Invite Canadian art into your classroom! The Weston Family Learning Centre at the AGO is exhibiting 13 signature works from the Toronto District School Board's (TDSB) extensive collection of Canadian Art. Exploring contemporary concepts through the TDSB collection
The Art Gallery of Ontario offers educational tours that are led by highly trained teaching staff with expertise in museum learning. AGO educational tours support 21st century competencies that include:
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Strategies
We ignite critical thinking with discovery-based learning and student discussions that engage multiple perspectives. By encouraging students to analyze visual and verbal information and to make personal meaning, field trips support the growth of cultural and visual literacy.
Innovative and Creative Process
Artmaking workshops promote imaginative thinking and perseverance. Shifting the mindset to consider art as process reinforces continual experimentation, innovation and resilience.
Learning to Learn
Learning happens when one pauses to examine and question assumptions. By reflecting on issues and ideas, participants make real-world connections from one situation to another. Repeated practice of this disciplined inquiry prepares students to think critically about new events and ideas in the future.
Working collaboratively to unpack a work of art or to create an art project helps students develop an appreciation for multiple perspectives, be comfortable with ambiguity and tolerate complexity. This equal respect for process and product supports future strong collaborators.
Visual literacy is a key skill to understanding the world around us. Art supports new modes of communication and offers agency to students less proficient in verbal and writing skills. Through art, students collaboratively explore and communicate personal identity, while also promoting contemplation and well-being.
Students are encouraged to make interdisciplinary and cross-curricular connections that provide new perspectives and points of access. When asked to consider views and experiences from around the globe, they are building active connections among local and global issues and ideas.
As a leader in museum and art education, the AGO School and Teacher Programs team is dedicated to creating pedagogical spaces that encourage creativity, enhance visual literacy and facilitate the development of critical thinking.
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