ART PROGRAM OUTLINES

McMaster Museum of Art’s education staff provide arts-based learning opportunities for a variety of audiences including elementary and high school, postsecondary, and community groups.

In addition, staff collaborate directly with teachers to develop programs that are focused on specific classroom interests and can be customized to suit various studies. Programs were initially designed for in-school learning, but many have since been adapted for virtual classrooms.

Watch the Creative Kids video about our school programs here:

Build a Program with Us!

We are dedicated to cross curricular and integrated learning, bringing art education into a variety of subject areas in elementary and high school classes. We have partnered and worked extensively with boards across Southern Ontario, including HWDSB, HWCDSB, GECDSB, HDSB, HCDSB, DPCDSB, PDSB, private and Montessori schools.

Have an idea for a program? Interested in collaborating? We’d love to work with you!

For more information or to book a program, contact:
Teresa Gregorio, Education Officer
gregort@mcmaster.ca

THE PROGRAMS

Programs are flexible and we will work with you to focus on your classroom interests and needs.

Program 1

Introduction to Decolonial Museums

Participants will look at museums with a critical lens. The coloniality of these institutions will be examined, and participants will be introduced to contemporary criticisms, decolonial actions, and the roles of different professionals within museums who perform this work.

Target Areas: SHSM in Arts and Culture, Guidance and Career Education

Program 2

Indigenous Art and Connection to Land

Through guided looking and reflective exercises, participants will engage with notions of land as represented in work by Indigenous artists from several nations. McMaster-area participants (traditional territory of Mississauga and Haudenosaunee Nations) will connect with art, histories, and issues directly related to the land in which they live and examine their shared responsibility as outlined in the Dish With One Spoon wampum agreement.

Target Areas: Visual Art, Social Studies, Geography, English, Indigenous Studies

Program 3

the cut, the tear & the remix: contemporary collage and Black futures (Coming soon)

Based on the 2021 virtual exhibition, this program is designed to engage participants in various themes surrounding collage and the Afrofuture. More information coming soon.

Program 4

Logo Design: How Artists Communicate

Through guided looking at artwork from the McMaster Museum of Art collection, participants will examine how artists use the elements and principles of art in their planning process and final artwork to communicate with viewers. Connection will be made to commercial art via app logos. Participants will apply visual literacy skills to identify feelings, issues, and themes present in images, and will be asked to demonstrate an understanding of how to read and interpret signs and symbols.

 Target Areas: Visual Art, Language

Program 5

Art, Music, Identity

Participants will examine the connection between visual art and music through engaging activities that contrast and compare sounds and the elements and principles of art. Emphasis will be on colour, line, shape, texture, proportion, and balance. A hands-on activity will ask participants to respond to clips of music, with a suggested take home activity to reflect on personal identity, music, and visual art composition.

Target Areas: Visual Art, Music

Program 6

Map Making and Art: High School SHSM Geography and Art

Participants will examine various approaches to map making, with emphasis on the power of visual communication and symbolism.

Program includes a facilitated discussion surrounding map making as visual expression of cultural values, as evidenced through use of elements and principles and critical interpretation of included and excluded content.

A post-program activity asks students to engage with research and listed resources to answer reflection questions designed to encourage critical thinking and connect to each individual’s responsibilities to the Dish With One Spoon wampum agreement.

Target Areas: Environment SHSM, Visual Art, Social Studies, History and Geography

Program 7

Map Making and Art

Participants will examine various approaches to map making, with emphasis on the power of effective visual communication and symbolism. The artistic challenge posed is to produce a map that translates written and verbal information into visual symbols accurately placed on a map to communicate information. For a greater challenge, participants  challenge is heightened for older students through their own development of symbols.

Target Areas: Visual Art, Social Studies, History and Geography, Language, Community and Citizenship

Program 8

The Power of Arts-Based Learning

Participants will hear and experience how arts-based learning is vital to a variety of different career paths, beneficial to individuals’ well-being, and can help society build a better future. Visual Literacy, observation skills, social/emotional learning and so many other skills are developed in the Arts.

Target Areas: Visual Art, Language

Program 9

Art, Sketching, and Cultivating a Creative Habit for Well-being

In this presentation, participants explore the methods and benefits of cultivating a creative habit by keeping a sketchbook. Through examples from the McMaster Museum of Art collection, participants see how artists approach their own creativity, engaging in the mindful practice of observation, contemplation, and reflection.

Program 10

Digital Collage, Design, and Memes

This digital collage and meme-making workshop has participants look at examples of collage from the museum’s collection for inspiration, explore uses of collage in art, and think critically about design choices for their own digital collage work.

Program 11

Geometry and Transformation: Math and Art Combine

The artistic elements of pattern, shape, and balance will be examined and used to demonstrate the geometry and spatial sense terms of transformations. Discussion of selected artworks from McMaster Museum of Art will centre on how artists thoughtfully and critically use geometry and spatial sense to create pattern, shape, balance, and convey meaning in their artwork. Various artistic applications of these elements will be examined.

Target Areas: Visual Art, Mathematics

Program 12

Pattern: Math and Art Combine

The artistic element of pattern will be examined through the hands-on creation of two simple patterns; one ruled by shape, the other by value. Discussion of selected artworks from the McMaster Museum of Art collection will centre on how artists thoughtfully and critically use and create pattern, with particular emphasis on Op Art. Various artistic applications of the element of pattern will be examined. This will provide a framework for the activity.

Target Areas: Visual Art, Mathematics

Program 13

Perspective: Math and Art Combine

Artistic elements and principles of space and perspective will be examined through the hands-on creation of a 3D shape from a mathematical net. These nets will serve as a framework for understanding abstracted modern art, with particular emphasis on Cubism. Various approaches to the artistic challenge of creation of (or rejection of) 2D space will be examined.

Target Areas: Visual Art, Mathematics

Program 14

Identity and Art

Participants will examine identity and how it is expressed by artists from different time periods, places, and cultures and how these contexts affect perspective of both artist and viewer. Style, media, and symbolism will be discussed, and will form the basis of the activity.

 Target Areas: Visual Art, Social Studies, Language, Health and Physical Education

Program 15

Museum 101

Participants will learn about the variety of roles within a museum and the sector-focused knowledge and skills required for a modern museum career. The accompanying activity has students work collaboratively to experience the teamwork required to produce an exhibition.

Target Areas: SHSM in Arts and Culture, Guidance and Career Education

Program 16

Science and the Principles of Art

Participants explore the various ways artists have embraced new technologies throughout history by tracing the development of photography from the current day to its beginnings with the production of their very own cyanotypes. Activity will focus on the elements and principles of art through design challenge of 3D objects into Sunprints.

Target Areas: Visual Art, Science

Program 17

Printmaking: Mass Communication on a Piece of Paper

Participants will design and create their own printing block and discover the mass communicative power of making multiple original artworks. Various artistic approaches throughout history will be explored. The artistic challenge posed will focus on creating simple and effective images in order to communicate with the viewer. Deeper connections to community and citizenship curriculum available.

Target Areas: Visual Art, Language, Geography: Community and Citizenship