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.

No-Kit

In your classroom

Forget the fancy kit of art supplies: No-Kit encourages students to select materials from their surroundings to make playful works of art.

  • Half day

  • $5/student ($125 minimum)

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Artist in the Classroom (Grade 4)

In your classroom

Bring the visual arts directly to your students with our new free school program. Artist in the Classroom is designed especially for Grade 4 students in Oakville and delivered in partnership with the Oakville Community Foundation.

  • 2 hours minimum

  • Free of charge

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Rock, Paper, Scissors: Stop Motion Animation (Grades 4 to 8)

In your classroom

Learn how to create a stop-motion animation! Students will use digital cameras and tripods to shoot images for each scene of their movie, and work under the guidance of an artist to animate it in iMovie.

  • Full day

  • $16/student ($400 minimum)

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Funny Faces: Primary Printmaking (K to Grade 3)

In your classroom

Students will etch, cut, glue, and assemble a variety of materials to create stamps and collagraphs that they'll subsequently use to create their own imaginative set of colourful characters.

  • Full day

  • $12/student ($300 minimum)

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Prints Charming: Junior Printmaking (Grades 4 to 6)

In your classroom

Since the beginning of time, humans have told stories through works of art—let prints take you on a narrative adventure!

  • Full day

  • $14/student ($350 minimum)

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Artist's Proof: Senior Printmaking (Grades 7 & 8)

In your classroom

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.

  • Full day

  • $14/student ($350 minimum)

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Art Lab

Collaboratively designed programs

Have something else in mind? We will work with you to design and lead an art workshop that best suits your students' needs and interests.

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Special Needs Programs

Enable your students to experience the expressive potential of art, either in the classroom or at Oakville Galleries.

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