Louis Riel School Division
Since 1980 WAG Studio Programs has partnered with the Louis Riel School Division to deliver Special Art Classes for small groups or children between the ages of nine to fifteen. Special Art Classes, which takes place from January to March, provides a nurturing and creative environment where students are able to develop a means of expression, explore various art media and techniques, and receive gallery tours and instruction from professional artists. Special Art Classes are also intended to help students build trust, gain confidence and self-esteem, learn to build relationships with others, and open up a window to new experiences through the world of art.
Manitoba Printmakers Association
MPA’S Martha Street Studio regularly presents workshops that highlight a range of printmaking techniques in partnership with WAG Studio Programs. These are often related to specific exhibitions on display at the WAG. Aside from having the opportunity to work in a top-notch facility under the guidance of a professional printmaker, participants tour the WAG exhibitions as a group with their workshop instructor.
Seven Oaks School Division
In the fall of 2012, WAG Studio Programs and Seven Oaks School Division began a program for Grade 6 to 8 that operates every day of the school year cycle. Curtis Wiebe (artist, film-maker, puppeteer, and musician) has been the instructor since the program’s inception. Each year, five schools from the division attend morning classes at the WAG Studio. Each school receives 10 classes, complete a variety of projects in various media, and tour exhibitions in the gallery. Teachers accompanying their classes also gain professional development by participating in the program. Transportation is provided to and from WAG Studio by the division.
Sign for Art
Since 1999 Boeing Canada Technology has sponsored art classes each spring for students from the Manitoba School for the Deaf. A reception and exhibition of student work is held in the Studio Building in June each year.
Through the Eyes of a Child
Our annual exhibition of children’s artwork is held in the Gallery each spring. Great-West Life Assurance Company has sponsored this celebration of our students’ creative expressions for well over a decade. The exhibition, which showcases the work of approximately 800 young artists, is also supported each year by the Volunteer Associates of The Winnipeg Art Gallery and Winnipeg School Division. In 2009 Leon A. Brown Limited also provided support for the exhibition.
Volunteer Associates of the Winnipeg Art Gallery
The Volunteer Associates are long-time supporters of art education at the WAG. Aside from the support they provide for Through the Eyes of a Child, they also fund the Volunteer Associates’ Scholarship Program that awards art classes to children who have shown an interest and ability in art but are financially unable to attend our programs. The Volunteer Associates also administer the Iris Gilmour Memorial Scholarship that is funded by the Gilmour family and is awarded regularly to a young Studio Programs student who has shown exceptional skill and commitment in art classes at the WAG. The award covers the tuition for a Studio Program of the student’s choice.
Winnipeg School Division
WAG Studio Programs has a longstanding (since 1937) relationship with Winnipeg School Division. Each year approximately 400 students from WSD study art in the programs sponsored by the Division: Saturday Morning Art Classes, Special Art Classes, Quantum, High School Drawing, and Sunday Afternoon Art Classes. Examples of work from these students is featured in our annual children’s art exhibition Through the Eyes of a Child.