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Urban Studies: Kensington Market & Chinatown

Encounter a kaleidoscope of culture in two of Toronto’s most exciting and diverse communities! In this workshop, your students will understand changing demographic patterns and uncover the fascinating cultural histories of Kensington Market and Chinatown.   Students will arrive onsite at Harbourfront Centre and participate in a 30-45-minute introductory presentation describing the history of Kensington Market […]

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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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Urban Studies: Government Studies

In this workshop, students begin their day at City Hall, meet with a judge during recess at Old City Hall and trace the roots of the government system on a fascinating walk-through downtown Toronto.   Students will learn about the levels of government, democratic decision-making, and the responsibilities of informed citizens.  Please note this program runs […]

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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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Seasonal: Waterfront Explorations

Bring your students down to our 10-acre campus to discover all avenues of the waterfront. Use this opportunity to have your students learn while exploring the outdoors.  Available May 8 – June 28, 2023  Please note: these programs are taught in our outdoor event tents. As a result, exposure to the elements can occur. Please […]

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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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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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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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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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Dance: Urban

From street to stage, urban dance presents new ways to move! Drawing on different urban dance styles, students will develop their own unique dance vocabulary. 

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Excited students practicing their Hip Hop moves

Dance: Understanding Hip Hop

In this full-day program, students gain an in-depth understanding of the elements of hip-hop: DJing, MCing/rapping, graffiti and dancing. Students will explore the roots of hip hop as well as the contemporary impact of hip hop culture today. They will explore how hip hop is used as a tool for self-expression. 

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Excited young students practicing their Hip Hop moves

Dance: Primary Hip Hop

In this active workshop, students will work with an experienced dance educator to explore the elements of hip hop and the elements of dance. 

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Dance: Latin

This active and inspiring program highlights the rich history and traditions of Latin dance. Students will develop a vocabulary of Latin dance styles and demonstrate their understanding of these dance forms through creation and performance. 

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Dance: Contemporary Dance

Students will explore what makes contemporary dance unique and relevant. Through improvisation and choreographic exercises, students will expand their understanding of the elements of dance to create a collaborative composition. 

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Clay: Masks

Students explore the far-reaching traditions of making masks across a variety of cultures, with a focus on Indigenous masks of Canada. These masks inspire students to make their unique clay sculptures. 

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Clay: Building Beasts

Welcome to the exciting world of sculptural beasts! Your students learn about gargoyles, totem poles, sphinxes and grotesques and create a ceramic sculpture inspired by the building beasts of history. 

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