ArtReach, an educational partnership between the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Department of Education, and the Canada Council Art Bank, has established exciting arts connections in Nova Scotia schools since 2005.
ArtReach programming includes:
- Travelling exhibitions of original prints
- Workshops for teachers and students
- Development of online curriculum links between Gallery works and school programs
- Regular arts workshops for teachers
Over the past seven years, ArtReach has engaged teachers, students, and community in successful tours in more than a dozen locations across Nova Scotia. Schools, museums, and galleries in towns such as Liverpool, Amherst, Sydney, Annapolis, Digby, Wolfville, Pictou, Port Hawkesbury, Inverness, Baddeck, Bridgewater, Fortress of Louisbourg, Yarmouth, and Wagmatcook have all enthusiastically participated in ArtReach programming.
In every location, participants examine artworks by Canadian artists and have opportunities to learn more about the techniques of printmaking by creating their own works.
A kit containing artist information, curriculum links, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia publications, a “Learning to Look” resource, and tools for printmaking remain with the exhibition so additional groups may be accommodated. In each venue, engagement with and response to the works results in many forms of literacy including poetry, soundscapes, stories, dance, and visual art.
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