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The Agnes offers school programs for Grades 1–8 and Grades 9–12.

The Beyond Classrooms Initiative

Beyond Classrooms

Beyond Classrooms is a program that brings teachers and their classes into the wider community for a week-long learning experience. This year the Agnes welcomes local elementary classes for sessions in October 2018 and May 2019. While teaching their regular curriculum, teachers will use our exhibitions and resources as a springboard for collaborative and inquiry-based learning. From 29 October–2 November 2018, we look forward to hosting Jamie Niedbala from Simcoe Public School, and his Grade 6 and 7 class.

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School Programs for Grades 1–12

2017–2018
About Our School Programs

Our thematic school programs for Grades 1–12 encourage looking, dialogue and active engagement with original works of art in our galleries. They fuse art appreciation with hands-on creation to offer an animated, multi-faceted learning experience outside the classroom. We develop cross-curricular programs annually, based on new exhibitions. Student volunteers from Queen’s University receive extensive training in order to deliver the programs with enthusiasm and expertise.

Canadian Patchwork

In the spring term, students in Grades 1–3 and 4–8 will explore the diverse artistry and narratives reflected in Canadian log cabin quilts. Participating in a guided tour of the exhibition Log Cabin: A Canadian Quilt, we will discuss works that represent different parts of Canada, analyzing the quilt features and how the artists’ use of colour, texture and pattern were pieced together to symbolize family, culture and community. In the Studio, students will use mixed-media materials to create their own unique log cabin quilt square. The squares will be connected together to create a singular composition.

This program is developed in partnership with Kingston 1000 Island Cruises and Trolleys: schools may choose to enhance their field trip experience by combining a gallery tour with a trolley tour of the city. Teachers are invited to contact pubprog@queensu.ca for details.

Booking Dates: Tuesday–Friday, 1 May–22 June 2018

Booking Times: 10:00–11:30 am OR 1:00–2:30 pm
Do not arrive more than 10 minutes prior to the school program.

Program Fee: $80.00, materials included

Curriculum Links are:

Visual Arts: Examining works of art for the elements and principles of design; observing how artists use the elements and principles of design to effectively communicate a message or story.

Social Studies/Geography: Exploring the roles of quilt makers in art and stories; discussing the culture of log cabin quilts throughout Canada.

History: Discussing the history of log cabin quilts and its significance in Canadian identity and history; including its contribution to the Underground Railroad.

Math: Investigating repetition, patterning and geometric relationships

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In the winter term (23 January–6 April 2018), students in Grades 4–8 will consider the powerful roles women have played in historical European painting as seen in The Powers of Women: Female Fortitude in European Art. New this winter term, we are offering a school program for Secondary and Intermediate students. This program will explore the evocative work of Kent Monkman’s Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience exhibition created as a response to Canada 150 sesquicentennial celebrations. These programs relate to the Ontario Ministry of Education’s elementary curriculum; please see specific connections below.

Junior (Grades 4–6)
HerStory

The Powers of Women: Female Fortitude in European Art features historical works depicting women. Students will examine the heroic portrayals of women in classical and biblical allegories as well as artistic elements and principles used to convey these stories. They will take these concepts to create their own narrative works inspired by influential women in their lives.

Booking Dates: Tuesday–Friday, 23 January–6 April 2018

Booking Times: 10:00–11:30 am OR 1:00–2:30 pm
Do not arrive more than 10 minutes prior to the school program.

Program Fee: $80.00, materials included

Curriculum Connections:

Visual Arts: Examining works of art for the elements and principles of design; observing how artists use the elements and principles of design to effectively communicate a message or story.

Social Studies: Exploring the roles of women in art and stories; discussing the historic status of women in Europe through art.

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Secondary (9–12) and Intermediate (Grades 7–8)
Kent Monkman

In this hour-long program students will be lead through a thought-provoking discussion of works by Canadian Cree artist, Kent Monkman, and the artifacts that inspired him. Students will discuss the artistic process and art historical references that Monkman uses to capture historical and present issues in Indigenous communities.

Booking Dates: Tuesday–Friday, 23 January–6 April 2018

Booking Times: 10–11:30 am OR 1–2:30 pm
Do not arrive more than 10 minutes prior to the school program.

Program Fee: $80.00, materials included

Curriculum Connections:

Visual Arts: Exploring the creative process and critical analysis process; understanding art historical references.

History: Discussing the history of Settler interaction with Indigenous peoples, Confederation and Residential Schools; understanding the modern impact colonization has had on different communities in Canada.

Social Sciences and Humanities: Exploring topics related to equity, diversity, and/or social justice issues to formulate questions and spark discussions.

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Booking a Visit for Grades 1–12

Booking a Visit

Size of class:  All conducted tours are geared for classes of 30 students or fewer.

Cost: $80.00 per class. The program fee can be paid at Reception of the Agnes on the day of the visit. Please make cheques payable to Queen’s University and include the school and grade. There is no charge for teachers or their assistants. Receipts will be issued upon payment. We also accept payment by VISA, Mastercard or debit.

Cancellations: If you must cancel, please do so at least three weeks before your confirmed booking so that another class can make arrangements to take your place. A cancellation fee of one half the regular fee is charged if the visit is cancelled less than one week before the date of the confirmed booking. This charge does not apply in the case of severe weather conditions or emergencies.

Nous offrons ce programme en français, selon la disponibilité des guides francophones.

How to Book: Please email pubprog@queensu.ca. All bookings will be confirmed by email.

Include:

Your name

Name of school

Your email

Phone number of school

Grade

Number of students

Preferred dates and times

Name of program

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Teachers' Notes for Grades 1-8

The underlying ideas of the Ontario Curriculum for Grades 1–8: The Arts are reflected in our programs: developing creativity, communicating, understanding culture and making connections. Specific links are mentioned in the program descriptions. To help you make the most of your visit, we offer free Teachers’ Notes. This PDF contains pre- and post-visit material, with cross-curricular connections where relevant.

  Teachers’ Notes for A Space Within

NunavutLife    Teachers’ Notes for  Nunavut Life

   Teachers’ Notes for Picture Me

   Teachers’ Notes for Wild Wires

 Teachers’ Notes for Planet Protectors and Eco-Expressions

 

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Self-Guided Programs

If you wish to conduct a class tour yourself, please book in advance by calling (613) 533.6000 x 77347 or emailing pubprog@queensu.ca. Admission for self-guided programs is free. Please read our Guidelines for Self-Guided Tours.

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