secondary 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. With a commitment to fostering creativity, art appreciation 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 Media Arts, History and Geography, English, Science, and Canadian and World Studies.

Half-day programs run for 1 to 3 hours. Full-day programs run for 4 to 5 hours. We are always able to adapt our timelines to fit your school's daily class schedule.

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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No-Kit DIY

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

  • $10/student ($250 minimum)

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The Collage of LIFE

At the Galleries

After looking at examples of collage by some of Canada’s best artists, students will use clippings from vintage LIFE magazines to create their own flat and sculptural collage self-portraits, then learn how to transform their artworks into GIFs.

  • Full day

  • $10/student ($250 minimum)

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The Collage of LIFE

In your classroom

After looking at examples of collage by some of Canada’s best artists, students will use clippings from vintage LIFE magazines to create their own flat and sculptural collage self-portraits, then learn how to transform their artworks into GIFs.

  • Full day

  • $12/student ($300 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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Artist's Proof: Printmaking

In your classroom

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

  • $12/student ($300 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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Red Flags: Textiles

In your classroom

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

  • $12/student ($300 minimum)

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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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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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Special Needs Programs

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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