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.
Students will be introduced to the work of artists who harness the power of air and water in their artworks for inspiration, then create their own wind- and water-powered artworks—wind catchers, wind chimes and floating sculptures—and test them out in the gardens.
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 outdoors in Gairloch Gardens.
11:00 am: Short nutrition break.
11:15 am: Continue art-making activity outdoors in Gairloch Gardens.
11:45 pm: Begin art-making activity indoors.
12:15 pm: Long nutrition break.
12:40 pm: Continue art-making activity indoors and project installation outdoors.
1:40 pm: Sharing and reflecting on students' art works.
2:00 pm: Depart Oakville Galleries.
THE ARTS: VISUAL ARTS
Creating and Presenting: apply the creative process to produce a variety of
two- and three-dimensional art works, using elements and principles, and
techniques of visual arts to communicate feelings, ideas, and understandings.
create two- and three-dimensional works of art that express personal feelings
and ideas inspired by the environment or that have the community as their
demonstrate an understanding of composition, using principles of design to
create narrative art works or art works on a theme or topic
use elements of design in art works to communicate ideas, messages, and
use a variety of materials, tools, and techniques to respond to design
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.
express their feelings and ideas about works of art
explain how elements and principles of design are used to communicate meaning
or understanding in their own and others' art work
demonstrate an awareness of signs and symbols encountered in their daily lives
and in works of art
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.
identify and describe a variety of visual art forms they see in their home, at
school, in their community, and in visual arts experiences
demonstrate an awareness of a variety of works of art and artistic traditions
from diverse communities, times, and places
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: AIR AND
WATER IN THE ENVIRONMENT
1. Relating Science and
Technology to Society and the Environment: assess ways in which the actions of
humans have an impact on the quality of air and water, and ways in which the
quality of air and water has an impact on living things.
assess the impact of human activities on air and water in the environment,
taking different points of view into consideration, and plan a course of action
to help keep the air and water in the local community clean
2. Developing Investigation
and Communication Skills: investigate the characteristics of air and water and
the visible/invisible effects of and changes to air and/or water in the
follow established safety procedures during science and technology
investigate, through experimentation, the characteristics of air and its uses
2.3: investigate, through experimentation, the characteristics of water and its
2.5: investigate water in the natural environment
use appropriate science and technology vocabulary, including solid, liquid,
vapour, evaporation, condensation, and precipitation, in oral and written
use a variety of forms to communicate with different audiences and for a
variety of purposes
3. Understanding Basic
Concepts: demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which air and water are
used by living things to help them meet their basic needs.
identify air as a gaseous substance that surrounds us and whose movement we
feel as wind
3.2: identify water as a clear, colourless, odourless, tasteless liquid that
exists in three states and that is necessary for the life of most animals and
3.3: describe ways in which living things, including humans, depend on air and
3.4: identify sources of water in the natural and built environment
state reasons why clean water is an increasingly scarce resource in many parts
of the world
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.