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City Arts school programs provide an environment that cultivates cognitive development through hands-on art projects and activities.

We offer curriculum-based art programming for students from grades 1-9. Our school programs are offered in the following art disciplines: 

  • Baking/Cooking
  • Dance
  • Pottery
  • Visual Arts

The bookings office is open 9am-4pm, Monday-Friday.
Extended hours: Wednesday (8:30am-6pm), Saturday (8am-3pm).

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Group Size and Adult Supervision 

Group size is program specific. Please see the program description for maximum number of students. Adult supervisors are admitted free of charge with the program in the following ratios: 

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

Cooking/Baking

Kitchen Essentials (Grades 1-3)

Discover the fundamental areas of the kitchen and everything it has to offer by exploring healthy foods! Students will learn proper kitchen safety and sanitation while learning the importance of making healthy food choices. Students will learn how to read and follow recipes in addition to getting acquainted with various kitchen tools. They will explore the food groups and have the chance to make two healthy snacks using fresh ingredients.

Program Length

2 hours

Maximum Group Size

20 students

Fees

$385

Locations 

City Arts Centre – 10943 84 Ave 
Mill Woods Recreation Centre – 7207 28 Ave NW 

Artisan Bread Making (Grades 4-6)

Have your students ever wanted to braid their own bread? Students will learn the unique techniques to making, kneading and braiding the dough to produce a delicious homemade bread. They will learn how to add various ingredients to accommodate seasonal flavours and textures. Your students will develop an appreciation for making a tasty snack!

Program Length

2 hours

Maximum Group Size

20 students

Fees

$385

Locations 

City Arts Centre – 10943 84 Ave 
Mill Woods Recreation Centre – 7207 28 Ave NW 

Wrap It Up (Grades 4-6)

Explore the wonders of cooking by learning to prepare an easy to make meal and side dish. Students will learn kitchen basics through prep, cooking and cleanup. They will get to explore recipes and have the chance to create a meal and side dish using fresh ingredients and tortilla. Students will develop an appreciation for cooking an easy meal while making healthy food choices.

Program Length

2 hours

Maximum Group Size

20 students

Fees

$385

Locations 

City Arts Centre – 10943 84 Ave 
Mill Woods Recreation Centre – 7207 28 Ave NW 

Cupcake Decorating (Grades 4-9)

Let your students’ inner creativeness come to life with cupcake decorating! Students will learn step by step techniques to make creative cupcake masterpieces using buttercream icing. They will learn how to make piping borders and rosettes and leaves using various piping tips. Students will make different colours of icing and practice decorating techniques to create rainbow swirl frosting.

Sushi Rolls (Grades 7-9)

Have you ever wondered how sushi rolls are made to look so dazzling? In this hands-on class, students will learn the step by step techniques of preparing, rolling and slicing sushi rolls. They will learn kitchen safety and develop their cooking skills by working with fresh ingredients to create a delicious meal.

Dance

Hip Hop (Grade 1-9)

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.

Street Jazz (Grades 1-9)

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.

Visual Arts

Tempera on Canvas (Grades 1-3)

Students are introduced to the fundamentals of painting and colour mixing using tempera paint. Use a 12cmx18cm canvas board to express your inner artist using different brush strokes and colours. Choose one of three themes - tree silhouette in one of the four seasons, inukshuk silhouette with day or night sky or animal (tiger, wolf or polar bear) silhouette on a rocky landscape native to the animals natural habitat.

Watercolours (Grades 4-6)

Students are introduced to the fundamentals of painting. Use watercolour paint to express your inner artist using unique art materials. Choose one of three themes - Northern lights over a forest, Rocky mountain scene at sunrise or storm on a prairie landscape. We will translate light and shadow into masterpieces through the medium of watercolour paints. Learn different brush strokes and techniques to explore reflection and depict a unique piece of art to take home.

Painting With Acrylic (Grades 7-9)

Students are introduced to the fundamentals of painting and colour mixing. Using acrylic paints, students learn how to express themselves through art on stretched canvas. Choose one of the these three themes - Planets and stars in our solar system, cherry tree in bloom or underwater scene with animals and plants. Students will learn a variety of painting techniques including how to hold brush and paint with a palette using a table easel. Our instructor will teach your students how to depict light in each art composition.

Pottery

Pinch Pot Animals (Grades 1-3)

Students will learn the basics of the care and handling of clay. They will use pinch techniques to create a bowl. They will then learn to press, roll, coil and texture their way to turning their pot into an animal of their choice. Will it be scary or cuddly? Creepy or brave? Students will be able to build and glaze their pots in the same day. Pick up for fired work will be 2 weeks after the class.

Program Length

2 hours

Fees

$450 with glazes
$400 without glazes 

Locations 

City Arts Centre – 10943 84 Ave  
ACT Aquatic and Recreation Centre - 2909 113 Ave NW

Totem Poles (Grades 1-3)

We’ve all seen images of Totem poles, but what do they mean and who built them? Students will learn about the symbolic importance of these monumental carvings, then work together to create their own miniature versions in clay! Students will create individual animals based on traditional Indigenous imagery or choose an animal that is significant to them. They will then work together in groups to build up their own class totem pole. The finished work will be fired and ready for them to paint back at school. Please allow 2 weeks for work to be fired.

Program Length

2 hours

Fees

$450 with glazes
$400 without glazes 

Locations 

City Arts Centre – 10943 84 Ave  
ACT Aquatic and Recreation Centre - 2909 113 Ave NW

Emily Carr Coil Bowls (Grades 4-6)

Emily Carr was a famous Canadian artist known for her paintings inspired by the Indigenous people. But did you know she also made pottery? Students will learn to make a coil pot and add slab-formed shapes to its surface inspired by Emily Carr’s pottery. Carr herself was concerned with making money using the imagery of Indigenous people - students will discuss the idea of appropriation and how it affects the way we make and see art.

Program Length

2 hours

Fees

$450 with glazes
$400 without glazes 

Locations 

City Arts Centre – 10943 84 Ave  
ACT Aquatic and Recreation Centre - 2909 113 Ave NW

Ceramic Houses (Grades 4-6)

Ever wanted to be an architect? Now’s your chance! Students will build their own 3D houses in clay (miniature versions, of course!) using machine-rolled slabs. Students will start by designing their perfect house, then learning how to weld flat slabs together to form a 3D structure. Add texture to your slabs to imitate the look of a tiled roof or brick siding. Cut out windows and doors. A clay garden outside will always be in bloom!  

Program Length

2 hours

Fees

$450 with glazes
$400 without glazes 

Locations 

City Arts Centre – 10943 84 Ave  
ACT Aquatic and Recreation Centre - 2909 113 Ave NW

Introduction to the Wheel (Grades 7-9)

Redefine the term ‘Spin Class’ with this quick-and-dirty introduction to making ceramics on the wheel. Working on the wheel is a challenging skill to learn, but once learned, you will be hooked! Learn how to throw and form a cup or a bowl and watch the instructor demonstrate how this technique can be taken to the next level.

Program Length

2 hours

Maximum Group Size

20 students

Fees

$400

Locations 

City Arts Centre – 10943 84 Ave  
ACT Aquatic and Recreation Centre - 2909 113 Ave NW

Indigenous Pottery From Ancient to Modern Times (Grades 7-9)

Did you know Indigenous North Americans made pottery 1000s of years ago? Create your own pots using the same techniques that they did, as well as some modern ones. Build a coil, slab or paddled pot, and learn ways to modify it according to function. Decorate it with texture inspired by the designs Indigenous potters used in their work, impressed onto the clay with their woven baskets.

Program Length

2 hours 

Maximum Group Size

20 students

Fees

$450 with glazes
$400 without glazes 

Locations

City Arts Centre – 10943 84 Ave  
Mill Woods Recreation Centre – 7207 28 Ave NW  

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

(2018/19 School Year)

Cancellation and Rescheduling

You are required to submit written notice of cancellation of your program(s) via email to cmsschoolbookings@edmonton.ca.

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. 

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Other School and Group Programs

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For More Information

School/Group Program Reservation Office

City Arts Centre
10943 84 Avenue
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7

Telephone

780-442-1442

Email cmsschoolbookings@edmonton.ca

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