Learning Through Art
WAG school programs encourage inquiry and critical thinking through conversation, sketching, and writing as well as interactive learning exercises based on current exhibitions. Our crosscurricular 90 minute interactive tours and full-day experiences support the Manitoba Curriculum Outcomes in Visual Arts, English Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Math, and French. Please view our 2014-2015 School Programs booklet for a listing of the SLOs for each program theme.
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Types of Programs:
We offer three types of programs for school and youth groups. Choose one of the following options then choose one of our program themes, listed below. All of our programs are available in English and French.
90 Minute Interactive Tour • Tues-Fri from 9:30am
Full-Day Experience • Tues-Fri, 10:30am-2pm
Includes a 90 minute interactive tour, lunch room access, and a 90 minute art-making workshop.
Self-Guided Visits • Tues-Sun, 11am-5pm
Self-guided groups must be booked ahead to recieve school tour rates.
Add additional time in the galleries to your guided tour for $15 per 10 students (additional supervision required).
EARLY YEARS (K-Gr. 4)
Inuit Art & Life in the North • Embark on an adventurous journey exploring the WAG’s world class collection of Inuit art. Learn about life in the Arctic and discover how geography, history, and cultural traditions have shaped Canadian Inuit communities. • Full-day experience: printmaking workshop
Group of 7 & the 4 Seasons • Discover the unique beauty of the Canadian landscape in four seasons as seen through the eyes of some of Canada’s most beloved painters including Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven. • Full-day experience: painting workshop
Taking Shape • How do artists use the language of lines and shapes to convey emotion or to express their ideas? Explore the galleries to discover a fascinating array of 2D shapes and 3D objects, repeating patterns, lines of symmetry, and so much more! • Full-day experience: mixed-media workshop
Colour Sensations • Learn about secondary and tertiary colours, as well as tints and shades. Discover how artists use a whole range of colours to share ideas and appeal to our senses. How does the color red make you feel? What tastes, sounds, or smells does the color green remind you of? • Full-day experience: painting workshop
What's the Story? • Explore exciting collections of historic masterworks and have fun deciphering the stories behind the pictures. Just what are the pictures saying? Let’s investigate the clues together. • Full-day experience: mixed-media workshop
Available beginning April 28, 2015:
Once Upon Olympus • Discover the fascinating stories from ancient Greek mythology featuring gods and goddesses like Zeus and Athena. Imagine their world, act out the stories, and create your own twists in the tales.
Daily Life in Ancient Greece • How would your life be different if you were born in Greece 2,500 years ago? How did people think, eat, dress, and celebrate? Have fun exploring the lives of the ancient Greeks through music, drama, and art.
MIDDLE YEARS (Gr. 5-8)
Living Traditions & Stories in Inuit Art • Visit the WAG’s famous collection of Inuit art to learn about life and culture in the Arctic. Explore how Inuit oral traditions and stories continue into the modern day in the form of art in various media. • Full-day experience: printmaking workshop
Group of 7 & the Canadian Landscape • Discover the history of the Group of Seven and explore an array of Canadian landscapes as seen through the eyes of some of our country’s most beloved artists including Tom Thompson, Emily Carr, Franklin Carmichael, J.E.H. MacDonald, and others. • Full-day experience: acrylic painting workshop
Etch & Sketch • Sometimes artists get their ideas from other artists. You’ll have a chance to sketch from works of art—and finish them in your own unique way. If you have an art journal, this would be a good chance to use it. • Full-day experience: mixed-media workshop
Art in Context • Explore one of Canada’s most impressive collections of art and consider how the context of an artwork is essential to understanding its historical and contemporary meaning. Connect works of art to a specific time, place, or community, and develop an understanding of how art reflects and influences culture and identity. • Full-day experience: mixed-media workshop
Available beginning April 28, 2015:
Greek Mythbusters • What are the Greek myths? Visit Mount Olympus and discover the who’s who of the Olympic gods. Explore statuary and decipher the imagery on ancient Greek vases. Then connect with the characters through drama and art.
Antiquity to Today • Greco-Roman culture is the basis for much of Western society. Learn how concepts and practices from ancient Greece and Rome continue to shape the modern world. Find out how the characters you know from books and movies are linked to ancient Greek culture.
Sketching Through Time • Explore the fascinating collection of ancient Greek and Roman statuary, votives, and vase paintings to appreciate the aesthetics of antiquity. Then use your sketches to expand your own artistic style.
SENIOR YEARS (Gr. 9-12)
Inuit Art in the Contemporary World • Discover how social, political, and economic changes across Canada’s Arctic are reflected in the visual arts. Explore the role Inuit artists play in communicating these developments to the rest of Canada and the world. • Full-day experience: printmaking workshop
Group of 7 & the Canadian Identity • Explore the Group of Seven landscapes always on display at the WAG and learn why they have come to symbolize a distinctly Canadian identity. • Full-day experience: acrylic painting workshop
Drawing Connections • Sketching is a great way to understand a subject. This program will encourage students to use works of art as starting points for their own creations. Art journals are welcome. • Full-day experience: mixed-media workshop
Art in Context • Explore one of Canada’s finest collections and learn how the context of an artwork is essential to understanding its historical and contemporary meaning. Connect works of art to a specific time, place or community, and develop an understanding of how art reflects and influences culture and identity. • Full-day experience: mixed-media workshop
Math + Art • What do the disciplines of mathematics and visual have in common? More than you think! Explore how artists utilize concepts of space and dimension, numbers and relation, and patterns and symmetry during this calculating look at the exhibitions on display. • Full-day experience: mixed-media workshop
Available beginning April 28, 2015:
Gods, Myths, and Mortals • Immerse yourself in the mythology of ancient Greece and explore the gods, goddesses, heroes, beasts, and mortals through legends that transcend time.
Identity and the Idealism in Ancient Greece • Explore how the social ideologies of ancient Greece concerning self-identity, sport, and the human body were used to define class, gender, patriotism, and other societal roles.
Drawing from History • Assemble a repertoire of visual references pulled from ancient Greek and Roman art, including marble sculpture, votive figurines, reliefs, black and red figure vase painting, and more. Make visual notes of your favorite details to assemble a work of art of your own.
How to Book
Book your class at the WAG Tuesdays to Fridays between 9:30am and 4pm.
To book a program fill out the booking request form. Bookings may be made by email only. Please allow 3 business days for confirmation of your booking.
To speak to an Art Educator, call 204.789.1762 or for service in French call 204.789.1763.
Full-Day Program: $120 per 10 students or multiples thereof
Half-Day Program: $60 per 10 students or multiples thereof
Self-Guided Visit: $60 per 10 students or multiples thereof
NOTE: Maximum group number of 80 students.
Payment may be made by mailing a cheque to the WAG or over the phone (204.789.1290) via credit card.
Self-Guided Groups need to book ahead to receive school tour rates. Otherwise, general admission rates apply.
- Tuesday 11am-5pm
- Wednesday 11am-5pm
- Thursday 11am-5pm
- Friday 11am-9pm
- Saturday 11am-5pm
- Sunday 11am-5pm
- Closed Monday