• 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.

Current Exhibition

Nintawin–Niamh Dooley

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.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Ill Winds

April 2–25

Activity: Following the tour, students will use oil pastels, markers and watercolour paints and will take inspiration from the grandeur of the artwork to create their own work while exploring the narrative inspired by clouds and sky. This program can be adapted to any age or grade level.

Tour focus: Students will learn about the process and technique that Keith Harder uses to create his paintings in addition to learning about the different types of cloud formations.

  • High-level clouds (5-13 km): cirrocumulus, cirrus, and cirrostratus.
  • Mid-level clouds (2-7 km): altocumulus, altostratus, and nimbostratus.
  • Low-level clouds (0-2 km): stratus, cumulus, cumulonimbus, and stratocumulus.
Curriculum links: Social Studies & science – land, weather patterns, cloud types. Program adapted to various grade levels. Grades K-12. Social Studies – being together, belonging and connecting. Science – space, shapes, colours, seasons, light (opaque & translucent), light and shadow, weather. Art – student-centered learning, broad artistic and cultural perspectives, connections and community, artistic competence, creativity and design

High Energy 25

April 3–May 20

Activity: Following the tour, students will use 25 squares of heavy cardstock and watercolour paper, creating 25 pictures that they will connect by string, ribbons, brads, strings of beads, and other connectors to create a long flip book, like a “Jacobs Ladder” to create their own unique picture book. For drawing, students will use white wax, white pencil crayons to draw/write personal messages or pictures that they will reveal as they draw over the wax image with watercolour pencils and a bit of water to reveal the message. Other panels will be coloured using pencil crayons, watercolour pencils and fine tip black markers, taking inspiration from the exhibit. This program can be adapted to any age or grade level.

Tour focus: In 2020 AGSA celebrates 25 years of High Energy.

Curriculum links: Social Studies – being together, belonging and connecting, action and participation, opportunities and challenges. Science – space, shapes, colours, building structures, light and shadow, recycling. Art – student-centered learning, broad artistic and cultural perspectives, connections and community, artistic competence, creativity and design

Landwatch

May 26–June 27

Activity: Following the tour, students will build an aerial view of a landscape using collage-layering clear, translucent and opaque materials while exploring textures, rubbings, line and shape. The fun continues as students mix and match artist puzzle pieces to create a new piece of artwork – Instagram worthy. This program can be adapted to any age or grade level.

Tour focus: Students will learn about the topography and patterns found in the prairie landscape, the tension between human inhabitation, and how they are expressed in the work of artist, Lynn Malin.

Curriculum links: Social Studies – being together, belonging and connecting, action and participation, opportunities and challenges. Science – space, shapes, colours, seasons, sight (opaque & translucent), light & shadow, recycling, planet earth. Art – student-centered learning, broad artistic and cultural perspectives, connections and community, artistic competence, creativity and design.

Fire in Her Hands: A Retrospective

July 2–August 15

Summer Exploring art program

Activity: Following the tour, students will build a small container using air-dry clay and coil hand-building techniques, adding decorative textures and imprints. For very small children, they will make a small clay hand using their hand as a template, with textures imprinted using a variety of tools. An instruction sheet will go home with the child on painting the project once the project has dried. This program can be adapted to any age or grade level.

Tour focus: Students will learn about celebrated artist, Elke Blodgett, during this Retrospective, highlighting her love of the land, and using elements of the land.

Curriculum links: Social Studies – being together, belonging and connecting, action and participation, opportunities and challenges. Science – space, shapes, colours, rocks & minerals, building structures, matter and chemical change. Art – student-centered learning, broad artistic and cultural perspectives, connections and community, artistic competence, creativity and design

International Society of Experimental Artists: 29th Annual Juried Art Exhibit and Symposium 2020

August 20–October 24

Activity: Following the tour, students will use a wide range of materials to create a unique piece of artwork, while exploring how the experimental process and materials used by the artist will inform the viewer’s reaction to the piece. This program can be adapted to any age or grade level.

Tour focus: Students will learn about community, creativity, innovation, and experimentation in the arts.

In this session students will explore what problems the artists were trying to explore and solve:

  1. how to use the various materials and mediums together, how to make colour, form and shape work together;
  2. students learn, the importance of using recycled or reusable materials in artwork to keep it out of landfills and protect the land for people, plants and animals, all of whom depend on the land for survival; ideas and issues artists were exploring (e.g. social commentary – climate change, protection of water, etc….)
Curriculum links: Social Studies & science. Program adapted to various grade level. Grades K-12.

Exploring Art For high school students during this exhibition:

The tour will start with an introduction to some of the major themes, inspirations and narratives in this year’s works. Participants will get a quick behind-the-scenes look at how this exhibition came together, from the planning process, through to the curation and hanging of the juried artworks.

The tour will then take a deep dive into two of the works in the exhibition through a close-looking exercise. We will uncover how the experimental process and materials used by the artist inform the viewer’s reaction to the piece. Through observation and discussion, we will attempt to push the boundaries of our understanding.


Guilded: 20/20 Vision (St. Albert Place Visual Arts Council Guild Members)

November 5–November 28

Activity: Following the tour, students will create a small woven project on a mini hand-held loom structure, using yarn, beads, strips of fabrics and ribbons…. This program can be adapted to any age or grade level.

Tour focus: Students will explore and learn about the creative work of the various visual arts guilds in St. Albert, and the variety of mediums they work with. Discussion of the role of technical expertise, craftsmanship, and experimentation in the arts.

Curriculum links: Social Studies – being together, belonging and connecting, action and participation, opportunities and challenges. Science – space, shapes, colours, building structures. Art – student-centered learning, broad artistic and cultural perspectives, connections and community, artistic competence, creativity and design.

Spectator Sports

Dec 3–Jan 30

Activity: Following the tour, students will create two pieces of artwork using graphite, conte, charcoal and marker pens, and words and text, to create an optical illusion while exploring the use of positive and negative space. One piece will be created on a white surface with the second on a black surface. This program can be adapted to any age or grade level.

Tour focus: Students will explore and learn about the people, places, techniques, materials and processes used by artist, Kyle Beal, in the exhibit Spectator Sports.

Curriculum links: Social Studies – being together, belonging and connecting, action and participation, opportunities and challenges. Science – space, shapes, colours, building structures. Art – student-centered learning, broad artistic and cultural perspectives, connections and community, artistic competence, creativity and design.

 

Total Time

1.5 hours

Grades

Preschool, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12

Curriculum Link

Art, Creative Expression, Language Arts, Social Studies

Location

Art Gallery of St. Albert