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Visiting the Gallery

As the region's only public gallery, we invite groups and classes of all ages to visit free of charge!

The Gallery provides visiting groups workshops developed to support the current provincial curriculum, as well as introduce students to gallery operations and its role in our community. Visits for schools generally last 2-3 hours, including time for snacks/lunch depending on time of day.

What to Expect (Teachers)

Prior to visiting, teachers will receive information on the current exhibit and what activity you will be doing as a class. A waiver for photographs will be provided for parents to sign and return with your standard permission forms.

Upon arrival, the Curator/Gallery Assistants will guide your group to a classroom reserved for your use.  Once settled, the Curator will welcome the group and guide a discussion on the gallery and current exhibit, as well as critical thinking and expectations within the gallery.

Depending on size, the group may be divided into two sections. One group is then taken to the gallery to experience the current exhibit, complete an activity (i.e. gallery scavenger hunt) and if time allows, tour the College's Visual & Creative Arts - Fine Arts and Music Theatre - Performance classrooms, while the other group creates an art project developed to support the current provincial curriculum. Sections then switch so all visitors have the same experience. Groups will then have time to eat their lunches/snacks (if brought), before leaving the College.

New Friends (Kindergarten-Grade 4) 

New Friends welcomes first-time visitors by providing an introduction to the College and Gallery, as well as the creative process and critical thinking. 

Lead by the curator, students use their imagination and critical thinking skills to express their likes and dislikes of different artistic styles, are introduced to the formal elements of art and related vocabulary, and discuss how art is used to document history, express ideas, and convey emotion. Students are encouraged to share their own art experience, ideas, and opinions.

Junior Visitors (Kindergarten-Grade 3)

Lines and Textures - Students develop and understanding of how line and texture (or the illusion of texture) are used in art. Working with a variety of materials, tools, and techniques, students will experiment and create their own art piece and respond to design challenges.

Intermediate/Senior Visitors (Grades 4-8)

Interpretation - Building on the provincial curriculum, students participate in a workshop developed specifically related to the current exhibit, whether it be in subject matter, technique, or medium. Typical workshops include activities in watercolour, printmaking or mixed media collage. An understanding of the elements and principles of design are reinforced as students use art to communicate their personal experiences and interpretation of the given theme.

For Senior Visitors (Grades 5-8), a visit to the Gallery provides opportunity to introduce/reinforce discussion on art vocabulary and formal elements while creating, to help students problem-solve and critique their own work. Students are encouraged to describe and incorporate their own ideas, knowledge and experience.

High School Visitors (Grades 9-12)

High School Visitors are encouraged to schedule their visit to correspond with classes in our full-time Visual & Creative Arts - Fine Arts program so that they may observe the post-secondary study of fine art, or to participate in lectures and demos provided by visiting/exhibiting artists.  High School students are encouraged to discuss their own experiences, and develop critical thinking skills that allow them to examine and critique their own work in preparation for further study in the arts, as well as introduce them to the Gallery's annual 'untapped' exhibit, which they are invited to participate in.

Teacher Checklist - Gallery Visit

  • Prior to visiting, please sign and return (via email, fax, or post) the confirmation letter for your class.
  • Please have parents sign and return a photograph waiver (provided) prior to our visit. The Gallery uses photographs to obtain funding in order to provide these services free of charge to the community, as well as for use on our website and to release to media. We respect the privacy and safety of all students, and ask that parents be made aware of the possibility their child may be photographed.
  • Art is messy business. Please remind students to wear messy clothes.
  • Depending on the time of your visit, please remember to bring snacks or lunches. Please note, the College is not a peanut-free environment and we cannot guarantee that surfaces are free from contaminants. Senior grades have the option of using our cafeteria services. Please arrange for this prior to confirming your visit so that we may allot the appropriate time. This also may affect what classroom we reserve for your visit.
  • The teacher or school staff and volunteers must remain with Gallery staff while students are present.  The classroom teacher is responsible for classroom management.

Let Us Bring the Gallery to You!

If your school is located within Brockville, it is possible for Gallery staff to attend your class and run a simple art activity. The same topics will be discussed above. This is offered October-April. In-school visits last 1-1.5 hours depending on grade. Gallery staff may require additional set-up/clean-up time.

School visits are entirely free of charge. Gallery staff will bring all required materials. It is possible to run multiple workshops in one day across different grades. Please contact the Gallery for details.

What to Expect (Teachers)

Gallery staff will arrive early to set up for the workshop.  As a component of our visit, we may require the use of whatever projection device is used in your school (i.e. SMART board) and the internet. Any other specific room requirements, (i.e. access to water) will be discussed prior to our visit.

We will come prepared with all materials and supplies required for your class.  Please ensure you have provided us with accurate class numbers so that we have sufficient supplies.

Teacher Checklist - At Your School

  • Prior to visiting, please sign and return (via email, fax, or post) the confirmation letter for your class.
  • Please have parents sign and return a photograph waiver (provided) prior to our visit. The Gallery uses photographs to obtain funding in order to provide these services free of charge to the community, as well as for use on our website and to release to media. We respect the privacy and safety of all students, and ask that parents be made aware of the possibility their child may be photographed.
  • Art is messy business. Please remind students to bring or wear messy clothes.
  • Arrange and cover desks. Small groups of 4-5 work best to make sharing supplies easier.
  • Access to a sink or water may be required.
  • Gallery staff will arrive approximately 15-30 minutes prior to the activity. Please arrange for staff to have access to the area being used.
  • It is easiest to set up during recess or break.
  • The teacher or school staff must remain with gallery staff while students are present. The classroom teacher is responsible for classroom management.

Contact the Marianne van Silfhout Gallery

For more information about the Community Outreach Program please contact:

Christina Chrysler, Curator gallery@sl.on.ca
613-345-0660 ext. 3636