- Exploring Art tours offer a multi-faceted approach to art education that inspires deeper learning. Students learn about the cultural, historical, and social contexts of artworks on display and explore works of art through themes that are relevant, engaging and thought-provoking.
- Through interactive tours and hands-on art activities, students will engage with the arts in a way that develops their curiosity and knowledge, while exploring themes of Spaces and Places, Materials and Process, and Art and Society.
- Exploring Art Experiences are perfect for school groups ages kindergarten to grade 12, community groups, guides, brownies, homeschool groups and private groups looking for a personalized program at the Art Gallery of St. Albert.
December 5, 2019 – February 1, 2020
Mankind creates indelible attachments and associations with spaces and buildings, especially houses. These places represent more than just physical structures or markers on a map. In this intricate exhibition, three diverse Alberta artists explore themes of belonging, displacement/longing and abandonment. Following a tour of Haven and discussion of the artists, their inspiration and processes, students will construct a handheld mixed media sculpture of their ideal place to live and describe what makes it meaningful to them. At the end of the program, students will bring their projects together to create a community as a classroom.
Grades 2-12. Curriculum links: Grade 3 – Building Structures, express ideas and feelings through art, create and express art in many ways, connect to one another and the world, Moving forward with the past; my family, my history and my communities.
February 8–March 28
Boreal wall hanging designed and taught by Heather Shillinglaw, Indigenous Visual Arts programmer, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in February, and Wednesdays in March. With inspiration from the exhibit Nintawin by artist Niamh Dooley, students will explore our awareness of this artist‘s journey in relaying heritage through materials and identity. Colonisation, which manifested as forced assimilation, loss of land rights, and the residential school system, stripped Indigenous people in Canada of their identities, displaced families and suppressed cultural practises. Emerging artist Niamh Dooley, who is of Oji-Cree descent and a band member of St. Theresa Point First Nation in Treaty 5 territory, aims to redress this painful legacy with her exhibition Nintawin, which means “my home” in Oji-Cree. The exhibition focuses on family connection, inter-generational knowledge sharing, reclaiming ancestral knowledge and, ultimately, uncovering one’s true self. Following the tour, students will use a variety of materials including oil pastels, felt pens, pencil crayons, yarn, fibrous casings and branches, to create an art piece in response to this exhibit.
Grades K-12. Curriculum links: Social Studies – land, histories and stories/belonging and connecting/communities. Program adapted to various grade levels.