Teachers & Schools

LEARNING AT THE GALLERY

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.


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GUIDED TOURS: 45 – 60 minutes
Come prepared with your curiosity for an exploration of OAG’s exhibitions lead by one of our experienced gallery educators. Questions and the sharing of ideas are highly encouraged! Cost: 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. Cost: $3 per student.

TOUR + WORKSHOP COMBO: 90 – 120 minutes
Designed to be stimulating investigations of the ideas and materials in the exhibitions. Adaptable to school groups of all ages. Cost: $3 per student.

 

Tours and workshops are available in English, French, or a combination of both.

 

WORKSHOPS

Workshops are adaptable to all ages. All material will be provided.

 

BREAD TAG THINK TANK Inspired by Jesse Stewart’s use of upcycled materials, students will be challenged to engineer a three-dimensional structure using reclaimed bread tags in this unique STEAM-based creative workshop.

 

CULTURAL MEDITATION Drawing on themes found in the exhibitions Retainers of Anarchy and Wrapped in Culture, students will reflect on objects of cultural significance in their daily life. Meditation, drawing and discussion will be the basic tools for this guided exploration of cultural identity. 

 

GROUND WORK This workshop highlights Joyce Frances Devlin, an important woman artist in the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art. Students will examine Devlin’s use of brightly coloured painting grounds, and experiment with this approach to create their own two-dimensional composition.

 

OAG COMES TO YOU

Can’t make it to the Gallery? OAG’s gallery educators make in-class visits! They come to you equipped with reproductions and all the materials needed for an engaging creative workshop.

 

A.Y. JACKSON POP-UP BOX Did you know that Group of Seven member A.Y. Jackson lived and worked in Ottawa for more than a decade? We’ve gathered a few of his sketches, paintings and personal belongings into a shipping crate that we can take with us anywhere! Travel charges will apply. 

 

ERIC WALKER: ANYWHERE AND EVERYWHERE Artist Eric Walker uses materials found on construction sites to create collages depicting the industrial world. Inspired by his method, students will create a collage with found materials, to discover that inspiration can be found anywhere and everywhere.

 

MICHÈLE PROVOST: DARN LOGOS Consider your relationship to logos and consumer culture. Do you augment your identity by purchasing these goods? Taking inspiration from multimedia artist Michèle Provost, students will alter familiar logos to express their own unique identity.

 

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!

 

For more information, please contact education@oaggao.ca 

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