Art Program Outlines

Art Program Outlines

UPDATE:  This program is now full. We are accepting names for a waiting list.
Thank you teachers for your overwhelming and enthusiastic response!

The McMaster Museum of Art’s Education Staff have developed 6 Free In-School Art Programs which we will be offering from April to June 2019, while the Museum building is closed. In addition to these programs, we would be happy to work with you to develop a program focused on your classroom interests, customized to suit your studies.

For more information and/or to book an In-School Program,
Contact: Teresa Gregorio, Education Officer, McMaster Museum of Art at 905-525-9140 extension 27576  or email: gregort@mcmaster.ca

THE PROGRAMS

Eadweard Muybridge, Plate 611. Animals and movement, horses trotting; sulky; gray mare, "Katydid". From Volume 9, Horses of Animal Locomotion: an electrophotographic investigation of consecutive phases of Animal Locomotion, 1887. Gift of Mr. Jack Greenwald.
Eadweard Muybridge, Plate 611. Animals and movement from Horses of Animal Locomotion,Collotype on paper, 1887. Gift of Mr. Jack Greenwald. Collection of McMaster Museum of Art

Program 1 | 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.

Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797-1858), Ohashi, Atake No Yudachi / Ohashi Bridge, 1857, Woodblock on paper, Levy Bequest Purchase
Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797-1858), Ohashi Bridge, 1857, Woodblock on paper, Levy Bequest Purchase. Collection of McMaster Museum of Art

Program 2 | 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.

Albrecht Durer
Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528), The High Priest Rejects Joachim’s Offering, 1511, Woodcut on paper, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Alexander Gordon McKay. Collection of McMaster Museum of Art

Program 3 | Perspective: Math and Art Combine!

Length: 60 mins
Number of Students: 26
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.
All materials included.

Claude Monet, Waterloo Bridge, Gift of Herman H. Levy
Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926), Waterloo Bridge, Sunlight Effect, 1903, Oil on canvas, Gift of Herman H. Levy. Collection of McMaster Museum of Art

Program 4 | 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.

Cornelis de Jode (Flemish, 1568 – 1600), Americae Pars Borealis, 1593, Engraving on paper, Gift of Herman H. Levy
Cornelis de Jode (Flemish, 1568 – 1600), Americae Pars Borealis, 1593, Engraving on paper, Gift of Herman H. Levy. Collection of McMaster Museum of Art

Program 5 | Map Making and Art

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.
All materials included.

Alex Colville
Alex Colville (Canadian, born 1920), Heron, 1977, Colour serigraph on Harumi board, Purchased with funds from the Mary E. Hatch Bequest, in memory of Clifton W. Sherman. Collection of McMaster Museum of Art

Program 6 | 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.