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Grade 4+

Medieval Gargoyles

Carved in Stone

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 various themes used in the adornment of medieval European cathedrals and in local Toronto architecture built in a medieval revival style.

  • Links: Visual Arts, Science and Technology, Heritage and Identity
  • Studio projects: Gargoyles

Students will have a discussion and view the movie "Carved in Stone" as inpiration for the hands-on clay experience.

Bring your students for a morning with talented musicologist Michael Franklin. After an introduction and discussion, Michael will conduct a music demonstration and a walking tour of the nearby architecture at the University of Toronto ( weather permitting). Students will have the opportunity to sketch gargoyles and find inspiration for their hands-on studio project.


Program Details

$15*Full-Day Program
$9*Half-Day Program
$6Guided Tour
Free **Unguided Tour

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1. Demo pieces from the Studio

2. Seated Drummer, Tala-Tonalá style
Mexico, Jalisco
300 B.C. - A.D. 200
Earthenware with white on red slip paint
Gift of George and Helen Gardiner, G83.1.56

3. Carl Beam (Canadian, 1943-2005)
The Whale of Our Being, c.2003
Earthenware with iron oxide decoration
Museum Purchase, G03.9.1