Group Size: 30 students
Fees: $430

Holiday Cupcakes (Grades 4-9)

A fun and yummy way to celebrate the holidays with your class! Step into our kitchen and learn how to create edible works of art for any holiday (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter). Students will learn the basics of decorative icing and piping under the guidance of a professional cake decorator. This program is also an exciting way to explore cake decorating for Career and Technology Foundations for junior high students.

This is a nut-free program. Please inform us of any dietary restrictions at the time of booking.

Program Length: 2 hours
Maximum Group Size: 30 students
Fees: $430

Dance

Hip Hop (Kindergarten - Grade 3)

Pick up some funky new steps, work your body and have fun in this high energy dance class. You will be guided through the latest hip hop and funk moves coordinated to popular dance music. Your students will love listening and grooving to the music while working up a sweat. 

Program Length: 1.5 hours
Maximum Group Size: 30 students
Fees: $250

Street Jazz (Kindergarten - Grade 3)

Want to get your students moving and grooving but don’t know how to teach the latest trendy dance moves. This class is a mixture of hip hop and jazz. It will use the newest musical trends and cool new dance moves to promote physical activity and teamwork. Students will learn a choreographed dance by the end of the class.

Program Length: 1.5 hours
Maximum Group Size: 30 students
Fees: $250

Visual Arts

Tempera Landscapes on Canvas (Grades 1-3)

Linking with social studies and science concepts, students will explore the basics of painting and colour mixing by creating their own unique landscape canvas. Grade 1 students are invited to create a dramatic seasonal Canadian tree landscape (choose from Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer). Grade 2 students will play with shadows and tones to make a beautiful painting of an Inuit kayak in the water. Grade 3 students can choose from one of the following topics: the Peruvian mountains, the Himalayan mountains in India, a Tunisian desert scape or a Ukrainian castle at night. Please inform us of your subject choice at the time of booking.

Program Length: 2 hours
Maximum Group Size: 30 students
Fees: $400

Poetic Ink Painting (Grades 4-6)

Enhance your language arts poetry unit with this graceful visual arts program. Students will learn to create a beautiful ink-on-paper painting of a Japanese cherry tree in bloom then write a simple haiku based on the image. This project makes a unique gift for the holidays!

Program Length: 2 hours
Maximum Group Size: 30 students
Fees: $400

Watercolour Landscapes (Grades 4-6)

Take your students’ artistic endeavours to the next level with this fascinating and fun introduction to watercolour. Students will learn about different brush strokes, work with light and shadow and play with techniques that can only be achieved with this medium. Choose from one of the following themes: Northern lights over an Alberta forest, an Alberta Rocky Mountain sunset, or a bold Prairie landscape. Please inform us of your subject choice at the time of booking.

Program Length: 2 hours
Maximum Group Size: 30 students
Fees: $400

Come Visit Us!

Get a hands-on experience by visiting us at City Arts Centre or ACT rec centre. Our instructors provide the supplies and activities! Please note: there are no guaranteed spaces for indoor lunches before or after your program. Outdoor space may be limited.

Pottery

Canadian Animals in Clay (Grades 1-3)

A fox, an owl or a beaver? It’s all up to you. Students will learn the basics of handling clay while creating a unique pinch-pot of a Canadian animal, suitable for keeping in the classroom or giving as a gift to a loved one. Fired work will be ready for pick up approximately 2 weeks after the program.

Program Length: 2 hours
Maximum Group Size: 30 students
Fees: $450
Locations: City Arts Centre or ACT Recreation Centre

Ceramic Houses (Grades 3-6)

Build your own classroom community! Students will design, measure, cut and build their very own 3D house in clay, then add creative details to make their little house a “home”. We will also discuss how houses around the world are both similar and different to the ones we find in Alberta. This project makes a unique holiday gift. Fired work will be ready for pick up approximately 2 weeks after the program.

Program Length: 2 hours
Maximum Group Size: 30 students
Fees: $450
Locations: City Arts Centre or ACT Recreation Centre

Emily Carr Coil Pots (Grades 4-9)

Canadian artist and writer Emily Carr was known for her paintings and pottery inspired by Indigenous peoples across North America. Students will learn more about this fascinating artist and discuss the idea of cultural appropriation and how it affects the way we make and view art. They will then each make a coil pot, adding slab-formed shapes to its surface, to create imagery inspired by her work. Fired work will be ready for pick up approximately 2 weeks after the program.

Program Length: 2 hours
Maximum Group Size: 30 students
Fees: $450
Locations: City Arts Centre or ACT Recreation Centre

Introduction to the Pottery Wheel (Grades 7-9)

Enhance your junior high art program with a visit to the City Arts Centre professional ceramics studio where students will be introduced to building ceramics using a pottery wheel. During this challenging and informative program, youths will learn how to throw a cup or bowl and try unique glazing techniques for their project before leaving their project for firing. Fired work will be ready for pick up approximately 2 weeks after the program.

Program Length: 2 hours
Maximum Group Size: 24 students
Fees: $450
Location: City Arts Centre ONLY

Booking Checklist

Please be prepared with the following information to make your booking:

  • Program name
  • 2-3 potential program dates
  • Start time
  • School address including postal code
  • School telephone number
  • Name of teachers for all classes being booked
  • Email address(es) of teacher(s) booking/attending the program
  • Number of students for each program
  • Special needs / accessibility arrangements

Book Your School Program

(2020/21 School Year)

Cancellation and Rescheduling

You are required to submit written notice of cancellation of your program(s) via email to cmsschoolbookings@edmonton.ca or via phone to 780-442-1442.

Programs cancelled with 30 days notice or more will not be charged the program fee or a cancellation fee. Programs cancelled with 8-29 days notice are subject to be charged 50% of the program fee, unless the cancellation is filled by a waitlisted group. For programs cancelled within 7 days notice or less, the full program fee will be charged. 

In the event that a class arrives late, the school will still be charged the full fee and the program will end at the originally scheduled time. 

School Program Guide

2020/2021 School Program Guide

(May 2020 - June 2021)

Hands-on interactive programs for schools at City attractions, recreation centres and cultural sites.

School and Group bookings will be available starting June 1, 2020. There will be modification to programs as per Health recommendations.

Attractions Program Survey

We value customer comments and feedback!

Other School and Group Programs

Looking for more program options? See the complete list of school and group programs at attractions and recreation centres.

For More Information

School/Group Program Reservation Office

PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7

Telephone

780-442-1442

Email cmsschoolbookings@edmonton.ca

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