ART PROGRAM OUTLINES

In 2019, the McMaster Museum of Art’s Education Staff developed free In-School Art Programs which were offered while the Museum was closed for renovations. In addition to these programs, we worked with teachers to develop programs focused on specific classroom interests, customized to suit various studies.

In 2020, during the COVID-19 shutdown, many of these programs were redeveloped for virtual classrooms. Thank you teachers for your overwhelming and enthusiastic response!

Watch the Creative Kids video about our In-School Programs here:

Build a Program with Us!

Education staff at the MMA 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 and/or to book a program, email Education Officer Teresa Gregorio, gregort@mcmaster.ca

 

THE PROGRAMS

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

Program 1

Art, Music, Identity (ONLINE)

Length:

60 mins

Number of Students:

one class

Grade Levels:

5-6

Target Areas:

Visual Art, Music

Info:

identity, elements and principles of art, communication and expression

Students 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 line, colour, shape, texture, proportion and balance.

Hands on activity will ask students to respond to clips of music, with a suggested take home activity to reflect on personal identity, music, and visual art composition.

Program is flexible and we will work with you to focus on your classroom interest and needs.

Program 2

Map Making and Art: High School SHSM Geography and Art (ONLINE)

Length:

60 mins

Number of Students:

26

Grade Levels:

11-12

Target Areas:

Environment SHSM, Visual Art, Social Studies, History and Geography

Info:

Symbols and communication through design, approaches to mapping, elements and principles of art (interpretation and critique), maps as value-based documents

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

Facilitated discussion surrounding map making as visual expression of cultural values and ethics, as evidenced through use of elements and principles and critical interpretation of included and excluded content.

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.

Program is flexible and we will work with you to focus on your classroom interests and needs.

Program 3

Pattern: Math and Art Combine (ONLINE)

Length:

60 mins

Number of Students:

26

Grade Levels:

5-6

Target Areas:

Visual Art, Mathematics

Info:

design and math, Op art, art patterning

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.

Program is flexible and we will work with you to focus on your classroom interests and needs.

Program 4

Perspective: Math and Art Combine (ONLINE)

Length:

60 mins

Number of Students:

one class

Grade Levels:

4–6

Target Areas:

Visual Art, Mathematics

Info:

Design and math, Cubist art, 2D and 3D art

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.

Program is flexible and we will work with you to focus on your classroom interests and needs.

Program 5

Map Making and Art (ONLINE)

Length:

60 mins

Number of Students:

26

Grade Levels:

1–4

Target Areas:

Visual Art, Social Studies, History and Geography, Language, Community and Citizenship

Info:

Symbols and communication through design, approaches to mapping

Students 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. Challenge is heightened with older students through the student’s own development of symbols.

Program is flexible and we will work with you to focus on your classroom interests and needs.

Program 6

Identity and Art (ONLINE)

Length:

60 mins

Number of Students:

one class

Grade Levels:

6

Target Areas:

Visual Art, Social Studies, Language, Health and Physical Education

Info:

Identity, culture, context, perspective, symbolism, style, communication and expression

Students 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.

Program is flexible and we will work with you to focus on your classroom interests and needs.

 

Program 7

Museum 101 (ONLINE)

Length:

90 mins

Number of Students:

one class

Grade Levels:

9–12

Target Areas:

(SHSM) in Arts and Culture, Guidance and Career Education

Students 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.

Program is flexible and we will work with you to focus on your classroom interests and needs.

Program 8

Indigenous Art and Connection to Land (ONLINE)

Length:

Three sessions; each between 20–60 mins

Grade Levels:

6–12 (exercises adjusted for grade level)

Target Areas:

Visual Art, Social Studies, Geography, English

Info:

Indigenous notions of land, sustainability, Dish With One Spoon wampum agreement, shared responsibility

Through guided looking and reflective exercises, students will engage with notions of land as represented in work by Indigenous artists from several nations. McMaster-area students (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.

Program is flexible and we will work with you to focus on your classroom interests and needs.

Program 9

Science and the Principles of Art (In Person – On Hold)

Length:

60 mins

Number of Students:

26

Grade Levels:

1–8

Target Areas:

Visual Art, Science

Info:

History of photography (uses and technical developments), Optics (camera obscura), Science and Art paired (Muybridge, Riley), Principles of balance, contrast, movement, repetition Elements of shape, space, (with optics: colour)

Students 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.

Program is flexible and we will work with you to focus on your classroom interests and needs.

All materials included.

Program 10

Printmaking: Mass Communication on a Piece of Paper (In Person – On Hold)

Length:

60 mins

Number of Students:

26

Grade Levels:

1–5, 6–8

Target Areas:

Visual Art, Language, Geography: Community and Citizenship

Info:

Relief printmaking, the power of art multiples, communication through media, simplified images and symbolism

Students 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. 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.

Program is flexible and we will work with you to focus on your classroom interests and needs.

All materials included.