colourful pastel self-portraits by children inspired by Arthur Shilling

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Why Book a Program with OMAH?
 
The Orillia Museum of Art & History has been delivering integrated art and history education programs for over 15 years. Our programs are designed to meet requirements of the Ontario Arts Curriculum at the primary, junior, and intermediate levels.
 
Using artist-quality materials, your class will be guided through an engaging, hands-on program that will challenge them to think critically and practice newly learned skills. Your program will be taught by one of our experienced and passionate educators who is highly-knowledgeable about the program material.
 
At OMAH, we ensure that our education programming is accessible, exciting, and curriculum-connected, and we take ownership and pride in creating unique learning experiences for all students.
 
All programs except for Beyond the Studio can be booked as in-house or outreach programs.
 
Get More Out of Your Visit: Full Day Programs
Any of our art-making programs can be paired with Beyond the Studio, our interactive, gallery-based program for a full-day at the Orillia Museum of Art & History. This booking option will enhance your group’s museum experience as they will get to create art in the studio and explore our galleries. Receive a discount when you book this full-day program option and pay just $10 total per student.

 

NEW! Beyond the Studio

Available for Primary, Junior, and Intermediate
 
See what OMAH has to offer beyond the studio! In this program, students will spend time exploring the galleries and completing a series of hands-on, interactive activities.
Examine artwork, handle artifacts, and visit our mysterious basement to learn about the building’s history!
 
Cost: $5 per student Length: 100 minutes
*Receive a discount when you book this program along with any studio program for a full day at the museum
 

New! Kinderg-ART-en Program

This program is designed specifically for kindergarten students! After exploring the elements of art through unique and engaging activities, students will get creative and use newly learned techniques to make their own masterpieces using mixed media.
 
Cost: $5 per student Length: 60 minutes
 

Primary (Grades 1 - 3)

Group of Seven Landscape

Helping to shape our national identity, The Group of Seven changed the way Canadians viewed their country. After investigating the Group’s innovative approach to landscape, students will emulate these techniques in their own landscape compositions using paint or mixed media collage techniques.
 

Handbuilding with Clay

In this program students will learn fundamental clay-modelling techniques while exploring form, mass, dimension and volume. Students will complete two clay projects, including sculpting a pot using coil and pinch methods that were first used in Canada by Indigenous populations.
 

Creative Printmaking

After exploring the process of relief printmaking, the nature of reproductions, and the importance of line, shape, and composition, students will create their own “master plate”. This plate will be used to create a series of relief prints on colourful paper.
 

Arthur Shilling: Character and Colour

Local artist Arthur Shilling is renowned for his portraits that use intense colour and bold composition. Students will discuss the nature of identity and consider their use of colour and shape as they create self-portraits using oil pastel or paper collage.
 
All Primary Programs: Cost: $7 per student Length: 100 minutes
 

Junior (Grades 4 - 6)

Handbuilding with Clay

In this program students will learn clay-modelling techniques including pinch and coil-pot methods first used in Canada by Indigenous populations. While completing two clay projects students will also explore form, mass, dimension, and volume.
 

Group of Seven Landscape Painting

Helping to shape our national identity, The Group of Seven changed the way Canadians viewed their country. After examining a number of the Group’s paintings and considering their use of colour, texture, and composition, students will create their own landscape paintings using acrylic on canvas.
 

Arthur Shilling Oil Pastel: Character and Colour

Local artist Arthur Shilling is renowned for his bold and powerful portraits. In this program, students will discuss the nature of portraiture, its connection to individuals and cultures, and will also consider colour theory, proportion, and abstraction as they create self-portraits using oil pastels.
 

Creative Printmaking

In this program students will discuss the fundamentals of printmaking, focusing on relief print processes and the nature of reproductions. Using elements such as line, shape, composition, and balance, students will make their own “master plate”, which they will use to create a series of
prints on colourful paper.
 

Watercolour: Mixed Media Method

In this program students will practice a variety of watercolour techniques, explore colour theory, and will observe the reactions between other mediums and watercolour paints. In their final art works, students will be challenged to be creative using a mixed-media method.
 
All Junior Programs: Cost: $7 per student Length: 100 minutes

  

Intermediate (Grades 7 - 8)

Watercolour: Mixed Media Method

This program will focus on practicing watercolour techniques and will explore the complexities of colour theory. Students will experiment combining watercolours with other materials and will employ their discoveries in a final mixed-media composition.
 

Group of Seven Landscape Painting

The Group of Seven changed the way Canadians viewed their country and helped to shape a newly-envisioned national identity in the twentieth century. After examining the Group’s use of shape, colour, and composition, students will create their own landscape paintings using acrylic on canvas, emulating and elaborating on the techniques and themes discussed.
 

Creative Printmaking

In this program students will focus on relief print processes, the nature of reproductions, and the prominence of this art form in societies past and present. After creating preliminary compositions and further refining them, students will create their own “master plate”, from which they will create a series of prints.
 

Arthur Shilling Oil Pastel: Character and Colour

Local artist Arthur Shilling is renowned for his powerful portraits that use intense colour and bold composition. In this program, students will discuss the nature of self-portraits and portraiture as a genre. Colour theory, proportion, and abstraction will be used to inform the students’ own oil pastel self-portraits.
 

Elizabeth Wyn Wood: Relief Sculpture

This program is inspired by Orillia artist Elizabeth Wyn Wood and focuses on sculpture and visual narrative. Students will learn how to create the illusion of depth in relief sculpture and will model polymer clay to create a mono-chromatic, low-relief sculpture that reflects on Wood’s contemporary approach to depicting the Canadian landscape.
 
All Intermediate Programs: Cost: $7 per student Length: 100 minutes
 

How to Book a Program

Please send an email to:
programs@orilliamuseum.org and provide the following information:
 
School name
Teacher name
Grade
Number of students in class
Program(s) you would like to book
Location of program (in-house or outreach)
Preferred date(s)
 
A booking confirmation email will be sent once all of the above details have been provided.
*Please note that program bookings require a minimum of 18 participants. Bookings with less than 18 participants will be charged based on this minimum.
 
Please book programs in advance by emailing the Community and Visitor Engagement Coordinator at: programs@orilliamuseum.org
 
 

You will receive a programming confirmation by e-mail.

Cancellations made less than one week prior to a confirmed program are subject to a cancellation charge of 25 per cent of the total program cost. In the event of bus cancellations due to inclement weather, please notify the museum as soon as possible to re-schedule your program.

Please note that teachers are required to supervise students in the classroom at at OMAH at all times during programming. 

Click here to download our 2018-2019 Education Programs Brochure.

Click here to download the Education Program Booking Form