Fee: $6 per student
Designed to reflect curriculum expectations, these programs encourage the development of students’ abilities to comprehend, negotiate and derive meaning from visual information contained in works of art.
ABC — ART BASIC CONCEPTS
GRADES JK – 3
Students experience a variety of artworks in the gallery and develop a greater appreciation for the composition of visual forms by focusing on the elements of design. Discussion takes place around an artist’s personal style, choice of subject matter and individual interpretive response to the work.
Curriculum Connections: VA, L, KP
STORIES OF OUR LAND
GRADES 1 – 3, 4 – 6
Through storytelling and a guided viewing of artwork, students will discover the multicultural mosaic of Canadian art and explore the importance of traditions along with one’s geographical environment in the shaping of identity. Hands-on activities are used to further engage students in younger grades.
Curriculum Connections: VA, SS
CHECKING YOUR PRINCIPLES
GRADES 4 – 6, 7 – 8
Through close observation, interactive activities and focused discussions, students develop their understanding of the principles of design in practice and the various ways that artists use visual language to communicate emotions and ideas.
Curriculum Connections: VA, L
ART SUBJECT MATTERS
GRADES 7 – 8, 9 – 12
A great overview of the McMichael Collection and various genres of art. Landscapes, portraits and abstract art are examined, encouraging students to consider the position and tradition of these genres within specific cultural and historical contexts. The program includes an art debate based on personal response, interpretation and ideas about the impact that artworks can have on individuals and communities at large.
Curriculum Connections: VA, SS, CWS, E
STORIES FROM CANADA
GRADES 7 – 8, 9 – 12
Through examples of artistic and cultural diversity at the gallery, students explore art as an expression of personal experience, as well as a record of the country’s collective history. Throughout the tour, various historical issues are explored through animated discussions and debates, including industrialization, the impact of the Great War on Canada’s sense of nationhood and the Assimilation Policy and Indigenous Cultural Appropriation.
Curriculum Connections: VA, SS, CWS, FNMI