Expanded Landscapes: A Learning Module

Expanded Landscapes: A Learning Module

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Expanded Landscapes provides middle school teachers with a curriculum-linked learning module that focuses on the Group of Seven and climate change. Students will explore this important group of Canadian artists while also reflecting on climate change and potential solutions to the climate crisis.

In the workshop portion of the module, students will examine famous artworks by the Group and imagine scenes beyond the confines of the canvasses. While thinking about climate change and experimenting with perspective and colour, students will create an expanded landscape and add their own point of view to these iconic works of art.

In the downloadable document, you will find information about the Group of Seven, a materials list, a step-by-step instructional video to guide you through the workshop, and questions for further reflection on the topics of art and climate change.

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Explore the Group of Seven further with a visit to the exhibition (Re)Collecting the Group of Seven: Celebrating 100 Years on view at the OAG until November 7th, 2021.

We would like to acknowledge Regional Group for their sponsorship of the exhibition

Franklin Carmichael, The Nickel Belt, 1928, oil on canvas, 101.8 x 122 cm.  Firestone Collection of Canadian Art, Ottawa Art Gallery.L.L. Fitzgerald, Prairie Homestead, 1925, oil on canvas, 27 x 34.1 cm.  Firestone Collection of Canadian Art, Ottawa Art Gallery. Franz Johnston, Algoma Landscape, 1923, tempera on cardboard, 98.3 x 73.4 cm.  Firestone Collection of Canadian Art, Ottawa Art Gallery.