ArtReach

A partnership supporting school and community involvement in Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

ArtReach establishes connections with Nova Scotia schools, supporting opportunities to work with students, teachers, artists, and communities across the province.

ArtReach was developed in 2005, in response to the challenge of bringing original art to rural and isolated communities to give children and youth meaningful experiences with their provincial art collection. Since then, the program has grown to support art programming in local communities utilizing the provincial collection and local resources. Other features of ArtReach include the development of on-line curriculum resources, in-service teacher training, student art exhibitions, and school community collaborative projects inspired by exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

ArtReach registration will close October 15th. Once registration opens teachers can reserve their workshop spot through our online system. Approved workshop requests are limited to one per school per year. Teachers who receive a workshop are welcome to share the written and visual resources with the rest of the school but the school is responsible for purchasing any additional supplies.

Register for a Workshop

Once registration closes, workshop confirmations will be sent out the following week. Workshops need to be scheduled and delivered by May 31, 2022.

2021-22 Workshops

Relief Sculpting – with Terry Drahos (grades P-6) - SOLD OUT
In this workshop artist Terry Drahos will introduce the students to Charles Macdonald and his life as a self- taught Nova Scotia artist and businessman. Students will then use clay to create a narrative relief sculpture, inspired by nature.

Printmaking with Fruit and Vegetables – with Jocelyne Comeau (grades P-6) SOLD OUT
In this workshop students will have fun making prints with cut fruit and vegetables, guided by artist Jocelyne Comeau. Students will explore shape and colour, resulting in a vibrant piece of art. This workshop is inspired by the artwork Vegetable by Jane Buyers.

Painting Nova Scotia’s Wildflowers with watercolour – with Abby Hann (grades 4-9) SOLD OUT
Working with artist Abby Hann, students will learn about the artist Maria Morris Miller’s artwork of wild flowers of Nova Scotia and what botanical illustrations are. They will be inspired by the wildflowers around them, try observation drawing, and experiment with watercolour paints.

Folk Art Cartoons - with Kyle Bridgett (grades 6-9) SOLD OUT
Cartoonist, illustrator, and educator Kyle Bridgett will guide students through the basics of creating a cartoon character. Folk art sculptures from the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s permanent collection will be the inspiration for the students to draw from. Students will work through short exercises that will build to a finished drawing of their cartoon character.

Political Wheatpasting – with Liam Ross (grades 9-12)
Inspired by the collage artwork Pink Shamans, by Jane Ash Poitras, currently on display in the exhibition Tyranny at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, students will explore the collage technique of wheatpaste. Wheatpaste as an artform is traditionally political, outspoken, and youth-oriented. Tyranny Assistant Curator Liam Ross will introduce students to the artform and lead discussion on its use and relevance. Students will then be given the opportunity to create a wheatpaste collage of their own.

ArtReach is supported by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

 




Workshop Format

ArtReach workshops link with artworks in the Gallery’s permanent collection and are delivered by the classroom teacher as well as an artist who live streams virtually to the classroom.

Each workshop includes a written activity plan linked to the curriculum as well as visual resources such as slideshows and colour handouts. These resources are produced by artists and most of the workshops include a live streamed session with the artist.

Art supply costs for one workshop are covered by ArtReach. Supplies may be shipped directly to the school or purchased by the school with funds provided by ArtReach. Detailed art supply requirements are provided to assist teachers with workshop preparations.

Approved workshop requests are limited to one per school per year. Teachers who receive a workshop are welcome to share the written and visual resources with the rest of the school but the school is responsible for purchasing any additional supplies.

Questions or comments can be sent to ArtReach Coordinator Adam Graham adam.graham@novascotia.ca


ArtReach Lesson Plans

The following lesson plans have been developed by Nova Scotia teachers and artists for the Gallery’s ArtReach program and are available to everyone. We hope you enjoy the suggested strategies and activities and we welcome your feedback.

Please send your comments and photos to Angela Collier: angela.collier@novascotia.ca

 

Clay Pots and Passion: Making Pottery with Ceramic Artist Walter Ostrom

Fish Vase with Greek Pot

Suggested Grade Levels:

Grade 4 (Age 8-10)

Subject Areas:

Visual Arts – form, shape, texture, illustration, sketching, 3D sculpture, Social Studies/History, Math (form, shape, volume), Language Arts

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Art Analysis with Jacques Hurtubise

Jacques Hurtubise Philomine

Suggested Grade Levels:

Visual Art 7 – 9 (but can be modified for Visual Art 10 – 12)

Subject Areas:

Visual Arts

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Maud Lewis

Suggested Grade Levels:

4 – 6 (but can be modified for younger grade levels)

Subject Areas:

Visual Arts, Social Studies, Math, Language Arts

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Collage Basics

Suggested Grade Levels: 7-12
Subject Areas: Art, Language Arts, Social Studies, Media Studies

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What does Art Sound Like?

Suggested Grade Levels: 1-3
Subject Areas: Visual Art, Language Art

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Weathervanes in the Wind

Suggested Grade Levels: P-3
Subject Areas: Social Studies, Science, Visual Arts

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I Remember Up Home

Suggested Grade Levels: 4-12
Subject Areas: Lessons based on “Up Home” by Shauntay Grant, illustrated by Susan Tooke

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The Quilted Community – Community Mapping through Quilting

Suggested Grade Levels: P-3 May be adapted for older children
Subject Areas: Social Studies, Visual Arts

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The Portrait Project

Suggested Grade Levels: 10-12
Subject Areas: History, Language Arts, Drama, Art

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Shape Shifters ~ Trees and the Environment

Suggested Grade Levels: 3-5
Subject Areas: Art, Science, and Language Arts

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Now That’s Beautiful!

Suggested Grade Levels: 7-9, 10-12
Subject Areas: Media Literacy, English Language Arts, Social Studies

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Your Personal Artist Tree

Suggested Grade Levels: P-2, 3-4, 5-6

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Building Action Figures

Suggested Grade Levels: Can be adapted for P-12
Subject Areas: Art, Social Studies, Language Arts, Health, Biology

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The View From Here

Suggested Grade Levels: P-3
Subject Areas: Social Studies, Visual Arts

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Wearable Sculpture & the Art of the Ancient Mediterranean

Suggested Grade Levels: 11-12
Subject Areas: Visual Art, History, Language Arts

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Art Ideas for Your Adopted Tree

Suggested Grade Levels: 3-6 and with adaptations, older or younger grades
Subject Areas: Science, Social Studies, Art, Language Arts

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Annie Leibovitz and Media Literacy

Suggested Grade Levels: 8-10

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Brainwaves - Ideas and Resources for Teachers

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