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.
With a focus on contemporary artists concerned with the availability of safe water in their communities, students will learn about how the production of textiles impacts drinking water around the world. Over the course of the program, students will develop a series of prints on recycled denim flags to communicate their ideas about water-related issues in their everyday lives, and what they imagine a sustainable future to be.
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
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 and that demonstrate an
awareness of multiple points of view
demonstrate an understanding of composition, using multiple principles of
design and other layout considerations such as compositional triangles 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
analyse ways in which elements and principles of design are used in a variety
of art works to communicate a theme or message, and evaluate the effectiveness
of their use on the basis of criteria generated by the class
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 explain some of the ways in which artistic traditions in a variety
of times and places have been maintained, adapted, or appropriated
identify and analyse some of the social, political, and economic factors that
affect the creation of visual and media arts and the visual and media arts
PATTERNS AND SUSTAINABILITY
Application: analyse some significant interrelationships between the Earth's
physical features and processes and human settlement patterns, and some ways in
which the physical environment and issues of sustainability may affect
settlement in the future.
analyse some of the ways in which the physical environment has influenced settlement patterns in different
countries and/or regions around the world
analyse how processes related to the physical environment may affect human
settlements in the future
describe possible features of a sustainable community in the future, and
analyse some challenges associated with
creating such a community
Inquiry: use the geographic inquiry process to investigate issues related to
the interrelationship between human settlement and sustainability from a
formulate questions to guide investigations into issues related to the
interrelationship between human settlement and sustainability from a geographic
gather and organize data and information from a variety of sources and using
various technologies to investigate issues related to the interrelationship
between human settlement and sustainability from a geographic perspective
analyse and construct various print and digital maps as part of their
investigations into issues related to the interrelationship between human
settlement and sustainability, with a focus on investigating the spatial
boundaries of the issue
interpret and analyse data and information relevant to their investigations,
using various tools and spatial technologies
Understanding Geographic Context: demonstrate an understanding of significant
patterns and trends related to human settlement and of ways in which human
settlement affects the environment
identify significant spatial patterns in human settlement on a global scale
identify and describe some ways in which the physical environment can influence
the general location and patterns of human settlements
identify significant land-use issues, and describe responses of various groups
to these issues
identify and describe significant current trends in human settlement
describe various ways in which human settlement has affected the environment
describe some practices that individuals and communities have adopted to help
make human settlements more sustainable
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.