secondary school programs

Enrich your students' education with a hands-on visual arts workshop taught by professional artists. 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. With a commitment to fostering creativity, art appreciation and critical thinking skills, 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. In keeping with 21st-century art practices, we promote interdisciplinary learning: with the Visual Arts and Media Arts curricula and the Creative Process at the forefront of our offerings, select programs also integrate strands from Canadian and World Studies and English. Click here to view our 2017–18 Secondary School Program Brochure.

Guided Tour

At the Galleries

Students will be introduced to one of Oakville Galleries' exhibitions and then guided through a group discussion 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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Janet Cardiff: A Large Slow River (Grades 10 to 12)

At the Galleries

An art experience unlike any other, Janet Cardiff's site-specific audio walk through Gairloch Gardens is sure to engage your students.

  • Half day

  • $7/student ($175 minimum)

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Janet Cardiff: A Large Slow River & Workshop (Grades 10 to 12)

At the Galleries

An art experience unlike any other, Janet Cardiff's site-specific audio walk through Gairloch Gardens is sure to engage your students.

  • Full day

  • $10/student ($250 minimum)

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The Collage of LIFE

At the Galleries

Students will use clippings from vintage LIFE magazines to create their own flat and sculptural collage self-portraits.

  • Full day

  • $10/student ($250 minimum)

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Artist's Proof: Printmaking

At the Galleries

Art is a powerful form of communication, and prints are a great example of artists effectively and creatively conveying a message. In this full day workshop, students will work in pairs to make an edition of prints that share their own messages with the world.

  • Full day

  • $10/student ($250 minimum)

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Red Flags: Textiles

At the Galleries

Using upcycled fabrics and embroidery, students will design, sew and embroider flags that address various issues affecting youth from local and global perspectives.

  • Full day

  • $10/student ($250 minimum)

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Videorovers: Discovering Video Art

At the Galleries

This hands-on video-making workshop will teach students to question the messages embedded in moving images by introducing them to video's use as an artistic medium.

  • Full day

  • $10/student ($250 minimum)

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Art Lab

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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Framing the Landscape

At the Galleries

How does art shape our perception of place? Students will experiment with found materials to build ephemeral sculptures outdoors that create shifts in our perspective of the landscape.

  • Full day

  • $12/student ($300 minimum)

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Humans and their Environment

At the Galleries

After exploring Gairloch Gardens and discussing its transformation from a natural state to a landscaped public garden, students will propose and draw structures that promote sustainable land use through technological intervention, then build maquettes of these works using a variety of sculpture materials.

  • Full day

  • $12/student ($300 minimum)

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Special Needs Programs

At the Galleries

Plan a unique project or series of workshops in collaboration with our instructors and enable your students to experience the expressive potential of art

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