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Friday Frames

Arthur Lismer (Canadian, b. England, 1885 - 1969), Little Cove, Georgian Bay, 1929, oil on canvas. Gift of Isabel McLaughlin, 1987.

Making Connections with RMG Artworks

The RMG recognizes the challenges teachers, students and families face during these unprecedented times. We want to help and support online learners! With discussion, encouragement and collaboration let’s explore artworks that takes us on a journey, making connections to our own daily life and the world around us.

Through an immersive and interactive storytelling experience, a Gallery Educator will lead a 30 minute session every Friday morning starting at 9:30AM. These sessions will rotate weekly to include Grades 1-3, Grades 4-6, and Grades 7-8 students.

Let’s not forget the feeling of exploration, imagination and discovery when viewing art!

More sessions will be added after March Break. Don’t forget to check back!


There is no need to register, simply join each session using this link:

Friday, February 5 | 9:30AM – 10:00AM

Grades 1-3

What’s in a Portrait?

Sometimes our facial expressions and body language reveal our feelings to others. How do artists paint feelings? What can portraits tell us about artists and the people in their artworks? Let’s ponder portraits together!

Friday, February 12 | 9:30AM – 10:00AM

Grades 4-6

What’s the Story?

Creating a narrative from artworks requires attention to detail and imagination. Using art concepts and observational skills, let’s investigate some perplexing artworks from the RMG’s permanent collection. Will we uncover the artists’ stories or develop our own narration?

Friday, February 19 | 9:30AM – 10:00AM

Grades 7-8

Art and Urban Planning

What is urban planning?  Let’s investigate cityscapes through the eyes of artists and urban planners. We will explore artists’ unique perspectives and our own perceptions of daytime and nighttime city life. Do artists have a larger role to play when considering new developments?

Friday, February 26 | 9:30AM – 10:00AM

Grades 1-3

Art and Animals

Why are animals important subjects to paint? Why do you think these artists chose wildlife as their subjects in their artworks? Let’s look at artworks where animals are the main subject and seen in their habitats. Let’s explore together!

Friday, March 5 | 9:30AM – 10:00AM

Grades 4-6

Reflecting on Reflections

Water is an integral part of life and is often the subject of many artists’ works. In this session, let’s investigate the cleverness found in an artist’s reflection. What do they reveal? What stories can we uncover?

March 12 | 9:30AM – 10:00AM

Grades 7-8

Playing with Imagination

Artists have the ability to recreate the real, alter reality and challenge perceptions. Let’s take an imaginative journey into constructed landscapes and fantastical worlds to discover their stories.  What can we learn from these artists and their artworks?



This program is generously supported by the Durham Community Foundation and the Emergency Community Support Fund.