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Hands-on learning allows students to respond to the art they have seen on tour in a concrete and meaningful way. To complement your tour experiences, our Studio Options offer a variety of activities to choose from. Review the list of studio options below, including the grade-appropriateness to make your selection.
Painting workshops teach students to explore the elements of design and technique, with acrylic or watercolour paints on paper. Themes may include landscape, portraits, still-life or abstraction.
Learn about material properties – what happens when you draw with a crayon or oil pastel and then add watery paint? Pre-school, ELKP, Primary.
Students look closely while drawing objects from life, then add colour to their work, exploring shape and form, colour mixing and complimentary colours. All levels.
Create a Canadian landscape while learning about horizon, back, middle and foreground as well as how to mix secondary colours, create depth and build up form. Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Senior.
Students create a self-portrait! Participants learn about the proportions of the face, how to mix multi-cultural skin tones and how to build form using shadow and highlight. Junior, Intermediate, Senior.
Create abstract compositions exploring shape, colour, form and line, while working with less familiar techniques and tools. All levels.
Printmaking workshops will introduce the basic techniques of printmaking and the difference between a print and other forms of art and the idea of multiples.
Explore shape, colour and texture by stamping with a variety of tools and materials. Pre-school, ELKP.
Students will explore line and composition while learning basic printmaking principals. Positive and negative space and the expressive quality of line are key elements in this activity. Primary, Junior.
Students create two-colour relief prints while learning about line, positive and negative space and colour. Intermediate, Senior.
Available as an extended studio only. Focusing on colour, shape and technique, students will learn how to translate their ideas into a stencil on a screen and print their design on paper or on a T-shirt that they provide. Intermediate, Senior.
Collage workshops introduce non-traditional materials and techniques. Projects make use of a variety of papers, magazine images and other textured surfaces.
Our smallest learners will create exciting compositions with glue, pre-cut/ prepared items, and paint. Pre-School, ELKP.
Students will create compositions using painted paper and scissors inspired by artists like Henri Matisse and Eric Carle. Primary, Junior.
Working with images and text found in magazines and newspapers, students will create a graphic piece of art. Junior, Intermediate, Senior.
Clay workshops introduce basic hand building and sculpture technique. These workshops allow students to explore the expressive possibilities of different style and art techniques while considering the combination of formal design and function. All clay workshops use self-hardening clay that can be painted in the classroom once dry. Teachers are asked to bring a few boxes or bins to transport students’ work home on the day of the visit.
Learn the basics of working in 3D and joining clay while creating a creature – real or from your imagination! Pre-School / ELKP, Primary .
Students will learn the basics of working with clay, creating a pinch pot and joining clay in this workshop. Each participant will create a creature of their own. Primary, Junior.
More advanced creature creation – students will learn to create hollow forms and turn them into animals. Junior, Intermediate.
Study portraiture in 3D. Students will discuss proportion and texture and use sculptural techniques to create a bust. Junior, Intermediate, Senior.
Available as an extended studio only. Students will create a landscape tile while learning about relief sculpture and back-, middle- and foreground. Junior, Intermediate, Senior.
A drawing studio introduces students to traditional drawing techniques and materials, and encourages creative expression and exploration. Students will experiment with dry media and the elements and principles of design to create dynamic and creative compositions.
Provides an “in-gallery” experience that increases their awareness of art and develops drawing skills. Students use a variety of hard to soft graphite pencils, to explore light and shadow, and learn shading techniques. Junior, Intermediate, Senior.
Students will discuss Composition, the Elements and Principles of Design and how to sight a drawing, followed by a sustained tonal drawing with graphite, soft pastel or charcoal. Junior, Intermediate, Senior.
Learn the basics of perspective drawing to develop depth in a landscape drawing. Some of this activity can take place in the Gallery, moving to the studio for the final work, or the entire class can take place in the Studio. Choose graphite, soft pastel, pencil crayon or charcoal. Intermediate, Senior.
Writing response programs encourage students to translate their thoughts and impressions from their Gallery tours into words. Responses can take the form of poetry, narrative or other forms.
Using existing texts or book pages, students will create non-traditional poems. These non-traditional form of poetry asks students to take words and phrases to create a new work, and can include a performance or reading or the inclusion of visual elements. This activity may be suitable for group-work as well as individual creation. Junior,Intermediate, Senior.
Using narrative artworks as a starting point, students will practice their skills of inferencing and visual literacy to answer the who, what, where and why in a selected image. They will be asked to create a headline for a new article, and a short story or description to accompany it. This workshop is great practice for students preparing for EQAO testing. Junior, Intermediate.
Creating a formal analysis requires students to think through the elements and principles of design, the technique and materials and the social or historical context of a work of art. It encourages students to draw upon all their art knowledge and to look closely. Senior.
If you are interested in exploring a theme, technique or material, please ask about our Custom Studios. We are happy to tailor our studios to link to your curriculum. Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Senior.
|Workshop||Pre-school / ELKP||Primary |
|Painting - Watercolour resist|
|Painting - Still Life - acrylic or watercolour|
|Painting - Landscape - acrylic or watercolour|
|Printmaking - texture and stamping|
|Printmaking - relief printing|
|Printmaking - relief printing - 2 colour|
|Printmaking - silk screen*|
|Collage - Shape/texture/form|
|Collage - Matisse/Carle|
|Collage - found text/image based|
|Clay - simple forms|
|Clay - pinch pot creatures|
|Clay - hollow form creatures|
|Clay - portrait busts|
|Clay - relief tiles*|
|Drawing - in the Gallery|
|Drawing - still life - tonal|
|Drawing - perspective|
The Judgement of Paris c. 1640
Cornelis Van Poelenburgh (Dutch 1586-1667)
oil on copper plate, Anonymous Gift, 1973