School Programs

Bring your class for an art workshop, which will expand critical and creative thinking about topics already being explored in your classroom.

Working in our studio environment or in your classroom, an experienced art instructor will engage your students in art projects that link to Ontario Curriculum expectations, including science, social science, geography, language and media literacy. Students will further explore units of study through the collaborative and thoughtful process of making art.

Not just for elementary school students! We welcome high school art classes, summer camps, Brownies/Sparks/Scouts and home school groups.

Please check back regularly as new offerings are developed and added to our program list throughout the year.

Grade-specific Art Workshops

Grade Level

Curriculum Area

Program Options

Grades 2-5

S.T.E.A.M.

Artful Music Makers

Students will employ their innovation and artistic skills to discuss, design and create music makers. Utilizing recycled goods and art materials, the challenge to make a working instrument is on!

Curriculum Connections:

  • Grade 2: Science, Properties of Liquids and Solids/Movement
  • Grade 3: Science, Forces Causing Movement
  • Grade 4: Science, Sound
  • Grade 5: Science, Conservation of Energy and Resources/Forces Acting on Structures and Mechanisms

 Grades 6/7

 S.T.E.A.M.

Constellation Watercolor Paintings

Expanding upon their understanding of the solar system and how bodies in space affect us, students will design and create their own constellation watercolor painting.

Curriculum Connections:

  • Grade 6: Science, Space
  • Grade 7: Science, Interactions in the Environment

Grades 2-6

S.T.E.A.M.

Geometry in Art Collages

Exploring connections with Geometry and the everyday world, students will apply their knowledge of geometric forms to create multi-media collages inspired by nature.

 Curriculum Connections:

  • Grades 2-4: Math, Geometry
  • Grade 2: Science, Growth and Changes in Animals 
  • Grade 3: Science, Growth and Changes in Plants
  • Grade 4: Science, Rocks and Minerals and History/Geography Physical Regions of Canada
  • Grade 5: Science, Conservation of Energy and Resources
  • Grade 6: Science, Biodiversity 

Grades K-6

S.T.E.A.M.

Clay Motivated by Living Things - Premium Workshop

Deepening their connection to our region, students will learn how to create clay pieces inspired by plants and animals found in our immediate environment such as birds, flowers, and more!

Curriculum Connections:

  • FDK: Science and Technology/The Arts
  • Grade 1: Science, Needs and Characteristics of Living Things
  • Grade 2: Science, Air, Water in the Environment
  • Grade 3: Science, Growth and Changes in Plants
  • Grade 4: Science, Habitats and Communities
  • Grade 5: Science, Conservation of Energy and Resources
  • Grade 6: Science, Biodiversity

Grades 2-7

S.T.E.A.M.

Understanding Natural Resources in Paper Making

Have you ever wondered how paper is made?  Building upon society’s dependence on the environment, students will learn about the industrial process and create their own unique piece of paper.

Curriculum Connections:

  • Grade 2: Science, Properties of Liquids and Solids (2/S)
  • Grade 3: Science, Interactions in the Environment
  • Grade 4: History and Geography. Political and Physical Regions of Canada
  • Grade 5: Science, Properties of and Changes in Matter
  • Grade 6: Science, Biodiversity

Grades 2-7

Exploring the World

Arctic Inspired Tactile Landscapes

Discussing the nature of our changing polar regions and our effect on the planet, students will take inspiration from environmental photographer Paul Nicklen to create a unique arctic landscape.

Curriculum Connections:

  • Grade 2: History and Geography, Global Communities
  • Grade 4: History and Geography , Political and Physical Regions of Canada
  • Grade 5: History and Geography , The Role of Government and Responsible Citizenship
  • Grade 6: History and Geography, Canada’s Interactions with the Global Community
  • Grade 7: Science, Interactions in the Environment

Grades 1-6

Exploring the World

Ted Harrison Watercolor & Collage

Motivated by Ted Harrison’s experience of portraying his surroundings in colorful landscapes, students will discuss and explore the variety of regions  found  in Canada through the use of collage and watercolor.

Curriculum Connections:

  • Grade 1-6 : History and Geography, People and Environments

 Grades 4+

Exploring the World

Ancient Asian Shadow Puppets

Exploring aspects of daily life and society in Ancient Asian countries, students will create their own distinctive shadow puppet modelled after one of the earliest forms of entertainment.

Curriculum Connections:

  • Grade 4: History and Geography, Early Societies 

 Grades 4+

Exploring the World

Egyptian Self-Portrait Printmaking

Using visual evidence such as mosaics, artefacts, and sculptures from early societies, students will capture themselves in the style of an Ancient Egyptian.

Curriculum Connections:

  • Grade 4: History and Geography, Early Societies

 Grade 4+

Exploring the World 

Ancient Architecture Inspired Clay - Premium Workshop

Students will consider how architecture relied on the social organization and government of early societies by creating a clay form inspired by Mayan, Egyptian, or Greek history.

Curriculum Connections:

  • Grade 4: History and Geography, Early Societies

 

Communication & Media Literacy

Coming Together Unity Mosaic - group or individual activity

Celebrating the individualities within our community, and working towards a sense of belonging. Students will discuss and work together to create a unique art piece that celebrates our diversity.

Curriculum Connections:

  • Grade 4: History and Geography, Early Societies

 Grades 3-6

Communication & Media Literacy

Andy Warhol Media Printmaking - Premium Workshop

From the 1960’s to 2018, Andy Warhol’s use of imagery found in the media still inspires. Reflecting on their current experience with mass culture, students will create individual Warhol-esque prints.

Curriculum Connections:

  • Grade 3-6: Media Literacy, Language

 Grades 1-6

Communication & Media Literacy

James Rizzi Oil Resist Drawings

Using pop artist James Rizzi’s lighthearted portrayal of the everyday hustle and bustle, students will reflect on their world and immediate surroundings to create individual drawings that find the “colour” in life.

Curriculum Connections:

  • Grade 1: The Local Community, History and Geography
  • Grade 2: Global Communities, History and Geography
  • Grade 6: Communities in Canada Past, and Present, History and Geography

 Grades K-8

Communication & Media Literacy

Exploring Art through Story

Literature and art have a long-standing friendship, in collaboration with the Milton Public Library, students will explore literacy and give critically-acclaimed stories a new life through art.

Curriculum Connections:

  • Grade FDK-8: Reading, Oral Communication & Media Literacy, Language

 Grades 2-8

Communication & Media Literacy

Unity Pieces with Clay Looms Premium Workshop

The process of weaving and using looms to create fabric has been used in varying developing civilizations across the world. With guidance, students will create their own clay looms that come together as one unifying piece.

Curriculum Connections:

  • Grade 2-8: Creating and Presenting/Exploring Forms and Cultural Contexts, Visual Arts, The Arts

Booking Guidelines

  • Availability: Workshops are available year-round.
  • Booking Contact: Coordinator, Programming & Outreach, 905-875-5393, ext. 4904 or email
  • Advance Notice: Workshops require four weeks of planning time from initial inquiry.

Program Fees

Workshops can hold a maximum of 30 participants and include all materials.

  • 90-minute workshop:  Regular $213.00, Premium $238.00
  • 2-hour workshop:  Regular $248.40, Premium $272.50

Longer workshops and add-ons are available for an additional fee. Transportation is not included in fee and must be arranged by the school.

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Payment Options 

Fees can be paid by cheque (payable to the Town of Milton), credit card or cash.

HST 

Fees do not include taxes; programs designed for children 14 years and under and/or persons with disabilities are tax exempt.

Invoicing Update:

You will be issued an invoice following your visit to the FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton.  Payment is due upon receipt of this invoice.  A receipt will be mailed to you once the payment is processed.