elementary school programs

Enrich your students' education with hands-on visual arts workshops taught by professional arts educators. As one of Canada's foremost contemporary art museums, Oakville Galleries offers innovative field trips and in-class visits that make the visual arts accessible and engaging for your students. With a commitment to fostering creativity, confidence and critical thinking skills in children and youth, our programs give students opportunities to look at, discuss and make works of art in a space where they are encouraged to experiment with new ideas and specialized materials. All programs are designed to promote inquiry-based learning, supporting the development of students' collaborative and innovative learning abilities while emphasizing big ideas and interdisciplinary engagement. With the Visual Arts curriculum and the Creative Process at the forefront of our offerings, select programs also integrate strands from History and Geography, Language, Science and Technology, and Social Studies.

Please note all school programming is currently being offered online through scheduled 1.5 hr (or less) Zoom sessions. As this year presents new challenges, school learning looks very different for everyone. Oakville Galleries is offering custom programming to fit all educator and student needs whether in a classroom, home-schooling or in a learning pod.

Please contact education@oakvillegalleries.com to discuss program content and ideas to best create a lesson plan. If you see one of our regular school programs listed below that interests you, it can be adjusted and adapted to fit online delivery as best as possible.

Abstract Views

Home Studio Classroom

The many movements of abstract art have always allowed for a fresh point of view and turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. Students will learn and review the elements and principles of design while putting them into practise as they create abstract scenes, real or imaginary, through transforming fragmented images and drawing.

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Exploring Symbolism

Home Studio Classroom

This workshop will introduce and explore the importance of the concept of connection and symbolism within art. Students will explore their own personal meaning of “connection" in their own lives while using imagery and symbolism to represent themselves throughout a colourful painting or drawing representation.

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