These guides will encourage students to look at, discuss and respond to a selection of artworks from the RMG’s Permanent Collection. Although the activity guides are designed to supplement virtual programming offerings, they can also be used independently as part of asynchronous learning opportunities. Each guide features information about the artists and their artworks, discussion prompts/activity, a drawing challenge and extended learning ideas/topics.
We hope to add more activity guides throughout the year.
RMG Virtual School is a FREE synchronous learning opportunity for Kindergarten to Grade 8 students! One of our Educators will visit your classroom virtually and provide a directed and social interactives using artworks from the RMG’s permanent collection. Each virtual engagement is designed to build students’ visual literacy skills, nurture problem solving and communication skills, and encourage imaginative and creative thinking.
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery has an extensive collection of modern and contemporary artworks, in particular, abstractions by the Painters Eleven.
This year, we will take a deeper dive into abstractions to facilitate discussion on themes such as identity, mental health and wellbeing, environmental advocacy, and social justice. While abstraction will be at its core, integration of historical artworks (such as works by members of the Group of Seven) will be used for a holistic approach to our innovative and multi-disciplinary learning offerings.
Starting February, these programs will be offered Wednesday to Friday. They can be booked to suit your classroom and school scheduling needs. Each program is approximately 30-45 minutes in length and can be extended to include a 45 minute studio workshop. Studio activity kits will be available at a nominal fee ($75 for a class set for up to 30 students), pick up at the RMG.
Kindergarten, Grade 1-3
Abstract Portraits: Communicating our Thoughts and Feelings
Mental Health and well-being is at the forefront of our daily lives and affects even the very young. Looking at and reflecting on portraits is a great way to identify various emotions in ourselves, encourage empathy with others and build healthy social relationships. In this program, we will play, discuss and explore realistic and abstract portraits by Canadian artists. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their experience through a grade appropriate basic drawing exercise. The optional extended studio workshop will encourage students to consider the use of patterns and textures to create their own whimsical water-soluble oil pastel portrait.
Grade 4-6, Grade 7-8
Abstract Portraits and Identity
Art is a connector between us, artists often use the theme of relationships as a subject of their artwork. What can art teach us about ourselves? How can art help us enhance our emotional and social intelligence? How do our identities inform our values, ideas, and actions? In this interactive program, we will consider not only our own development of identity and self-advocacy but also explore how we handle social justice issues using abstract concepts and artworks. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their experience through a grade appropriate basic drawing challenge. The optional extended studio workshop will encourage students to create a mixed media self-portrait.
To book a session, please contact Learning and Engagement Lead, Jennifer Welch at [email protected].
The Learning & Engagement team has put together a series of video lessons that can be used by teachers for FREE in the classroom! The series of three videos are geared towards specific grades and can be used to support social studies, science, and art curriculum. Each interactive video is approximately 30 minutes in length and provides lots of opportunities to pause for discussion, directed activities, or to play games! You may also choose to compliment the lesson with an art making project by downloading the PDF lesson plan and material list. Note that each lesson may take up to 1 hour to complete.
Spirit of the Lake
Grades 6 – 8
This workshop discusses the important issues of cottage country and colonization. Using the dynamic work of Will Kwan, we debate ethics of the planting and production of manoomin. Responsibility, balance, and relationships, generates critical conversations about land, histories, and reciprocity.
The studio project will use mixed media and painting techniques to create a finished landscape with meaningful messages of the importance of water and resources in Indigenous culture.
Understanding global supply has never been more relevant, students learn how products are produced and traded on a global scale. They discover the history of the movement of items and people from different locations around the world. This workshop offers a wide range of perspectives about the world’s interconnected systems.
The studio project uses an unusual starting point to create a mixed media artwork that intersects art with symbols of global trade, and references of Canadian identity.
Art is a connector between us, artists often use the theme of relationships as a subject of their work. What can art teach us about the questions we should ask ourselves to enhance our emotional intelligence & self-development?
The studio project uses mixed-media on watercolour to explore our different emotions and reinforce self-reflection.