The art of our time is full of surprises, with artists often using non-traditional materials and techniques to explore a world of ideas. Students will be introduced to one of Oakville Galleries' exhibitions and then guided through a group discussion by one of our educators. With a focus on building communication and critical skills, this program encourages students to engage their imaginations while expanding their understanding of the visual arts. While on site, schools shouldn't miss the chance to venture out into Gairloch Gardens to discover the sculptural works installed throughout the park.
This is a sample itinerary and can be scheduled in the morning, afternoon or evening depending on your group's needs. A half-day at Oakville Galleries features 2 hours of guided tour activities, which includes 1 hour outdoors in Gairloch Gardens, weather permitting. Total recommended length of visit time is 3 hours. For shorter visits or bookings at Centennial Square, please contact us for more information. Activities can be modified for groups interested in experiencing A Large Slow River by Janet Cardiff.
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 interactive exhibition tour.
10:40 am: Nutrition break.
11:00 am: Tour of Gairloch Gardens and outdoor sculptures.
12:00 pm: Sharing and reflecting on students' experiences and interpretations.
12:30 pm: Depart Oakville Galleries.
THE ARTS: VISUAL ARTS
This program emphasizes student learning using the Critical Analysis Process. It addresses the following expectations in the Visual Arts curriculum:
B: Reflecting, Responding, and Analysing | B1, B2, B3
C: Foundations | C1, C2, C3
For each of the following Visual Arts courses:
Grades 9–11 | Open
Grades 11 & 12 | University/College Preparation
Grade 12 | Workplace Preparation
THE ARTS: MEDIA ARTS
This program can be linked to specific expectations in B: Reflecting, Responding, and Analysing and C: Foundations for the following courses:
Grades 10 & 11, Open
Grades 11 & 12, University/College Preparation
Grade 12, Workplace Preparation
ENGLISH: ORAL COMMUNICATION
This program can be linked to specific expectations in 1. Listening to Understand, 2. Speaking to Communicate, and 3. Reflecting on Skills and Strategies for the following courses:
Grades 9 & 10, Academic
Grades 9 & 10, Applied
Grades 11 & 12, University Preparation
Grades 11 & 12, College Preparation
Grades 11 & 12, Workplace Preparation
When booking Guided Tour, please indicate which curriculum links are relevant to your group.
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.