Art Program Outlines

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 building 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!

For more information and/or to book an In-School Program,
Contact: Teresa Gregorio, Education Officer, McMaster Museum of Art  gregort@mcmaster.ca

THE PROGRAMS

Program 1 | Perspective: Math and Art Combine!  ONLINE 2020

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. Synchronous and asynchronous options available.

Program 2 | Map Making and Art  ONLINE 2020!

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. Artistic challenge posed is to produce 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. Synchronous and asynchronous options available.

Program 3 | Identity and Art  ONLINE 2020!

Length: 60 mins
Number of Students: one class
Grade Level: 6
Target Areas: Visual Art, Social Studies, Language
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. Synchronous and asynchronous options available.

Program 4 | Museum 101 ONLINE 2020!

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. Synchronous and asynchronous options available.

Program 5 | Art and Indigenous Connection to Land  COMING SOON!

Length: Three sessions; each between 20-60 minutes
Grade Levels: 6 – 12 ***note: 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. Synchronous and asynchronous options available.

Program 6 | Science and the Principles of Art

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 7 | Printmaking: Mass Communication on a Piece of Paper

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.

Program 8 | Colour, Light, and Impressionist Art

Length: 60 mins
Number of Students: 26
Grade Levels: 1 – 3, 4 – 6
Target Areas: Visual Art, Science and Technology, Language Studies

Info: optics and colour, history of Impressionist art, metacognition and visual literacy

Students will explore the fundamentals of Impressionist art, including social/cultural context for its creation and the new ideas surrounding colour theory and visual communication it embraced. In grade-specific activities students will create an artwork that demonstrates principles of the Impressionist art style.

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

Program 9 | Land Art and Working with the Environment

Length: 60 mins
Number of Students: 26
Grade Levels: 1 – 6
Target Areas: Visual Art, Social Studies

Info: collaboration, elements and principles of art, ephemeral art and action as artwork

Through collecting leaves, flowers, branches, and stones, students will explore the natural environment around them with an eye to the elements and principles of art and collaborate on an ephemeral piece of land art. Instructor will introduce students to the history of land art, and will examine the concept of art as idea and/or action as message communication.

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