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.
Using our location on the shores of Lake Ontario as a site for investigation, students will explore environmental issues affecting lakes and rivers in Canada and the United States, and what strategies are being used to address them. After examining the ways contemporary artists—including First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists—express their views on environmental issues, students will develop a plan of action for their community in the form of an art project, building a sculptural model that illustrates the issues affecting our waterways and the people and wildlife dependent on them.
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.
12:15 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
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 art works that express feelings and ideas inspired by their own and others' points of view
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: explain how the elements and principles of design are used in their own and others' art work to communicate meaning or understanding
D2.3: demonstrate an understanding of how to read and interpret signs, symbols, and style in art works
D2.4: identify and explain their strengths, their interests, and areas for improvement as creators, interpreters, 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 forms and styles of visual and media arts represent various messages and contexts in the past and present
D3.2: demonstrate an awareness of ways in which visual arts reflect the beliefs and traditions of a variety of peoples and of people in different times and places
SOCIAL STUDIES: PEOPLE AND ENVIRONMENTS
B1. Application: assess responses of governments in Canada to some significant issues, and develop plans of action for governments and citizens to address social and environmental issues.
B1.1: assess the effectiveness of actions taken by one or more levels of government to address an issue of national, provincial/territorial, and/or local significance
B1.3: create a plan of action to address an environmental issue of local, provincial/ territorial, and/or national significance
B2. Inquiry: use the social studies inquiry process to investigate Canadian social and/or environmental issues from various perspectives, including the perspective of the level (or levels) of government responsible for addressing the issues.
B2.1: formulate questions to guide investigations into social and/or environmental issues in Canada from various perspectives, including the perspective of the level (or levels) of government responsible for addressing the issues
B2.2: gather and organize a variety of information and data that present various perspectives about Canadian social and/or environmental issues, including the perspective of the level (or levels) of government responsible for addressing the issues
B2.3: analyse and construct maps in various formats, including digital formats, as part of their investigations into social and/or environmental issues
B2.4: interpret and analyse information and data relevant to their investigations, using a variety of tools
B2.5: evaluate evidence and draw conclusions about social and/or environmental issues, outlining the strengths and weaknesses of different positions on the issues, including the position of the level (or levels) of government responsible for addressing the issues
B2.6: 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.