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.
This workshop begins with a brief overview of artists who have created works that improve animal habitats and strengthen ecosystems. Students will then head outside to explore real-time interactions between the organisms living in Gairloch Gardens and their environment. Using a variety of new and recycled sculptural materials, students will work in groups to build models of an improved habitat that would benefit the local ecosystem.
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 art works in a
variety of traditional two- and three-dimensional forms, as well as multimedia
art works, that communicate feelings, ideas, and understandings, using
elements, principles, and techniques of visual arts as well as current media
create art works, using a variety of traditional forms and current media
technologies, that express feelings, ideas, and issues, including opposing
points of view
demonstrate an understanding of composition, using multiple principles of
design and the “rule of thirds" 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 for a specific audience and purpose
use a variety of materials, tools, techniques, and technologies to determine
solutions to increasingly complex 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.
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.
identify and describe some of the ways in which visual art forms and styles
reflect the beliefs and traditions of a variety of cultures and civilizations
demonstrate an understanding of the function of visual and media arts in
various contexts today and in the past, and of their influence on the
development of personal and cultural identity
and technology: understanding life systems
Developing Investigation and Communication Skills: investigate interactions
within the environment, and identify factors that affect the balance between
different components of an ecosystem.
follow established safety procedures for investigating ecosystems
design and construct a model ecosystem, and use it to investigate interactions
between the biotic and abiotic components in an ecosystem
use scientific inquiry/research skills to investigate occurrences that affect
the balance within a local ecosystem
use appropriate science and technology vocabulary, including sustainability,
biotic, ecosystem, community, population, and producer, 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 interactions
demonstrate an understanding of an ecosystem as a system of interactions
between living organisms and their environment
identify biotic and abiotic elements in an ecosystem, and describe the
interactions between them
describe the roles and interactions of producers, consumers, and decomposers
within an ecosystem
describe the transfer of energy in a food chain and explain the effects of the
elimination of any part of the chain
describe how matter is cycled within the environment and explain how it
distinguish between primary succession and secondary succession within an ecosystem
explain why an ecosystem is limited in the number of living things that it can
describe ways in which human activities and technologies alter balances and
interactions in the environment
describe Aboriginal perspectives on sustainability and describe ways in which
they can be used in habitat and wildlife management
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.