The art of our time is full of surprises, with artists often using non-traditional materials and techniques to explore a world of ideas. Students will be introduced to one of Oakville Galleries' exhibitions and then guided through a group discussion by one of our educators. With a focus on building communication and critical skills, this program encourages students to engage their imaginations while expanding their understanding of the visual arts. While on site, schools shouldn't miss the chance to venture out into Gairloch Gardens to discover the sculptural works installed throughout the park.
This is a sample itinerary and can be scheduled in the morning, afternoon or evening depending on your group's needs. A half-day at Oakville Galleries features 2 hours of guided tour activities, which includes 1 hour outdoors in Gairloch Gardens, weather permitting. Total recommended length of visit time is 3 hours. For shorter visits or bookings at Centennial Square, please contact us for more information. Activities can be modified for groups interested in experiencing A Large Slow River by Janet Cardiff.
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.
10:40 am: Nutrition break.
11:00 am: Tour of Gairloch Gardens and outdoor sculptures.
12:00 pm: Sharing and reflecting on students' experiences and interpretations.
12:30 pm: Depart Oakville Galleries.
The Arts: Visual Arts
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.