Enable your students to experience the expressive potential of art, either in the classroom or at Oakville Galleries. All of Oakville Galleries' Secondary School Art Programs are accessible for special needs students. Where necessary, accommodations and adaptations can be made upon request. Alternately, teachers are welcome to discuss options for a unique project or series of workshops with our instructors. Programs are custom-designed to suit your group's needs and interests. Our education studio is fully accessible and we supply all materials.
Sample Program 1
Developed for SALEP (Supervised Alternative Learning for Excused Pupils), Hamilton
Week 1 – No-Kit: During this first session, participants are introduced to the concept of site-specific art and create installations and sculptural interventions in the classroom or schoolyard.
Week 2 – Turbo-drawing: Participants have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of liberating techniques and styles in this fast-paced drawing workshop.
Week 3 – Stop the motion: Inspired by the captivating power of moving images, participants shoot a short video using the technique of stop-motion animation.
Week 4 – Hardwear: For this session, participants define their personal style by making accessories and fashion items out of recycled hardware and electronics components.
Week 5 – T-shirt statements: This introductory screen-printing workshop allows participants to use a simple stencil technique to print their own designs onto t-shirts.
Sample Program 2
Developed for the Futures Program, White Oaks Secondary School, Oakville
Inspired by the exhibition What We Bring To The Table, students worked with an animateur to transform their classroom desks into a banquet table using printmaking, wire and paper sculpture to create unique place-settings. The feast for sixteen was photographed and featured in The Oakville Beaver as part of Oakville Galleries' community photography project, What do you bring to the table?.
Students then visited the exhibition in person and engaged in a lively discussion about the photographs, videos and installations on view. Photographs of post–dinner party tables by artist Laura Letinsky served as a starting point for considering the tradition of still-life painting. Working from a classic example of a Dutch still-life, students collaborated in groups to recreate these tableaux, using clay to transform them into three-dimensional images.
“Opportunities like these—to work with skilled artists in the local community and in a beautiful setting like Gairloch Gardens—enrich the ever-developing minds of these young people and contribute to their awareness and appreciation of culture. Plans are already underway for more workshops in the fall" - Christina Annis, Special Education Teacher, Futures Program
Programs are available weekdays, weeknights and weekends throughout the academic year. Oakville Galleries can regularly accommodate groups of 30 to 60 students—and up to 80 with advance notice. Early booking is encouraged. There is a minimum registration of 20 students (or the equivalent registration fee) to secure a registration for your group.
To book a program, contact Oakville Galleries' Education Officer at 905.844.4402, extension 26, or email@example.com. We request that programs are booked at least three weeks in advance. Schools are required to provide one adult supervisor (teacher or parent volunteer) for every 5 students. There is no charge for adults to participate.