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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Guided Tour

At the Galleries

The art of our time is full of surprises, with artists often using non-traditional materials and techniques to explore a world of ideas. Students will be introduced to one of Oakville Galleries' exhibitions and then guided through a group discussion interpreting the artwork on display by one of our educators.

  • Half day

  • $5/student ($125 minimum)

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Guided Tour & Workshop

At the Galleries

Following a guided tour, students will respond creatively to the artworks they've seen at the Galleries with a hands-on art-making workshop.

  • Full day

  • $10/student ($250 minimum)

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Art Scavenger Hunt (Grades 1 to 6)

At the Galleries

Looking for something a little more playful than a traditional tour? We also offer art-themed scavenger hunts!

  • Half day

  • $8/student ($200 minimum)

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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)

At the Galleries

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

  • $14/student ($350 minimum)

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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)

At the Galleries

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

  • $10/student ($250 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)

At the Galleries

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

  • 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)

At the Galleries

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

  • $12/student ($300 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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Seasons and Weather: Transforming Time (Grade 1)

At the Galleries

Experience art in the great outdoors! On a guided tour through Gairloch Gardens, students will observe, record and collect examples of the colours, shapes and textures specific to the current season.

  • Full day

  • $10/student ($250 minimum)

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Air and Water: Floating Sculptures (Grade 2)

At the Galleries

Experience art in the great outdoors! Students will be introduced to the work of artists who harness the power of air and water in their artworks for inspiration, then create their own wind- and water-powered artworks.

  • Full day

  • $10/student ($250 minimum)

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Shelter and Structures: A House for a Mouse (Grade 3)

At the Galleries

Experience art in the great outdoors! A morning discovery walk through Gairloch Gardens will allow students to observe and identify the differences between natural and human-made shelters and structures.

  • Full day

  • $10/student ($250 minimum)

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Early Societies: The Nomads of Gairloch (Grade 4)

At the Galleries

Experience art in the great outdoors! During a tour of Gairloch Gardens, students will discover the stories sculptures tell about the world around us, while learning a little about early Indigenous societies along the way.

  • Full day

  • $10/student ($250 minimum)

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People and Environments: Art Action Plan (Grade 5)

At the Galleries

Experience art in the great outdoors! Students will briefly explore environmental issues affecting lakes and rivers in Ontario, then look at artworks that share important messages about these problems.

  • Full day

  • $10/student ($250 minimum)

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Earth and Space Systems: Starship Studio (Grade 6)

At the Galleries

Create a starship studio in Oakville Galleries’ Education Centre! Over the course of the day, students will draw plans for a ship that could sustain extended travel in outer space, and use clay and upcycled materials to assemble prototypes of technological tools and devices needed to explore the solar system.

  • Full day

  • $10/student ($250 minimum)

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Interactions in the Environment: Art Ecosystem (Grade 7)

At the Galleries

Experience art in the great outdoors! Using a variety of new and recycled sculptural materials, students will work in groups to build models of an improved habitat that would benefit the local ecosystem.

  • Full day

  • $10/student ($250 minimum)

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Global Settlement: Making Waves (Grade 8)

At the Galleries

Experience art in the great outdoors! 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.

  • Full day

  • $10/student ($250 minimum)

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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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