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Bring your students to the Gardiner Museum for a trip that they’ll be talking about for weeks!

From dragons to Mexican dogs, a trip to the Gardiner Museum combines world history and discovery with a hands-on clay project. The Museum’s award-winning curriculum-based programs are accessible to students from kindergarten through to university.

All themes can be matched to fit any of these curricula: Visual Arts, Social Studies, Indigenous Studies, Animals, Environment, Language, and more. Just ask us!

Full day program
Grade 3 – 8: 2-hour morning session, 30-minute lunch break, 1.5-hour clay workshop
Grade 9+: 1.5-hour morning session, 1-hour lunch break, 1.5-hour clay workshop

Half day program
JK – Grade 1: 15-minute tour followed by 1.25-hour clay workshop
Grade 2+: 30-minutes tour followed by 1.5-hour clay workshop

Program Themes

1. 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

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

3. The Monkey Orchestra
Germany, Meissen, c. 1753–75
Hard-paste porcelain with overglaze enamels, gilding
Modelled by Johann Joachim Kaendler (1706–1775) and Peter Reinicke (1711–1768)
Mark: Crossed swords in underglaze blue
Gift of George and Helen Gardiner, G83.1.675

4. Rabbit Tureen (detail), England, London, Chelsea, c.1755-1756, Purchased with a gift from Dr. Walter S. Bloom and Carol Bloom Koffler in memory of their mother, Adele S. Bloom, a collector and connoisseur of English porcelain; with a grant from the Government of Canada, Ministry of Communications under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act and with the assistance of the Tecolote Foundation

5. Victor Cicansky (Canadian, b.1935)
Armchair Garden #1, 1984
Glazed earthenware
Gift of Aaron Milrad in Memory of Bella and Joseph Milrad, G99.6.6

6. Dish with Five-Clawed Dragon
China, Jingdezhen, Qing dynasty, Kangxi mark and period (1662-1722)
Hard-paste porcelain with underglaze blue
The Robert Murray Bell and Ann Walker Bell Collection of Chinese Blue and White Porcelain, G99.10.9

7. Dish with scene from the story of Icarus
Italy, Urbino and Gubbio, c. 1530
Painted by Francesco Xanto Avelli da Rovigo (c. 1500 – after 1542); lustred in the workshop of Maestro Giorgio Andreoli (c. 1465/70-c. 1553)
Tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica), with metallic lustre
Inscription on reverse: fran: Avello R : pt: / Dedalo co’l figlical’ T Aeve / à nolo. / fabula y (fran: Avello R: painted this:/ The fable of Daedalus with his son in the air)
Gift of George and Helen Gardiner, G83.1.362

8. The Greeting Harlequin (detail), Germany, Meissen, c.1740, Gift of George and Helen Gardiner, G83.1.908

9. Demo pieces from the Studio