Art is a powerful form of communication, and prints are a great example of artists creatively and colourfully conveying a message. Students will work in pairs to make an edition of prints that share their own messages with the world. Starting with a brief introduction to the history of printmaking, students spend the rest of the day drawing text- and image-based designs, mixing colours and making an edition of thought-provoking prints.
Grade 7 students will make prints with linoleum blocks on paper.
Grade 8 students will screen print on fabric. Students are welcome to bring t-shirts or tote bags to screen on. Oakville Galleries can also supply fabric patches for this purpose.
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 almost 2.5 hours of art-making time and approximately 45 minutes 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.
10:15 am: Art-making activity.
11:00 am: Short nutrition break.
11:15 am: Art-making activity.
12:30 pm: Long nutrition break.
12:55 pm: Art-making activity.
1:40pm: Sharing and reflecting on students' art works.
2:00 pm: Depart Oakville Galleries.
THE ARTS: VISUAL ARTS
D1. 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.
D2. 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.
D3. Exploring Forms and Cultural Contexts: demonstrate an understanding of a variety of art forms, styles, and techniques from the past and present, and their social and/or community contexts.
1. Developing and Organizing Content: generate, gather, and organize ideas and information to write for an intended purpose and audience.
2. Using Knowledge of Form and Style in Writing: draft and revise their writing, using a variety of informational, literary, and graphic forms and stylistic elements appropriate for the purpose and audience.
3. Applying Knowledge of Language Conventions and Presenting Written Work Effectively: use editing, proofreading, and publishing skills and strategies, and knowledge of language conventions, to correct errors, refine expression, and present their work effectively.
LANGUAGE: MEDIA LITERACY
1. Understanding Media Texts: demonstrate an understanding of a variety of media texts.
2. Understanding Media Forms, Conventions, and Techniques: identify some media forms and explain how the conventions and techniques associated with them are used to create meaning.
3. Creating Media Texts: create a variety of media texts for different purposes and audiences, using appropriate forms, conventions, and techniques.
4. Reflecting on Media Literacy Skills and Strategies: reflect on and identify their strengths as media interpreters and creators, areas for improvement, and the strategies they found most helpful in understanding and creating media texts.
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.