School Programs

Math + Art + LEGO + Olympus

NEW! Math programs are now available for early, middle, and senior years! We have designed these interactive tours and art workshops to engage students in curriculum based mathematical activities within the Olympus exhibition. Inspired by the vibrant LEGO art displays dispersed throughout Olympus, your students will use LEGO to bring math into the real world brick by brick. 

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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 cross-curricular 90-minute interactive tours and our 90 minute workshops meet Curriculum Outcomes in Visual Arts, English Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Math, and French. Please view our 2015-2016 Olympus School Programs booklet (below) for a listing of the specific Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for each program theme.

Olympus: The Greco-Roman Collections of Berlin

Transport your students into the world of ancient Greece and Rome with Olympus: The Greco-Roman Collections of Berlin: a striking showcase of statuary, ceramics, and artifacts dating from the seventh century BC to the second century AD. Discover treasures from one of the most important collections of classical antiquities in the world, rarely seen in Canada. Learn about Greek mythology and prepare for a captivating encounter with Zeus and his fellow gods and goddesses, including Poseidon, Apollo, Athena, and Dionysus.


Download our Olympus school programs booklet. • Download PDF

Types of Programs:

Self-Guided Visit
Lead your own students through the exhibition. Self-guided tour sheets are available online at Come to the Self-Guided Tour Workshop. (See page 2 of booklet).

Guided Interactive Tour
Choose the perfect 90-minute tour for your group. (See pages 4–9 of booklet).

Tour and Studio Workshop
For a more immersive experience, add a 90-minute studio workshop to your day (See page 10 of booklet).

Add additional time in the galleries to your guided tour for $15 per 10 students (additional supervision required).



Olympus School Programs available until March 2016:

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.

NEW! Olympus Taking Shape • What do math and art and ancient Greece have in common and where does LEGO fit into this calculation? Take a math tour of Olympus and learn how all of this adds up into an artful sum!

Other Early Years School Programs:

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.

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.

Available after March 1, 2016

Art Explorers • Explore exciting collections of historic masterworks and have fun deciphering the story behind the pictures. What are the pictures saying? Let’s investigate the clues together.


Olympus School Programs available until March 2016:

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.

NEW! Olympus Math + Art • Now is the perfect time to book a Math tour at the WAG. As you look upon the incredibly lifelike marble gods and goddeses from the time of Pythagoras, consider how these ancient artisans used mathematical concepts to instill beauty into these enduring artworks. Interactive activities, including LEGO, will be factored into this fascinating equation.

Other Middle Years School Programs:

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.

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.

Available after March 1, 2016

Reflections • How can art both reflect and influence culture and identity? Visit one of Canada’s most impressive collections of art and consider how the meaning of an artwork is dependent on the specific time, place, and community it was created in.



Olympus School Programs available until March 2016:

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 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.

NEW! Olympus Math + Art • Now is the perfect time to book a math tour at the WAG. As you look upon the incredibly lifelike marble gods and goddeses from the time of Pythagoras, consider how these ancient artisans used mathematical concepts to instill beauty into these enduring artworks. Interactive activities, including LEGO, will be factored into this fascinating equation.

Other Senior Years School Programs

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.

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.

Available after March 1, 2016

Art in Context • Explore one of Canada’s finest art 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.

Students of WAG (SoWAG)

Do you know a student who is creative and passionate about art? Then recommend them for SoWAG which provides teenagers with the opportunity to explore their creativity and design their own WAG-inspired events (while earning high-school volunteer credit!). Several schools have nominated students to sit on this board which meets regularly with WAG staff to discuss and implement programs and events aimed at a teen audience. If you know a teen who would be interested email for an application form and more information. • SoWAG website


90-minute workshops can be adapted to grade levels as indicated.
Student artwork must be brought back to school.

Olympus Workshops available until March 2016
(See page 10 of Olympus School Programs booklet)

What’s the Story (Gr. 1-4) • Draw your own mythological characters and place them in a scene to tell a legend of your own.

Greek Pot (Gr. 1-12) • Explore the various shapes and original functions of ancient Greek vases, and create a miniature pot to take home. (Self-drying clay pots must be transported back to school. Limited access.  Please bring boxes and assistants ready to help carry the boxes back to school).

Red-Figure Painting (Gr. 5-12) • Paint a figurative scene on mat board using the red-figure technique of ancient Greek vase painters.

Drawing Form and Figure (Gr. 5-12) • Create a large scale drawing with various dry media by studying still life and the human figure in a unique studio setting.

Geometric Vase (Gr. K-4) • This math-based activity focuses on the concepts of pattern and symmetry as students design and paint a beautiful Grecian vase. This workshop supports the math tour.

Math-a-Mask-ical (Gr. 5-12) • Students will use the Dionysian masks of ancient Greece for inspiration while they learn how to sculpt with paper and create a symmetrical and structurally sound 3 dimensional mask. This workshop supports the math tour.

Other Workshops

Inuit Print (Gr. 1-12) • Create your own print. 

Group of 7 Landscape (Gr. 1-12) • Paint a landscape on mat board. Early years create a collage landscape.

Available after March 1, 2016
Art Explorers (Gr. K-4) • Make an artwork that comes to life in this workshop. Children create their own visual stories as they develop cut out puppet characters and pair them up with painted backgrounds.

Reflections (Gr. 5-8) • Artists literally frame the world around them, sharing their unique perspectives. In this workshop students will use a selection of art media to create a personal artwork that reflects who they are.

Art in Context (Gr. 9-12) • Taking inspiration from artists in the gallery, students will arrive in the studio to consider what their own context is. Using a variety of art materials students will reflect on the time and place in which they live and how this makes them who they are.

How to Book

Fill out the online booking request form at Programs are offered Tuesday-Friday starting at 10am.

Please allow 3 business days for confirmation of your booking.

Education office: 204.789.1290.


Self–Guided Visit (Available from 11am, 2 hours per visit): $60 per ten students or multiples thereof.* Book online, general admission rates apply to drop-in groups.

Guided Interactive Tour (Available from 10am, 90 minutes): $60 per ten students or multiples thereof.*

Tour and Studio Workshop (Includes a 90-minute tour, lunch room, and 90-minute workshop): $120 per ten students or multiples thereof.*

*Round your student numbers to the nearest ten. Max. 80 students.

Stay and explore the galleries on your own for an additional $15 per ten students. (additional supervision required).


Payment may be made by mailing a cheque to the WAG, by phone (204.789.1290), via credit card, or by bringing a cheque on the day of the tour. No purchase orders please.


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