Experience art in the great outdoors! This full-day workshop connects students to their natural surroundings through a guided exploration of Gairloch Gardens, its site-specific artworks and a hands-on art activity. Over the course of the day, students will use traditional, found and recycled art materials to create artworks they can take home with them. Programs may be adapted to integrate curriculum content from your current classroom studies on request.
On a guided tour through Gairloch Gardens, students will observe, record and collect examples of the colours, shapes and textures specific to the current season. Taking their findings back to the studio, they will first make a watercolour crayon painting incorporating their found materials to depict the garden in its fall, winter or spring glory. After reviewing the visual characteristics of the different seasons, students will fold and cut monochromatic papers to make abstract sculptures that transform the current season into another one altogether.
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 2.5 hours of art-making time and approximately 1.5 hours 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 inquiry-based presentation of contemporary art examples.
10:05 am: Tour of Gairloch Gardens and outdoor sculptures.
10:30 am: Begin art-making activity indoors.
11:00 am: Short nutrition break.
11:15 am: Continue art-making activity indoors.
12:00 pm: Long nutrition break.
12:25 pm: Art-making activity outdoors in Gairloch Gardens.
1:40 pm: Sharing and reflecting on students' art works.
2:00 pm: Depart Oakville Galleries.
THE ARTS: VISUAL ARTS
D1. Creating and Presenting: apply the creative process to produce a
variety of two- and three-dimensional art works, using elements, principles,
and techniques of visual arts to communicate feelings, ideas, and
D1.1: create two- and three-dimensional works of
art that express feelings and ideas inspired by personal experiences
D1.2: demonstrate an understanding of composition, using principles of design
to create narrative art works or art works on a theme or topic
D1.3: use elements of design in art works to
communicate ideas, messages, and personal understandings
D1.4: use a variety of materials, tools, and
techniques to respond to design challenges
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.
D2.1: express their feelings and ideas about art
works and art experiences
D2.2: explain how elements and principles of design
are used to communicate meaning or
understanding in their own and others' art work
D2.3: demonstrate an awareness of signs and symbols
encountered in their daily lives and in works of art
D2.4: identify and document their strengths, their
interests, and areas for improvement as creators of art
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.
D3.1: identify and describe visual art forms that
they see in their home, at school, in their community, and in visual arts
D3.2: demonstrate an awareness of a variety of
works of art from diverse communities, times, and places
AND TECHNOLOGY: DAILY and SEASONAL CHANGES
1. Relating Science and Technology to Society and the Environment:
assess the impact of daily and seasonal changes on living things, including
1.1: assess the impact of daily and seasonal
changes on human outdoor activities and identify innovations that allow for
some of these activities to take place indoors out of season
assess ways in which daily and seasonal changes have an impact on society and
2. Developing Investigation and Communication Skills: investigate daily
and seasonal changes.
follow established safety procedures during science and technology
use scientific inquiry/research skills, including generating questions and knowledge
acquired from previous investigations, to identify daily and/or seasonal
changes and their effects
use appropriate science and technology vocabulary, including investigate,
temperature, hibernate, dormant, energy, and survival, in oral and written
use a variety of forms to communicate with different audiences and for a
variety of purposes
Understanding Basic Concepts: demonstrate an understanding of what daily and
seasonal changes are and of how these changes affect living things.
define a cycle as a circular sequence of events
3.4: describe and compare the four seasons
3.5: describe changes in the appearance or behaviour of living things that are
adaptations to seasonal changes
describe how humans prepare for and/or respond to daily and seasonal changes
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.