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Urban Studies: Sustainable City

Using the waterfront community as a model, students will assess the past, present and future manifestations of the community through the lens of sustainability. 

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Urban Studies: Harbourfront Centre Discovery Walk

Students enjoy a truly experiential learning opportunity as they explore our 10-acre campus, building connections between the relevant social studies or science curriculum areas. Discover the beauty of Harbourfront Centre’s waterfront community and everything it has to offer!  Kindergarten: Community Helpers  Grades 1–3: The Waterfront Community Grade 1: The Local Community (SS) Grade 2: Global Communities (SS) Grade […]

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Textile Art: Family Portraits

Textile Arts brings communities together and encourages collaboration. Your students will discuss contemporary and traditional textile works that have encouraged storytelling and promoted social change. Using recycled fabrics, collage and fibre arts techniques, students create a collaborative piece based on a cherished memory involving friends or family.

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Textile Art: Social Justice

Textile Arts brings together communities and encourages collaboration. Your students will discuss contemporary and traditional textile works that have encouraged social change and awareness. Using recycled fabrics, collage and fibre arts techniques, students create a collaborative piece based on their vision of a hopeful, healthy and inclusive world. 

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Textile Art: Sock Puppets

Students learn the rich history of puppets from around the world and participate in puppetry activities involving expression, movement and voice. Best of all, each student creates a one-of-a-kind puppet using a variety of materials. 

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SHSM: ICE Training

Our SHSM programs allow your students to gain a certificate for participation in a three-hour workshop as required by the Ontario Ministry of Education.    Need a community partner for your innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship training?  Fill out a registration form and our Manager, School Visits will be in touch to see if Harbourfront Centre can […]

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SHSM: Leadership

Our SHSM programs allow your students to gain a certificate for participation in a three-hour workshop as required by the Ontario Ministry of Education. This workshop is facilitated for full-time staff members of Harbourfront Centre’s Education team.  In our Leadership Workshop, students will examine the ways in which they can be leaders in their own […]

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SHSM: Behaviour Management

Our SHSM programs allow your students to gain a certificate for participation in a three-hour workshop as required by the Ontario Ministry of Education. This workshop is facilitated for full-time staff members of Harbourfront Centre’s Education team, who train over 200 staff annually to support participation in our School Visits, Camps and Learn to Skate […]

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SHSM: Advanced Training in a Skill – Contemporary Vessels

Our SHSM programs allow your students to gain a certificate for participation in a three-hour workshop as required by the Ontario Ministry of Education.    In our Advanced Training in a Skill – Contemporary Vessels workshop, students will be introduced to the rich history and contemporary practice of making vessels. This workshop will be led by […]

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Printmaking: Young Collagraph

Through examination of Inuit prints, your students gain an understanding of the printmaking process and insight into how Inuit artists draw inspiration from the world around them.  With the support of our artist educators, your students will explore the collagraph printmaking process by collaging an imaginary animal using textured materials then ink and print at […]

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Printmaking: Reduction Lino

Reduction printmaking is both beautiful and challenging. Students will be supported through the reduction process, carving away their soft linoleum blocks to create colourful, layered prints. Students draw inspiration from examining works by prominent artists, focusing on prints by Inuit artists. Students will learn about editions and leave with their unique prints. 

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Printmaking: Lino

Your students will be introduced to a brief history of relief printmaking through an examination of artworks by prominent artists, focusing on prints by Inuit artists. They will then design, carve and print a series of colourful relief prints. Students learn the techniques of relief printmaking using a soft linoleum block. 

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Printmaking: Collagraph

Students will examine printed artwork by celebrated artists. They will discover texture through the art of collagraph – a relief collage used to make prints. Best of all, students will leave with a series of colourful prints. 

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Painting: Watercolour Trees

Discover why artists are passionately drawn to trees as inspiration for artmaking. Harbourfront Centre’s campus allows students excellent opportunities to study trees. From dry brushes to washes, discover the creative possibilities of watercolour. Your students will be inspired by historical and contemporary works of art, explore drawing and painting techniques and gain a deeper understanding […]

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Painting: Random Acts of Paint

The automatic drawings of the Surrealists inspire this engaging program. Students are encouraged to free their inhibitions and experiment with the idea of chance and accidents in their creative process. Your students will explore drawing and painting techniques and gain a deeper understanding of the media. 

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Painting: Painted Creatures

Your students will view historical representations of colourful painted creatures as sources of inspiration for their work of art. Your students transform their ideas into fantastic imaginary beasts by exploring the wonders of colour, shape and expression through various drawing and painting techniques. 

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Indigenous Studies: 7 Gifts

The 7 Gifts, also known as the 7 Grandfather Teachings, are foundational to understanding life and human conduct. Throughout life, we acquire these gifts through our increased experience and understanding of our world.   Join us in exploring these gifts using Indigenous worldviews to explain their importance in everyday life. Students will complete a visual arts […]

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Painting: Colour Explorations

Students will explore the effects of natural light and other elements on the waterfront landscape’s colours, shapes and textures. Back in the studio, students will rotate through play-based activity centres, experimenting with colours, lines, shape, texture and space. The students will then combine their colour experiments to create a collaborative landscape mural. 

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Mixed Media: Urban Art – A Call to Action!

Call to Action! This workshop encourages students to express their passion for injustice or something they believe needs to change. Students will be presented with a brief history of urban art and draw inspiration from the work of contemporary urban artists.   Through the design of a stencil, students will use their problem-solving skills to make […]

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Indigenous Studies: Exploring Treaties

What do Treaties, Land Acknowledgements and the word “reconciliation” mean? What should we do to foster a positive and reciprocal relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities?   Let’s go beyond the buzzwords and find out what happened in our history, starting in Tkaronto. 

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Music: Body Percussion

Students are introduced to the rich diversity of body percussion across cultures through an exploration of contemporary artists. Students will use their bodies as instruments to discover the potential for musical expression through rhythm and percussion.

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Mixed Media: Storytelling

Inspired by one of Jamaica’s famous storytellers – Louise Bennett-Coverley, fondly known as “Miss Lou” – our storytelling program will begin with a discussion of the importance of sharing stories to learn about ourselves and others. Next, students will hear a favourite story of Miss Lou to honour her legacy. Students will then create their […]

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Drama: Let’s Slam! Spoken Word 

Explore the world of spoken word performance!  In this full-day program, students will discover the rich history and cultural roots of spoken word performance art and gain insight into the rules and elements of spoken word competitions (known as Poetry Slams). Students will draft, polish and perform a piece, guided by a practicing spoken word […]

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Drama: Improv

This workshop provides an opportunity for students to explore improvisation techniques, build confidence through spontaneous collaboration and envision creative possibilities. 

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