Teachers & Schools


School programs at OAG are both fun and educational. Guided tours and workshops are designed with the Ontario and Quebec curricula in mind, and tailored to suit the needs and interests of each group. Our passionate and skillful guides strive to create a unique and memorable experience that will broaden students’ perspectives on the world through intellectual inquiry and tactile exploration.

GUIDED TOURS: 45 – 60 minutes
Come prepared with your curiosity for an exploration of OAG’s exhibitions lead by one of our experienced gallery educators. Questions and the sharing of ideas are highly encouraged! Cost: Tours are always free

Designed to be stimulating investigations of the ideas and materials in the exhibitions. Cost: $5 per student.

TOUR + WORKSHOP COMBO: 90 – 120 minutes
Designed to be stimulating investigations of the ideas and materials in the exhibitions. Cost: $5 per student.

Tours and workshops are available in English, French, or a combination of both.

Bookings must be made at least three weeks prior to the date of a guided tour or workshop visit.


All material will be provided.

Available year round

(RE)MAPPING PLACE High School students will discover pre-colonial Anishinaabe mapmaking traditions, and learn to deconstruct the authority of colonial maps by creatively (re)mapping their neighborhood or city using various art materials. (High School)

SUPERHERO PLANT TRADING CARDS Elementary students will learn about the medicinal properties or ‘superpowers’ of local plants, and the importance of place and traditional knowledge in Métis culture. Kids will create trading cards featuring plants with powers that reflect their own. (Elementary)

EXPANDED LANDSCAPES What lies beyond the frame of a Group of Seven landscape painting? Students will examine famous artworks and imagine scenes beyond the confines of the canvasses. Experimenting with perspective and colour, they will create an expanded landscape and add their own point of view to these iconic works of art. (All ages)

Offered from February 17, 2020 to February 5, 2021

SHAPESHIFTING If an elephant and a salmon became one animal, what would this creature look like? Inspired by the playful sculptures and drawings of Russell Yuristy, come play with some clay and sculpt your own imaginary critter. (Elementary)

SYMBOLS AND STORIES In The Credo Project, Jennifer Dickson explores the architecture of religious spaces through a series of photographs. Inspired by her use of triptychs, this workshop will get students to use this format to tell the story of a place they love through drawing and symbolism. (High School)


Can’t make it to the Gallery? OAG’s gallery educators make in-class visits! They come to you equipped with reproductions and all the materials needed for an engaging creative workshop.

MICHÈLE PROVOST: DARN LOGOS Consider your relationship to logos and consumer culture. Do you augment your identity by purchasing these goods? Taking inspiration from multimedia artist Michèle Provost, students will alter familiar logos to express their own unique identity. (High School)



A visit to the OAG is an opportunity to learn about and connect with artistic practices from the National Capital Region. Here are a few tips to prepare students for their visit:

  • Discuss the location, how will you get there, the kinds of activities they’ll enjoy, and what they will see at the gallery.
  • Visiting an art gallery means respecting the artworks on display. Let students know that they will need to be careful in the gallery and keep a distance from the artworks, unless an educator invites them to touch or interact with a specific piece.
  • Let students know that art galleries are spaces for sharing ideas. When learning and talking about art, it’s important for students to listen to the opinions of others, express their own ideas and keep an open mind.
  • Finally, encourage students to participate and have fun!

For more information, please contact education@oaggao.ca 

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