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School Groups JK - 12

BOOKING SCHOOL VISITS

Engage your students with art and ideas in our permanent collection of over 90,000 works of art and special exhibitions. Ignite your students’ critical thinking skills through cross-curricular guided tours that that encourage personal connections and explore relevant issues. Encourage students to express their creativity and to experiment with diverse materials and artistic processes in our hands- on and fun artmaking programs.

SPECIAL EXHIBITION VISIT

ANTHROPOCENE

Anthropocene dramatically illustrates how we, individually and collectively, are leaving a human signature on our world. World-renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky and filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier have created a powerful series of new photographs, including large scale murals augmented by film extensions, film installations and augmented reality (AR) installations, that take us to places we are deeply connected to – but normally never see. Download the teacher's resource.

All Anthropocene school visits include General Admission to the AGO, so after your visit you and your students are welcome to spend the remainder of your day exploring the AGO's world-class collection.

Anthropocene school visits are available from October 2 to December 21 and is recommended for Grades 4 and up.

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edward burtynsky clearcut 1

Edward Burtynsky, Clearcut #1, Palm Oil Plantation, Borneo, Malaysia, 2016. Pigment inkjet print, 148.6 x 198.1 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto. © Edward Burtynsky, 2017.


AGO COLLECTION VISIT

AGO’s collection of close to 95,000 works ranges from cutting-edge contemporary art such as Untilled (Liegender Frauenakt) by Pierre Huyghe to European masterpieces such as Peter Paul Rubens’s The Massacre of The Innocents; from the vast collection by the Group of Seven to works by established and emerging Indigenous Canadian artists; with a photography collection that tracks the impact of the medium with deep holdings of works by artists such as Garry Winogrand and Diane Arbus; and with focused collections in Gothic boxwood miniatures and Western and Central African art.

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Questions? contact 416 979 6608

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SCHOOL VISITS PRICING

(Fees per group of 30)

Self-guided visit of the AGO Collection or Special Exhibition

$175

Guided Tour (75 min.)

Morning 10:30 am - 11:45 am

$350

Afternoon 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

$250

Artmaking Workshop (75 min.)

Morning 10:30 am - 11:45 am

$350

Afternoon 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

$250

Artmaking Workshop & Guided Tour (150 min.)

Full Day

$600

(Fees per group of 30)

 

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ACTVITIES & ARTMAKING

The Art Gallery of Ontario offers a wide variety of educational tours delivered by highly trained teaching staff with expertise in museum learning. Encourage cultural and visual literacy with an interactive gallery tour or promote imaginative thinking through a hands-on artmaking workshop.

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Guided Tour

Grades JK - 3

Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more

Immerse your students in Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more. Students will enjoy 100 great paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs and films.
Curriculum Links: Visual Art, French, History (Recommended for grades JK-12)
*Please note: Booking confirmations for this tour will not be sent until Jan 2019

AGO Highlights

Young students will enjoy learning about art from various cultures while exploring the Gallery and engaging with play-based activities like looking games, playacting activities and the use of tactile materials.
Curriculum Links: Kindergarten Program – Visual Art

Fun with Math and Art

Youngsters explore the Gallery while having fun with math concepts such as numbers, measurement and the patterns reflected in various artworks.
Curriculum Links: Grades 1-3 – Math, Visual Art, Language Arts

Grades 4 - 8

Anthropocene
Engage with the Anthropocene exhibition to learn more about ideas expressed by artists, Edward Burtynsky, Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, who use their art to communicate important environmental concerns. Students are encouraged to bring their own tablet or smartphone.
Curriculum Links: Visual art, Science, Canadian and World Studies in the art. (Recommended for grades 4-12)

Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more

Immerse your students in Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more. Students will enjoy 100 great paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs and films.
Curriculum Links: Visual Art, French, History (Recommended for grades JK-12)
*Please note: Booking confirmations for this tour will not be sent until Jan 2019

AGO Highlights
Great art from the AGO Collection helps students learn how artists express themselves using their own unique visual language. Explore different time periods and genres in our African, European, Contemporary, Indigenous and Canadian Collections.
Curriculum Links: Visual Art, English, Canadian and World Studies

Exploring French Culture and Heritage Through Art
The history of French-speaking communities in Canada is brought to life in the visual record created by Québécois, Métis and European artists and their contributions to La Francophonie and the world. All School Programs at the AGO are offered in both French and English.
Curriculum Links: French, Visual Art, Social Studies, Language Arts

NEW! Decolonizing Canadian Art
Discover how Indigenous artists have creatively interpreted Canada’s diverse people and different regions. Learn about the concept of decolonization through art and conversation. 
Curriculum Links: Visual Art, Social Studies, History, Language Arts

NEW! Brave/Strong/Fierce Women in the Arts
Look at and learn from the AGO Collection to see how women use art to interpret social issues and advocate for awareness about equality, gender and environmental concerns. 
Curriculum Links: Visual Art, Global Education

Grades 9 - 12

Anthropocene
Engage with the Anthropocene exhibition to learn more about ideas expressed by artists, Edward Burtynsky, Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, who use their art to communicate important environmental concerns. Students are encouraged to bring their own tablet or smartphone.
Curriculum Links: Visual art, Science, Canadian and World Studies in the art. (Recommended for grades 4-12)

Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more

Immerse your students in Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more. Students will enjoy 100 great paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs and films.
Curriculum Links: Visual Art, French, History (Recommended for grades JK-12)
*Please note: Booking confirmations for this tour will not be sent until Jan 2019

Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires
Explore the dynamic practice of contemporary artist Mickalene Thomas. Students will explore the artistic influences and processes while engaging with themes of identity, representation, beauty and power through Thomas paintings, photographs, film, collage and installations.
Curriculum Links: Visual Art, World History, English. (Recommended for grades 9-12)

AGO Highlights
See how artists and art works from different time periods and places are united through the creative process. Explore the AGO Collection and discover the universal elements of art. One stop will look at works of art using a tablet or smartphone. Using the lens of social change as a launching point, how do works of art reflect the equalities and inequalities of the society in which they were made?    Students are encouraged to bring their own tablet or smartphone.
Curriculum Links: Visual Art, Canadian and World Studies, English

NEW! Decolonizing Canadian Art
Discover how Indigenous artists have creatively interpreted Canada’s diverse people and different regions. Learn about the concept of decolonization through art and conversation. 
Curriculum Links: Visual Art, Social Studies, Native studies, History, English

NEW! Brave/Strong/Fierce Women in the Arts
Look at and learn from the AGO Collection to see how women use art to interpret social issues and advocate for awareness about equality, gender and environmental concerns. 
Curriculum Links: Visual Art, Global Education

Exploring French Culture and Heritage Through Art
The history of French-speaking communities in Canada is brought to life in the visual record created by Québécois, Métis and European artists and their contributions to La Francophonie and the world. All School Programs at the AGO are offered in both French and English.
Curriculum Links: French, Visual Art, Social Studies, Language Arts

Artmaking Workshop

Grades JK - 3

Collagraph Printmaking
A fun and easy way to learn about texture, shape and colour while creating a series of collages or collagraph prints using water-based printing ink.
Curriculum Links: Kindergarten Program – Visual Art

NEW! Environments and Habitats
Where do animals live? What do their homes look like? Learning about animal habitats in the urban environment, students will use sculpting clay and coloured paper to create a 3-D animal house. 
Curriculum Links: Kindergarten Program – Visual Art, Science

Grades 4 - 8

Linoleum Printmaking
Student-artists have fun creating their own designs in soft linoleum blocks using hand-carving tools and washable printing inks.
Curriculum Links: Visual Art

NEW! Textile Collage
Inspired by contemporary artists in the AGO Collection, students will design and create a multilayered collage using textiles, pastels, newspapers and cardstock.
Curriculum Links: Visual Art

NEW! Posters for Social Change
In the Anthropocene exhibition, Edward Burtynsky, Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, use their art to communicate important environmental concerns. This experimental printmaking studio promotes students to explore their role in environmental topics and then create a poster inspired by the exhibition.
Curriculum Links: Visual art, Science, Canadian and World Studies

Grades 9 - 12

Linoleum Printmaking
Students carve their own artistic designs into soft linoleum blocks using hand-carving tools and washable printing inks to create individual and collaborative prints.
Curriculum Links: Visual Art

NEW! Textile Collage
Inspired by the exhibition Mickalene Thomas: Femme Noire, participants design and create a multilayered collage using textiles, pastels, newspapers and cardstock.
Curriculum Links: Visual Art

NEW! Experimental Marks
Clear your mind with a mind-body relaxation exercise to set the tone for abstract mark making in this studio program. Using acrylic paints, palette knives, cardboard and textured materials, students create abstract expressions on raw canvas.
Curriculum Links: Visual Art, Health Studies

NEW! Posters for Social Change
In the Anthropocene exhibition, Edward Burtynsky, Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, use their art to communicate important environmental concerns. This experimental printmaking studio promotes students to explore their role in environmental topics and then create a poster inspired by the exhibition.
Curriculum Links: Visual art, Science, Canadian and World Studies


LUNCH OPTIONS

Selection of items from the café - egg salad sandwich, fruit cup, milk, juice

caféAGO offers delicious and fresh lunch options for school groups that are visiting the Gallery. Pre-book your pizza lunch or purchase caféAGO lunch vouchers.

PIZZA LUNCH

Choice of cheese or pepperoni pizza and pop, juice or water.

1 Slice + Beverage / $5

2 Slices + Beverage / $7.50

Minimum of eight (8) slices required for pizza lunch orders.

CAFE AGO LUNCH VOUCHER

Includes a main, drink and a cookie. 

Sample options: Chicken Club Sandwich, Black Bean and Corn Wrap (Vegetarian) or Vegan Protein Bowl (Gluten free).
$12.50 per person

caféAGO Lunch Vouchers must be redeemed at caféAGO which is located on the Lower Level of the Gallery.

Please submit all orders at least two (2) weeks in advance of your visit. Taxes included. Cannot be combined with any other offer or discount.Substitutions for visitors with allergies and food restrictions are available upon request. The AGO does not have separate kitchens to prepare allergen-free items and cannot guarantee that allergens have not been introduced inadvertently during preparation.

 

 

SCHOOL VISITS FAQ

How far in advance should I book my visit?

Bookings must be made at least three weeks prior to the date of a guided gallery visit or artmaking visit and at least three days prior to the date of a self-guided visit.

How many supervisors do I need for my group?

For safety and security, a minimum number of adult supervisors is required to accompany each school group (please see below for details). There is no charge for the required number of adult supervisors. Additional adults will be charged the student rate. Groups arriving without the required adult supervisor–to–student ratio may be denied entry. Teachers/adult supervisors are required to stay with their groups for the duration of the visit. Appropriate student behaviour is the sole responsibility of the teacher/adult supervisors.

Adult Supervisor-To-Student Ratio

JK to Grade 3 – 1:5 students 
Grades 4 to 6 – 1:8 students 
Grades 7 to 8 – 1:10 students 
Grades 9 to 12 – 1:15 students

Do I need to submit a deposit to secure my booking?

A deposit is due upon booking to confirm reservations for the following visit types: guided gallery visits, artmaking visits, and self-guided visits of surcharged exhibitions. There is no deposit required for self-guided visits of the AGO’s permanent collection. Lunch options are to be paid in full upon booking.

All school visits must be paid in full on the day of visit. The AGO accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, debit, cash or cheque. Please make all cheques payable to Art Gallery of Ontario.

TDSB schools may request to pay by purchase order in advance of the day of visit. Purchase orders must adhere to the rates, policies and procedures of the AGO.

What if I need to make changes to the number of students in my group?

Changes to the number of students participating in your program will be accepted up to two weeks prior to the day of visit.

What if I need to cancel my visit?

Notice of cancellation must be received in writing at the AGO via fax or email. If a cancellation is received less than two weeks prior to the day of visit, deposits the AGO will retain any deposits in full.

Schools will not be charged for cancelling a reservation due to inclement weather and buses are cancelled as a result.

 

MORE QUESTIONS? Call the CONTACT CENTRE at 416-979-6608 (M-F 9am - 5pm) or email groupsales@ago.ca

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