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Seasonal Program – Waterfront Explorations

How can Harbourfront Centre’s unique waterfront location provide inspiration for artistic expression?  Program Description  Our 10-acre campus provides a picturesque background for our outdoor Waterfront Explorations, especially once spring weather arrives!  These programs are taught in our outdoor event tents and provide you and your students with the chance to participate in an unforgettable end […]

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Special Program – Screen-printing

For Black Futures Month 2024, we offer a Visual Arts program specifically for February: screen-printing! In this full-day program, students will explore how textile arts have impacted social change across diverse communities and use this as inspiration to design and screen-print their own wearable patch, bringing awareness to a social justice issue that is of […]

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Painting – Explorations in Watercolour

From washes to mark-making, students will discover the creative possibilities of watercolour and mixed media. Students will be encouraged to build their confidence by taking risks so they can explore the concept of abstraction. An examination of both historical and contemporary works of art will provide context for students to express themselves through their composition […]

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Creative Edge – National Day For Truth and Reconciliation / Orange Shirt Day Program

Harbourfront Centre is committed to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action. To this end, we continue to provide various educational opportunities to support you and your students in building connections to the cultural and artistic expression of First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures. In September, our programming will focus on Canada’s history […]

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Creative Edge – My First Field Trip

A new experience developed with the needs of kindergarten students in mind, My First Field Trip program gives students a taste of what Harbourfront Centre has to offer! This program will be delivered in three 45–60-minute sections: Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Campus Walk! Our programming ensures students understand the expectations of being in a […]

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SHSM Program – Advanced Training in a Skill Visual Arts: Clay Sculptures

Our SHSM programs allow students to gain a certificate for participation in a three-hour workshop as required by the Ontario Ministry of Education. In our Contemporary Clay Sculptures workshop, students are introduced to sculpture’s rich history and contemporary practice. One of our Artist Educators leads this workshop and will introduce students to various hand-building techniques. […]

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Textile Art – Family Portraits

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

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Textile Art: Social Justice

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

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Printmaking – Young Collagraph

Students gain an understanding of the printmaking process and insight into how artists draw inspiration from the world around them. With the support of our Artist Educators, students explore the collagraph printmaking process by collaging an imaginary animal using textured materials, then ink and print at least one image!

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Printmaking – Reduction Lino

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 by examining the artworks of prominent artists, focusing on prints by Inuit artists. Students will design, carve and print a series of colourful relief prints. Students will 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 – Random Acts of Paint

The artistic works and automatic drawing techniques of Surrealist artists inspire this engaging program. Students are encouraged to let go of their inhibitions so they can experiment with the concept of chance and accidents and how that can influence their creative process. Your students will explore drawing and painting techniques and gain a deeper understanding […]

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Painting – Painted Creatures

Your students will view historical and contemporary representations of colourfully painted creatures as sources of inspiration for their works of art. Your students will 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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Painting – Colour Explorations

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

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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 discussing 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 accordion book, […]

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Clay – Masks

Students explore the far-reaching traditions of making masks across a variety of cultures. These references will inspire students to make a unique clay mask using hand-building techniques. 

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Clay – Building Beasts

Welcome to the exciting world of sculpture. Your students will learn about the historical significance and current practice of using sculptural creatures as a vehicle for storytelling, protection, decoration or to serve a functional purpose on buildings, entranceways and gardens across cultures. These reference images will spark students to create a ceramic sculpture using hand-building […]

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