Grade 2 - Grade 3

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School Program Descriptions

Indigenous Studies

NEW! Blackfoot Language: The Resurgence of an Old Language
(Language Arts, Indigenous/Social Studies)
The Blackfoot language is timeless. In this introduction to the traditional language of this territory, Blackfoot educators will reference many of the artifacts located within the Nitsitapiisinni Gallery, as well as local sites, names of towns and streets. This primer allows for expansion of our history, culture and beliefs, through the use of syllabics, IPA and English. The culture in is in the language. Please join us as we connect language, with objects and stories, to learn about our deeply rooted culture. Welcome to the Blackfoot world.
Grade 2 - 3
Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes
At Glenbow $175

Inuit: The Land, The People
(Social Studies)
Where we live determines much about the kind of life we lead, both physically and spiritually. Explore Inuit culture through discussions about food, clothing, shelter, animals, beliefs and values. Using authentic Inuit artifacts, students will investigate and come to conclusions about what these objects are, how they were made and what they were used for.
Grade 2
Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes
At Glenbow $175
At School $250

Nitsitapiisinni: Our Way of Life
(Social Studies)
You are invited to come and experience the rich cultural traditions of the Blackfoot people and view the world from a different perspective. Through oral tradition storytelling and artifact handling, learn about the relationship between the Blackfoot people and all of Creation and hear stories that teach new generations how to harmoniously co-exist with the world. Come celebrate the Blackfoot way of life with us.
Grade 2 - 3
Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes
At Glenbow $175

Reading the Symbols: Blackfoot Beliefs
(Social Studies)
What is a symbol? What do objects tell us about a culture's physical, psychological and spiritual needs? In this program, students will look deeply at artifacts to uncover the belief system of the Blackfoot people and discover how they coexisted with the natural world and everything throughout it to meet their needs.
Grade 3
Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes
At Glenbow $175

Fine Arts

NEW! Illustrating a History: The Black Gold Tapestry + Studio
(Art, Language Arts, Social Studies)
How can art be used to document milestones in world history? What landmarks would you choose to share if given the opportunity to create an epic visual narrative? Artist/storyteller Sandra Sawatzky had to plan carefully before spending 11,000 hours to create The Black Gold Tapestry, an embroidery depicting the story of human dependency on oil from pre-historic times to present day. With Sawatzky's massive 220-foot embroidery as inspiration, students will examine and discuss unique form of linear storytelling. To conclude the program, classes will spend time in our studio space where they will be challenged to use a storyboard technique to illustrate experiences from their own personal history.
Grades 2 - 3
Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes
At Glenbow $200
(Available Dates: October 16, 2017 - May 18, 2018)

NEW! Math-Up the Art: The Geometric Abstraction of Lawren Harris + Studio
(Art, Mathematics)
Line, shape, colour, space, pattern, and symmetry are extremely important elements in visual art. These fundamental components can be efficiently defined and explored when comparing works of art from within the genre of Geometric Abstraction. Lawren Harris is likely best known for being a founding member of the Group of Seven - famously depicting Canada's rugged landscape. Paintings from Harris's abstract period are less familiar but just as fascinating. In this program, students will explore our exhibition Higher States: Lawren Harris and His American Contemporaries and investigate both representational and non-representational compositions and the mathematics used to create them. To conclude the program, classes with spend time in our studio space where they will use a variety of mathematical tools to create their own geometric composition. Grade 2 - 3
Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes
At Glenbow $200
(Available Dates: October 16, 2017 - January 5, 2018)

Exploring Canadian Historical Landscape + Studio
(Fine Arts, Language Arts, Social Studies)
How did early Canadian painters choose subjects for their works of art? What inspired them to record what they experienced? In this program, students will use art from our historical collection to discover how artists explored our nation and shared their adventures with the world. Following an in-gallery writing activity, students will move into our studio and add creative illustrations to their words.
Grades 2 - 3
Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes
At Glenbow $200

Learning to Observe and Draw
(Fine Arts, Language Arts)
Being an artist isn't only about creating paintings, drawings or sculptures, sometimes being an artist is about how you look at the world around you. Slowing down to draw makes us look more deeply and critically. This in-gallery, hands-on program will help students focus on their observation skills and drawing techniques to capture the essence of an artifact.
Grade 3
Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes
At Glenbow (Asia OR Africa) $175
At School (Africa, Alberta History OR First Nations) $250

Seeing, Feeling, Writing: Art and Poetic Language + Studio
(Fine Arts, Language Arts)
Art galleries can be inspiring places to explore our language. The words we use to describe a painting or a sculpture can motivate us to write more imaginatively. In this program, students will work within our galleries to compose and share their own poetic response to an exhibited artwork. To conclude the experience, the class will head to the studio and use old fashioned dip-pens to scribe their best lines.
Grades 2 - 3
Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes
At Glenbow $200

Ways of Looking + Studio
(Fine Arts, Language Arts)
Carefully look at a work of art and discover the world beyond its surface. Viewing art is more than a visual experience, an art encounter can awaken all of your senses! Through the use of works of art and hands-on objects, students will develop their skills of looking deeply and explore the role our senses play in perceiving the world around us. To conclude the program students will head to the studio and use these new techniques to create their own piece of unique sensory-based art.
Grades 2 - 3
Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes
At Glenbow $200

Social Studies

NEW! Black Gold: Art, Science, and History Collide
(Science, Social Studies)
Art, science, and history collide in this program based on the Black Gold Tapestry by Sandra Sawatzky. Explore the deep roots of our relationship with fossil fuels, from ancient prehistory to the beginnings of Alberta's oil industry. Students will see with their own eyes the 375 million year old coral reefs that became our oil reserves, discover fossils of the creatures that now power our province, and examine the artifacts of our petrochemical pioneers.
Grade 3
Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes
At Glenbow $175
(Available Dates: October 16, 2017 - May 18, 2018)

From Page to Knight: Becoming a Medieval Warrior
(Social Studies)
What is a knight? What is a knight's code of chivalry? Would you be prepared to leave home at the age of seven to start your life as a page? Are you rich enough? Are you brave enough? Discover the mysteries of knights and knighthood in a hands-on journey exploring the life, armour and weaponry of a mysterious and mystical time in history.
Grades 2 - 3
Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes
At Glenbow $175

Our Community Our People
(Social Studies)
Who were the individuals that helped build our first communities? Whose ideas led to the creation of our unique city? Based in the Mavericks gallery, this program allows students to explore with artifact handling and photographs and discover the pioneering men and women who first settled the West and began building our great city ... Calgary!
Grade 2
Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes
At Glenbow $175

Museum Collections: Investigating Artifacts
(Social Studies, Fine Arts)
Imagine travelling the world collecting artifacts for a museum. When Eric Harvie, founder of Glenbow, sent his collectors out to travel the world, their job was to find amazing and special objects. Discover artifacts from Africa, India, Ukraine and Peru - put yourself in the shoes of these collecting adventure seekers and investigate why these unique artifacts are important to people's cultural traditions and why Glenbow would want to preserve them.
Grade 3
1 hour and 45 minutes
At Glenbow $175

Language Arts

The Curating Game: Making Connections with Artifacts and Photographs
(Language Arts)
Become a Glenbow curator and create your own mini-exhibition based on artifacts and photographs. Students will examine artifacts and be asked to think deeply about the connections between them. Historical photographs will be provided to help students conceptualize how these artifacts may have been used and by whom. Students will use their selected items to discover how authentic artifacts, photographs and stories can be brought together to create their own curated exhibit.
Grade 3
Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes
At Glenbow $175

What is it? Objects Inspiring Stories
(Language Arts, Social Studies)
What stories do objects tell us? What do they teach us about the cultures or people who made or owned them? Learning from objects is as important as learning through the spoken or written word. Students will transform into detectives for a hands-on investigation. Using objects relating to various Glenbow exhibitions, students will flex their skills in observing, interpreting and recording information.
Grade 3
Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes
At Glenbow $175
At School $250

Discovery Adventure
(Fine Arts, Language Arts, Art, Social Studies)
Looking for a more flexible tour experience? Glenbow's Discovery Adventure tour could be for you! The Discovery Adventure is a general tour of Glenbow. A trained educator will lead you through the museum, discuss various galleries and allow your students time to encounter several of the exhibitions. In order to take home their Glenbow experience, each student is given a sketchbook to gather information, draw and further investigate his or her interests in the museum!
Grades 2 - 3
Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes
At Glenbow $175
When booked with another program $100
*Tour route dependent upon gallery bookings

Science

NEW! Black Gold: Art, Science, and History Collide
(Science, Social Studies)
Art, science, and history collide in this program based on the Black Gold Tapestry by Sandra Sawatzky. Explore the deep roots of our relationship with fossil fuels, from ancient prehistory to the beginnings of Alberta's oil industry. Students will see with their own eyes the 375 million year old coral reefs that became our oil reserves, discover fossils of the creatures that now power our province, and examine the artifacts of our petrochemical pioneers.
Grades 3
Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes
At Glenbow $175
(Available Dates: October 16, 2017 - May 18, 2018)

From Geodes to Gems
(Science)
In this hands-on program, students will be guided through a multi-disciplinary exploration of minerals. Specific areas of focus include streak, lustre, texture, hardness and crystal shapes as well as current and historical uses of minerals. An informative Teachers' Guide with pre- and post-visit materials including art, language and math activities is available for $5 and can be purchased at the time of booking.
Grade 3
Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes
At Glenbow $175
At School $250

The Rock Cycle and Our World
(Science)
What are rocks? How are they formed? Where do they come from? Students will examine the three rock types - sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous - in an attempt to understand the similarities and differences in each. We will also look at the differences between rocks and minerals while we learn about some important uses for minerals found in rocks.
Grade 3
Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes
At Glenbow $175

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