Virtual School Programs

Art anywhere, at school or at home! Join us for our Virtual School Programs, 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, 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. 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!

For our scheduled French programming, please note that our Art Educators will provide a bilingual experience to support our French-Language learners.

Visit us daily or weekly 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 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.

 

PROGRAM OFFERINGS IN ENGLISH

FEBRUARY 23 - 26
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JK - GRADE 3

EVERY DAY AT 9:30 - 10:00 AM

Monday
Session offered in French, please see below to register
Tuesday
AGO Schools: Art and the Environment
Wednesday
AGO Schools: Art and the Senses
Thursday
AGO Schools: Indigenous Art and Artists
Friday
AGO Schools: Celebrating Black Creatives

REGISTER FOR JK - GR 3 | FEB 23 - 26


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GRADE 4 - GRADE 8

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

Monday
Session offered in French, please see below to register
Tuesday
AGO Schools: Art and the Science of Conservation
Wednesday
AGO Schools: Art and the Senses
Thursday
AGO Schools: Indigenous Art and Artists
Friday
AGO Schools: Celebrating Black Creatives

REGISTER FOR GR 4 - GR 8 | FEB 23 - 26


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GRADE 9 - GRADE 12

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

Monday
Session offered in French, please see below to register
Tuesday
AGO Schools: Art and the Environment
Wednesday
AGO Schools: Art and the Senses
Thursday
AGO Schools: Indigenous Art and Artists
Friday
AGO Schools: Celebrating Black Creatives

REGISTER FOR GR 9 - GR 12 | FEB 23 - 26

MARCH 1 - 5
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JK - GRADE 3

EVERY DAY AT 9:30 - 10:00 AM

Monday
AGO Schools: Art and Storytelling
Tuesday
Session offered in French, please see below to register
Wednesday
AGO Schools: Art and the Senses
Thursday
AGO Schools: Indigenous Art and Artists
Friday
AGO Schools: Getting to Know Art of the African Diaspora

REGISTER FOR JK - GR 3 | MAR 1 - 5


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GRADE 4 - GRADE 8

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

Monday
AGO Schools: Art and Storytelling
Tuesday
Session offered in French, please see below to register
Wednesday
AGO Schools: Art and the Science of Conservation
Thursday
AGO Schools: Indigenous Art and Artists
Friday
AGO Schools: Getting to Know Art of the African Diaspora

REGISTER FOR GR 4 - GR 8 | MAR 1 - 5


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GRADE 9 - GRADE 12

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

Monday
AGO Schools: Art and Storytelling
Tuesday
Session offered in French, please see below to register
Wednesday
AGO Schools: Art and the Senses
Thursday
AGO Schools: Indigenous Art and Artists
Friday
AGO Schools: Getting to Know Art of the African Diaspora

REGISTER FOR GR 9 - GR 12 | MAR 1 - 5

MARCH 22 - 25
yellow on pink

JK - GRADE 3

EVERY DAY AT 9:30 - 10:00 AM

Monday
AGO Schools: Art and Storytelling
Tuesday
AGO Schools: Art and the Environment
Wednesday
AGO Schools: Art and the Senses
Thursday
AGO Schools: Indigenous Art and Artists
Friday
Session offered in French, please see below to register

REGISTER FOR JK - GR 3 | MAR 22 - 25


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GRADE 4 - GRADE 8

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

Monday
AGO Schools: Art and Storytelling
Tuesday
AGO Schools: Art and the Environment
Wednesday
AGO Schools: Art and the Senses
Thursday
AGO Schools: Indigenous Art and Artists
Friday
Session offered in French, please see below to register

REGISTER FOR GR 4 - GR 8 | MAR 22 - 25


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GRADE 9 - GRADE 12

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

Monday
AGO Schools: Library and Archives
Tuesday
AGO Schools: Art and the Environment
Wednesday
AGO Schools: Art and the Senses
Thursday
AGO Schools: Indigenous Art and Artists
Friday
Session offered in French, please see below to register

REGISTER FOR GR 9 - GR 12 | MAR 22 - 25

MARCH 29 - APRIL 1
 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

K.M. Graham. Abstraction #4

AGO Schools: Art and Storytelling

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

Les écoles du MBAO: L’art et le conte

Explorez les histoires des collections pour découvrir comment les artistes s'expriment avec leur langage visuel unique.

Liens avec le curriculum scolaire: le Programme de la maternelle et du jardin d'enfants, Éducation artistique, Langues, Éducation physique et Santé.
Liens vers les compétences du XXIe siècle : la pensée critique et la résolution de problèmes, apprendre / apprentissage autonome et autodirigé, collaboration et communication.

IMAGE : K.M. Graham. Abstraction n° 4, 1974. Tusche stick sur papier, 56 x 70,5 cm. Don de K.M. Graham, 1997. © Succession de 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

Les écoles du MBAO : Art et environnement

Découvrez comment les artistes ont interprété avec créativité les diverses régions du Canada, y compris la flore et la faune, dans cette exploration des environnements urbains et ruraux.

Liens avec les programmes d'études : le Programme de la maternelle et du jardin d'enfants, Éducation artistique, Langues, Sciences, Éducation physique et Santé.
Liens vers les compétences du XXIe siècle : la pensée critique et la résolution de problèmes, collaboration, communication, l’innovation, la créativité et l’entrepreneuriat et citoyenneté mondiale.

IMAGE : K.M. Graham. Nuit arctique n°2, 1974. Acrylique et pastel sur papier, 44,5 x 58,4 cm. Don de K.M. Graham, 1998. © Succession de 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

Les écoles du MBAO : L'art et les sens

En réfléchissant à la façon dont notre cerveau traite le monde qui nous entoure, les élèves regarderont attentivement, écouteront et feront l'expérience de l'art tout en développant leur sens de l'observation d'une manière joyeuse et engageante.

Liens avec les programmes d'études : le Programme de la maternelle et du jardin d'enfants, Éducation artistique, Langue, Éducation physique et Santé et Sciences
Liens vers les compétences du XXIe siècle : apprendre / apprentissage autonome et autodirigé, collaboration et communication

IMAGE : K.M. Graham. Chaîne de montagnes Arctic II, 1973. Acrylique sur papier, 55,9 x 76,2 cm. Don de K.M. Graham, 1996. © Succession de 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

Les écoles du MBAO : L'art et les artistes autochtones

En commençant par la terre, comment tenir des conversations sur l'art et les artistes autochtones ? Dans le cadre de cette expérience, les élèves examineront et discuteront d'œuvres d'art spécifiques qui illustrent les thèmes autochtones.

Liens avec le programme scolaire : le Programme de la maternelle et du jardin d'enfants, Éducation artistique, Langue, Études sociales, Histoire, Études du PNMI (9 - 12)
Liens vers les compétences du XXIe siècle : apprendre / apprentissage autonome et autodirigé, collaboration, communication et citoyenneté mondiale

IMAGE : K.M. Graham. De ma fenêtre, Cape Dorset, 1974. Pastel sur papier, 22,9 x 30,5 cm. Don de K.M. Graham, 1998. © Succession de 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

Les écoles du MBAO : Apprendre à connaître l'art de la diaspora africaine

Les élèves explorent les œuvres des artistes noirs de la collection et examinent les concepts d'identité à travers l'histoire et la présence de la diaspora africaine au niveau national et mondial.

Liens avec le programme scolaire : le Programme de la maternelle et du jardin d'enfants, Éducation artistique, Langue, Études sociales, Sciences sociales et humaines (9 - 12), Histoire et Géographie
Liens vers les compétences du XXIe siècle : la pensée critique et la résolution de problèmes, collaboration, communication et citoyenneté mondiale

IMAGE : K.M. Graham. De Resolute Towards Magnetic North Pole, 1974. Pastel sur papier, 26,1 x 33,6 cm. Don de K.M. Graham, 1997. © Succession de K.M. Graham 97/2013

 I.M.F and Raffiki

AGO Schools: Celebrating Black Creatives

Join our Art Educators in conversation with a spoken word artist and musician. With roots in oral traditions and performances, students will explore elements of the spoken word and music with I.M.F and Raffiki, inspired by the AGO’s collection.

Biography:
I.M.F which stands for “In My Feelings” is a singer songwriter who is forever in her feelings. Canadian-Rwandese, born and raised in Canada I.M.F was influenced by Neo-soul and R&B music. Music is her first love and passion as she’s been performing and singing since she was a child. I.M.F uses her music to express herself and form connections with the outside world in various forms. Music is her therapy, and she hopes it could be yours too.

Raffiki is an artist who dabbles in the mediums of sound. A music producer, instrumentalist, and DJ. Raffiki loves all things music from your mainstream music, underground songs to classical compositions. Raffiki tries to incorporate all parts of music and sounds into his work. Kenyan born and Canadian raised Raffiki strives to incorporate the diversity in his life within his music. Music is his energy, and he hopes to bring it to you.

Curriculum Connections: The Kindergarten Program, The Arts, Language, Social Studies,
Links to 21st Century Competencies: Collaboration, Communication, Global Citizenship

IMAGE: I.M.F and Raffiki

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.

February 3 – 10:30 AM – Gr. 4 – 8: Rock and Minerals: In this session, students will explore rocks and minerals with Conservator Lisa Ellis.

February 9 – 10:30 AM – Gr. 4 – 8: Museum Pests: Learn how museum staff try to protect and prevent artworks from being impacted by insects and rodents with Conservator Sherry Phillips.

February 16 – 11:30 AM – Gr. 9 – 12: Technical Imaging: Discover how Conservators use technical imaging to learn more about paintings with Head Conservator Maria Sullivan. Technical imaging with visible light, ultraviolet, infrared, and x-rays can provide fascinating information about materials, structure, and artist technique.

February 23 – 10:30 AM – Gr. 4 – 12: Plastics: Plastics are everywhere, even in artworks! Explore the fascinating chemistry of plastics with Conservator Sjoukje Van der Laan, and see unexpected examples of plastic in our day-to-day life.

March 31 – 11:30 AM – Gr. 9 – 12: Explore the use of artist pigments, their identification, properties, and how they have been used through the history of art making, with Head of Conservation - Maria Sullivan and Conservator, Paintings – Meaghan Monaghan.

Claes Oldenburg, Floor Burger

AGO Schools: Library and Archives

AGO Archivist Marilyn Nazar talks about protest at the AGO in the 1960s and 70s to demonstrate the importance of archives in documenting history.

IMAGE: Claes Oldenburg, Floor Burger, 1962. Canvas filled with foam rubber and cardboard boxes, painted with acrylic paint, Overall: 132.1 x 226.1 cm. Purchase, 1967. © Claes Oldenburg 66/29

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 Canadian Identity

Discover how artists have interpreted belonging on the land in Canada, and how it is exemplified in their artistic practices. This online class will explore the artists' connection to land and invite students to consider their own contemporary, traditional and/or cultural connections to what land means to them.

Art and the Creative Process

Where do artist find their inspirations? Students gain insights into the process behind the creation of select works in 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.

Getting to Know Art of 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.

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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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