EDUCATION AT OAG
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School programs at OAG are both fun and educational. Guided tours and workshops are designed with the Ontario and Quebec curricula in mind, and tailored to suit the needs and interests of each group. Our passionate and skillful guides strive to create a unique and memorable experience that will broaden students’ perspectives on the world through intellectual inquiry and tactile exploration.
GUIDED TOURS: 45 – 90 minutes
Adaptable for school groups of all ages, from kindergarten to university. Tours are always free.
HANDS-ON WORKSHOPS: 45 – 60 minutes
Designed to be stimulating investigations of the ideas and materials in the exhibitions. Adaptable to school groups of all ages, from kindergarten to university. Cost: $2 per student.
PREPARING STUDENTS FOR A TRIP TO THE GALLERY
A visit to the OAG is an opportunity to learn about and connect with artistic practices from the National Capital Region. Here are a few tips to prepare students for their visit:
- Discuss the location, how will you get there, the kinds of activities they’ll enjoy, and what they will see at the gallery.
- Visiting an art gallery means respecting the artworks on display. Let students know that they will need to be careful in the gallery and keep a distance from the artworks, unless an educator invites them to touch or interact with a specific piece.
- Let students know that art galleries are spaces for sharing ideas. When learning and talking about art, it’s important for students to listen to the opinions of others, express their own ideas and keep an open mind.
- Finally, encourage students to participate and have fun!
Tours and workshops are available in English, French, or a combination of both.
OAG COMES TO YOU
Can’t come to the gallery? One of our guides will gladly visit your classroom to lead a discussion or art-making activity with your students. Each of the activities outlined below can be delivered within a 55 to 75 minute class period. All materials will be provided.
A.Y. JACKSON POP UP
Did you know that artist A.Y. Jackson—a member of the Group of Seven—lived and worked in Ottawa for more than a decade? This interactive presentation brings together some of Jackson’s paintings, sketches, and personal belongings to help students learn more about this influential Canadian artist.
FIRESTONE SCHOOL PROGRAM
This in-class program provides an active learning experience based on works of art from the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art, which includes more than 1,600 paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures by influential Canadian artists from 1890–1985.
PERMANENT COLLECTION PROGRAMS
FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS — ERIC WALKER: ANYWHERE AND EVERYWHERE
Artist Eric Walker uses materials found on construction sites to create collages depicting aspects of the industrial world. This program gives students the chance to create their own collage with found materials and, in the process, discover that inspiration can be found anywhere and everywhere.
FOR HIGH SCHOOLS — MICHÈLE PROVOST: CHANGE YOUR WORLD
Michèle Provost’s work is meticulous, visually rich and poetic. She reappropriates books and magazines, changing their meaning by altering certain words or letters. Students will first get the chance to take a careful look at Provost’s work, then work with typography to create their own artwork bearing an original – and critical – message.