Virtual School Programs

Art anywhere, at school or at home! Join us for our Virtual School Programs, every weekday 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 sessions are free of charge to you, thanks to the extraordinary support of The Michael Young Family Foundation. We invite students at home or in school to join us daily Monday - Friday for a live conversation with an AGO Art Educator. Three versions of each conversation are offered daily, Monday to Friday: 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, with elements of wellness and art woven into the session, there is a small creative exercise, so please have pencils, pens or crayons and paper at the ready. These sessions are free of charge.

Visit us often for a new perspective on the AGO Collection.

Looking for something more specific? Join us for our live and interactive sessions with an experienced Art Educator!

Virtual Schools - Supercards

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Special Guest Presenters

We’re excited to welcome special guest presenters every month for a cross-disciplinary exploration with students. In the fall, movement, dance and wellness are in the spotlight. In winter, we revel in sounds, music and song; in the spring, we partner with art institutions to showcase selected works from their exhibitions.

In October, November and December, we get moving with art and welcome Canada’s Ballet Jörgen (CBJ) and Jade’s Hip Hop Academy.


VIRTUAL SCHOOL PROGRAMS SCHEDULE

 

PROGRAM OFFERINGS IN ENGLISH

OCTOBER 12 - 15
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JK - GRADE 3

EVERY DAY AT 9:30 - 10:00 AM

Monday
No sessions
Tuesday
AGO Schools: Indigenous Art & Artists
Wednesday
AGO Schools: Art of Africa & the African Diaspora
Thursday
AGO Schools: Art Beyond Borders
Friday
AGO Schools: Artmaking 101
Optional downloadable worksheets available below

REGISTER FOR JK - GR 3 | OCT 12 - 15


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GRADE 4 - GRADE 8

EVERY DAY AT 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Monday
No sessions
Tuesday
AGO Schools: Indigenous Art & Artists
Wednesday
AGO Schools: Art of Africa & the African Diaspora
Thursday
AGO Schools: Art Beyond Borders
Friday
AGO Schools: Artmaking 101
Optional downloadable worksheets available below

REGISTER FOR GR 4 - GR 8 | OCT 12 - 15


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GRADE 9 - GRADE 12

EVERY DAY AT 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Monday
No sessions
Tuesday
AGO Schools: Indigenous Art & Artistss
Wednesday
AGO Schools: Art of Africa & the African Diaspora
Thursday
AGO Schools: Art Beyond Borders
Friday
AGO Schools: Artmaking 101
Optional downloadable worksheets available below

REGISTER FOR GR 9 - GR 12 | OCT 12 - 15

 

 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

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AGO Schools: Art & the Senses

Students will engage with art in the AGO Collection through the senses. Thinking about how our brain processes the world around us, students will mindfully look, mindfully listen and mindfully smell art, while building observational skills in a joyful and engaging way.

Curriculum links: The Arts, Language, Health and Physical Education, Science

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AGO Schools: Indigenous Art and Artists

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

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AGO Schools: Art of Africa & the African Diaspora

Take a deep-dive into work in the AGO Collection created by Black artists. Students consider concepts of identity through the history and presence of the African diaspora nationally and globally.

Curriculum links: The Arts, Language, Social Studies, Social Studies and Humanities ( 9 - 12), History, Geography

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AGO Schools: Art Beyond Borders

Students explore interconnectivity through global exchanges that provide opportunity for cultural exchange and artistic expression.

Curriculum links: The Arts, Language, History, Geography

Canada's Ballet JöRGEN du Canada Dance for All

October 21 & 28: Canada's Ballet Jorgen - Inspired by Canadian works in the collection, students will explore movement, wellness, and storytelling with artists from Canada’s Ballet Jörgen.

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AGO Schools: Artmaking 101

After exploring one artwork in the AGO Collection, students try simple drawing techniques inspired by elements and principles of design in the Visual Arts Curriculum, with a pencil and a piece of paper!

Curriculum Links: Visual Art

Download the PDF worksheet for October, by grade:

JK - Grade 3 Artmaking 101 worksheet

Grade 4 - Grade 8 Artmaking 101 worksheet

Grade 9 - Grade 12 Artmaking 101 worksheet

Virtual School Visit FAQs

How much does it cost?

The weekly Virtual School Program sessions are free!

How do I join one of the weekly sessions?

Please select the class in the schedule you would like to join and then register. A Zoom webinar link will be emailed to you.

I have the Zoom link; how does my class join and participate?

Please feel free to forward the Zoom link to your students. Students do not need to download Zoom to watch the session; they will just need to click “View in Browser” when prompted.

Other options include sharing the session with your students via Google Meets/Classroom. You will need to make sure you accept conference audio when joining the session, otherwise you will not be able to hear the presenter.

Is my student’s privacy at risk?

The Zoom link shared with your students will be registered as the name on the invitation.
All students will have the name given on registration upon joining the session.

What will we be doing?

In each 30-minute session, participants in AGO Virtual School Programs will explore and discuss two artworks from the AGO Collection, with a focus on the Critical Analysis Process. Also included is a mini-wellness moment, and a mini-artmaking “spark” so you and your class can continue to think about the topic once the session is over.

Please note: this is not a full artmaking session. The AGO does offer several artmaking classes taught by professional artist/educators. Click here to see all the creative classes we offer.

How do I prepare my class?

Students may want a pencil and a sheet of paper as they tune into the sessions. The emphasis of this session is visual literacy, so we ask students to respond to questions posed by the Art Educators, using a keyboard and the Q&A function of the webinar. There will be no verbal replies. All comments are visible to all participants in the session, so here's a gentle reminder to please use the Q&A function respectfully.

If students are onsite, they may choose to write or sketch their responses on a sheet of paper. We would love to see them so please share your completed masterpiece #AGOSchools @AGOToronto

Will any of us be visible during the meeting?

No.

Do I need a microphone or a webcam to participate?

All sessions will be done in a Zoom webinar; student responses are typed in. Participants will not be seen or heard, 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 want to join. Each Zoom link is valid for the week, and you are welcome to attend as many sessions as you like throughout the semester.

Can we use the Chat function?

No. Please use the Q&A function to respond to questions posed by the Art Educator. There are also no audio or verbal replies.

Can I watch a recorded version of this session later on?

These sessions are presented live and not recorded.

Are the sessions the same each week?

We strive to provide unique sessions each week under the daily theme, however sometimes we may show the same work in the different sessions so students become more familiar with the art and they can discuss it from various perspectives.

Can I record the session to show my students later?

Due to copyright restrictions on different artworks, you are unable to record the session on Zoom

Troubleshooting Your Zoom Link

  • If the link is not working, the quickest fix is to reregister. Our system will send a new link immediately.
  • Only links sent from the AGO will work. Please do not use third-party links.
  • Are there any blank spaces accidentally pasted at the front of the invite?
  • Make sure that you have registered for the correct date, time and subject.
  • Do you have pop-ups enabled?
  • Could Zoom be blocked? Some school networks block Zoom.
  • Try a different browser.
  • Click the link that says, “Click to join” or “Join from your Android or Apple device”.
  • Although you do not need the Zoom app to participate, it may help with your connection. Try downloading the app on your computer or device.

Troubleshooting Your Zoom Audio

  • Check your volume settings, and make sure your headphones are in appropriately if you are using them.
  • Be sure that you have enabled computer audio as part of your Zoom set up.
  • Check your internet connection. Even excellent Wi-Fi can get spotty and prevent a connection. If possible, it’s best to be connected via Ethernet.
  • If you are screensharing via Google Meets/Classroom, make sure your audio settings are in place to accept webinar audio, and that there is access to your computer audio. If Zoom prompts you with any sound requests, please accept them.
  • Zoom may function slightly differently on different devices. For other tech issues you may experience, please check out Zoom’s help section: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us

 

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? Join us for our live and interactive sessions with an experienced Art Educator!

Each $250 session includes:

  • meaningful and intimate conversations with your students;
  • one hour of program facilitation;
  • an artmaking activity with materials students can easily access;
  • scheduling flexibility; and
  • a maximum 30 students per session.

Book Your Customized Virtual Tour

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.

CUSTOM VIRTUAL TOURS PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

Art and the Creative Process

Where do artists find their inspiration? Students gain insight into the process behind the creation of selected works from the AGO European, Indigenous & Canadian, and Contemporary collections.

Indigenous Art and Artists

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

Art of Africa and the African Diaspora

Expanding on the concepts introduced in other Virtual School Programs, students will take a deep-dive into artwork in the AGO Collection by Black artists. Students will also consider concepts of identity through the history and presence of the African diaspora nationally and globally.

 

 

 

TEACHER RESOURCES

Find resources and activities you can use in your classroom to help students build visual literacy and develop their skills in observation, interpretation, critical thinking and creativity.

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.

Join the Teachers Access Program (TAP)

The Teachers' Access Program offers Ontario teachers an enhanced level of engagement with the Gallery.  Registration for AGO TAP is FREE with a valid Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) card or proof that you are a full time teacher

 

 

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