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.
Create a starship studio in Oakville Galleries’ Education Centre! Working in groups, students will paint clay models of the sun, planets and moons, then use these sculptures to build a three-dimensional map of the solar system. Over the course of the day, students will also draw plans for a ship that could sustain extended travel in outer space, and use new and recycled materials to assemble prototypes of technological tools and devices needed to explore the solar system they’ve constructed.
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 indoors and outdoors in Gairloch Gardens.
12:00 pm: Long nutrition break.
12:25 pm: Art-making activity indoors.
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, principles, and techniques of
visual arts to communicate feelings, ideas, and understandings.
create two- and three-dimensional art works that express feelings and ideas
inspired by their own and others' points of view
demonstrate an understanding of composition, using selected 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 understandings
use a variety of materials, tools, and techniques to determine solutions to
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.
interpret a variety of art works and identify the feelings, issues, themes, and
social concerns that they convey
explain how the elements and principles of design are used in their own and
others' art work to communicate meaning or understanding
demonstrate an understanding of how to read and interpret signs, symbols, and
style in art works
identify and explain their strengths, their interests, and areas for
improvement as creators, interpreters, and viewers 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 sociocultural and historical contexts.
describe how forms and styles of visual and media arts represent various
messages and contexts in the past and present
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
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: UNDERSTANDING EARTH AND SPACE SYSTEMS
2. Developing Investigation and Communication Skills: investigate characteristics of the systems of which the earth is a part and the relationship between the earth, the sun, and the moon.
2.1: follow established safety procedures for handling tools and materials and observing the sun
2.2: use technological problem-solving skills to design, build, and test devices for investigating the motions of different bodies in the solar system
2.3: use scientific inquiry/research skills to investigate scientific and technological advances that allow humans to adapt to life in space
2.4: use appropriate science and technology vocabulary, including axis, tilt, rotation, revolution, planets, moons, comets, and asteroids, in oral and written communication
2.5: use a variety of forms to communicate with different audiences and for a variety of purposes
3. Understanding Basic Concepts: demonstrate an understanding of components of the systems of which the earth is a part, and explain the phenomena that result from the movement of different bodies in space.
3.1: identify components of the solar system, including the sun, the earth, and other planets, natural satellites, comets, asteroids, and meteoroids, and describe their physical characteristics in qualitative terms
3.2: identify the bodies in space that emit light and those that reflect light
3.3: explain how humans meet their basic biological needs in space
3.4: identify the technological tools and devices needed for space exploration
3.5: describe the effects of the relative positions and motions of the earth, moon, and sun
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.