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Guided Tours for Grades 9-12 (2013-2014)

Explore the AGO collection with our experienced staff. Guided tours are interactive providing students with opportunities for reflection through discussion, group work, sketching and creative writing. Each tour is 90 minutes and during this time, students examine 4-6 original works of art in depth.

Education staff carefully select what galleries to visit based on the theme of the program and what works of art are on view the day of your visit. If there is one (1) specific work of art, collection type, or special exhibition you would like to see during a portion of your guided visit, please specify at the time of booking.

For guided tours, our maximum group size is 25 students with the appropriate number of adult supervisors per group, so please organize your students accordingly. Staff to student ratio is 1:15 for high school students.

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Art and Social Justice
Grades 9 – 12
Art is not created in a vacuum. Works of art are primary sources that reflect the equalities and inequalities of the society in which they were made. How would you use art to promote activism about social issues that are important to you? Using the lens of social justice as a launching point, how are art and political struggle, and the roles of artist and political activist interwined?
Curriculum Links: Visual Arts, Grades 9 – 12, English, Grades 9 – 12, Canadian and World Studies, Grades 10 - 12

Identity: Exploring the Creative Process
Grades 9 - 12
Each artist’s creative process and individual style is a result of their identity. Examine how artists are inspired by their own personal experiences, the world around them, including other artists, art forms and materials. What factors shape a person’s artistic identity?
Curriculum Links: Visual Arts, Grades 9 – 12

Highlights of the AGO: Gallery Sampler
Grades 9 - 10
Explore works from the AGO’s Canadian, African, European and Contemporary collections and make relevant connections to style, subject matter and materials, exploring the universality of art making. How are artists and art works from different time periods and places united through the creative process and the universal elements of art?
Curriculum Links: Visual Arts, Grades 9 – 10, Canadian and World Studies, Grades 9-10, English, Grades 9 - 10

Exploring the Canadian Collection
Grades 9 – 12
Explore the AGO’s outstanding collection of Canadian art, including all work from the earliest forms of human expression (that fall within current national boundaries) to 1985 including First Nations, Inuit and art particularly from Toronto and Ontario. Explore themes such as nationalism, political landscapes, Canadian identity and the expression of diverse cultures. What is the visual impact of this vast collection?
Curriculum Links: Visual Arts, Grades 9 – 12, Native Studies, Grades 9 – 12, Canadian and World Studies, Grades 9 - 12

Customized Guided Tours
Grades 9 – 12
Let us customize a guided tour based your desired theme. We can make thematic connections as well as subject connections to English, French, Native Studies, Math, Science and Technology, Business, and Career Education. Education staff carefully select which galleries to visit based on your desired theme and what works of art are on view the day of your visit. The AGO collection supports thematic and subject connections through the following types of art:

  • Historical and contemporary Canadian art including First Nations and Inuit art
  • Contemporary art from around the world
  • Historical European art
  • Sculptural and figural works from west and central Africa
  • Works on paper including Photography, Prints and Drawings
  • Special exhibitions

Please specify your desired theme or subject area connections at the time of booking.

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