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Adopt a Painting: Creating a Visual Dialogue

Schools from the Toronto District School Board’s Intermediate Visual Arts Learning Community have each ‘adopted’ a masterpiece from the TDSB Collection of Canadian Art that is currently on display at the AGO. Teachers invited their students to study their selected painting, make personal connections, and relate the painting to other works of art in the galleries. The students engaged in processes of investigation, research, discovery and invention. These ‘adopted’ paintings became the catalyst for students to broaden their understanding of art and to articulate these new understandings in a collaborative artwork. This 2012 exhibition showcases and celebrates each school’s response.

Teachers and students can review each school’s unique approach to their chosen Canadian work of art, and find inspiration in the students’ art making activities. Some of these works involve new media techniques such as soundscapes and film, where as others explored community mapping, sculpture, collage, painting, and text-based art. These groups of TDSB intermediate students were able to make relevant connections to the historic artwork, their daily lives, and the communities in which they live.

View the student's work, assembled in PDF format. View PDF (7.6MB)