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Medieval Gargoyles

Medieval Gargoyles

Grade 4+

Carved in Stone


Explore the life and architecture of the middle Ages 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.

The introduction will then be followed by a hands-on clay workshop conducted by professional ceramic artists where students will create amazing gargoyles out of clay.

A full day program is also an exciting option for this theme.  A full day, 2 hours in the morning and 1 ½ hours in the afternoon will include a talk and medieval music demonstration by Mike Franklin, a talented musicologist, who will also conduct a walking tour of the nearby architecture of the University of Toronto (weather permitting). Students will have the opportunity to sketch some of the gargoyles they see for inspiration during their afternoon clay workshop.  

This program is recommended for those studying medieval history, specially grade 4 students but is often adapted for older grades and university students.

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