Family Sundays

Join us every Sunday from 1-4 pm at the Kelowna Art Gallery for
Family Sundays.

Through hands-on activities, helpful instructions, and age-appropriate information and questions, Family Sundays opens up the world of art and artists for children and adults by providing opportunities to engage, discover, and create.

Family Sundays are open to the public every Sunday from 1-4 pm.
Cost is $4 per person, which includes participation in the activity and gallery admission.

Contact the Gallery at 250-762-2226 for more information. Click here to receive updates and information about Family Sundays art activities.

The Kelowna Art Gallery acknowledges the generous support of Source Office Furnishings


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Weeks highlighted in red will include family-friendly tours.



August 2 | Chalk Drawings
After a family-friendly tour of the exhibition Jeroen Witvliet: Wayfarer, we will create our own drawings using chalk pastel, inspired by the works of art in the exhibition..

August 9 | Media Mania
Using a variety of paints and mediums, we will create our own paintings that crackle, spackle, and goo.

August 16 | 8-Bit Character Collagraph
Join us for a special art activity that is inspired by 8-bit video games of the past. Participants will create their own collagraph printing plates and make prints that look like these “blocky,” pixellated graphics common in the days of Atari, Nintendo, and other early game systems.

Note: The Nintendo Splatoon Splash Truck that was originally scheduled to be onsite is unfortunately now unable to attend.

August 23 | Blind Contour Drawing
Blind contour drawing is an excellent way to train the eye to draw what it really sees rather than what we think we see. We will create our own blind contour drawings by looking at our subject instead of our paper as we draw.

August 30 | Andy Warhol Screen-Printing Activity
Today we will learn the process of screen-printing and create our very own soup can prints inspired by Andy Warhol.

September 6 | Recycled works of art
How can works of art explore issues of consumption and waste? Inspired by the exhibition Pieces of What in our Rotary Courtyard, we will create our own sculptures using recycled materials.

September 13 | Mapping Me In
Inspired by the exhibition Wally Dion: Mapping Me In, we will use our imaginations and a variety of media to make our very own maps.

September 20 | Preserves
Participants are asked to bring an object, photograph, or written words that are symbolic of their personal stories and wishes for the future of Kelowna. We will be “preserving” the objects in mason jars filled with clear coloured gelatin. The mason jars will be kept at the Kelowna Art Gallery and will be shown in an exhibition at the Kelowna Art Gallery from November 6th, 2015 into January of 2016.

September 27 | Wildlife Paintings
Inspired by Valerie Rogers’ exhibition Lift Off and Soar at our satellite space at the Kelowna International Airport, we will pick our favourite Canadian animals and use acrylic paint to create our own unique paintings.

October 4 | Charcoal Drawings
Understanding value, or the use of light and dark, is an important factor in creating successful drawings and paintings. After a Family-Friendly Tour of Jeroen Witvliet’s exhibition Wayfarer, we will talk about the use of light and dark in his images and create our own value scale and charcoal drawings exercising what we have learned.

October 11 | Paper Beads
In many cultures beads are used as ornaments, currency, talismans, counting
devices, religious objects, and as symbols of power, wealth, and affiliation. Using recycled paper, we will create our own paper beads.

October 18 | Monoprints
Monoprinting is a form of printmaking that makes a single image only. Inspired by Elizabeth D’Agostino’s exhibition Makeshift, we will think about animals and how they interact with the landscape and will use the printing press to make our own ecosystem-inspired monoprints.

October 25 | Trick or Treat
This Sunday we invite participants to come to the gallery dressed in their Halloween costumes to decorate their very own ‘trick or treat’ bag. Participants will get their own cloth bags to decorate with markers or acrylic paint.

November 1 | Oval Landscapes
After a Family-Friendly tour of Landon Mackenzie’s exhibition Parallel Journey: Works on Paper (1975-2015), we will use watercolour, oil pastels, and stencils to make oval-shaped landscapes inspired by some of her works on paper.

November 8 | Cardboard Sculptures
Inspired by contemporary artists such as Wayne White and Sylvie Reno, we will use cardboard as our medium to build mini sculptures.

November 15 | Chine-Collé Printmaking
Chine-collé is a special technique in printmaking, in which images and paper are transferred to a surface that is bonded to a heavier support in the printing process. Inspired by Elizabeth D’Agostino’s prints, we will work in layers to create prints made up of layered tissue papers and drawings on rice paper.

November 22 | India Ink Drawings
India ink is a simple black ink once widely used for writing and printing and now more commonly used for drawing. Today we will experiment using a variety of brushes to create our own India ink drawings!

November 29 | Gouache Paintings
Gouache paint is similar to watercolour but modified to make it opaque. Gouache differs from watercolour in that the particles are larger, the ratio of pigment to water is much higher, and an additional white pigment such as chalk may also be present. This makes gouache heavier and more opaque, with greater reflective qualities. Inspired by Landon Mackenzie’s works in Parallel Journey: Works on Paper (1975-2015), we will use gouache to create abstract paintings on paper.


Starlight Lantern Making
SATURDAY, December 5, 10 am to 2 pm | Cost $5.00 per person
Create a beautiful painted paper lantern in preparation for the Downtown Light Up. You can bring your lantern to the Downtown Light Up on the evening of December 5.
Drop in any time between 10 am and 2 pm to create your lantern. Contact the Downtown Kelowna Association at 250-862-3515 for more information about the Light Up.


December 6 | Picture Frame Fun
With the holidays fast approaching, the Kelowna Art Gallery’s Family Sundays activity will be making picture frames to give as decorated gifts. Using a variety of media and techniques, we will decorate our own picture frames.

December 13 | Holiday Plates
Feeling festive? We will be painting our own holiday-themed plates today.

December 20 | Holiday Cards
Using a variety of papers and media, we will create our own personalized holiday cards.

December 27 | Resolution Magnets
What are your hopes and dreams for the new year? Inspired by the start of a new year, we will decorate and personalize our own resolution magnets.

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