Families

Visit any day of the week to explore our exhibitions. Spend time drawing at our little art table or borrow an Art Kit from the Information Desk. Art Kits are free, in-gallery activities designed for visitors ages two to twelve. Every Art Kit is packed with everything you need for a small art adventure in the galleries.

If you are looking for more opportunities to explore art with your family, join us for Make Something Sunday, a free, monthly drop-in program that introduces new materials and ways of working through informal hands-on workshops for kids and their adults.

An adult and two children sit on folding stools in a darkened gallery. They hold clipboards and pencils and look towards two large, flat dress-shaped sculptures that hang on the wall.

Current Programs for Families

In a gallery an adult and child sit together at a table cluttered with small scraps of cut paper. The adult uses a pair of scissors to cut small pieces of paper while the child watches. Behind them adults and children work at other tables.

Make Something Sunday

Hands-on workshops for families

A small wooden cradle-like bookshelf with a display of children’s picture books sits on a round red carpet.

Little Library

Available during every Make Something Sunday

Owens Art Kit

Mini-making activities inspired by our exhibitions

Two dice sit on a sea-foam green background. One dice has simple line drawings of a house, a car and a sail boat. The other shows images of a cat, a bird and a dog.

The Colville Drawing Dice

A drawing game for all ages

Sackville Sketching Walk with Kamaya Lindquist

A digital guide that leads you on a drawing exploration across campus

Two hands hold the cover of a Cloud Collection with "CLOUD COLLECTION DIANE BORSATO" in large uppercase blue type.

Diane Borsato: Cloud Collection

Observations of clouds and other ephemeral phenomena in the Owens Collection

Past Programs for Families

A smartphone is held up in front of a lush green sports field. On the right side of the screen is a map with a point that reads, "Alex Colville, Running Dog". On the left of the screen is an image of a Wire Fox Terrier racing across a sports field marked with painted white lines.

You Are Here

Seeing Sackville through the Owens Art Gallery Collection

A circular vinyl decal is installed on the glass vestibule of the Owens Art Gallery. The stone building with copper siding sits atop a slight hill, with stairs leading to the entrance.

Let’s imagine our future together!

What is the Owens to you now? What could the Owens be in the future?

Block letters spell out ‘Make Something Sunday’ in grey and “To Go’ in black. The text is written on a white sheet of paper surrounded by a yellow background.

Make Something Sunday To Go

Take home activities for families

The Collage Party

A nomadic, public studio by Paul Butler

A close-up of a child’s hands using a tactile drawing tool to emboss lines of a drawing into a sheet of white paper.

Automatisme Ambulatoire Matinée

An afternoon of art and dance

A clothed figure model stands in the centre of a gallery on top of a wooden plinth, with their feet apart and arms outstretched. Adults sit in a circle around the model, drawing them from observation.

Drawing in the Galleries

An all-ages drawing extravaganza

A hand holds a star-like object made of several strips of black card fastened with a gold-coloured brad. The strips are covered with hand drawn images of stars, lines and dots made with metallic marker.

Family Literacy Day

Community partnership

A student holds up a publication near a painting of a colourful grid on a gallery wall. The page on the left has several paragraphs of text. Two circles have been cut from the right page, allowing details of the painting to peek through.

Slow Zine

Discover what happens when you look closer and look longer