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.
During a tour of Gairloch Gardens, students will discover the stories sculptures tell about the world around us, and learn about the early Indigenous peoples who lived in this area between 3000 BCE and 1500 CE. This experience will provide the foundation for students to make their own models for outdoor artworks. Working individually, students will use air dry clay to each make a miniature sculpture that represents their own travels through twenty-first century Gairloch Gardens. Sculptures can be taken back to school and painted in your classroom.
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.
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 understandings
D1.1: create two- and three-dimensional works of art that express feelings and ideas inspired by their interests and experiences
D1.2: demonstrate an understanding of composition, using selected 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 understandings
D1.4: use a variety of materials, tools, and techniques to determine solutions to design challenges
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.
D2.1: interpret a variety of art works, and identify the feelings, issues, themes, and social concerns that they convey
D2.2: analyse the use of elements and principles of design in a variety of art works, and explain how they are used to communicate meaning or understanding
D2.3: demonstrate awareness of the meaning of signs, symbols, and styles in works of art
D2.4: identify and document their strengths, their interests, and areas for improvement as creators and viewers of art
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 sociocultural and historical contexts.
D3.1: describe how visual art forms and styles represent various messages and contexts in the past and present
D3.2: demonstrate an awareness of a variety of art forms, styles, and traditions, and describe how they reflect the diverse cultures, times, and places in which they were made
SOCIAL STUDIES: HERITAGE AND IDENTITY
A2. Inquiry: Ways of Life and Relationships with the Environment: use the social studies inquiry process to investigate ways of life and relationships with the environment in two of more early societies (3000 BCE–1500 CE), with an emphasis on aspects of the interrelationship between the environment and life in those societies.
A2.1: formulate questions to guide investigations into ways of life and relationships with the environment in two or more early societies, with an emphasis on aspects of the interrelationship between the environment and life in those societies
A2.2: gather and organize information on ways of life and relationships with the environment in early societies, using a variety of primary and secondary sources in both print and electronic formats
A2.3: analyse and construct print and/or digital maps, including thematic maps, as part of their investigations into interrelationships between the environment and life in early societies
A2.4: interpret and analyse information relevant to their investigations, using a variety of tools
A2.5: evaluate evidence and draw conclusions about ways of life and relationships with the environment in early societies, with an emphasis on aspects of the interrelationship between the environment and life in those societies
A2.6: communicate the results of their inquiries, using appropriate vocabulary and formats
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.