Virtual School Programs

Art anywhere, at school or at home. In this unprecedented time, School Programs at the AGO are here for you to inspire, imagine and create! Join us for a new live art education program, happening daily, Monday to Friday via Zoom. 

While we are not able to see you in person, we are excited to welcome you virtually. These programs are free of charge to you. Beginning Oct. 13, we invite students at home or in school to join us daily M-F for a live conversation with an AGO Art Educator. Understanding the distinct needs of various grade levels, three versions of each conversation are offered daily - one tailored specifically for students in JK to Grade 3, one for Grades 4 to 8 and another for Grades 9 to 12. These conversations are linked to the Ontario Curriculum. Each program is 30 minutes, and has an element of wellness and art woven into the session, as well as a small creative exercise, so please have pencils, pens or crayons and paper at the ready. We hope you will join us often!

Visit us daily or weekly for a new perspective on our collection.


VIRTUAL SCHOOL PROGRAMS SCHEDULE

To register for any of these free live programs, please select the week that it occurs in. You will receive a link that will allow you to attend any (or all!) of the programs happening during that week.

VIRTUALLY GUIDED SCHOOL VISITS schedule - all weeks NOVEMBER

OCTOBER 26 - 30

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

K.M. Graham. Abstraction #4

AGO Schools: Highlights of the Collection

Explore stories from the collections to learn about how artists express themselves with their unique visual language.

Curriculum Connections: The Kindergarten program, The Arts, Language, Health and Physical Education
Links to 21st Century Competencies: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Learning to Learn / Self-Aware & Self Directed Learning, Collaboration, Communication

IMAGE: K.M. Graham. Abstraction #4, 1974. Tusche stick on paper, 56 x 70.5 cm. Gift of K.M. Graham, 1997. © Estate of K.M. Graham 97/2076

K.M. Graham. Arctic Night #2

AGO Schools: Art and the Environment

Discover how artists have creatively interpreted Canada’s diverse regions, including flora and fauna in this exploration of urban and rural environments.

Curriculum Connections: The Kindergarten program, The Arts, Language, Science, Health and Physical Education
Links to 21st Century Competencies: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Collaboration, Communication, Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship, Global Citizenship

IMAGE: K.M. Graham. Arctic Night #2, 1974. Acrylic and pastel on paper, 44.5 x 58.4 cm. Gift of K.M. Graham, 1998. © Estate of K.M. Graham 98/430

K.M. Graham. Arctic II Mountain Range

AGO Schools: Art and the Senses

In thinking about how our brain processes the world around us, students will mindfully look, mindfully listen and mindfully experience art while building observational skills in a joyful and engaging way.

Curriculum Connections: The Kindergarten Program, The Arts, Language, Health and Physical Education, Science
Links to 21st Century Competencies: Learning to Learn / Self-Aware & Self Directed Learning, Collaboration, Communication

IMAGE: K.M. Graham. Arctic II Mountain Range, 1973. Acrylic on paper, 55.9 x 76.2 cm. Gift of K.M. Graham, 1996. © Estate of K.M. Graham 96/1059

K.M. Graham. From my window, Cape Dorset

AGO Schools: Indigenous Art and Artists

Starting with the land, how do we hold conversations around Indigenous art and artists? In this experience, students will look at and discuss specific pieces of art that capture themes of Indigeneity.

Curriculum Connections: The Kindergarten Program, The Arts, Language, Social Studies, History, FNMI Studies (9 - 12)
Links to 21st Century Competencies: Learning to Learn / Self-Aware & Self Directed Learning, Collaboration, Communication, Global Citizenship

IMAGE: K.M. Graham. From my window, Cape Dorset, 1974. Pastel on paper, 22.9 x 30.5 cm. Gift of K.M. Graham, 1998. © Estate of K.M. Graham 98/457

K.M. Graham. From Resolute Towards Magnetic North Pole

AGO Schools: Getting to Know Art of the African Diaspora

Students explore the works of Black artists in the collection and consider concepts of identity through the history and presence of the African diaspora nationally and globally.

Curriculum Connections: The Kindergarten Program, The Arts, Language, Social Studies, Social Studies and Humanities (9 - 12), History, Geography
Links to 21st Century Competencies: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Collaboration, Communication, Global Citizenship

IMAGE: K.M. Graham. From Resolute Towards Magnetic North Pole, 1974. Pastel on paper, 26.1 x 33.6 cm. Gift of K.M. Graham, 1997. © Estate of K.M. Graham 97/2013

A dark room filled with large pieces of gold abstract sculpture.

AGO Schools: Introduction to Haegue Yang

Join Interpretive Planner, Gillian McIntyre in a conversations about the very popular contemporary artist Haegue Yang whose exhibition Emergence is on now. Celebrated for her prolific and diverse work that evokes historical and contemporary narratives of migration, displacement and cross-cultural translation, this exhibition is currently on view at the AGO.

IMAGE: Haegue Yang, Boxing Ballet, 2013-2015. Installation view of Shooting the Elephant 象 Thinking the Elephant, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea, 2015. Courtesy of Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul

conservator working on an artwork

AGO Schools: Art and Science of Conservation

In this conversation, students will explore the connection between science and art as we take a close look at art in the AGO Collection -- how it is taken care of, fixed or restored and when we learn new details how an historic work was created -- in conversation with staff from our Conservation department.

Virtual School Visit FAQs

How do I gain access to the free weekly sessions?

Please select the class in the schedule you would like to join and register. A Zoom webinar link will be emailed to you. If you are participating as a class, feel free to forward the Zoom link to your students.

What supplies will I need to participate?

A few sheets of paper, a pencil or coloured pencils would be useful, but are not required to participate.

How much does it cost?

The weekly sessions are free of charge

Will any of us be visible during the meeting?

No.

Do I need a Mic or a webcam to participate?

All sessions will be done in a Zoom webinar. You will not be visible, so no mic or webcam is needed. 

Will all the sessions in a week have the same link?

Once registered, a Zoom webinar link will be emailed and will provide you access to all sessions in that grade level for the week.

Do I need to attend all sessions in the week?

No, only participate in the sessions you would like to join. Each Zoom link is valid for the week.

 

 

Virtual School Visits - Custom Visits

Pauta Saila, Dancing Bear, 1984. Mottled dark grey stone, ivory, 51.2 x 38.8 x 22.8 cm. Gift of Samuel and Esther Sarick, Toronto, 2001. © Estate of Pauta Saila, courtesy Dorset Fine Arts. 2001/331.

CUSTOMIZED VIRTUAL PROGRAMS

Looking for something more specific? Co-create a virtual experience for your students!

$250.00 per session includes:

  • one hour of program co-creation with an Art Educator
  • one hour of program facilitation
  • choose your artworks for discussion together
  • meaningful and intimate conversations exclusively with your students
  • scheduling flexibility

Contact us at agoschools@ago.ca for more details and to book.

 

IMAGE: Pauta Saila, Dancing Bear, 1984. Mottled dark grey stone, ivory, 51.2 x 38.8 x 22.8 cm. Gift of Samuel and Esther Sarick, Toronto, 2001. © Estate of Pauta Saila, courtesy Dorset Fine Arts. 2001/331.

 

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As a leader in museum and art education, the AGO School and Teacher Programs team is dedicated to creating pedagogical spaces that encourage creativity, enhance visual literacy and facilitate the development of critical thinking.

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