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True Nordic: How Scandinavia Influenced Design in Canada

True Nordic: How Scandinavia Influenced Design in Canada

Grade 5 +

How does the use of natural materials, gentle curves, and references to nature fit into the idea of the North? Bring your students to our new exhibit, True Nordic: How Scandinavia Influenced Canadian Design and discover how landscape, culture, and ideas of living translate into functional and beautiful objects.

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Early Societies of the ancient Americas

Early Societies of the ancient Americas

Gr 4-6, High school spanish

Come to the Gardiner Museum and learn about the distinct cultures who flourished from western Mexico to southern Peru. This ceramics collection reveals the history, beliefs, and gastronomy of the Ancient Americas.

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First Peoples of North America

First Peoples of North America

Grade 3 - 6

Who are the First peoples of Turtle Island? Where do they live? What do they eat? What was life like for a child living in an Iroquoian village during the 17th century? Bring your classes to the Gardiner Museum to find out all of these answers and more.

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Animal Safari

Animal Safari

Grade K - 3

Bring your studetns to travel around the world on our animal safari! Explore our many different galleries and view clay versions of animals from the jungle, forest, sky and sea. Learn the difference between clay, sand and soil. During the workshop, studetns will think about their animals habitat and food.

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Fantasy Shoes

Fantasy Shoes

Grade 1 - 4

The Gardiner Museum and the Bata Shoe Museum offer a partnered full-day program. Students spend the morning at the Bata Shoe Museum touring their galleries and handling artifacts. After lunch, they walk to the Gardiner Museum (5-10 minute walk) and work with our professional potters creating fantasy shoes out of clay.

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Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens

Grade 2 - 3

Did you know that clay is actually a type of soil? It is found near water and can be used to make a huge variety of useful things. From bricks to dishes and vases or even sculpture, clay is so important and we actually use it every day. Learn about plants, soils and animals as they appear on our collection.

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Contemporary Ceramics

Contemporary Ceramics

Grade 6 - 8, High School Visual Arts

What does ceramic art look like today? Bring your students to the Gardiner Musuem and visit our Contemporary Gallery.  Learn about the ideas, techniques, and cultural influences behind the contemporary ceramic works on display. Tradition, hybridity, and appropriation will be discussed in relation to the pieces.

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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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