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 & 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
A maximum of 30 students. 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 (max of 30 students).
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 Thompson 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
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
Math + Art • What do the disciplines of mathematics and visual have in common? More than you think! Go beyond the curriculum and explore how artists creatively utilize concepts of space and dimension, numbers and relation, and patterns and symmetry. • Full-day experience: mixed-media 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
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
How to Book
Book your class at the WAG Tuesdays to Fridays between 9:30am and 4pm.
To speak to an Art Educator, call 204.789.1762 or for service in French call 204.789.1763.
Full-Day Program: $100 per 10 students or multiples thereof
Half-Day Program: $45 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
Open on the following days:
- Victoria Day
- Canada Day
- August Civic Holiday
- Labour Day
- Remembrance Day (open 1-5pm)
- Christmas Eve (close at 2pm)
- Boxing Day
- New Year's Day
- Louis Riel Day
- February 23 (open at 2pm)
Closed on the following holidays:
- Good Friday
- Easter Monday
- Christmas Day