Following a guided tour of Cosima von Bonin: Who's Exploiting Who in the Deep Sea?, students will respond creatively to the artworks on view with a hands-on sculpture workshop. This is a great opportunity to work under the guidance of an educator with expertise in the visual arts, giving students a chance to explore their creativity, experiment with unusual materials, and learn new techniques to create works of art. All students will produce a project they can take home with them.
Teachers have a choice of three workshop options:
Students will learn techniques and use a variety of tools for hand building with clay, such as the score and slip technique and creating texture through additive and subtractive methods. Each student will create their own 3D creature and its imaginary habitat, then take their project back to school to air dry. This workshop is suitable for students in grades K-8 and will be adapted to the relevant visual arts curriculum for each grade.
Fabric relief sculpture
In this no-sew workshop, each student will work with upcycled textiles and new polyester fiberfill to cut, glue and assemble a 2D fabric relief sculpture depicting an ocean scene. This workshop is suitable for students in grades K-8 and will be adapted to the relevant visual arts curriculum for each grade.
Sewing is required for this workshop that will see students create their own 3D soft sculptures. However, unlike Cosima von Bonin, these will be small-scale representations! Each student will draw a unique pattern, then cut and sew upcycled fabric into a sea creature. This workshop is suitable for students in grades 6-8 only and will be adapted to the relevant visual arts curriculum for each grade.
Full day: $10/student ($250 minimum)
Half day: $7/student ($175 minimum)
This itinerary is flexible and can be modified to best suit your group's needs and schedule. A full-day program at Oakville Galleries includes over 2 hours of art-making time and half an hour outdoors in Gairloch Gardens, weather permitting. Total recommended length of visit time is 4.5 hours.
9:30 am: Arrive at Oakville Galleries and find your classroom(s).
9:40 am: Instructor leads an introductory conversation about Oakville Galleries and conducts an interactive exhibition tour of Cosima von Bonin: Who's Exploiting Who in the Deep Sea?.
10:45 am: Short nutrition break.
11:00 am: Art-making activity.
12:00 pm: Long nutrition break.
12:25 pm: Art-making activity.
1:40 pm: Sharing and reflecting on students' art works.
2:00 pm: Depart Oakville Galleries.
A half-day program is a maximum visit length of 2 hours. Please contact us to discuss how to adapt the workshop for your needs.
THE ARTS: VISUAL ARTS
D1. Creating and Presenting: apply the creative process to produce a variety of two-and three-dimensional artworks, using elements and principles, and techniques of visual arts to communicate feelings, ideas, and understandings.
D2. Reflecting, Responding, and Analysing: apply the critical analysis process to communicate feelings, ideas, and understandings in response to a variety of art works and art experiences.
D3. Exploring Forms and Cultural Contexts: demonstrate an understanding of a variety of art forms, styles, and techniques from the past and present, and their social and/or community contexts.
LANGUAGE: ORAL COMMUNICATION
1. Listening to Understand: listen in order to understand and respond appropriately in a variety of situations for a variety of purposes.
2. Speaking to Communicate: use speaking skills and strategies appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.
Programs are available weekdays throughout the academic year. Oakville Galleries can regularly accommodate bookings for two groups or a total of 60 students at once—three groups of up to 85 students can be booked with advance notice. Early booking is encouraged. There is a minimum registration of 25 students per group (or the equivalent registration fee) to secure a registration for your school.
To book a program, please contact Oakville Galleries' Education Officer at 905.844.4402, extension 26, or email@example.com. Programs should be booked at least three weeks in advance. To request a booking, teachers should include the total expected number of students, grade level(s), school name, school address, program title, and three preferred dates for the program.
Once booked, you will receive a confirmation form for your booking outlining the number of groups and estimated fees, along with a field trip kit and a map of where to find us.
Schools are required to provide one adult supervisor (teacher or parent volunteer) for every 10 children. There are no fees for adults to participate.