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This fall Agnes offers school programs for Grades 1–8.

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 1–8

About Our School Programs

Our thematic school programs for Grades 1–8 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.


Tau Lewis: when last you found me here
Grades 7–8

In this 90-minute Fall program, students from grades 7-8 spend one half in the Tau Lewis: when last you found me here exhibition and the other half in the André Biéler Studio. In the gallery, we introduce aspects of black history, storytelling, vulnerability, symbolism and the distinct life of an artwork by examining mixed-media works using found and recycled materials. Students will learn about Jamaican-Canadian artist Tau Lewis, her art practice, and concepts of contemporary art. In the Studio, mixed-media assemblage techniques are explored as students create individual sculptures with their own secret objects incorporated into the artwork. Students are encouraged to bring a piece of meaningful found material (no larger than their hand) to use in their studio creations.

The program touches on grade 7–8 curriculum points such as interpreting signs and symbols in artworks, creating a mixed media sculpture, and using appropriate, inclusive, non-discriminatory language to discuss art and convey meaning.


Art Makes Sense – Accessible Art Program
Grades 1–6

Art Makes Sense welcomes and introduces individuals to the Agnes Etherington Art Centre through accessible tours and workshops. This accessible art program is an inclusive multi-sensory tour and hands-on art-making workshop for all students (Gr 1–6), including those with a range of learning needs. The tour aims to engage all of the five senses in a way that allows participants with diverse learning styles to experience art. Using sensory-based strategies, participants discuss and critically look at a variety of artworks in The hold: movements in the contemporary collectionIn the studio students will create their own sensory characters that will then be placed within an imaginary world the class collectively creates.

The program touches upon Grade 1–6 curriculum points including interpreting a variety of art works and identifying the feelings, issues, themes, and social concerns that they convey and creating two-dimensional and three-dimensional works that explore feelings, ideas, and issues from a variety of points of view.

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Booking a Visit for Grades 1–8

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: Fill in the form below. All bookings will be confirmed by email.

  • This will be the primary contact for AGNES communications.
  • The invoice will reflect the number of classes booked. List the names of the teachers here if coming as a larger group.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
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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.

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Teachers’ Notes for Art Makes Sense: The hold

Teachers' Notes Cover page
Teachers’ Notes for Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience

Teachers’ Notes for A Space Within

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 Admission for self-guided programs is free. Please read our Guidelines for Self-Guided Tours.

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