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Dragons & Fantastic Beasts

Dragons & Fantastic Beasts

Available for education groups of all levels

Did you know that the Chinese invented porcelain for making vessels and other projects? They kept the recipe secret for almost 900 years before the mystery was discovered in Europe.

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Maiolica, Myth and the Minotaur

Maiolica, Myth and the Minotaur

Grade 4+

Zeus, Poseidon and Daphne are just some of the Gods, Heroes and Heroines that are illustrated on our pieces from the Italian Renaissance. Bring your students to the Museum to learn of their fate, as well as the art of ceramic colouring during the renaissance. Learn why Maiolica pieces remain as vibrant centuries after its production.

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Ancient Terracotta Warriors

Ancient Terracotta Warriors

Grade 4+, High School History

Have you ever wondered how the ancient terracotta warriors were made over 2000 years ago in China? Over 8000 pottery warriors along with life-size horses, chariots, stone helmets, and bronze weapons were first discovered in 1974. After over 40 years of work, excavations still continue today, helping to unlock the mystery of this incredible breadth of work.

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Medieval Gargoyles

Medieval Gargoyles

Grade 4+

Learn about what life was like in the middle ages in Europe through a video presentation and class discussion. "Carved in Stone", a video created for the Gardiner Museum, introduces students to medieval themes used in European cathedrals and in local Toronto architecture built in a revival of medieval style.

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Commedia Dell'Arte

Commedia Dell'Arte

Grade 6 - 8, High School History, Drama

Who were Harlequin and Pantaloon, and what do they have in common with modern characters? Why was Commedia a forerunner of improvisation? Find out the answer to these and other questions by looking at our Commedia dell'arte collection.

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Custom Programs

Custom Programs

Various Levels

If you have a special project in mind or a theme you would like to pursue, please let us know and together we can design a museum visit just for you and your class.

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Kids Wheel Throwing Class (Saturday Afternoon)

Kids Wheel Throwing Class (Saturday Afternoon)

Saturdays October 1 to November 26, 1:30 to 4 pm

Ages 10 - 16
Instructor: Danica Drago

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Saturday Morning Kids Class

Saturday Morning Kids Class

Saturdays, October 1 to November 26, 10 am to 12:30 pm

Kids love getting their hand dirty in our Saturday morning clay class! Working with a professional ceramic artist, kids will make and decorate fun and exciting pieces out of clay. Open to all levels.

Ages 7 - 14
Instructor: Audrey Mah

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Ceramic Wall Art Clay Class

Ceramic Wall Art Clay Class

Fridays November 18 to December 16, 6 - 9 pm

Tired of photos and paintings being the only art on your walls?  Attend this 5-week workshop and learn how to create your very own ceramic wall piece to decorate a room.

Instructor: Audrey Mah

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Holiday Workshop

Holiday Workshop

Saturdays December 3 from 2 - 4 pm (making), and December 10 from 2 - 3:30 pm (glazing)

Spend a relaxing afternoon during the holiday season, all the while hand-building a gift for a loved one out of clay. Come on your own or with family members. On the second visit, glaze your piece with a wide choice colours.

Instructor: Audrey Mah

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