The Gallery is open during road work on Sussex Drive.
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 2014-2015

 

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.

Registration begins August 26, 2014.  Call 613.990.4888 or fill out the reservation form online.

AT THE GALLERY - TOURS

Kindergarten

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

A lively introduction to looking at and talking about art. This tour includes a drawing activity.


Grades 1 - 3

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

A lively introduction to looking at and talking about art.

Canadian Art
Cost: $3.00 per student
Duration: 60 minutes

A look at Canadian history through art.  Students make observations, share experiences and use the elements and principles of design to interpret artworks that tell us the stories of Canada.

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

A tour that uses questioning strategies, 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

Visit masterpieces in the Gallery's collection. Through guided discussion and fun activities, students consider what makes an artwork great.

What's the Story?
Cost: $3.00 per student
Duration: 60 minutes

Learn how artists depict the essential elements of a story using composition, dramatic light or colour, facial expressions and gestures of figures.

Let's Go Canada!
Cost: $3.00 per student
Duration: 60 minutes

A look at the stories and cultures comprising Canada’s past and present. Students look at and discuss the work of well-known artists.

Learning to Look
Cost: $3.00 per student
Duration: 60 minutes
A tour that uses questioning strategies, 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

Visit masterpieces in the Gallery's collection. Through guided discussion, students consider the notion of originality, the role of a museum and what makes a work of art great.

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.

Perspectives on Canadian Art
Cost: $7.00 per student
Duration: 60 minutes

Discover the richness and diversity of Canadian art from a variety of periods and geographical areas. Group discussion centres on concepts of place, identity, materials, function and tradition.

From Modern to Contemporary Art
Cost: $7.00 per student
Duration: 60 minutes

What is art? Investigate the various ideas behind art practices from the beginning of the twentieth century to today. Explore how contemporary artists use materials, technology and new media to convey ideas and redefine art.

Jack Bush
Cost: $7.00 per student
Duration: 60 minutes

Jack Bush: A Retrospective
A commercial illustrator turned fine artist, Jack Bush became one of Canada’s most beloved abstract painters, an artist who also enjoyed a remarkable international career. The exhibition presents works that span the 1930s to 1970s, including paintings, drawings, and commercial illustration, and provides a rare opportunity to explore aesthetics from a fresh perspective. Guided school tours offered from 21 November, 2014 to 22 February, 2015

*These programs can be adapted for special education classes

 

WORKSHOP

Grades 1 - 6

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

A hands-on introduction to sculpture. In-gallery activities and discussion prepare students to make their own clay sculpture in the studio.
Minimum 35 students. Maximum 58 people, including chaperones. Materials included. Available Tuesday through Friday, from 10 am to 1 pm, 30 September, 2014 to 1 May, 2015.

 

ONLINE

Distance Learning
Bring the National Gallery of Canada into your classroom!

Whether you are too far away to visit the Gallery in person, or 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 your students discussing a range of artworks while exploring curriculum-linked themes.

It’s easy! If you have a laptop, web cam and a wired internet connection, we can arrange a program.

Offered free of charge. Distance Learning webinars are available Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 6:30 pm ET, October 7, 2014 to May 1, 2015, and must be booked at least four weeks in advance.  Note that preference is given to schools located outside of a 100 km radius of the National Gallery of Canada.

Grades K - 6

People and Relationships
Duration: 30 - 50 minutes

How can people speak to us without saying a word? Discover the role of body language and facial expression in relating stories in artworks.

Spaces and Places
Duration: 30 - 50 minutes

How does the setting add to the story? Explore different environments in artworks, from interiors to landscapes.

What and Why
Duration: 30 - 50 minutes

Why do people make art? Explore influences, the role materials play and how we can interpret artists’ choices. Best suited to students in grades 4 to 6.


Grades 7 - 12/Sec I - V

Gallery Highlights
Duration: 30 - 50 minutes

What is a masterpiece? Discuss the notion of originality and how to interpret and evaluate an artwork.

Signs and Symbols in Art
Duration: 30 - 50 minutes

What does it mean?  Analyze how artists use symbolism, imagery and iconography.

 Watch a video of Distance Learning in action: