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2014-15 Education Guides

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery's 2014-15 Education Guides are available for download!

pdf Elementary School Education Guide 2014-2015

pdf Secondary School Education Guide 2014-2015

** Please note that our fees have increased this year to cover rising material costs.

Exhibition Tours

There is no better way to learn about art than to experience original works.  A visit to the gallery will allow students to see and work with some of our most interesting contemporary and historic art.  The gallery’s Education Coordinator and Tour Guides lead class discussions on important curriculum elements, techniques, and themes in relation to the work in each exhibition.  Each student will be given an activity book wot compliment the tour discussion.  Activity books are specifically designed for each exhibition to target key concepts with drawing, writing, and looking activities created at curriculum level.

Gallery tour may be complimented with a hands-on art class where students will create their own work inspired by what they have seen in the exhibition.  The art class component allows students to apply what they have learned in the tour while incorporating their own sense of creativity.  Classes opting for a tour with an art class component will be spilt into two groups; one group will start with a tour of the art gallery while the other will begin with the art class.  The groups will switch activities half-way through the visit.  Each student will finish an artwork that may be brought home after the tour or picked up from the gallery on a later date.

Virtual Exhibitions

Bring the Gallery into your Classroom!

Specifically designed for classes that are not able to visit the gallery in person, the Virtual Exhibitions programme will bring the art to you!  Using a digital projector, the Education Coordinator or a Gallery Tour Guide will show students the artwork in the exhibition, along with other relevant historical Art examples.  The same activities and hands-on art class described above for gallery visits will be used to guide each student’s experience of the exhibition.


Gallery tours are available in the mornings or afternoons, and scheduling is flexible depending on class needs.  Sample activity books are available on request, and all programmes can be adjusted to accommodate special interests or class requirements.  Programmes are now available in French!

Please contact the Gallery for programme fees.

This is an RBC Art Programme.  Funding provided through the RBC Foundation.

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Niagara Community Foundation, which is a public foundation serving the people of Niagara.  The Foundation builds permanently endowed charitable funds for the changing need and opportunities of the community and provides grants to eligible charitable organizations in culture, health, education, environment, recreation and social service sectors.

Education Mandate of the Grimsby Public Art Gallery

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery is focused on creating unique, relevant and educational programming both for the larger community and for our artist community. It is our goal to create a sense that art is for everyone and is pertinent in the lives of our community members. Art is integral to the overall well-being and vitality of any community and this is highlighted through our programming. It is the long term plan of the Education Coordinator to develop a sense that the art gallery is indeed an important part of the community and as such services children, adults and seniors in its attempts to nurture public appreciation and knowledge of art.

School tours are organized in conjunction with exhibitions (which change every 4 to 6 weeks) and are connected to elements of the Ontario curriculum. A tour involves visiting the gallery where a trained tour guide and/ or the Education, Media and Programming Coordinator will discuss the show with the students, guiding them in critical and creative thinking. After the tour aspect is complete the students then have an activity booklet they do which includes 4-6 drawing activities as well as a scavenger hunt or language / other curriculum activity. I also provide an evaluation copy for teachers to bring back to school with them. The cost of this program is $3 per student which helps cover our costs. For an additional $1 per student an art project relative to the current exhibition can be requested.

We are pleased to announce that we have received funding courtesy of the Niagara Community Foundation to make Virtual Exhibitionsan official program at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery.  The program brings the gallery tour directly in to the classroom via photographic exhibition documentation and a projector.  Schools that cannot travel to our facility will now have the option of a similar tour experience in the comfort of their own classrooms.

The potential for more involved workshops for adults, children and school tours is one of the visions that accompany our new building.

For More Information

For more information about the educational programs we provide, please contact Chris O'Hoski, our Education Coordinator:

Phone:  (905) 945-3246
Fax:  (905) 945-1789
E-mail:  cohoski (at) grimsby (dot) ca

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