A Meeting of the School Trustees

Robert Harris
A Meeting of the School Trustees (Detail), 1885
oil on canvas
102.2 x 126.5 cm
Purchased 1886
National Gallery of Canada (no. 6)

Program Descriptions

School Programs 2016-2017

Our programs support provincial art curricula. They promote careful and thoughtful looking at artworks, emphasize learning through social interaction, and encourage students to use their personal experience to interpret art.

To register, please call 613.990-4888 or fill out the reservation form online. Registration for school programs begins on 23 August 2016.

AT THE GALLERY - TOURS

Grades 1 - 3

My Gallery
Cost: $3.00 per student
Duration: 60 minutes

A lively introduction to looking at and talking about art.

Seeing Stories in Art
Cost: $3.00 per student
Duration: 60 minutes

A tour that uses questioning approaches, including Visual Thinking Strategies, to develop students’ visual literacy and critical thinking skills.


Grades 4 - 6

Gallery Highlights
Cost: $3.00 per student
Duration: 60 minutes

By visiting masterpieces in the Gallery's collection and taking part in guided discussions and fun activities, students consider what makes an artwork great.

Learning to Look
Cost: $3.00 per student
Duration: 60 minutes
A tour that uses questioning approaches, including Visual Thinking Strategies, to develop students' visual literacy and critical thinking skills.

Grades 7 - 12/Sec I - V

Gallery Highlights
Cost: $7.00 per student
Duration: 60 minutes

After exploring the masterpieces in the Gallery's collection, students consider the notion of originality, the role of a museum and what makes a work of art great through guided discussions.

Signs and Symbols in Art
Cost: $7.00 per student
Duration: 60 minutes

What does a book, a flower or a certain colour signify in a painting? Learn how artists use symbolism, imagery and iconography in art.

Alex Janvier
Cost: $7.00 per student
Duration: 60 minutes

Explore an exhibition that celebrates Alberta artist Alex Janvier’s Dene art and culture. Learn how the artist’s lifetime of creativity, knowledge and perspective are revealed through his colourful abstract paintings.
Available Tuesday through Friday from 29 November 2016 to 14 April 2017


STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

All Grades

The National Gallery of Canada offers school programs to fit the needs, abilities and interests of students with special needs. When booking a tour, tell us about your students so we can customize your visit appropriately.

My First Visit
Cost: Free
Duration: 60 minutes

This tour welcomes and familiarizes students to the spectacular building and the collection of the National Gallery of Canada. Using sensory-based strategies, students will discuss and look critically at great works of art.

Big Art
Cost: Free
Duration: 60 minutes

This tour introduces students to works of art that surround or immerse us. Using sensory-based strategies, students will discuss and look critically at large-scale works of art.


DISCOVERY VISITS

Grades 1 to 6

Picturing European Landscapes
Cost: $6 per student
Duration: 90 minutes

A discovery tour of the European permanent collection that includes hands-on activities. Students explore the fascinating evolution of landscape painting from the Middle Ages to the present and then create a 3-D landscape.
Available Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 11:30 am or from 12 to 1:30 pm.

Grades 4 to 6

Alex Janvier
Cost: $6 per student
Duration: 90 minutes

A discovery tour of the Alex Janvier exhibition that includes hands-on activities. Through a series of creative activities, students enjoy discovering Janvier and his work, as well as understanding the more complex ideas presented in the exhibition.
Available Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 11:30 am or from 12 to 1:30 pm, 29 November 2016 to 14 April 2017.


WORKSHOP

Grades 1 - 6

Play with Clay
Cost: $12 per student
Duration: 3 hours

A hands-on introduction to sculpture that includes in-gallery activities and a discussion to prepare students to make their own clay sculpture in the studio.
This workshop can accommodate 35 to 52 students plus chaperones for a maximum of 58 participants.
The chaperone ratio is 1 adult per 10 students. Materials included.
Available Tuesday through Friday, from 10 am to 1 pm from 27 September 2016 to 12 May 2017.

Printmaking Stories!
Cost: $12 per student
Duration: 3 hours

A hands-on introduction to printmaking that features in-gallery activities and a discussion to prepare students to make their own printing plate and prints in the studio.
This workshop accommodates 35 to 52 students plus chaperones for a maximum of 58 participants.
The chaperone ratio is 1 adult per 10 students. Materials included.
Available Tuesday through Friday, from 10 am to 1 pm from 27 September 2016 to 12 May 2017.


DISTANCE LEARNING

Whether you are too far away to visit the Gallery in person or whether you would like to prepare your students for an on-site visit, the Distance Learning program connects students from across Canada with artworks in the Gallery’s collection. Interactive programs, delivered via webinar, get students discussing a range of artworks while exploring curriculum-linked themes.

Learn more about the program