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.


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.

Book Your Visit

Questions? contact 416 979 6608

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SCHOOL GROUPS IN YAYOI KUSAMA'S INFINITY MIRRORED ROOM - LET'S SURVIVE FOREVER - STARTING THIS FALL

Last spring, over 165,000 people were wowed by Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors at the AGO, and the AGO launched the first-ever Yayoi Kusama school group program that allowed school groups the chance to see her work.

The huge demand for tickets was unprecedented, but not everybody could participate in the internationally acclaimed artist's groundbreaking work. In November 2018, the AGO launched a very ambition crowdfunding campaign to acquire Canada's first Kusama-created Infinity Mirror Room. Thanks to our community of generous donors, we are very pleased to announce that the AGO has now purchased INFINITY MIRRORED ROOM – LET'S SURVIVE FOREVER!

Schools will have the chance to book Gallery tours and spend time in the INFINITY MIRRORED ROOM - LET'S SURVIVE FOREVER as part of their visit, beginning in fall 2019.

Stay tuned for more details!


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

All School Programs at the AGO are offered in French and English.

 

Tell Me a Story in Early Rubens
Uncover stories in the special exhibition Early Rubens, on from October to December! This guided exploration will focus on play-based activities and tactile materials.  

Curriculum Links: Visual Arts

 

AGO Highlights - Tell Me a Story 

Delve into the many stories in the AGO Collection and be inspired by them to create your own! Young students will enjoy learning about art in the Indigenous, Canadian, Contemporary and European collections through play-based explorations.

Curriculum Links: Kindergarten Program, Visual Art

 

Mixing Math and Art

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

Grades 4 - 8

All School Programs at the AGO are offered in French and English.

Early Rubens

Uncover the drama, stories and spectacle that is master artist Rubens! Students learn about his early years and social context to explore the unique relationship between patron, art and artists.  

Curriculum Links: Visual Arts, Geography

 

AGO Highlights - Art and Ideas

Explore great art from the African, European, Contemporary, Indigenous and Canadian collections to learn about how artists express themselves with their unique visual language.

Curriculum Links: Visual Art, English, Canadian and World Studies

 

Art through the Creative Process 

Explore how math, science and technology have influenced artists over the centuries.
A wide variety of art forms will be examined to see how artistic representation and production are related to scientific discoveries and methods. 
Curriculum Links: Visual Art, English, Canadian and World Studies

 

Canada through Art

Learn how visual art contributes to shaping and interpreting Canada’s past and present, its interaction with global communities and what it means to live in Ontario today. 
Curriculum Links: Visual Art, Social Studies, History, Geography, Language Arts, Media Arts

 

Decolonization through  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

 

Social Change through Art

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 to create a better sense of well-being.

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 French and English.
Curriculum Links: French, Visual Art, Social Studies, Language Arts

Grades 9 - 12

All School Programs at the AGO are offered in French and English.

Early Rubens

Uncover the drama, stories and spectacle that is master artist Rubens! Students learn about his early years and social context to explore the unique relationship between patron, art and artists.

Curriculum Links: Visual Arts, Geography

 

AGO Highlights - Art and Ideas
How do artists and works both affirm and challenge universal ideas of art? Students explore the AGO Collection to investigate how artists respond to personal, social, political and environmental issues.  
Curriculum Links: Visual Art, Canadian and World Studies, English

 

Canada through Art

Students investigate the portrayal of Canada through  landscape, identity and culture to explore how visual art contributes to shaping and interpreting Canada’s diversity of people and places. 
Curriculum Links: Visual Art, Social Studies, History, Geography, Language Arts, Media Arts

 

Decolonization through 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

Social Change through Art
Description: 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 to create a better sense of well-being. 
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.
Curriculum Links: French, Visual Art, Social Studies, Language Arts

Artmaking Workshop

Grades JK - 3

All School Programs at the AGO are offered in French and English.

Drawing: Line, Colour and Shape

Explore line, shape and colour through drawing in this studio inspired by the Early Rubens exhibition.

Curriculum Links: Kindergarten Program, Visual Arts II KEY TERMS: LINE, COLOUR, SHAPE

 

Painting: Watercolour Fantastical Landscapes

Using watercolour paints and landscapes as inspiration, students are guided through the development of a dynamic composition, looking at foreground and background elements.  

Curriculum Links: Visual Arts ll KEY TERMS: BACKGROUND, MIDDLEGROUND, FOREGROUND

Printmaking: Texture, Shape and Colour
An enjoyable 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 II KEY TERMS: LINE, SHAPE, COLOUR

 

Mixed Media: Environments and Habitats

Where do animals live? What do their homes look like? inspired by the animal world around them, young students create their own works using sculpting materials.

Curriculum Links: Kindergarten Program - Visual Arts, Geography Key Terms: 2D, 3D, TRANSFORMATION

Grades 4 - 8

All School Programs at the AGO are offered in French and English.

Drawing the Dramatics

Explore line, form and volume, inspired by the dramatics of Early Rubens. This program challenges the student's idea of observation, perception and representation. Drawing techniques including blind contour, observational and crosshatching will be introduced.

Curriculum Links: Visual Arts II KEY TERMS: CONTOUR DRAWING, BLENDING, CROSSHATCHING

 

Painting: Landscape Explorations

Using mark-making materials and landscapes as inspiration, students are guided through a process of composing an image that looks at both negative and positive space as integral to the development of a dynamic composition.

Curriculum Connections: Visual Arts II KEY TERMS: MATERIALS, SPACE, COMPOSITION

 

Printmaking: Positive and Negative Space
Have fun working with soft linoleum blocks, hand-carving tools and washable printing inks. Students learn about positive and negative space in the creation of their work, using works from the AGO Collection as their inspiration.
Curriculum Links: Visual Art II KEY TERMS: LINE, COMPOSITION, SPACE

 

Mixed Media: Relief Collage

Design and create a multilayered collage using textiles, pastels, newspapers and cardstock. Inspired by contemporary artists in the AGO Collection, students explore the potential of 2D surfaces to be transformed into low relief textured surfaces.
Curriculum Links: Visual Art II KEY TERMS: COMPOSITION, VOLUME, TEXTURE

Grades 9 - 12

All School Programs at the AGO are offered in French and English.

Drawing the Dramatics

Explore line, form and volume, inspired by the dramatic figures and allegories of Early Rubens. This program challenges the student's idea of observation, perception and representation. Drawing techniques including blind contour, observational and crosshatching will be introduced.

Curriculum Links: Visual Arts II KEY TERMS: PERSPECTIVE, DEPTH, VOLUME

 

Painting: Contemporary Abstraction

Using the AGO Collection as inspiration, students explore contemporary abstraction, looking at both negative and positive space as integral to the development of a dynamic composition.

Curriculum Connections: Visual Arts II KEY TERMS: MATERIALS, SPACE, COMPOSITION

 

Printmaking: Representation and Colour
Carve your own artistic designs into soft linoleum blocks using hand-carving tools and washable printing inks. Inspired by works in the AGO Collection, students learn about colour representation and reduction while creating individual and collaborative prints.
Curriculum Links: Visual Art II KEY TERMS: RELIEF, COMPOSITION, COLOUR REDUCTION

 

Mixed Media: Composition and Narrative

Design and create a multilayered collage using textiles, pastels, newspapers and cardstock. Inspired by contemporary artists in the AGO Collection, students explore how visual effects are achieved using various mixed media techniques.
Curriculum Links: Visual Art II KEY TERMS: JUXTAPOSITION, ASSEMBLAGE, PERSONAL EXPRESSION


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).
$14 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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